NVidia to launch a touch screen Android OS PC powered by 8 core chip that runs for 25 days

NVIDIA and Notion Ink, launches ‘Adam’, a touch screen tablet at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010, a high-tech IT product that was completely developed in India, marking the country’s big entry into product development.

With NVIDIA’s Tegra system-on-chip at its heart, Adam is a device the new generation technology user dreams of. Its battery can work for 25 days. It will have only a screen and no physical key board. One can manoeuvre the cursor using the finger commands from the front or at the back. It will have a camera that can rotate to take pictures and videos, or for video chat. It can talk to other smart devices, including phones.

Tech Spec

OS                            Google Android
General                 2G , 3G Network Triband UMTS/HSDPA GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network          HSDPA 1700 / 2100 / 900
Status                    Available. January 2010
Size                        Dimensions     6.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches , 1.7 pounds
Display                 10.1 inch display capable of displaying 1024 x 600 pixels, Full HD capability Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity,     Ambient light, Water sensors
Memory
Internal                Solid State 16/32 GB storage, can be increased further with SD card
Card slot               microSD,
Data                     GPRS     Class 32
3G                         HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps
WLAN                   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
Bluetooth              Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Connectivity           USB, HDMI,
Sound                   a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone input
USB                     Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera                  Primary     3MP, 2576×1936 pixels,
CPU                     eight-core NVIDIA’s Tegra T20 system-on-chip
GPS                     Yes, with A-GPS support;
Battery                Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)
48hrs standby on its integrated rechargeable Li-Ion battery,
8hrs of HD video playback and 16hrs of internet surfing over WiFi
25 Days on Music play

6.3 by 9.8-inch device works on Google’s Android and Mary Lou’s Pixel Qi that offers a paper display, putting no pressure on the eyes. With 1024X600 wide SVGA colour resolution, the screen contains finger-print-resistant oleophobic coating. With a capacity of up to 32 GB flash drive, it would have SD card support, a digital compass, GPS and Wi-Fi.

It can run for 25 days if one wants to listen to just music. It can run eight hours of high-definition video or 16 hours of Wi-Fi Web use, Rohan Shravan, founder and Director, Creatives, of Notion Ink, claims.

The half-inch thick device is likely to be priced at USD$ 300. The device would be connected to specially-devised servers called Genesis.

How they managed to tackle these challenges one by one could be a good case study for wannabe entrepreneurs.

With angel funding from an IT consultant, the team started looking for people to work on the project. They needed about 50 engineers, both hardware and software.

After discussions with several colleges, they tied up with BVRIT, a technology institute not very far from the Hi-Tec City, the hub of all the IT activity in Andhra Pradesh.

The arrangement was simple. Notion Ink would utilise the lab as its development centre and the students as its workforce, while the students get training in the industry-ready technologies such as Android and cloud.

“We then roped in the National Institute of Design (at the Bangalore Research and Development campus) to discuss the user interface that should go into the next generation tablet,” Shravan explains.

As some of them got down to the task of planning the design, internal architecture of the product, HR aspects and infrastructure, the remaining members of the team went to the US and Taiwan to address the hardware and manufacturing needs. While they joined hands with NVIDIA for Tegra, they teamed up with TPK for touch screens and another Original Device Manufacturer for manufacturing the complete product.

Seeing a good idea, NVIDIA offered to handhold the team. “Theirs is a brilliant idea and we have seen the burning desire in them to create an innovative product. It has got good potential in India in the fields of education, entertainment and telemedicine,” J.A. Chowdhary, Managing Director of NVIDIA India, points out.

After nearly a year’s hard work and consuming all the monies they earned for a year or two before Notion Ink, the team has not run out of steam as yet.

They are now busy testing the device with some telecom companies for cross-check connectivity issues.

“We are going to get the first batch of 60 Adams. We are in talks with content providers and have signed pacts in some segments. These tie-ups will be for content delivery and content aggregation,” Shravan says.

Looks like Notion Ink will be competing with a similar system laucnhed by Converged Devices

Android 2.0 Eclair
186mm x 158mm x 18mm
7″ Touchscreen
NVIDIA Tegra
512 DDR / 512 NAND
1.3 MP Web Cam
4GB Internal SD (non removable)
Micro SD
Bluetooth 2.1
Wireless 802.11 b/g
USB 2.0
2g/3g Data
Cellular
3.5mm Audio Jack
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Dual digital microphones
FM Radio

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Connect the physical world with digital information- Indian scientist work in MIT Media Lab

A PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s famed Media Lab, Mr Pranav Mistry, 28, has come a long way from being the president of the Young Scientists Club at hometown, Palanpur, in northern Gujarat, India

‘SixthSense’ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.

Called SixthSense, the prototype is made of a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant-like mobile wearable device, while the projector and the camera are connected to the mobile computing device in the user’s pocket via bluetooth.

SixthSense promises to combine the physical world with digital information, without compromising on the ease of doing an ‘offline’ transaction. Its easy-to-grab applications: walk into a random book store, and see the price, ISBN, and a short review displayed on the cover. Or, draw a circle on your wrist, and check the time.

“When you’re cooking, you are also smelling the preparation and your mind starts working accordingly. What we need is a similar seamless communication with the physical world using this solution,” Mr Mistry says.
Press Coverage and several videos available at the website http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/#VIDEOS

According to Mr Mistry, the real power of SixthSense will be to empower people who lack fourth or fifth sense. “There are some organisations talking with me about how to empower the visually-challenged and hearing-impaired using this technology,” he says.
Meanwhile, consumer electronic companies, including Samsung and LG apart from Microsoft and many others, have expressed interest in making SixthSense a commercial reality.

“Most of these companies already sponsor projects at the Media Lab, and they have been working with me,” said Mr Mistry. Some of the potential applications could include real-time surgery using SixthSense, besides, bundling mobile phones with software, which will empower users to try different applications.

3G Doctor

I am working on the topic (software as a service) SaaS applications in Medical and Healthcare field, so the next few months my focus there.

So this week I like to post about 3GDoctor.com a service that allows you to video consult with General Medical Council registered Doctors using a 3G Video Mobile. When you register as a patient with 3G Doctor you can also use it to create, store and manage your Personal Health Record which can be referred to by your Doctor during video consultations. Yummy now that feels like the next google acqusition target.

Mediserve is another company that is now planning to came up with SaaS model of their applications.

And of course have to talk about Microsoft , even though I work for Oracle andicrosoft is competition.

Digipede is developing on microsofts .net plafrom to help anyone providing SaaS on the Microsoft platform. And they claim to have a bioinformatics company testing their application to develop bioinformatics application in SaaS model And it lok like that customer is The Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) as a part of the Novartis Research Foundation, details of the case study on Digipede website

And yes I ahve written about  GeneBio earlier their claims to have PhenyxOnline as the first commercial platform in the proteomics field offered in a SaaS model    

Also came across this intersting post by Paweł Szczęsny.  Thinking about RaaS: Research-as-a-Service

Biology of Cloud Computing

The world summit on Cloud Computing is on December 1-2/2008. Surprisingly Bioinformatics is mentioned only once . And only by cycle computing a company offering grid computing solutions. That apart there is no talk about lifescience space. Ofcourse cloud computing is buzz word for now, and will remain so for some time. It might event meet the same fate of bioinformatics industry has faced in initial years. But this time around there are amny Enterprise companies backing the concept, catiously though. From Amazon, Microsoft, Google, to Sun

But according to according to research firm IDC the current economic crisis in the US may save IT companies that invest in cloud computing, as it will contribute to significant growth in that sector over the next five years.

ofcourse there are concerns around data privacy and data security But  Companies like Millenium Pharma re investing in technology provided by companies like WorkDay (SaaS HR started by former Peoplesoft founder). Earlier this year google announded that Genentech would use Google Apps

While Cloud computing for scientist stil have wait, unless you are working in CERN or other research centre on high computing projects, after all they invented Grid Computing or atleast made the fiest steps

Record songs onto a Bacteria- yes Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory can claim to use bacteria as an ipod storage device

Researchers Store children’s song It’s a Small World on bacteria and recovered it from the 100th Generation

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used artificial DNA sequences to encode portions of the text of the children’s song It’s a Small World, added the sequences to bacteria DNA, allowed the bacteria to multiply, then extracted the message part of a DNA strand and retrieved the encoded information, Bliss ha just the kind of solution I need to store all my digital music when my ipod gets full.

Well may be not so easy since there are some potential problems the memory capacity would be huge because each bacteria in a colony could encode different information; it is very difficult to select a single bacteria from a colony, well that cant good, But I like the concept pretty futuristic

These DNA messages, each about 150 bases long, were inserted into bacteria such as E. coliDeinococcus radiodurans. Because DNA is passed down through generations of living organisms, information stored this way should survive for as long as the line of organisms survives, said Pak Wong, a chief scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. DNA is made up of four bases attached to a sugar-phosphate backbone. Different sequences of the four bases can represent digital information

Considering that a milliliter of liquid can contain up to 10 billion bacteria, the potential capacity of bacterial-based DNA memory is enormous

The researchers let the bacteria propagate for 100 generations, then retrieved the encoded information by extracting the message part of the DNA strand from the youngest generation and reading it via polymerase chain reaction, a laboratory procedure that took about two hours and involved a series of heating and cooling cycles.

The researchers used seven different bacteria to store and retrieve seven DNA fragments that ranged from 57 to 99 base pairs long and encoded text from the children’s song

The study was published in 2003

Microsoft Research, HIV, SPAM – MS anti-spam techniques help research HIV vaccines

Ever heard of the Teiresias algorithm, for spam detection developed by Chung-Kwei at IBM – the algorithm was developed in the bioinformatics group of IBM to detect patterns in DNA

This algorithm is tested for SPAM detection- discussed in my  my earlier bioinformatics post

So you may be wodering whats thats got to do with this post, OK I am coming to it- 

Microsoft is helping  David Heckerman a Physician with a PhD in computers with spam-blocking team at Microsoft Research, to find drugs for HIV, by learning from how Anti SPAM softwares works

An e-mail featuring “Viagra,” for example, was a good bet to be spam–but things got complicated in a hurry.

if spammers saw that “Viagra” messages were getting zapped, they switched to V1agra, or Vi agra. It was almost as if spam, like a living thing, were mutating

This parallel between spam and biology got the attention of David Heckerman

Bill Gates, the company chairman “got really excited,” Heckerman says. Well versed on HIV from his philanthropy work, Gates lined up Heckerman with AIDS researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Washington, and elsewhere.

Since then, the 50-year-old Heckerman and two colleagues have created their own biology niche at Microsoft, where they build HIV-detecting software. These are research tools to spot infected cells and correlate the viral mutations with the individual’s genetic profile. Heckerman’s team runs mountains of data through enormous clusters of 320 computers, operating in parallel. Thanks to smarter algorithms and more powerful machines, they’re sifting through the data 480 times faster than a year ago. In June, the team released its first batch of tools for free on the Internet.

watch the video to learn more about the work

4th Dimension in Biology

4D imaging of different microorganisms was the first step of 4D in biology. Recently now from the University of Calgary, sun centre for excellence for visual genomics have created the 4D virtual human (CAVEman) with flesh, and muscles, a breakthrough step ahead in the medical informatics. This 4D virtual human can be used for many new pathways for surgical studies. It can be used also to see the disease and genetic changes virtually, allowing to assess the various morphological changes occuring during a diseased or genetically affected individual. You can download Demo verrsion so of the 4D demos of heart , human skelton and many more,

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