Author Archives: Calvin Ho Fung Cheng

Skype in the Classroom

Here’s something cool Skype’s working on, it’s creating a platform for professors and teachers to connect with other professors and teachers that use Skype within their classes. That way, the two teachers can collaborate on lesson plans across the world. Around 4,000 teachers around the globe have signed up, check out what they’ve done in […]

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Color, putting you in other people’s business

Here’s an interesting app by well known entrepreneur Bill Nguyen (ex Apple, amongst many things), Color, an app that allows you to see photos real time by everyone around you. No username, profile, passwords and friends. Just photos of people around you (or those who’ve visited in the past). Say you’re in a coffee shop, […]

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Check this out

Do you guys think this is real or fake? Sadly, it’s a fake. It’s a marketing campaign for Bradley Cooper’s new film, Limitless, about how the pill they take allows a person to use 100% of their brain. Though it’s sad to find out that the whole thing is a marketing ploy, the video was […]

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Relief for Japan

As you all already know, Japan was struck by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake Friday afternoon. I’ve been following it quite closely and today one of their volcanos began to erupt, further adding to the disaster. Shaking earth, tsunamis and now volcanoes, they’re being┬ádevastated, but I can’t help but think of the power of social media […]

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Add human, to everything? Google Sloppy

Very interesting approach to something we all know and love, the Google search. Google sloppy is the brainchild grad student from Pasadena Art Center College of Design. What it does is add human characteristics to the Google search, by making it lazy. The search engine yawns as you type in your query and makes mistakes […]

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MIT Recompose

The invention of touch screens really gave the flat surface a lot more buttons: tapping, pinching and swiping, but the problem was that the touch screen offered no tactile or even physical feedback. The Recompose by a team at MIT solves this problem through a gestural interface that reacts to the gesture of your hands. […]

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Telepresence

Very interesting article about a boy who has a very weak immune system who can now to go to school. Instead of sitting in the hospital and missing out on everything, Lyndon can go to school through a robot. They call this telepresence, the boy has the ability to participate in school as the robot […]

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Smart Sharing, Ubiquitous Computing

I mentioned this piece of software/tech during the presentation last week for Microsoft Surface. Although the software isn’t created by Microsoft, it’s very much in line with their vision of what the Surface should be doing and is also the first step to their vision in ubiquitous computing. The sharing of this is so seamless, […]

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Clever? Or not so much?

I’ll be covering this in class next week but feel free to take a look and input your opinion in class! Lego and Intel collaborated to mix virtual and real worlds with a 3D gesture control software that recognizes hand gestures and Lego models to create a play world for its user. Clever device, but […]

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Inspiration from movies

In class this week we discussed how the real life innovation follows visions of sci-fi novels and movies such as Bladerunner, Matrix, Minority Report. Here’s another example of something we can all relate to through the James Bond movies: How cool is that? A life sized remote control car. What’s interesting is that what people […]

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