Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ebooks Improve Vision

Trade your print book for an eBook and you'll read faster!
For people with eye diseases like macular degeneration, digital tablets increased reading speed by as much as 42 words per minute, compared with that of print books or newspapers, so where the findings in a recent study at Robert Wood Johnston in New Jersey.

Why it Works
"The illuminated screens of tablets computers offer sharper resolution than printed materials and help readers discern words more easily," says Daniel B. Roth, MD, study leader.

Tablet Tips
Set brightness to maximum, avoiding places with strong back-ground glare (such as fluorescent lighting or sunshine). And increasing font size.

Happy Reading!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Star Trek Tech

Since the pop-culture phenomenon premiered 46 years ago, Star Trek has offered a glimpse of our tech future.  On TV in the 1960s, Captain Kirk used a personal digital assistant, looking remarkably like today's tablet, and Mr. Spock talked to the ship's computer just as we do our smartphones. 

3-D printers bring to mind the replicator that processed food and other items in the 80s and 90s Star Trek "The Next Generation".  Designers of the first portable cellphones credited Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry's, vision.  "it became the flip phone."  While Scandu sensor will read temperature  and heart functions ( remember Dr. McCoy's tricorder?).

Google Glass glasses will let those with sight see more by keeping their heads up, rather than glued to a smartphone screen.  It will be available later this year.

And Microsoft is taking the first experimental steps to put a holodeck in your home.   

It appears that the 23rd-century is materializing at warp speed!