Knowledge Fishing

2006 July 14

A different stroke for internal combustion engine

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — bob hawbaker @ 4:58 pm

The inventor, Raphial Morgado over at Angel Labs has come up with a new engine design that is far more efficient than current 100+ years old internal combustion engine. This engine acts more like the bottom part of the engine without stop/go action of pistons. It is able to do 16 fires within a single revolution and can be scaled due to modular design It is able to create 3000HP with a approximately 150-lb engine. Check out the movies, there are plenty of movies to show how it works. For a more simpler laymen’s terms, go here.

If this works out well, it could revolutionize engines.

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Window Media Player gains Closed Caption (?)

Filed under: Closed Caption,TV/Movies — bob hawbaker @ 4:54 pm

Here is a brief description of SAMI to do closed caption for Window Media Player. The documentation for SAMI can be found here.

This is a great feature, however if I understand the SAMI document correctly from a quick skim, the closed caption text goes into a separate file. That is not a good implementation because it is going to be easy to lose track of the sami files. A better approach would be what Apple did, they created a separate track type called Text Track which is embedded within the movie container.

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New drug for preventing blindness

Filed under: Eyes,Health — bob hawbaker @ 4:53 pm

There may be a new drug that could help prevent blindness due to wet-=type macular degeneration. This experiment was done on elders for 12 months. The short story: 95% on drug maintained vision while 60% did not. See the article at MedicineNet for more details.

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New Epson projector with closed caption

Filed under: Closed Caption,TV/Movies — bob hawbaker @ 4:52 pm
I just received an email from Epson informing me of an upcoming new projector that will have built in closed caption. This is great news for those who want front projector and need closed caption for analog signals like composite and s-video. Thanks Epson. Here is the information I received.

Epson PowerLite 6100i Multimedia Projector Offers Unique Features and Performance for Universities, Conference Facilities, and Other High-Use Environments

New Projector Provides User-Friendly Design, Closed Captioning, 3,500 ANSI Lumens Brightness, Increased Theft Prevention, New Air Filtration System, and More

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ — Epson America today unveiled a multimedia projector that is designed to satisfy the demands of high-use presentation environments such as universities, colleges and business conference facilities. The Epson PowerLite 6100i takes advantage of Epson’s 3LCD technology and projects up to 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness in XGA (1024 x 768) native resolution, enabling presenters to display visual content with sharp details and rich colors.

In addition to projecting vibrant images in both dark and well-lit lecture halls and meeting facilities, the Epson PowerLite 6100i features
embedded technology that helps address the visual needs of hearing impaired and colorblind students. The projector is compatible with tuners and components that transmit closed caption content. This embedded solution also serves as a convenient way for universities and businesses to display closed caption content on a projector without having to purchase and install external components that are frequently used to enable that capability.

“The Epson PowerLite 6100i is really an outstanding investment for virtually any educational institution or conference facility where there’s
a high demand for projecting presentations and all other forms of multimedia content,” said Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Epson
America. “Beyond just offering a projector that’s really bright, we’ve listened closely to what professionals in this industry need and have
applied those unique demands into this design.”

The Epson PowerLite 6100i offers a wealth of features that make it a reliable asset which is easy for AV managers and campus technicians to
manage. Some of these features include:
* Unique filtration system captures particles in the air (such as chalk or dust), and prevents them from accumulating and potentially harming the projector’s internal components over time.
* Out-of-the-box networking technology that enables technicians to monitor and control the projector from remote locations via LAN or Internet.
* Theft prevention: metal anchor bars are positioned on the bottom of the projector, which are designed to house a security cable. Security is
further enhanced with password controls and other features.
* 1.6x optical zoom and +30-degree keystone contribute to greater setup flexibility.
* 5-watt speaker designed to provide room-filling sound of voices and other audio content.

Epson 3LCD Technology
Epson 3LCD technology uses a three-chip engine for natural color and bright, vibrant images. It is a solid-state optical engine that works
without a moving color wheel, resulting in accurate color registration, detailed video and data images that are crisp and rainbow-free. Epson 3LCD technology produces optimal viewing experiences for business applications, educational environment, and home entertainment.

Brighter Futures(TM) — Epson’s Education Program
Epson’s Brighter Futures is a unique sales and support program that is available specifically for schools. The program is designed to help
educators select and implement the most ideal products for their schools’ needs in addition to reducing costs and maximizing their technology
budgets. The program offers special pricing, extended warranties, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support across Epson’s full line of projectors.

Availability and Support
The Epson PowerLite 6100i will be available in July 2006 for $2,080 Brighter Futures (education) price and comes with a three-year limited parts and labor warranty that includes elite technical support services such as three-year Epson PrivateLine(TM) availability and two-year Road Service Program. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line by
using a phone card that is included with the product.

About Epson
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transactions terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.

Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

SOURCE Epson America, Inc.

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Know your government

Filed under: Government — bob hawbaker @ 4:51 pm

If you are a citizen of a country, it is important that you know what is going with your government. When gone unchecked, the government may go astray. They may do things that are not citizen-friendly.

In Untied States, there are several ways to keep track of the government: newspapers, news, blogs, involvement, or government’s own websites. They have plenty of sites you can search to find out what’s current. I have been reading things at Thomas.

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Deaf DVD viewers rights being auto-deprived ?

Filed under: Closed Caption,Lawsuits — bob hawbaker @ 4:50 pm

There is a class lawsuit going on regarding DVD and closed caption of bonuses and special feature sections. They are going through settlement. This class automatically includes anyone who is US citizen, deaf and have had bought or rent DVDs (please see the website for more specifics). So if you meet the criteria, you are automatically included regardless if you wanted to be or not. This means that if settlement goes through, you implicitly accepted the settlement. By accepting, you will be unable to sue the companies named in this case in the future.

In my opinion, the settlement is not favorable to consumers. There are too many loose ends and loopholes. The language is weak and spotty. Joe Clark has written some information about this case.

If you wish to be excluded from this case, you must fill out a form and send it to the The Garden City Group, Inc. who is handling the settlement which must be postmarked by midnight july 14, 2006. If you want to be included, you do not have to do anything as you will be automatically included. Please read about the case and there is also good layman’s term about the case.

I sent email to the group who is handling the settlement and got an explanation about some of their methods. Portion of email says “…if too many people do this, then the defendants can call the settlement off. If that happens, the class would lose the benefits of the settlement…”.

With the world going lawsuit-happy, I gotta include this. Please be sure to make an informed decision on your own. As for me, I have decided to exclude myself from the case.

Update 7/12/2006
I mailed my exclusion form last Friday as next day delivery.

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