Tagged: Technology

Gadget that tricks brain into thinking a plain cookie is a chocolate cookie - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Oct 22, 2010

A visitor gives MetaCookie+ a go Being able to transform a simple cookie into chocolate, strawberries, or even mushrooms is not magic, it’s science according to Tokyo University researchers who showcased their latest invention at a technology event in Japan last week. The MetaCookie+ is a virtual tasting headgear set where multiple hoses send the smell of a particular food … Read More

Great sciencey watchables - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jul 29, 2010

August looks set to be an absolute cracker for that segment of my readership who a) likes to watch science-related programming and b) has access to TVNZ 7 (hilariously, I don’t actually fit into the latter group). Still, even if you don’t, then guaranteed you’ll have a friend who does, and it’s … Read More

Intelligent Buildings? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jul 12, 2010

Modern buildings have a lot of technology that goes into them. From the development of the products they are built from, to the systems that allow us to live, work, and play in them. The rate of technology uptake into our new buildings is surging up every year, especially when it comes to entertainment systems and power control. However one … Read More

Technology's Holy Trinity: Sex, bombs and burgers - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 23, 2010

My former New Zealand Herald colleague, Peter Nowak, now firmly ensconced back in Toronto at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has just published his first book and its based on an intriguing premise. Nowak has been poring over the annals of 20th century innovation and come to the conclusion that war, porn and fast food created a good deal of technology … Read More

Climate change, swine flu dominated science coverage in 09 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 18, 2009

The swine flu pandemic and climate change were the two biggest science-related issues covered in the New Zealand media in 2009, according to the Science Media Centre’s Media Tracker report published today. The top 10 list of science-related stories picked up in the New Zealand media covers everything from October’s devastating tsunamis in Samoa to the debut of Chief Science … Read More

The cheap supercomputer - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 29, 2009

Using parts sold at your local electronics store to make a supercomputer?  Sounds like something MacGyver would do. But at last week’s Supercomputing Conference in Oregon, USA, a Gordon Bell Prize was awarded to a team of researchers who did just that. Nagasaki University associate professor Tsuyoshi Hamada and his team spent a mere NZ$600,000 to develop their supercomputer made … Read More

How to save the world and earn money - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 25, 2009

Buying electricity generated from home solar panels could be a way to get people involved in saving the environment. This month, Japanese electricity companies began buying electricity from people whose home solar panels generated more than enough juice. Families receive 48 yen (75 cents) for every 1 kilowatt of electricity, creating a new income source. Solar panels alone are … Read More

The search engine that fights crime - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 16, 2009

Taking it to the next level A search engine programmed to look at your clothes will cut the hours you would spend staring at security camera footage to find that thief who stole your bag. Japanese IT company NEC have developed a search engine which looks for individuals in video footage based on the colour of their clothes. If say, … Read More

Wearable computers - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 13, 2009

Chatting to someone in Russian, reading a book in German, or just being able to understand those Japanese car instructions are now possible after IT company NEC have developed the world’s first computer glasses. Wearing computer glasses Tele Scouter is made up of a compact microphone, camera, and ear phone which fit around the wearer’s glasses.  These are connected to … Read More