Max Romantschuk's weblog – June 2007 archive
Paul Potts: A modern day Cinderella tale
Please excuse the gender-bender, but there's something magical about a nobody rising to fame. Seldom have I seen something quite as surprising as Paul Potts' original performance in Britain's Got Talent. Thanks to YouTube, here it is, for now anyway:
I was going to link the semifinal and final videos as well, but my colleague Tero beat me to the punch: Paul Potts in Britain's Got Talent
On (literally) Reinventhing the Wheel
The term "Reinventing the wheel" is seldom used literally. But Michelin's Tweel technology might just have that potential. Originally displayed in 2005, I hadn't heard of it until today. There's a Gizmag Tweel article and photo gallery worth checking out, and also a Wikipedia article on Tweel.
I guess it's still very much a prototype, and it definitely remains to be seen if the technology is truly practical. But the thought of never having to worry about flats, especially on a bicycle, is very enticing. I wonder how the flexible spokes perform across a wide range of temperatures (think summer vs. winter) though...
On touch-screens and Microsoft's Surface
I had this grand plan to do a nice writeup on Microsoft's Surface and similar technology, but it seems I don't have the creative energy to do so right now. But dumping the interesting links I found can't hurt, can it?
- Official Surface site at Microsoft
- Ars Technica's look at Surface
- Surface demo video at Popular Mechanics
- Helsinki Institute for Information Technology's CityWall project, similar to Surface
I do believe that multi-touch interfaces are the future. I've said so before... Oh, and ebooks will take off once electronic paper tech becomes affordable, mark my words.