Max Romantschuk's weblog – May 2007 archive

Sputtr. - Search (the) Web 2.0

Friday 25th of May, 2007 - 11:45 – Permalink

Sputtr. (beta). Refreshing search tool, very Web 2.0. Take a look.

InfiniTouch: Rugged and Simple Touch Screens?

Thursday 24th of May, 2007 - 11:20 – Permalink

A new touch screen technology from QSI corporation called InfiniTouch looks like it could have real potential. Labeled as "force panel technology", it employs simple force sensors attached to the corners of any rigid surface. By calculating the force difference amongst the sensors the origin of the touch input can be determined, on both the X, Y and Z axis. There's a neat video demonstration showing the tech in action, including a touch sensitive panel with water running over it. Note: The site unfortunately requires Flash.

I just submitted this to Slashdot, but there's no telling if it will get posted... I figured that it can't hurt posting here as well.

Mastering the Art of Photorealism

Wednesday 23rd of May, 2007 - 11:58 – Permalink

I hadn't heard of Dru Blair, but I did know that artists like Hajime Sorayama were able to create fairly photorealistic images. (Note: The Hajime Sorayama link is not work safe.) But until now I had never seen an airbrush image that was (in my opinion) 100% photorealistic. The Painting of Tica by Dru Blair is an image like that. Simply amazing. Via Neatorama.

OLED Keyboards and Chemistry RPGs

Monday 21st of May, 2007 - 11:56 – Permalink

When I can afford one I'm going to want an Optimus Maximus keyboard. It's almost two years since it was first announced, but I'm as excited as ever. Basically, the Optimus keyboard has a tiny screen for each key. This way, the key labels can change depending on the application. These days learning the shortcut keys for every application is rather tedious, so how cool would it be to press Ctrl or Alt and have your keyboard tell you which key does what? Check out the Optmius keyboard demo to get an idea of the possibilities. Be sure to try out the different layouts right above the simulated keyboard.

The fun way to learn Chemistry

We can all thank Anshul Samar, the founder of Elementeo for giving thousands of gamers across the globe a whopping why-didn't-I-think-of-that -moment... Elementeo replaces boring text book studies about chemistry with a card game. Read more about Elementeo on the site, or check out this VentureBeat article on Elementeo. Good stuff. Via Slashdot.

Image Mosaic Generator (v2.0)

Friday 18th of May, 2007 - 11:43 – Permalink

Most people seem to think that photographic mosaics are cool. Well, now you can make your own online, with the Image Mosaic Generator. Cool stuff, but the images are from Flickr, so it might be a little shady on the copyright side. No mention about using only Creative Commons licensed images... Via

Contex ZPrinter 450 3D printer - Amazing.

Monday 14th of May, 2007 - 11:55 – Permalink

This seems to be for real. I'm pretty much speechless. Want one. Contex ZPrinter 450 product page. Via

Regarding the Future: Did You Know?

Friday 11th of May, 2007 - 11:38 – Permalink

Carl Fisch made the very interesting video you see below... There's more information on Carl's presentation in this blog post. I've long thought that the only way to keep oneself employed in my industry (IT/Media) is to learn new things every single day. This only strengthens my beliefs. Via Neatorama

Speaking of (going Back to) the Future...

If you're part of my generation the Back to the Future movie trilogy was the best thing since sliced bread... And if you've always secretly wanted the übercool sneakers worn by Marty McFly in part two of the trilogy you should check out the McFLY 2015 project. I simply had to sign the petition...

The Encyclopedia of Life

Thursday 10th of May, 2007 - 11:30 – Permalink

Every now and then there's a project that I feel is important for one reason or another. The Encyclopedia of Life is such a project. Check out the introduction video and the demonstration pages to get a feel for what it's all about. The introduction really says it all, though:

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Good stuff. Via Slashdot.