Last Week’s Tech, Today (Nov 23rd, 2015)


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  • Publish Date November 23, 2015

In this blog series, Skookum’s Director of Development, Mark Flowers, shares a sampling of news stories that caught our attention last week. Check back every Monday for a quick rundown, in case you missed it.

Power over Wifi

Sending communication signals as radio waves through space is nothing new; its been around since the the 18th century. However, sending radio waves that transmit information and electrical power has long been a dream that’s starting to materialize over very short distances. Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to send power to a remote device up to 17 feet away using a standard consumer wireless router. The distant future potential of having devices that receive power wirelessly is huge. Imagine a world where the lights in your home are powered by wireless signals from the phone in your pocket. When you leave the house, the lights turn off automatically because they’re no longer recieving power from you.

Dressing Rooms

I’ve always been a sucker for demonstrations of the "Fill in the blank of the Future." So naturally I’m intrigued by Oak Labs who is trying to build the "retail experience of the Future." Their dressing rooms utilize RFIDs in clothing to give you more information about what you’re wearing via some awesome computers behind the mirrors on the walls. Check it out:

360 Video from Disney

Ever wanted to be able to adjust the camera angle of the video you’re watching? Now you can; and this creates some interesting questions. For instance, how will this impact cinematography? Does the camera become the view of the character? Will sets need to be built (virtually or otherwise) all the way around the camera to allow the user to choose what they watch during the video? Watch below and let me know what you think.

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