control electronics with your EYES

Since the IO6 update on my iPhone 4S, Siri’s been working much better in Canada.

Still, using voice to interact with a device is crude. Not feasible in many noisy or crowded environments.

Forget voice controls as the future of TV. Instead, it will be all about your eyes. The technology already exists, and it was built by three young men in a garage. In their spare time.

PredictGaze is software that turns the camera on ordinary computing devices into a sophisticated eye-tracking technology.

Reading a book on your iPad and want to turn the page? Just look down at the bottom right-hand corner.

Watching a smart TV and want to see what’s on the other channel? Direct your gaze at a corner of the screen.

Reading a long article on your iPhone? The story will scroll down as your eye moves down the page. You can even play “Pong” using only your eyes to zip your paddle back and forward.

None of this requires any special equipment, and it works in changing light conditions, from a distance of 12 feet, and on shaky handheld devices that are constantly on the move. …

panda daily – Three Guys in a Garage Are Turning Your Eyes Into Powerful Remote Controls

Here’s one of a number of demo videos via that link.

Click PLAY or watch Muting music with a “shush” gesture on YouTube.

I can hardly wait.

Aakash Jain, Abhilekh Agarwal, and Saurav Kumar met a couple of years ago at Cornell University.

All are in their mid-20s, have to maintain full-time jobs because they’re all from India and in the US on non-immigrant work visas …

The kind of people many Republicans blame for stealing American jobs. The kind of entrepreneurs who might found one of the next great American companies.

Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is a thriller novel by American writer Dean Koontz, published in 2003. The novel derives its title from the protagonist, a twenty-year-old short-order cook named Odd Thomas. …

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours. …


… Following the success of the novel, two sequels, Forever Odd (2005), and Brother Odd (2006) were also written by Koontz. A third sequel, Odd Hours, was released on May 20, 2008 and a fourth sequel, Odd Apocalypse, was released on July 31, 2012. Two graphic-novel prequels, In Odd We Trust and Odd Is On Our Side …

I’ll read more.

A movie is planned.

is Newt Gingrich a flip-flopping liar?

This ad which ran in early 2008 is part of the “We Can Solve It” global warming ad campaign sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. Gingrich has spent a lot of time trying to explain why he participated in this ad campaign.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

He’s sharing the Love Seat with frenemy Nancy Polosi:

… In an interview with Talking Points Memo …, Pelosi teased that she knows “a lot” from her days as senior Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, which investigated Gingrich for tax cheating and campaign finance violations.

“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.” …

Business Insider

Newt and his most one-eyed followers simply dismiss the many critics. He’s only been married once, they claim. And never cheated on that wife the way Bill Clinton did.

USA Today has a summary of the charges against the Newt – Fact Check: Many attacks on Gingrich are true

Santa read that article and delivered only a single lump of coal to candidate Newt. … Very funny, Claus. You know Gingrich won’t burn the coal — he’s too worried about Global Warming.

THE HOBBIT – Trailer

The Hobbit is an upcoming two-part epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is a film adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The films are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013).

Click PLAY or watch it on Apple.

Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf the Grey.