Just read this article about Apple’s new Macbook and how there will only be one USB-C port. My first reaction was that it was a ridiculous idea. Upon further reflection, I can see where it would work well but I still think Apple my have jumped the gun. Since USB-C can charge, send video out and transport data, I see using a USB-C hub as a computer dock so the computer can be moved around easy and plugged in with one cord. The problem is if you are going somewhere that doesn’t have a usb hub setup so you have to carry one around. Of course Apple is influential enough that people will start producing cheap hubs and have them available. I can especially see the benefit in the future when most peripherals become wireless.
For me personally, the benefit of reducing size and weight (sleeker design) does not overcome the functionality and usability of having multiple ports. I would rather have a larger laptop with multiple USB-C ports and phase in the new devices that would eventually lead to only needing one port while there are still expensive devices that use the old ports. Also, adapters do not always work correctly (with full functionality).
I finished presenting my PhD proposal (Wet Anisotropic Etching of Nano-scale Features with Controlled Geometry for Ultra-Capacitors) to my committee this week! It went better than I expected since I was very nervous. Now I just need to finish the work, get my degree, and then start work. I am looking forward to the change in job.
George Takei’s posts on facebook are almost always entertaining. Today’s was no exception since it lead me to 31 Useful Gadgets That Might Even Change Your Life. The list included some interesting gadgets/products or items with great ornamental themes.
The product that I found most intriguing is the moodINQ Programmable Tattoo System. Several years ago, I had thought about a similar idea but I had wanted a programmable chip under my skin as well so that the tattoo could continuously update to create animations. An example for my system would be a tattoo watch on ones wrist that would actually tell time.
This system looks good but I am wary that it is too good to be true. If I had the money I might experiment with a small area. I wonder what resolution is available.
Unfortunately, it looks like this is an April fools joke. Sigh.
These products have great/hilarious reviews on Amazon.
Jean-Claude Van Damme is amazing in this Volvo commercial which demonstrates Volvo’s Dynamic Steering.