IBMLabs predicts holograms in the next five years

With its fifth edition of its five years predictions, IBMLabs foresees:

  • generalization of data collection by the dissemination of capters for a real time image of the environment,
  • 3-D hologrammes for our telephone and Internet communications,
  • ten times superior battery life thanks to ambiant air’s oxygen charging,
  • recycling of the heat dissipated by data centers,
  • real time information (traffic, accidents, parking, alternatives, etc.) for the optimization of commutes.

See you in 2015.

Source: the IBMLabs channel on YouTube.

Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad

Who ever was in the music industry in the eighties has bumped into Tascam’s Portastudio.

Tascam's Portastudio on iPad

Believe it or not, modern times see the introduction of Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad. Reproducing the look and feel of the Porta One cassette based multitrack recorder that revolutionized recording in 1984, the Portastudio app records up to four tracks.

The application allows to record one track at a time using the built-in mic or a headset microphone. A simulated cassette transport with position counter tracks your position while you mix with level, pan and EQ controls. When you’re ready to mix, the built-in mixdown function saves your song as a CD-quality WAV file. Your mix appears in iTunes when you’re finished, ready to share with friends and bandmates.

Idealistics will hope some hardware extension will soon allow for higher quality standard than the built-in microphone. Others will think this is a gadget lacking numerous features at times of powerful multitrack recording software…