Mars Curiosity descent

Mars Curiosity

There have been a great number of photos and videos released since NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars on 06 August 2012.  The video above is – without question – the very best of the bunch.   Continue reading

Vision of the future includes embedded augmented reality

Sight Systems

It has been a few weeks (okay, two months) since I last posted to The Road Not Taken but when I saw the video below I knew I had to repost it as soon as possible.  The futuristic film comes from creators Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo as a part of their graduation project from Bezaleal Academy of Arts that illustrates some provocative uses for embedded augmented reality.   Continue reading

Memorial Day 2012

WWII Memorial

Every day 1,000 World War II veterans die.

This Memorial Day please take a moment and reflect on the tremendous sacrifice this group, as is the case with all veterans, made to protect the liberties and freedoms of all people everywhere.   Continue reading

Robotic stair master

Boston Dynamics stair master

I had meant to post this video some weeks ago but got caught up in a number of other social media related discussions that were a bit more salient at the time.  That said, I’ve been a big fan (and critic) of some of the more recent innovations in robotics and this new clip shows some interesting advancements in the anthropomorphic sector of the field.   Continue reading

The most engaging brands on Facebook

Facebook and Zuck

There’s been an enormous amount of press given to Facebook these past few weeks – even more so than the normally copious volumes – due to the impending $100 billion initial public offering.  However, even as investment bankers prepare to snap up their shares and subsequently dump them some hours or days later, some companies are beginning to break ranks from the social behemoth.   Continue reading

Marketing software round-up

Wordstream 150

WordStream, a provider of search marketing software and pay-per-click services, published the handy infographic above earlier this week.  Titled the “WordStream Internet Marketing 150″ the list is a compilation of the top software and software-as-a-service providers “…currently doing business in 10 major business categories, including content marketing and blogging, conversion rate optimization, crowdsourcing, email marketing, marketing automation, pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, search engine optimization, social media management, video hosting and management, and web analytics.”  Continue reading

Communications through the ages

Communications through the agesThe richness and sophistication of human communications is often what separates us from the other inhabitants of planet Earth.  While we can’t say for certain what the various clicks, hoots, howls, and moans of our terrestrial brethren mean exactly, it is fair to say that we’re the only group on the third planet from the Sun using YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.   Continue reading

Apple iTunes Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Wordle - iTunes terms of serviceHave you ever wondered what the major themes are in the 27 page Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Apple’s iTunes?  Well intrepid reader, wonder no more.   Continue reading

A world made of glass

Corning glass

In February of 2011 Corning, the American glass manufacturer founded in 1851, released a video called “A Day Made of Glass” (below).  The video portrays a not-too-distant future where most of the surfaces with which we interact are interactive, integrated, and intelligent.   Continue reading

Angry Birds in Space

You don’t have to be a NASA fan, an Angry Birds fan, or even a Don Pettit fan to truly appreciate how terrific the video above is in the grand scheme of things.  There’s nothing like zero gravity to help budding minds appreciate the basics of physics – which is clearly on Don’s mind – in a way that’s probably a bit more enthralling than the classroom.   Continue reading