When winemakers a century from now look back on the technology that changed the game, one winery is going to stand out: Palmaz Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Though ordinary in appearance at first glance, an amazing array of custom-built technologies lurking in a subterranean lair bolster the winemaker’s craft with exacting science.Located on 610-acre parcel located northeast of downtown Napa, the vineyeard is run by the Palmaz family, who originally came from Argentina. They purchased the property in the mid-90s and had to start from scratch, as the previous owner had let the ground go fallow.When they set out to make the winery, the Palmaz family wanted to take the land into account. They drilled 4,900 core samples around the property to understand the various soil compositions, then tailored the entire layout of the vineyard around the findings – a departure from the simple rectangular parcels that dominate the surrounding area.Another goal was to have access to as many … [Read more...] about The winery of the future looks like something Bruce Wayne would run
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We knew it was coming. Though some automakers have been more bullish, or more overt about electric vehicles, all brands are likely to embrace electrification at some point. Now it’s Jaguar’s turn.Ahead of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.K. automaker has revealed its i-Pace concept, an all-electric crossover that previews the company’s first electric production model.Digital Trends was one of a select few to glimpse the sleek EV as part of a virtual reality briefing. Basically, Jaguar created a virtual environment (via HTC Vive Headsets) for us to explore the vehicle in depth — all while Jaguar/Land Rover’s Head of Design, Ian Callum, walked us through its development and key features. It may sound odd to stage a virtual demo with the actual car just a few feet away, but the introduction in fact gave us “digital seat time” long before anyone will behind the wheel in person.There’s a lot going on with this vehicle, … [Read more...] about Jaguar’s future looks like this 400hp all-electric crossover concept
What do you get when you combine six DLP projectors, some serious computational horsepower, and a floor-to-ceiling projector screen? A video wall that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie (minus the telling Windows desktop). CEDIA’s Future Tech pavilion featured a number of forward-looking implementations of current technology in the home, but this video wall was by far the most impressive. Digital Projection provided six M-Vision Cine 260 HB projectors to fill the wall from behind using edge blending, with Nvidia hardware to string them all together into one cohesive image. Despite short-throw lenses, the wall still needs a full nine feet behind it – not something you’ll likely be installing in your NYC apartment any time soon.Sony’s VW1000ES 4K projector might have been this year’s CEDIA showstopper, but this setup has it beat by a mile on resolution: roughly 6,000 by 4,000 pixels. As you can see from the photos, that’s more than enough to play a … [Read more...] about This is what the video wall of the future looks like
What if every morning after your shower, you could wipe the condensation off your bathroom mirror and see not only your reflection, but also the day’s weather forecast, news headlines, and even the emails in your inbox? Well if this new smart mirror from Posh ever becomes a reality, all that time you spend brushing your teeth and fiddling with your hair could also be used to give you a proper start to the day.Recently unveiled by Canadian company Posh View, the iMirror is an interactive reflective surface that features a completely customizable multi-touch display. By connecting your home WiFi network, the device allows users to download an array of templates, widgets, and even full-fledged applications. It’s basically like having a giant tablet mounted on your wall. iMirror is also equipped with a small camera and integrated facial recognition software, so it can be programmed to recognize your mug. It’s capable of recognizing and differentiating between … [Read more...] about iMirror looks like a looking-glass, acts like a touchscreen
Facebook, despite any criticisms, is still the social network – but its engagement problem is no secret. We’ll cut to the chase: Facebook needs to provide users more value to keep us coming back – before it’s too late.The problem is that Facebook has always been a passive listener of everything we’re sharing, and sometimes that’s leading to regurgitation. That’s why the company has been busy pulling out all the stops with feature updates that are trying to keep everyone happy. The result? A Facebook we hardly recognized. Think back to when you originally opened your account – if it was more than two or three years ago, you know what we’re talking about.The Facebook of 2004 looks nothing like that Facebook of 2013 … so what is the Future Facebook going to look like? Consider this a look into the Internet’s crystal ball, full of hypotheses about what the Future Facebook is like.Death of the Like, rise of the … [Read more...] about What does the future of Facebook look like?
LG has added its name to the list of mobile companies with an announcement to make during May, joining Nokia, Jolla and in its own way, Google too. The image you see above is the invitation to a special event hosted by LG, which will evidently take place in Macau, China, on May 30.As is obvious, it shows a smartphone from the side, with a burst of color coming from the screen, and the words, “Imagination Begins” next to it. LG has included a not-so subtle clue as to what it’ll be announcing on the big day, as the G in imagination is highlighted and printed in a font which will be familiar to fans of high-end smartphones. We’re going to take a wild stab in the dark and say it’s going to launch a new Optimus G phone.Of course, this makes us instantly think of the Optimus G2, the rumored successor to the Optimus G, and potentially the world’s first device with a flexible screen. No matter how much we’d like the event to be for the Optimus G2, we … [Read more...] about LG to announce a new phone on May 30, looks like yet another Optimus G Pro
Locomotives may just come back into vogue. That is, if Deutsche Bahn’s concept for its “Idea Train” comes to fruition. While your preferred method of transportation today may not be the train, that could soon change with the debut of this incredibly futuristic design. Combining sleeping pods, noise-canceling chairs (that’s right, not just headphones), and even a digital fitness coach for your workout regimen, this train might make your commute more enjoyable than your actual job.Known as the “Ideenzug,” this train is decked out with more features than even the most hip startup office. Doing away with the traditional setup of rows upon rows of seats, the Idea Train instead features a host of seating options, including swivel chairs that will either allow you face forward or backward. If you’re not looking to settle in, however, there are also benches and folding seats available for shorter rides.For folks hoping to get some work done … [Read more...] about If the trains of the future look like Deutsche Bahn’s Idea Train, get on board
A technician hurriedly slings his backpack over his shoulders, straps on his M9 pistol, and bolts out of the transport with his squad of commandos in a hail of gunfire. As soon as his team reaches the compound, he whips out a laptop and starts deploying a rootkit to the target server, bullets whizzing overhead all the while.This might sound like the action movie of a hacker's dreams, but The Army Cyber Institute at West Point is training its recruits to do just that. At Chicago's Thotcon hacker conference last week, attendees got a glimpse of what its elite units might look like.During their talk, the institute's Major Natalie Vanatta and Captain Erick Waage mused on dramatic changes ahead. Conventional warfare soon may be shaped by computer networks, and the race to perfect techniques to infiltrate them has touched off an ambitious effort to bring experts in the public and private sectors together.Highly specialized missions stand little chance of success unless they are systematized … [Read more...] about What Internet-Connected War Might Look Like
Last week I lamented how the legacy software establishment was focusing on the easy-to-sell parts of cloud computing without really providing the essence of cloud. Since then, I have been inspired by a couple of articles at Business Insider that point in a different though not opposite direction."Oracle Is Starting to Look a Lot Like SFDC" makes the point that in buying Vitrue, Oracle has dipped another toe in social marketing and is increasingly looking like Salesforce. Business Insider also reports on the fertile rumor that Microsoft might be buying Yammer, a collaboration product. That could be a done deal by time you read this.Whatever the truth is, it appears to me that Oracle's buying spree in 2011 has made it OK for well-heeled companies, who are late or semi-late to the social-mobile-cloud party, to buy their R&D. Or more accurately, these guys don't ask for permission, so it's now game on and the stampede has started.So, is everyone really trying to look like … [Read more...] about INSIGHTS Is Everyone Trying to Look Like Salesforce?
On the heels of Apple's third quarter financial report, in which Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer hinted at new products that would put pressure on Apple's relatively high margins, the Apple rumor mill is running rampant with speculation. Further teasing along the guessing game, Apple CEO Steve Jobs opaquely noted, "We're busy finishing several more wonderful new products to launch in the coming months."So what are these products? Most certainly we're looking at some sort of new innovation, perhaps combined with a price decrease. But Apple is notoriously stringent with price cuts, so my money is on a new feature that will amp the production cost of the product and totally wow all of us consumers.Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro case designs are old and in need of a refresh. New versions may roll along as early as September, and blogs and trend watchers are predicting (if not reporting by way of unnamed inside sources) that the new MacBooks will sport aluminum enclosures … [Read more...] about TECH BLOG Will the Next MacBook Touchpad Look Like an iPhone?