Monthly Archives: February 2010

Augmenting Interactive Tables

Presented at UIST 09 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology).

Read more at the UIST 09 website.


The World’s First Time Machine

A TLC documentary exploring the possibilities of time travel. Ronald L. Mallett is a full professor of physics at the University of Connecticut (R.L.Mallett’s website ). For quite some time, Ronald Mallett has been working on plans for a time machine. This technology would be based upon a ring laser’s properties within the context of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Mallett first argued that the ring laser would produce a limited amount of frame-dragging which might be measured experimentally, saying: “in Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, both matter and energy can create a gravitational field. This means that the energy of a light beam can produce a gravitational field. My current research considers both the weak and strong gravitational fields produced by a single continuously circulating unidirectional beam of light. In the weak gravitational field of a unidirectional ring laser, it is predicted that a spinning neutral particle, when placed in the ring, is dragged around by the resulting gravitational field.”


The Global Education Forum (running concurrently with GESS2010, 23-25 Feb at the Airport Expo Dubai) is a mixture of a main stream plenary conference enriched by a series of master classes and workshops, aimed at bringing teaching solutions to the region. Covering topics such as, the integration of technology in all areas of education – building schools for the future – special education needs including gifted and talented children – brain training – and the latest innovations in education including ‘virtual environments’ .

GEF 2010 conference schedule

FlockDraw: Collaborative Drawing Made Easy

If you ever wanted to quickly share or collaborate on a simple sketch online, here is a fun new tool to try. With FlockDraw, you can draw simple sketches collaboratively in your browser in real-time. Up to 50 people can draw simultaneously on a single whiteboard. FlockDraw doesn’t limit the number of people who can watch. FlockDraw feels a bit like a pre-Windows7 version of MS Paint, and isn’t anywhere close to being a replacement for a full-blown design app like Balsamiq, or a browser-based image editing suite like Aviary. The service, however, makes it very easy and fun to create simple drawings and sketches in real-time. website