It’s been a little quiet on the blog because I spent the last three weeks in Asia.  There’s some electronics enginerd stuff coming next week.  Until then, I hope you’ll excuse this rare off-topic post.  While in Tokyo I saw a number of awesome things and thought I’d share 2 of them:  ASIMO at the Miraikan Museum and  a dinner show at the Robot Restaurant.  Click Read More to check out some pictures and videos.

The lead hardware designer of both the original ARM core and the BBC Micro Computer, Professor Steve Furber, is leading an effort to simulate the human brain with ARM cores.  Custom chips with 18 cores each will be used.  Check out the story at Electronics Weekly for more information:   One million ARM cores to simulate brain at Manche`ster – 7/8/2011 – Electronics Weekly.

A long time fan of the NASA Space program, the last shuttle going up is a little bit sad.  Artist Alberto Cuadra has put together this infographic about the shuttle.   Originally created by the Houston Chronicle. (Citation missing, please comment if you have one!)

Over at Universe Today, there is a review of the book titled “NASA Space Shuttle Owner’s Workshop Manual.”  When I first started using the Internet (over dial-up at 28.8kps), I came across JPL’s website.  It lead me to the Operations Manual and Reference Guide for the Space Shuttle.  At the time I couldn’t believe such information was available to the public.  Then I realized, didn’t the public buy those machines in the first place?  It is a…

From the company that brought us, “There is a worldwide need for no more than 5 computers”. IBM is announcing 5 Innovative Technologies we will see over the next 5 years. In summary they are: 3D Communications Batteries that use air to recharge Citizen Scientists (Sensors Everywhere!) Personalized Commuter Information Smarter Energy Grid