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Google Celebrates 4th of July in Style

This year Google brought back the memory of the famous Rube Goldberg machines. For those who are not familiar with this term, let me take you to a brief flashback of it. Reuben Lucius Goldberg, better known as Rube Goldberg, was a great American author, sculptor, engineer, cartoonist and inventor. He was well known for his cartoons that depicted complex machines for performing simple task indirectly. These machines now are known as Rube Goldberg machines and Google brought back this idea this year through it Google doodle for the 4th of July (2010).

The Animation

If you click the arrow on the left of the animation, the setup comes to life When clicked, the arrow hits the rugby ball, which lets go of a ledge that in turn opens a bird’s cage and lets the bird out. This bird knocks off a statue of liberty doll, on its way out, which falls over a horizontal spring attached to another shelf that’s holding a bowling ball. The shelf tilts due to the doll’s weight and the ball moves over the spring which in turn pushes the ball forward. The shelf breaks due the balls weight at the other end and the ball falls into a bucket. The bucket is tied to a pulley. The pulley moves due the weight in the bucket and elevates a golf stick tied to its other end. The golf stick kicks a hot iron, tilting it, and revealing an American flag tied to it at the same time. The hot iron ignites a firework, showering stars as a result.

Rube Goldberg

The coincidence of Rube Goldberg being born on the same day as the Independence day of the US, has been very beautifully presented by Google this year, celebrating both events at the same time. Rube Goldberg was a very talented man with positions in various fields. He graduated with a degree of College in Mining from the University of California, Berkeley in 1904. After working in the Waters and Sewers Department of the city of San Francisco for six months he resigned from this job and joined the newspaper, San Francisco Chronicle as a cartoonist for sports. This is where his career as a cartoonist – began – and leads to the founding of the National Cartoonists Society. He was not only the founding member but the first president of the society and is the namesake of the Ruben Award as well. He attained many honors in his life including the famous Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for his political cartoons.

Rude Goldberg Machines

Rude Goldberg machines have been very popular among the entertainment media. Various cartoons depict the concept of simple tasks being done by complicated setup of things forming a machine. The comic and entertaining idea has been presented in many different styles by different cartoon characters. These cartoons include the famous Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Disney and many more. The idea has also been applied to many movies such as “Honey, I shrunk the kids”, “Malcolm” etc.

This year Google has presented the same idea in such a simple yet remarkable way that there are just no words to describe it.

Smart dust technology could still take a while

Kris Pister a researcher from the 1990’s had a dream that no one of his time thought could turn into reality. His dream was simple, scatter sensor like devices just like dust over the earth. These sensors were thought of not being anything bigger than the size of a grain of rice. He called these no bigger than a grain of rice particles “Smart Dust.

These particles would have the ability to monitor everything right from wireless radios, sensing equipment wireless radios and a lot more. All this because of simple computing power, you would have information at your finger tips like information on cities, information on people and even their natural environment.

This revolutionary idea is no longer a dream, infact after all these years we now see it coming to reality. One mans vision is another man’s invention that’s what we would like to call it.

Pister who is now a computing professor and teaching at the University of California, Berkeley seems to be very thrilled about his idea coming to life. Although it was 14 years ago that he had dreamt if this technological phase, it is finally being devised.

Hewlett-Packard had made an announcement a few days ago, that it was working on a new project that they call “Central Nervous System for the Earth.” The company has planned it big and has mentioned that it would look at computing trillion sensors that would be scattered in every part of the planet.

The devices that HP would create will not only check our ecosystems regularly but would also help in knowing beforehand if there is any possibility of natural disasters occurring. The plan is huge, and its use is seamless, the possibilities are endless as well. HP says that the particles will also help in reducing the accident rates worldwide.

The move will begin around two years later; this was mentioned by the senior research Pete Hartwell at the HP lab in Palo Alto. The company has already teamed up with Royal Dutch Shell so that it can go ahead and install about 1 million of those minute monitoring particles. This move will help in oil exploration simply by checking the movement and vibrations in rocks. The sensors will work across an area that spans 6sq miles.

The sensors that HP has already manufactured are around the size of a VHS tape, and that is after all the sensors are put into a box so as to protect it. These sensors although the size of a matchbox are 1,000 times powerful than what you have in your Smartphone’s!

However the idea of Smart Dust may still take a while to make its appearance. You have to give technology time to come up with ways and plans so that sensors are no bigger than a few millimetres. Researches at Berkeley are working endlessly at this possibility of creating smart dust that can be sprinkled casually around the surface of the earth. It might take us a while before we come to that phase of technology.

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