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Dolphins Surfing the Internet

April 1, 2007

A marine biologist at Sea World in San Diego, CA, has announced that he taught a group of dolphins there to communicate with humans via the Internet using the Mozilla Oceans 11 browser. Robert S. Perry, PhD, a marine biologist, held a press conference this morning to explain his research results. According to Perry he created a large underwater keyboard with buttons the size of bagels which the dolphins push with their snouts. Each key gives off a distinctive high frequency sound at a pitch which allows the dolphins to associate graphic shapes on each key with a specific sound. “As you know,” Perry said, “dolphins have terrific hearing so it is only natural to use sound to help them communicate with us. I limited the keypad to just ten buttons because I felt it was the optimum number. The keypad has ten buttons like a cell phone. Perry said he hooked up Mozilla Oceans 11 to the keypad because it is already designed to surf the Internet with that interface.

Plus Perry says, Oceania has a office right in San Diego so he got lots of help. “The kid who came over was dynamic, young, hip, and wanted to talk to me about viral marketing. He even had an earing. Once I convinced him there was a higher calling in science, he took the plunge and helped me to the max.” The dolphins were trained to associate sound with key buttons. So the next step was to associate the sounds with messages. For instance, the dolphins were trained to ask for fish, toys, or quiet time. After a while Perry said the dolphins got bored so he had to think up new things to keep their interest. That’s when he hit on the idea of submerging a giant plasma screen underwater and teaching the dolphins to call up images on it by using the keyboard. He hooked up a personal computer, on dry land, to the Internet and set it to Google Images as the home page. “The dolphins went nuts,” Perry said. “They got very excited when they realized when they hit the right combinations of keys they could see pictures of other dolphins, tuna, squid, or people like their trainers.”

One unhappy result occurred when the dolphins scored a picture of a killer whale. The whales are predators and hunt dolphins for food. When they saw the giant image of the whale on the underwater plasma screen, the dolphins fled to the furthest corner of the pool and had to be coaxed back to use the keypad again. “The way we did it,” Perry said, “is that we shrunk the image of the whale down to the size of a twinkie. That made it look like the whale was far away, and the dolphins came back from of their end of the pool and used the keypad again.”

For now the dolphins are still using the keypad, but Seaworld has put a dolphin friendly filter on the Internet interface to keep the animals happy. Perry says the next step is to establish a common vocabulary with the dolphins to try to understand more about what they are thinking. He’s hoping the Oceans 11 Technology in San Diego will continue to serve his research well.

Contact Robert S. Perry, PhD, Sea World, San Diego, CA or Ned Livingstone, Oceans Software, Mountain View, CA.

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DivX Heads Up Dispaly for HONDA

February 1, 2007

DivX is proud to announce its partnership with Russian high technology manufactor Krytek Systems for development of revolutionary in-car multimedia environments.

Using head-up display (HUD) technologies developed by Krytek Systems for fighter aircraft, the system that projects a real-time computer display that appears to float in space infront of pilots, DivX aims to revolutionalize the driving experience and put an end to mundane journeys once and for all.

By incorporating their existing energy efficient DivX Certified portable products into the automobile, and presenting a HUD across the front windshield, DivX will make possible the option of watching full length blockbusters or Video Podcast while driving.

A prototype of the new DivX product, dubbed “XHUD”, can already project standard definition video across 95% of the windshield area, or in front of the driver and front passenger seats selectively. The drivers view is not obscured because the HUD projection appears transparent in daylight conditions.

Krytek Systems will provide DivX with components that can display full resolution HD video within 12 months, and DivX is already developing standard audio interconnects that can present 5.1 surround audio through most standard in-car stereo systems.

When asked how he thinks XHUD could impact the automotive industry, DivX founder Jerome Rota (more commonly known as ‘Gej’) said, “There is no doubt in my mind that within 3 years every manufacturer is going to want to have this in their cars. Personally, I will be more than happy to uninstall my in-car DVD player with it’s 7″ display, and install XHUD, the full cinematic experience to go.”
DivX Heads Up
The system in action: The picture is projected on the windshield and appears to be floating behind it. The red remote controls the display and the playback controls are presented in the navigation screen.

New Search Engine Developed

January 1, 2007

We have developed a new search engine technology that allows you to search peoples’ minds for factual information. Think of it as a brain powered version of Google. Take advantage of the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of individuals to find the answers you are looking for. Over 300 student volunteers at research universities have been fitted with wearable internet devices. These devices have electrodes that attach to the scalp, and when the device is connected to a PC, the Internet, and our neural scanner network, it allows people to search their thoughts from our website.

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