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Category: technology

Toothpaste Company – ER Modeling

As part of project for course in Advanced Database Modeling in Masters in Science (IT) from Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati under Prof. Umanath

Revisiting

Course required us to develop an industry driven case on database modeling. The idea was to design and implement business model of any fictitious organization. The project offered first-hand experience developing concepts like ER modeling, physical database design, representation of business using conceptual model etc.

Story

We developed a fictitious story. The story involved gathering requirements and then developing a database model for a FMCG company (fast moving consumer goods). In a gist, the company planned to integrate its sales, marketing, research and manufacturing departments under one single system. Building a single database was one of the challenges towards this goal.

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Throw in some torch light on your laptop screen!

My parents have this old laptop. It recently lost its back-light illumination. The screen was lit up enough to know the laptop’s running all fine. However, it was too dark to perform any task on it. I thought of simple idea – why not throw some torch-light on it. And immediately I knew – damn stupid I am. This made me think – why not? Is our technology there to dynamically manipulate display screens such a way that the objects in it are real enough to reflect colors of the natural room light? Exploring wasn’t difficult – and I landed up on what we call Kindle!

Electro-phoretic Displays or Electronic Paper Display call them whatever. They are revolutionary plastic paper with small miniature globes packed in. They contain even smaller black and white ink pigments. These pigments need one time electric discharge making them settle either on front or back of the display. This is how kindle runs for 2 to 3 weeks non-stop. The idea is unique and technology enabling it is amazing.

So is this enough? Apart from video streaming and high quality animation, this technology will should serve our next generation of electronic magazines, document writers, discussion boards, writing tablets, mobile phones, wrist watches, metro signs (current listing)

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Following up .. touch devices are they touch really?

following up to the idea after posting this few months back. Here’s a concept. In the recent CEATEC event Kyocera demonstrated a touch with tactile feedback. Then in another news story from way back in May 2010 – we have Toshiba taking up Senseg’s haptic feedback touch-screen technology into their own devices – link . The concept of creating sensations using vibrations is similar to this demonstrated by OnlyGizmos. They all respond to finger touch by giving back electric vibrations of varying wave-length.   Find the videos at the end of post.

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iPhone and others – are those touch really?

One of the few things I use to charm others with was my ability to send out a fully worded text message without even looking at my phone. Can I do that on any of the touch phones? There is no reference point to start if you are not looking directly at your touch screen. Saying that, its no easy task if we are using a phone with no t9 support though but its achievable nevertheless.

So aren’t we losing a sense-full ability in our phones or any such devices for matter. My phone I believe has to meet more than my eyes. It has to appeal to me and talk back in one or more ways. It does that by ringing and vibrating for one. May be it could do more. The idea of touch with a tactile feedback is making rounds for sometime, for a technology enthusiast like me this is next big thing. I started thinking about it when a simple survey on an iPad made my index finger sour.

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