Remember The Jetsons and how they had all that cool technology like flying cars, hologram phones, and robots that served as your maid? Well, the Jetsons lived in the year 2062 (100 years in the future from the time the show started airing), which means we should now only be 52 years away from all that technology becoming a reality if the producers were remotely right about predicting out future. And even though I still don’t have my own robot maid running around my house, HP is working on creating something right out of the The Jetsons.

The Palo Alto based company is developing a “Dick Tracy” style wrist watch for the military using a bendable and unbreakable display that they’ve been working on since 2008 with Arizona State University:

“The printing and computer company says the watch will have a flexible display that shows maps and other strategic information to soldiers in remote combat fields. The watch’s screen will be made of plastic and it will run on solar energy, making it less likely to malfunction or run out of power in a tense scenario.”

HP hopes to have a prototype of the watch, or arm computer, or whatever it will be called done within this year. The military will then test the device among a small group of soldiers before deciding if it is something that will be adopted system wide. The hope is that the device will ease the burden of carrying so much equipment. So instead of carrying a map, a walkie talkie, and tracking hardware, the idea is to be able to consolidate all of that into one portable, arm bound device.

And as always, when the military tests out a new toy, there is always a follow up on how to get the technology into the hands of consumers:

“All kinds of consumer electronics may start incorporating plastic instead of glass screens in coming years. The plastic screens have the advantages of being light, using less power and being less destructible. They also use 40 times less raw material than glass displays…HP said its plastic-display technology could also be used in laptops, e-readers and commercial signs.”

So I wonder what will Apple call their consumer version of the device? Maybe the iBand? Perhaps the iCast? Maybe even the iWatch. Either way, I’m off to go trademark all of those names and domains, you never know, I might get lucky…

More: HP developing a ‘Dick Tracy’ wristwatch

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It’s time we face it, technology is now in every single aspect of our lives, and it’s only going to keep growing.

Take for example, what I’m doing right now. This post is being written on a T-Mobile G1, which runs Android, which now has an official WordPress app. That means there noting stopping you from breaking news on your blog as long as you have Android (or whatever other smartphone) on you! I bet this will come in handy for many bloggers, politicos, and techies out there who end up in the middle of a big story.

See? being always on isn’t that bad…

To check out the many WordPress.com Apps that are working to make blogging much easier and timely, go to http://en.support.wordpress.com/apps/


The badge of an Air Force Cyberspace Officer

When most people (including myself) think of the Air Force, we think of trained pilots flying high tech planes to protect and fight in the open air. But in this fast pace world we live in, we have to remember to catch ourselves when slip into old, outdated thinking. With that said, today the Air Force announced that 3,000 of what is calls Communications Officers, have undergone 115 days of training in order to “level up” to Cyberspace Officers.

Air Force officials stress that this is not just a simple name change, but a complete new way of thinking and operating for these officers that were promoted:

“Communications officers often saw themselves as others saw them: airmen who made sure the base computer network worked, said Cotton, who began his career a computer programmer. Cyberspace officers will continue to provide support but they also will be the go-to experts on how a computer or communication network can improve war-fighting capabilities. The transformation is part of the service’s larger emphasis on cyberspace operations and merging most computer system operations and network warfare functions under Space Command’s 24th Air Force, based at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.”

More: 3,000 officers switch to cyberspace specialty


Taking a little break from our normal topic matter, I wanted to link to the interesting news coming out of Nintendo and the American Heart Association today. The AHA has literally given the gaming system its stamp of approval, saying that the system and the AHA is “working together to promote physically active play as part of a healthy lifestyle.” This quote, along with the AHA seal will now appear on every Wii box sold in America. Check out this video for more:

UPDATE: Embeddable Video isn’t working at this time, so check out the Good Morning America piece here


A new report out of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department says sentiments expressed on the social networking site Twitter “strongly correlate with well-established public opinion polls, such as the Index of Consumer Sentiment (ICS) and Gallup polls.” This means when 38% of Twitter users say they want a Single Payer Health System, chances are nearly 38% of all Americans agree with the statement.

This is an interesting find that needs to be looked into more. Could you imagine a day where the major networks lead with a public opinion poll done by Twitter? Perhaps not yet, but if you take a closer look at this study, you’ll find that day may not be far off…

More: Twitter: A stand-in for opinion polls?


Well this is a bit unsettling. According to a new report, many of NASA’s labs and research facilities are extremely old, outdated, and are threatening the many projects being worked on in them. I say this is unsettling because the agency that is supposed to be the most high tech of all (seeing as they send people to space) is under performing.

“The fundamental research community at NASA has been severely impacted by the budget reductions that are responsible for this decrease in laboratory capabilities, and as a result, NASA’s ability to support even NASA’s future goals is in serious jeopardy,” they conclude in the report.

And this report comes at a time where the White House is asking for an additional $6 million to keep NASA chugging along. I’d be willing to bet money that a lot of people are now much more interested in exactly how that $6 million is going to be used and what area of NASA the money will go to.

More:  NASA’s outdated labs hurt research


The political world is all abuzz over the news that President Obama has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace outgoing Justice John Paul Stevens in the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan will be the 3rd woman to ever serve on the court, and you can bet that the Obama Administration is breaking out all it’s tools to assure she gets confirmed, including the still very much intact Netroots.

The Obama netroots went into overdrive on Monday to get the word out about the new justice via tweet, Facebook, and on YouTube and mybarackobama.com. Here is the video that is circulating online:

It is no surprise that Obama is not wasting time promoting Kagan, as it is expected that there will be a Summer political battle to make sure she gets in. The only question remaining is will the Obama team, online and off, be able to get Kagan though? Although nothing is certain, let’s just remember that Obama’s first SCOTUS nominee was successful at getting in and Kagan is supposedly well liked by many in Washington D.C. across all political persuasions.

More: The case for, and against, Kagan


Obama isn’t letting the recent FCC court ruling take down his plans for Broadband in the United States. In this YouTube video, the administration doubles down on its commitment to beefing up the nations infrastructure, especially in Rural areas.


One of Obama’s go to lines when talking about Parental Responsibility is to tell parents to turn off the Video Games and make the kids pick up a book. This line is not new, but in a commencement speech today for the Class of 2010 at Hampton University in Virginia, the President took a more comprehensive swipe at these potential technological distractions:

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter,” he told the students. “And with iPods and iPads, and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.”

And although it is true that many of our technology can both help us and hurt us, I find it more interesting that Obama said he doesn’t know how to use an iPod, seeing as he owns one and seeing how his campaign was one of the most technological advanced campaigns we’ve seen in a while. I certainly hope our dear President isn’t trying to downplay his geek credentials in order to score political points…

More: Obama: iPad, Xbox Turn Information Into A “Distraction”


For those who didn’t know, the News business is in the middle of a major re-birthing process. I say re-birthing because I refuse to subscribe to the view that the News business can die. Until we’re all running around with psychic powers, there will always be a need for people like me and Brian Williams. Also, there will always be a need for publications like The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

But, that isn’t to say that one will not become the new top dog. Case and point, according to the AP, The Huffington Post is on track to pass The New York Times website in web traffic this year. This news comes right on the heels of the Huffington Post getting ready to celebrate it’s 5th anniversary in May. Compare this to the Times, which has been around since 1851 and on the web since 1996.

This is significant because Arianna Huffington, founder of the blog, was one of the first to really push the idea of Social Media. Her blog is completely linked up to sites like Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Google Buzz. Anyone can easily contribute and share items by simply signing in to one of these services, making it easier for things from the blog to go viral all around the internet.

We already know business is bad for all newspapers (including the Times), which is why it’s now called Old Media. New Media is still booming and that shows by the fact that New York Times.com is profitable right now. Something the Huffington Post isn’t…yet. But in this new race to developed Social Media, The Huffington Post is clearly in the lead. It makes you wonder how all of our media will look once this renovation phase we’re going through right now is complete….