IT Trends :: Thursday, January 4, 2007


New Technology

Touring the Home/Dorm of the Future

You walk into the shower and, detecting the RIFD tag in your shoulder, the water turns on at just your temperature and pressure. The shower walls are flat screen image displays with extremely flexible programming/controls. This article points out the things we want and the things we need. Here in our home of the future they already exist, and work…

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Quiet Start, Quick Work for Advanced Computing Center at University of Vermont

The Vermont Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont includes 56 dual-processor IBM "compute nodes" and lots of other IBM equipment. Although it officially opens in the spring of 2007, dozens of on-campus projects are already using its computing capacity…

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Rapid Changes Ahead In Next Five Years for Campus Card Systems

Campus card systems have undergone many changes in the past 39 years, from the first mechanical card reader in 1968, through networked magnetic systems in 1972, to now. Robert C. Huber predicts many new applications in the near future, including a revival of biometrics, various merchant programs, shared systems, and an increase in card use at community colleges…

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Podcasting Expands at Mississippi State

Last year there were three pilot classes. In 2006-07, fourteen classes enrolling 1,400+ students are using an MSU-developed system that uses Barix AG hardware and allows the faculty to record a lecture, which is published to the Web automatically, with no additional equipment. (This was a well-attended session at the latest EDUCAUSE conference…

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