MINDTREE bags first UID project.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mind tree the Banglore based company has bagged the appl development servics segment of the Nandan Nilekani-headed Unique Identification (UID) project, renamed as ‘Aadhaar’.

Well this multi-crore project will be a fruitful thing to the employees as this has got complete application lifecycle and also supporting the UID application to providie help desk services from the UIDAI’s (Unique Identification Authority of India) Bangalore Technology Centre.

Mindtree will be expected to work as a development partener to build the UID application, in collaboration with the technology team of UIDAI and other stakeholders. It will also be expected to carry out the ongoing services of development and enhancement to the core UIDAI application.

The interesting thing about this bidding is ,Indian software giants like TCS, INFY and HCl has been eliminated as these companies lost out on ‘technical’ grounds.

Other strong contenders for this bid were Accenture and IBM.The final bid placed by Mindtree is 20 crore.


NASA R2 Human like Robot to be in Space

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Robotics engineering or Robots is always an interesting topic to look on. Well Nasa is going to launch a Robot called R2 this september to send it to the space which helps the astronauts in various things. When i go indepth into how Robots are generated its very interesting. Robots are nothing new to the ancient history too.

Many ancient mythologies include artificial people, such as the mechanical servants built by the Greek god Hephaestus (Vulcan to the Romans), the clay golems of Jewish legend and clay giants of Norse legend, and Galatea, the mythical statue of Pygmalion that came to life. In Greek drama, Deus Ex Machina was contrived as a dramatic device that usually involved lowering a deity by wires into the play to solve a seemingly impossible problem
In the 4th century BC, the Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum postulated a mechanical steam-operated bird he called "The Pigeon".
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) sketched plans for a humanoid robot around 1495.Jacques de
Vaucanson exhibited several life-sized automatons: a flute player, a pipe player and a duck.

Guys i was just digging through the history like when did this concept called a Robot came into picture. In the current world i feel japanese are the stronger in building these Robots with advanced technologies.

The first truly modern robot, digitally operated and programmable, was invented by George Devol in 1954 and was ultimately called the Unimate. Devol sold the first Unimate to General Motors in 1960, and it was installed in 1961 in a plant in Trenton, New Jersey to lift hot pieces of metal from a die casting machine and stack them.

I have seen some science fiction movies which talks about Andriods and Cyborgs. well androids (artificial men/women) or gynoids (artificial women), and cyborgs (also "bionic men/women", or humans with significant mechanical enhancements), these are some of the robotic Characters.

Well coming to our New Robot R2 which is Robonaut 2 is a human like robot . It has been developed by NASA and the GM and it has been announced that that R2 will be traveling to the Space Station in September.

Unlike his predecessor this model is more flexible and designed to help out the astronauts with lifting heavy objects. Although R2 resembles like a human with two arms he moves with set of 4 wheels which makes him perfect for exploring planet surfaces. Many robots were sent into space before but none of them looked like a human more that this one. How much this model will actually help the astronauts remains to be seen, because his movement isn’t tested in a zero gravity space. Anyway, I guess that we will have to wait until September to see how R2 and the space crew work together in a space station..


VDownloader –Review

Well i was just looking over internet for downloading some videos and i have got article which talks about a software called "V-Downloader". They say that it saves lot of time in searching for a video and then downloading it. for example it can even fetch videos from youtube, google and many other sites.

It is like most of the downloaders which runs on the backend where you can start working with other app's while this v-downloader is ON. VDownloader is extremely simple to use application with 5 buttons on its left side bar that are enough to control your computer as well as your complete surfing habits. The size of the setup file is 6.62 MB

The Activity Button is where the basic feature of the application lies.As show above, all that you have to do is enter the Video URL and opt for the output format in which you want your downloaded video to be saved. The application has various forms of output formats available that will make life a lot easier for an average video downloader. From windows media player compatibility to iPad compatibility, VDowloader handles everything without any downsides.
One can set default output formats by changing the settings of the applications so that all videos are download in that particular format by default. Setting timers, default folders to save downloaded videos, surfing your downloaded history, surfing through your disk to look for more videos, searching videos from the Internet and surfing the web for your own personal use are some of the few features that VDownloader boasts about.

There are some interesting features with this downloaderlike scheduler, multiple language supportYou can edit software settings so that the application downloads videos only during weekends, weekdays or during some predefined hours thus making your downloading habits highly controllable. Decide the time when your Internet bandwidth is least used and set VDownloader to complete the downloads during that time period. Now, you won’t have to face slow Internet problems due to parallel downloads and you won’t even have to worry about starting/stopping downloads when your Internet is free. VDownloader does the honors for you.

And one more interesting feature of this is the Web feature. Using the web feature of VDownloader you can surf literally any website and download videos from that website provided that the particular page has some video that can be downloaded.

Guys why dont you try using it and give me some feedback, even i do the same in a while :)


Google to launch its ipad?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

iPad is gaining up its market day to day and this may be the reason the internet Giant Google is showing its interest towards ipad. Well there are huge players like Amazon,Apple and now chinese company is launching the ipad with same capacitive sense touch screen.

Earlier an Indian Company Notion ink has launched its ipad "Adam" and was said like it was ipad killer for Apple and there is also a chinese company which is launching mpad.

The idea comes up last January when Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about the iPad. "You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet," he said. New York Times also reports, Schmidt "told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system."

With still mysteries on the side of Google regarding their own tablet the reports that Google is in talks with content publishers to bring books, magazines and more to the future device this seems to be almost-like official.



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