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iSaree : Wonder why the west calls us Indians IT Nerds ??

[tweetmeme] This is really absurd, innovation and uniqueness is something and going overboard is completely another. As Indians we are amazing when it comes to understanding technology and trying to implement it into our everyday lives. I cannot really say anything else about this, but just lol.

The Hindu ran an article of a craftsman who has managed to bring Apple into the Indian Wedding scene, yes you read that right. I have the article here below, you will not believe the article.

‘Swaramadhuri’, a ‘singing silk saree’, embedded with eight micro speakers on its border has caught the fancy of many silk traders down South.

Conceptualised by P. Mohan, a small-time designer in the Dharmavaram town in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, the beautiful drape has micro speakers on its border and a small digital music player at the ‘Pallu’ which can play as many as 200 songs continuously for a stretch of four hours. Mr. Mohan has used a 2-GB memory chip to support the device on the saree.

Armed with a diploma in Fashion Design, he is said to have toiled for two months to come out with this unique design, which has piqued the interest of silk traders down South. B. Datta Shiva, the master weaver, who purchased the rights of the saree, said, “Orders are pouring from reputed showrooms from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh for supply.” “It took nearly a whole month to make one saree. Ten members of our unit continuously worked and finished it. It can play music for four hours non-stop, without disturbing others,” Mr. Shiva said.

Being strong disciples of Sri Ganapati Sachidananda Swami, the duo has included musical compositions of the Swamiji in the saree. The saree will be put up for open auction in Dharmavaram on February 14 and Mr. Shiva is expecting a good response for this design.

The enterprising designer had earlier created sarees with small LED bulbs which he called ‘lighting sarees’. He also made silk sarees using sandalwood. “There is a great demand for the sandalwood saree. We get orders from all over the South. But we are unable to meet the demand because of the time-consuming process of making the saree,” Mr. Shiva said.

The fragrance of sandalwood is said to remain permanently on the saree, as Mohan uses pure sandalwood purchased from an emporium owned by the Karnataka Government, he said.

With a whooping Rs 300 crore-market for silk sarees and dress material, Dharmavaram weavers have little doubt that Swaramadhuri will sing another successful tune.

No wonder the west stereotypes us as outsourcing, software nerds. lol. And yes its Innovative. Wonder what the brides in India wearing these saris will be listening to during the wedding ?

The Evolution of Computing viewed through Apple Ads

All of us know how computers have evolved within our lifetimes. In fact, the other day in the office we had a discussion about what was the configuration of the first computer that each one had. And by today’s standards we did not even have toys. The evolution of computers within the Home has also improved, and the internet adding to additional push.

In today’s post we will look at how computers have evolved through the eyes of Apple Ads for the famous Mac. You will notice that off late the computing platform that they are advertising more is the hand held platforms. This is an indication towards the next evolutionary step in computing, bringing the internet and computing resources closer to us all the time.

Most of Apple’s current advertising seems to be on TV these days. You can watch most of the recent ads on the Apple website.

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Game changing gadgets from Apple … whats next ?

Just like the story about the person who could turn anything to gold, anything apple seems to be doing seems to be the ‘Next big thing’. Most gadgets that they bought out in the recent past have been received with amazing enthusiasm world over. The iPod and the iPhone are two amazing examples of Apple technologies making it as big as the gadgets can be.  Although there are better ‘MP3 Players’ available in the market they are just that, they can just aspire to be an iPod. Similarly various companies world over are trying really hard to come up with the perfect ‘iPhone Killer’ and even the Silicon valley giant Google, is attempting to get there; the Nexus One. I will post about it as soon as I see one in action, hands on. Keeping this in mind when Apple announces new gadgets, I guess it is for all of us to stand up and take notice.

The Apple Tablet called iSlate or iPad ?

Apple is preparing to show off a new, larger mobile device with a higher resolution display this month, probably a version of the Apple tablet. This could be in addition to a 10- to 11-inch tablet the company has supposedly been working on. I assume that their patented multi-touch screen technology will eventually penetrate more Apple product lines, including portable Macs and maybe even desktop Macs. But for the time being as long as they have the patent for the multi touch screen application, they are willing to make the most of it. Here are some pictures of the supposedly called ‘iSlate‘ or ‘iPad’. Supposedly Apple is putting up a demo so that their developers can have a look at these devices and build software for a large screen HD display. 

In face apple has gone a step forward to make it more interesting and asked people that are invited to the launch to guess on the specifications of the device, and might win a chance of winning a tablet in case they guess it right. Check out the survey form here. The touch tablet might take on the likes of the first commercial production eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle, owing to Apple approaching publishing houses and might even come up with an Apple App store kind of a storefront for books.

Apple HMD Goggles

The January issue of Mac Life sports a fauxtograph of possible Apple augmented reality HMD glasses. It’s hard to know how much of this article is based on concept, but Apple working on an AR HMD would be a huge jumpstart to the nascent technology. Apparently in mid-April of 2008, Apple published a patent for a “Head Mounted Display System.”  The patent shows screens and fiber optics and vision imaging controls.  Given Apple’s trademark secrecy, it’s a huge unknown if MacLife’s article is pure speculation or its based on some real knowledge. Imagining that Apple might introduce this gadget by the end of this year to get into the market early to also make use of all the great augmented reality applications that are bound to hit the marketplace this year.

Apple is demonstrating the most important part of business, especially during the recession. Innovation and Design. We have to hand it to Steve Jobs for his innovative products and even more innovative presentation and keynote presentations for the launch of their products.