The Sniffer is back for a new season! Thanks for checking out the updated blog. In this episode, Cathi Bond and Nora Young open up the windows to catch a last bit of summer breeze (and the occasional fire alarm) and chew over some new tech trends. Nora looks at UCLA’s Urban Sensing lab as an example of a trend she’s been seeing pop up a lot: the move towards ordinary citizens contributing data about the environment around them (via Scientific American). For example, there’s Biketastic, where cyclists contribute frequently updated information about the quality of bike routes.
Cathi Bond always has her eye on what’s new in media and entertainment. This time, it’s Sony’s forthcoming, high end 3D headset, the HMZ-T1 (check them out over at Gizmag). It sound great for gaming, but tell us, can you see yourself slipping them on by yourself or with your family, sitting around the TV, or is this sort of thing just for gaming? We’ve had plans for these immersive goggles for ages (Cathi talked about some way back on an early episode of the podcast), but has their time finally come?