HD Projector at Studio 300

optoma_technology_hd142x_full_hd_dlp_1467740368000_1261906Available for checkout now at Studio 300 is the Optoma HD142X Home Theater Projector. This full HD projector is great for movies and games.  All you need is a Blu-ray/DVD player or computer/game console with HDMI outputs and a screen (or a wall) to project on.  Here are its specs:

  • Brightness of 3000 Lumens
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) Native Resolution
  • 1.1x Zoom and 1.48 to 1.62:1 Throw Ratio
  • Two HDMI 1.4a In, One with MHL Support
  • Projection Distance 3.3 to 32.8′ (1 to 10 m)
  • Image Size 27.9 to 305.3″ (70.8 to 775.5 cm)

The projector can be checked out from Studio 300 for up to three days.

Practical Tech with Tony – 014

This month’s podcast is all about the Consumer Electronics Show.

The list o’links discussed in this podcast:

 

TED2016: Dream Conference Streaming Live at Fountaindale

TV720pAre you interested in this year’s TED2016 conference in Vancouver but can’t afford the $8,500 registration fee? Well you’re in luck! Fountaindale will be streaming part of the conference live for FREE! Throughout the day, you can access four sessions showcasing great thinkers, artists and storytellers from around the country all from the comfort of your library.

TEDxFountaindalePublicLibraryLive

Wednesday, February 17

  • Code power: 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Imagine there’s no countries: 1:00–2:45 p.m.
  • TED University: 4:15–6:00 p.m.
  • Nightmare?: 7:00–8:45 p.m.

Feel free to stay for the entire live stream or just specific sessions. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required, but you do not have to be a Fountaindale Public Library cardholder to register. Register now!

Want more TED?

Naperville Public Library and Wheaton Public Library are also streaming additional parts of the conference. Visit their websites for more information and to register.

UPDATE: Here are the speakers scheduled during the February 17 program:

Session 6: Code power

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:30am-12:15pm
Linus Torvalds, Software engineer
In 1991, Linus Torvalds shared the Linux kernel with a few computer hobbyists. The operating system they built reshaped the software industry.

Reshma Saujani, Education activist
Through her nonprofit Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani initiates young women into the tech world. Her goal: one million women in computer science by 2020.

Mary Norris, Copy editor
As a copy editor for the New Yorker, “comma queen” Mary Norris enforces some of the most authoritative (some might say eccentric) style rules in publishing.

Luke DuBois, Artist, composer, engineer
Luke DuBois weaves information from a multitude of sources into art and music exploring the tensions between algorithms, portraiture, and temporal space.

Meron Gribetz, Augmented reality startup CEO
Meron Gribetz is the founder and CEO of Meta, the first company to produce and sell augmented reality (AR) glasses with natural gestural hand recognition.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Raffaello D’Andrea, Autonomous systems pioneer
Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Session 7: Imagine there’s no countries

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 1:00pm-2:45pm
Parag Khanna, Global strategist
Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Dalia Mogahed, Muslim studies scholar
Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.

Amit Sood, Technologist
As the director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project, Amit Sood leads the effort to bring cultural artifacts from museums, archives and foundations onto the web in vivid, lifelike detail.

Christiana Figueres, Climate advocate
Christiana Figueres is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris.

Hugh Evans, Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people — all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.

TED University

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:15pm-6:00pm
Attendees take the stage to give their own TED-style talks.

Session 8: Nightmare?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00pm-8:45pm
Al Gore, Climate advocate
Nobel Laureate Al Gore focused the world’s attention on the global climate crisis. Now he’s showing us how we’re moving towards real solutions.

Andrew Youn, Anti-hunger activist
With One Acre Fund, Andrew Youn helps transform African agriculture by helping farmers overcome the obstacles that hobble their harvests.

Rhiannon Giddens, Musician
With a rich voice and an equally rich sense of history, Rhiannon Giddens animates American folk tradition with her electrifying song interpretations.

Jennifer Kahn, Science journalist
In articles that span the gene-editing abilities of CRISPR, the roots of psychopathic behavior in children, and much more, Jennifer Kahn weaves gripping stories from unlikely sources.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Michael Murphy, Designer
As co-founder and CEO of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy envisions and creates community-centric structures with healing built into their core.

Practical Tech with Tony – 013

Studio 300 is proud to begin hosting the popular technology podcast – Practical Tech with Tony – on our blog. This episode is all about gift ideas for the tech enthusiasts on your lists. Enjoy:

Here are links to items and topics mentioned during the podcast:

Google Chromecast

Video converter – Diamond VC500 for Windows and Diamond VC500 for Apple computers.

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote – This is the one I am most familiar with. Retails for $79.99 but you can usually find them on sale at Amazon or other retailers for around $65, especially after the holidays, which is when my parents bought theirs after getting their new TV, Blu-ray player and surround sound system. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the remote that I mentioned in the podcast that can control all your home automation and media center functions. It retails for $349.99.

Bluetooth speakers – This is a recently published (November 17, 2015) article at TechRadar.

Drones/Quad Copters – There are a lot of articles out right now about the best Drones/Quad Copters, and this one has a nice mix of low and high cost models. All the models mentioned show up on other “best of” lists that I have seen.

Acer Chromebook 15 and Acer Chromebook 15C910 – There is a sub-$200 model available in the lineup, but it doesn’t sport a true HD screen (true HD is 1920×1080 pixels per inch) and this is also true of some of the other lower cost ones. The lower cost ones also have “slower” processors, less memory and less storage. The library currently has this particular configuration available for in-house use at the Children’s Services Desk, if you would like to take a look at it. Other manufacturers have other models available, and you can find out more about Chromebooks at Google’s website here.

Mobile Device Gaming Pads – There are lots out there and the prices run the gamut from just under $20 to well over $100. I think it is most important to find something sturdy that fits comfortably in your hands, especially if you are going to be using it extensively. Most game controllers now mimic the shape of Sony’s Playstation console controllers or Microsoft’s Xbox console controllers. Also be aware that not all gamepads may be compatible with all devices, so a device compatible with Android may not be compatible with an Apple device.

Nest Home Automation

Philips Hue Lux – The link takes you to the starter kit page of the Philips website.

Happy Holidays from the staff of the Fountaindale Public Library!

– Tony L.

Library Events

Help Me! Tech Support!! Event – Tuesday, January 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Studio 300

Received a tablet, phablet, camera, laptop, or other tech gadget recently and you’re still not quite feeling comfortable with it? Get the help you need at our Practical Tech drop-in event. Bring your gear and your questions and get ready to learn from our staff of tech experts.