Good news for all computer geeks! IBM claims that by 2018, computers will have all five senses like touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. It is said that the vibrators within the computers will be designed in a way that they could mimic vibrations when your fingers touch a particular surface. IBM researchers claim to be creating applications for the healthcare and retail sector that use haptic, infrared or pressure sensitive technologies to simulate touch.

So within five years, your computer will be able to judge images by analysing colours, textures; they will also surpass doctor’s ability to read medical imagery, including MRIs, CT scans, X-rays and ultrasound.

Besides, IBM researchers are also developing technology to analyse odours in people’s breath that identify ailments such as, liver and kidney disorders, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. These future computers will be able to make quick analyses for the problem and will also be able to detect harmful bacteria that cause infections in hospitals just by smelling the surroundings.

A new fish called Obama

Strange but true, the US president, Barack Obama is one of the four presidents to have a newly discovered species of fish named after them. Etheostoma Obama, a new species of fresh water fish of the perch family is named after the current president of the US.

“We chose President Obama for his environmental leadership, particularly in the areas of clean energy and environmental protection, and because he is one of our first leaders to approach conservation and environmental protection from a more global vision,” said researcher Steve Layman from Geosyntec Consultants in Georgia. This new species of fish has a lot of colour into its fairly diminutive dimensions, spends its life in the fast-moving freshwater rivers and creeks that are the veins of America. It gets its name from its ability to get around rocks and other obstacles on the bottom of waterways. It is a relatively skinny orange and

blue speckled fish topped by a brilliant fan-shaped fin, with bold orange stripes.

Play Station 2 console discontinued

The sad news is that Sony confirms that it is no longer making the gaming console PlayStation 2, which is in its 12th year. It saw the groundbreaking releases of Grand Theft Auto III, Gran Turismo4, which sold more than 150 million copies in its lifetime.

Currently, the sales of PlayStation 3 are on but the successor to the PlayStation is set to be released by Sony next year. Thus, fans, no worries, you will have something of its own kind, so be patient and wait.

Steve Jobs’ biopic

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has inspired almost everyone around the world. And this April, you are going to watch Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in his biopic — jOBS.

The movie shows the life of Jobs from 1971 to 2000, highlighting the important events as well as the people that drove Jobs to the path of success in the face of acute adversity.

The movie is an intense dialogue-driven story and immensely personal portrait of Jobs’ life. It is said that the filmmakers were given special permission to shoot at the historic garage in Palo Alto that served as the birthplace of Apple Inc.

Updated Jan 12, 2013 02:07am

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