STRAND 3: IT systems > Hardware

MYO - Wearable Gesture Control from Thalmic Labs

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GCSE Bitesize: ICT
Revision notes on hardware, software, and networks basics. Designed for GCSE but a useful first step for students who have limited technical experience.
Strand 3: Software
Strand 3:Networks
TeachICT: Hardware
Page that covers types of computers, including mainframes, embedded computers, PDAs, and supercomputers. Designed for GCSE but useful for students who need to learn the technical basics.

A Visual Guide to Cables and Connectors
Useful for some of the key terms in this section
Strand 1: Standards
OLPC Unveils Slimline Tablet PC
New products from the One Laptop Per Child project.
Strand 1: Equality of Access and the Digital Divide
Strand 2: Education
Explain That Stuff: Cell Phones
How cell phones work
Strand 3: Communication
Stephen Hawking: The Computer
An overview of the computer used by Stephen Hawking to communicate despite the disability ALS causes him. Includes details of the hardware, software, and communication systems used.
Strand 2: Education - Special Needs
Strand 3: Software
Alliance for Technology Access
(though, ironically, this site is not accessible to non-JavaScript browsers)

Skin Input
Using the skin on your arms, hands, or fingers as an input medium.

Smart Guns that Lock out Criminals
An article about the use of biometrics to authenticate gun owners. Weapons come with fingerprint sensors built in and will fire only for the authorised owner. The article also covers some of the problems of biometrics - the system claims to be 95% accurate - which is still not enough for use by the military or police officers.

Omo GPS Stunt Opens door for Marketeers
The use of GPS and tracking technologies in everyday products
Strand 1: Privacy
Strand 2: Business
Digital Dark Age 'May Doom Data'
Will historical records be lost due to lack of standards in hardware/software leading to issues with access to past data?
Strand 3: Software
Strand 3: Standards

'Only the Best' Videos and Podcasts

How Touch Screens Work
Video and short article that explains the technology behind touch screens.
Quite useful as these devices become more and more common.

IBM RFID Commercial
The use of RFID in the "Supermarket of the Future"

Computer Hardware in Plain English
A clear description of the hardware inside a typical computer. Useful for students with little previous IT experience.
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Amazon Kindle 2 vs. Sony Reader PRS-700
Review and comparison of these two e-book readers. Useful for showing students different types of computers.
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Gary Wolf: the Quantified Self
At TED@Cannes, Gary Wolf gives a 5-min intro to an intriguing new pastime: using mobile apps and always-on gadgets to track and analyze your body, mood, diet, spending -- just about everything in daily life you can measure -- in gloriously geeky detail.

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