Saturday, May 08, 2004

Optical Reproduction of Audio from Old Records
According to an article by the IHT, two scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed optical methods to recreate the audio from vinyl records (or other media like wax). What is fascinating about their research is that the recreation was done using non contact methods.
The new method may be particularly important for recovering the contents of recordings that are too fragile or too damaged to be played in traditional ways. It can work on disks or cylinders that have been scratched, cracked or even shattered.
You can hear comparisons of the audio reproduced by stylus and the digitally filtered and optically captured audio at their website. Cool Stuff!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Bill Gates sticks it to Steve Jobs?
The headline says it all: Apple patented by Microsoft. Well, okay, not all.