4 Computers switched off

University IT network down 2nd, 3rd June

The university network will be shut down for essential security work over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As a result there will be no IT services available in either of the learning centres this Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 June. This means you will not be able to log into learning centre PCs or…

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Use technology to protect your possessions

There has been a number of burglaries in student houses recently where the offender has gained access to a multi-occupancy house and been heard by the occupants who failed to go and investigate, assuming the noise came from housemates.  Although this kind of this is usually rare, you need to be careful and take steps…

Microsoft surface in use by three young men

12 Days of Christmas – Day 12. Microsoft Surface

This Minority-Report inspired ‘surface computing platform’ is in the form of a table which reacts to touch and interaction with other objects. Its current uses include ordering at restaurants, paying for goods in shops via credit card, and allowing visitors to bars and casinos to interact in a virtual environment. With a vast array of…

3D TV at technology convention in use by two men

12 Days of Christmas – Day 11. 3D Television

Hot on the heels of High Definition, 3D television has become considerably more affordable in 2011 with prices crashing from £1000s to only £100s. Exploiting the success of 3D cinema, the televisions are advertised as bringing the movie experience into your home, and currently there is a fairly good range of 3D movies available to…

Black and silver touch screen gloves

12 Days of Christmas – Day 9. Touch-screen gloves

With the takeover of touch-screen within the mobile phone market over the last few years, it’s possible to wonder whether the developers ever considered the need in our climate for winter gloves, a garment which has been incompatible with such devices as Smartphones and iPads until the invention of the touch-screen gloves. Although not the…

Hand holding up Microsoft Kinect camera

12 Days of Christmas – Day 7. Microsoft Kinect

Just like the Nintendo Wii did in 2006, the Microsoft Kinect for XBOX360 has revolutionised gaming once again with its controller-free interface. Using a TV-mounted webcam, players use motion and voice commands to interact with menus and games, without being limited by controllers; the result is a full body gaming experience ideal for dance, fitness…

Asimo Humanoid Robot by Honda

12 Days of Christmas – Day 6. Asimo

This eerily life-like humanoid robot, which appeared dancing with comedienne Jo Brand on a recent episode of QI, has been in development by Honda since the year 2000. In its current incarnation it is able to run at speeds of up to 9km/hr and can also recognise faces, respond to simply verbal commands and climb…

12 Days of Christmas – Day 5. SHUgo

You already know that Sheffield Hallam University is a great place to study, but did you know that you’re also part of an institution which is a leader in its use of e-learning? The latest contribution to this is Hallam’s mobile app, SHUgo, which helps you to access essential university portals such as email, the…