S'pore tech shines at CommunicAsia 2010

S'pore tech shines at CommunicAsia 2010

Summary: photo At CommunicAsia 2010, local innovations get showcased by Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the Infocomm Development Authority.


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  • In what looks like a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) setup, A*Star shows off its digital forensic evidence and file recovery technology. A spokersperson explained that the files are stored in fragmentation on the hard disk, and contrary to popular belief, files do not disappear when deleted but become shreds of unrelated memory.

    Contrasted with "state-of-the-art", commercially-available technology seen on the right, which is only able to recover two-thirds of a deleted image, A*STAR's technology is able to completely recover a deleted file. A*Star achieves this through its "patent-pending technology" using a novel algorithm with more complex scenarios, she said.

    Photo by Liau Yun Qing

  • A side-by-side comparison of the two technologies, shows that A*Star is able to recover the deleted file much faster. Normal recovery takes 5 minutes but A*Star is able to complete the recovery in a few seconds, said the spokesperson. The fact that A*Star is running its program on Ubuntu is not a reason for its speed, she clarified.

    Photo by Liau Yun Qing

  • Fancy a dancing partner in 3D? Characters in the demostration will mimic a dancer's moves and even make eye contact and blink. No two dances are the same as the character will sync its moves to not only the real person but also to the rhythm and beat of the music.

    The booth includes a computer running the game engine, motion-detectors and a projector. The game is also available in 2D, an A*Star representative said.

    Photo by Liau Yun Qing

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Liau Yun Qing

About Liau Yun Qing

The only journalist in the team without a Western name, Yun Qing hails from the mountainy Malaysian state, Sabah. She currently covers the hardware and networking beats, as well as everything else that falls into her lap, at ZDNet Asia. Her RSS feed includes tech news sites and most of the Cheezburger network. She is also a cheapskate masquerading as a group-buying addict.

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