5 sci-fi travel innovations that could become reality

While it is true that a present day company named after a delicious fruit has been able to capture the public’s interest in slick technology, let us not forget Sir Isaac Newton was the original apple innovator with his theory of gravity. 

Gravity was a big idea. Big ideas drive the world forward, predictions of big ideas have come true, and there are currently a few very real big ideas currently under development in some form or another.

Each one of these five technologies are inspired by big ideas, and when they come to fruition (pun intended), they will change the way we travel, or think about travel.

1. Holographic tabletop map

Touchable holography is possible. Soon enough we’ll be able to reach out and touch memories from our last vacation on interactive maps like Google Earth.

The tech: Nokia and Intel are pouring some very real money into 3D and holographic research with the founding of their joint research lab.

Throw in Google’s continued mapping of the world with Google Maps and Google Earth, Microsoft’s surface technology, and the advancement of 3D and holographic displays and projectors (seen above), and the future is bright indeed.

Tech-to-travel: People have always found new ways to show images dear to them. First there were cave drawings, then sophisticated canvas paintings, then motion pictures, onto television, then The Carosel slide show projectors, and now there’s online photo galleries.

Futurist Mike Walsh, author of “Futuretainment” and CEO of innovation research agency Tomorrow says table top holographic maps will be a way for people to view and share their travels.

Walsh says, “There will be a holographic map sitting on their coffee table where they can pull up different photos and bits of where they’ve been.”

He continues, “The journey will be mapped up because of GPS location capabilities, and most of their photos will have been taken automatically by cameras around their neck based on algorithms working out what was actually interesting. So you can follow the route right on the Google Earth holographic tabletop map.”

Timeline: Flatscreen display — two years. Holographic display — five years.

Check out for the other 4 innovations 😉


GirlParkour: Indonesia National Jam Event Review: Military transport, mountains, Mbois (??)

Transported from in military convoys, climbing mountains and what does “mbois” mean? Is training with Parkour Generations ever the same if you don’t have to train in the rain and be covered in mud? Puji and Rifna are two female practitioners among over 150 others who came from all over Indonesia to meet in Bandung for the National Jam 2010. Read their words here!

LOL! Thank you Shi from Parkour Sydney! You’re just so mbois! :))

Hello world from!

So, finally I decided to get myself a domain name. Bought it from Go Daddy with promo codes that cut almost $10 from the original price. Since I don’t know what should I do next, I guess it would be better to use my Posterous for the first kick. I’m absolutely need a tons of guidance and tips in managing all these stuffs.

Mohon bimbingannya! 🙂

Nona (@tieshadiona) – Dia (Reza Cover) #skypeunite


Hari Kamis dini hari, #skypeunite kedatangan bintang tamu. Doi sempat dikenal dengan tembang hitsnya di masa kanak-kanak dulu. Dan kemarin malam, doi melantunkan beberapa tembang disela-sela Skype conference call. Tanpa basa basi, setampilnya kita lanjutkan … Nona!!! (FYI, nama panggung twitternya: @tieshadiona)

*mohon maaf untuk kualitas rekaman yang pas2an, direkamnya cuma pake voice memo iPhone :/


Parkour: Tackling Obstacles While Running

Differences between running and Parkour

Whilst the runner is likely to only think about dealing with an obstacle when they are faced with one, the practitioner of Parkour actively seeks out obstacles to hone their skills and practice their movements upon. In fact the majority of their time is spent practicing to be free in their movements, rather than just moving and facing whatever comes their way.

Most runners will spend the majority of their time directly practicing their sport and try to improve their technique during the activity, or might even work with a trainer, but they will spend most of their time running. Whereas in Parkour, a person might spend most of their week training individual elements or techniques and only combine them all in to a ‘run’ just a few times per week, depending on the individual.

Parkour is a return to the roots rather than a new branch of gymnastics.

And movement is only one part of the whole when it comes to Parkour. Back in the mid-eighties in a quiet suburb of Paris, it was in Lisses that the childhood games of a handful of kids would grow to inspire what we now call Parkour. There were no jumps or obstacles in the beginning, there was simply a desire to become stronger and challenge yourself. Can you lift that rock? Can you throw that stone across the lake? Can you jump and touch that branch or can you push that car? The children played every day and pushed themselves to achieve something new. As they grew up, they became stronger and fitter as their bodies adapted to their activities. It was only with a great deal of training behind them did they begin to wonder.. Can we jump from here to there?

Whilst some might then argue that Parkour is a new activity born in Lisses, that has evolved from running and various other activities, such as gymnastics, others agree that Parkour is one of the oldest disciplines known to man. Going back to a time when the first men and women had to hunt and fight for their survival each day, they would have used their bodies not just for running but for climbing, balancing, jumping and swinging too, indeed moving any way they can to avoid prey or to hunt. So to some, Parkour is a return to those roots rather than a new branch of running or gymnastics.

So is Parkour a sport? A discipline? An art form, maybe?

The term sport seems to suggest a competitive element these days and although competition is something that various organisations are trying to promote and organise, Parkour is a non-competitive activity.
To date, every large-scale organised instance of Parkour competition has resulted in at least one major injury to a competitor. This is chiefly due to the nature of the activity and the only safe way to progress is to work within, but of course close to, your limits. When competition is introduced, people are too eager to take chances and prove themselves better than their peers and it is only in stepping too far beyond these limits that Parkour becomes dangerous. More similar then to a martial art, Parkour is a discipline focused on self improvement and the mastery of oneself and the immediate environment.

Beginning your journey in Parkour as a runner, you might be surprised at just how different the respective practices feel, even if they might look similar at first glance. Very few muscles in the upper body are stressed to the extent they will be during a Parkour session and upper body strength and development is one of the first key focus areas of training for a new recruit. This, combined with exercises linked to balance, the passing of obstacles, ways of moving over, under and through your environment and drills to hone spatial awareness and adaptability all fuse to create a complete discipline for the body and mind. And it is this ‘mind’ aspect that also separates more traditional running activities, from Parkour.


Confessions of a Naked Runner

In addition to the shoes, most runners will purchase a runners belt, blackberry’s, hydration bottles, a GPS-system, a heart-rate monitor, an MP3-player, …

When I run, I have a bottle of water/sport drink with me – that’s it.

Although I love music, I was actually enjoying running and enjoying the chatter of the local park, birds singing and people in the park. That became my music.

For example, the other night – I took off on a nightly run (I did have a small flashlight with me, so I would not be caught in the dark). As I turned the corner on mile 2 – what stood before me was an incredible view of the Red Rock Canyons (near Las Vegas, NV). I was awestruck on how beautiful the sun was behind those mountains. Although I have lived in Vegas for a long period of time, I really saw the mountains and twinkling of the first stars. I think I would have missed that moment, if I was grooving out to my latest tunes.


Perpanjang STNK di drive-thru SAMSAT Daan Mogot cuma 3 menit 44 detik!


Tadi pagi gw sengaja berangkat dari rumah lebih cepet buat ngurusin perpanjangan STNK tahunan. Berhubung motor yang gw pake ini dibikin atas nama nyokap, jadi mulai dari KTP nyokap asli, SIM/STNK asli, sama BPKP udah gw siapin dan mastiin kalo nggak ada yang kurang. Drive-thru baru buka sekitar jam setengah 9an, abis ngantri sekitar 15 menit, akhinya dapet juga giliran gw. Eh taunya kata Pak Polisi yang di dalem pos, gw musti laporan dulu ke loket khusus gara2 waktu itu STNK gw pernah ilang. Harusnya biro jasa waktu itu bisa ngumpulin, tapi sayangnya nggak. Gw akhirnya balik lagi ke ujung barisan di drive-thru. Berhubung surat udah lengkap, kali ini bisa langsung diproses dan bayar pajak tanpa perlu bayar parkiran sama bayar. Nggak ada 5 menit, perpanjangan STNK motor kelar. Sayangnya kayak ginian baru ada di SAMSAT Daan Mogot doang (buat motor).