Archive for October, 2009

Mini HoverDrone

mini-hoverdroneWant to own what is touted to be the smallest flying R/C device to date? The Mini HoverDrone is your cup of tea then, where it will impress virtually anyone who lays eyes upon it. Boasting a diameter that won’t surpass that of a silver dollar by much, you get a lone propeller at the bottom that helps it hover in the air, spinning and flashing its blue LED to attract attention simultaneously. A simple slider control makes way for up-and-down movement, making it a snap for virtually anyone to control it in an instant. $19.99 is the asking price for this small miracle.


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Flip expanding into accessories …

FlipShare TV - a new accessory for use with Flip video pocket camcorders

FlipShare TV - a new accessory for use with Flip video pocket camcorders

With the phenomenal success of the Flip brand of pocket HD camcorders, it’s no wonder that Cisco – Flip’s new owner – would want to expand their reach. And as such, they’re moving into TV with a new gadget which will wirelessly stream Flip video from a USB stick and controlled by remote.

The FlipShare TV is a three piece set includes the FlipShare TV box, USB stick and remote control and uses FlipShare software to view and edit Flip video right on your TV. The video interface looks easy to navigate as well.
Other than that, details are murky, but product shots show HDMI and composite video connectors for TV connection.

No word on pricing or release date, and even PR departments are currently mum on the details. But Flip fans will want to pay attention come Christmastime as this is bound to be something most interesting. If Flip could work out a way to expand it’s use with timeshifting capability or even direct upload to YouTube that can be viewed on one’s HDTV, that’d be sweet.

But if all it does is allow viewing your videos on your TV directly from your computer, I have to wonder if it can be used to stream other video as well? only time will tell.

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Apple TV 3.0 software announced

apple-tv-3After having announced a slew of hardware updates in the last week, the company with the plan, Apple, has moved on to software updates by introducing the new Apple TV 3.0 software that aims to up the ante in the battle for your attention in living rooms throughout America (and the world, although Apple might not claim that officially). The Apple TV 3.0 software will come with a redesigned main menu that enables easier navigation of your favorite content in a faster and more simple manner, enabling you to enjoy the largest selection of on-demand HD movie rentals and purchases, HD TV shows, music and podcasts straight from the iTunes Store in an even better manner on your TV.

Apart from that, users will realize that they can now enjoy iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in stunning fullscreen display with your Apple TV, alongside tuning in to Genius Mixes and Internet radio via their carefully assembled home theater system. Good things in life don’t often come free, but you’ll be pleased as punch to note that the new Apple TV software is available immediately as a free download for existing Apple TV owners. Those who want to experience it for the first time without forking out a single penny, it will be bundled with the 160GB capacity Apple TV for just $229.

Bear in mind that Apple TV will require an 802.11b/g/n wireless network or 10/100 Base-T Ethernet networking in order for you to get going decently, accompanied by a broadband Internet connection and a high definition widescreen TV for best results. Depending on the country you reside in, certain videos might not be made available. Connectivity-wise, Apple TV is pretty fuss-free as it comes standard with HDMI, component video, analog and optical audio ports. The use of high-speed Wi-Fi enables the Apple TV to automatically play your iTunes content without any prior setup or management.

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Esquire’s December 2009 issue has Augmented Reality

500x_Esquire_Downey_NutsEsquire Magazine continually thinks outside the box when it comes to the print media. First it was their 75th anniversary issue with an e-ink cover, and now it is their December 2009 issue full of Augmented reality.

It seems like I seem to be defining augmented reality every time that I cover it. In all honesty, if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, clearly you aren’t looking hard enough, as it has recently appeared in Best Buy ads and games based on Criss Angel’s Mindfreak.

Did I not tell you at last January’s CES that Augmented Reality was the Coolest Gadget Ever? That may have been exaggeration, but the rest of the world is starting to see how cool it really is!

Yes, the December 2009 issue will be full of images that will reveal 3D flying text and images when viewed on a webcam display.

I have heard that only six pages of the actual magazine issue will feature augmented reality. This probably includes the cover, which has the augmented reality “spot” sitting underneath Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr.. There is also an augmented reality page featuring Gillian Jacobs, and ads for the Lexus, who helped pay for the costs of creating the issue.

This December issue comes out on November 7th if you want to get a copy for yourself.

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AIDA: A robot head on your dashboard to show you the way

AIDA-01Imagine if you were to chop off Johnny Five’s head and put him on your dashboard. I realize that sounds gruesome, and I’m sure someone actually did that at the end of the original Short Circuit, but just imagine that cute little head on your dash having loving expressions, and showing you the way to go home.

This is essentially the role of AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Assistant). This robot head not only serves as a GPS Navigation system, but it actually has expressions. It’s eyes will look happy when you’re going the right way, and become a warning sign when you are not. There is a video of this intriguing concept after the jump if you aren’t already sold on it yet.

AIDA is more than a navigation system, though. It is intelligent enough to remember where you have been, and from this information determines your driving habits. It uses a lot of sensors to gather intel, and will even let you know when you’re low on gas, and where is the best place to stop for gasoline on your way.

AIDA is still concept for now, and is under development by MIT SENSElab, MIT’s Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group, as well as the Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronics Research Lab.

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Q2 Cube Radio changes volume when tilted

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Many radios go for the obvious dials that you’re used to twisting and turning.  Some go as far as to use buttons and things along those lines.  Well this Q2 Cube Radio goes for a slightly different angle.  Instead of being covered in useful knobs, it allows for you to control it by how you move the cube itself.  If you like having things to toy with, this radio might be enough to keep you entertained.

In order to change the volume or radio stations, you just tilt or rotate the small cube.  It works by utilizing a gravity switch, which isn’t exactly surprising.  It seems to be that it’s still in the earlier stages of development.  Right now they’re just showing off the gadget to the general public, but they’re not quite to the pricing stage of things.  They were recently at an event in Massachusetts to show off their new cube.

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Starkey Laboratories introduces Sweep Technology

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Starkey Laboratories has a reputation of being one of the world’s leading hearing technology companies, where they have recently unveiled the their very own Sweep Technology that is touted to offer an entirely new method of adjusting hearing aids for the wearer’s benefit. Sweep Technology can be found on the new S Series behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instrument, where it will replace all of the traditional hearing aid buttons and dials with an innovative touch surface. This touch surface (why is everything heading the way of touch these days? Are there no more advocates for button-based access anymore?) will enable the wearer to perform various tasks including the adjustment of volume and change settings with but a simple sweep or touch of a finger. Don’t worry if you are suffering from limited dexterity – it can still be accessed with very little effort.

The implementation of Sweep Technology ensures that there is no mechanical movement required for activation, and you won’t have to suffer from grappling with pushing buttons to gain the right access, or buttons that oxidize and fail with time since there are no openings whatsoever around the volume control wheel that will give rise to the opportunity for moisture and dirt to enter the said hearing aid, creating havoc down the line. The surface offers a single seamless control, where wearers will be able to gain full access to volume, memory and standby controls. To increase the volume, just sweep your finger upwards, while doing the opposite direction if you find it to be too loud for your taste. Memory settings can also be adjusted easily with but a single touch on the surface.

According to Jerry Ruzicka, President of Starkey, “This technology makes hearing aids both smarter and simpler. We have spent three years researching and developing a way to package this advanced touch surface technology into a hearing aid – and it paid off. Patients in our clinical trails have overwhelmingly preferred Sweep Technology to traditional controls.”

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Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt

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Boredom is a dreadful thing, so you should always find ways to get rid of it.  Thankfully, Think Geek is always around to rescue geeks from being sucked into a bland dark place in their mind.  Now you can spend your days strumming on a fake guitar on your shirt.  It has all the major chords and plays them out loud for all the world to hear.  Whether they like it or not.

The major chords that you have will allow for you to play a great deal of classic rock songs.  That or you could just randomly hit buttons and make everyone around you completely annoyed.  There is a mini amp that comes with the shirt.  It has a tone nob that allows for you to turn the volume of the guitar up and down.  The amp can be clipped to your belt.  You can purchase the shirt and amp set for $29.99 from ThinkGeek.

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Concept Spider Computer from Sony Ericsson

spider_1Take a good look at this potato-masher on a tripod. It looks like a three-legged mechanical spider, doesn’t it? Just to let you know, these legs are not designed for moving, so you can forget your science fiction dreams, for now.

In fact, there is probably more science fact than fiction in this particular device. This was on display at the Taiwan broadband show by Ericsson to show what a computer might look like in the future.

That’s right, this device that you see here is a computer. Actually, it is more of a model of what the computer could look like, and there is a working model of this product after the jump. There is also video of it after the jump as well.

Here’s the basic concept. One side of this thing has a pico projector that is good for a 30 inch projection. As for the other side, it projects a laser keyboard onto the table. It is a technology that has been around for a while, but hasn’t really taken off as yet. The device also has a memory card reader built right in.

Yes, this is still a concept, and Ericsson wants to develop one with a battery and 3G connectivity.

So are we looking at the replacing the desktop with this, or the notebook? If so, then we’re going to need a lot of wall space.

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A Radar System made for an Army Helmet

radar helmetOne of the scariest things in combat is that the enemy could be anywhere, and you wouldn’t know it until it was too late.

This is why the military is developing a miniature helmet-mounted radar system (HMRS). Think of it as radar for the head, to let you know if people are around you.

The range on this guy is about 25 meters, and it is very lightweight at 2.5 pounds. One of those pounds is actually on the helmet itself. I’m not certain what the power source would be used for this guy, but it would have to be built to last.

This radar can see through dust, fog, foliage, and even walls. So if there is some enemies hiding in the close by, a soldier can detect them before he or she gets shot at.

Of course, there really isn’t a way for the helmet-radar to detect the enemies from the “friendlies”. Other things could probably set this off too, such as thin trees that wave in the wind.

Just think about how many soldiers in past wars could have been saved with a device like this! Considering the losses that the United States has taken in Iraq or Afganistan, soldiers could use a little warning before going around that unknown corner.

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