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MountMe Freedom II helps you mount your iPad just about anywhere

Own an iPad or iPad 2 and love it to bits? Well, if you are the type who has plenty of time to watch movies on the iPad, then you would surely know that carrying the iPad at all times can prove to be quite the unwieldy experience, not to mention giving your hand a good cramp. There are mounts, and then there are mounts – and one of the later models available would be the MountMe Freedom II.

MountMe Freedom II will target owners of both iPad generations, where it is now up for pre-order where you will be able to receive a special discount of 10% to 25% off (the former if you purchase one model, while the latter applies when you buy two). This unique protective carrying case will boast a durable mounting and standing accessory which will deliver a special all-in-one solution, turning your precious tablet into an entertainment center with optimal viewing options.

Being a universal adaptable mounting solution, the MountMe Freedom II will let you mount your iPad just about anywhere, turning it into an impromptu in-car or on-the-go entertainment system, a wall clock, home automation controller, a picture frame or perhaps it could be as simple as using it as a protective carrying case when it is not mounted.

Apart from that, it also paves the way for easy typing with both hands, never mind where your iPad is placed -on your leg, on the back of a car seat or on your table. Just to get a better idea on where you can mount this puppy, how about in the kitchen where you attach it to the refrigerator or cupboard door for watching cooking videos or easy viewing of digital recipes? It will also be equally at home in the bedroom, where you mount it on the wall like a small LCD TV. Works great on airplane seats as well as private aircraft, the possibilities are more or less limited by your imagination.

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This robot does windows, and runs on water

There’s nothing I like more than reporting on robots on this blog, and this one has is certainly has something unusual on two fronts.

First, it is can climb up walls, provided they are made of glass. It has suction cups, and they could take away all window washing jobs permanently. No more of those guys hanging off the sides of tall buildings.

Unfortunately, the suction cups won’t keep the robot affixed to the side of a glass building, not by themselves anyway. Here’s where it gets interesting. This robot has a vacuum suction that is generated by water. Yes, this robot can run on water. Not only that, the excess water is squirted out, which will help wash the windows.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Another thing that makes this robot nifty is that it is modeled after a gecko. Too bad it does require a flexible pipe in order to work, but the water tank is only so large, really.

Well, this water-powered robo gecko is under development from researchers at Zhejiang University in China, and there is no word if this will ever go past the experimental stage. So if you work on the top of a tall building, and you see a robotic gecko washing your window, do not be alarmed.

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Drawing Machine takes prize at Maker Faire

Right now, I am in the San Francisco area, but I wish I could have been there for the Maker Faire, which was last week.

The Drawing Machine that you see here in the photo was one of the winners of an Editor’s Choice award, and he didn’t even expect to show it off at this year’s fair. The device is able to recreate a JPG mechanically in the form of a drawing.

It has a set-up with Arduino software, and it takes weeks or even months to complete the image. You have to admit that is a pretty long time to wait for a drawing, and yes, a human would be able to do it faster. I’m not certain if a human can achieve the level of detail that this device can, as it makes a drawing of Frankenstein’s monster from the classic motion picture look like a still from the movie.

Yeah, this is one of those times where you have to compare the work of a human with that of a machine. In this case, it is a fair comparison, because part of the programming code of this machine is to create a random element to each drawing. This means that every drawing will be different.

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ASUS shows off Padfone at Computex

It is a good time to be a tablet or smartphone right now, so I don’t see any reason why in the world someone couldn’t combine them. It looks like ASUS is doing that with the Padfone, and they showed it off at Computex Taipai in Taiwan.

As you can see, the Padfone tablet opens up in the back so the Padfone smartphone can nestle safely in the back. Not much else is known about this, but the smartphone should have a 3G connection.

Another feature is that the smartphone can charge itself inside the bigger battery in the tablet. Of course, I think we all know what we really want, which is data sync between the smartphone and the tablet.

After all, why have all that data in so many dang places? There is no point in doing that whole “oh, where did I put that document” game. Just put it all in one place by plugging the phone into the tablet, and you have your data in both places.

The ASUS Padfone is planned on being out some time around the holidays. I believe that the operating system is going to be Android, but who knows who the carrier is going to be.

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Disney’s Tactile Brush makes the user feel the film

I’m guessing that 3D is not good enough any more, as Disney is working on a process called Tactile Brush.

You might have seen this type of technology at Disney’s EPCOT center with their “Honey I Shrunk the Audience” presentation where little mice are supposedly going through the crowd, a trick done with airhoses under the seats.

The Tactile Brush uses 12 vibrating coils in the seats that create the sensation of things like speeding around a track or other sensations that you see in the image.

Disney demonstrated the Tactile Brush technology at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, and hope to bring it to amusement park rides and movie theaters. It certainly would take a lot of reconstruction to get every cinema on this track. Disney is even planning to use Tactile Brush in home theaters. but there is no word as to when it will be out.

I suppose that we are looking at an age where we have “The Feelies”. This is the types of motion pictures that are in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In that novel, the characters put their fingers on a ball, and they could sense the characters in the film they were watching. They might as well put the sensory things under the seat.

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In the 1960s, the government had their own AT-AT

I’ve always wondered why in the world there isn’t a real-life walking vehicle like the AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. After all, what makes the wheel think its so great?

Well, it has been tried. Back in the 1960s, the U.S. Army worked with General Electric to create the Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine (CAM) to create a walking machine for rough terrain.

The purpose of the CAM was not to find the location of the hippies’ rebel base, but to go through swampland impassable to ordinary vehicles while carrying huge loads on its back. Perhaps this is designed for Vietnam?

Apparently, it didn’t quite work, as it was controlled by some hydraulic levers that matched the 11-foot-tall legs. The project was scrapped because the operator had trouble thinking about which lever to pull to move the proper leg. Think about it as a mechanical dog, but you have to think about which leg steps at what point in time. It did work, and was able to move at 35 miles per hour. Couldn’t we make it so some computer algorithm to control its forward and backward leg movement?

Well, if you want to see this thing, it is at a U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis. Before that, it was in a warehouse in Detroit, along with the landspeeder, speeder bike, and other abandoned projects that somehow predated Star Wars.

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PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset

When it comes to milking a gamer’s wallet for all it is worth, gaming companies certainly know the ins and outs, and would do so without so much so as batting an eyelid. Well, Sony’s an old hand at the video gaming scene now with three home-based consoles under their label now (with a fourth in the works, or so that is what we heard on the grapevine), and have just announced the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset.

Of course, Sony would market this to be no ordinary headset, as it claims to let you hear your enemies approach you in the game before they are even able to see you – crucial moments, especially if you deal with a lot of FPS games. More on the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset in the extended post, and whether it is going to be worth the money you fork out for it or not.

It won’t be available immediately, but rather, you will have to wait until this September as the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset is accompanied by a $99.99 price point. This official gaming gear from Sony will support a wide range of favorite franchises amongst gamers, including (but not limited to) Killzone and Gran Turismo. Not only that, you will be pleased to know that this was specially designed for surround sound audio.

With 7.1 virtual surround sound running audio proceedings from within, the Wireless Stereo Headset is capable of letting you hear all the minor in-game audio clues clearly, regardless of whether you are currently involved in a firefight in a FPS or pressing the pedal to the metal for that elusive checkered flag.

Anyone who has worn low quality headphones in the past ought to be able to let you know just how uncomfortable the experience can get after a while – not only do your ears feel all hot and bothered, some of you might even develop rashes. Not so with the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset, as it was specially designed with comfort in mind for hours of non-stop gameplay, making it the perfect addition to your PlayStation experience.

Hooking up the Wireless Stereo Headset with PS3 is a snap thanks to the accompanying USB Wireless Adapter. You will then be able to access precise volume controls and accessible microphone mute so that there is no need to interrupt gameplay just to look for a particular button. Essential information such as battery status and sound controls are always within reach, making this one of the newer ways to get even more immersed in today’s games.

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The PowerNap Machine – Carry some ZZZ’s in your Pocket

I find myself exhausted most of the time, and everything I’ve ever read suggests I try napping, but every time I do, I have a problem waking up and I usually feel more listless than I did before. Not to mention I always have the feeling I’m going to get caught napping in the middle of the afternoon. Geez… Isn’t napping reserved for babies and really really old people?

Well not PowerNapping! PowerNap audio products would like to introduce you to The PowerNap Machine, a pocket-sized media player that facilitates sleep… Patented Power Nap waveforms have been encoded onto a device that is completely portable and features original and relaxing music composed just for Power Nap which fades away gradually, finally disappearing into the Power Nap sounds that rest and rejuvenate you. Enjoy the melody as you get the equivalent of three hours of deep sleep in just 20 minutes!

During the first five minutes of listening to PowerNap with ear buds, the user’s brain automatically adjusts to its inaudible sound waves. For the next ten minutes the PowerNap recording helps induce REM sleep, finally bringing the user to a refreshed state of heightened wakefulness. Throughout the session, the user hears only the pleasing sounds of a waterfall.

ZZZZZZ…. oh I’m sorry. The NapMachine weighs in at just a few ounces, and comes complete with ear buds, a lanyard, and the battery is actually included . It’s small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, and you can take it with you wherever you go, so anytime you have 20 minutes, you can indulge in the instant rest and rejuvenation of a Power Nap, no matter where you are!

Available now at www.powernap.com for under 70 bucks. They also have a CD that claims 6 hours sleep in 40 minutes, wow, think of all the time I’d have left in my day.

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foxL V2 Bluetooth Soundbar

It has been many years since Bluetooth technology was implemented in mobile devices, but how about the application of it? Bluetooth never really broke new ground apart from being paired to a pair of headphones, or used as a wireless mouse, or sending data sans a cable. Well, nothing much has changed here with the foxL V2 Bluetooth Soundbar, but it is still an interesting $199.99 device which proves its bark is worse than its bite.

Why so? For something so diminutive and portable, the Bluetooth A2DP Loudspeaker surely boasts of a superior quality speakerphone, delivering incredible power and dynamic range that targets audiophiles and gadget hounds. Not only that, it has the pedigree to back it up – physicist, NASA engineer, and well known audio design legend, Dr. Godehard Guenther, is the brain behind the Foxl V2 Bluetooth Soundbar.

Powered by an internal battery, it will fit comfortably into a relatively large pocket or backpack, offering blistering audio for up to 8 hours before requiring a recharge. Seems to be the perfect device to bring on your long camping trips – just get a solar-powered charger of sorts to accompany it and you’re set to be marooned on a tropical island for life.


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Cadence 4-Bit Chronograph Watch

Do you love collecting timepieces as a hobby? For the more notable names in the industry, this can end up being a pretty expensive hobby, but the Cadence Watch Company has something special for you watch lovers in the form of the new 4-Bit Chronograph Watch. Not only does it look subtle, but it is also classy that notches up a point for geeks who want to impress their dates but without a Tag Heuer or an equivalent.

Apart from being able to tell the time (duh!), the Cadence 4-Bit Chronograph watch will also throw in the functionality of a chronograph and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). You won’t get Arabic or Latin numerals, but rather, “see” the numbers in 4-bit binary. To recap, binary is a system of 1’s and 0’s which all computers ultimately rely on, and wearing this won’t make you look out of place even in black tie affairs.

As for the other functions and features on the 4-Bit Chronograph Watch, they are as follows :-

  • Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) display – the standard time by which the world regulates clocks, time and computer servers
  • 42mm stainless steel case – striking appearance, perfect for the boardroom or on the go
  • Luminescent watch hands – against the black face of the watch adds to the sophisticated look
  • Genuine leather wristband – with subtle saddle stitched two part leather strap and stainless steel buckle
  • Miyota quartz watch movement – makes for an extremely reliable timekeeper that never requires winding
  • Water resistant to 5ATM – convenient for everyday wearing
  • Sapphire coated quartz glass – helps prevent watch face from becoming scratched

The 4-Bit Chronograph Watch will cost you $195 a pop as it goes on sale from July onwards, although those who know that this is something they definitely want from the bottom of their hearts can take advantage of an early bird offer, receiving a 40% pre-order discount before then.

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