No, not pyjamas, panoramas. Aka QuickTime VR Demystified or how I learned to love the tripod. ‘…provides information on creating QTVR panoramas without all the fancy hardware other folks would like you to think you need. The idea is to help you think outside the lines and make unique use of the QTVR tools of creation on a shoestring budget.’Read More
Monthly Archives: March 2004
Riders on the storm.
Ghostrider, the world’s first ‘autonomous motorcyle’Read More
Movie Karaoke? Where you perform your favourite movie scenes in public? Really? Such courage. ‘Movieoke gives film lovers a chance to emulate their favorite stars, from Robert De Niro to Tom Cruise. Participants just choose a scene they want to perform, then get up on a small stage while the scene is projected onto a screen behind them.’Read More
It’s a video world, so why not a dedicated video manipulator like Plextor’s new PXM402U Digital Video Converter? It can capture and convert MPEG 1/2/4 et DivX with studied aplomb. Apparently. It can also handle audio like WMA and MP3. All of which must make it quite useful in the right hands I’d say.Read More
Dynamo is a smartmobs type of application which I suspect is looking for a reason to be. ‘Dynamo allows people to interact together. This means that traditionally solitary activities like browsing the web can become sociable group activities, where you sit together and share a big screen, on which you can click into each other’s windows and give each other links.’Read More
At last, a benign Series 60 application for the masses. The MidiWriter Pro program is a fully functioning sequencer and music editing package for smartphones. It even has inbuilt quantize. Cool stuff for any budding musician who fancies drumming up tunes on the go. Maybe even for…er….rich buskers too.Read More
Ah, such delicious irony. The Toyota Sportivo Coupe concept car uses a mobile phone style SIM card instead of a key. But here’s the kicker, the SIM card can be programmed to wirelessly transmit details of the driver’s licence and address as they are caught speeding past a camera trap. Now who’s going to buy a car called Sportivo which is so clearly anti-sportivo, eh? ‘Depending on the driver’s experience and grade of licence, the card could control the engine…Read More
OK ,we feel slightly guilty for having introduced the Soundcover program to the world the other day, so to make up for it here’s something for the three of you who don’t own a mobile phone yet. The $79.98 Phone Pretender is a great little tool for getting rid of unwanted callers. Press a button just after the “hello my name is John and I wonder whether you have a few minutes spare to talk about…” and you can trigger…Read More
You may end up being able to leap tall buildings with one stride, but you’re sure going to look a bit silly doing it. The BLEEX (Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton) ‘consists of mechanical metal leg braces that are connected rigidly to the user at the feet, and, in order to prevent abrasion, more compliantly elsewhere.’Read More
It had to come I suppose – a categorised online singles service based around lifestyles. The Terra9 group of Singles sites offers theme and community oriented meeting places based around Poetry, Democrats, Republicans, Music, Techno, and even Sarcasm. Eh?Read More
Wither the weather?
The world�s first weather station wristwatch with wind speed! That’s right, instead of looking up, getting soaked, blown over or baked you can just look at your watch to tell you what the weather is like where you’re standing. Makes perfect sense to me! Priced at $129.95. ‘The Weather Watch Pro accurately measures wind speed with its Swiss-made flip-up impeller and Beaufort scale graph. It constantly monitors changing barometric air pressure, and even alerts you to changing weather and storms.’Read More
Researchers have just given an early demonstration of how to print out human organs using a modified ink-jet printer. Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘makeover’ don’t it? ‘Forgacs retrofitted an ink-jet printer for his “bio ink,” composed of multicellular assemblies, called spherical cell aggregates, that can be printed onto special bio gels. After each layer of cells is printed, an intervening layer of gel is laid down…”Our next step will be the construction of functional organ modules,…Read More
Now this is what I call the strangest convergence product ever – the Olympus Voice with Picture Recorder. Now for the first time, busy executives can dictate important business messages for transcription along with a piccie of their baby. Or something. $129.95. ‘This is a practical breakthrough for a business conference and tons of fun for e-mailing pictures with voices to family & friends!’Read More
One pin to bind them.
OK, you’ve read the book, seen the films, worn all the hats, played the video games and been to the travelling exhibitions. Now you just have to get the Lord of the Rings pinball table. Yours for a mere 4,995.00 groats or whatever they’re called where you dwell.Read More
Researchers have started testing a robot brain surgeon. Oh yeah? So who’s going to be the first lucky patient who ends up under the scalpel and oily cog then? I think I’ll take my robots Aibo style, thank you very much. ‘The neuroArm system consists of two robotic arms, each designed to mimic a surgeon’s arm in performance and size. The robotic arms operate independently and can be fitted with special surgical tools to perform such procedures as soft tissue…Read More