Monthly Archives: June 2002

general June 4, 2002 posted by

The shape of things to come?

The SAM from Cree AG of Switzerland is a nifty looking electric vehicle that could catch on big in Europe as a city loving, petrol hating runabout. The 2 seater has a range of about 50 miles, a max speed of 65mph and accelerates from 0-50 kph in 7 seconds. It’s very cool looking and…gasp….unlike its electric rivals costs a mere 5000.00. Apparently full production is just about to start. Meanwhile back in the good ole US of A, the…

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general June 4, 2002 posted by

Internet and Web history comes to life

Wow, Google has assembled a list of historic postings from the early days of the Internet and Web. Here, for example, is the Usenet posting by Tim Berners-Lee outlining his WorldWideWeb project (sic). Or what about the first mention of Microsoft Windows, or the first discussion of the Year 2000 problem (in 1985)? Fabulous stuff, just fabulous! [via everythingisnt]

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general June 3, 2002 posted by

Chinese to compete with games console makers

My chums at the Inquirer are reporting that the Chinese intend to enter into the games console market within the next two years. The report suggests that the company involved – Sichuan Changhong Electric – has already started talking with Taiwanese factories about possible production details. In a separate, but somehow significantly linked article – the Electronics Engineering Times is reporting that the Chinese are well underway in the development of a rival to the DVD format called the Advanced…

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Flying saucers approach

The SiMiCon Rotor Craft is a pilot-less craft which is being developed by a Norwegian consortium as a sort of vertical take off replacement for the Predator drones which are currently being used in Afghanistan. The unique thing about this craft is that it takes off and lands using a set of retractable rotors, which turn it into a sort of spinning disk. In the air however these discs retract and the jet engine takes over for forward motion. It…

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Mind reading computers

This ABC News article reports that cash machine maker NCR is working on technology that will let your humble ATM read the user’s emotions. Apparently the new machines will be able to tell whether you’re fed up with life after discovering that you’re overdrawn and will be able to deliver soothing or humorous material to cheer you up. Yeah right.

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Casio’s GPS watch

Casio’s new A3012CA mobile phone is a handset with a difference. It sports an integral camera and GPS receiver which lets you take a photo of your surroundings and send it off along with a map of where the photo was taken. I’m sure that there’s a great use for such a product somewhere – apart from saying ‘help I’m lost’ – but I can’t seem to come up with it.

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general June 1, 2002 posted by

Pets or food

The Pets or Food site is almost beyond words. An outrageous, tasteless and cleverly satirical look at a fictional business that puts the yew! into pyewtrid. But for some reason it also made me stop and think twice about our generally accepted concepts of food industry norms. Which I suppose is what satire as art is supposed to do.

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Smart clothing

Sensatex SmarTextile technology is apparently a method of integrating biometric devices into fabric in order to monitor your body’s vital signs. The company markets a product called the SmartShirt (‘the shirt that thinks’) which monitors heart rate, respiration, body temp and a host of other things you probably would do better not knowing about. Unless you are an athlete of course. One of the neat features of the technology is that it can be incorporated into any fabric ranging from…

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general June 1, 2002 posted by

Zapping those annoying junk phone calls

The Telezapper is a $49.99 box which installs onto your phone line and senses when you’ve been called by a telemarketing robot dialer. It then emits a tone which fools the auto-dialler into thinking that your line has been disconnected, at which point that number (and presumably your name) will be taken off the database. Sounds like a fab answer to an annoying problem all right – if it works.

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The future of computing

I’ve felt for a long time that we’re well overdue for a new type of personal computer paradigm, but I’m not that sure whether the Antelope MCC is it. Based on a concept developed by IBM, this small box – or Mobile Computer Core – contains nothing more than the processor (Crusoe), a 10GB hard disk, 256 MB of memory, a graphics card and battery. The idea is that you load up your choice of operating system and it will…

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Evolutionary robot?

The Evolution Robot ER1 is a…er….robot. It’s powered by a standard laptop computer, sends email, responds to voice and does other neat tricks like record video. It’s not that expensive at $499.00 and looks…er…different. But would I allow my laptop to go roaming off with some strange set of wheels and gears without a proper introduction? No way, Jose!

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Mac OSX interface on Windows XP

Why? Because they can. WinMac lets PC users add an Apple menu bar to their Windows interface. So far the software can emulate most Apple environments, but you will need to add in other elements such as the WindowBlinds OSX skin if you want to do a real full blown Aqua emulation.

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Big city fly-bys

Skyline TerraExplorer is a sort of browser plug in that provides a fabulous bird’s eye tour of a small selection of the world’s biggest landmark cities, including London, Paris, San Francisco and Vegas. The experience is a bit like sitting in a low flying plane, but without the noise. You’ll need a fast connection and good graphics card to get the best out of it.

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Matrox G1000 triple head demo

Herewith a selection of short Korean video clips showing off the triple head feature of Matrox’s new Parhelia based PC graphics card. So it’s definitely called the Matrox G1000 now is it? [via ArsTechnica]

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Time is money – and that’s a fact.

Professor Ian Walker of Warwick University – obviously a man with way too much time on his hands – has come up with a formula for calculating what our time is actually worth in monetary terms. According to his calculations – and this CNN report – the average British minute is worth just over 10 pence (15 cents) to men and eight pence (12 cents) to women. Apparently this therefore proves that it’s cheaper to order in a take away…

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