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April 16, 2006 - April 22, 2006 Archives

  • April 21, 2006
    If you thought those thirteen year old skateboarders in your neighborhood were annoying, just wait until their skateboards start blasting whiny emo rock. Skatesonic is a project that places special electronics on the trucks and wheels of skateboards to produce music. The music va... / Continue →
  • April 21, 2006
    ThinkGeek is now selling an clever GPS tracking device. About the size of a USB thumb drive, TrackStick GPS Data Logger will record its exact coordinates every few minutes. It has no display, but when you can plug it into any computer, and it can sync up with Mapquest or Google ... / Continue →
  • April 21, 2006
    The people at MusicThing have found an eBay auction for an electric guitar made from an old Sega Genesis. If early reports are to be believed, this thing "looks cool, sounds cool." Finally, all those hours spent alone playing Sega in your room because no one wanted to be your ... / Continue →
  • April 21, 2006
    Motorola has patented a new technology that will silently shock you the next time you receive a call. The technology uses a special stimulator pad that is worn on the skin of the user. The phone sends a single to the pad when it receives a call, which activates a set of electro... / Continue →
  • April 20, 2006
    Harald Edens has posted step-by-step plans to make your very own tornado generation machine. Before you start planning your path of trailer park destruction, you should know that the vortex it creates is localized inside the machine, and the machine is mainly for visual purposes.... / Continue →
  • April 20, 2006
    NASA has been testing a remote-controlled robot surgeon in an undersea laboratory off the coast of Florida. For one exercise, surgical researchers 1,250 miles away sent commands to the robot, which managed to successfully suture a badly damaged vein in the wounded arm of a "pati... / Continue →
  • April 20, 2006
    A University of Bridgeport student has won the 2006 Fashion in Motion contest with his design for the Triple Watch. The Triple Watch concept is a cell phone that folds conveniently into a watch-size factor for storage on a wrist band. Calls can be received either when the phone... / Continue →
  • April 20, 2006
    A movie theater in Japan will begin pumping different smells into the audience to correspond with scenes taking place on the screen. Using technology developed by NTT Communications, seven different scents are released from a mix of oils stored in machines under the back two row... / Continue →
  • April 19, 2006
    The D'Andrea Group has developed a robotic chair that falls apart and reassembles itself on command. Remotely activating the chair causes it to break into six pieces: the legs, back, and seat. The seat then sprouts wheels, searches out its fallen comrades, reassembles, and then ... / Continue →
  • April 19, 2006
    Hewlett-Packard has designed a wearable camera prototype that is easily concealable in an "ordinary" pair of sunglasses. The camera can capture 1.3 megapixel images at 7.5 frames per second or .3 megapixel images at 30 frames per second, storing the images on a portable hard dri... / Continue →
  • April 19, 2006
    Microsoft is hosting a "treasure hunt" contest in Singapore where they are giving away five Xbox 360s. The "Where is My 360?" contest places 5 webcams at different points on the island which broadcast on the contest's website. Singaporeans can go to the website to view the webca... / Continue →
  • April 19, 2006
    Scientists are studying ants to help autonomous robots improve their navigation skills. Ants use landmarks to find their way in unknown territory, as well a system known as "path integrator," in which ants continually measure the distance traveled and directions taken in order t... / Continue →
  • April 18, 2006
    The Alcohawk Micro is a $50 electronic alcohol breathalyzer that is small enough to carry on your keychain. The Alcohawk's simple one button operation and quick five second testing make determining your blood alcohol level so easy that even a kid can do it... which is what your ... / Continue →
  • April 18, 2006
    Sony researchers performed an experiment in which one of their biped robots was placed in a classroom to determine how kids adapt to robots. The study determined that children would spend up to twice as much time participating in activities when the robot was present in the room... / Continue →
  • April 17, 2006
    A research lab in Singapore has been working on a video game that will allow you to play against your pet hamster. Their project, Mice Arena, places a hamster in a tank with a computer-controlled floor. When a human player begins a game, the floor of the tank shifts and molds t... / Continue →
  • April 17, 2006
    Katsuya Matsumura is apparently a Japanese computer case modder with a penchant for creating creepy female computer cases. The linked page shows the step by step process he used to make his most recent... "creation," a bikini-clad woman referred to as "On the Beach." So, if you'... / Continue →
  • April 17, 2006
    Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijgers finally gives you a legitimate reason to have a talking headless dog in your house. The Woofer is simply a cast resin dog with a speaker in its neck. A single dog will provide you with a subwoofer, and a pair of dogs will give you stereo sou... / Continue →