Archive for February, 2007

Shimano aims for an easy urban ride

Shimano aims for an easy urban ride

It's been quite a few years since I've rode a bike, and any desire to do so now would be complicated by not actually having one any more.  The cash-injected biking industry does me no favours when it comes to choosing one, either, with all manner of complicated variations in gears, brakes and chassis; stepping into a specialist bike shop is about as scary as browsing a designer clothes store, under the disapproving and contemptuous gaze of the assistants.

 

Gear manufacturer Shimano has obviously decided to cash in on that eco-concerned but bike-ignorant market sector, and the Coasting system is their first strike.  Basically a three-speed automatic transmission for a bike, it takes all the complicated "first you flick this lever, then that one, but never stop pedalling while you do it!" madness out of the whole business.

Gear Diary reviews some wrist-cinema

Gear Diary reviews some wrist-cinema

That saucy devil Judie Hughes has been posting some premium-grade wrist-geek-porn over at Gear Diary, in her review of an mp4 Watch.  Available in 1GB and 2GB capacities, it's pretty much a dinky 1.5-inch square, 128x128 pixel, 65,000 colour display strapped to your arm which displays video, plays mp3s and acts as a voice-recorder.  Oh, and it tells the time, too.

 

Pleo Available for Pre-order at Trossen Robotics

Pleo Available for Pre-order at Trossen Robotics

Trossen Robotics is announcing the availability of preorder for the Ugobe Pleo robotic dinosaur.


CEO Matt Trossen, “The Pleo has been the most talked about commercial robot since the Roomba. We anticipate very high demand for this product and are very excited to be carrying it for our customers. As with any new technical product which has garnered a strong buzz, people should reserve their place in line as soon as possible if they want one. We know that we will be tearing open a box as soon as they arrive.”

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My hometown gets an upgrade to EV-DO Revision A!

My hometown gets an upgrade to EV-DO Revision A!

Sprint announced the immediate availability of EV-DO Revision A for Wichita and Kansas City market.  While I no longer reside in those two cities, I still fly in an out visiting friends and family.  Thanks for the EV-DO Rev A love – Sprint!

Customers in Sprint’s new Revision A market enjoy upload speeds of 350 to 500 Kbps and an average download speed of 600 Kbps to 1.4Mbps.  This is a significant jump, compared to regular EV-DO networks crawling at 50 to 70 Kbps up and 400 to 700 Kbps down.
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Motion’s Medical Tablet caught on film

Motion’s Medical Tablet caught on film

Look, a new Tablet PC handbag!  Well, no, it's actually not much good for holding your lipstick and one of those tiny pens that are always so handy, but if you're strutting around a hospital you might fancy one of Motion's new C5 mobile clinical assistants.  That's a fancy name for a ruggedised tablet: 3lbs in weight, wipe-clean for those unpleasing urine spills, and a 2-megapixel camera for snapping pictures of the cute patients.

In this video, shot by Scott Mase, Motion's Scott Eckert demonstrates the slinky $2199 machine.  I'd be very curious if my doctor whipped one of these out at my next consultation (not least because the NHS is so poor they're having to recycle dog hips into the elderly).

Google Video [via Scobleizer]

Create a modern relic: IBM ‘board meets Steampunk cool

Create a modern relic: IBM ‘board meets Steampunk cool

Oh, lord, I wish I was talented in the workshop.  Because seeing things like this insanely gorgeous Steampunk keyboard mod, where an IBM Model M 'board was converted with a whole lot of love'n'attention into something that wouldn't look out of place on H.G. Wells' desk as he battered away at 'The Time Machine'.

 

Is she really real or just real enough?

Is she really real or just real enough?

Her name is Song Hye Kyo, a Korean actress. Yes, she’s real and the image below is real enough to fool anyone with a pair of eyes.

The image is so life like, it’s hard to believe that a computer generated it. Indonesian CG artist Max Edwin Wahyudi is the genius behind this marvelous creation. Wahyudi uses a combination of digital sculpting and design application Pixelogic Zbrush and animation modeling software Autodesk 3DS Max.

This is nifty and all, but I’ll be more impressed if he can actually create a life like model with AI – now that’s a real achievement!

Making of the Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo [Via Gizmodo]

Nintendo Wii Sells Better than PS3 and XBOX 360 in January

Nintendo Wii Sells Better than PS3 and XBOX 360 in January

Surprise, Surprise… Not really! Nintendo is doing very well with Wii sales during January with roughly 436,000 units sold ourselling XBOX 360 and PS3 by far. Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo’s VP of marketing credit Wii’s success towards Wii’s ability to attract additional and different customers rather than just season gamers.

According to DailyTech, Xbox 360 sold only 294,000 units, and PS3 with 244,000 units. PS2 continues to hold its ground with 299,000 unites sold in January due to its low pricing.

Nintendo Wii Outsells PS3, Xbox 360 During January [via dailytech]

PowerShot TX1 – Digital Camera in Camcoder Form

PowerShot TX1 – Digital Camera in Camcoder Form

It’s nice to see some big changes on PowerShot lineup as Canon announces the PowerShot TX1. Its chassis looks more like a mini camcorder rather than a still image camera. A big improvement on TX1 compared to other PowerShot is its video capturing capabilities. The TX1 could capture videos at 30fps with High-Definition 720p in Widescreen format (16:9). Aside from HD video recording, it also support up to 1280 X 720 pixels resolutions and 60fps in mode.

More Optimus 103 details: keys to be swappable

More Optimus 103 details: keys to be swappable

Perhaps over-egging the proverbial hype pudding, those masters of self-promotion over at Art Lebedev have declared "the most exciting news this year": that the 103 Keyboard will have user-changeable keys.  Perhaps to counter those critics who have suggested a full array of tiny colour OLED screens will push the final price-tag somewhere in the region of the stratosphere, this will enable the company to hit different (still likely high) price points depending on configuration.