Archive for May, 2007

Control anything you touch

Control anything you touch

Since I'm still obsessively stroking the Prada's screen, I'm all about the capacitive touch panels lately.  Zero-pressure touch sensitivity is so blissfully Star Trek that I'd like to see it all over the place, but up until now the limiting factor has been the sort of materials sensors can detect through.  Now, however, QSI Corp have developed a system which should see capacitive touch make a much greater impact all over.

 

Sony think small with ultra-compact home cinema system

Sony think small with ultra-compact home cinema system

If you live in a tiny hutch of a house and like home cinema, you might be wondering how you can fit reasonable speakers in without firstly taking up all available room and secondly causing bleeding of the ears from having to sit pressed up against a tweeter.  Sony come to your rescue, the kind devils, with their DAV-IS10 micro home theatre system.

Sony Ericsson W999i confirmed

Sony Ericsson W999i confirmed

Like video of people accidentally falling out of their clothes (I'm looking at you, Janet) there's nothing so lovely as accidental revelations.  Someone over at Sony Ericsson might be kicking themselves with a cellular boot right now, as their rumoured W999i sliding smartphone has been posted on the GSM association's site.

 

Personal Helicopter puts you in the test seat

Personal Helicopter puts you in the test seat

I've been seeing so-called personal helicopters advertised at sky-high (ha, did you catch my pun?) prices in gadget catalogues for years now, but generally when you try to order them you're told that you're actually signing up for a waiting list as the device goes through all the necessary ratification.  Over in Japan, however, they've decided to leave all that up to the buyer, as the GEN Corporation is selling what amounts to a helicopter rotor on a stick, the GEN H-4.

 

The Tarati – What have they been smoking?

The Tarati – What have they been smoking?

It must be great to be one of those people that designs products that are never meant to be created. You just think of the craziest stuff, then make 3D rendering of what it might look like and then tell everyone what it should do, if it were real.

Nokia designs phone that detects lightning

Nokia designs phone that detects lightning

Nokia must have a huge R&D department, first they come up with a phone that tells you when it's done charging, now they have a phone that can track lightning.

The phone can supposedly track nearby lightning strikes and warn you of their danger. Now I have no doubt that this phone can do just that, I'm more concerned about why they would bother including something like this. Lets look at some of the flaws in logic here. First, when I'm outside, I already have a few things that inform me of nearby lightning strikes: my eyes and ears. Unless you are both blind and deaf, you're going to know that lightning has struck. If you're indoors and can't see or hear these warning signs, you probably don't care anyway.

A Zune for your car?

A Zune for your car?

It's no secret that the Zune isn't selling well, but Microsoft has just been awarded a patent that may put a future version of the music player in your car.

Breakfix – What’s in a name?

Breakfix – What’s in a name?

I'm the kind of guy that can eat breakfast any time of the day. That may have something to do with not waking up before the crack of noon, but then again I've always enjoyed pancakes for dinner. One particular food that I can eat any time is cereal. It's usually more of a snack than a meal, but it really depends on my mood.

For those of you that eat cereal as frequently as I, you have likely noticed just how difficult it is to pour the precise amount of cereal to make a full bowl. Too much and it overflows when you pour in the milk, too little and your marshmallows are just floating around. That's why the good people at Skymall are offering the Breakfix (seriously, who's going to buy something named break fix?). With just the press of a button, you'll get the perfect amount of cereal in your bowl every time. Wait, what size bowl? I have about 5 different sizes of bowls in my house, not including the other random containers I use when I haven't done the dishes in a while. Maybe it's so technilogically advanced that it knows what size bowl you put under it. No, probably not.