Archive for Sep 24, 2008

Near-infrared light could be used in future lie detectors

Near-infrared light could be used in future lie detectors

Polygraph tests have been used for a long time to detect whether or not a person is lying. They rely on respiration rate, blood pressure, pulse and anxiety levels to determine when someone is lying.

But a new kind of polygraph will used near-infrared spectroscopy to determine lies from truths. A patent was recently filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization according to the New Scientist that would use this tech. It works by shining a light through the skull to the brain. And depending on how much light is then reflected back, scientists can then determine how active the brain is, and therefore whether or not you're lying.

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AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

It's always nice when a device is a multitasker. And if anyone watches the cooking show, "Good Eats," they'll know how a multitasking device can save you money and space. However, what would you say to a lamp that is also a stereo speaker?

The AmpLamp is a concept design that sports the form of a lamp, yet has speakers tucked away within the lamp shade. The base of the lamp has a subwoofer. The really cool thing is that it utilizes NXT technology, which can turn a flat surface into a speaker. It also uses Airsound, which is noticeable by the flared out speakers on the sides of the lamp.

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Sony BRAVIA Link modules: Wireless 1080i, slimline DVD upscaler & extra HDMI

Sony BRAVIA Link modules: Wireless 1080i, slimline DVD upscaler & extra HDMI

It's not just Samsung with some media streaming news today; Sony have announced availability for their new BRAVIA Link modules, the Wireless Link, DVD Link and Input Link.  Each is intended to augment your home entertainment setup without requiring a monumental re-wiring effort.  The Wireless Link can beam a 1080i signal up to 65 feet from the transmitter box - wth four HDMI and one component inputs - to the receiver, which you latch onto the back of your HDTV and connect via HDMI.

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WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

While we wait for the first Rovio reviews, WowWee are drubbing up enthusiasm for the WiFi-enabled remote webcam with some new demo videos.  Intended to give an overview of the robot and its functionality, the three clips show everything from using Rovio remotely through the web interface, using the webcam on its adjustable arm, and directing it to return to the charging base.

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Sigma announces DP2 large sensor compact and SD15 Digital SLR

Sigma announces DP2 large sensor compact and SD15 Digital SLR

Sigma has today announced the SD15 Digital SLR and DP2 compact digicam with 14 megapixel Foveon X3, APS-C sized sensor and newer true II image processor. The new SD15 is replacing 2-years old SD14 with a faster processor and 3" display. Updates are par at best, might well call it SD 14.2 like what Leica did with M8.2!

ViewSonic’s N2201W is 3-in-1 LCD monitor with DVD, PC and HDTV Combo Display

ViewSonic’s N2201W is 3-in-1 LCD monitor with DVD, PC and HDTV Combo Display

ViewSonic has announced a 22-inch 16:10 widescreen PC LCD monitor with a wealth of feature including a built-in DVD player, ASTC, QAM and NTSC integrated tuner. The featured rich 3-in1 display has a native resolution of 1650x1050, 1000:1 CR, 300 nits brightness, a fast response rate of 5ms; make it a suitable multifunctional display for gaming, movie entertainment or PC usage.