Archive for November, 2009

DIY Whereabouts Clock tracks family with Twitter [Video]

DIY Whereabouts Clock tracks family with Twitter [Video]

Not being a Harry Potter fan the "wearabouts clock" has passed me by, but this DIY location-indicating replica is impressive enough even without the back story.  The concept is that rather than display the time, the clock's numerous hands show whereabouts each family member is, according to various locations (or situations, such as "mortal peril") around the clock face.  As for the magic inside, our old friend the Arduino and a hacked Linksys router monitor Twitter for location updates.

The first generation of the system attempts to recognize the first few words in the tweet - it monitors a different Twitter stream for each hand - and then shuffles the indicators around to the appropriate point.  If the message can't be interpreted that way, it points to "read me".

Video demo after the cut

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BrickHouse Security 159-ME-PASSIVE Bluetooth headset hides deep inside the ear

BrickHouse Security 159-ME-PASSIVE Bluetooth headset hides deep inside the ear

One of my big pet peeves is when people wear Bluetooth headsets when they aren’t driving and can actually hold the handset up to their ear. A long time ago I could see the Bluetooth headset as a status symbol, but today everyone, including my Grandma, has one so we aren’t impressed. If you like to wear Bluetooth headsets but don't want others knowing you are wearing it, here is the product for you.

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DoD orders 2,200 PS3 consoles

DoD orders 2,200 PS3 consoles

It used to be when it came time to upgrade a supercomputer we were talking about adding more nodes, processors, and other hardware. At least in one of the supercomputers used by the DoD when it comes time to upgrade it means buying more Sony PS3 game consoles.

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Zune HD getting colorful update December 1st

Zune HD getting colorful update December 1st

Up until now the colorful part of the Zune HD has been its striking OLED display; if you wanted any color in your Microsoft PMP then you'd have to resort to a third-party skin or case.  That's set to change tomorrow, however, according to the official Zune store, which has tipped three new colors - Magenta, Red and Purple - as arriving on December 1st.

Developer spots usage record for iPhone 3,1 in iBART app

Developer spots usage record for iPhone 3,1 in iBART app

Apple fans and developers keep their ear close to the ground to find the new tidbits on coming Apple products from all sorts of sources. Often those sources include usage logs and deeply buried profiles in updates and software from Apple. Developer Pandav has discovered a usage record for an iPhone model that has not been announced.

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Nokia cuts R&D workers

Nokia cuts R&D workers

Nokia has been under increasing pressure from competitors like Apple and others in the mobile phone market. Nokia is seeing its global share of the high-end smartphone and feature phone markets slip as competition increases.

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Kindle breaks sales record during November

Kindle breaks sales record during November

Among some of the most important things that the world may never know are exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop and exactly how many Kindles Amazon is selling. Amazon won’t offer a firm number of units sold but has announced that the Kindle has broken its sales record.

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Apple iTunes terms & conditions come in for critique

Apple iTunes terms & conditions come in for critique

Apple are the latest recipient of a scolding from the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), after the organisation pulled the Cupertino company up on its iTunes terms & conditions.  The OFT seemingly took issue with just how "clear and accurate" Apple's language is, both regarding consumer rights over iTunes purchases and software downloads from the company's site.

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