I know there have been days where I feel like not moving, usually I just scream from bed at my girlfriend, but now there is a solution for people like me. And that solution is the Hubo-FX-1, a wheel chair with legs! Imagine walking over 6 feet tall while in a sitting position towering over your coworkers and classmates.
If you normally get rid of your discs via a shredder, then you may not be aware that the leftover plastic shards can give off a chemical from the disc coating that is harmful to the environment. Well, either you didn’t know, or you simply don’t care. I’m sure for those of us that shred discs once in a blue moon, the effect is not so critical. But for industries with lots of confidential information stored on discs that must be destroyed, the eco-friendly Plextor PlexEraser PX-OE100E standalone drive will do the job leaving them ready to be recycled without any data being recoverable. Works with eight types of disc formats in both 12cm and 8cm sizes. Priced at $249.
Plextor PlexEraser Destroys Discs So You Don’t Have To [Via: CrunchGear]
With all this noise about Sony getting their own Blu-ray DVD drives ready for the masses, it's easy to overlook the other Blu-ray options available. Plextor has announced their first Blu-ray burner, the PX-B900A, an internal ATAPI drive for normal PCs. While no price has been announced yet (though it should come in lower than the price for a comparable Sony drive), the unit will be able to write to BD-R and BD-RE discs at 2x while also supporting DVD-RAM, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RWs. And for all you computer lovers, the drive comes in both black and white to match whatever fits your style. Look for the new drive to hit shelves this fall.
Plextor readies Blu-ray recorder [Reg Hardware]
LEGOs. You spent your childhood using them to create pyramids, and caused untold amounts of cursing from adults who stepped on that one brick you kept losing. Little changes when you get older, except you're usually the one stepping on the stray brick and cursing. Some among us, however, take it up a notch and use LEGOs to make fantastic creations, not the least of which is a LEGO steampunk AT-AT.
Prepare to hear a lot more about SmartThings. Kickstarter success turned Samsung acquisition, the smart home startup isn't the only DIY approach to home automation and security out there, but it may well end up being one of the best funded. SmartThings' mantra is one of openness, aiming to work with as many third-party components as possible rather than lock users into a closed platform. Admirable, but it could easily add up to confusion; I've been living the SmartThings life for the past six months to see whether it works.
Military Humvees with lasers capable of shooting down drones should be ready for field-testing by 2016, preparing for a new age of warfare where unmanned, remotely-controlled weapons platforms attack from the skies. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program (GBAD) aims to equip US Marines with highly portable anti-drone weapon systems, significantly miniaturized versus the lasers the US Navy will test on battleships later this year.
Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.
Teased at WWDC, Apple’s HealthKit is meant as a catch-all for your bodily stats and activity. The platform isn’t the forward-facing app we’ll see, but is a framework for providers to work with. New details now shed light on who Apple is working with to make it as robust as we need it to be.
Game of Thrones' Westeros is a lot things, but home to a subway system isn't one of them. That didn't stop one artist from envisioning what the transportation system in the fictional world might look like, however, and we can all get a look at what he has in mind with his concept designs.