Welcome to the second installment of the Spy Camera Series. This time let's take a look at another object that you can position obscurely on your desk or cabinet or counter without anyone being any wiser as to what it really is: watches. Wear it on your wrist, leave it on your work table, put it in your drawers--just like the pens, the possibilities of where you can put the spy camera watch is endless.
Research In Motion (RIM) is best known for the BlackBerry smartphone but soon the company hopes to make headlines with the release of their first ever tablet: the BlackBerry Playbook. The device was announced last September 27, 2010 and eager users have been waiting for its promised arrival in early 2011. Tablets have been all the rage lately so what edge has RIM equipped the PlayBook with to make it a contender in the competitive tablet market?
Thanks to Silvestre Alavez, a staff scientist in the Lithgow Lab at the Buck Institute for the Research on Aging in Novato, California, we may be able to slow down the progression of disease processes, particularly Alzheimer's disease, and extend human life span. And the substance that could do it has been right under Alzheimer's diagnostic microscopes all along.
Two world-wide studies published within a year of each other have looked at the increase of violence among children. They came, not surprisingly, to the same conclusion, one which seems like common sense to many of us, but which has been challenged time and time again by propagandists for TV and video game manufacturers. The conclusion? Violence begets violence, no matter where it comes from.
It took a long time but scientists have finally developed the first nanogenerator that could be available commercially to the whole world in a matter of a few years. With how things are working out for this technology and at the pace that it's being developed, you could soon be powering up your electronic gadgets simply by moving your body and going about your daily tasks just as you do today.
Were you one of those people who would chew at the ends of their pens or on the caps whenever they were answering a test or having a hard time going through the questionnaire? Well, I was. So when I happened to stumble upon this edible pen by Dave Hakkens, I thought that this could be the perfect solution for all of us pen-chewers in the world.
The design world meets in Milan in a few weeks at the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, but how many will partner with Disney to bring such an imaginative group of stage sets to the show: TRON Designs Corian. a bathroom (aka wellness room), a living room, bedroom, outdoor space, home theatre, and kitchen and dining area will all be displayed in the futuristic Safe House.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed 486 full body scanners in U.S. airports and plans to install another 1000 by the end of 2011. Besides the privacy issues that have become quite controversial, there has been concern over the amount of radiation these scanners emit and what their potential is for increasing risk of serious health problems.
Horse owners have the responsibility for keeping their horses safe and in good, healthy condition all their lives by practicing what's called good horse husbandry. Sometimes, though, horses would rather not be involved in this process, and that can make them jittery, to put it mildly. But a new sedating gel, to be used only for standing procedures, is now available, enabling both owner and horse to achieve what's really best for the horse.
fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, allows researchers to follow what's happening in the brain as it is happening, literally, in real time. Psychologists at the University of Michigan and Columbia University utilized fMRI technology to compare the brain's activity during physical pain and simulated emotional pain.
The automobile industry is constantly transforming and trying to build more efficient and greener cars. Because of these efforts, we've seen the age of the electric cars and we have seen prototypes of cars that run on water as well as vehicles that are powered by solar energy. Now these are all great, but there's another solution brewing around that will not only use eco-friendly materials during its manufacture but will also result in the production of a stronger, lighter car that will do wonders for fuel economy. Is the world ready for pineapple and banana cars to hit the road?
The collaboration of a Harvard bioengineer and an MIT aeronautical engineer has led to the development of a device that can detect as little as a single nanogram-size cancer cell in a blood sample. This microfluidic device is essential for the earliest identification of a spreading cancer.
On Friday, Apple finally released their much-anticipated follow up to the Ipad, the Ipad 2. At this point, you've probably got two questions:
1) How does it stack up to the Ipad?
2) Is it worth buying?
Well, let's have a look.
March 27 marked the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States and the gaming world could not be more abuzz with the latest handheld gaming console that offers three-dimensional gaming without the glasses. We've already covered the Nintendo 3DS as well as the science behind 3D gaming in previous posts, so this time we're focusing on four of the games that you can actually play on this nifty device.
In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.’"
That's Asus's slogan, and they're definitely staying true to it with their latest motherboard, the Asus Rampage III Black Edition. Gamers rejoice: This is one fine motherboard.
Did you know that our eye color fades as we age? Well, it does, and that's another dirty trick nature pulls on us. But more, or just as, important as our dimming eye color, the same pigment reduces its eye protection features. Here's a pair of sunglasses which can't restore the protection, but can substitute the protection, and you can get them without even having a prescription.
As Bruno Mars sang, he'd catch a grenade for you, throw his hand on a blade for you, and he'd even jump in front of a train for you. You know he'd do anything for you; he'd even take a bullet straight through his brain, but he complains that you won't do the same for him. Well, now you can return the favor and catch a grenade for the hunky crooner–a USB grenade by ThinkGeek, that is.
Remember Clocky, the alarm clock that made waves because it came with wheels and could run away from the disgruntled person being woken up once its alarm started ringing? Well, the people behind Clocky, Nanda Home, have come up with a successor to the adorably designed alarm clocks in the form of Tocky, which will jump on your bed and roll around until you wake up in order to shut it up.
When severely underweight, anorexic women look in the mirror, they often see a fat version of themselves staring back. But according to a study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, overweight and obese women and children are seeing thinner versions of themselves.
....Two designs by ever-forward-looking British designer Tom Dixon will light up the Milan show in a new installation at Officine Stendhal, and the 400 square meter space will not be wasted. Dixon, known for his experimental use of new technologies, will not disappoint with his two new lighting designs, Etch and Bulb.
In our society, there's a race going on. It's really no secret- computer hardware manufacturers the world over are constantly trying to outdo one another. Innovation's the name of the game nowadays, and Pasadena-based Foremay Green Technologies is one of the leading OEM's(Original Equipment Manufacterer's) in this regard.
Looking at the hard drive they released yesterday, it's easy to understand why.
Are you a moron? Truth be told, I'm sure nobody would ever want to be stuck with that kind of label because it just ain't good. However, it can actually be fun-- not to be a moron but to prove that you aren't one by taking the Moron Test on your iPhone or iPod Touch, that is.
You might attract some attention carrying this handbag, but It may not be consistent with the kind of attention that the design's name, 'Widow,' might suggest.
What are your cat's favorite indoor activities? Scratching and sniffing, by any chance? Uh-huh. The new Scratch 'n Sniff may not be the first cat product to combine scratching with sniffing catnip, but it's probably the most purr-fectly designed one yet...
After the Tsunami that devasteted the coast of Japan, there's a lot of people in the field of robotics who have shifted their research in a different direction. Rescue workers put their lives in great danger every time they enter the field, and there's a lot of places they can't go, situations they can't be in: the risk is simply too great.
What if we could just send in a robot instead?
Maria and Igor Solovyov, from Belarus, combine their superb design talents and energy into a family business: SolovyovDesign, a studio that shows brilliance in many spheres of product design. Today I must share the Insight energy efficient lamp, because it shines so brilliantly... and is so darn metaphoric.
A team of researchers from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands Defence Academy and TNO Defence, Security, and Safety are working on a little black box which can distinguish just how much of an emergency a caller has. In other words, you call 911 to report that your house is on fire, and a 'trained' computer figures out how desperate you are.
Today I found that when things look the most glum, there's a space within us that makes room for just a bit of levity. For me, I found it in one of the design spots I depend on for just such levity - Atypyk. These six new items from the fun pair of French creators are just enough to make you smile just when you or someone special needs it.
Go gaga (forgive me, I couldn't resist) over Polaroid's GL20 Camera Glasses, which lets you take pictures and view them right on the stylish glasses so you can check out your shots before you decide to print them out. That's right: Polariod has built a camera into a pair of glasses so you can take photos on the sly without skimping out on photo quality or in style.
We've all seen the videos on Youtube compiling hundreds of still photos of a smiling man throughout the year or a woman going through her different stages of pregnancy to produce a single, coherent piece which shows the normally slow day-to-day transformation of nine months in two minutes. Now you can make your very own compilation with the Everyday app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, developed by Little Pixels.
We've all seen the studies- keyboards and cell phones generally contain more germs on their surface than a toilet seat. Kind of a disturbing statistic, if you think about it. I mean, we're putting our hands and faces on and against these things for what sometimes amounts to hours at a time. The potential number of illnesses you can pick up in this way is staggering, to say the least. And the fact is, disinfectant wipes can only do so much. Sure, they get rid of bacteria, but...there's more than just bacteria lurking on our electronics.
A company called Virwall Systems believe it has the answer.
A group of big-hearted programmers have set up and launched Belongings Finder, a site that will help Japanese people post things that they have found and items that they are looking for on the internet.
It sounds like something out of the realms of science fiction, doesn't it? Turn on a computer with a thought. Drive a car using brainwaves. Control a prosthetic limb in the same way as you would an ordinary one. As technology advances further and further, we're coming ever closer to unlocking the secrets of the inner workings of the most advanced computer ever made- the human brain.
This is just the start.
Let's face it. Computers- especially higher-end gaming pcs- generate a lot of heat. If there's not some way of dispersing that heat, well...there will be problems. These problems could range anywhere from hardware degradation to system components melting together to the computer actually lighting on fire, depending how hot the system gets.
Hardware designers have thought of various ways to prevent this from happening, some more effective than others.
Dell's got a new notebook computer on the market: the Inspiron R. The next iteration on Dell's Inspiron series of notebook PCs, the Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R appeared in stores yesterday, starting at a retail price of $529.99(14R) to $579.99(15R and 17R). Pretty good for a laptop, especially when you consider what's beneath the case. .
Let's take a deeper look, shall we?
If someone were to ask you to name the world's oldest computer, you'd probably mention The Babbage Engine, Konrad Zuse's Z3 or The UK's Colossus. If you were asked when humanity built the first computing device, your estimates wouldn't go higher than a few hundred years or so.
What if I told you that there exists a computer system that was operational almost two thousand years ago?
Is it a coincidence that the Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) spirit winners were announced the day before St Patty's? Doesn't matter... You might as well take advantage of your new knowledge... The 'ultimate' judges of the best in booze have decided and here are the best of the bests, the Chairman's Trophy Awards in 27 Challenge categories. (It must be fun to be a judge, no?)
If you want to create a natural-looking video, choose shutter speeds according to the 180 degree shutter rule used by filmmakers. Learn what the 180 degree shutter rule is and how to use it.
Would you wear recycled plastic bottles to work? Aparently millions of healthcare workers are about to, as Cintas, a major player in the uniform business, is launching its EcoGeneration scrubs. Each set of scrubs saves seven plastic bottles from landfills and weaves their material into threads, blending them with cotton and polyester fibers.
Looking for a tool that can add a little bit more spice to your website and help your users choose harder-to-guess passwords at the same time? Then you need to get the Naked Password plugin for the forms on your site and let your users meet Sally, who will be more than happy to take her clothes off–not for some booze or money but in exchange for a tough password, of course.
The highest pinnacle of computer technology is the supercomputer. Never mind gaming rigs like the Pure Luxury or the Alienware Area 51. If one were ever used for gaming, they'd blow them out of the water in a split second. These systems are powerful enough that they've their own unit of measurement for their processing speed-the petaflop.
Here are the five supercomputers in particular that stand out above the others as the best of the best; the cream of the crop.
Whoever thought that light bulbs could be fun, both for the designer and the consumer? Fun and functional; that's the motto of Hulger design, the British design house that brought out the cool, crazy phones for Skype and other VoIP services. The new sculptured bulbs, Plumen 001, just won the top product category and the overall best British Insurance Design Award.
Knowing how digital cameras work will help you make wise decisions when purchasing a camera and creating images. Learn why larger sensors are better for capturing video and how they work.
The folks at Cardboard Safari sent out their March newsletter today, reminding me that I have not checked in with them for some time. I was wowed! They have added quite a few more clever Cardboard Trophies, as well as full-bodied animals, to their collection. Plus, Cardboard Safari has just introduced a human mask and a cardboard bowling game!
NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.
When you think of a computer or robot putting someone out of a job, what sort of job comes to mind? If you're like most people, it's probably a lower-end career: one which requires minimal education and may or may not involve manual labor (for example, a supply line worker at an automotive plant).A lot of people decry such a situation, but at the same time sit secure in the fact that their own job is safe from such an occurence.
Or is it?
New from the iWallet corporation is - you guessed it from the name - the iWallet! Playing off of the popular "i" trend, the company has created what it says is a remarkably secure update to the standard wallet concept.
Let's face it, if you want to build a gaming computer, how it looks is almost as important as how it runs. I mean, who's going to want a superpowered rig if it burns the eyes just to look at it? The guys and gals over at PurePC and Darwin Machine understand this, and they've put a rather...interesting spin on things.
High school was when we all went through the best and the worst times of our lives. Relive the old days and bring back all the good (and bad) memories with this role-playing game for your iPod! After all, it's always better the second time around, right?
As almost every study warns not to change your habits because of the results of its particular findings, so does this Swedish study on women's coffee drinking habits and their relationship to stroke. Though the authors say that the study is a preliminary one, other recent studies show similar, positive links between coffee and stroke, coffee and heart disease, and coffee and diabetes.
Since the Ipad's release in April 2010, Apple's moved virtually millions of units.It kind of makes sense. Apple's garnered a very positive reputation in the market, and they didn't exactly have much competition for their new product. When they announced the Ipad 2, it seemed like last year would repeat itself over again.
But then HP made an announcement of their own.
Computers that talk to us. Programs that recognize human emotions and respond accordingly. An electronic device that knows the face of its owner. Sound like science fiction?
Birmingham University researcher Lijun Yin wants to make it a reality.
Yep, that's a picture of a man dressed as a cellphone. And while that's a Halloween costume, NTT DoCoMo and Osaka University in Japan are working on ways to make your mobile phone more human.
Here's a bit of video game trivia before we take an even deeper plunge into the past: the first ever video game called "Tennis for Two" was created by William Higinbotham in 1958. But what happened on the 10th of March eleven years ago? Read on to find out!
A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.
Can the touch of a human nurse's hand on a patient's arm be duplicated by a robot? The robotic nurse can certainly reach out and touch a patient, but the question of motive is not clear, because a robot touches in the same way regardless of its intention. The Georgia Institute of Technology presented a research report today at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, which I think you will find very interesting.
There are lots of puzzles on the market for dogs, but indoor cats need their noggins switched on too. And indoor cats have a tendency to gain weight, which can lead to digestive problems and less mobility. Fortunately, Aikiou didn't just design an interactive feeder for dogs, but a special feeder for cats, which slows down your pet's eating and digestion, as well as providing some fun!
Beast, the adorable new dog of Mark Zuckerberg and girlfriend, Priscilla Chan (Cilla, to Beast), has got himself a Facebook page, and I bet within a year, he'll have more friends than anyone ever did on Facebook! Especially, if he continues to update us. I wonder if Beast will garner as much interest as Bo, the Obama family dog?
So you're in a happy state... but are you in a happy State? The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is designed to tell you just that. Gallup conducts this poll every year in every U.S. state to determine who's happy and what influences their happiness. In 2010, interviews were conducted with 352,840 adults living in all 50 states and in Washington DC.
Coming to a toy store near you in fall 2011 is the Disney-Pixar "Lightning McQueen Alive 1:55 scale talking car. This thing has "hot Christmas toy" written all over it.
The DiabetesMine, a web resource for diabetics, is calling for innovative solutions to better the lives of persons with diabetes in its 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge.
If you're into PC gaming, you've probably heard about Razer. Founded in the 1990s, Razer USA is responsible for designing and producing some of the best gaming mice on the market. In 2009, they started making peripherals, as well- these too were met with positive reception.Fact is, these people know what they're doing when it comes to computer games.
Recently, they've announced plans to design a gaming laptop.
Sergio Mendoza helps organize workshops at Domaine de Boibuchet in southwestern France, a lovely country estate where artists, architects, and designers congregate and offer classes in the summer. Mendoza got the design bug himself and one set of his works is this series of SMP Lamps made from the shavings of fruit containers delivered to the estate every day.
It's a new breed of mobile phones with a human touch. Japanese researchers have developed a mobile phone that looks and even feels like a human being–and yes, it's a fully-functional cellular phone. What will these people think of next?
InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce a new writer is joining our team.Kyle Fiechter is a freelance writer and photographer with videoproduction experience based in downtown Denver. Kyle's technology blog shares unique insight on the emerging market of DSLR cameras used for shooting video to keep InventorSpot readers ahead in the technology game. You can see his camera blog here.
The Disease Management Unit at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Australia has launched an iPhone app for machismo males who won't visit their doctors when disease symptoms arise. It's called "myHealthMate" and it allows men to learn about their symptoms...shhh... in secret.
When it comes to traveling off the grid, getting power to the people can be a difficult prospect. Now, the PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger offers a water-based way to get the power you need when you need it.
Even though Ching-Hao Hsu, a graduate student at Australia's Queensland University of Technology, is focused on a career as a lighting designer, he has shown a unique interest in and talent for developing assistive tools for persons with disabilities. On the first short list of the James Dyson sponsored Australian Design Awards, the Arthritis Handle was clearly developed after significant research.
Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pocketsby Jamie Reygle
Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously. It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.
Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs. The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.
Recently, financial institutions across Canada began mass-producing new debit cards, and sending them to their customers. Each new card contained something previous generations hadn't- a debit chip. Now, instead of swiping the strip on one's card, most businesses will have the customer insert it into a chip reader.
But why the change?