Monthly archives: July 2011

Car HUD’s from MicroVision

I love a heads up display or HUD, some cars have them built in but they are not always up to much and if they go wrong, there are some serious issues to follow. However, according to a press release from MicroVision it seems that they are in the market and have come up with the PicoP head-up display technology, which they will be calling the PicoHUD! but this is early days so far, and the equipment is just being tested, but once this is ready the user will be able to see a display with vehicle monitoring, navigation, and radio control right in from of them, how cool would that be and can they hurry up please!

These are the features and some further details for the excellent PicoP head-up display technology;

Microvision is the number one choice for automotive suppliers who wish to enable next generation vehicle displays. Microvision’s ultra miniature PicoP display engine coupled with its optical expertise offers automotive customers the ability to design head-up displays or instrument cluster displays that place visual information where the driver can use it. This creates a new level of driver delight while at the same time, increasing safety in and around the vehicle.

Source [Coolest Gadgets

 

 

Latest Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer

This is the trailer for the New ‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ movie as it premiered at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego, CA. the film will be Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto, it has been directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Even for fans of the older films, the TV series and even the star studded rebooted version of the Planet of the Apes, you may be wondering whether Rise of the Planet of the Apes is worth watching, well check out the latest trailer and see that it really is.

Source [Topless Robot]

 

Fun getting to work

Wouldn’t life be delightful if you were able to make going to work a bit of fun! Well if you lived in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands and used the Overvecht railway station. For the recent renovations have left the entrance to the station with an unusual way of getting down into the main part of the station, a slide!

The whole development has been overseen by the design firm, HIK Ontwerpers, it is ideal for those who are late and for people with kids.

Source [Incredible Things]

 

Cyber Sliding Pad Cover

Gaming with the Nintendo 3DS handheld games console can often be slightly difficult to use as the control stick turns out to be a slippery at the wrong time and then it is game over! However, it is a story with these control pad covers as they offer a proper controller feel and response, they also stay in place too, so there is no need to remove them either.

These are some of the details for the excellent Cyber Sliding Pad Cover

Available in three colours (blue, black and red), the Cyber Sliding Pad Cover is made to mimic the portable console as much as possible. There are also versions for Xbox, PS3 and even the PSP.

There are no prices on the table just yet, but no doubt they will be soon at the device will be launched within days

Source [Oh Gizmo]

 

 

The Elecom x nendo mouse

This is a very smart looking mouse, it is supposed to remind us of Origami and I suppose it does in a strange way. However, as someone who uses a mouse all day long, I am sure about this one, the shape seems to be all wrong and I have the feeling that the user is going to end up with serious wrist pain after a while! However, what do I know, this is mouse that has been designed by a talented design team who know what they are doing of. Whatever we think of this device, it is stylish and comes in three colours and uses a micro receiver so that it is not sticking out of the computer too far.

These are the features and spec for the interesting Elecom x nendo 5 Buttons Wireless Laser Mouse “ORIME”;

Manufacturer / Model Elecom x nendo 5 Buttons Wireless Laser Mouse “ORIME”

OS Compatibility Windows 7 / Vista (~SP2) / XP (SP3)

Mac OS (10.5~10.5.8 / 10.6~10.6.7)

Interface USB

Resolution 1600 dpi

Radiowave Frequency 2.4 GHz

Electric Wave Distance about 3 to 10 m

Power Supply AAA battery x2 (for Alkali / Manganese / Nickel )

Continuous Operation Time about 128 hours

Continuous Standby Time  about 125 days

Size W 81 mm x D 108 mm x H 40.5 mm

Box Contents Main body / Receiver / AAA battery x2

Priced at $84.32 in the US and around £52 in the UK

Source [Technabob]

 

 

Free Wi-Fi at Tesco

The UK’s largest supermarket chain Tesco are trailing free wireless internet in four of their stores, which may not seem like a big thing as they have around 2,700 stores throughout the UK. However, if the trail proves to be a success and there is no reason why it should not, then free Wi-Fi will rolled out across all of the Tesco stores.

If this went ahead Tesco would become the first supermarket to offer this service, the consumer is already used to getting free Wi-Fi in restaurants, bars and hotels. However, in a supermarket, this would be new and it would offer the Tesco the chance to target the consumer with special offers and product details while they are going about their shopping! Every little helps!

According to the man in the know, the chief information officer for Tesco Stores, Mike McNamara;

‘You can stand there Canute-like and pretend nothing is happening…or you can say it’s happening, and I am going to help it happen. My guess is it will go to all stores.’

However, he did have a word of warning for anyone who thinks that they can walk into the store an abuse the free Wi-Fi;

‘if you sit there streaming video all day we may switch it off.’

Source [Daily Mail]

 

Planking out of a job

Sometimes we all do things that we regret, I would tell you about my regrets but you don’t have all day or do you? Any Planking is a very funny concept that was invented by some Australians who obviously had nothing better to do that day and now there are people planking everywhere, including on police cars and high buildings!

However, there are times when planking should be left outside and in the case of John Mazzocchi, his planking fun got him fired from his job at the video and games store GameStop. This did not happen because his boss caught him red handed, but because his pal took a photo and they posted on #twitter at @Mazzlow with the message “When I go #planking I go hardcore” what made it worse was that his pal was also fired from the store!

Source [Geeky Gadgets]

 

Fake Apples Go Global

We wrote about the fake Apple Store in the Chinese city of Kumming last week, but since then it has emerged that there are fake Apple stores popping up in other countries around the world! It seems that these fake stores can be in places like Croatia and Venezuela, although we are still awaiting any evidence of these stores. It would be nice to actually see what they think passes as an Apple Store.

The Chinese authorities are working to get the fake stores in Kumming closed down, two out of the five have already gone, but the last three appear to be actually selling official Apple products, which makes you raise an eyebrow or two. Although according to Apple, they do have thirteen official retailers, but no Apple Stores!

Source [Guardian]

 

Want an Elite email address

There are so many free to use email services around that sometimes it is hard to choose which one to use, unless you are like me and have used the same Gmail email address since the service was launched! Anyway, it appears that as in the real world there are those folks who simply want and demand the best! According to the Elite750 email, they offer their member just that, an elite email service for elite people! Naturally for this exclusive service there is a cost and that would be $7,500 (4,590) initial set up fee followed by a monthly payment of $750 (£459)! Therefore, what we want to know is does anyone have or know anyone who uses this service?

This is what Elite750 have to say on their website about the service that they are offering;

Elite750 is the world’s first premium Email Address Club. We provide our Members with a unique and exclusive @elite750.com Email Address as well as a number of additional services. Elite750 Membership is limited to 750 Members worldwide and it is reserved to a global elite.

Source [World Must Be Crazy]

 

 

Hiding porn on your computer

Okay, hands up all those who have never watched any sort of porn on their computer? Really! Well for all of those folks that actually do and we believe that it is actually much more than those who are actually admitting it! Here is a cool graphic that clearly shows you how to hide that stuff that must not be found on your computer. After all, it is not the sort of thing that you want your wife, husband or partner to find, is it!

Source [We LOL]

 

Just how does a web host make any money

One of the real mysteries of the internet is how a hosting company actually makes any money at all, a further mystery is how they are able to capitalise on what they actually have and turn this into a money making proposition. luckily it seems that we are not the only people around who are thinking like this as the folks over at loadingartist.com have put their ideas on this subject into a brilliant cartoon, but how close to the truth is this?

Source [Orange Links]

 

So You Are Late! Again!

You know when you are going to have a bad day, because right from the start, things start to go wrong and makes no difference how you try to tackle this run of bad luck either, if it can go wrong, it will!

However, it is not just that, when you are late, everything is against you and yet if you leave early, you seem to all the lights going your way and there is no sign of any other obstacles.

Unlike when you are late and everyone seems to be in the way or going slow. This graphic is just the thing for a Monday morning, there are only four more to go before the weekend and it is only five months until Christmas, how are you feeling now?

Source [Cracked]

 

Star Wars Edition Xbox 360

This is a must for all Star Wars fans, it is a special limited edition of the Xbox 360, it comes with cool styling such as the actually Xbox casing in R2-D2 design and the controller in C3PO gold finish! This is an excellent idea and it is not just the look of the machine either that gets the Star Wars treatment. included in the box is a special Star Wars SFX for the power on and disc ejection, it also comes with the new Star Wars Kinect game, may the force be with you!

These are the features that you can expect to find in the Special limited edition Star Wars Xbox 360 set;

320 GB HDD and it includes a custom Star Wars SFX for operations like powering on and ejecting discs, plus a copy of both the Star Wars game and Kinect Adventures

Priced at £350 in the UK and around $450 in the US

Source [Coolest Gadgets]

 

Angry Birds going for one billion fans

It seems that being almost an overnight success is not good enough the people behind mobile device game, Angry Birds. Rovio the Finland based developer are planning to go for the big one billion of fans around the world, this would be a first form any game franchise. The rise of Angry Birds is truly phenomenal by any standards; it is just one of those games that happened to be hit with the owners of Smartphone’s!

According to Peter Vesterbacka, who is the boss of the Finnish developer company behind Angry Birds, Rovio, said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference;

“We’ve been told time after time that we’re not supposed to do movies, TV and toys. We’ve sold something like 8 million toys. If you have a strong brand, you can do anything.”

“It’s really important that we don’t punish the player,”

“There’s a great sense of accomplishment when you finally clear that level you’ve been stuck on for days. “Angry Birds” was built to be a hit. We were very analytical about it,” he said. “We built 51 games before ‘Angry Birds,’ so it wasn’t an overnight success.”

So the big question is what is next for Rovio and the Angry Birds?

Source [CNN]

 

The final trailer for Cowboys and Aliens

It would seem that the sci-fi western starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, is on its last week of the run in to its launch and as such, the studio have released one final trailer.

The critics are split on this one, personally I am going to see it, no matter what anyone says, roll on the national release of Cowboys and Aliens, let’s see how James Bond and Han Solo handle this one!

Source [Geeks are Sexy]

 

The difference between touchscreen displays

Most users of Smartphone’s and tablet devices will that they are using touchscreen technology, but what is the difference between the three main types of this technology, which are the resistive, capacitive and the infrared or heat sensitive versions of the touchscreen.

The main differences are the way that the screen reacts to the users touch, it all works the different types of heat and touch, but each version has its advantages and disadvantages over the next, as some can be more durable, while others cost more to produce and therefore have an effect on the overall cost.

These graphics and video go a long way to explain just what the differences are between the three types and how good they are when it comes to the practical application.

Source [Geeky Gadgets]

 

Furniture made from old clothing

How much clothing is thrown away and this waste is so un-necessary as clothing can be refashioned into stylish furniture like these Rememberme Chairs by the German designer Tobias Juretzek. He takes old clothes such as jeans and cotton shirts, soaks them in a resin and compresses them into a mould in order to get the shape. It takes around thirteen pounds of clothing to produce each chair, which is able to support an adult once completed.

These are the features and specs for the excellent Rememberme Chair;

What often intends to be forgotten in wardrobes and boxes, now is brought to light again. Worn-out clothes, still kept for emotional reasons, here draw a characteristic marking on the chairs. Like a kind of message in a bottle the furniture contains memories and a sense for stories revives in us. The chairs create a conceptual frame, lead the message to a new expression and present themselves in a particular way, giving another perspective to things in general.

Source [Incredible Things]

 

 

Holy Terror trailer and artwork

Originally, this story would have had Batman as the main character, but since there were changes over at DC Comics, the story was forgotten about. but now it is back with a new hero known as the Fixer taking the lead role and his task is to take out all of those bad guys behind the 9/11 attacks in the US, a sure fire winner there, especially as the planned launch date will be on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy.

These are the details for the excellent looking art style comic series, Holy Terror by Frank Miller;

Frank Miller – the iconic writer/artist of Sin City and 300 – brings you a no-holds-barred action thriller for the modern era. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror — coming September.

Priced at around $29.99 in the US and it will be about £21 in the UK

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force

This must be the Jedi student’s equivalent of the bible of something similar; it comes in a very impressive casing that opens up at the touch of a button. This is much more than just a book and at the moment it being sold with 43% off too, which can only be a good thing even for a student.

These are the features for an exclusive edition of The Jedi Path;

The ancient Masters who wrote the text: Fae Coven, Grand Master and head of the Jedi Council; Crix Sunburris, Jedi Ace starfighter pilot; Restelly Quist, Jedi Chief Librarian; Skarch Vaunk, Jedi Battlemaster and lightsaber expert; Bowspritz, Jedi Biologist and expert on the Living Force; Sabla-Mandibu, Jedi Seer and Holocron expert; Morrit Ch’gally, Jedi Recruiter; Gal-Stod Slagistrough, Jedi leader of the Agricultural Corps.

Jedi who added personal commentary: Yoda, Thame Cerulian, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Sidious, and Luke Skywalker.

Removable features: A letter tracing the book’s history, a severed Padawan braid, a metal Jedi Credit medallion, a Jedi star fighter patch, a burned poster of the Jedi Code, a map of the Jedi Temple, a light sabre diagram sketched on the back of a napkin from Dex’s Diner, and a note on the missing pages torn from the book by a Sith.

Priced at $57.31 in the US or around £40 in the UK, may the force be with you!

Source [Oh Gizmo]

 

 

 

 

This is the App Gun

Need a cool gun for playing games on your iPhone, well believe it or not there is an app for that! Yes, this is the Apptoyz Blaster gun, it is not quite ready for delivery yet, but this time next month it will be and at just under £20 it looks well worth giving it go. You can see plenty of action with this device at work during a break and maybe even the boss might want to get involved too.

These are the features and specs for the brilliant AppToyz Blaster;

Product Features: Using the free app and the camera on your device, change your lounge, office or anywhere you are into a battle ground. The AppGun has a unique trigger to touch screen technology and a double trigger allowing 2 interactions with the game. Tilt back to reload and play in 90, 180 or 360 degrees!

Dimensions: Measures approximately 28cm (H) x 51cm (L) x 8cm (D) and Weighs approximately 790g

Priced at £19.99 in the UK and $33 in the US

Source [Random Good Stuff]

 

 

Microsoft demos Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Normally anyone who has already owned the first Halo game, there would absolutely no reason to buy Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, maybe not even the superior high definition graphics would be enough to make the gamer put their hands in their pockets.

But Microsoft are not expecting that either, and along with better graphics, they have added some new features too and of course there is always the fact that it will be support Kinect too, so now Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is looking a lot different and could be worth buying.

This video is what was shown at the recent E3 expo and for anyone who did not play the game in its original format, well Microsoft have sorted that out too, with the press of button the games reverts back to its original look for some serious retro gaming.

Source [Ubergizmo]

 

Monopoly in the style of Star Trek

This is a dream come true all fans of Star Trek and it makes no difference whether it is the Original, Next Generation or any of the Movies that the fan feels is the best as this game of Monopoly covers the lot! Choose from a Vulcan Harp, Phaser, Communicator, Klingon Blood Wine Goblet, Shuttlecraft, or Captain’s Chair as your piece and set your phasers to stun!

These are the features and details for the excellent Star Trek Monopoly board game;

22 historic locations across the whole Star Trek continuum

6 collectible pewter tokens including: Vulcan Harp, Phaser, Communicator, Klingon Blood Wine Goblet, Shuttlecraft, Captain’s Chair

Traditional Monopoly game play with a 60-minute speed plays option

Deal like and enjoy the thrill of deal making, risk-taking and owning it all in the world of Star Trek

Board features Best Captain Ever mini-game in the centre

For ages 8 to Q

Priced at $39.99 in the US and around £30 in the UK

Source [Technabob]

 

 

Official “Another Earth” Trailer released

We have for many decades looked at the stars and wondered if there was life out there in space, but what did not think of was that could there be a duplicate Earth in our own solar system, well that is what the stylish and cool Another Earth is all about.

This film takes everything that the human race thought could be possible to another level and of course, there are some dark sinister bits in there too, and why not for this is science fiction after all! Or is it!

Source [Gadget Madness]

 

 

How Facebook Tag Suggestions Works

Most Facebook users know about the recent change to the site using Tag Suggestions, this is where Facebook uses a type of facial recognition software to tag images and photos on a users page without the need for any permission. This is causing some concern to users, but Facebook is the biggest internet source for photo sharing, so it should really be expected. Anyway, the online security firm Zone Alarm has helped out with this info graphic that tries to answer all of those questions on the Facebook Tag Suggestion feature.

Source [Column Five Media]