jilted? want to get your Ex out of your life? how about starting off with deletion of his or her contact from your Android smartphone? FIREYourEx is a novel Android App that lets you ‘incinerate’ your Ex’s contact instead of just simply deleting it. well, not literally though. it’s more like virtually incinerate the contact. execution is as simple as launching the app and selecting your ‘target’ contact, and just watch the contact number goes up in flames right before your eyes. how’s that for a vengeance for an unrequited love? you can even share your burning up experience through email or social networking sites, so your friends would know that your relationship has just went up in flame, virtually. check out the demo video after the break.
FIREYourEX android app cost €0.99 (about US$1.37) and is available on the Android Market now.
anyone who uses a laptop would understand the frustration with trackpad even the much intuitive Apple’s trackpad does little to relief this eternal frustration. countering this, the market is swarmed with laptop-friendly mouse (read: smaller) – with Microsoft and Logitech being the forerunner in the market. even with a small mouse, you will inevitably requires a table space to manipulate it and worst, what if you don’t have a mousepad and the table is of glass? gosh. fret not. you will always have SwiftPoint, an ingeniously designed mouse that lets you manipulate your cursor right on the palm rest of your laptop.
instead of resting your hand over the mouse, you need only your fingers to operate SwiftPoint, just like you would holding a pen. SwiftPoint is wireless and requires no software installation, which makes it usable across any platform. all you need is to plug in the accompanying micro USB dock/receiver, and you are good to go. aside from the usual left/right clickers and scroll wheel, user can tilt the mouse to scroll through documents or zoom-in and out et cetera. there’s no batteries to fumble about, cos’ the SwiftPoint is rechargeable via the micro USB dock/receiver and in the rapid charge mode, it will juice up the SwiftPoint with an hour of battery life in just 30 seconds. on a full charge (which takes 90 minutes), the SwiftPoint will last between 2-3 weeks.
the SwiftPoint boost a precise 1000dpi micro optical technology and has built-in sensor to detect if your finger is on it, thus minimizing stray movement of cursor when the mouse accidentally pushed. it also comes with a parking accessory, which is basically an adhesive film with a small magnetic parking area that secures the mouse in place whilst typing. the SwiftPoint retails for $69.00 and is available via SwiftPoint web store.
running up to the rumored launch of iPad 2 next week, we thought we could use some humor on iPad 2 ourselves first – with this hilarious parody of iPad 2 review. hmmm, why didn’t he say “iPad 2, it changes everything… again?” check out the video after the break. warning: it is meant to be a humorous parody, hence Apple fanboys, do not get offended, yah?
this is actually second installment of Project Camelot Productions‘ interview with Michael Schratt (click here to catch Part One of the interview), entitled Code Blue. Michael Schratt, self-professed aerospace historian talked about UFO, above top secret and so-called US government’s black budget aircraft. in this lengthy interview by Kerry Cassidy, Michael stressed that most of the so-called UFO sightings might have been some top secret government aircrafts and if this is so, he hopes that these future tech that the government possessed could be be declassified and the technologies shared to improve humanity’s life. wow. running through the video, Michael picked up a few examples of the probable black project aircrafts, some seems to be really technologically mind-boggling, while some were just plain weird or alien-like. go ahead and catch the video after the break, but be warned, this video interview will take an hour and eleven minutes of your life away. Continue reading Michael Schratt talked about US govt’s black budget aircrafts→
(image credit: Christian Pottgiesser Architects) a giant work desk dominates the general office area
when it comes to office spaces, not many designers can really think out of the box. what we usually see is the common monotonous low partition walls or at best, it will be an open concept system. however, the offices of PONS + HUOT really opens our eyes with its open-spaciousness and yet providing each employee with a personal space, less the traditional partitions.
designed by French firm Christian Pottgiesser Architects, the PONS + HUOT general workspace centers on a enormous wooden desk that links up the members of the company. providing the member the retreat of a personal space is a space-age looking clear plexiglas bubbles dotted around the enormous desk.
the enormous desk not only let employee has a sense of connection between them but also gives each member a good useable real estate for them to work around. something which a cubicle-bound staff would fully appreciate. like Oh Gizmo!’s Liszewski, i’m thankful that my days of cubicle are over.
(image credit: Christian Pottgiesser Architects) Pons + Huot office – a render of the interior design
compensating for the lack of external views, the PONS + HUOT office creates its very own environment by the way of trees with high canopy littered around the giant work desk. what’s even more impressive is this huge workspace is actually located above a meeting area and a staff member chill out area. effectively, making the workspace a loft area environment which looks to be very inviting (i know, i feel kind of odd saying that).
(image credit: Meka Robotics) Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator | about US$340,000.00 | mekabot.com
developed by Meka Robotics, a specialist in development of robotic systems for researchers, the M1 Mobile Manipulator embodies mobility, dexterity and what Meka termed, complaint force-control which basically, means the the Meka Bot won’t accidentally crush your hand during a handshake. unlike most robot out there, M1 doesn’t have lower limbs, instead it uses simple motorized wheel base for mobility. this will means stairs and undulating floor are out of bound for our dear M1 but at least, you know it won’t lose balance and topple over.
along with a host of other sensors, the M1 rides on the existing Microsoft Kinect as part of its sensor system to give it both video and 3D depth perception which closely imitates human vision. though i put a price on the above, but this isn’t going to be a robot for everyone. the price tag for a M1 Mobile Manipulator is a cool $340,000 for a user-customizable design and it’s up for acquisition for institutions who are keen using it as a base for their own developments. it will be interesting see how the rest is going to expand the M1 capability and perhaps, we would be seeing a real world ‘Sonny’ in near future.
check out the short clip of the M1 in action after the break.
if the iCade arcade cabinet proves too immobile for you but you still long for a sense of retro-style arcade gaming with your iPad, then the JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick might just be the, well… joystick of choice. invented by the dudes over at ThinkGeek, the JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick puts a real physical joystick, styled in the retro stick-and-ball look, right on your iPad. machined out of solid lightweight aluminum, the JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick is touted to add “more precision movement and faster response time for enhanced playability.” perfect for a game of Pac-man. Continue reading iPad game controller goes retro-ish with JOYSTICK-IT→
(image credit: Sonos via Engadget) Sonos Controller App for Android Smartphone | US$free | www.sonos.com
finally, Sonos+Android mobile users can rejoice as Sonos has just announced the controller for Android after almost a year in development. the Sonos controller is a free over-WiFi remote controller app that lets Sonos owners control their entire audio system in their house. aside from controls, user also can access the suite of free Internet Radio from their Android device and play directly from their Sonos system without having to access their computer. user can controls what to play in each room in the house and control their volume individually. other features include control mapped directly to the Android device hardware buttons and voice search.
Sonos Controller works with Android smartphone running on 2.1 or later with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854. Sonos will be demonstrating the Sonos Controller for Android at the Mobile World Congree in Barceleno next week. too bad, we can’t be there to witness it. if you can’t be there as well, how about checking out the preview video below? makes us want to go back to Android phones.. but wait we don’t have any Sonos equipment! duh.