Category Archives: MISC

new old vintage of the week: BigTrak Jr. Programmable Rover

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(image credit: FireBox) BigTrak Jr. Programmable Rover | £29.99 | /www.bigtrakjr.com

while automobiles of the yesteryear are making a come back with modern technologies, toys are not missing out the resurrection party either. now get ready for BigTrak Junior – a compact (almost) palm-size brother of the original BigTrak from the 80s. yes, there are more to 80s than just shoulder pads. when personal computer was just at its infancy (in the 80s), a toy with the ability to be programed was a big thing and i bet it still stands true today. take it as a budget alternative to LEGO Mindstorms.

the BigTrak Jr has inherited the programming ability of the senior BigTrak plus some functions from the 21st century thrown in for good measures. to operate, simply punched in the desired commands, hit ‘GO’ and witness the BigTrak executes the sequence autonomously. this six-wheeler space rover can travel forwards, backwards, turn left and right. you can even program it to fire its ‘photo’ cannon while its executing its tour of duty.

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(image credit: FireBox)

there are a couple of 21st century technologies thrown in such as the memory save function which allows you to write and save the program for future use. there is also an unique ‘active’ accessory port allowing it to utilize a number of add-on accessories (coming soon in 2011) to carry out its mission. some of the planned accessories include webcam and foam rocket launcher. sounds like quite a load of fun. soon BigTrak can do more than just patrolling round the supplied ‘moon crater’ obstacles but ‘transform’ into either a reconnaissance vehicle or an mobile artillery unit.

i would love to see a BigTrak as Radio Control vehicle plus the webcam and foam rocket launching ability. how about a gyroscope built-in to enable firing on the move? nah… i am just kidding but it will be good to have, isn’t it?

an efficient way of filling sandbags: GoBagger One Man Sandbag System

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GoBagger One Man Sandbag System | US$59.95 | www.gobagger.com
(photo credit: gobagger.com)

sometime, the simplest things should also deserve some form of innovation. hence, even the simplest chores should deserve an update in the way it has always been done. this is what GoBagger aims to do: change the way how we bag our sands. traditionally, filling of sandbag requires at least two person – one person holds the empty sandbag, and the other shovels the sand into the bag. sounds simple enough but what if we could speed up the process by, say, five times?

GoBagger does exactly that and all it takes is one man to do the job that quickly. the concept is simple: a scoop-like device with a handle upfront, a mouth (entrance), a back handle and an exit. the user use one hand to hold the front handle, while the other hand holds the back handle with the sandbag tucked in place. with a scooping down action, the mouth of the device receives the sands and the upward swing action, throws the sands back through the exit and into the sandbag. simple and quick action.

depending the size of the sandbag, and the user’s scooping action, one scoop with the GoBagger could be enough to fill a single bag. well, why we didn’t think of that? constructed out of low-density polyethylene, the GoBagger weighs in at just 1.9 kg which makes it easy to transport around. on top of that, the nature of its design enables several of the GoBagger to be “stacked” together for easy storage and transportation.

according to GoBagger, the traditional way of sandbag-filling can produced 85-90 bags an hour, but with the GoBagger, the same two person can churn out 480 bags in an hour. this is THE model for efficiency. we simply love innovation.

via Gizmag

3D video becomes a reality on your iPhone and iPod Touch

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(photo credit: v2.nl)

after the successful “invasion” of high definition displays and imaging devices, manufacturers has been working fervently on 3D technologies for consumer electronics, extending it beyond just displays but also to imaging and playback devices. so shouldn’t iPhone be 3D capable as well? we don’t have to look too far, the i3DG Palm Top Theater makes 3D playback on your existing iPhone and iPod Touch possible.

the concept was a simple one. a contraption with three half-silvered mirrors, tilted at an angle in a box-like package, creates an illusion of 3D display on your device. designed by Jitsuro Mase, this box-shaped accessory plugs in to your iPhone or iPod Touch to let you enjoy 3D playback. the result looks pretty convincing and cool. check out the video below.

cool as it is, however there’s just one catch: you have hold up your iPhone or iPod Touch with the i3DG device attached and view into the small oblong display screen of the i3DG. definitely something you won’t want to do for extended period.

via CNET

C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

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(photo credit: customslr.com) C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution | US$35 | customslr.com

simple and effective solutions to our everyday problems are around us. these guys, collectively known as Custom SLR, just proved this to be so. whether you are a professional camera man or just a casual shooter, you would probably notice how the camera strap tends to get in the way. well, Customer SLR has a solution for us and before i go on, i would like to be thankful for this solution (to the strap-gets-in-way issue). Continue reading C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

what’s new? upcoming stuff and improvements

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busy. busy. busy. busy getting new (and not so new) and cool stuff for readers. this week, it’s all about lifestyle. keep checking back and read about what’s cool and beautiful – all happening this week. plus, a tiny improvement to the future postings here – kind of a value-added ‘service’ for reading from tech.get. you may notice in future post, there will be some word or words in red. just go ahead and mouse over the word for a moment and a small ‘pop-up’ will appear with some simple meaning or explanation. check out the figure below for example.

cool? hope to see back here soon!

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look ma, Nohands!

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(photo source: nohands.co.uk) Nohands | £11.50 | www.nohands.co.uk

how you like to relief your aching hands from the weight of your gadgets? be it iPod or mobile phones or whatever. sounds good? Nohands, an UK designed and made (sticky) item, uses an ingenious sticky substance that affix your gadgets to almost any type of surfaces without leaving any marks after you’re done with the sticking. if the sticky strength diminishes, no worries, just wash Nohands under the tap to “recharge” it’s stickiness. cool. Nohands retails @ £11.50 (approx. US$18.40).

stick it everywhere…

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Android-F: realistic Female Humanoid showcased

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i haven’t written on Android development since i have just started (this blog-zine) about a couple of months ago. so this is the first. when i said Android, it is really the Android, Android not some operating system from Google.

showcased here is Android-F (no name as yet for her, or should i say ‘it’), developed by Kokoro Co. Ltd and ATR. facial expressions and head movements are tracked and replicated by the android via computers & peripherals plus a mess of cabling. i supposed ‘F’ meant to say it’s a female version? Continue reading Android-F: realistic Female Humanoid showcased

safety meets style with Hövding/Chieftan airbag for cyclists

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(photo source: hovding.com)
from the first look you might thought you are looking at some fashion accessory such as a scarf or a fashionable headdress. well, it is not. it is the Hövding, an airbag developed for cyclist in the guise of a fashionable collar. well, the models in the picture does did some part in the deception. but the part about me mistaking it for a fashion wear was true. really. but i guess the inventors wanted to project the fashionable side of this life saving invention. you don’t need to look look ugly wearing a safety device. great for colder countries, but not so ideal for tropical countries. nevertheless, it is going to save a lot lives. the Hövding operates on battery and motion sensor.

read more HERE.

visit Hövding website. (non-English)

via CRAVE CNET

Lego 3D printer that builds… Lego out of Lego pieces

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(photo source: battlebricks.com)
don’t let SkyNET get a wind about this. this mean Lego Mindstorms NXT machine can churn out Lego models. yes, you heard it right, earthlings. throw in some A.I. (artificial intelligence), this machine could be replicating itself and an army of Lego minions. well, fear not. we are safe for now cos’ this machine currently builds simple Lego models only. *phew*

Will Gorman, a member of the BattleBricks, build this out of 3 Lego Mindstorms NXT Bricks, along with 9 NXT motors and 2400 lego bricks. this Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer is being showcased in the LegoWorld Expo (October 22nd to October 26th, 2010) in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Will cited his inspiration from MakerBot and RepRap. personally, i have read both websites and i am inspired to create one myself too. exploration (tech, not nature) is certainly exciting.

the MakerLegoBot receive its printing instructions from MLCad Lego file via a Java Application on a PC, determines the print instructions and sends the instructions to the MakerLegoBot for printing via USB. the MakerLegoBot works with 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2, and 8×2 Lego bricks and there’s a feed system in place which can hold approximately 35 bricks of each type. all i can say is ‘wow’.

you can buy one now but you can build one yourself with the detailed instructions HERE.

visit BattleBricks website.
check out Will’s Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer webpage.

Japanese green tech converts plastic to oil

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this isn’t exactly the newest news but it is definitely worth mentioning again, this time by yours truly 🙂 Blest Corporation in Japan came up with the technology to convert your every day plastic waste back into useable oil. this oil can further be refined into petrol, diesel and kerosene. well, some may think this may not be a solution to the world’s problem but it is definitely a good start and it is definitely going to make a difference – in term of world’s waste problem and resource awareness. the world needs to be educated. check out the video 🙂

read more @ OurWorld 2.0 | United Nations University.