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Sharp concept smartphone with 3D showcased in CEATEC Japan 2010

Sharp Mobile 3D @ CEATEC 2010 544px(photo source: CEATEC.com)

how would like to take 3D still images and movies? now, how do you like taking 3D still images and movies via your mobile phone? Sharp presented the concept “Mobile 3D” to make this a dream comes true. armed with 2 cameras built into the mobile phone, the Mobile 3D enables taking of 3D still images and 3D movies via your mobile and viewable through the HDMI output, on commercially available 3D televisions. ‘concept’ is a term you hardly hear when it comes to mobile phone but you heard it right, this is a concept and my guess is, it will almost certainly come true.

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Non-contact charging for electric vehicles demonstrated by Nissan

Nissan Contact-less Charging showcased in CEATEC 2010 544px(photo source: CEATEC.com)

the idea of contact-less or non-contact charging is not new, and has been talked about since 1998. demonstrated as part of Nissan ‘Future’ technologies in the recent CEATEC Japan 2010, Nissan depicts their vision via the solar tree and Eporo robot cars. the demo, Eporo robot cars moved through a course around the solar tree, when the Eporo robot car runs out of power, it changes its course to enter into the non-contact charging lane and returns to normal lane when recharging is completed. well, i sure do hope this technology will come true. Continue reading Non-contact charging for electric vehicles demonstrated by Nissan

Bike Shelf: style plus functionality

Bike Shelf by Chris Brigham 544px(photo source: knifeandsaw.wordpress.com)

although, i don’t own a bike, i like the Bike Shelf. rather ingenious way of hanging your bike to show off to your guests or personal admiration when you feel like it. on top of just hanging up your beloved ride, you can use the top shelf to display your books, or any item that you fancy. pretty neat. seriously, if i ever have a bike, this is what i would get.

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Raytheon Exoskeleton 2 Robotic Suit: Iron Man in reality

Raytheon Gen 2 Exoskeleton Suit 544px(photo source: raytheon.com)

this is awesome! a couple weeks ago, Raytheon unveiled it’s 2nd generation Exoskeleton Robotic Suit. this project started as far back as 2008, when the 1st generation suit was unveiled. needless to say, this was developed for the U.S.Army but it’s potential applications are far and wide. the suit uses a combination of sensors, actuators and controllers, to ‘amplified’ the strength of human. although it may not look as ‘sleek’ as the Exoskeleton suit that Raiden wears in Metal Gear Solid, but this mark a huge advancement in this technology. as with all other innovations, thing always starts from big, but as technology matures, miniaturization of the components will no doubt be possible, and in the process making the suit even more sleek and agile. Continue reading Raytheon Exoskeleton 2 Robotic Suit: Iron Man in reality

underwater scooter lets you scoot around underwater

Hydrobob Underwater Scooter 544px(photo source: hydrodome.com)

you know BOB – the Breathing Observation Bubble? and then there is HydroBOB, an underwater scooter that allows you to roam the underwater without diving training or even if do not know how to swim. HydroBOB is the combination of the BOB with a scooter that scoots around under the water. all you have to do is pops your head into the bubble and ride like a scooter. your head don’t get wet, so those with glasses still can wear them while scooting around underwater. very nice. this is something i really want to try. wonder how well it works in open sea, with the underwater current and all that. but i got one question: what happens if you bumped into a shark well scooting underwater? hmmmm. Continue reading underwater scooter lets you scoot around underwater

TokyoFlash Kisai Denshoku Aluminum LED Watch

Tokyoflash Kisai Denshoku LED wristwatch 544px(photo source: tokyoflash.com)

the art of telling time: if telling time is an art to you. this a wrist watch for you. it’s not analog, neither is this digital display. it’s orange LED light bars display the time for you to figure out the time of the day – literally. the orange LED reminds us of the neon skyline of Shinjuku and at the same time, futuristic too. i have always been fascinated by TokyoFlash wrist watches ever since it’s introduction. i was amazed by the alternative ways of telling time, never mind if the methods of time-telling might be awkward (mostly). it’s definitely, an art on your wrist. seriously, do you really look at the watch to tell time or you simply look at your mobile phone for time? often, i find myself checking my iPhone for time, even if i had a wrist watch on me. wrist watch is a fashion statement and so is this Kisai Denshoku aluminum LED watch. get it? Continue reading TokyoFlash Kisai Denshoku Aluminum LED Watch

Googles Goggles… on iPhone. Finally.

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actually this happens yesterday (October 6th, 2010). i had a few apps updates on my iPhone 4 and Google Mobile App was one of them. finally, Google Googles is part of the Googles Mobile App for iPhone. i have tried the augmented reality on Nexus One for a couple of months and now, i am excited to find out how well Google Goggles works on the iPhone. if you have Google Mobile App already, and it has been updated, just activate the Google Goggles by tapping the camera button. you won’t miss it. as with the Google Googles on Android devices, this feature works well with landmarks, logos (brands), books, DVDs, barcode et cetera. when you first activates the Google Goggles, it brings you to a short ‘tutorial’ and in it, it highlights the fact that Goggles “probably won’t work with… animals, furniture, apparel” (as with the Android version). note: when using Googles Goggles on Nexus One, the camera’s bottom screen will indicate what are the available businesses or landmarks in the direction you are pointed in but that doesn’t happen on the iPhone version. it’s a shame cos’ it is a rather useful feature. hope to see it in future update(s).

*you can still view the short tutorial again by going to Settings > Google Goggles > Tutorial 🙂

check out some screenshots of my test search using Google Goggles on iPhone:

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micro scooter Samonite luggage

micro scooter Samonite luggage(photo source: microscooter.org.uk)
tired of walking from terminal to terminal (or gate to gate, in some cases) during your transit? the micro scooter Samonite luggage could be your savior. saves breaking your legs, flip down the running board and you can skate-scooter your way to your gate. how sweet is that? best of all, it’s a cabin-size luggage which means it is a carry-on case and also means you can scoot your way right to the boarding gate. according to the micro scooter UK, 3 years was invested into its development, cooperating with Samsonite in the process. for £249.99, you can really do your legs a favor. just hope the airport security personnel don’t stop you from scooting around, and of course, the floor carpet isn’t going to hinder your smooth scooting.

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ultra-lightweight Lamborghini sesto elemento concept (photos)

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept at Paris Motor Show 544x340px
(image credit: CarScoop/Lamborghini)
the Italian super car maker unveiled it’s concept lightweight super car in the 2010 Paris motor show, weighting in at just 997.9kg (overall curb weight) – all thanks to the advance carbon-fiber technology. while other super car maker are pursuing the hybrid technology, Lamborghini chose the path of exploring efficiency through lighter weight and lower emissions. known as the sesto elemento Lamborghini, this Lamborghini will be powered by 570hp V-10 power plant and has a claimed acceleration from 0-62mph in just 2.5sec. this proves that you can be a heavy weight car maker without being actually being a heavy weight. Continue reading ultra-lightweight Lamborghini sesto elemento concept (photos)