so you think the MAME-CAM‘s 640 x 480 resolution is kinda of lame? probably Thanko is reading your mind cos’ it has announced yet another micro size digital camera weighing just 14 grams. this time round, this 8MP device is capable of HD video recording in 1280 x 960 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) and capture still images at 3,264 x 2,448 resolution. pretty incredible for something that measures just 45 x 29 x 10 millimeters. as a bonus, this nifty device can also be used as a voice recorder. storage is via micro SD/SDHC card (up to 32 GB) and data can be downloaded to PC or Mac via the included USB cable. the MAME-CAM DX is available via Thanko webstore for ¥7,890 (about US$97) a pop.
pocket watches or some call it fob-watches used to be a symbol of masculine stature, however its presence was gradually overtaken when wristwatch were invented. in an attempt to bring back this stature symbol, De Bethune, a Swiss avant-garde mechanical time piece maker, introduces the DM-M – an iPhone case with a pocket watch fused to its back. powered by hand-wound mechanical Calibre DB 1024 with 6-days power reserve, the 31-jewels pocket watch features 212 components that are hand-decorated and snailed manipulate. Continue reading De Bethune DB-M gives your iPhone a pocket watch twist→
just announced this Tuesday are the new tablets, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 from Samsung. i was like: “didn’t i just reported the GALAXY Tab 10.1 like last month?” apparently, Samsung went back to drawing board right after the 10.1 announcement during the Mobile World Congress last month and here is the result: a 10.1-inch tablet, together with the 8.9-inch model, takes the world’s thinnest tablet crown – beating the iPad 2 by a mere 0.2 mm. apart from the physical size difference both tablets are pretty much similar to each other. the Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 both features dual core processing, dual camera set-up and three storage capacity options. Continue reading new Samsung GALAXY Tablets are the world’s thinnest→
Fisker Automotive announced on Monday the production of the first Karma hybrid plug-in vehicles which are expected to be ready to ship out to its retail locations in US and Europe to serves as demonstrator models. for those who has put in money for the Karma, you can expect shipment in June and July this year and Fisker expects to fulfill those orders by October. the vehicles will be manufactured in small quantity at Valment Automotive in Finland with production numbers to be slowly ramped up to avoid any production hiccups. makes sense. since there’s no point in rushing and delivering less-than-ideal products. Continue reading Fisker Karma first production vehicles to roll off next month→
sometime shopping alone can be quite uninspiring. if we have something like the TEROOS, things would be entirely different. a group of researchers and members from the Keio University demonstrated the TEROOS, a shoulder mounted avatar for telecommunication at the Interaction 2011. essentially, the TEROOS is a miniature video chat robot that is mounted on your shoulder and allows your friend who is miles away to shop and chat with you. chatting is via video chat program such as SKYPE. the robot is equipped with a camera, mic and speaker which are necessary for any audio/video communication, and it is also capable of moving its head through six degrees of freedom.
the speaker is directional, hence aside from strange stares from passer-by, there are no worries that the response from your friend will be broadcast aloud. further, the camera operates within the wearer’s field of vision, thus giving the sensation of two person is standing next to each other. unlike telepresence, where the user can see the other party, the TEROOS’ user can’t. however, it has the ability to generate expressions which can be input by the person using the computer. much like emoticons, the computer user can choose from the range of expressions on the computer and communicates his or her feelings to the wearer. of course, the wearer gotta remember to turn off the avatar before heading on to the restroom.
movement of the robot is sent to a smartphone, which in turn, pass it to a microcontroller via Bluetooth signals. check out the video of an introduction by one of the team member and of course, TEROOS is getting some attention too.
if you are those who prefer road trip on bike, then The Ténéré Expedition Tent is the tent for you. first off, it provides a shelter for a good night rest and second, it is also a mobile garage for your beloved two wheelers. so what’s good with it? for starter, you can be closer to the nature, plus you can give those shady motor inns a miss. The Ténéré Expedition Tent is a two person tent that is roomy enough to accommodate a queen size air bed. not that you will be lugging one of those air bed on your bike, but you get the idea. the setup and taking down is innovative as far as tents are concern. you start with the construction of the outer tent, ride you bike in and from there on, you can comfortably set out the inner tent without worrying about the elements.
the Ténéré Expedition Tent’s price tag of $399 is not exactly cheap but think about the money you will save from not needing to stay in motels.
(image credit: Wysips) the image above shows the prototype on a smartphone with an electrical readout that indicates how much energy the solar touchscreen can generates
the notion of solar power mobile phone isn’t new but this French firm, Wysips, has a better idea of where these photovoltaic cells should be on your mobile device – right on your mobile device’s touchscreen. they have perfected a transparent screen coating that is less than 100 microns thick and is able to capture enough energy from the sun or any light source to generate electrical energy to supplement the power of your mobile device. Continue reading French firm developed touchscreen layered with solar cells→
you’re not going to believe this. there is actually a school in Quilpue, Chile called Jedi Temple that teaches kids between the age of 6 through 12 on how to fight like a Jedi Warrior. the students are taught the way of the Jedi which includes meditation, martial arts and of course, light saber fighting. needless to say using the Force to strangle your opponent isn’t part of the curriculum. the highlight is probably the Light Saber training where the young padawans will wield light saber replicas complete with light and sound. instructors dressed up in Jedi uniforms reassure the kids that they are, in fact, in the Jedi Temple and not some childcare institution. sounds like a lot of fun for Chilean kids. the master of the Jedi Temple ought to be careful, for the dark side is strong. may the force be with you, kiddos.
everyone has a kid in us. even as grown ups, we sometime long for the things we had as a kid. sadly, some of those things will not fit us anymore. take for example, the big wheel Green Machine. i suppose, we could still fit into one of those now but it wouldn’t be as much fun because of our larger size and a heftier weight. well, the folks over at Parker Brothers Choppers has an answer for the kid in all of us: a grown-up version of the Green Machine. Continue reading this upsized Green Machine is for the grown ups→