robotic ghost knifefish set to change how ROV swims

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SpiderOptic equipped ROVs might be a solution to the cumbersome cabled ROVs but engineering professor of McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Malcolm Maclver, has another idea how ROV should move. it all began when one of the scientist, Oscar Curet, was fascinated by how a living knifefish moves. the robotic ghost knifefish takes its cue from the real-life knifefish behaviors in terms of omnidirectional sensing and omnidirectional movements. Continue reading robotic ghost knifefish set to change how ROV swims

Disney announced Android handsets in Japan

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apparently, the folks over at Japan are big fans of Disney which justify the launch of the Disney branded Android phones. these Disney Android phones will features exclusive Disney themed wallpapers, widgets and apps. on the specs end, it will be running on Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) and rumored to spot a 3.8-inch WVGA glasses-free 3D touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 9.6 megapixels camera with 720p video recording capability, micro SD card, among other features.

expected to be available in Japan in February, the Disney-branded Android handsets will, again, be a Japan-only gadget. hard luck for Disney fans from the rest of world.

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from left to right: mouse-patterned white, pink, gold, the disney castle, minnie mouse polka dots, and a generic plant print

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luxurious Swarovski crystals encrusted headphones

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(image credit: Firebox) Swarovski DJ Headphones | £1,799.99 | www.suck.uk.com

a pair of Swarovski crystals encrusted cans has just joined the world of bling-bling or pimp my cans, or whatever you call it. i can’t believe my eyes and the price tag on this pair of shimmering shiny cans when i first saw it (in picture, of course). basically some DJs decided that their usual black pair of cans doesn’t stand out as much when they were spinning the tunes and decided to cover a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone all over with (what else?) Swarovski crystals. how’s that for the ultimate bling? want one? it’s available for pre-order over at Firebox for just under £1,800 (approximately US$2,862).

France could have the world’s fanciest fire station

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French fire fighters could soon be residing in the world’s fanciest fire station while standing by for their call of duty. aside from the pleasing sight of a brightly lit contemporary architecture, the Porte Pouchet housing a fire station and the municipal motor transport, will come equipped with bedrooms, a restaurant, a glass-fence terrace featuring a running track and a full size soccer field for those sporting leisure time. designed by French architects Jean Marc Ibos Myrto Vitart, this concept building is definitely a great shift from the perceived boring fire stations of red bricks and dull grey concrete. from the visual presented, one would never guess that it is in fact a fire station. i bet the French fire fighters are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping this would be realized.

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old school pencil stylus for touch screen devices

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(image credit: Suck UK) Suck UK Touch-screen Stylus | £7.50 | www.suck.uk.com

old-school lover? love stylus? well, just whip out this stylus with electro-conductive rubber in the form of an old-school pencil that you used to scribble or doodles on your classroom desk, i mean notepad while your elementary school teacher was babbling away. i was never a fan of stylus, which is probably why i embrace the capacitive touch screen so much but the touch-screen stylus from Suck UK is too ‘comically’ cute (it’s fat, alright?) to give it a pass. at least, worthy a post. the best part is, it works with both capacitive and resistive touch screens, therefore it will works on iOS and Androids devices, and even credit card swiping machine. i heard someone asking about the eraser… no, the eraser is purely for aesthetic purpose.

just imagine grabbing hold of your bud’s touch screen device and starts scribbling with the touch screen pencil which is going to give him a shock of his life. just make sure you have the correct pencil and not the real pencil, else it will turn into a really unpleasant scenario. don’t say we didn’t warn you. touch-screen stylus retails for £7.50 and it’s available via Suck UK online store.

RedEye Mini equips your iOS devices with infrared

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(image credit: ThinkFlood) ThinkFlood RedEye Mini Universal Remote for iPhone and iPad | US$49.00 | thinkflood.com

we have seen gadgets that turn your iOS devices into an universal remote control. while some are more sophisticated, some are just straight forward simple, like the ThinkFlood RedEye mini Universal Remote which uses infrared signals to control your TV, DVD, stereo system and pretty much anything that uses infrared signals. instead of a separate hardware to translate bluetooth or WiFi signals to infrared, the RedEye mini puts infrared on your iOS devices in the form of a petite 3.5mm jack-equipped dongle. of course, you will need the free app from ThinkFlood, simply called RedEye, to work.

running the RedEye mini is as simple as plugging it into your iOS devices headphone jack, launch the accompanying app and walah, you are in control. like all faithful universal remote tailored for iOS devices, the RedEye mini supports activity-based control, multi-touch, learning capability and of course, motion gestures. i can’t help but to feel the iPhone with the RedEye mini on, does look a little like an antenna stub. well, that’s an observation. RedEye mini retails at $49 and is available over at ThinkFlood website. i guess it’s the most affordable universal remote to date.

the RedEye mini works with 2nd to 4th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 3/3GS/4 and iPad running on iOS 3.0 or later.

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La Boite is back with an arcade cabinet for your Mac

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(image credit: La Boite) La Boite Concept La Premiere | US$PoA | www.laboiteconcept.com

remember La Boite Concept? the French firm that gives you the beautiful laptop speaker table? well, they are back with something retro-licious and fun. this time a one-piece stereophonic unit, dubbed La Premiere, with a design inspired by the arcade machine cabinet. on the sound department, it has a single unit three-way stereo loudspeaker which includes two 10-inch carbon subwoofers, two 5-inch fiberglass midrange drivers and two soft dome tweeters. Continue reading La Boite is back with an arcade cabinet for your Mac

Moneual Lab desktop PC has a LCD fused to its chassis

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(image credit: Moneual Lab) Moneual Lab Dual Screen PC | approximately US$1,500.00 | www.moneual.com

there are gadgets out in the market that prompts us to ask “do we really need that?” the Moneual Lab Dual Screen PC or DSPC is probably one of those gadgets. the DSPC has something no other PC in the market has: a secondary LCD display fused to the front of the chassis. no details were given at this stage other than it will cost around $1,500 which is not exactly cheap. from the photos, it appears that the secondary screen is more for widgets display which reminisces the Dell XPS420’s mini display, albeit being much larger. do we really need another display? or do we really need a display that’s fused to the chassis for that matter? if i chose to place my PC on the floor, wouldn’t it render the secondary display useless?

practicality aside, the design is nevertheless, nice. i like the silver face with the easy access to the jacks, ports and of course, the slot-in drive. anyway, is it me or did anyone see a little elongation of the widgets in the photo?

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steampunk record player is powered by steam, what else?

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steam power was the power of choice for transportation in the past. these days we hardly heard about steam power except for our household irons. from the New Zealander who hand-built the NERF pistol, is this turntable powered by a miniature steam engine. the steam engine does make a lot of noise but once the record is span, it kind of drowns the engine a little. or maybe that’s was because he was playing punk rock music, so i guess this isn’t meant for ballet. Continue reading steampunk record player is powered by steam, what else?

make your own NERF gun that performs better

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this dude over in New Zealand, not satisfied with the toy NERF Maverick’s performance, decided to build a better NERF gun. the result is this more powerful, spring actuated pistol that looks like something that came out of the 70s James Bond movie. when i first saw this, the first thing i related it to was the Golden Gun from the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with The Golden Gun.

completely hand-built, this awesome looking toy pistol was constructed out of metal, PVC pipe, wood and plastic. if you think you have what it takes to built a similar unit, you can head on to Asciimation blog and follow his instruction. i think i will stick to my transparent NERF Maverick for now.

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