Magic Wand programmable TV remote – control your TV with gesturing

Magic Wand programmable TV remote - control your TV with gesturing(photo credit: ThinkGeek)

if you are an aspiring wizard or a wizard wannabe, this is a must have. a magic wand that can learns up to 13 commands to make your remote controlled appliances do your biddings. there are no buttons here, just magical gestures such as flicking the wand from side to side to flip through the TV channels or twist of the wand to up the volume. with it’s remote control learning ability, you can do more than just controlling your TV. i am sure it’s going to need sometime to master the symphonic gesturing but isn’t it cool that you can do your magic with your appliances without buttons? well, at least, this is as close as you can get to realizing your wizardry dream for now. i suspect it’s going to give you some sore-wrist in the beginning. Continue reading Magic Wand programmable TV remote – control your TV with gesturing

Scorpion multi-purpose solar-powered digital weather radio

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this one is a must-have if you are an eco-conscious adventurer. if you only can have one gadget to survive the outdoor adventure, the Scorpion should be the one. let me try listing it’s features: digital AM/FM radio tuner, aluminum carabiner, LED flash light, bottle opener, USB for charging your mobile phone, NOAA weather band, all these house in a splash-proof rugged exterior case. sweet? asides from water and food, this could be the one thing you have to bring in your outdoor adventure. no worries if there’s no sunlight, it has a crank-powered to give you the power you will need. how’s that for an eco-friendly gadget? Continue reading Scorpion multi-purpose solar-powered digital weather radio

TiroGage – tire gauges that stays at your wheels

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for the truckers out there, how many times have you forgotten to check your tires pressure and ended with flats in the middle of a highway? until you have self-inflating tires on your trucks, keeping the tires pressure in check is essential. besides it’s a good habit to keep the pressure in check, cos’ the right pressure gives you optimum mileage. though i am not a trucker myself, i would think it is a hassle to pop by a gas station to do the check or even, whipping out a portable gauge to do the job. now this particular gadget makes this chores a little bit easier. affixed directly air valves, the tirogage lets driver check the air pressure at a glance and getting in/out the air is via the tirogage as well. pretty new. it would be lovely if i can use these on cars.

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Hitachi gesture User-Interface (UI) for Information Services in public places

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this sounds like a scene out of Minority Report (2002, Fox Movies). remember how Chief John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise) gesturing through the police databases? yea, think this technology is gradually becoming a reality. isn’t that exciting? in the recent CEATEC Japan 2010, Hitachi introduced the world to this reality. in this case, we are looking at gesturing through for information services in public places. gesturing means no physical touching unlike current touch-screen technology, therefore it’s certainly going to be more hygienic.

the gesture UI includes hand sensors that detect hand movement over the display which enables the manipulation of the on-screen menus. the combination of infra-red illumination and 3D cameras enable sensing of hand position and the movement. this technology has wide spectrum of applications including education, amusement, medical et cetera. welcome to the future. i am totally thrilled. aren’t you?

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Sharp concept smartphone with 3D showcased in CEATEC Japan 2010

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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

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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

new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

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feeling nostalgic like i did? grab a Diana Mini lomo camera and starts snapping away. lomography is not only an art, it is the lifestyle. the palm-size Diana Mini now comes with a range of accessories to go with it, not to mention the available color options. don the Diana Mini with the leather ready-to-shoot camera case, the princess is even more alluring then ever, and if you are feeling a little more sophisticated, grab a piece of the matching leather neck strap and the flash case too. style factor 10 out of 10. now where’s my bell-bottomed pants…. Continue reading new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

new JBL On Stage iPhone/iPod speaker dock

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the new JBL On Stage certainly looks like an art sculpture which challenged the conventional speakers design (i.e. round or oblong in shape). termed as the Dynamic JBL Weave design. this could be a conversation piece in your home, an art piece which don’t have to spend top dollars to acquire. available in 2 sizes, the larger of the two is the On Stage IV features 4 x 1-inch (25mm) JBL Odyssey transducers, USB jack that syncs your iPhone/iPod with iTunes when connected to your computer, charges your iPhone/iPod while docked and an infra-red remote control. the smaller model, named, On Stage Micro III, has pretty much the same as the On Stage IV except for being smaller physically, and the Micro comes with two x 1-inch (25mm) JBL Odyssey transducers, instead. the JBL On Stage IV and the Micro III retails at US$149.95 and US99.95 respectively (correct at the time of publishing).

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