Hitachi Wooo Adds Another Dimension to Cellphone Screens
"The phone’s 3.1-inch display is the first of its kind to have 3D-capabilities and can be swiveled horizontally to be more TV-like. There’s not a lot of content being offered to accompany the phone right now, which is just as well since Hitachi doesn’t recommend that people use the 3D feature for too long. Kids under the age of 6 shouldn’t use it at all."
New $3 Light Bulb 12 Times More Efficient, Lasts 60 Years
"Cambridge University researchers have developed a $3 LED-based lightbulb that is 12 times more efficient than regular tungsten light bulbs, three times more than low energy ones. It lights up instantly, lasting for 100,000 hours"
Cube-Shaped MP3 Player Lets You Roll It Around to Control Playback
"Hacked Gadgets uncovered this device, which is built from scratch by an Japanese engineer calling himself ChaN. The MP3 player uses a three-axis accelerometer, enabling it to sense tilt, inclination and shock. The device features no buttons, and has a SD card slot, and a small, 2.1w speaker for playback. Plus it has an audio jack to attach a second speaker."
Eigenfactor: Visualizing Information Flow in Science
"Citation Patterns" provides an overview of the whole citation network in a circular graph. The colors represent the 4 main groups of journals, which are further subdivided into fields in the outer ring. Line size and opacity represents connection strength"
Media Synesthesia: Editing Sound With Photoshop
"In an example of a kind of media synesthesia , John Keston uses Photoshop to process sound. The magic bridge between the audio and visual worlds that makes this possible is a program called Photosounder, which turns images to sound, and viceversa. After making an image file in Photosounder, Keston applies Photoshop filters and then exports the resulting image back out into an audio file."
Downloads: Folder-RSS Monitors Folder Changes Through RSS
"Folder-RSS is a small application that allows you to specify a folder and how you want that folder to be monitored. Using the command line—the author includes a sample batch file and a detailed list of the command line parameters—you can set it to monitor a whole directory or just certain sub-folders, set filters for specific file types, and limit the age of changed files monitored. If you mess up on the terminal syntax, Folder-RSS pops up a detailed menu of the right way to type your preferences. Once you’ve set up Folder-RSS, you can plug the location of the .XML file into any local feed reader. To use a remote feed reader such as Google Reader you’ll need to provide some way for the remote server to access the file on your computer—one way would be setting up a home web-server to host your feed"
Intel researchers demo RF energy harvester
"INTEL researchers have released details of an ambient RF energy harvesting technique they have developed to power a typical wall mounted house-hold weather station complete with LCD screen from energy collected via a TV antenna pointed at the local TV station antenna 4 km away."
Perch Computer by Sylvia Spencer
"Computers and technology still intimidate many elderly and at the rate technology is progressing its sure to make arthritis seem like bliss. Hitching a ride to the techno-highway is the Perch Computer, which incorporates the fun element while offering intuitive navigation. A touchscreen coupled with a key system makes the device easy-to-use and understand. Naturally, visual representations of the various programs are easy to comprehend."
Baby Name Brainstorm: Interactive Baby Naming
"Baby Name Brainstorm [babynamebrainstorm.com] is an interactive, animated name graph that helps future parents to find names with particular aesthetic and semantic qualities. Names can be selected (e.g. "Andrew") and explored within several contexts, such as "sounds like" (e.g. "Andreas"), "found in" (e.g. "Andrews") or "contains" (e.g. "Andre"), while also pointing out some facts (e.g. "Andrew" being one of the Apostles, "James" being one of the Tank Engines)."
Implantable sensor simplifies blood pressure readings
"With the new method a tiny pressure sensor, which has a diameter of about 1 millimeter is placed directly into the femoral artery in the groin and measures the patient’s blood pressure 30 times per second. The sensor is connected via a flexible micro-cable to a transponder unit, which is likewise implanted in the groin under the skin. This unit digitizes and encodes the data coming from the micro-sensor and transmits them to an external reading device that patients can wear like a cell phone on their belt. From there, the readings can be forwarded to a monitoring station and analyzed by the doctor. Because the researchers use special components in CMOS technology, the system requires little energy. The micro-implants can be supplied with electricity wirelessly via coils."