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Monthly Archives: January 2006

The LapUp 700, Portable Laptop Stand

By David Ponce

It’s not because there’s the word “lap” in laptop that it means that’s the most comfortable place to put it. The little buggers tend to get quite hot, and the heat always seems to dissipate towards my legs. That’s why, to avoid such sweaty mayhem, I’m all for splurging a little and buying this $70 laptop stand: the LapUp 700. It’s made from frosted acrylic and features a bunch of holes to prevent heat buildup. It then folds up nicely to go into any bag.

[The LapUp 700] VIA [Xataka]

The GypsyMIDI Motion Capture MIDI Controller, aka The Musical Ninja

By David Ponce

You’re musically inclined and you got some mad ninja skills. You also happen to think exoskeletons make a mad fashion statement. So, the GypsyMIDI motion controller is a match made in heaven. Imagine yourself gyrating in multiple directions, with arms flailing about, and their motion translated into “music”.

The suit is modeled on the human skeletal form using rotational sensors placed on the joints. The GypsyMIDI simply plugs into a MIDI interface and arm movements are converted into a real-time stream of MIDI data. The mapping interface eXo-software allows the user to define how the movements are translated into MIDI control, including the ability to trigger notes, generate continuous control commands or even play scales.

So how much for this lovely creation? Well, one arm is $850. And of course, you can’t really do anything with just one arm. So, for the whole setup, which includes both arms, the software and the wireless interface… you’re looking at, eh, $2,200.

[GypsyMIDI Motion Capture MIDI Controller] VIA [Xataka]

Zanier’s Heat-GX Self-Heating Gloves

Not sure that I want to be rocketing down some ski slopes with lithium batteries strapped to my wrists. Then again, if it keeps me fingers warm and toasty, why not? These GoreTex gloves, the Heat-GX from Zanier are self-heating, and will stay hot for up to 10 hours, depending on the setting:

1 30?C 86?F 10 hrs
2* 37?C 98.6?F 4.5 hrs
3 55?C 131?F 2 hrs
* Setting 2 is the most common setting.

Of course, they’re not cheap, at $250.

[Heat-GX Gloves in the US] and [Zanier] VIA []

Video Of A Self-Replicating Robot

By David Ponce

This is so very, very old. Like May, 2005 old. But it’s the first time I’ve seen a video, and there’s bound to be some of you who haven’t seen it either. Researchers at Cornell University have developed a robot that can self-replicate. That is, it’s able to make copies of itself by using building blocks that it finds in its environment.

Admittedly, this is only a proof of concept, as the robot doesn’t really do anything. But watching that video sure is impressive.

Try to look at this as a building block, some small step on the way to something bigger, and hopefully not too scary.

[Self-Replicating Robot] VIA [Alt1040]

Wallet Toothpicks

wallet toothpicks
By David Ponce

As long as you don’t mind chasing bits of meat stuck on your teeth with pointy stainless steel picks, this little product is quite likely a stroke of genius. It’s a set of wallet toothpicks.

You probably can see where this is going. The toothpicks are cut from a thin sheet of stainless steel. The thing is the same size as a credit card and fits in your wallet. Whenever you’re in need of some tooth pickin’, simply snap one off, pick and dispose.

There’s 12 to a card, and it’s £8, or, um $14. Making it a little more than a dollar a toothpick. That’s some ‘spensive tooth picking, but hey… they’re Wallet Toothpicks!

[Wallet Toothpicks] VIA [Productdose]

A Sushi Laptop

sushi windows
By David Ponce

Well, what’s there to say? Someone got creative with their sushi, and made a laptop. Sadly, it runs Windows.

VIA []

Talus Watch Tells Approximate Time

talus watchesBy David Ponce

Being punctual is not your idea of cool. You feel that the entire notion of “time” is The Man’s evil plot for putting shackles on your free spirit But, well, your spirit is not quite free enough to do away with time altogether. There’s good news, friend. They’ve made two watches for you.

Not quite made, mind you, as they’re currently in the process of being manufactured. Nevertheless, The Talus Watches are an interesting concept. This is the way they work. The first watch, called “AboutTime”, gives you an approximation of the time. “Going on quarter past one”, “almost six”, “a bit past three”, etc. Perfect if you want to take life a little more easy.

Then, there’s the “Timeline” watch, in which you’re only shown the hour, and not the minutes. Then, the numeral will slowly make it’s way from the bottom the the watch’s face, to the top. The minutes are thus expressed as a proportion of the distance traveled. In other words, if the number 2 is halfway up, you know it’s 2:30.

Also, if you’re rigid like that, you can set it to display the exact time. You can figure out how that works.

I hope.

[Talus Watches]

Malaria Monitor Watch

malaria monitor wristwatchBy David Ponce

Not a truckload by way of information here, aside from a few snippets. The skinny is that this is a special wristwatch being developed by South African inventor Dr Gervan Lubbe. It’s special because it comes loaded with a tiny needle that automatically pricks you 4 times a day and analyses your blood, looking for malaria parasites. If the parasite level tops 50, you are supposed to take certain pills that will prevent you from either becoming freakishly sick, or freakishly dead.

Additionally, the watch will be able to transmit information to a central computer somewhere and alert health authorities who will then ensure that everyone at risk is also treated.

I imagine this to be for the type of person who enjoys doing some hardcore research deep in the jungles of someplace or other. It is expected to cost 1,700 rand, or about $280.

[C|Net Asia]

China’s IWOD G10, An MP3 Player With NES Emulator

iwod g10 nes emulatorBy David Ponce

You can alway count on China to manufacture gadgets that will likely never see our shores for a variety of reasons, most of them legal in nature. In this instance, you have the IWod G10 (not to be confused with the iRiver G10), with a kick-ass feature: a built-in NES emulator. That’s right, not only will you be able to listen to MP3, WMA, FLAC files, or watch MPEG-4 video on its 2.5? LTPS 16 million color LCD screen (at a resolution of 882 x 228), but you can do so while playing Tetris, or Mario Bros. or any other old-school NES game. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how to get these.

That said, the device’s lithium battery is said to last 10 hours on video and 30 on audio. It has an on-board memory of 256MB, which is expandable up to 1GB via SD. And it seems to cost around $150.

[Product Page] VIA [The MP3 Players]