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Pro Tennis Shoes with Michelin Soles

team all court by babolatBy Asim Waqar

If you are browsing this website and you have never heard of Babolat, odds are your inner geek has taken total control and you are no longer the serious sports enthusiast you used wanted to be.

Babolat, tennis specialists since 1875, began the project by analyzing tennis players’ movements and their specific needs on different types of playing surfaces. With the technical expertise of Michelin, a special outsole was jointly developed that combines side-to-side boosting, shock absorption and comfort, with abrasion resistance for top performance during play.

The Team All Court ($99.00 MSRP) will debut in the United States in August. This shoe is worn by the likes of Andy Roddick and Mariano Puerta. In March 2006, the full line of six Babolat tennis shoes will be available this side of the pond.

Visit the Babolat homepage here and The Team All Court pre-order page at The Tennis Warehouse here.

Atomic Wrist Watch

atomic wrist watchBy Asim Waqar

Ok, so it is a bit of a leap to get to an atomic wrist watch from this, but not much:

Symmetricom, Inc. , a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, today announced that it

Has been awarded funding for Phase-III of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) program. The CSAC development will produce miniature, low power atomic clocks for precision timing applications in hand-held battery-powered instrumentation for use by military personnel.”

In other words, uber synchronised watches for our uber warriors. And also, don’t you think the word “uber” is overused?

Anyway, what’s new here is the fact that atomic clocks have been made so small. They’ve been around forever, but now, they fit on a wrist. The image on the face of the watch above is a prototype (miniature atomic clock heart) that has already been produced. And as we all know, the next step will be for someone to find a commercial application and make (even more) millions. You have to love how democracy, capitalism and innovation go hand in hand.

Visit the Symmetricom Atomic Clock projects page here.

Interactive Google Maps Travel Guide

eventjar_localgeoBy Asim Waqar

So we have all seen Google Earth and the many unique uses for google maps. Now add another useful travel Google hack tool to your arsenal.

EventJAR is the home of the only nationwide art exhibition listing database, along with other cultural and entertainment event information. It also offers users comprehensive travel-related content in its city guides that include local points of interest, attractions, movie theaters, zoos, art museums, aquariums, and botanical gardens.

When you go to the EventJAR website and select the city you are interested in, you are given the option to “Use our LocalGeo maps to view Attractions”. You are taken to an interactive map using Google maps and overlaying EventJAR’s database of sites.

Very cool and useful. And this one will cost you nothing!

The High Tech Backyard

By Asim Waqar

The maintenance of your mansion’s couple of dozen acres of lawn is a task whose complexity is easily underestimated. Example: depending on your landscaping, amount of shade, current precipitation levels and a slew of other factors, your lawn can be divided into many zones. Each zone requires its own unique watering schedule to reach optimum efficiency, both in use of water and healthy looks.

Enter Toro. This firm has gone totally high-tech with its new Intelli-Sense Series of lawn controllers. In addition to being able to input a lot of variables, these products have optional wireless devices that measure the amount of rainfall (so you arent watering in the rain) and automatically calculate an irrigation schedule using landscape-specific parameters and local data broadcast over the radio (ET Everywhere). This helps the unit to calculate the optimum watering process for each zone in your lawn. There even is word of Toro bringing a web-based interface to this line soon!

This and lots more on “Deconstruction: Science of the Backyard???.

Check out the Discovery HD channel for showtimes.

Music On Demand – 6 Rooms , 1 iPod

speakercraft_MODEBy Asim Waqar

This wall mounted delight will let you share your iPod and other audio devices with the rest of the (presumably audio deprived) rooms in your house.

The latest offering from SpeakerCraft is the Music On Demand Experience (MODE). It boasts a full color screen (and cool looking) interface you mount anywhere in your home.

The MODE will support up to six multimedia devices through a SpeakerCraft Multi-Zone Control System – home audio servers, satellite/am/fm radio, your iPod and any sources responding to IR commands.

Release scheduled for fall 2005 and no word on pricing.

Visit Speakercraft here.

Cavities Your Dentist Didn’t Know You Had

diagnodent_cavity_finderStory by Asim Waqar

I am extremely fortunate. I have never had a cavity found in or on my teeth. This may or may not be related to the fact that I have only been to the dentist once in my life (and I ain’t ever going back!).

If I did go to the dentist, and I had a cavity that could not be normally seen (subsurface or just beginning) and the dentist had KaVo corporation’s new Diagnodent, well he’d be able to detect it and treat it anyway by measuring the laser fluroescence within the tooth structure, as opposed to just telling me that I have wonderful teeth and sending me on my merry way. In other words, the machine uses a laser to scan the surface of your tooth and find little, hard to reach cavities.

If you ask me, some things are better left unknown (just in my case – for everyone else I think this is a great idea!).

Visit the Diagnogent product page here. Story VIA ABC19 news.

Solar Sheets Lighter Than Feather, Stronger Than Steel

Nanotube SheetStory By Asim Waqar

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that University of Texas at Dallas scientists have made a remarkable breakthrough in the field of nanotechnology. The full article will be published in this Friday’s print version of the journal Science, and I for one will be lining up to read the full story.

University professors are not usually the most emotional of people, but what would drive a University of Houston professor to say “This is a big deal, a real big deal,” and “Every paragraph is a gold mine.”?

Well, due to advances in nanotechnology, our world is about to change. Check out the highlights:

– Yards of ribbons have been successfully run that are lighter than a feather but stronger than steel.
– Made entirely of carbon, they also conduct electricity.
– Sheets (measured in meters) created from nanotubes can be ‘pulled’ and created on the fly in minutes.
– The sheets can collect solar energy, and do so when bent or creased.

Possible applications mentioned:

– Blankets that could be unfurled in the desert to harvest energy for soldiers
– Clothing strong enough to repel a bullet
– Ultra lightweight sails for space travel (one-third of a square mile – only 66 pounds)
– Car doors strong enough to protect passengers and double as batteries

I cannot wait until tomorrow to see what else they can be used for. I would think of some ideas and write about them, but how am I going to compete with this scientifically spectacular group?

Read the Dallas Morning News article here.

Hummer H2 x 10 To The Minus 6

Micro Hummer H2 and 747

By Asim Waqar

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) is already revolutionizing the way computer chips and other devices are built. The design, integration and manufacture of components down to a few millionths of a meter is a monumental achievement of science. 2 dimensional circuit boards just keep getting smaller and our computers keep getting faster.

2D however, is so yesterdays news. Enter MicroFabrica, and their breakthrough EFAB technology. These folks have devised a ‘cost effective’ 3 dimensional micro manufacturing process and are able to make functional micro-machines! Now of course I am not implying that you can drive that H2 or fly that airplane. Perusing their website, you will find examples of micro-machines including parts, gears, speakers and even a mechanical energy storage device.

This is no concept. This is the real deal; the pictures above are to give you an idea of the capabilities of this process in a fun way. Imagine the potential of such technology in the bio-medical field, on integrated circuits and… well, anywhere.
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Interactive 3D Display: Its Here!

3d Display Story by Asim Waqar

Originally mentioned at Gizmodo as a prototype in 2003, IO2 Technology has just completed the production unit and provided the details behind the revolutionary HelioDisplay which produces interactive 3D dsiplays in thin air (via lasers) from common sources.

The HelioDisplay technology page lists some of its remarkable features:

  • Inputs from most regular sources: PC,TV, DVD, HDTV, Video game consoles
  • Projects a 22″ to 42″ (depending on model) diagonal image that floats above the device
  • It is interactive, like a virtual touch screen: a hand or finger can act as a mouse
  • Although the HelioDisplay uses lasers, the images are not holographic
  • Possible uses for this product include advertising, entertainment facilities, design prototyping, teleconferencing etc. Obviously the applications for such a product are endless. Most importantly it may convince my wife to finally allow the purchase of the Brooke Burke Swimsuit calendar for testing purposes! This of course relies heavily on pricing (TBD) and other more, um, personal matters.

    Apparently the product is ready for release; visit the product page here which looks like its being updated right now.

    Visit the IO2TECHNOLOGY company homepage here.
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