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Noise Canceling PC Fan

By David Ponce

Did you know you could create a speaker from the spinning blades of a fan? Simply rotate the fins and modulate the rotating speed. It’s actually the basis for the world’s largest subwoofer, which we wrote about back in 2005. Using this principle, Noctua’s NF-F12 integrated noise cancellation fan is able to reduce the racket inside your case by 20 dB, “utilizing a patented RotoSub ANC technology to emit anti-noise directly from the fan’s own blades.” They hope to achieve 1,500RPM noise levels from a fan running at 2,500. Of course this doesn’t beat liquid cooling solutions, but these can get unwieldy. There’s no word on price, though availability seems to be set for somewhere in the latter half of 2013.

[ Brochure (PDF, from page 20) ] VIA [ Enadget ]

Future In-Game Advertising Could Use Interrupting Adverts

By David Ponce

We’re all more or less getting used to the idea that product placement in video games is not going anywhere soon, but how would we react if the method outlined in the above patent from Sony is ever implemented? Recently unearthed by an intrepid user of the NeoGaf forum, the patent filed on Jul 22, 2011 would have the game actually be interrupted (stopped) by an advertisement, and then resume. Gameplay would slow down in anticipation of the ad being shown, and then rewind slightly after the ad is presented. There’s no word on whether this will ever actually make it into a game, although it’s not unlikely, at the very least for free-to-play titles. Paid titles on the other hand should steer clear of this… At least, we hope so.

[ Patent Page ] VIA [ G4TV ]

Haiku Fan Would Look Great On Any Ceiling, Even Hung On Wall

By David Ponce

There’s a good chance your home has a fan, but if it’s not the Haiku fan, then it’s definitely not the most advanced on the market. Not only does Haiku look pretty darn amazing for what it is but it’s got some serious tech to boot. Oh and before we tell you about that, those aren’t three blades you’re looking at. That’s three airfoils, with a shape specially designed to move more air with less effort.

Introducing Haiku’s Sensorless Drive Technology™, a unique, ultra-efficient direct current (DC) motor with patent-pending electronic controls. The core of the motor is a permanent toroid magnet, which is more efficient than the electromagnet used in most motors. Haiku sets a new standard for quiet ceiling fans, with windings tightly fixed within this totally-enclosed core, ensuring they will never separate and cause vibration.

Haiku not only starts off quiet, but also stays quiet—even at high speeds, and even after years of use.

The use of direct current and permanent magnets yields a motor 80% more efficient than traditional AC offerings.

Other features include a timer, to turn the fan off after a set time period, and a sleep feature which gradually steps the speed down over time. And speaking of speed, the fan has seven including a setting called Whoosh, ” a proprietary algorithm that simulates the variations in natural airflow for greater user comfort.”

So yeah… good looking fan, quiet, efficient, full of tech. Damage? Between $825 and $1,045 depending on the materials.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

ADAPTRAC System Regulates Bike’s Tire Pressure On The Go

By David Ponce

Whether it’s motor sports or human powered wheeled sports, a lot is riding where the rubber meets the tarmac. Decisions need to be made about tire pressure, with tradeoffs usually unavoidable. Mountain bikes face many different types of surfaces, so are very sensitive to this. Soft tires are great for rocky stretches of trail, where grip and absorption is better. Hard tires are preferable on flat surfaces, to go fast. Usually, a middle ground is chosen and the rest left up to fate. But the ADAPTRAC system changes all that:

ADAPTRAC is a multi-component system comprised of special patent pending hubs, a dual control valve and a C02 power pack/regulator. Tire pressure can be raised or lowered while riding with a quick press of the finger on the handlebar control toggles. Actual tire pressure is displayed on analog gauges mounted on the handlebars. The system utilizes 12x142mm rear and 15mm front axle standards – wheels can be removed as you would normally. ADAPTRAC uses readily available, rechargeable C02 tanks ranging from 4 to 20 ounces so you can carry only what you need. You can now tune your tire pressure to the trail – in seconds!

There’s no price just yet, as the system is in its final prototype stages. However, a price will be announced shortly after the system is presented this week at the Sea Otter Classic Expo in Monterey, California.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Your Closet Can Get Rid Of Odours By Releasing Ions

By David Ponce

Sharp has a patented technology called Plasmacluster. And now Daiwa of Japan is selling a system that uses this tech to freshen up the clothes in your closet. Here’s how it works:

When airborne, these positive and negative ions, fasten to the surfaces of suspended microbes, forming highly oxidising hydroxide (OH) radicals and instantly removing the hydrogen (H) from the surface proteins. This results in the physical breakdown of the surface membrane of the microbe, rendering it inactive.

As we know, it’s the microbes that stink the most, although the company claims you can get rid of other smells, like tobacco. It’s not cheap though, as the system will set you back $480. Fortunately it doesn’t rack up your energy bill much, since it consumes just 3.8W of power.

[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Future Printing Tech May Be Able To Remove The Very Ink It Deposits

By David Ponce

One day the world will truly end its dependance on paper, but it’s going to take a pretty long time to get there. Until then, efforts continue to be made to reduce the impact on the environment that our need for dead trees has. One recent development comes courtesy of a team of engineers at Cambridge who are in the process of creating a device that can zap ink right off a page, leaving the paper free to be used once more. “The device works by using lasers at the wavelength of green light in pulses of four nanoseconds each, vaporizing the ink while preserving the paper underneath.”

The system is still in development and is not perfect. For one, it leaves a faint trace of ink, though for less than important documents, this may not be a deal breaker. Also, it can only be done a few times on any one sheet since it also strips off some paper in the process. But it is a step ahead of another similar solution on the market because this one can be used on any laser printed paper; one solution by Toshiba relies on a special blue toner.

Sadly, there are no patents or immediate plans to make this available to the public.

[ New Scientist Article ] VIA [ Chipchick ]

SNAP Skateboard Folds Away For Easy Storage

By David Ponce

Fun story. When I was 10, I was fat and couldn’t have balanced on a skateboard if my life depended on it. Instead, I’d kneel on one and propel myself forward with my hands, pushing on the side. All was good until one day I had the brilliant idea to try and push… from the front! That quickly resulted in my pinky finger being dramatically separated from its nail. Not fun. So I don’t like skateboards, but plenty of people do. And if you’re gonna buy one, you might want to consider the SNAP, which folds away for easy transport in a backpack:

The deck is constructed from 6061-T6, high grade aluminum, and fitted with 56mm premium, 85a urethane wheels using ABEC 7 bearings for fast and efficient cruising. It folds into a compact 14.3” x 7.87” x 5” dimension that can easily fit inside smaller lockers and backpacks.

From the video it looks like you can do anything with this board that you could with a wooden one. The hinges are patented and are meant to secure the board so it doesn’t just fold up as you do an ollie. Or whatever it is the kids do on skateboards. Remember, I don’t like’em.

It’s $119.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

The Devon Tread Watch Costs More Than A Reasonably Priced Car

By David Ponce

Geeky timepieces with obtuse time telling schemes, the likes Tokyoflash specialize in, are not the only kind we talk about at OhGizmo. We also enjoy a fine piece of engineering, one where aesthetics collides with astronomical prices to create a piece worth talking about, if not necessarily lusting after. The Devon Tread is just such a watch.

The exposed movement is a mesmerizing display of the patented interwoven system of conveyor belts. This series of belts includes critical elements that allow the optical recognition system to know every belt position at all times.

The Tread 1 Watch features four internal 2-micron thin belts that spin within the case to display the time. It’s powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that is charged by wireless induction. This electric system runs the belts that are kept in tune with an optical technology. Add that all up, and you have one of the most technically advanced, visually stunning watches ever made.

Yeah, it’s pretty impressive. You can tell there’s a lot going on inside that watch, as you can see in the below video.

But is it worth $17,500? Really?

Fortunately, shipping is free.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Core77 ]

These Gears Will Make Your Head Spin

By David Ponce

A few years ago we posted about a special drill bit that made square holes. People’s minds were understandably blown. We feel much the same way about the below gears. They’re called Paradoxical Gears and a patent exists for them since 1988. What’s impressive about these is that unlike traditional gears that will alternate rotational direction from one to the next… these all turn in the same direction! And better yet, with the recent rise in popularity of 3D printing machines for the home (like the MakerBot Replicator), you no longer are confined to gawking at their nerdy beauty from afar. You can make your own. Matter of fact, below is a link to a set of files at Thingiverse, the marketplace for the Replicator, so you can print your very own set of paradoxical gears.

[ Paradoxical Gears On Thingiverse ] VIA [ Core77 ]