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Magic Mirror Changes The Color Of The Clothing You’re Trying On The Spot

On October 5 of this year, Uniqlo opened its fifth retail location in the United States, and its first on the West Coast. They set up shop at Union Square in San Francisco and amid the fanfare of a new store opening was the news of an interesting piece of technology. The store is using something they call the Magic Mirror, and it helps shoppers decide which item to buy by making it unnecessary to try the various colours available. Instead, you just put one of the items on and walk in front of the special mirror; a touchscreen then prompts you to select other hues and projects your modified reflection back to you. Developed by “the worlds leading printing company Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), this ‘virtual dressing room’” uses the Kinect’s color-changing engine and a half-mirror touch panel to achieve its magic.

And… that’s it. If you’re in the Bay Area, you might want to stroll on in just to check that out.

[ Press Release ] VIA [Damn Geeky ]

A Bunch Of Floppy Drives Play James Bond Theme

By David Ponce

It appears that machines being rigged to play the theme from James Bond is becoming a thing. First we reported on swarm of quadrotor bots belting out the tune by playing some instruments. Well, now we bring you a video of 8 floppy drives (remember those?) rigged to play the same melody. It’s the work of the Purdue University for the Association of Electrical Technologists (AET) club during Technology Week. We think it rocks.

VIA [ Technabob ]

Old Rotary Phone Hacked To Play Nice With Siri

By David Ponce

It’s kind of ironic that there seems to be a developing trend of using new technology to breathe new life into really old tech. Like that retro looking cordless handset we wrote about a little while back. And now we hear of a hack that pretty much resuscitates the operators of old. Maker and hacker Davis Remmel took an old rotary phone and made it play nice with Siri. He took a Bluetooth headset, relocated the speaker and microphones to their respective places in the dumbbell receiver and wired the board so that dialing “1” activated Siri. A sticker with the Siri logo in the center of the dial completed the effect. Watch the video, it’s very future-old-timey…

[ Step By Step Rotary Siri Hack ] VIA [ Wired's Gadget Lab ]

House Of The Rising Sun Performed On Old Electronic Equipment

By David Ponce

Not the first such video where someone takes a bunch of old timey electronics and hacks it into an improbable orchestra. But not all are good. This rendition of The Animals’ House of The Rising Sun is decent and was made using the following:

a. HP Scanjet 3P, Adaptec SCSI card and a computer powered by Ubuntu v9.10 OS as the Vocals.
b. Atari 800XL with an EiCO Oscilloscope as the Organ
c. Texas instrument Ti-99/4A with a Tektronix Oscilloscope as the Guitar
d. Hard-drive powered by a PiC16F84A microcontroller as the bass drum and cymbal

VIA [ Geekosystem ]

Roomba Vacuum Controlled By Kinect

By Chris Scott Barr

The whole point of a Roomba is to vacuum for you so that you don’t have to put in any physical labor. Well, someone in Japan with a little too much time figured out a way to put the vacuuming labor back into the Roomba. Why? I don’t think anyone really knows. There are always kudos for new ideas and thinking outside the box, but this really just leads to us being able to pantomime all of the chores we don’t like. Though we could completely avoid the chores altogether.

This thing is still pretty neat considering it’s self-defeating design. It has many different options other than normal back and forth. A plus side is that there may come a real life Chibi-Robo type game out of this. If you have no idea what that is, it’s about a robot who cleans things.

[ Ros-Robot ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Lunchtime Clock Adds A Few Extra Minutes To Your Break

By Chris Scott Barr

Ah, lunchtime. It’s that period of time during the week where you can stop working for a while and relax. Grab a little food, maybe catch up on some reading or surfing the net. Unfortunately it never seems to last long enough. One hacker decided to solve this problem by putting together a clock that speeds up just before noon, and slows down a little before 1.

This serves to give you 12 extra minutes of your lunch break each day, or a full hour over the course of a week. A clever hack, indeed. Unfortunately unless this is the clock sitting in your boss’s office (and you don’t have to punch out for your break) it’s pretty useless. You’ll just end up being that guy that spends too much time on lunch. If you feel like making your own, you can find out how over at Instructables.

[ Instructables ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]