Friday, April 29, 2011

Big Brother Birdhouse

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Love your feathered friends, but you do not want to go through the hassle of building a birdhouse from ground up (or do not know how to)? Good thing there is always a prepaid package, and the Big Brother Birdhouse could fit the bill perfectly. Retailing for £49.99, getting the Big Brother Birdhouse will also let you install it in your home without feeling corny – since those who are busybodies would notice a security camera instead.

Hopefully the birds outside won’t be equally fooled by the exterior that looks like a CCTV camera, and will turn it into their own love nest in due time. Of course, we would expect you to install your own CCTV camera system in addition to this if you’re a paranoid android.

Made out of wood and stainless steel, just make sure you have the heart to place this in a shaded area to avoid over heating the birdhouse. DIY knowledge would come highly recommended of course.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Upper Deck has Video Trading Cards

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Sports cards are one thing that have changed little over the years. You can get some interesting hologram and foil combinations, but, for the most part, it is a photo with stats on the back.

Upper Deck appears to be prepared for a new era in sports cards with their Evolution series. Of course, the Evolution series really pushes the limit of what is a sports card as it is more of a video than it is a still shot. For each “card” is a small LCD display with enough storage and battery to play a clip one minute long.

So far, the only athletes that are on these video cards are NFL players Adrian Peterson, Tony Romo, DeSean Jackson, and Patrick Willis. Sadly, the video footage isn’t from when these players were in the NFL, but rather from the college years. Apparently, there was some legal agreement problem with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The Evolution series cards are one inch thick, and have a small port which I can only assume is for charging. I can’t help but wonder how long it takes to charge them. I also can’t help but wonder if we are going to be entering an age where our trading cards will be screens. Is it that cheap to make a tiny screen these days?

It doesn’t appear that one could just purchase one of these Evolution cards, but they will be randomly included in boxes of 2011 Upper Deck Football cards starting April 12.


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Monday, April 25, 2011

Tobii releases Tobii PCEye to help the impaired use a computer

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Tobii has just announced that they will be rolling out the Tobii PCEye – and just in case you’re left scratching your head and wondering what this is, it is one of the most advanced stand-alone eye control device that is currently available on the market, delivering the wonders and magic of eye control over to the standard computer. Of course, it is said to be easy to use, is highly accurate and portable to boot – making it is compatible with a wide range of software in order to offer total access to just about any personal computer.

It is a marvel to think that the Tobii PCEye is capable of translating eye movement to a mouse cursor on a screen flawlessly . Primarily designed for folks who want an alternative method for controlling a mouse and a computer, all you need to do is to hook up the device to a computer display and connect the USB cable, making it a snap even for those who have impaired motor skills. Through standard movements like gazing, blinking or dwelling on an item with their eyes, you are able to wield your mastery over the cursor on the display.

According to Tara Rudnicki, president of Tobii Assistive Technology, “With Tobii PCEye we can proudly reach out to new, not yet serviced user groups with our AAC products. We have already seen massive interest from the Stroke, MND and ALS communities, people in different rehab situations, military veterans, people suffering from progressive muscle weakness or neurodegenerative disorders, and education institutions. We are also overwhelmed by the attention we have received from the development community to extend into AAC eye games.”

It is interesting to note that the PCEye will rely heavily on Tobii’s leading experience in eye tracking technology, allowing it to effectively track nearly every user regardless of eye color, lighting conditions, environments or head movement. Hopefully it is affordable enough for the masses, too!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The 3D Hero System – Because Two Cameras are Better AS One

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The 3D HERO System is a modular casing design that lets customers combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras to form a single, really cool, 1080p 3D camera… and the world’s smallest and least expensive one at that. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D HERO System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera. A dual-camera, polycarbonate, waterproof housing holds the two cameras together and something called a synchronization cable plugs into the back of each camera, enabling them to function as a single camera and a single shutter button controls both cameras.

“The 3D HERO System is exciting for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it’s not just a 3D camera. It’s really several cameras in one, depending on how the consumer wants to use it,” says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “That you can take two GoPro cameras that you would normally use independently and combined them to form a new type of camera, a 3D camera…that’s extremely cool. GoPro is excited to be the first company to build a camera this versatile.”

“In addition to being a top selling consumer camera, the HD HERO camera is used by more professional production crews in the broadcast and film industry than any other camera in its class,” adds Woodman. “We expect the 3D HERO System to further establish the HD HERO as one of the most versatile cameras in the world.”

The 3D HERO System housing is only 5 inches in length and 2.5 inches high and sells for around $99.00 bucks, but GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO cameras are NOT included with the 3D HERO System, they are sold separately, starting at around $259.99 per camera at GoPro retailers everywhere.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fuuvi USB Mini Digital Camera

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A USB flash drive is just that, or is there more than meets the eye? The answer is in the affirmative when you bring the Fuuvi USB Mini Digital Camera into the picture – we’re talking about a device that not only carries your favorite files on-the-go, it also allows you to shoot secret shots of upcoming devices assuming you’re working in some sort of top secret assembly plant for one of the major hardware manufacturers.

Hailing from Audiocubes, this puppy comes in a wide range of colors, but don’t expect too much from something so small especially when it comes to its resolution count. We’re talking about 3.1-megapixel stills as well as the ability to shoot video in 1280 x 1024 resolution which can later be transferred and viewed on another computer simply by plugging it into any available USB port. Of course, you will need to supply the memory yourself, which comes in the form of a microSD memory card.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera

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Shooting photos in low light conditions is always a challenge, no matter how you look at it. Of course, having a good quality camera with high ISO capability goes some way in helping, but it still isn’t going to capture everything in full detail unless the flash is turned on. What do you do then? Here is where the Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera comes in to help.

We are proud to say that this digital camera basically enables you to shoot in absolute darkness – yes sir, even if there is no light at all, you can still get your subject in question clearly. Clearly this is one method to let you experiment with infrared photography which allows you to see through some types of fabric and materials. Currently retailing for $129.99, this might be just the device to purchase if you want to surprise the resident shutterbug with something else apart from a new lens.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Brazilian police can scan hundreds of faces per second with a pair of sunglasses

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The 2014 World Cup is going to be in Brazil, and preparations are already underway. Security is going to be tight at this event, and I have heard that the police will have something to protect the innocent like Robocop.

The plan is that the police will be wearing sunglasses with cameras that can scan 400 known criminals per second from up to 12 miles away (they are generally optimized for about 150 feet). The sunglasses are wirelessly connected to a database that can compare with the facial profiles of 13 million people, and can check for 46,000 points on the face for an exact match.

Not only can it scan for criminals, but the sunglasses have a screen where an officer can get instructions as far as what to do next. Again, it works like Robocop, without a classified Directive 4.

I have heard that Brazil is pretty advanced in many areas, and I wonder if we will see these high advanced scanner sunglasses when the World Cup happens in three years. I suppose that we will see, but in the meantime, can we arrange it so that these scanner sunglasses can be put on cops around the world?

Better yet, find out a way if these scanners could be put on the eyes of private citizens. I wonder if this would increase the number of citizens arrests.


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Augmented reality helmet shows you bad weather on a sunny day

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There’s nothing I like more than the application of augmented reality, especially when mixed with a healthy doses of VR.

What you are seeing here in the picture and the video after the jump is an Augmented Reality Weather helmet from Magic Vision Lab. Using a head tracker and some particle graphics, the user can see what inclement weather would look like in real-time on clear and sunny day.

As you watch the video, you can see the snow fall, but it is falling from a blue sky. The same goes for the hail, but it looks a bit more realistic as the hail can actually be seen staying on the grass. I wonder how long it would take before the ground turns white. Could it do the bad weather over time?

As for the rain, it comes in three forms, one is a small drizzle, the other is a light shower, and then the last being heavy rain. What really amazed me is how it can do stormy weather, with thunder and lightning.

Now, I am not really certain what you would use this for. I suppose it could be used to show what bad whether looks like for making video games. However, I would think that video game designers already know this.


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