Gadgets

RoCo Robotic Computer Monitor feels your pain

A research project by MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group has sprung up RoCo, an interesting robotic computer monitor prototype. RoCo is not your everyday monitor. This monitor will be able to cater to human emotions and needs. How can a monitor cater to human needs? …capable of recognizing and physically responding to human socio-emotive cues such as postural shifts ...

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Lamp In A Bulb to trip out stoners for a while

People sometimes have anxiety over leaving their druggy relatives at home, worried that they will either light the house on fire or cause neighbors to call the police because of the loud and incessant Grateful Dead music seeping from their bedroom window. Just plop them down in front of the Lamp In A Bulb light, and they’ll be amazed for ...

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DIY Mod: Transform a retro toaster into a mini PC

While the computer has come a long way since its rise, the last two decades have proven to be rather uninteresting concerning the case design of most computers. The same old rectangular tower is still the norm for most PC’s. A company named Slipperyskip Computers has been experimenting by putting small motherboards into some interesting cases. Including coolest of all, ...

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Rumor: Palm being sold to the highest bidder this week

Nokia and Motorola are only two of the companies which have been rumored to be buying out Palm later this week for up to a cool $2 Billion. The acquisition of Palm would not only put the company purchaser ahead in the game with smartphone production, but would also wipe out a signifigant competitor, while gaining rights in using the ...

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Automated License Plate Recognition makes traffic violators tremble with fear

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) from PIPS Technology is preparing for wide scale use among law enforcement agencies through the nation. ALPR is expected to raise the efficiency of cops many times over. The ALPR mounted camera can recognize up to 3000 license plates an hour. Until now, only a task Arnold Schwarzenegger could accomplish. As police patrol their district, ...

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Shoot the alarm clock when you want to snooze

When we hear that alarm clock beeping in our ears in the morning, we either ignore it, or wish we had a gun to blow the damn thing to pieces. With this gun operated alarm clock you can have all of the fun of the second option, while wiping out the need of the first. Designed by Roger Ibars, this ...

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Nanofactory for custom medical needs with no side effects

Picture this. You come down with a horrible case of some horrible diarrhea inducing disease. Now imagine being able to take a pill that literally detects the illness, builds a custom remedy, and then delivers the drug to the necessary areas in need of healing. The University Of Maryland is working on a similar method in which magnetic nanofactories would ...

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DIY: Instrumented glove

Looking for a cool way to control your music devices? Check out this instrumented glove project. At a low cost, the designer of this project created a cool looking glove that has an interface capable of controlling music devices, but we’re sure could be modded into almost anything you wanted. To create this finished product, you’ll need to dissect and ...

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Phasing LED Umbrella makes May flowers jealous of April showers

Weather along the eastern coast of the U.S. has been insane. Rain one minute, sunshine spring weather the next minute, snow a minute later. It’s always good to be equipped with a good umbrella. If it looks cool, it doesn’t hurt. The Phasing LED Umbrella has glowing LED bulbs which illuminate the umbrella to create the illusion of a star ...

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