I travel often, and part of my baggage problem is that I pack a lot of books no matter where I'm headed. And, these days you never know I could sit on the runway for at least 5 hours. I've held off investing in the Sony Reader until now, released this week my own Sony PRS500 Portable Reader System has arrived, and it's stunning.
This Reader utilizes E Ink Display technology, which depicts text as clear as if it were on paper, but the screen can be magnified up to 200% (perfect for anyone prone to headaches or if you want to loan it to your mama like me). I've found that the brightness of any room does not have a negative impact on the high contrast/high resolution screen. The Reader weighs just under nine ounces and is super slim at less than a 1/2". Leave no word behind, carry-on multiple books without over-packing your bags with those fiction/non-fiction bricks you know you won't get to read. The battery life boasts up to 7,500 pages per single charges.
The internal memory 3 slot is perfect for removable memory cards, so take your books, documents, photos, and MP3s with you wherever you go. You can also upgrade your purchase to include optional Memory Stick storage or SD memory card. And, while there are numerous free e-books online, there's also Sony's Connect eBookstore.
Phenomenal technology, I'm a convert! And, finally my chance to stop annoying people on the subway with my bad book/coffee balance and intrusive (well-clumsy) page turning.
Price: $272.84 at Amazon.
Danny Rozin is an artist and teacher at ITP, where many of us at Popgadget studied. This week, Rozin has a new show, called Fabrication, opening at New York's digital art gallery bitforms. In the show, he continues to explore the concepts of mirrors, representation, and the relationship between the digital and analog world. He will be presenting the world premiere of two sculptures, Weave Mirror and Peg Mirrors, and one US debut of Snow Mirror.
Weave Mirror uses 766 curved prints which are connected to motors. As they are manipulated, the prints create portraits, when viewed at a distance. Similarly, Peg Mirror employs 650 wood rods and a camera in the center of the piece. The camera picks up images, and software written by Rozin translates the digital video into an analog image by moving the pegs, as if they were pixels on a computer monitor. Finally, Snow Mirror, which was first shown in Seoul in 2006, captures site-specific images and projects them on a screen made of silk.
Fabrications opens at the bitforms gallery nyc, and runs from September 8th 2007 to October 6th, 2007. An opening reception is this Saturday, September 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Rozin will also be presenting an "Artist's Talk" on Saturday, September 29th at 4:00 pm.
An inventor in Nuremberg, Germany, has just opened a fully-automated restaurant, Baggers, that delivers meals to diners via a gravity-powered rail system. No surly waiters or snobby sommelier, and you don't need to leave a tip for the machine. Hmmm...makes you think, doesn't it?
The kitchen is intalled directly beneath the roof of the multi-story restaurant. Customers order their meals using a touch-screen system that is placed at each table, and the entire restaurant is networked via a computer system. Customers' orders are registered upstairs in the kitchen and a computer in the cellar keeps track of supply stocks. The system also calculates the likely delivery times for drinks and meals at every table and keeps customers informed.
Creative Labs recently unveiled their upcoming TravelSound i50, a portable speaker system made specifically and exclusively for the diminutive iPod shuffle. Aside from the USB port and carabiner clip, what I find most interesting about the unit is its size. It makes the shuffle about four times bigger than it really is, which negates one of the main advantages of the clip-like little player.
The i50's built-in battery is good for 15 hours of audio playback and will be available next month in Japan for about $59.99.
Call it ingenuity, call it inventiveness – but this product from New York based inventor Scott Amron certainly deserves mention.
Apparently what propelled him into action was the fact that current methods of getting water into our mouths for rinsing after brushing are sloppy, create waste and place unnecessary stress on our bodies. The result? The award-winning (Reddot Design Award 2007) brush-and-rinse toothbrush that eliminates the need to use rinse-cups or your hands to rinse your mouth. The idea is elegant – when you place the toothbrush under a faucet, it simply redirects the water from the faucet in a perfectly parabolic angle similar to a water fountain. Well, I am amazed that a simple modification can transform an ordinary product into such an interesting innovation.
The nifty little toothbrush is available from the Amron site at $3 a piece.
Are you a consultant, road warrior, or just travel to see your loved one(s) an awful lot? The mobile office is perfect for the worker on the go. It has the capacity to hold up to 50 or more hanging files--more than enough to keep you organized. The 10"x17" top surface of the desk is covered with non-skid rubber, ensuring that a laptop, briefcase, PDA, peripherals, and cell phone won't slide off. There's a large storage area for your officeware, but you can also tuck your laptop inside to keep it hidden from plain view. Finally, there's more than enough room to write.
26" From back of desk to front, 11" Tall at the widest part of the base.
Oh sweetness! I get the feeling that this gizmo was created by a few friends and quite a few beers and maybe a little Mary Jane on a camping trip. Around 2AM they had a marshmallow fight, and one of them said, "If only I had a marshmallow blaster!" Whatever the back-story, this pump-action, pneumatic gun propels one large-fluffy marshmallow (or a hand-full of miniature marshmallows) up to 50'.
Now, if you're on a camping trip and you find yourself under attack by a mutiny-bound troop of Girl Scouts, you'll find that the easy-to-refill bolt action design ensures fast, nonstop action. Campfire capers can be the best kind.
The front grip detaches for simple cleaning. Includes carrying case. Ages 12 and up. 6" H x 2 1/2" W x 15" L. (2 lbs.)
Price: $39.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.
More toys along these lines to be found at Amazon.
Where was this when my Mackenzie was 4? Using the new Leapster Learning Game System is more like playing than learning. At 12, Mac is above the recommended age (4-10 years), but as the Leapster has multiple skill levels she adjusted it so she could try out the L-Max library of software titles, enjoying the interactive touch screen and pen that allows her to write, draw, and paint.
For the little ones, story animation helps them learn essential school skills such as letters and numbers, plus all-important phonics, using some of their favorite characters, like Dora The Explorer. The software library features games for pre-K through 4th grade.
Like all the Leapfrog inventions, the Leapster is completely interactive and demonstrates that learning is fun. And you have to admire their motto, "Think Up." Make a good license plate, don't you think?
$59 at Leapster and Amazon.
Bad-boy, billionaire, businessman, Mark Cuban recently blogged that "The Internet is Dead and Boring." As much as I'd like to respond with an intellectually thoughtful post, I think I'll let the Internet speak for itself. I don't know how it happened or where I was when I clicked through, but I stumbled upon The Daily Puppy. Much like favorites cuteoverload.com and stuffonmycat.com, this is a website that very simply solicits puppy photos and posts them.
Readers can sign up to have puppies delivered to their inboxes, drop a widget on their personal website, or subscribe via RSS, and are encouraged to rate the pooches with 1-11 biscuits. Commenting is active and reveals a goofy, fun-loving community of adoring fans. As reader Yourmomsage channels Star Trek's Scotty she writes, "This pup is so cute, my head can't hold all the cuteness, 'She's gonna blow, Captain, I kinna hold her innymore....' Kaboom!"
There's nothing more exciting than new innovations in assistive technology that can help disabled or elderly people live fuller, more independent lives. This particular hands-free device, developed by researchers at Osaka University, is worn on the head like a hairband, with either end equipped with microcomputers and infrared sensors to detect your movements when you press your back teeth together. Pressing the back teeth together in different ways enables the user to send four different types of signals to control electronic devices.
Via The Nikkei Weekly.