07. 4.2011

CtrlAltDelete cup set: The ultimate refresh

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We love this geeky tea set with three cups made to look like Ctrl Alt and Delete keys. Not only are they a perfect gift or a quirky addition to your desk, but they take the meaning of a refresh to a whole new level!

Via Likecool.

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06.13.2011

Robotic wireless mice made from typewriters

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These shiny, spiky little wireless mice from Aaron Ristau may look familiar because they're made from repurposed typewriter keys.

We can't decide whether the little creatures are cute or a bit too robotic, but we love that they've made use of old technology in an innovative way.

Via Gizmodo.

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06. 8.2011

Sony's VAIO all-in-one, PC and HDTV?

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Sony's latest addition to the VAIO L all-in-one line does pretty everything you could ever ask from any kind of screen, it plays regular TV, features a 3D multitouch display, a blu-ray player, 1080p HD playback, USB 3.0, HDMI port, oh and it comes with a wireless keyboard, mouse and 3D glasses.

We like our gadgets to be multifunctional and imagine this would be ideal for those who love simplicity or only have limited space, but does Sony's latest offering seem a little too good to be true?

Via Engadget.

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06. 3.2011

Case turns iPad 2 into a laptop

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One of the main selling points of Apple's iPad is that it's a tablet, it can be carried easily and the touchscreen keyboard means you don't need to have extra accessories with you to be able to carry out everyday tasks, like sending emails and updating social networks.

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05.25.2011

Google uses sea water to cool data center

This is a very impressive idea from online giant Google, which acquired a site in Hamina, Finland for one of its new data centers and came up with an innovative way to cool down the huge servers that heat up very quickly.

Due to the center's location by the coast, Google decided to pump sea water into underground sea tunnels that were already in place and run it through heat exchangers, using direct exchange the server load heat is cooled down and then the water is pumped back into the sea at the right temperature.

Granted most of us won't be tasked with thinking of a way to cool down data centers in the near future but this is an inspiring lesson in thinking outside of the box and looking at what nature has to offer before creating something artificial ourselves.

Via Gizmodo.

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05.17.2011

Eye recognition device for consumers

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A clever new gadget called EyeLock, which uses iris recognition, could soon replace the need for passwords to log into our favourite apps and websites.

Simply plug the device into your computer and select which specific services and platforms you want to protect. The built-in scanner will then take a snapshot of your eye and use that picture to confirm who you are in the future.

This looks like a very simple and secure idea, but doesn't it all seem a little over-the-top? Surely this kind of technology should only have a place in government buildings, bank vaults or the Bourne movies.

However, with the current focus on privacy concerns and numerous security breaches being reported by companies and individuals alike, I imagine it's something many people will rush out to buy.

According to Cnet the EyeLock isn't available yet but is set to be sold for around $99.

Via Cnet.

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05.12.2011

Luna robot could be coming to our homes soon

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This week Schultze Works has made a robot for the company RoboDynamics called Luna, which has been designed for normal people to buy and "put to work" in their homes.

According to Crunch Gear Luna can move around, hold things and help out with everyday tasks. There's no definite word on when the device will be officially launched but it looks set to be available to the general public pretty soon.

I'm sure months or even years of painstaking work has gone into the design and creation of Luna, but I can't help but think she just looks a little too predictable and comical. But maybe that's just me...

Via Crunch Gear.

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05.11.2011

Touchscreen lets you feel textures

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A new touchscreen prototype from Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications is able to transfer tactile information to anyone using the screen.

A layer of gel positioned behind the impressive screen is able to mould itself into different textures that the user's fingertips can then feel.

I can imagine this screen being used for a range of purposes, particularly enhancing the user's experience during games. However, I imagine it could also be useful for those who have problems with their sight or children, who are known to learn using all five of their senses.

Via Engadget.

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05. 5.2011

Would you donate to a robot?

This is DON-8r (apparently pronounced donator), a cute little fundraising robot designed so that once someone has dropped a coin into the special slot on it's head, it'll keep moving on.

Created by Tim Pryde, the device is already being used in Scotland and will soon be offered to companies so that they can rebrand the DON-8r to suit their needs.

There's still clearly some work to be done, the "hello... hello... hello" greeting is a little annoying and what if someone just picks it up and runs off with all the money inside? However, it's still a very interesting concept and I can imagine some people being more inclined to donate to a robot than a human.

Via Yanko Design.

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05. 2.2011

The Feno folding notebook

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Most laptops have a standard hinge between the screen and the keyboard but The Feno notebook from designer Niels van Hoof has an extra hinge right in the middle of the display. Somehow the screen at the front still manages to look seamless, which is apparently down to the use of a new flexible OLED screen.

Oh and if the super compact Feno wasn't interesting enough, check out the cute little pop-out mouse at the side!

Via Yanko Design.

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