Well, its not quite the super sensory perception you see in comic books, a group of researchers utilizing Sharp IR sensors created what could be called a ‘second skin’. Think of how something gently touching the fine hairs on your arm instantly tells you that something is going on. Very handy if your moving around in the dark, you get a millisecond warning before you run into the wall. It might be enough warning to make you start slowing down before maximum damage can be done. Now imagine that you can do the same thing but with objects that are inches or even feet away from you. With enough sensors you could navigate through a room in the dark and not bump into anything. The possibilities here are almost endless. [via Hack a Day] The Haptic Radar / Extended Skin Project
I have been trying this out and I can genuinely say that I’m impressed.
The project live.linuX-gamers.net was founded with the idea to present Linux games at the Linuxtag exhibition in a novel way. A collection of games should be shown to directly run from DVD without the user in need to know about Linux or care about his system. After some intense brainstorming sessions the team decided to create and publish this DVD as a live distribution project. Thus an additional and very difficult problem had to be solved: The dvd should run on every x86 PC out there.
The hipster hacker friendly micro platform known at the Chumby should be relaesed upon the public soon. Any day now. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe. I don’t code but I’d be willing to learn if I had one of these.
Quite amazing. I hope he builds some more computer parts out of wood.
… a few months ago, I had an idea as to how the divide by two mechanisms from my first marble machine could be cascaded together to actually function as a sort of adder or counter. Once I had that idea, I knew I had to try it at some point, and recently, I finally got around to building my marble binary adding machine.
Ah, the latest in projector technology is here and with a decidedly clever twist:
Japan’s electronics giant Sanyo unveils a new ultra-short focus projector "LP-XL50" in Tokyo. The LP-XL50 can project an image to fit an 80-inch screen from a distance of only eight centimeters (3.2 inches) from a range of positions and surfaces due to its new optical engine technology.
The resolution will be 1024 x 768 and is aimed at computer use rather than home theater use. I’m sure this will last about thirty seconds after the devices are released in the states come December. Sanyo unveils ultra-short focus projector
It looks as if the dream of a solid state laptop is almost here. SanDisk, makers of mighty fine memory products (I use them in my digital camera) have introduced a 64GB solid state flash drive in a 2.5 inch SATA version for portable computers and knowing that the public’s hunger for music players will never be slaked, a 1.8 PATA version for things like, gee, I don’t know, iPods? It’s a short leap to the iPhone from here. 64GB of storage would be just fine for most people on a laptop. Even if it wasn’t the .11 millisecond reaction time and less than a watt power dissipation will make using these an easy move.