Looks like the makers of Space invaders did something good with all the quarters that it gobbled up in my youth. Taito, the original makers of the classic arcade title, have come out with an alarm clock that is a tribute to the highly successful game of that time. As an alarm clock it does what it’s supposed to do with its clock, calendar, snooze button it also wakes you up with the sounds of the space invaders game. Touching the top of the device activates some really cool flashy lights as you wake up.
Plants are an integral part of our society. They provide the vital oxygen during photosynthesis, but mankind has always has taken a callous approach towards these live-giving members. Researchers of Chonnam National University have developed a robotic plant that has humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functions. It measures 130 cm tall and 40 cm in diameter and consists of a pot, a stem, and five buds of a flower. The plant can also respond to stimulus. When you come within the 40 cm radius of the flower, the sonic sensors respond by bending the stem towards you and the bud blooms. When left alone, the plant retrieves to the original state. If a person’s voice becomes louder than a certain level, the flower buds will come into bloom, and the stem shakes slightly to suggest a greeting. When the room lights up, the buds open and close, and when music is played, the plant dances.
Worms, centipedes and all slimy creatures that are found on Fear Factor; all of them seem to have inspired Kundalini’s Abyss table lamp. Snaking around in your desired pattern, the lamp can be twisted into various forms thanks to its flexible segmented construction. Beneath the opalescent polycarbonate covering you will find plenty of white LEDs, which illuminate your space. You can pick it up from Y Lighting for around $500
Grand Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport has opened on October 14. The oil rich country has set another record with the massive Terminal 3 building with is the largest in the world and built at a cost of $4.5 billion. Catering to passengers for Gulf countries and the US, movement around the airport’s six floors, most of them underground, has been facilitated by 157 lifts, 97 escalators, 82 moving walkways and 27 truck lifts and eight ‘Sky Trains” that can handle 47 people each…It has taken 10 million cubic metres of soil (which can fill 4,000 swimming pools), 33,000 tonnes of structural steel and 450 tonnes of reinforcement to put the terminal together. For a project of this scale, the car park itself is equivalent to 33 football fields, while the departures area at Level 3 is more than 51 hectares in size (515,000 square metres) — the size of 94 football fields.
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I recently caught a show on the TV where they were showcasing really cramped quarters like the living space in the submarines. I was wondering to myself, how congested and claustrophobic such bunks would be, that I’m bombarded with the news of a disused nuclear shelter being turned into a hotel. Those up for a challenge of a no-frills abode while traveling will be able to sample a no-view room that gets limited hot water, no room service, no TV and guests are expected to share the room with soldiers, firemen and emergency workers if a nuclear war breaks out. The Sevelen bunker in the St Gallen canton costs just £17 (less than $30) a night and has “Less is more” for a motto. The bunker sleeps 54 people.
The new version features interactive lessons; complete with 30 English and 6 Spanish activities. Quizzes about countries, capitals, major cities, populations, languages, currencies, time, distances, history, science, and current events are a great way for the whole family to learn about the world. Rather than use, your finger to point to countries use the pen, and it will regale you with details about whatever you wish. Be it currency info, the local wildlife or landmark inventions it can fill you in on everything you didn’t know you wanted to learn. When attached to your computer via USB it performs weekly updates on information and you get a selection of quiz games included to test your knowledge. You can set it to work in a selection of languages, from English to Mandarin Chinese, and because you can update it, it is going to stay with you for a really long time.
The robot Repliee R-1 looks like a five-year-old girl except for being freaky looking and covered in silicone skin. Few people are fooled into thinking she’s real but it was made to be life-like to put people’s mind at ease. The Repliee R-1 robot blinks, stands, and wears clothes. The robot will be used for the elderly and the disabled and the article says it will also fetch objects. The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit has 50 sensors and a series of motors to help disabled people move better. The newly developed robogirl is named Repliee R-1. Its sensors and motors combine to help Repliee R-1 move like a human more than any robot ever created. Robotics company Cyberdyne Inc said it is preparing to begin distributing the suit on a mass scale on Friday.
Currently, bulbs are small and bright so they need to be reflected and diffused with lampshades or frosted glass. A US factory is churning out ‘light paper’ that could make floor and bedside lamps, wall sconces and nearly every other household lamp obsolete. Inside the windowless industrial building is a semitrailer-sized machine that actually prints lights. The machine works by coating an 8-inch plastic film with chemicals and sealing it with a layer of metal foil. An electric current is then applied to the sheet that gives it a blue-white glow. These illuminated strips can then be placed on a wall or a window, or wrapped around a pillar to provide light. Moreover, unlike nearly every other lighting source, the light strips would not require a lamp or other fixture, although an electrical outlet would still be needed. The sheets get their luminance from compounds known as organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. While the technology is being perfected, it is far beyond the initial development stages.
The Revenge CD from Fred is a CD that features some really disturbing noises. The unforgettable tracks like Unhappy Dog, the agonizing squeal of Violin Practice, and the exquisitely excruciating din of House Party. The CD comes with handy earplugs that keep your ears safe and annoy only the neighbors, while you pump up the volume. It is the best solution either for neighbors who cause a racket every now and then or just to get them to leave their apartment.
Human shaped Robo-Q, measuring 3.4 cm high, not bigger than a thumb has been released in Japan. This world’s smallest robot can not only play football but also dodge unexpected obstacles and find its way out of a maze. All this possible for Robo-Q as it is fitted with artificial intelligence enabling it to navigate and play games and built in sensors. The two-legged micro robot, which is available in four different colours, will be sold in Japan from next February for $35. This miniature creature was one of the 100 different types of robots being displayed at Robo Japan 2008 in Yokohama.
Via – Techlaunches