A good ‘parody-ad’ on the iPhone 5!
NEC will present the KotoHana (the talking flower) at CeBit. It is interactive via the Sensibility Technology (ST) and it recognizes your feelings (happy, sad, angry, …) and changes colour through LED’s, even if you’re far away from the flower (via Wireless LAN and the Internet).
Get one for your woman to stick to her dress, so at a glance you know how she feels! 😉
Bags have been one of the important fashion ornaments in recent years. This design uses e-paper, which is invention of electrophoresis technique, as the main appearance of the carry bag. By pushing a remote control button, the outlook pattern may immediately be changed. This will bring a brand new visual sensation. E-paper is used as the main body. The elasticity that forms a tension is used as the major structure of design. The entire product is designed with simple lines and pure sewing to emphasize the change of the pattern. The bag may be used as hand carry as well as to carry on the shoulder. The first button of the remote controls is for changing the patterns while the other is for switching on/off the EL.
Wake up, world! Why look down, not up, to meet the world’s energy needs? Immediate profits for some may be greater looking down, but we at Sky WindPower Corporation, and a few others around the world, have concluded that looking up will turn out to be a much better solution both economically and for the world’s health.
It was known to scientists before any of us were born, and not kept secret, that there is far more than enough energy in high altitude winds, miles above the earth’s surface, to supply all the world’s power needs. And just average wind conditions high above the earth in the temperate zones of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are sufficient to supply all the world’s energy needs. The jet stream does not have to be overhead.
Burning fossil fuel has been a great crutch, especially when it just bubbles out of the earth. But, now that we are running out of oil, our heads are really stuck in the sand if we don’t conclude that there are reasons to look up, way up.
That the truly high energy winds are at altitudes miles above us, not just a few hundred feet where they can be tapped by rotors on towers, is clearly demonstrated in the form of detailed color charts calculated by Dr. Ken Caldeira, formerly of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, now at the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. These charts show at what latitudes and altitudes this vast energy is to be found. We are indebted to him for permission to display these charts in the Global Wind Resources section of this website.
Fortunately, our Chairman at Sky WindPower, Australian Professor Bryan Roberts has long been aware of the wind facts and material improvement trends, and convinced that, by application of an appropriate technology, this high altitude wind energy can be captured. He set out to prove that long ago, and has demonstrated that Flying Electric Generator(FEG) technology is practical and should work at high altitudes. This is the “Flying Windmills” technology you may have read about first in the Canadian “National Post”, and since then in major newspapers overseas and many U.S. publications other than newspapers.
Please see pictures upper right of a FEG which he and his colleagues demonstrated at low altitude years ago, and lower right of an artist’s view of the next planned FEG which Sky WindPower plans to demonstrate under Professor Roberts’ direction at an altitude of 15,000 feet and above.
Our figures show now, that with the advent of very strong but light tether materials, through use of what is essentially existing rotorcraft technology, capture of high altitude wind energy should prove cheaper than as derived from any fossil fuel.
In mass use, our calculations show that FEGs of Roberts’ design should be able to produce electricity at a life cycle cost of LESS THAN TWO CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR using tether materials now available. And new tether materials with even stronger strength to weight ratios are being developed.
If all costs are considered, including the true costs of nuclear fission, long range this will be the world’s cheapest energy source other than the limited hydro sources and limited situations where surface based wind turbines may be the most economic in supplying relatively local needs. But, on a larger scale, our figures show that high altitude wind energy will be capable of supplying the world’s needs at the best overall economics. As applied to the United States and Canada, please see the U.S. Electric Energy Statistics and Canada section.
When the United States realizes that high altitude wind energy is capable of being its most economical energy source, market forces will lead to its gradually supplanting oil and to energy independence – as well as end the debate on global warming – because its most economical energy source will produce no greenhouse gases.
A FEG is a tethered device, and tethers going up to high altitudes obviously pose a problem to aircraft. But, while it is not well known, balloons tethered at up to 15,000 feet already exist along the southern border of the United States carrying radar equipment to detect drug flights.
Calculations show that airspace restricted for power generation will need far less restricted airspace to supply all the nation’s needs than is already restricted from civil aviation use.
This website discusses measurement of the velocity and consistency of high altitude winds, calculations on the capacity to capture this energy using Roberts’ technology at specific locations in the United States and around the world, Flying Electric Generator technology, restricted airspace use, future powering of vehicles, energy storage systems, the global wind resources and projected long range FEG economics.
This is an artist’s (Ben Shepard’s) rendition from Professor Roberts’ preliminary working drawings of the next planned Flying Electric Generator rated at 240kW with rotor diameters of 35 feet.
The total swept area for a 1.5 MW Flying Electric Generator with rotor diameters of 88 feet is 24,329 square feet, as compared with a ground base wind turbine 1.5 MW turbine(such as GE Model 1.5sl)with a single rotor diameter of 252.6 feet, total area of 50,115 square feet.
Yet the Flying Electric Generator would produce over twice as much electricity per year at typical locations due to the much higher high altitude wind speeds and constancy.
Looks like a good concept, but many ifs spring up to mind.
Sky WindPower Corp website is here for more info.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A 44-year-old German businessman whose digital
camera was stolen at a restaurant was relieved when he managed to buy
exactly the same model on the eBay Internet auction site to match his
But he became suspicious when it emerged the seller came from his home town. It proved to be the same camera.
Police said on Thursday they were questioning the 34-year-old vendor
who, in a statement said, “claims he got the camera at a flea market, but
was also offering other cameras on the Internet”.
Other stolen cameras? Is EBay becoming the flea market of stolen things?
Slap your favourite perspiring bottle of beer on these circuitboard coasters without the kind of hesitation you might have if it was your motherboard! Great for office, dorm, or even home use… These tube coasters provide the perfect cushion for your favourite beverage. A set of six assorted coloured circuitboard coasters comes in an attractive tin with a circuit board top. Each coaster measures 3.75″ in diameter. Please note that designs will vary from set to set as each is constructed of different circuitboards!
Which means that these coasters are real circuitboards and not prints. Wicked! You can get your six pack from here.
The following article was found on Engadget and made me think alot… think it will make you too so here it is…
What did I just buy?
In the beginning it was simple; to repurpose another phrase, the music was the media and the media was the music. Consumers visited their local record stores and, in one fell swoop, bought both the record and the music that was on it. Try as you might, you couldnt separate the two. Music and media were the artistic equivalent of conjoined twins.
As teenagers and adults alike gathered around that spinning vinyl, no one bothered to ask the question What did I just buy? To ask the question would have been nonsensical. The answer was simply I bought a record.
However, the times they are a changing. Doctors long ago began separating conjoined twins and no longer is the content married to its delivery mechanism.
The various recording industries would have you believe that this has all but caused the death of them. At the end of the last century they eagerly pointed towards the likes of Napster and, a half-decade later, theyre now angry at BitTorrent. Were being robbed blind, they scream. Theyre not paying for the content anymore.
The irony is, of course, that theyre using this to their advantage as well. Consider for a moment that I now own the Beatles White Album in three different forms. Top Gun sits in my collection as a VCR tape, a Laserdisc, a DVD, and, Im sure, will sit as a Blu-ray or HD-DVD disc someday.
This prompts the question What did I buy? Is it possible that, in their ultimate greed to ring up multiple sales from the same content, content owners ultimately hurt their claims to any single one of them. Consumers are so eager to have the content in a form that best fits their lifestyle they began making copies on their own terms.
Consider for a moment a world in which content owners sell you just that, content. For example a consumer visits a website and buys The Princess Bride. They dont buy the DVD. They dont buy the VHS tape. They buy the content. From that point on youd be able to purchase each of the different media forms at negligible costs. If such an option had been available from the beginning, its possible that Fair Use might not have been morphed from its original reporting and educational roots into the Fair Use one thinks of today.
A few years back my business partner and I contemplated a new venture. In its purest form the idea was simple: trade your used CDs online. Alas, nothing in this world is that simple and it was the details of this plan that would have surely landed us smack dab in the crosshairs of the RIAA.
You see unlike most trading sites where physical goods are swapped, our site would have, for all intents and purposes, converted physical goods to digital goods. We then would have essentially traded the digital goods. Oh sure, there were steps in between to help protect us from the dreaded Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 card, but the end result was still the same.
The idea was that consumers would ship their used CDs to us and we would give them credits towards other CDs in our collection. When customers would redeem these credits we would shift ownership of the requested CD to them while continuing to store the actual CD in our warehouses. You might be thinking What good is it to own a CD that sits in a warehouse? Well, instead of shipping your CD to you we would instead rip the CD and allow you to download your MP3s.
Yes we fully expected consumers to download their MP3s and nearly immediately trade the CD back to us for more credits. In fact, the business plan was predicated on an unnatural amount of trade.
Each step in the chain was legal. Consumers are allowed to sell used CDs to other consumers. Likewise, consumers are allowed to rip CDs. Since each CD in the warehouse would be either a) specifically tied to a person or b) available for acquisition, the company would simply be offering a trade-facilitation/storing/ripping service. Yes, yes its questionable, but the concept was interesting enough to do a little research.
If we disregard the obvious abuse, the underlying concepts are still the same. Would users who own and have verifiable proof of ownership be able to download derivative works? Would such a business be able to offer its customers free ringtones of all their music? What exactly does it mean to own a piece of content?
Perhaps its time to face the music and admit that we never did have ownership of said music. That shiny piece of vinyl was just an illusion of control. The more and more we drift into the digital age, perhaps the more that well learn that ownership is just a tangible way of having a license.
A pocket sized Rolleiflex digital twin lens reflex from Minox
Here is a camera that not only collectors will get excited about but also the ‘gadget’ market and anybody fascinated by miniaturization. In co-operation with the Rollei company, MINOX now makes available the smallest fully operating Rolleiflex in the world. The “Rolleiflex MiniDigi” is a digital camera with the same shape and design as the famous 6×6 twin lens reflex camera with a resolution of up to 3.1 million pixels. This unique miniature Rolleiflex is now added to the successful 8x11mm film and ‘Leica’ digital classic collection camera series from MINOX.
Taking photos with this camera` is like the real thing in miniature but in digital. Just like the original with its 6x6cm square format this MiniDigi takes square format digital photos. As with the original, viewing is from above into the foldable viewfinder where the image can be seen on the 0.9 inch LCD monitor, which for digital replaces the traditional ground glass. On this display, images can be viewed directly after they have been taken and if acceptable, stored. To prepare the camera for the next shot, the normal metal transportation crank on the right side of the body is turned until a clicking sound confirms that the MiniDigi is ready for the next shot. At the front of the camera as with the original the shutter release is below the twin lenses. So using the MiniDigi is like taking a trip back to days gone by but with the added advantage of to-days digital media. This exclusive Rolleiflex is a fascinating combination of old and new, appealing to a very wide market with an interest in unique photo products.
Rollei fans in particular will be intrigued by the cameras many true to scale working features. The quality durable metal housing of this fascinating eye catcher weighs just 100 grams.
Images are stored on a standard SD /MMC memory card and the camera is powered by a CR-2 lithium battery. It comes complete with a neck strap, a 32 Mbyte MMC memory card, battery and users manual.
Technical Data MINOX Rolleiflex MiniDigi:
- 2 mega CMOS sensor (square format)
- 9 mm f2.8 5 elements fixed focus
- Depth of field:
- 0,7 m to infinity
- Shutter speeds:
- 1/15 bis 1/400 sec
- Exposure control:
- White balance:
- Storage medium:
- SD/ MMC memory card (removable)
- Image resolution:
- 1760 x 1760 Pixel (high resolution/interpolated)
1200 x 1200 Pixel (normal resolution)
640 x 640 Pixel (low resolution)
- Waist level LCD (0.9 inch)
- Power source:
- CR2 battery x 1
- 49 x 73 x 45 mm W x H x D
- 100 grams