This just may be the coolest way to eavesdrop on a conversation. You can now build your own Clear-and-Present-Danger-esque laser microphone using inexpensive materials:
By reflecting any type of laser (with no modification of the emitted light) off of a thin media (like a window plane) the Laser Snooper is to capture the reflected beam. The reflected beam is modulated by the vibrations in the pane from noises on the other side of the window. The receiver detects this modulation and reconstructs the noises and conversations. Also, the device in mind was made with parts that are very cheap and easily obtainable.
How cool is that?
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Without even having flown a spaceship yet, Aera Corp. plans on selling tickets to outer space at $150,000 a pop starting this Thursday. Actually, you can consider it to be a pre-order program, as flights won’t start leaving the ground for another year and a half or so. The company plans to begin testing in August 2006 at Cape Canaveral, and begin commercial flight in December of the same year.
Aera’s tour package would include a week of spaceflight training in the Orlando area and Cape Canaveral, climaxing with a flight aboard the company’s computer-controlled Altairis rocket to a height of more than 80 miles (128 kilometers). At that altitude, passengers would feel a few minutes of weightlessness and glimpse the curvature of the earth below the blackness of space. A parachute system would make for a soft landing at the end of the trip.
Grab your credit card, and hit up AeraSpaceTours.com to reserve your spot. If you want to get on the initial flight, expect to pay at least $250,000 - paid in full. Subsequent trips will be $150,000 and require a 25% deposit.
Curiosity, it’s a funny thing. It’s in our nature to want to know more. That’s exactly how MTV’s severely lackluster unveiling leaves us. OurColony.net has your hookup - an Xbox 360 video packed full of details and a glimpse at just what this machine can do. Give it a download as it is time well spent, unlike watching Elijah Woods and Sway aim to excite us about the console.
View The Video | OurColony.net Xbox 360 Video
TDK has been able to produce a hard drive head that can write between 150 and 200 gigabits of data per inch. A report also states that TDK will be able to fulfill its promise of mass producing this new technology by 2007 – aiming for small form factor machine drives and DVD recorders. This new technology would be able to write 250 GB of data on a single 3.5” hard drive platter. What you will do with so much space boggles the mind; however, with the HD era approaching fast, these big hard drives really don’t seem so ridiculous.
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I know most of you will watch the MTV unveiling, but if you are like us then you will want to know the more gory details regarding the ‘X’. What’s inside the console, and what can it do? We won’t bore you with the details - just enjoy the show courtesy of OurColony.net. We’ll have more on the Xbox 360 soon enough.
View The Video | OurColony.net Xbox 360 Video
ESPN today announced the launch of beta testing for the full-feature version of ESPN Ultimate Baseball Online (ESPN UBO) on ESPN360 - the company’s customized broadband service. Fans with broadband capability will also be able to download the world’s first massive multi-player online sports game from ESPN.com, the leading sports site. Previously, ESPN Spring Training, a limited-feature version of ESPN UBO, was available to fans on ESPN360 during its recent All Access free trial week. Among the enhancements included in the new version are enhanced graphics, new pitching and fielding practice, enhanced crowd reactions, and better artificial fielding intelligence. ESPN UBO will be offered for FREE to gamers until its full launch on July 2. Registration will be available on www.espn.com, www.espn360.com and www.ultimatebaseballonline.com.
The beta of ESPN UBO, developed by Netamin® Communication Corporation, gives gamers a first-person perspective to baseball gaming via real-time online experiences. In the game, fans and gamers compete online with and against other players in 3D virtual stadiums by controlling customized, personalized characters (avatars), playing a particular position, forming teams and leagues and playing against other ESPN UBO participants. Players control their avatar while batting, pitching, fielding, running, stealing bases and every other baseball action. Gamers can practice, play pick-up games, join or found their own teams, compete against rival teams, play in specialized tournaments, and win league championships in post-season play. After creating their own characters, gamers can build their skill level (player stats) through practice and successful play.
The beta version of ESPN UBO features a new graphics engine that runs at 60 frames per second and more than 100,000 polygons per frame - double the quantity of the previous version. Other visual enhancements include dynamic RGB lighting, soft-edged shadows, and natural reflections.
Now, can I ask where the fans are?
The word has slipped from Monolithic Systems that the Nintendo Revolution is slated to launch mid 2006. Monolithic systems is a company providing RAM chips to go along with NEC’s memory for the Revolution. The word slipped durring an earnings conference for the company. There isn’t much known about the Revolution since Nintendo has been keeping all information locked in Mario’s basement along with the Virtual Boy. All we really know is that ATI and IBM will be providing key hardware and that it will be backwards compatible with the Gamecube (Does anyone still play Gamecube?) More information will be released at E3 next week for sure because Nintendo has finally stated that they will be discussing the Revolution there. Of course we will be there to bring you the information.
“Nintendo clearly does not want to be the last console maker to ship its next-gen system and as such the Revolution is likely to arrive around the same time as the PS3 if not sooner.”
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Crave builds on highly successful brands and breaks ground in new markets
Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced its lineup for 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), to be held May 18-20, 2005 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Crave will showcase its titles at South Hall booth #996.
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer - PlayStation®2 and Xbox®
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer, the follow up to one of the best selling titles for the first half of 2005, features 7 of the world’s top poker pros including Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Paul Darden, Robert Williamson III, Clonie Gowen, Amir Vahidi, Annie Duke, and Matt Savage. Additionally, WCP2 has a much more detailed one player game, where you now have to work their way up the ranks, starting in your mom’s basement. Once you start winning and accumulating money, you can spend your winnings on increasingly better pads, and furnishings. Hit a losing streak, and you may have to hock your stuff to stay in the game.
Exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version of World Championship Poker 2 is support for the EyeToyTM USB Camera (for PlayStation®2), which allows online opponents to see each other as they play, in addition to supporting text chat. The Xbox version of the game supports Xbox Live including Scoreboards, Voice/Chat and Live Aware.
Scheduled for release in Fall 2005, World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft with an MSRP of $19.99.
In this week’s edition of “The Final Cut”, Devin takes a look at some of the upcoming season finales over the next week. A week ago she gave us a preview of the summer movie season. Get ready for a summer full of reruns:
With May Sweeps quickly approaching, many of our favorite shows are coming to their seasons’ end. Many questions and mysteries that we’ve come across during the season are sure to be answered during each shows season finale, and I’m sure it is no surprise to know that most finales will leave us with a cliffhanger, and have us counting down the days to next seasons’ premieres. Today we take a look at finale listings from tvtome.com’s episode guide for some of the years highest rated shows, and see just what we can expect from some of out favorite TV shows, not to mention what questions we hope get answered.
This just goes to show that developing a unique idea that creates a community with a service that people can get behind can make you a success. Today, Google acquired its thirteenth third party company when they bought Dodgeball.com. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, here is a rundown:
Dodgeball is a service designed to get you in face-to-face contact with friends, friends of friends, and even crushes. All that is required is a cell phone with text messaging. You sign up for an account and give Dodgeball a list of email addresses for your friends. These people become a part of your network, as do any friends that they recommend when they sign up. The fun begins when you are out and about. You simply send a text message to Dodgeball as follows:
Now, Dodgeball is available cost-free in just about every major US city. So if I were doing this from Seattle, I would send a text message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if I were at the Space Needle then my message would be “@Space Needle”. Now Dodgeball goes to work. Any of my friends who are within a 10 block radius recieve an email and/or text message telling them “Your friend Andru is at Space Needle [address here]. Why not stop by and say hi?” It is simple a great meetup tool. Now, you can format your message in different ways so that instead of contacting your friends, it will send you back a list of friends of friends in the area. You can even just typ in a destination, and it will send you a message back telling you the address and cross streets. Google obviously aw the potential in this service, as have many of its users. If you live in a major US city, check them out at www.dodgeball.com.
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