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DescriptionIf you have ever been lost in a huge place, the Melodious Walkabout might be just the thing for you. Using the device, you simply listen to a few songs and are directed to your destination through audio cues without the need to have to ask for directions.

It provides a mobile user with awareness where the destination is located by contextualizing audio contents the user is listening to. The mobile user wears headphones and hears audio contents that reach him from a certain direction. The direction of the virtual sound source unobtrusively tells him in which direction to go.

So you just continue to walk in the general direction of where the music is coming from, and once it you are surrounded by it, you have arrived. The Melodious Walkabout consists of a Bluetooth GPS-receiver, a Geographical Information System that calculates the direction and distance to the destination, and an auditory display that renders personal audio contents in real-time according to the GIS.

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FlashCAM SurveillanceImagine you’re stumbling back to your apartment late one night, and you stop in an alley to relieve yourself. Suddenly, a bright flash goes off and a loud voice yells at you saying “Leave the area now” and alerts you that your photograph is being taken. The FlashCAM-530 will do just that. It’s there to catch prostitutes, cohorts, vandals and such.  The Guardian has an article which questions how the FlashCam distinguishes between these types and innocent folk like you. The FlashCAM-530 senses motion up to 100 feet away. When it detects motion it begins snapping 35mm photographs, flashes light, and yells at you. It was developed over several years with the help of Law Enforcement and anti-graffiti professionals. Anti-graffiti professionals? How do you get that job?

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HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray The time is fast approaching when we will all be upgrading to some form of high definition media. After all, us early adopters have been keeping a keen eye on the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray technologies for some time now. There are some cool advancements being made in this arena, and companies have started picking sides on this issue as well. eCoustics has a great article detailing the battle between the two technologies.

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DescriptionMitch Fincher had a lot of time on his hands, so for his senior technical presentation he decided to stack pennies. Now, take a close look at the image. This isn’t easy. The weight of the pennies is what supports the structure - no glue needed.While it may be the most boring hobby in the world, you gotta give the guy props. Check out his site for more penny stacking projects of his. Really nice work there.

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DescriptionI know, all these deals are too good to be true - but this one is actually worth it. Why? No rebates involved. If you have yet to take the wireless network plunge, or if you just want an extra 802.11g router to mess around with, Buy.com has the Belkin F5D7230-4 Wireless G Router on sale for $25 USD. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Limousine JetIt really doesn’t get much more upscale than this. In what has to be the ultimate mod, a gentleman by the name of “Limo Bob” took a Boeing jet and turned it into a super-stretch limousine. The vehicle no longer has wings or a tail, but you can definitely tell that this was an aircraft at one point in its history. Step inside and you will find a heart shaped bedroom, bathroom, first class, and VIP class areas. The cockpit is still intact as well, and this thing is street legal. If you want it, you are gonna have to grab it on eBay. Current bid is $300,600 USD.

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DescriptionThe Hilton family of hotels will be introducing a new alarm clock this Spring. The clocks will have an MP3 jack, which will allow you to plug in your digital music player to listen to your tracks on the radio. The clock also features four preset music buttons, if you are feeling a bit more random. In conjunction with the launch of the new alarm clocks, the Hilton is also having a nice sized giveaway as well. You can enter at their site, or download their Virtual Alarm Clock, which will tell you when to check back to enter in all four contest phases. They are pushing this one with the iPod twist, and as such, they are giving away a total of 251 iPod mini’s along with a bunch of iTunes music.

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CherryOSSo this program called PearPC allows you to run Mac OS X on your Windows-based computer (or Microsoft Xbox). People complained of the agonizing slowness of the platform, and CherryOS announced that they planned on doing it the right way. Well, CherryOS came out, and it was also slow. Upon further inspection, it turns out that CherryOS basically stole a bunch of code straight out of PearPC to build their own software. We should have known something was up when they also named their product after a fruit. Nonetheless, PearPC is now asking for monetary help in suing the CherryOS people. If you care, go ahead and show a little support.

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Toshiba Super ChargeThanks to a Toshiba Corporation announcement today, it seems that we are near the point where we can say goodbye to the wait time for recharging lithium-ion batteries. Toshiba’s new battery can recharge 80% of the battery’s capacity in one minute, 60 times faster than a conventional lithium-ion battery. According to the announcement, we have new nano-material technology to thank for this much much needed improvement. Now if someone can only make the batteries last longer, we’ll all be in digital heaven that much more quickly.

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Windows XP N Okay, so a year or so ago Microsoft was ordered to remove Windows Media Player from all Windows XP operating systems they intended on selling in the European Union by way of an order in an antitrust suit. Originally, Microsoft wanted to call the unbundled version"Windows XP Reduced Media Edition”. The EU didn’t like that, because they thought it would mislead consumers and slow sales. Well, that meant it was time for Microsoft to put the old thinking cap back on, and they came up with a doozy. The final name of the stripped down OS will be “Windows XP Home Edition N” and “Windows XP Professional Edition N”. The “N” stands for “not with media player.” Awesome.

(Thanks Veronica!)

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