The computers in Minority Report were cool. So cool, that the US government has plans to use a similar setup to manage the vast amounts of data that needs to be handled in that line of work. They have a company called Raytheon working on the technology, and they have even hired the man who came up with the idea for the movie, John Underkoffler. He believes that a mouse and keyboard limits what you can do with data. The system would react to a pair of gloves which are monitored by sensors, which then control what appears on the screen.
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Despite the disappointing sales of the Olympus m:robe (I guess the millions spent during the Super Bowl didn’t help), Olympus continues to support the product. The m:robe MR-100 and MR-500 units get protective cases, remote controls, cradles, and a few other add-ons. If you have one of these units, check out the accessories. It never hurts to have a case that both fits your DAP, and also allows you to control it comfortably.
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If you are looking to boost the performance of your Mac mini so you can start doing things that the Mac is known for - power user software - then you should know that the hard drive is slowing you down. Even if you max out your RAM, the 5400 RPM laptop drive can just be sluggish at times. Now, you can just go with an external firewire drive, but that can be expensive. Arthur Whalem of the Arizona Macintosh Users Group has put up a nice guide to modding the Mac mini so that you use a standard hard drive, which rests outside of the unit, to pick up speed. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works.
When we put up the story on Bust Up Gum last month, we certainly didn’t expect our inbox to be filled with questions from women wanting to know more about the product. Most of them wanted the information to give to their “friend”. Well girls, you can tell your friends that Bust Up Gum is available for order in the United States. A supplier will have 1000 units on hand to ship out shortly, so act fast. They don’t know when they will get the next shipment after this first allocation sells out. It costs $50 for a bottle of 100 pieces of gum.
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While it sounds surprising, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Research firm Strategy Analytics has found that in 2004 there were 257 million camera phone sold, versus 68 million digital still cameras. Camera phones sold four times as well as digital still cameras. Obviously, cell phones are the number one accessory right now. With more onboard memory becoming available, along with higher resolution cameras, digital camera makers are going to have to start rethinking their stance in all this.
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It’s not rare to see some pretty interesting cases when going to LAN parties, from ultra-large to small form factor - but a PC in a can? The 3XS ACON Isotope PC from Abit is just that, a PC in what seems to be a can. It’s a good conversation piece indeed, but can it pack a punch? Under the hood, or lid, is a very good gaming set up compromising of an Intel 3.2GHZ P4, Abit’s own version of the Intel 915 chipset, ATI X700 Pro 128MB for the graphics, 1GB Corsair memory, DVD-RW drive, and a 250GB hard drive. This nice little system will set you back £799 and is available for pre-order now via Scan.
Although I am sure not many people will be jumping all over it, as PDA’s seem to be slowly going the way of the dodo, the Tungsten will be seeing an upgrade in the E2. While many have been waiting for the LifeDrive to be officially announced, the Tungsten E2 makes its debut amongst minimal fanfare. In a day where WiFi is pretty much a necessity, it is a glaring omission on the E2. However, it is supposed to have a more vibrant 320x320 screen, and Bluetooth is there as well.
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Team Xecuter claims that the latest documents state that Microsoft’s next Xbox will have 512MB of system memory - eight times that of the current system.
The Xenon retail console will include 512 MB of UMA system memory. This is eight times the amount of memory that was available in the Xbox. The Xenon system software will still reserve six percent (32 MB) of total memory for system components, such as the visible features of the Xenon HUD, as well as the non-visible background system tasks.
They claim that everything they have supports the Beta Hardware that will be shown at E3 – we’ll just have to wait just a few more weeks to find out who is right and who is wrong with so many rumors circulating the web on the next generation gaming systems.
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Spong.com has a list of every confirmed game to be at E3. Using IGN’s website to obtain the list, Spong.com tries to facilitate the search for the information by making it to one great big list. Compromising of a vast assortment of titles, this year’s E3 promises to be huge – not to mention the next generation consoles of course. Check out the full list after the jump.
A few weeks ago we reviewed the SLEEPTRACKER watch which aims to change one’s life by improving the start of their day. We got a lot of questions from readers who wanted more information on the background of the product, so we decided to go straight to the source. Lee Loree is the Managing Partner of Innovative Sleep Solutions, and the mind behind the SLEEPTRACKER. We were able to chat with him about the function of the device, as well as the success it is enjoying.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, along with what your position is at Innovative Sleep Solutions?
I came up with the idea for SLEEPTRACKER as I lay reading in bed one night. My wife had been asleep for a few hours when she rolled over. As she rolled over I said something and she responded. We spoke briefly then she went back to sleep. I waited about 10 minutes and tried to speak to her in the same tone and she did not respond. I found that exchange interesting so I started spending evenings in libraries and on line researching sleep. From there I had meetings with doctors in the sleep field to access our idea and work to build our model.
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