Alright, I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I absolutely hate the produce section. Why? I simply don’t know what the heck I am supposed to be looking for in there. Too hard, too soft, too green…it’s just a nightmare. The fine peeps over at ripeSense must have heard the calling of many a confused shopper, as they have released a nice tool to aid in the fine art of produce shopping. ripeSense is simply a colored sensor that changes color based on how ripe the fruit is inside the container. No need to even squeeze the darn things, as the package lays out exactly what the color stages are for you! Currently, they have only released the version that tells you how the pears are doing - but wait just a little while longer, and there will be ripeSense sensors on kiwfruit, melon, mango, avocado and stone fruit. Holla!
We’re pretty fond of WowWee’s Robosapien which was introduced this past year. We figured it was only a matter of time before we saw an updated model shown here, “cleverly” named Robosapien V2. This taller model, due out in December for $200, will feature the ability to pick up, drop and throw objects, bend over and twist from side to side, sit, lie down and stand up. It also comes equipped with an infra-red radar vision, and blue LED lights to detect obstacles, track movements and take objects that are handed to him. It will even be able to control two additional products due out next year, the Roboraptor ($100) and the Robopet ($70), due in August and October 2005 respectively.
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This one’s for those folks who can’t afford a new NVidia card every 3 months. For a fraction of the price, you and up to three friends can take part in a board game recreation of last year’s scare-fest from id Software. Included in the game are 6 custom dice, 66 plastic miniatures (HellKnights, Zombies, Marines, etc), a rule book, and a scenario guide. I bet most scenarios involve you being in a claustrophobic boiler room, unable to hold a gun and a flashlight at the same time.
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I don’t like the sound of this, and I’m guessing you do not either. The Joint Committee on Taxation is debating on wheter it should extend the telecommunications tax to cover data as well. The Committee is trying to justify that with the growth of VOIP and WiFi phones, there will be no way to distinguish between ‘data’ packets and ‘voice’ packets. Personally, it’s all data to me and they just want to get you anyway they can. If you hate Microsoft then you may have a reason to start liking them, as Microsoft is among the top companies that are attempting to keep the IRS from taxing data.
Read More | ZDNet
I’m sure you’ve been there - you are prescribed a certain medication which you need to take at certain intervals during the day. Of course, you are late on taking your last dose, or miss one completely - so you wonder if you should skip the last one or double up the next time. Well, fret no more. SIMpill is a medicine bottle that monitors how often pills are being taken by SMS, and it can send you a text message if you have missed a dose! Each time the bottle cap is removed, a message is sent to a secure SMS server. If it start seeing discrepancies between the bottle being opened and your prescribed amount, it will alert you.
Google Labs announced plans to implement a new video search, unlike any search offered by other web portals. By offering the option to search recent television programs online using the closed captioning embedded within video, users can now find content from major distributors. Still in its beta stage, this new type of search will be in competition with other video searches from major search engines, such as Yahoo! video search. I know that Yahoo’s video search has been widely used since it’s release in December. Every day, my personal server recieves several hundred hits while searching for video content on my site. Hopefully, these new video searches will help users in much the same way that Google’s library text search and journal article search beta have been helping people. For a full list of all beta projects, click the link below.
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OLED screens seem to be popping up everywhere. Televisions, cell phones, and even electric shavers. But now they are in your car? This new technology, which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, puts off a luminescence when a voltage is applied while also displaying an image similar to an LCD display. This translates to less power consumption, which means longer battery life in portable devices. These OLEDs also last longer than typical LCDs, making them more practical. Currently, they are very expensive to make, but as they are included in more and more products, researchers will gain more experience with them and the price will come down. The next place for these special diodes to appear is the dashboard of your car. Used to light up the instrument panel, these devices are already appearing in Aston Martins, Jeeps, and the Corvette.
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I don’t think that there are any words that can be said to dignify this image, found in a 1983 edition of Teen Beat. I mean what woman (or man for that matter!) can resist the young, fitted sweater wearing, Microsoft CEO William Gates? That’s right Bill - you throw that
disk at the camera. They love that.
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The LA Times has an article discussing a few people who have become so fed up with spyware and viruses found on the internet that they have physically cut themselves off from the world wide web. Cancelling their broadband connections and unplugging the cable, these displeased netizens have decided that the malware was not worth the hassle. Computers freezing, records being lost and deleted, computers screetching to a halt. The web was not designed for this kind of abuse. Criminals and thiefs thrive in cyberspace, where they attack unsecure online stores and steal credit card numbers from unsuspecting shoppers.
I don’t know if I would ever reach the point where I stop using the internet, but only because I have protected myself well. I never see popup ads or spyware on my computer thanks to all the work I’ve put into it, and that makes for an enjoyable experience. The few times I see something, the damage control is quick and only a minor irritation. But I have stopped watching TV, and I don’t go to the movie theater much anymore, because I dislike being forced the ads. So I certainly understand. One day, the world will progress.
Read More | LA Times
There’s a new pill out, and this one is guaranteed to give you a temperature. No, it wont make you sick - but it will tell you what your body temperature is. The little pill, called VitalSense, has a wireless transmitter to send your accurate body temperature to its receiver. There are several things that the company hopes to build upon with this device, such as a more accurate heart rate monitor.
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