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Airport Screening StationJust when you thought you were caught up on airport security comes a report out of the U.K. of a sniffing dog so small you can’t see him with your own eyes. Actually, it’s not a dog at all. It’s more like a gadget. Okay, it’s a nano sensor that is being developed by a team of scientists at the University of Wales. They’re just calling it a “nanodog” because of what it does: It “sniffs” for explosives at a level that a live dog can’t match, one part per trillion. That renders useless even the most clever bomb-hiding methods and devices.

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a Texas Hold ‘Em playing poker program, and they plan to enter it in the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Computer Poker Competition in July.  Unlike most poker algorithms, this program, called GS1, bases its strategy on hand analysis rather than taking its cues from human-inspired poker heuristics.

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker is believed to be a better test of artificial intelligence than chess, in which computer players have become nearly unbeatable.  In Hold ‘Em, the player must make decisions based upon guesses or assumptions about the hidden cards in others’ hands, whereas the entire board is a known quantity in a chess match.  For this reason, a computer program that can win reasonably often at Hold ‘Em would be displaying a different type of intelligence than one that consistently wins at chess.  The intelligence gained would be much more appropriate for analysis of real-world situations, in which unknown factors can play a large part.

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DescriptionCan technology really help reduce stress? A company called Quantum Intech, through its Heartmath subsidiary, is out today with a device they claim does just that. Meet the emWave Personal Stress Reliever.

The idea behind the emWave Personal Stress Reliever is to help shift its user into a high performance state called coherence, which Quantum Intech says “helps the heart, brain, and nervous, hormonal, and immune systems work with more harmony and efficiency.” The device works by detecting a pulse from a thumb or ear via a sensor. This pulse is converted to “real-time displays of coherence levels through two colorful light panels”.

The emWave reportedly includes “techniques to help the user increase coherence levels and sharpen their ability to transform stress on-demand.” The cost of this little wonder device? $199.99. That should be enough to stress you out right there.

Read More | emWave Product Page

Sparky BorgAt Gear Live’s Seattle Mind Camp event, we spent 3 hours transforming Sparky into a Borg. When it was all said and done, he was so happy, he did the Dance of Joy. Or something like that. Check it out, and let us know what you think. We will be putting up a video look at what it took to transform Sparky into this dancing abomination.

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Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this episode we destroy a Zip Drive, teach you how to make a cheap tripod, and much more:

THE WIRE
Google Calendar
Domain Roundtable Conference
HD DVD Launches

HACK ATTACK
DIY Bottlecap Tripod

BREAKIN’ STUFF
Destruction of a Zip Drive

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German company Loremo AG has introduced a new vehicle which they claim gets 157 miles per gallon.  The new car uses state-of-the-art aerodynamics combined with a lightweight body to combat gas guzzling.  While some of the fuel efficient cars use smaller engines that deliver less power, this car doesn’t play around in the power department.  The base model uses a 2 cylinder 20 hp turbo diesel engine that reaches a top speed of 100 MPH with a 0 to 60 time of 9 seconds, and the GT model boasts a top speed of 135 MPH.  Loremo has a new technology that they call “linear cell structure” that makes the car light without sacrificing strength.  Both models meet static/dynamic requirements for crash safety.  Standard features on both models include airbags, particle filter, dashboard computer, and air conditioning.  Loremo AG plans to sell the Loremo LS for less than 11,000 euros and the GT for 15,000 euros.  With the rising costs of gas in the US we would like to see a vehicle like this available.  Unfortunately this car is still dependant on gas, and we doubt its strength in a crash, as tiny car + low weight = death.


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Wicked Laser

Our boy, David Ponce, over at OhGizmo has just posted up a review of the Wicked Laser Nexus. This is the green laser that we featured in Episode 4 of The Bleeding Edge, and in our quick review of Wicked Laser products. These things are, um, Wicked in every sense. Check out the full review over at OhGizmo.


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SpokePOVPOV uses LED lights on a spinning device to create an image.  There have been several devices recently that demonstrate this technology, but none as awesome as the do it yourself SpokePOV kit.  Basically, SpokePOV turns the wheels of your bike into fancy LED displays.  The kit comes with all of the parts needed including a circuit board, electronics, 60 bright LEDs (30 for each side of the wheel), and 1K of memory (enough for one static image).  The memory can be upgraded to 4K for use in an animated display.  The documentation appears to be quite good and even a beginner should be able to complete this project.  The kit retails for $37.50 here.


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Maxim Eva LongoriaUsers of Google Earth have yet another sweet Easter egg to scout out. In celebration of their 100th issue, Maxim has reproduced one of their magazine covers to the measure of 75 feet by 100 feet, featuring a scantily-clad Eva Longoria. The headline reads “The only magazine big enough to be seen from space—and only in Vegas!” This is one, um, big publicity stunt.


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LASIK at Home

This is one of those things that you read about, do a double-take to make sure you read it right, then stare at in disbelief.  Introducing the LASIK@Home corrective eye surgery kit.  Designed to let you perform LASIK surgery on your own eyes, in the comfort of your own home.  The kit comes complete with the Scal-Pal Hand-Operated Combination Femtosecond/Excimer Laser, a mild sedative (diazepam 4mg), No-Blink brand eye drops, a protective post-op sleep mask, detailed instructions and a QuickStart Guide.

If you’re not familiar with LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), here’s a quick rundown courtesy of the FDA.  “LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses.  LASIK . . . permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middlesection of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.”

The “Four Easy Steps” illustration provided on LASIK@Home’s website speaks volumes.  Apparently drawn by someone with an aptitude for art equivalent to a pig’s ability to fly, it certainly does elicit a chuckle as well as a sad shake of the head for the ignorant individuals who will be duped into purchasing the product (assuming it really exists).  A quick check of some of the information provided by LASIK@Home turns up little (as in zero) corroborating evidence.  The Bennett Eye Care Institute in New York City must be in a parallel world as it seems to be missing from this one, as is the good Dr. Khadim.  The “Walton Group Manufacturing” who purportedly “makes the the (sic) LASIK equipment used by more clinics nationwide”?  Strangely enough, they don’t seem to exist either, and none of their lasers show up on the FDA’s approved laser list . . . imagine that. 

The price for

potentially

ruining the only pair of eyes you have?  A mere $99.95 USD.  Should you choose to proceed down this road of self-mutilation, remember - “Don’t blink!”.


Read More | LASIK@Home via dlmag.com


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