What you see above are images I took using the NASA World Wind mapping software. If you have never used it before, you have to check it out. It uses satellites to show you images of anywhere in the world - and it blows Google Keyhole out of the water. Using buttons in the menu, you can change the view to show actual imagery (see top image), or a traditional topo map (see bottom image). The two images above are actually different views of the same thing - that being The Museum of Natural History right next to Central Park. The screenshots were also taken using the software’s built in capture feature. Click on the above images for more detailed shots. It is well worth the 180 MB download.
Read More | NASA World Wind (Download here) via C: Pirillo
Yesterday, I posted news of the release of the Sleeptracker Watch over at I4U. Well, today I got a call from Lee Loree from Innovative Sleep Solutions (the guys behind the Sleeptracker) in response to an email I sent him. It turns out that the amount of orders they have gotten as a result of the press they have been receiving has them simply stunned. They weren’t expecting anything like the success that they are currently enjoying, and to that I simply say, congratulations. If you make a unique product that meets a need, people that hear about it are going to want it - it’s that simple. When it gets covered on sites like Gear Live, I4U, and Gizmodo you can expect that the early adopters are going to snatch them up as quickly as possible. The Sleeptracker Watch monitors your sleep state during the night, and wakes you in the morning during an interval of time that you set. The catch here is that it makes sure to wake you at the best time for your body, ensuring you wake up energized rather than while in the midst of a deep sleep cycle.
Read More | Sleeptracker
Spectrum Online has an article up on some of the better tech cars of 2005. Sounds like hybrid electric vehicles are all the rage now, along with advanced safety features. It’s a good read for those of us in the market for luxury whips, as you might want some of these features. Still, a couple of them fall into either the concept or supercar (read: expensive) category.
Read More | Spectrum Online
Secure Signature Systems is developing a pen that reads your biometrics to allow access to your sensitive information. For those of you who manage to write your signature a little differently each time, there’s no need to worry. it doesn’t go by the final image of your writing, but by the motions and angles of the pen. Just when I was getting used to remembering all those passwords…
Read More | Tech Digest
Adidas is gearing up for the launch of its new sneaker, which features a microchip that helps to adjust the fit as you engage in various walking/running activities. Small cables inside the shoe adjust the heel cushion as the microchip senses the pressure on the sneaker. At $250, I was expecting it have a wireless MP3 player built in too. The worlds first “smart shoe” will hit stores on March 18.
Read More | USA Today
If it weren’t for the steep price tag, this might be one of the better selling MP3 players out there. Check out the specs: 4 line OLED screen, FM tuner, line-in and headphone ports, microphone, and IR support which allows you to also use this thing as a remote control. It supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV, and OGG Vorbis - pretty tight. You can expect to see it available in the Land of the Rising Sun starting at $150 for the base 256 MB model. Ouch.
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Wouldn’t someone as important as the VP of Intel - Don MacDonald - realize that showing a blatant knock-off of one of the fastest selling computers on the market would just seem, well, cheesy? Apparently not. At the Intel Developer Forum, he brought out this concept Entertainment PC. It certainly looks familiar, doesn’t it? Oh wait, this one has a little clock on the front, and a remote with some sticky adhesive on the bottom. Gotta love it when they break out the awesome technical advances.
Read More | Cnet
The E.S.R.B. has decided to add a new rating to its arsenal – E10+. This rating will be approved for audiences of at least 10 years of age. Seems that they want to be more specific on the age groups each game is tailored for since this rating tag will be for the following video game description:
“moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
Are we getting too specific here? Probably not since most parents are all for ratings, especially since most don’t know what most games are even about. All they have to go on when at the store is the box art and the rating sticker. Expect to see the new labels on video games soon.
Read More | Reuters
If you liked the idea of having a customized skin, but were still looking for one that would fit a PSP, then look no further. VinzDecals has the hookup you need. In fact it looks like they hook up all kinds of gear besides gaming consoles, including cars, helmets, and the ever-popular iPod. The PSP decal will set you back about $9.00 plus shipping.
PSP Skin Catalogue | VinzDecals.com
Once again, Japan gets a one up on America in terms of new hardware colors via Nintendo. This time it is in the form of the Nintendo DS. Nintendo has introduced four new colors, adding to the already stylish Platinum Silver. They are Graphite Black, Pure White, Turquoise Blue, and Candy Pink. The white and pink units also have white face buttons, a white backing, and a white stylus (the other new colors still feature the standard black). Will these see the light of day in America? I would imagine so, as Nintendo likes to mix things up over here as well. I just wouldn’t expect to see all the colors, as evidenced by their refusal to release many of the special edition Game Boy Advance SP’s in the US, as well as the Spice colored Gamecube.
Read More | Nintendo Japan
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