This just sounds cool, although I think it might be something that I use once or twice, and then never use again. Nonetheless, I am sure there are people out there who could come up with some great uses for a Roomba API:
What sort of add-ons could you have for the Roomba?
Angle: For the Roomba, there is a group that’s working very seriously and looking at the idea of using the Roomba as a physical avatar. I might log into a Web page and see what the robot sees, hear what the robot hears and be able to drive the robot from my Web page. Over time, there’ll be probably more of this type of interest. The rate at which it becomes economically interesting? I’ve no idea. We’re putting up the APIs and doing what we can to encourage people.
So, while we were looking forward to Apple making some sort of announcement today, which we had hoped would be along the lines of an official iTunes phone announcement, or maybe something related to the much talked about 14” widescreen iBook. Instead, we get nothing. Gotta love ‘em, they keep us guessing.
The World Processor project uses the old classroom-style globes that we all wanted in our room as kids to show various demographic and statistical information in different parts of the world. Think AIDS statistics, refugee populations, acid rain, debt, and more. I personally enjoy the stylized appearance of the different globes, nice balance between statistics and beauty. Seriously.
Read More | WorldProcessor
One of the keys to a successful site is the text you place on it. Personally, I am a stickler for spelling and grammar. One thing that I liked about this article is that it points out that what you say is just half of it - it’s also how you say it. The way you arrange the text on your site can be the difference between a success and a failure. Here’s a snippet:
Be direct. If you sell software, call it software and describe exactly what it does. Fluff like “The enterprise management solution leading in value, implementation and functionality” tells the reader nothing. (BTW, I pulled that from a real site.)So true, it hurts. For all seven tips on writing web copy, check out GreenEye Wire.
A few days ago we posted our first of what we hope to be many podcasts, where we spoke with Box.net founder Aaron Levie. Now, with the release of iTunes 4.9 with podcasting capabilities, we are included in their podcast index. The hard way to find us is to check out the Business category, and look under the Management sub-category for “Venturus”. Of course, if you are more hip than that, just go ahead and use the subscribe link below. If you have any suggestions for the podcast, drop us a line at andru [at] venturus.com.
Check out this dog, standing there feeling sheepish. All because of a few
proud dog owners want to make a point that it is unfair to ban a whole breed of dog from a location, rather than doing it on a dog-by-dog basis. So because of this, I guess the way to combat is to punish the dog by dressing them up like idiots? Really, if someone wants a poodle, they will get one - not a freaking black lab. That being said, I wouldn’t mind running into a dog dressed like this at Green Lake. It would certainly make my day. If you want to dress your dog in a similar fashion, check out the link.
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The ultimate solution for anyone who needs a quick 10,000 or so T-shirts printed out at a moments notice, the Fast T-Jet allows you to print on any light cloth without much delay at all. Of course, even they have their own proprietary ink that you must buy from them, called FastINK Textile ink. Oh, and the printer costs $10,995 USD. There go my dreams of clothing everyone in Seattle in a Flash Gordon shirt.
Read More | Fast T-Jet Product Page
Mercedes-Benz recently announced a radar assisted braking technology. The technology uses the radar information Mercedes gains from its adaptive cruise control technology and adapts it to braking. The system will not brake on it’s own (as that would violate US law), but instead will apply the brakes with varying degrees of firmness depending on the situation. For instance if the driver is not applying the brakes strongly enough and the system thinks the car is about to get into an accident the system will increase the firmness of braking to avoid a collision. The system claims to reduce accidents by up to 80% in emergency situations.
Read More | Topgear
Firefox got a few mentions in the news today. Firstly, Google announced they would be releasing a version of their popular Google Toolbar for Firefox. This would of course come out as an extension for Firefox, bringing some additional Google functionality to Firefox’s popular cross platform browser. Secondly for anyone who is addicted to Microsoft Internet Explorer’s user interface you can now make Firefox look and act very similar to IE. By installing several extensions and a theme you can make Firefox act almost entirely like Internet Explorer.
Get ready for a new way to present your work. Peer-to-peer publishing with BitTorrent means file size and cost are not issues anymore, so you can offer fullscreen video with no bandwidth costs. That is the midset behind the Participatory Culture project. We sat with Tiffiniy Cheng of Participatory Culture to discuss bringing the media back into the hands of the people, publishing video on the Internet, and President Bush’s pirated music. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed. Conversely, you can now subscribe to us directly from iTunes - be sure you have version 4.9.
Voices: Andru Edwards, Tiffiniy Cheng - Participatory Culture
Length: 40:28, 23.2 MB
Listen | Participatory Culture Interview
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