Engineers from the University of Michigan have developed a snake-like robot that conquers obstacles. It is composed of 5 segments which are 8 inches in diameter and weigh 26 pounds. Piloted by a human operator, the OmniTread can maneuver in extremely rugged terrain, even climbing stairs and pipes. “It moves by rolling, log-style, or by lifting its head or tail, inchworm-like, and muscling itself forward.” This robot will be used for industrial inspection and surveillance in hazardous environments, and also for military and urban search and rescue operations. It’s actually pretty cool, which you can see for yourself in this video.
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I hope with all my heart this is not an accurate representation of what the Playstation 3 is going to look like. It just looks cheap, and very breakable. I could see the next generation Playstation supporting the UMD movie format since Sony will be pushing that big time. However, if Sony wants to own our living rooms, they are gonna have to come up with something that might actually fit into our entertainment center. Can’t knock ‘em for trying though, nice mockup.
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IO Data has introduced a pen with a USB drive inside. The pen is available in five colors and in 32 MB and 128 MB versions. The pens are refillable using Pilot ink refills, and the USB connector is covered, when not in use, by a cap. While at first this seems like a great idea, I don’t know. How often do you misplace your pen? I’m looking for one now.
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iAutomate’s HomeSeer RFID Starter Kit allows you to monitor anything in your home that’s marked with an RFID tag for only $479.95. HomeSeer software lets you “monitor and control your home from the internet, your home network, your PDA, telephone or voice” and supports both X-10 and Z-Wave devices which means you can integrate RFID tracking with hundreds of home automation products already available.
The Starter Kit includes the HA Edition R500 Long Range RFID Reader which tracks RFID tags at distances of up to 450 feet. iAutomate offers tags in a variety of form factors ranging from keyfobs to more esoteric products designed specifically for metallic assets and motion detection.
Looks like Yahoo! is finally conceding that Google is leading the pack. When Gmail first launched, Yahoo! bumped their free email inbox size from 4 MB to 250 MB. Now that Gmail has gotten more mainstream, even showing signs of going public soon, Yahoo! felt it was time to act. In April they will upgrade all free email accounts, giving them 1 GB of storage space. Yahoo! will also be adding some improvements to their desktop search tool, allowing users to search previous Yahoo! Messenger chats as well as email address books.
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Update: If you think the SLEEPTRACKER watch is cool, check out our video of the SLEEPPHASE Alarm Clock!
A few weeks ago we told you about a product called SLEEPTRACKER. The SLEEPTRACKER watch is unique in that while it tells you the time and has a built-in alarm like every other digital watch, this one actually monitors your sleep and wakes you at the moment that your body would best adjust from moving from a sleeping state to being awake. Does it live up to the hype? Find out after the jump.
If you were thinking of buying an Xbox console, you have some hunting and waiting on your hands. Microsoft has made an announcement on Monday that their gaming console is in short supply due to an unexpected high demand. Stating also that the holiday sales of its Xbox gaming console exceeded expectations, Microsoft is working with its partners to get its console to its gaming public. With E3 approaching and the unveiling of the Xbox predecessor, seems as though Microsoft is placing priority on its next generation console instead of its current success.
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The NBA has announced a non-exclusive agreement with EA, Take-Two, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Midway and Atari. What this means is more video game choices for sports games fanatics and more competition. This comes as great news since EA has been snatching up exclusive deals with the NFL and the AFL. There is no doubt that NBA video games will be bigger and better thanks to this deal. One thing that sticks out to me, though, is that Sony is the only first party developer to get in on this. Full press release after the jump.
We all hate to see 404 errors appear in our browser when we really expect to see some meaningful content. What can webmasters do to avoid upsetting their users? Give them something to do when a page cannot be found! Homokaasu.org aims to do just that with their breakout flash mini game that loads up when a 404 error is generated. Nice way to spend a couple minutes, until you remember what you were actually doing. Homestarrunner.com is another website that aims to bring a smile to an otherwise unhappy visitor with a custom 404 page. For this one, you will need for it to load and have your speakers on to enjoy it. Feel free to drop links to others that you find in the comments.
404 Error Via | Homokaasu
404 Error Via | Home Star Runner
Flickr, the massively popular online photo sharing community, was acquired by Yahoo! on March 20th. Expect to see a vast addition of features starting with an increase storage space, and the ability to log into the site using a Yahoo! ID. According to the flickr blog, pro account owners will get a special treat as a thank you for paying for the service. Prices are also expected to drop in the months to come. We look forward to seeing what Yahoo! can do with this popular community we all have grown to love.
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