The BOSS TU-88 works as a micro monitor and tuner. Available in black or white, it has three tuning modes, chromatic, guitar and bass and a flat tuning function with ACCU-PITCH verification by audible beep. It also has a built-in headphone amp with speakers simulator (including pedals) a metronome with patterns and volume control and MIX IN for jamming with PMPs. Contact BOSS for pricing.
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What “Simpsons” fan doesn’t love the loathsome, evil—and hysterically funny—Mr. Burns? But it’s another thing to actually have him watch over you 24/7 in the form of a webcam, which is why we think this gadget is for the uber-fan only. The camera’s resolution is 640x480, capturing 30 frames per second. It also comes with two different sized clips, so you can use it on any monitor. The cam plays well with SKYPE, IM software from MSN, Yahoo and AIM and everything from Windows 98 through Vista. But the piece de resistance? Sitting on Mr. Burns’ desk is none other than…Bobo! He being Mr. Burns’ beloved childhood teddy bear, and the subject of one of the best Simpsons episodes ever. Available for $50 USD.
New videos for the upcoming PS3 game Folklore show some interesting footage of the game’s combat including some idea of how the epic boss fights will unfold. The game has a remarkable style and art direction that is visible here especially in the brief pre-combat cinematics.
Folklore looks a little like Kameo crossed with Fable and Pokemon as players control one of two characters who use the game’s “folks” as summoned creatures to do the grunt work of fighting foes. A follow-up to Genji, developers Game Republic are promising better Sixaxis controls and an online mode.
Folklore is scheduled for a North American release on October 12.
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We visited one of the fifty or so groups participating in the DARPA Urban Challenge during one of their qualifying rounds. In case you are unaware, the DARPA Urban Challenge is a charge given publicly to groups who are capable of designing and proving the technology for autonomously driven vehicles. Carnegie Mellon University teamed up with GM to create an autonomous SUV they call “Boss.” In order to participate in November’s 60-mile urban driverless race, they need to pass this benchmark. Check out the video to see Boss pull perfect three point turns and beautifully follow traffic rules - even at four way stops with other cars. We’re crazy excited to see this technology come alive in our society. The team from DARPA is darting back and forth across our country qualifying and disqualifying entries. Some of the remaining companies and teams will bring us autonomously driven cars during our lifetime, its amazing how close we already are.
Cart filled parking lots may soon be a sight of the past. A new smart cart created by a college student with all sorts of gadgets called “B.O.S.S” - which stands for “Battery Operated Smart Servant” - actually follows the shopper around the store, avoids obstacles, and most importantly, it can be made to return itself! While that sounds cool and all, we will certainly miss the days of the teenage part-timer running around parking lots to collect stray carts in the rain.
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