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3D-printable mini spectrometer

For only $20 it’s open source tricorder project


Osmocom (Open Source Mobile Communication) is a collection of Free Software / Open Source Software projects in the area of mobile communications.Our member projects implement a variety of public and private communications systems, ranging from GSM/GPRS mobile telephony to TETRA private mobile radio, DECT cordless telephony, GMR satellite telephony and many others.The goal of those implementations is to […]

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Haptix: Multitouch Reinvented by Haptix Touch

Haptix turns ANY surface into a multitouch surface. It’s a sleek bar that you can place flat or clip on something elevated to enable multitouch on any flat surface, such as a table, window, or screen. You can then control any computer by tapping, pinching to zoom, or swiping to scroll on that surface itself. […]

Reverse-Engineered Irises Look So Real, They Fool Eye-Scanners

And they can duplicate real people’s iris’s as well! So much for biometrics… Reverse-Engineered Irises Look So Real, They Fool Eye-Scanners | Threat Level |

Flynano – fly without a pilots license

The idea is, if it’s light enough, you don’t need a license. This guy claims to have an aeroplane that can do that: Deliveries start Summer 2011. Ex-factory price € 25.000 – €27.000. A transferable buy option costs € 900. 30% payable on delivery confirmation. The rest before delivery. Transport and storage trailer € 5.300. […]

FlyerTalk – The world’s most popular frequent flyer community

FlyerTalk is an interactive community that provides up-to-date information on travel-related loyalty reward programs. It’s the hub that brings everyone together — from leisure travelers to mileage junkies — to converse about programs, get the latest program buzz or discuss how to maximize points or miles. You’ll even get some good general travel information! via […]

Print out your designs in Sterling Silver

Shapeways is testing printing with this material and costs $48/cm3. Shapeways | blog: Sterling Silver Now Available Until November 7th.

NL vs three strikes

The foreign minister for NL is refusing to accede to Sarkozy’s request on a three strike ruling, forcing ISPs to kick someone from internet if they are ‘caught’ breaking some rules, such as illegal downloading. The real problem with this is that in this system there is no place for a judge, meaning the copyright […]

Most detailed brain connection map by IBM

IBM has published the most detailed map of a macaque brain ever, with 6602 of it’s pathways in 383 regions of the brain. Besides being pretty it’s very interesting

IBM patents patenting

They’ve been awarded a patent on designing, develloping and maintaining a patent portfolio. <sarcasm>No, the patent system isn’t getting out of hand</sarcasm> It seems to be running around naked with its’ underwear on its’ head and staws up its’ nose, flailing arms holding mini lightsabers. Patentkampioen IBM patenteert patenteren | Webwereld.

TI eZ430-Chronos, open source watch

This thing is quite amazing – it features a heart rate meter, x, y, z-axis motion sensitivity, temperture sensor, battery voltage and altitude (based on temperature, not a barometer) and has wifi, USB, connects to stuff and is fully programmable. Best of all, it only costs $49,- This is the press blurb: TI revolutionizes design […]

El Reg to launch space paper plane

The register has had enough of reporting on space and the hugely expensive space programmes, and (probably following on the tail of the UK Space Cheese project) has decided to launch their own paper space program in an attempt to keep the UK space race open! El Reg to launch space paper plane • The […]

A Cure for Traffic Jams

It turns out that those people who jump jams at the turn offs, change lane or pass on the wrong side are actually increasing the flow of traffic by widening the area through which traffic passes. In computer models, it turns out that the best traffic flow is reached when around 60% of the people […]

botox as treatment for paralysis

who knew it could do this kind of stuff? A paralysed man can now walk after a botox treatment. Still, don’t put this stuff in your face!.

Peregrine wires you into a keyboard, we go hands-in

This glove controller recognises 30 types of touches and is being marketed at the MMO crowd. The USB cable detaches easily if you want to leave your desk. Around $129,- .

Illusion Cloak

Yes! Invisibility cloaks (you can find loads about that kind of tech on this blog) are now old hat. The new cloak is the illusion cloak: it makes an object look like another object! This works with metamaterials.

Death of a great man

Last week saw the death of Fravia, the great reverser. Fravia was known for both his technical and social skills. He will be missed.

World Digital Library Home

The UN has opened a library of texts they’ve scanned in, containing some very very old texts from all over the world. The first texts in there are from 8000 BC.

At your command manequin lamps


Why Copyright Law needs to be done well

In Canada, they decided they didn’t want to go the same way as the Americans did, so a large outcry went against it. This contains a good analysis of why the Canadian consumers decided to say no and what the driving forces behind the publicity were.

Strange Object found by Hubble

On February 21, 2006, […] Hubble began seeing something brighten. It continued brightening for about 100 days and peaked at 21st magnitude in two near-infrared colors. It then faded away over a similar timescale, until nothing was left in view down to 26th magnitude. The object brightened and faded by a factor of at least […]

Nike’s armor-plated war truck comes in peace (and with its own skate ramp)

Known as the Nike 6.0 Ill Mobile, the monstrous fun wagon you see pictured above came from ad/design firm Hub Strategy, which the shoe company tasked with making something that would make people stop and say, “Holy crap!” The first thing Hub Strategy did? Repurpose an amphibious armor-plated war-truck from 1959 into a mobile extreme […]

Scientists closer to invisibility cloak

l This is U.S. Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation’s Nano-Scale Science and Engineering Center funded and the University of California, Berkeley, led by Xiang Zhang claims to have manufactured materials that redirect the light around the objects. In the past we’ve seen more of this, of course… Invisible tanks using cameras Light […]

EU tells UK to deal with Phorm – or else | The Register

Now the EU is in the mix Phorm is a company that has been eavesdropping on the 3 largest UK ISPs (BT Internet, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse) without a legal reason to do so or anybody’s consent. I first got wind of it in April but the Register has been covering it very comprehensively.

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