Keyboards

Well, I was going to do this thing on the fabulous Fingerworks TouchStream vs the new thing I found, but it’s turned into an obituary for Fingerworks – they must have priced themselves out of the market 🙁

Important note!

FingerWorks has ceased operations as a business.



Always wanted one of those, but can’t even find them on E-Bay, don’t know when the company bust (so maybe they haven’t sold the liquidation yet?)…

Anyway, the new bright (literally) thing, is the Optimus programmable keyboard: you can program the keys to show what you like, and they’ll release it with an open source API so you can add iconsets and functionalities and share them around… cool!

Film inspired reality!

What was that film where the guy invents a spray that freezes and dissappears dog poo?
Well, these guys have a spray that does something scarily like it…

Garrick Hamm, Creative Director, Williams Murray Hamm and D&AD Education Chairman adds, “I always hope to come away from student judging with the names of a couple of new, exciting creatives, or a killer idea to share with the rest of my studio – but nothing prepared me for dog shit! Not only was this a clever, environmentally useful idea but it was extremely well thought through and the execution was slicker than an Italian racing driver. If these creatives haven’t got jobs by the end of the summer, please send me an email…but I have a funny feeling they will be busy

There supposed to be something on here as well

Giant Spaghetti Monster

OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

All Hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

http://www.venganza.org/

Bird Strike Video

A military jet ingests a bird, tries to recover, doesn’t make it – all from the cockpit cam.

Kyla Cole

Damn, she’s hot!

Screw Spaceship 1, go round the moon!

MOSCOW – A Russian rocket manufacturer is proposing sending space tourists on a ride around the moon for $100 million, and a top official of the nation’s space agency said the project could be viable.

from here

Just slightly more expensive than going with Burt Rutan and Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic at $100m

Traffic cops not necessary

In the Ukraine ALL traffic cops were fired in one fell swoop – and what changed to the safety and traffic situation? Exactly NOTHING!
Get rid of them here!

From his subordinates Yushchenko demanded – and received – a plan to dissolve the DAI and by the beginning of July the deed was done, the executive order signed.

Ukraine’s once-feared traffic police ceased to exist.

….

But that’s not the way it turned out. Drivers in the Ukrainian provincial cities of Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv reported traffic was moving quite normally and most drivers were obeying regulations, even though there were few, if any, traffic cops around to enforce them.

Anti cancer nanoparticle bombs

Yeah, just like the incredible journey! Little balloons that travel through the system, find cancerous cells and explode there releasing chemotherapy chemicals…

The dual-chamber, double-acting, drug-packing “nanocell” proved effective and safe, with prolonged survival, against two distinct forms of cancers-melanoma and Lewis lung cancer-in mice.

NASA TV

Live webcasts from the ISS to be found here

Windows Genuine check cracked

That didn’t take long… around 1 day in fact – Windows checks during the update to see if you’re a legitimate user, forcing you to click yes, continue, of course, appy, thanks, I agree, next, etc. Of course if that kind of useless clicking pisses you off, you could just use these scripts to circumvent it…

Heat your brain, stop epilepsy

Yup, these guys have implanted heat spreaders in epileptic rat brains which cancel out the erratic electrical currents causing epileptic seizures, and it worked on them… will the heat damage your brain? Nahhh of course not!

Tall Building Fever

Notwithstanding 9/11, people are still hungry to build skyscrapers – and even more hungry to build the Worlds Tallest Building
Currently there are a whole load of projects ongoing, including arguments about whether antennae and spires count.
Here is a page with some of the more realistic projects described…

World Processor

Numbers and statistics mapped to the Blue Marble.

http://www.worldprocessor.com/

It’s an alien Ray Gun

This baby is a good old fashioned Ray Gun (we don’t need no frickin’ lasers!) which heats human skin to unbearable pain within 5 minutes without burning it…

ADS systems are a new class of nonlethal weaponry using 95 GHz-millimeter-wave directed energy. This technology is capable of rapidly heating a person’s skin to achieve a pain threshold that has been demonstrated by AFRL human subject testing to be very effective at repelling people, without burning the skin or causing other secondary effects.

Speeding cameras cause Fatalities?

Yup, in one of those wonderful studies I like, it turns out that:

Crashes are avoided by making a safe plan based on what you see. Cameras move attention away from hazards to speedometers

So the UK has stopped deploying them whilst it ponders this…

– From El Reg

US backs a Nuclear India

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush, in a dramatic policy shift, promised India full cooperation on Monday in developing its civilian nuclear power program without demanding that it sign a major nuclear arms control treaty.

From Reuters

What about Pakistan? They sure won’t be happy… will this jeapordise the ongoing peace processes that are finally progressing in Kashmir?

A Secret Service

A totally new look at how to keep a secure list of passwords: broadcast them live on webradio to the world!

A Secret Service invites you to submit your passwords and a timestamp for storage on the Secret Service website. It is then translated (text-to-speech), automated and broadcasted via webradio and live at Mediamatic Groundfloor every hour on the time of your choice. Because nobody can know that this is your password or what the purpose is, this seemingly paradoxical way of storing something very secret and intimate in public space can be considered completely safe.

To guarantee the absolute safety of your information, Mediamatic will take advanced security measures to protect the server on which your passwords will be saved. You are invited to the festive OPENING on the 15th of July, where the safety of these measures will be on display. If you are thoroughly convinced by the safety, you are invited to place your most sensitive information in our care.

Google Earth

Google Earth puts a planet’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call Paris exotic, but it really is a pretty fantastic piece of software. It’s free, but unfortunately Windows only (no linux or osx clients, grrr).

http://earth.google.com/index.html

Ethertouch 3D touchless sensing systems

Cool – 3D touchless sensor senses movement in the x,y,z axis and also detects speed up to (now) 1 yard from the actual monitor, allowing the user to use the technology in stuff like games as well instead of only as a pointing device.

It looks like the device comes with a USB cable, a card for in the PC, a sensor and a driver CD.

Plan 9 from outer space

Yup – you can now download Ed Wood’s infamous classic, the worst movie ever made, in its entirety for free!

Retro Big Boobs

Bra Buster Magazine has opened a site with big boob nudity for posterity – all the big boobed babes from times gone past are to be found her, or (hopefully) will be found here…

Sorry Everybody

Sorry Everybody is a site where Americans apologize to the rest of the world for another 4 years of Dubya.

Seeing a couple like this one, this one, this one, this one and this one should be enough to make the point that barely half the US citizens support Bush.

Oh, and this one’s for Robin .. Aarrrr!

Fingernail data storage

Who needs a keydrive when you can keep information on your fingernail for a full six months (the time it takes for your fingernail to completely regrow)?

Personal World Map

The world is sperical, and if you’ve ever seen a map, you may think you know how ffar away bits and pieces of it are from you. And that would be vaguely true, in a geographical sense (well, the maps we see are generally not very geographically correct, but that’s a different story), but in terms of how long it takes you to get from A to B or in terms of how much it will cost you to get from A to B it’s a whole different story.
So this map shows you the distances based on cost and travel time from your point of reference (ie. where you are on the map). Interestingly, Africa is very isolated from almost everywhere, whereas the US and Europe are very very close indeed.

High tech mountaineering

Well, should you really feel like being a safety freak AND looking like a complete and utter dork whilst scaling mount Kilamanjaru it’s now possible – this suit integrates around 9 high tech devices for the insecure climber. Oh, and did I mention it makes you look like a loser?

 
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