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Image Metrics Emily Cg Facial Animation Blows My Mind

Image Metrics Emily Cg Facial Animation Blows My Mind
The other day, I showed you guys what I thought was some really impressive computer generated facial animation. Then, the guys over at Image Metrics sent me a video clip of their latest CG creation, Emily, and I was bowled over. Emily is a truly monumental achievement, recreating every nuance of human facial expression, even though what you’re actually looking at is the face of a digital actor.

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone

Artoolkit V4.4: Augmented Reality Comes to the iPhone
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of augmented reality (AR), the technology is designed to superimpose 3D computer graphics with real world imagery in real time. While there are readily available open source tools to allow desktop computer users to create their own AR videos, I’m happy to report that there’s a self-contained version coming to the iPhone. ARToolKit v4.4
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Clock-a-Doodle-Doo: Time Telling Magna Doodle Hack

Clock-a-Doodle-Doo: Time Telling Magna Doodle Hack
This unique electromechanical clock is like a cross between a Magna Doodle and an Etch-a-Sketch. Using a modified Magna Doodle as the basis for their display, the Clock-a-Doodle-Doo is the brainchild of a recent UCLA mechanical engineering class.

Technabob Gets the iPhone Treatment

Technabob Gets the iPhone Treatment
In the last couple of days, Technabob has rolled out a brand new look for those of you visiting the site from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The new design lets you quickly browse the top stories on the site, and when you click through to a story, you’ll see a special version that’s much easier to read on the small screen. It’s also optimized for faster loading on 3G and EDGE – for those times you can’t find a speedy WiFi connection.

Stickable Sound Pads Turn Any Surface Into a Speaker

Stickable Sound Pads Turn Any Surface Into a Speaker
SoundPads by Sonic Impact are stickable little pads that “convert any thin-walled high-transmission surface into permanent stereo speakers.” That means you can stick these guys on a door, cabinet, table, box, desk, or even a poster- and have insta-speakers. The site gives you fair warning that once these are stuck, they aren’t coming unstuck.

Atari 2600: a Video Game Odyssey

Atari 2600: a Video Game Odyssey
Remember the ape/monolith scene from Kubrick’s classic 2001:A Space Odyssey? Apparently these apes didn’t get the memo that it wasn’t an Odyssey [console] at all, but actually an Atari 2600. This imaginative t-shirt by Akron, Ohio illustrator psychoreindeer reimagines that fateful monkey moment with a gigantic Atari joystick in place of the big black slab.

Sneakers Detect Wi-Fi While You Walk

Sneakers Detect Wi-Fi While You Walk
“A Step in the Right Direction” is a sneaker that detects Wi-Fi while you walk, via a tricky network detection unit embedded under the left shoe flap. The three LEDs on the flap (supposedly) show you how much Wi-Fi action is within 50 meters.

Egg Speaker Wobbles but Won’T Fall Down

Egg Speaker Wobbles but Won’T Fall Down
These tipsy egg-shaped speakers let you wobble them like a Weeble while you listen to your tunes. Unlike real eggs (and those colorful Weebles), these only come in black and red, and they don’t crack open to produce omelets.

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication

Cisco Unveils Star Wars-Esque Hologram Communication
Cisco has unveiled and demonstrated their new On-Stage TelePresence Holographic Video Conferencing. In layman’s terms, it means that now you can actually do that thing they do in Star Wars when they talk to a Princess Leia hologram, and I have to say, it looks quite convincing. The video is pretty boring except for the fact that it’s a guy on stage talking to two holograms of people who are in other countries.

Know When to Flee With This Desktop Seismic Updater

Know When to Flee With This Desktop Seismic Updater
Not that I think this will really save you in an earthquake, but in case you’re the type of person who likes to be as prepared as humanly possible- I present the S Band EJ, a desktop seismic updater from Sankosha.

Technabob Seeks Geeky Writers

Technabob Seeks Geeky Writers
I can hardly believe it myself, but Technabob is almost two years old, and with hundreds of thousands of readers each month, I’ve decided that we’re getting big enough that it’s time to add at least one new part-time writer into the mix. Up until now, I’ve written 99.9%

Geek Flow Chart is Way Too Accurate

Geek Flow Chart is Way Too Accurate
This geek lifecycle flow chart recently appeared in The New York Times, and I’m more than a little frightened by how much of it rings true. Especially the part about blogging about diagrams like this one.

Slow Day on Technabob… Please Bear With Us

Slow Day on Technabob… Please Bear With Us
Sorry for the lack of posts over the last 24 hours or so. Not only have I been traveling, my hosting provider decided to blow up our server infrastructure overnight, which kept Technabob offline for about 10 hours. Everything is back up and running, but there was a little nervewracking to say the least.

Give Your PS3 a Chrome Facelift

Give Your PS3 a Chrome Facelift
Looking for an easy way to give your Playstation 3 a cool new look? This add-on cover plate lets you put a shiny new face on your gloss black PS3. XCM’s Smart Face Plate snaps onto the top of your PS3, giving it a new facade without major surgery.

G-Robots Invade North America

G-Robots Invade North America
This sophisticated compact robot has been available in Japan for about a few months now, and is now finding its way to American shores. The HPI GR-001 G-Robot features 20 motors that can be programmed to follow your every command.

Alesis Imultimix Audio Mixer Adds iPod Dock

Alesis Imultimix Audio Mixer Adds iPod Dock
Musicians who want to use their iPods as an audio source now can easily do so, thanks to this handy new audio mixer with a built-in iPod dock. Alesis new iMultiMix 9R is a rack-mountable audio mixer which can combine up to five different audio sources into a single set of stereo outputs.
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