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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to our friends over at Technorati, I’ve got my hands on a couple of full passes to next week’s Web 2.0 Expo to give away to two lucky Technabob readers. The show runs from April 22-25 in San Francisco, CA and is a great opportunity to learn about the latest Internet trends and technologies, and to interact with thousands of members of the community that is shaping the future of the Web.
Valued at up to $1,895 a piece, each pass will get you into the entire show, including:
All sessions (Wed – Fri)
Workshops on Tues, April 22
All keynote and plenary presentations
The Expo and all events held in the Expo
All conference networking events
Continental Breakfast & Lunch (Tues – Fri)
Here’s How to Enter:
Simply write a really clever or witty caption for the photo above (taken at a previous Web 2.0