Raytheon has been working on the Excalibur GPS-guided artillery for 8 years now, and it is finally ready for deployment. Initial testing showed deadly accuracy as these artilleries managed to lock onto and hit their targets with an error margin of just 10 meters when fired from 24km away and aimed 15 degrees off target. While this development is interesting, it still remains to be seen how GPS signals will be steady enough during a cloudy day for use with the Excalibur. Just in case Osama bin Laden is reading this and own's one of those high end GPS-equipped devices, he'd best head off somewhere with depressing weather all year round.
Having dual lens on a digital camera is nothing new, but throwing in essentially what is a third eye will definitely freak people out, even camera enthusiasts. This is exactly what 3D World from China did, introducing a medium-format film camera that comes with a trio of specifically positioned lenses. This special camera interpolates between all three views, producing a couple of slides in the process. When inserted into a special viewer, both slides will then combine to introduce a pseudo 3D image. Are 2D photos and pictures being phased out slowly but surely, or will we still stick stubbornly to the world of 2D?
By Evan AckermanIf the goal of non-lethal weapons is to make you wish you were dead, then Invocon’s non-lethal stand-off weapons system is absolutely appropriate, as anyone who’s ever been on an all-night bender or deep sea fishing in rough weather can attest to. This radio frequency beam emitter can penetrate through walls and effect [...]
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Vivitar has introduced a new waterproof camera, the ViviCam 6200w that can be used without worrying about your precious purchase falling prey to the dangers of drowning, salt, sand, dust, and dirt. Although it does not come with any optical zoom, you do get a 6 megapixel CCD sensor, a focus free lens, fast shutter speeds, and a maximum operating depth of 10 meters. In case you run out of space on your SD card, there is always the 16MB internal memory that comes to the rescue. I believe the casual snorkelling and diving crowd will be able to find pleasure in using the ViviCam 6200w. This PictBridge-enabled waterproof digital camera retails for $230.
Employers now have a new method for tracking their employees, thanks to the Third Eye SATS unit which is worn around the wrist. This device sends information gatehred from a bio-sensor chip to the central monitoring system wirelessly. The SATS unit is capable of monitoring key vital signs such as one's heart rate and oxygen saturation levels, alerting employers immediately. Studies show that the human heart rate fluctuates in stressful situations such as threatening behavior and performing an illegal task. I'm not too sure how they're going to differentiate the stress caused by work itself or surfing NSFW sites during working hours. I doubt employees would subject themselves to such scrutiny, and it goes to show how bad a company's management is if they think the employees are out to backstab them at any moment.
Fighting in a war is not a pretty sight, and sometimes soldiers return with missing arms due to explosions and gangrenous wounds. Inventor Dean Kamen and his team managed to design an artificial arm at the behest of the Department of Defense which is capable of performing delicate actions such as picking up a pen and scratching one's nose. Weighing a mere six pounds, this mechanical arm can be covered with a mirror-image cast of the other arm. Sound pretty much like Will Smith in I, Robot as he fends off a group of robots with his mechanical arm. Hopefully this invention will bring small miracles to the lives of disabled war veterans when released. Photo courtesy of Trnmag.
By Evan AckermanLenovo, the Chinese personal computer company who bought IBM’s PC division back in 2004, has leaked some test footage of next generation laptops on, uh, a secret page on their UK corporate website. Seriously, it’s totally top secret, and is in no way a promotion for the Thinkpad’s current impact protection system, spill [...]
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Speaking as someone who takes upwards of seven prescriptions a day (plus a similar volume of other odds and ends) - that is, seven that I remember - I'm pretty keen on the Watchminder 2. It looks like a typical digital watch, but holds up to 30 alarms (29 more than your average digital watch) which can be configured with any of 60 pre-set messages, so you'll know what it's beeping (or vibrating, if you prefer) about. It also has the usual date, time, stopwatch and timer functions. $99.99. [GT]
Sporting an inside pocket for your tickets and itinerary, a pouch for your earbuds, a neck bolster in the collar, a hood that pulls down over your eyes Zorro-style (if Zorro wanted to get a good night's sleep) and even zips in the underarms so you can let the stays out, the Burton Flying Hoodie comes in heather or sensory-deprivation black. Ships in June, sized for blokes or lasses. [GT]
The Livinglass idea is definitely a novel one, enabling you to sandwich items such as leaves, wood, shells, petals, and even metal wires between panels up to an inch thick to create a totally refreshing look in your home. While it might not have plenty of tech slant to it, my thinking is aligned more towards laying network cables inside (for those who have not yet jumped onto the wireless bandwagon), or even creating an extremely expensive floor that is comprised of just iPod nanos and Shuffles that will drive any self-respecting geek wild with excitement. Both glass panels are UV protected to prevent the items entombed inside from fading. Pricing details are available upon request. What are the other ways we can introduce more tech to the Livinglass?