If you intend to spend you weekend tweeting while listening songs on the radio, you have to check out Stanley. Stanley is actually an interactive piano player that will be performing live beginning July 20 to 22. Yes, as of this writing, Stanley’s busy backstage preparing for his first show. But before you idolize Stanley, he’s actually a project created by the folks over at Digital Kitchen. Sorry girls, he’s wired to play the piano all day. But you can send your song requests via Twitter. So, how does it work?
Stanley is equipped with a computer that receives song requests via Twitter. The computer then queues the songs and sends a reply each time a song is ready to be played. Since Stanley has tons of songs stored on its MIDI library, it will send data to its hardware controller so that each note will activate a solenoid valve to play the keys on the piano. You can check out Stanley here. While the project is interesting, its creators have no plans of selling the piano player in the future. Instead, Digital Kitchen says that it will be hanging in the office waiting for his next big gig.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Tweet sends Bahrain activist to jail, Twitter for BlackBerry updated,
For Chip Yates, it’s all about setting world records. Yates, who also holds the world record for the fastest run on an electric motorcycle at 200 mph, flew the Long-ESA electric airplane at the Inyokern Airport in California?s Mojave Desert this week. Yates was able fly the electric plane at the speed of 202.6 miles per hour, breaking the previous record of 175 mph.
The Long-ESA is actually an electric version of Burt Rutan?s Long-EZ. In case you didn’t know, Rutan is an aerospace engineer who won an X-Prize in 2004. But Chip Yates isn’t resting on his laurels yet as he intends to up the ante to even greater speeds. Yates is planning to share the details of the feat as well as his plans for a nonstop trans-Atlantic electric flight at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: NASA-approved electric airplane covers 200 miles in a couple of hours, Elektra One debuts at long last,
Remember the removal of the universal search feature with the Galaxy S3′s latest update on Sprint and AT&T? Well it looks like the update will be pushed out to Verizon versions of the phone as well, but in a less drastic form. According to reports online, a new version of the Verizon Galaxy S3 firmware will gimp the search functionality of your phone. Users will only be able to use it to perform searches on the internet as opposed to being able to look up for other things on your phone i.e. apps, contacts and so on.
It wasn’t mentioned when this update will be rolling out, but this update was discovered when some customers exchanged their malfunctioning S3 devices at Verizon stores. With the rollout of the update already occurring on AT&T and Sprint variants of the device, it should be out for Verizon’s version soon.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Verizon to release update to unlock the Galaxy S3's bootloader?, Samsung Galaxy S3 Developer Edition for Verizon "Coming Soon",
It looks like Google and ASUS have managed to create a massive hit in the form of the Nexus 7. It’s not every day you hear about an Android device being sold out but that seems to be the case with the Nexus 7. According to reports online, the UK Google Play Store lists the 16GB Nexus 7 as out of stock and doesn’t even let you order the tablet. In fact, the most you can do is register to be informed when new stock arrives. Ebuyer, an online retailer that sold the first batch of Nexus 7 tablets in the UK, claims that it’ll be August 10th before they get more stock.
The US Google Play Store seems to be doing fine, with tablets available for purchase and shipping out in 1-2 weeks so I guess Google didn’t expect it to do so well out of the country. I guess it’s good news for Google to see its Android tablet doing so well in this iPad-dominated market. After the large number of unsuccessful Android tablets that have been released in the past, it looks like the platform might stand a chance after all.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Nexus 7 did not come with rear-facing camera in order to keep costs down, according to ASUS, Google Nexus 7 screen separation problems? ,