Archive for December, 2011

Keyboard and mouse made of glass

December 18, 2011 |  by  |  Cool Stuff  |  No Comments

Don’t get too comfortable with the keys you click while typing on your computer. Soon that keyboard you’re using may be made of touch-sensitive glass. The same can be said about your computer mouse too. Inventor Jason Giddings believes it’s time for computers peripherals to grow to the next level, and he hopes to achieve this with his new multi-touch keyboard and mouse, made from tempered glass suspended over a metal base. The multi-touch mouse from Giddings Product Development is made from tempered glass and a metal base, with technology that uses light and a camera to detect commands. Giddings

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Google and Memory – Infographic

December 18, 2011 |  by  |  Cool Stuff  |  No Comments

Chances are you had to look something up recently, so you Googled it. As simple as that may seem, some argue Google is changing the way we think and remember. Why does this happen? How does it impact the brain? Google has definitely made our lives so easy. Information that would need days to gather referring books are now just a single click away. But like every medicine having some side effects, does dependency on Google also have some side effects? Find out: via

Greatest Card Trick Ever or say The Most Incredible Card trick

December 17, 2011 |  by  |  Cool Stuff  |  No Comments

The amazing Dave Cremin performs an impossible card trick in Times Square. We created the card trick project to show off our 3D creature effects skills. From the beginning the video was designed to appear completely candid, as if someone just walked up and started recording a street magician with their cellphone. In reality, the footage was shot with two Canon 5D Mark II cameras on two separate days. The majority of the people seen in this video were not planted in the audience. Other than the magician, only three of the dozens of people seen in the video were working

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Whatever Happened to Ringtones? – Infographic

December 17, 2011 |  by  |  Cool Stuff  |  No Comments

In 2011 ringtones seems like a distant memory. You probably haven't downloaded one in years, and the idea of having a hit radio song play every time your phone rings makes you shudder with embarrassment. Yet ringtones are, some how far from dead. Somewhere out there, millions of people are still buying ringtones like it's 2005. This Music Production School infographic takes a look at the still-kicking ringtone ecosystem. Not surprisingly, the ringtone industry has been in decline since 2006, when it totaled about $4.5 billion in global sales. Some predict it will be extinct by 2016. via

Google’s Winter Easter Egg: Type “Let It Snow” in Google search for a pleasant surprise

December 17, 2011 |  by  |  Cool Stuff  |  No Comments

Simply search the words “let it snow” and watch what happens. Of course, your search results will contain video of that old favorite song, but what’s that? Snowflakes falling in your browser? The Google bar freezing up? Keep watching as your browser appears to be filling up with snow, and then you can skate around with your mouse, where your browser acts just like a frozen lake, showing the path your cursor has taken. Want to start over? Simply click the “defrost” button. The first hit is the Christmas carol ‘let it snow’ by Dean Martin.

PocketCloud Explore for Android, enables file searching and viewing across multiple computers

December 16, 2011 |  by  |  android, Apps, Cloud  |  No Comments

A new product has hit the Android Market Wyse PocketCloud Explore mobile cloud app, the app allows users to search for and view files across their PCs and Macs, all without ever needing to surrender data to the cloud. The app also pioneers multi-device search, allowing users to easily access files anywhere on their device or remote computers. For example, if a user wanted to find the folder of photos from a combined business and vacation trip but could not remember whether it was on their home computer, work computer or office server, they could search all the devices at

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Microsoft ‘Tags’ phone-friendly barcodes adds support for QR codes and NFC

December 16, 2011 |  by  |  Microsoft  |  No Comments

"It's the hyperlink in the physical world" says a Microsoft PR man, giving the most succinct definition of what Redmond's Tag initiative is all about. With Microsoft Tag, though, the software maker relies on a cell phone camera rather than a dedicated gadget to scan the bar code. Redmond is looking to resurrect the idea behind the CueCat linking a bar code in printed material to all manner of online content. Microsoft has been working behind the scenes on proliferating the use of these multicolored Tags, which are designed to be snapped by nearby cameraphones. Once the pattern is recognized,

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Android Team Launches online Android Training to help developer create better apps

December 16, 2011 |  by  |  android, News  |  No Comments

Yes you've heard it right - Android's school session. Android Developers team announced the launch of Android Training a set of online classes designed to help users create better apps. The tutorials, available for free, provide aspiring devs with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to implement effective navigation tools, optimize battery life and solve other "common Android development problems." along with sample code you can utilize to "do your homework." The program is divided into 11 sections with a total of 34 individual lessons, though the team plans to expand its offerings "over the coming months." Today I’m thrilled

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Bridgestone rolls with air-free tire concept – Video

December 7, 2011 |  by  |  Concepts  |  No Comments

Similar to Michelin's tweels, Bridgestone has cooked up some air-free concept tires that use a tough but flexible thermoplastic structure that behaves like a normal tire with nary any horizontal force produced. Each wheel is able to support around 150kg, although on a typical electric mobility scooter the load is more likely to approach 50kg. Bridgestone is looking to show off those curved, hypnotic spokes on the retail model, but is still researching how to protect against objects getting lodged inside. "Because there's no air in these tires, there's no worry about punctures. Also, there's no need to check the pressure

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