Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Nonobject Behind the Scenes Camera (Video) has “lenses and displays on both sides for simultaneously recording what you’re aiming at, and what you’re not.” Behind the Scenes Camera is designed to capture what’s going on behind our back, beyond our control, while simultaneously capturing the scene in front of us.
The Vaio Zoom notebook takes everything we know about holographic technology and squeezes it inside a thin glass form factor. When off, the screen is completely transparent and the keyboard goes opaque. Turn it on and the touchscreen holographic festivities begin. Even the mouse buttons are holographic! [via Gizmodo]
This is reality. This BlueTooth Laser Virtual Keyboard, a laser projection keyboard, allows you to type on any flat surface. You can use it to compose an e-mail on your Bluetooth enabled PDA or Cell Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach the typing speed of a standard keyboard. Size: a little larger than a matchbook. Already released. Price: $150.
Rinspeed’s sQuba Diving Car is the “first real diving car designed to autonomously turn into an amphibious vehicle at the push of a button — can submerge up to 10m (33ft) under water.” Powering the concept is an electric motor mated to the rear wheels.
The propulsion on the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet drives in the bow to propel the vehicle under water. The body is constructed from light weight components made of Carbon Nano Tubes and contains an on-board air-filling system. Neither price nor production dates are known.
EmTrace PS100 offers one single dock station for all your personal needs and interests. Looking like a digital photo frame, it fits into a wallet and syncs data for stocks, weather and other information via Internet. You can load whatever information you’d like on your personal dock station and take it with you — in your wallet. Neither price nor production dates are known.
These horned shaped loudspeakers are produced by Fergusen Hill and operate from 150Hz - 20KHz, with no crossover. They reproduce music with a high level of clarity, detail and dynamics. The horn design makes them highly efficient, needing just 5 watts to go loud. This allows their use with relatively low powered amplifiers further increasing the level of clarity obtainable.
Recommended amplifier power is 3 to 50 watts. They are ideally suited to low power valve amps, and also work well with high quality transistor amps. Fergusen Hill provides demonstrations with your choice of amp.
Lamborghini Miura Concept
A Lamborghini Miura concept car was presented at the Museum of Television & Radio on January 5, 2006 alongside the Los Angeles Auto Show, though it was not present at the show itself. Instead, the Miura officially debuted at the North American International Auto Show two weeks later. It was the first design by new Lamborghini chief, Walter de'Silva, and commemorates the 1966 introduction of the original Miura in Geneva.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann has denied the concept will return the Miura to production, saying “The Miura was a celebration of our history, but Lamborghini is about the future. Retro design is not what we are here for. So we won’t do the Miura.”
Lamborghini fans could face some indecision over whether or not the company’s latest offering honors their tradition of good-looking cars. The Italian sports car maker is famous for producing vehicles that define beauty and pace. While the latter quality is sure to be found in the company’s latest offering, the Alar, the initial reaction to press pictures of the car has been heavily divided between guarded praise and outright criticism.
Mulled for sale from March 2008, the Alar features a reworked version of the V12 mill used in the mighty Diablo. The unit has been bored to 7700cc, and produces 770hp at 7500rpm. Thanks to an ultra-light, super-stiff carbon fiber chassis, weight tops out at a low 1200kg. The 0-100km/h sprint is dispatched in a neck-snapping 3.6 seconds, and the fighting bull will nudge a top speed of 410km/h. It is clear, then, that performance will not be an issue of contention. The design, however, is the subject of much controversy. Penned by Joan Ferci (who also created a couple of Diablo spin-offs that include the Coatl and the Eros GT-1), it has been criticized for its radical styling cues.
While we have not seen detailed pictures of the car, one might concede that it is indeed an acquired taste. Decide whether or not this new Italian brute takes your fancy!
According to sources unknown and reported on website iphonesavior, Apple has lined up a (Product) RED 3G model that sports a bright red plastic back cover.
For anyone not in the charity know, the (Product) RED campaign sees participating companies, including Apple, Dell and Microsoft, create red versions of their products. A percentage of the product’s sale value then goes towards fighting Aids in Africa.
Although this latest iPhone 3G development is just a rumour at present, it’s not completely unlikely. Apple already has a (Product) RED deal going on variations of its iPod player range.
We will bring you more news as we have it.
Well, there it is, the Lenovo IdeaPad U8 launched official at the Beijing games just as we expected. With the launch come the final specs for this Asia-only MID we've seen incubating now for months: 4.8-inch touchscreen; the latest, sub-3 watt processor from Intel (uh hem, that'd be a Silverthorn-class Atom); 350-grams and 21 x 173 x 84-mm; up to 2GB memory and 6GB flash storage; dual-cameras; support for China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB) digital television via that protruding USB dongle; and 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, EDGE data and China-specific TD-SCDMA 3G, presumably. Expect to see it trotted out tomorrow as Intel's San Francisco IDF gets underway -- with any luck, it'll be sporting WiMAX for a North American / European release.
Acer Japan has recently launched its new desktop PC in Japan. The Aspire L3600-A10 is an Intel powered desktop with 2.2GHz Celeron 450 CPU, and a 18.5-inch 16:9 monitor with 1366 × 768 pixels resolution. Its display screen adopts Acer’s very own ACM (Adaptive Contrast Management) that allows it to produce high contrast ratio of 10,000:1. Other features include up to 2GB memory, Intel G31 Express chipset, 160GB HDD, DVD Burner, and Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The Aspire L3600-A10 desktop will be released on 22 November 2008 for around $625. [Impress]