It looks like technology has finally come to the point we have waited for since ever. Now, all we need to do is mutter words about wanting beer, and a robot will fetch it for us. At least the Beeri will. Developed at Redpepper, Beeri is a Siri controlled robot running on Arduino. All you have to do, is ask Siri to pour.
Just yesterday, we were talking of Microsoft’s cool projection powered OmniTouch system, and it is not the only one rocking the projection arena. Developed by DisneyResearch, SideBySide is an interactive system that allows people to collaborate, work together or simply play a game; anytime, anywhere.
Uncountable images have been ruined by some last minute movement or a lapse in judgement. Now if only there were a way to focus the images after they had been taken, photographs could be much better. But then that demands an infinite depth that isn’t easy for lenses to capture or for a system to hold in its memory. It seems that problem can really be taken care of, and Lytro has the solution in the shape of its upcoming light-field (plenoptic) camera.
A lot has been said about the iPhone’s new personal assistant, Siri. The magic of course is that Siri can understand the user’s voice and communicate with the user. The creative mind that he is, Jonathan Mann decided to sing a love duet with Siri, while the virtual assistant quietly informs him that she can’t fall in love or marry.
Doing the laundry is a tough job. You drag your unwilling self to the machine, throw the clothes in, and wait for the job to be done while anxiously twiddling the thumbs, because really, there isn’t anything else to do. An MA student at the Kingston University in London has come to our rescue with this washing machine that is also an arcade game.
The stock iPhone and the conventional phone covers are for the poor. The rich need something more, something with shine and something exponentially more expensive. Well, gadgets decked in precious gems aren’t exactly anything new, but there’s a time when every new gadget goes to the bling shop.
For a while now, we have been seeing concepts that use projection technology to virtually turn any surface into a touchscreen. Desirable as these systems are, they have always been something out of reach, not quite ready for production. Things for such systems now seem to be looking up with the entry of Microsoft into the arena.
Most of us want a bigger screen for the phone, but of course that cannot come at the cost of mobility. So the screen size of any mobile device is limited by definition. Though we don’t have to worry about these things much with technology keeping pace with such issues.
How big do you need your computer mouse to be? If you answered with something like totally friggin’ huge, the good people at Brando have you covered. They’ve come up with the USB Big mouse that is 175mm long by 10-5mm wide by 55mm tall, and has a fair dose of LED lights to keep it shining. Personally, we have no idea what anyone is going to do with a mouse so huge, but we aren’t the ones to judge so we’ll be perfectly okay if someone decides to buy one for $20.
While looking out for cases for your favorite device, finding one that fits the bill perfectly can be quite gratifying. For the case of the iPad, we’d say one that matches its simple yet powerful design ought to do the trick. Wood iPad 2 cases seem to fit the bill, for as far as aesthetics, style and core functionality are concerned. Available in walnut and bamboo, the cases are styled as books/ diaries and are priced at $79.