Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Awesome Inventions of Yesteryear (part 4)

Goodyear Light-Up Wheels

The awesomeness continues with the Goodyear light-up tire!

Ladies, never again do you have to guess if you have a run in your nylons.  Gentlemen, you’ll always be sure that your shoes are tied.

Seriously, this kind of puts those under car neon lights to shame.

Ingenuity, folks!

Source: LIFE Magazine


Mario takes over Times Square

WARNING: This post is not for bitter old curmudgeons who long ago abandoned the idea of acting like a kid in public or showing any signs of joy.

For the rest of you… Times Square got a Super Mario make-over!!!  Check out the video and drool in jealousy bouncy trampolines, warp pipes, ? boxes and a quick cameo by Link!

It’s awesome when giant, faceless and amoral companies throw an event like this.  We’ve been seeing a lot of these viral marketing campaigns lately – and loving them!!!

Yes, curmudgeons, it’s marketing.  But it’s fun too!

Awesome Inventions of Yesteryear (part 3)

Cigarette holder with little umbrella covering the ember

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more kookie, the 1950’s bring us the Rainy Day Cigarette Holder!

The little umbrella is, let’s face it, adorable.  But wouldn’t it make more sense to just get yourself an umbrella (full-sized human umbrella) and smoke under that?  Don’t get me wrong, the guy in the pic looks super happy getting rained on.  Oh, and that happy gentleman is Robert L. Stern, president of Zues Corp.  I wonder what other technological marvels Zues Corp unleashed on the public?

Ingenuity, folks!

Source: LIFE Magazine

Can your smart phone spy snoop your emails?

iPhone with disguise glasses

A new study has concluded that your sweet, innocent iPhone could be listening in on your typing!

The basic premise is that the accelerometer can judge which keys you’re punching on your keyboard… so long as it’s on your desk.  Preliminary tests have returned an 80% success rate.  Keep that in mind the next time you’re posting a slanderous comment online.

MySpyPhone for the full scoop

Smart Phones could be 44% more energy efficient

The smart phone: an electricity guzzling time bandit.  Or is it?  The elves at the University of Michigan have divined a method for making smart phones upwards of 44% more energy-efficient!

The process is actually quite simple.  Basically, your little pocket monster is constantly looking for nearby cell towers and wifi.  So when your phone ‘locks,’ or goes into power save mode, it’s still doing a lot of work!  (Especially if you’re in a moving vehicle)

The U of M kids created a nifty new way of coding the hardware to operate in ‘idle mode’ at 1/16 the speed currently utilized to receive messages.  Basically, when idle, the phone stops sending and receiving, but instead ‘listens’ for updates / messages / booty calls.  The new process is called E-MiLi (Energy Minimizing Idle Listening).

While this won’t significantly alter the way you use your phone, it has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of battery used.    The process also has the potential to cut down the amount of radiation spit out from your phone!

Source: inhabitat

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Green Skies

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New plane designs move towards a greener future.  With the availability of oil dwindling, a group of savvy engineers has begun designing fuel efficient planes.  The designs are quite futuristic.

Several routes are being explored: biofuels, lighter construction materials and more efficient engines.  We won’t be flying commercially on these bad boys for a couple years, but it sure is interesting to peer into the looking glass and see what’s coming down the road!

NASA may have shut down it’s space shuttle program, but that’s not keeping them out of the air.  They have joined the host of companies designing a next-gen aircraft.

With the general expenditure for aviation fuel each year at $39 billion (bee-lee-on), these new aircrafts will be a welcome addition to our skies.

This is all rather exciting.  But fuel savings aside, can we get a little more leg room back in economy class?

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Touch screen tv becomes dj console


Well it looks like the future is just about here.  The clever gremlins over at Smithson Martin are turning multi-touch devices into music controllers.  That means giant touch screen dj booth!  The applications are intriguing.  You could set up a system that allows guests to tap areas of the screen to introduce beats.  Kind of like a HD simon says!

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