Monday, April 25, 2005

Wabi Buddy

Techno teddies have been in hibernation since 1985's Teddy Ruxpin. This year, though, Ruxpin's creators re-emerged with Wabi, a 21st-century cub that lets parents remotely send up to 3 minutes of voice messages, games, stories and songs to their kids. Dial a toll-free number, punch in the bear's code, and leave a message in your own voice. An unobtrusive base station plugged into your phone line retrieves the message and delivers it to the bear, which can be up to 150 feet away. Wabi giggles when it receives a communication; your child presses a button to play your message back. You can also purchase pre-fab stories and songs through the service for less than 50 cents apiece. $70

Now I'm the kind of person who loves stuffed animals, but this is just creepy. I think its traumitizing to have a teddy bear that talks to you and sounds like your mom or dad. Its kind of like the situation with the Furbies. Someday they'll report the Wabi hypnotizing kids and telling them to kill poeple. Robot and Teddy bears just dont mix.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Sony Clié PEG-UX50

In the art of miniaturization, the Clié PEG-UX50 is a masterpiece. Weighing only 6.2 ounces, this PDA can communicate on Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth wireless networks, take pictures, play MP3 tracks, and record and play voice memos and MPEG video. Based on the Palm operating system, the UX50 flips open to expose a mini keyboard and a 480-by-320-pixel color screen. The screen also twists around and folds back flat so that it can be used without the keyboard. For those without enough James Bond action in their lives, a 640-by-480-pixel camera with a rotating lens is hidden in the hinge. $700

Technology is going so far these days, its gadgets like these that make all the money spending worth every dollar. I think "James Bond" is the perfect way to say how awesome this thing is. it has so many cool features. I wish i could carry something around like this all the time.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Bushnell Instant Replay

The Bushnell Instant Replay binoculars are an example of convergence gone right: an imaging workhorse that not only provides sharp 8x magnification but also captures 2.1-megapixel digital stills and 30-second video clips--both of which can be downloaded to your computer or viewed instantaneously on the pop-up color LCD screen. Smartest feature: Video is constantly being recorded behind the scenes. When you see something you like, just press the capture button and the binoculars automatically save the last 30 seconds. $600 (Note: Meade's CaptureView 2.0 binoculars offer similar options, with slightly less impressive optics and no 30-second recall, for only $200)
When I read this the idea soundeed so familiar, then I realised why. In one of the Harry Potter books there were these binoculars that just about did the same thing accept it had features like slow-motion and other cool stuff. I guess thats why i like these, its like we're getting more and more ahead in the future that I can hardly keep up.

Torre Mayor

Latin America's tallest tower is an office building that sits smack in the middle of one of the world's most active seismic zones. But when a temblor strikes, you may see people in Mexico City running into, not out of, this 57-story giant. The structure, which was completed in August, is packed with the latest anti-quake technology, including concrete-encased steel columns, moment frames and supplemental damping systems, many of which were adapted from declassified military technologies for cushioning aircraft impacts. When a quake hits, the systems work together to cushion the jolts, allowing occupants to ride out the tectonic upheaval in style. The system got an early test in January when a 7.6-magnitude quake hit Mexico City. Though only partially complete, the building sustained no damage whatsoever.

I think a building that can withstand an earthquake is very cool. What used to be a danger during earthquakes is now the safest place to go, which is heplful since there are many earthquakes in that region. Thats probably why it was built in the first place.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Queen Mary 2

The newest ocean liner in Cunard's fleet will be the longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built when it sets sail in early January. The $800 million vessel includes a sweeping lobby and grand staircase that tower over three decks, five swimming pools, a library and two 2,250-square-foot deluxe penthouses. Seventy-five percent of the ship's cabins have balconies, and the world's first shipboard planetarium will help keep the 2,600 passengers entertained during transatlantic crossings. The luxury liner is propelled by four of the largest and most powerful electric motors (or pods) ever used in an ocean liner--two of which rotate 360 degrees to maneuver the ship. The 1,132-foot-long behemoth is controlled from a captain's chair equipped with a videogamer's ultimate dream--a joystick, a computer and five flat-screen monitors.

This sounds like a 21st century Titanic. But hopefully theres nomajor accident. I would say that i'd liek to tkae a ride on this, but it sounds as if the cost for a cheap ticket wont sound cheap to me. Overall it seems like a really cool place to vacation.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Top Thrill Dragster

Though its cars are made to look like roaring dragsters, the newest roller coaster at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, feels more like a space launch than a drag race. The $25 million steel coaster is the world's tallest and fastest, reaching speeds of 120 mph within 4 seconds. A hydraulic acceleration system, only the second to appear in a coaster, catapults riders to nearly 420 feet and propels cars as fast on the way up as on the way down. In all, it only takes about 30 seconds to run the 2,800-foot-long track--but we guarantee you'll feel like you've been somewhere.

If I wasn't the type that's terrified of heights, I'd definately try this. The speed is great, I don't mind that at all. Especially if it's one like this, thats what makes a good rollarcoaster. I think what poeple really like about new rollarcoasters is the drops, thats the part i hate the most.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

HemCon Bandage

Half of all deaths on the battlefield are due to uncontrollable bleeding. And though gauze is often no match for spurting wounds, the bloodthirsty HemCon Bandage is: It contains positively charged chitosan molecules, extracted from shrimp shells, that attract negatively charged red blood cells. As the cells are pulled into the bandage, they create a tight-fitting plug over the wound. "You can have a hole in your heart and 60 seconds later it's sealed," says HemCon inventor Kenton Gregory. The bandage made its debut in the 2003 Iraq war and was FDA-approved for nonprescription use in August. At $100 for a 4-by-4-inch square, it may sound expensive, but if the situation calls for it, we're guessing it'll seem like a serious bargain.

I think its incredible how far science has gone in the past couple years, its going almost too fast. But its new inventions like these that show going into the future can sometimes be a good thing. I also agree that the price is not so bad. If you consider hospital bills and equipment needed to keep someone alive, it all adds up and can lead to a lot more than $100.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Volvo Penta IPS

Drop the sailor’s cap and put on some racing goggles. With its new Inboard Performance System (IPS), Volvo Penta is boosting the comfort and white-knuckle fun of yachting. Volvo engineers built forward-facing propellers—like those in prop-driven airplanes—and stacked them side-by-side directly beneath the engines. Instead of pushing on water that’s already been chopped up by the engine, the blades pull on undisturbed drink, increasing efficiency and thrust. The IPS should be able to squeeze out 30 percent more horsepower; in tests, Volvo reported, it’s 20 percent faster. But it’s not all about speed. The entire propulsion system can turn like a rudder, so parking your 45-footer in a slinky slip won’t be nerve-wracking. Progressive electronic steering—a first in boating—will make it easy to turn the wheel at low speed, hard at high speed. And boaters will have a more civilized ride, thanks to vibration-dampening seals swaddling the drive unit, and submerged exhaust outlets that reduce rumbling. The good life just got better.

A new invention like this sounds like it'll really save some energy in the long run. What intersets me is that it takes in water the opposite way and it kind of seems a little confusing. Good thing theres a picture so that its easier to visualize.