Knives are fast becoming an anachronism these days, which is too bad. Thanks to soda cans, bottle caps, and junk food, few situations in everyday life call for knives. Unless, of course, you’re slicing salami or gutting fish. Oh well, kids these days would much rather OD on Modern Warfare than learn real skills. Seen below is a stylish take on the pocket knife. It’s funny, because the product page says ‘Gentleman’s Hidden Knife’ but it’s unlikely gentlemen would bother carrying one around. Gentlemen prefer monocles, y’hear? Monocles and handlebar moustaches to be specific.
In what amounts to a huge scientific achievement the world will forget about in a couple of days, esteemed nerd journal Science has published the exciting research conducted by California-based HRL Laboratories. The scientists involved have developed an ultra-lightweight metallic structure that can almost float in mid-air. That’s ‘almost.’ What’s astonishing about it is a new era of lightweight material for different products may result thanks to Dr. Schaedler and co.’s work.
In a country where almost everyone makes a living off the land, a useful mobile phone app would be one that helps farmers increase their productivity. This is how Su Kahumbu, an organic farmer from Kenya, explains how she started developing her program.
The iCow allows cattle farmers to register each of their cows individually. In turn, they can get SMS for every registered bovine that contains veterinary advice on care and feeding. It also offers a database of agricultural experts and sends out current market prices for cattle.
Practical and functional cleaning robots are now a commercially available product in Japan. The latest model is one designed and developed by major companies Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo. Ten years ago the two industrial giants had come up with a similar machine. This current model is said to be a simpler version that has the notable capability of navigating around obstructions.
For the parking-impaired, Chinavision’s Complete Car Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Kit would be the perfect automobile add-on. It provides a wireless rearview camera that practically removes all blind spots. While this new gadget makes backing up easier, it also offers so much more features that you wouldn’t expect of a rearview mirror.
Scientists sometimes look to nature for inspiration and for flying robots the likely model seems to be the lowly dragonfly. The research is being conducted by a team from Duke University in cooperation with another group from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The aim is to better understand the intricacies of how the insect manages flight and from there possibly derive insights for designing future robotic airborne machines or vehicles.
Something fairly complicated and costly comes to mind when the talk is about home security with video surveillance capabilities. It is entirely possible however to set up a system that can provide adequate security on your own and without resorting to specialized service. All it takes is your home computer’s webcam and some phone camera apps.
OK Slingbox users, if you have been wishing for a way to watch your favorite shows on a computer without having to install anything your wish is here. Slingbox has announced a new Slingplayer for Facebook that you can download right now. Once the app is installed, you can watch your content on Facebook.
It does sound a little far fetched, but Phillips have created and this week launched a new iPad 2 application called Vital Signs Camera. Which has been designed to monitor your heart rate and breathing remotely, by just using the iPad 2’s camera.
The new Vital Signs application is able to measure your heart rate by just using the colour of your face, and measure your breathing by monitoring the motion of your chest.
Flipboard the popular iPad content reading application has just received a new update together with a new user account feature. That allows users to sync content across multiple devices, and the new iPhone Flipboard application which is soon to launch.
Earlier this week RIM announced its latest BlackBerry smartphones, one of those is the new BlackBerry Bold 9790, and it looks like it will be headed to at least two mobile carriers here in the UK, O2 and Vodafone.
According to the guys over at Unwired View the Bold 9790 will be available to enterprise customers with Vodafone and will be available to everyone on O2 some time in January next year.
SwiftKey has today rolled out a new update for its SwiftKey X Android application, which brings with it support for multitouch typing. Together with full language support for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, now making 35 languages fully support by the SwiftKey X application.
Other new features include updates to its Fluency engine, which have been tweaked to reduce memory load and provide more efficient and faster response times whilst typing.