Last Christmas my mother-in-law got me one of those little utility pocket knifes. For a few days it was really nice to have. It helped me open that pesky shrinkwrap on video games with ease and was an ever trusty bottle opener. As small as it was, after a few days it became a bother annoyance to carry around in my pocket. The other issue was walking out the door and forgetting to put it in my pocket. No matter how portable something is, it’s useless if you don’t have it on you.
What I wanted was something I could carry around at all times without it becoming bothersome. As I was perusing the pavilion o’ internets I happened upon a little device in the works. Pocket Monkey is a credit card sized multi-functional utility tool that’s not only portable but also has some novel additions to the tried and true basic tools.
I’m still dumbfounded how Apple gets consumers excited for the same thing over and over again. Alright maybe not the same thing over and over again…it’s the same thing over and over again with minor differences. Regardless of my disdain Apple still knows how to make the tech geeks melt with digital glee. This time it’s the ever popular iPad. The newest addition to the iPad family, the iPad Mini, is being aimed at the 7″ tablet market.
And though I hate to be a party pooper I have to ask why?
This is just freaking cool. Ramesh Raskar, an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, shows off what is known as “femto-photography”: a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second. It’s so detailed it can show light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
What is this JwiK Brik? The technical answer: It is an open-source hardware and software platform for developing your own embedded wireless devices using low cost, high performance hardware and the powerful Java programmable language. The short answer: An easy way to make them there eleca-ma-tronical devices with no cords.
Have you ever found yourself frustrated as you were taking photos with your iPhone and thought, “Gee, I wish my arm could mechanically lock into any position while an array of LED lights emerged from wrist to provide perfect ring lighting”? First, that’s odd and a tad disturbing. Second, your hair-brained dream may soon become a reality.
I’ve reached that awful point in the year where I decide that it’s time to renew my membership in the “Glorious PC Gaming Master Race” by upgrading individual components of my gaming rig. I’ve needed a new keyboard for a while now, so I spent a few weeks considering my options and looking around to see what is out there.