Archive for June, 2009

Navy News Service – Eye on the Fleet

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

Description: An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

via Navy News Service – Eye on the Fleet.

Solar Concept Tent

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

Orange today revealed their vision for the tent of the future. Utilising cutting edge eco-energy technology, the Orange Solar Concept Tent will allow campers to keep in touch and power their essential camping gadgets.The Concept Tent has been designed in association with American product design consultancy Kaleidoscope and builds on learnings from the original Orange Solar Tent that was trialled at Glastonbury in 2003, as well as 2004’s Orange Text Me Home Dome. Having worked closely with Glastonbury for the last eleven years, Orange know the importance of keeping in contact with friends while onsite and undertook this concept project to look at how the festival goers communication and power supply needs might be met in the future.

Streaming Movies to the Wii

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by nuKnuK

Well, it’s Japan-only for now, but the Wii is finally starting to compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the only category in which it’s in third place: Media center functionality. CinemaNow, apparently, is the guinea pig of choice.

Sonic (makers of Roxio) are bringing CinemaNow to the Wii. CinemaNow, in case you’ve forgotten, offers streaming movies (a catalog of about 14,000), short films, and concerts for rent or purchase. They haven’t gotten much of a foothold here in the States despite being around since 1999, even after being bought by Blockbuster a few years back. They’ve got a decent catalog, especially for new releases, and have partnered with all kinds of software, so the Wii should be no problem for them.

It might be more of a toe in the water than a real balls-out jump, but we’re glad Nintendo is open to expanding the Wii’s media capabilities. Remember, it’s Japan-only for now, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this kind of integration appear Stateside. Press release to follow.

via Gizmodo – Roxio CinemaNow Brings Streaming Movies to the Wii (in Japan) – Cinemanow wii.

SSD Killer? – British boffins ditch spinning media for ultra-fast storage tech

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2009 by nuKnuK

Could this be the storage tech that replaces hard disks and supersedes solid-state drives? UK-based developer DataSlide believes so, claiming to have the others licked with magnetic but non-rotating system it’s calling Hard Rectangular Drive.

DataSlide’s technology centres on a sheet of magnetic material mounted beneath a laminate read-write ‘head’. The media layer is double-sided, so there’s a second read-write sheet beneath. All three layers – and, presumably, more sets above and below them – fit inside a standard 3.5in drive casing and are sandwiched with lubricant.

The read-write layer comprises a grid of millions of read-write heads created using the same lithography process used to make silicon chips. Each head is controlled by sending a signal along the appropriate row and column of the grid.

via British boffins ditch spinning media for ultra-fast storage tech • Register Hardware.

The Man With No Shadow Looks Like Kirk About to Teleport – The Man with no shadow

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2009 by nuKnuK

He’s the invisible man/ count the bubbles in your hand/ the summer sites/ and the southern skies. That’s all that’s left behind/ the skies, and a sweet caress/ he’s the invisible man/ catch him if you can.

This is The Man with No Shadow, a LED-based sculpture of a full size man by Makoto Tojiki. I like these kind of art, perhaps because it reminds me of the first primitive 3D dot renderings, back when there were no Gouraud or even flat shaders.

via Gizmodo – The Man With No Shadow Looks Like Kirk About to Teleport – The Man with no shadow.

Node Power Outlet Makes Power Strips Almost Useless – node

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2009 by nuKnuK

Node Power Outlet Makes Power Strips Almost Useless

via Gizmodo – Node Power Outlet Makes Power Strips Almost Useless – node.

TomTom Portable GPS With Original Homer Simpson voice

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2009 by nuKnuK

Directly from Springfield, America’s most popular Dad makes his way to TomTom devices. With the original Homer at your side, even the shortest drive will transform into a journey to remember.

You’ll see, driving with Homer is as easy as 1,2 … doh!

via TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems – Original Homer Simpson voice.