Archive for July, 2010

Apple’s Magic Trackpad Is Here

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 by nuKnuK

Apple desktops have touchpads now too. The new Magic Trackpad gives Mac Pro and iMac owners multitouch powers, gestures, and bluetooth connectivity.

The Magic Trackpad is basically a larger version of the MacBook Pro touchpad, with 80% more surface area for all your swiping and pinching. The entire surface acts as a button, so it’s also a possible mouse replacement. And all of the expected gestures are here: two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom, fingertip rotation, and three- and four-finger swipes.

via Apple’s Magic Trackpad Is Here.

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Slot-Type Power Outlet by Chen Yinfeng » Yanko Design

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 by nuKnuK

Spike-busters and power strips usually sport their set number of sockets regardless the shape of the plugs to be used. Unless you go in for the expensive Belkin ones, “extension cords” here in India are standard and sport limited sockets. Something like the Slot-Type Power Outlet will be handy for us and the world over. The idea is not to have “holes” or set number of “sockets”, but just a swipe-in slot to hook up the plugs. This ways different shaped plugs reside comfortably next to each other plus accommodate more than the regular strips.

Slots for 3-pin and 2-pin plugs are different though, but easy to manage.

via Slot-Type Power Outlet by Chen Yinfeng » Yanko Design.

So This Is What Nerf Guns Are Like Now, Huh?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 by nuKnuK

After discovering video games, I didn’t really keep up with my old friend Nerf. But last night I got to shoot and get shot by the Stampede, a new, fully automatic Nerf rifle with a tripod and replaceable magazines. What!?

Just like robots and movie violence and Halloween costumes, Nerf guns are getting more realistic with each passing year. The N-Strike Stampede Blaster, the first fully automatic dart clip Nerf weapon, is the most realistic to date. Maybe not realistic in the sense that it looks just like some real gun that any military uses, but real in the sense that it looks like the yellow version of something that could fire bullets and fatally wound someone.

via So This Is What Nerf Guns Are Like Now, Huh?.

Vibration-powered Generators Replace AA, AAA Batteries — Tech-On!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 by nuKnuK

Brother Industries Ltd developed small vibration-powered generators that can replace AA and AAA batteries.

For example, when the generator, which the company calls “Vibration-powered Generating Battery,” is set inside a remote control, it is possible to use the remote by shaking it to generate power.

“The new generator will semipermanently eliminate the need to replace batteries and contribute to reducing the amount of wastes,”

Brother Industries said.Brother Industries ensured the versatility of the generator by employing the shapes of commonly-used batteries. When used with a low power consumption device such as a remote, the generator can replace a battery, the company said.

via Vibration-powered Generators Replace AA, AAA Batteries — Tech-On!.

18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 by nuKnuK

In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.

On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.

via 18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet ‘of the future’ – Yahoo! News

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by nuKnuK

LONDON AFP – An unmanned jet capable of striking long-range targets has been dubbed the “combat aircraft of the future” by the Ministry of Defence.

The Taranis — named after the Celtic god of thunder — was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, on Monday.

The £142.5 million prototype is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with stealth technology to make it virtually undetectable.

In a press release, the MoD described the Taranis as “a prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future.”

via MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet ‘of the future’ – Yahoo! News.

Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall – environment – 09 July 2010 – New Scientist

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2010 by nuKnuK

FAR out to sea is nirvana for wind energy generation. Here the winds blow stronger and the giant turbines are less of an eyesore. But how to keep them from toppling over in a gale? That is the challenge being tackled by a consortium of universities and private companies called DeepCwind.

The consortium will install a scaled-down prototype of a new design of wind turbine near Monhegan Island, Maine, in 2012. If all goes well, two years later a full-sized version with a capacity of 3 to 5 megawatts will be installed, probably much further out. This could pave the way for wind turbines moored in deep water off coastal cities.

via Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall – environment – 09 July 2010 – New Scientist.