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Virtual white cane for the blind

12/15/2004, “UCSC researchers are developing new assistive technologies for the blind based on advances in computer vision that have emerged from research in robotics. A “virtual white cane” is one of several prototype tools for the visually...

FM teletext in the bath

12/14/2004, Tokyo Gas, in association with Tokyo FM have unveiled the FM broadcast and FM teletext. It’s a broadcast service which sends text & sound information simultaneously (this usually requires a separate receiver). The device is water-resistant and...

Oxyride Battery to Be Sold in the U.S.

12/13/2004, Matsushita Electric Industrial promises to deliver 1.5 times the power of a regular alkaline battery. It works better because the material that produce electricity (here, Oxyride) is more concentrated than in previous generation batteries. Power...

Power Player: 100 games in 1 device

12/13/2004, The “Power Player” is a game controller that has 100 games embedded in it. It just needs to be plugged into the TV and you can start to play. It looks fairly cheap, runs 8 bits games (old, old stuff) and allows for 2 players gaming. Update...

Teletext for the 21st Century

12/13/2004, This little gizmo is using sounds and light sequences to notify users of news and information. The incoming data given as examples are emails and weather reports. The user can ask for detailed information by waving their hands in front of the interface or...

Hitachi Electronic Paper in 2006?

12/13/2004, Hitachi is believed to be preparing the launch of their electronic paper product for 2006. Their product has a thickness of 3mm and delivers full color images, unlike other competing products. It remains to be seen if users will adopt it and how...

Paypal and Apple iTunes link up

12/13/2004, Paypal users can now purchase music on Apple’s iTunes. It’s a good deal for Paypal, as they get a cut on each financial transaction. Today, 70% of Paypal transactions are related to eBay. However, the service is becoming increasingly popular....

Hov Pod: A mini hovercraft

12/10/2004, The Hov Pod looks a real blast. Similar to a regular hovercraft, the Hov Pod lets you glide across sea, lakes, rivers, grassland, marsh, sand, snow and ice on a cushion of air. Now there’s no need to bother about tide times or slipways – turn...

Laptop fertility warning

12/09/2004, Researchers at the State University of New York found that keeping a laptop off the laps could damage male fertility. “It is very difficult to predict how long the computer can be used safely,” he said. “It may not be at all, if the...

Siemens MyAy, a Sensor Gadget

12/09/2004, Personaltechpipeline reports that Siemens is working on an gadget that will alert you of if its environment changes. It can detect motion, temperature and noises. The MyAy can also detect of someone tries to move it, thanks to its acceleration detector. A...

Shushi-shaped pillows

12/07/2004, Ok, it’s rather low-tech, but I couldn’t stop myself from posting about this sushi-shaped pillow. You can order the pillows on eBay (ships in the U.S. only). The pillows are available in many sushi and rolls. Read…

Apple threatens iTunes.co.uk owner

12/06/2004, “Apple has accused the owner of iTunes.co.uk of being a cybersquatter, and taken him to UK registry Nominet demanding to be given the domain. Unfortunately, the owner happens to be one Benjamin Cohen, the “dotcom millionaire” of lore,...

UberGizmo Firefox search plug-in

12/06/2004, About 20% of our readers are using Firefox. Just for them, we have created a search plug-in for UberGizmo. Basically, this will let you search our site without having to go to our homepage. It’s very easy to install and it’s also easy to...

Best of last week

12/05/2004, Science/MiscGenetically engineered plants detect land mines by changing colorSmart Fabric inspired by pine conesT-Rex superbikeNext Generation Human-Computer InterfaceiFBot, a companion for the elderly, in JapanMicro Jet Engine to power mobile phonesNASA...