Monday, June 30, 2008

Honda's Walking Assist Device beginning medical testing

Honda started testing an experimental device to assist the leg since July 1, 2008, with a medical team shinseikai, Kasumigaseki - Minami Hospital (Kawagoe, Saitama District). Honda assist device walk has been established to support the elderly and others throughout the walk with the weakness of the leg muscles. Consistency and efficiency in helping a Honda walk will be evaluated during the rehabilitation and training to help people re-learn to walk safely and efficiently.

Honda currently walking help in the feasibility study stage and Honda have been compiled and presented information received from a wide range of people who believe in the organ trade fairs including the international exhibition of equipment, without barriers and rehabilitation of persons for the elderly and disabled (Sin barreras 2008) Held in April) intex Osaka) and the Social Welfare in June 2008 (Nagoya International Exhibition Hall).

Saturday, June 28, 2008

O2 showcases pedal-powered cellphone charger

Mobile phones are designed to be just that - cellphone. So it's time for charging them became ultra mobile, too. Provider network O2 may have come to the answer with his very cool-looking pedal-powered charger.

Not to be overtaken by Orange, which is a dance tests power charger and a solar energy and wind power load tent in Glastonbury, O2 is showing its new method of charging in the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park in London from 3 to July 6, 2008. The company is letting people hold office until the mobile pedaling on his BMX, Chopper and athlete-style bicycles. There is a snag, but if there will be no chatting on the move as bicycles are fixed to the ground. Not as mobile as first thought, but it's still a green alternative to connect to the network - and as many no connection at the park that might be their only option.

The creation thus able sounds like a bit of effort, especially if you're not going anywhere, but it got me thinking. O2 should sell this pedal-powered charger as a real product - that would be serious about moving cargo. It could either charge the phone as you cycle, or store up juice and charge your mobile phone once you have reached your destination.

If biking to work you no longer need a charger parts in the drawer of her desk. Or what about installing them in gyms? Or at home to encourage people to exercise more? Maybe I'm getting lead, but I did ask if O2 had plans and the market response was: "Not in the foreseeable future." I think that is a disgrace.

O2 The festival itself is also aiming to be the most environmentally friendly in history, with the usual recycling initiatives and the clearing systems of carbon and some new ideas at the top. Much of the fencing around the site will be made from recycled plastic bottles, remnants of cooking oil are converted into biodiesel and excess food will be donated to the homeless.



Diaz’s face is a mess as the round starts and Pacquiao resumes the assault. Pacquiao lands a three-punch combination to the head. Diaz throws a left and a right, which Pacquiao blocks with his gloves. Diaz simply can’t land much. Straight left by Manny snaps Diaz’s head back. Diaz’s left eye is blackening and closing quickly. Pacquiao circles and flicks a couple of jabs. Right hand inside followed by a left sends Diaz down face first. The ref doesn’t even bother to count and waves off the fight at 2:24.
Pacquiao wins by knockout

Friday, June 27, 2008

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Powered by solar energy, bright flower pot that does just

Taking photosynthesis to the next level, as its name indicates, this design 28cm tall pot absorbs the sun's rays in order to charge an internal battery that powers the built-in LEDs.

As night falls across the pot begins to shine, add a "enchantment" light touch to your garden.

There are two pots in tenders - a constant that glows white or one that phases through a kaleidoscope of colors.

The pot of the solar cell is at a peak that connects through the pot to 3 meter cable. Just stick in the ground and hide the cable. All this is splash proof, although not as much as frost.

The length of time the pot is lit depends on the amount of sunlight the solar panel is exposed throughout the day, but the claim is that you're looking at about 6-8 hours to 2-4 hours in summer and the winter.

Just white is £ 19.95, while the option to change color will cost £ 22.95.

source [engadget]

First image £ 4billion glass tower that could save - but dwarf - Battersea Power Station

A £ 4billion master plan to save Battersea Power Station before it collapses was released today.

The project includes a 1000ft-high glass tower - higher than Canary Wharf - next to the brick instantly recognizable landmark.

There will be more than 3000 houses, shopping malls, a boutique hotel and a "green" office quarter.

Plans also call for a new drive off the Northern Line to link the power station site to the subway.

The Irish developers, the third owners of the plant since it was closed in 1983, described the regime as "the most exciting real estate never proposed to introduce in Britain."

His most radical element is the transparent canopy over the development office officially known as the Ecodome, but now called "The Funnel."

The funnel, the creation of the Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, will be crowned with a huge fireplace glass and offer its own "natural" air conditioning for development, greatly reducing its electricity needs.

Developer UK Treasury Holdings said it was essential to make the whole project carbon neutral. If it gets the go ahead, the funnel exceed any structure now stands in London, when completed in 2019.

We tower over the 771ft One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

The developers insist that the transparent dome, to be of material similar to covering the Eden Project in Cornwall, is not a building but a "solar-driven system of natural ventilation," the largest of its kind in the world.

It will cover a 2.5million square feet of office development which will have only one third of the energy needs of conventional offices.

The sun warmed the air under the dome, causing it to rise up the tower, known as the chimney.

That, in turn suck in air from outside the glass canopy, which will stop at a third floor, creating a constant cool breeze that office.

The fireplace surround the apartments up to 240 meters, but the top 60 meters will be an empty glass tube.

Lack of electricity-hungry air conditioners will help developers achieve its goal of carbon neutrality, which makes the draft enormous attraction for "progressive" tenants such as Goggle and Apple to developers who hope to attract.

Rob Tincknell, general director of Treasury Holdings UK, said: This is not a symbolic gesture, it will make a serious dent in the level of emissions.

"The annual reduction of carbon is 80000 tones of CO2 per year, the same as a city the size of Newbury."

On both sides of the plant is three large apartment blocks built "no higher" than the base of the chimney.

In total there will be 3200 dwellings on the site, a huge advance in the 750 proposed by the previous owners Parkview.

Today's proposal is the latest in a long succession of plans to find a use for the 83-year-old plant. All have failed due to spiraling costs and the rapid deterioration of the building.

The latest project is likely to be the last chance to save the world famous "cathedral of industry" with its four towers white chimneys on the Thames. It has remained abandoned for 25 years and is in desperate need of repair work.

The chimneys, which are suffering from the putrefaction concrete, which will be demolished and replaced by replicas.

The power station will be restored in the centre of one of 38 acres with eight million square feet of shops, apartments, cafes, offices and a hotel.

The developers want to create three floors of shops with many independent stores "that gives the impression of a Covent Garden or a Neal's Yard." and a two-storey hotel.

Tincknell Lord said: ' This will be the first truly verifiable Britain carbon neutral major development.

"If people begin to see the credibility of the system and see the benefits of it, I think that people will support it '.

The power plant was purchased by Irish property magnates Johnny Ronan and Richard Barrett, who control the Treasury Holdings, for 400 pounds last year.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Imagine a world without Filipinos.

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History Facts behind the $20 bill

1) Fold a NEW PINK $20 bill in half…


2) Fold again, taking care to fold it exactly as below


3) Fold t he other end, exactly as before


4) Now, simply turn it over…


What a coincidence! A simple geometric fold creates a catastrophic premonition printed on all $20 bills!!! COINCIDENCE?

As if that wasn’t enough. Here is what you’ve seen…

Firstly The Pentagon on fire…


Then The Twin Towers.


..And now .. look at this!


It gets even better!! 9 + 11=$20!!


Saturday, June 14, 2008

EFiX dongle promises easy OS X installation on any PC(hackintosh)

The EFiX OS X dongle is promising an easy way to install Leopard on your PC: cram it into a free USB port, pop the Leopard install disc into your drive, reboot your PC, and it'll take care of all the messy patching and hacking. They claim it has taken them over six months of testing to get right, despite "sabotage," which immediately garners up the mental image of a wrecking crew of hipster thugs pouring gasoline into a computer lab at midnight and spray painting key phrases from the WWDC keynote on the walls.

On June 23rd, EFiX is planning on releasing a USB dongle that will let any PC boot and install OSX from a retail DVD. The commercial device is supposed to take care of all patching and other woes OSX86 enthusiasts have had to deal with. Very little information is provided other than a statement that the development process took a lot of time and that they overcame "sabotage"... so, it's got that going for it. Major OSX86 contributor (and Psystar hater) [Netkas] received a device to test and was pleased with the results. We're just going to wait and see what happens. Not that it matters; they have no plans of releasing it in the US.


Toshiba Qosmio G55 features SpursEngine, visual gesture controls

Looks like Toshiba's not too far out from a new Qosmio called the G55, which LAPTOP says is on sale next month for $1,550. Listed among the specs are an 18.4-inch (1680 x 945) display, Centrino 2 CPU, GeForce 9600M GT, 4GB of RAM, dual drives, and the "Quad Core HD processor" (probably the commercial name for the Cell-based SpursEngine), which powers many of the media functions, including its camera-based visual gesture control system. LAPTOP calls the gesture system groundbreaking, but we're clearly two sides to the same coin: the demo they gave looks cumbersome, inaccurate, and incredibly frustrating. And besides the fact that it requires "steady hands" and "can't be used by people with wrist problems," even if the gesture controls were well done, holding your arm in the air for minutes at a time is nowhere near a practical for regular use. Is it sad that we still kind of want it, though?


World's first projector cellphone is also an iPhone clone, in Rome

Ok, not Rome, but somewhere in China. But Shenzhen wouldn't have rhymed now would it? Anyway, you're looking at what's scheduled to be the world's first projector phone from ChinaKing (aka, CKing). The bits of information we scraped off the machine translated text reveals an LCoS-based projector that relies upon a LED light source and manual focus adjustment. This brick (and we mean brick) is supposedly capable of projecting a 30-inch, 640 x 480 pixel image for up to 2-hours at a time. 2-hours you say, not possible! Perhaps you forgot about the 666 day battery. Nah. A couple more pics after the break.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model revealed

The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model that was seen via video being installed in the BMW Museum in Munich last week has finally been revealed, and the futuristic design study shows how BMW designers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to the materials that make up a car and also how the car relates to the driver. GINA stands for "Geometry and Functions in 'N' Adaptations", which basically means that designers from both BMW and BMW Group DesignworksUSA were allowed to throw out the rulebook. This is most evident in the GINA Light Visionary Model's outer skin, which is made entirely out of textile fabric that's pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. The skeleton of the car is controlled by electro-hydraulic devices and can actually move and change shape beneath the fabric skin. For instance, the headlights of the concept can be exposed or hidden by the car's skin just like blinking eyes, and the hood opens from the center as the fabric parts to expose the engine. This idea extends to the interior, where BMW designers have made visible only those instruments that are required at a certain time, while the rest of the time the same fabric interior "blinks" them out of view. The car itself looks somewhat like a Z4 Roadster, though after viewing the extensive gallery of high-res images below, you'll be amazed how much the outer skin looks like normal sheetmetal. Until, that is, you see how the doors open. They lift up in a semi-scissor fashion and since there are no exposed hinges, the fabric artfully binds up as the door swings open. While the design of the GINA Light Visionary Model is very Bangle-esque with concave and convex surfaces intermingling everywhere you look, it looks appropriate and natural here. The car is very much a concept, meant more to inspire BMW's own designers and engineers rather than excite the public, but now we're excited about shape-changin, fabric-covered cars, anyway.

source: autoblog

iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th

It's been a long, leak-filled wait, but Apple finally took the wraps off its 3G iPhone. Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware -- Apple's taking a lot of the criticisms to heart from the first time around. Obviously 3G is at the forefront, but they're also making sure it's available all over internationally, works with enterprises, runs 3rd party apps... and does it all for cheaper. Apple claims its 3G speeds trounce the competition, with pageloads 36% faster than the N95 and Treo 750 -- and of course it completely trounces the old EDGE data speeds.

Battery life isn't getting put out to pasture though, with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. GPS is also a go. Apple is using A-GPS, which supplements regular satellite GPS data with info from cellular towers for faster location. (WiFi data is also worked into the mix, which should give users a pretty solid lock on where the heck they are on this planet.) Unfortunately, as expected there's no front-facing cam, and while its edges are thinner than before it's still about a millimeter thicker at the center (12.3mm over 11.6mm before). Apple hopes to launch in 70 countries this year, with the black 8GB going for $199 and 16GB for $299 in black or white. (Both price points require a contract, of course.) Apple will be hitting the 22 biggest markets, including the US, on July 11th. More info after the break.

Update: Just bought an iPhone? Listen up: "Customers who purchased a 2.5G iPhone on or after May 27 and want to swap it out for a new iPhone will be able to do so without incurring an additional handset charge for the new device. They will of course need to turn in their 2.5G iPhone." And for the rest of you, AT&T says there's no way to buy it without agreeing to a contract.

source: engadget

Monday, June 9, 2008


Llewellyn Werner admits he is facing obstacles most amusement park developers never have to deal with – insurgent attacks and looting.

When you are building an amusement park in downtown Baghdad, those risks come with the territory.

Mr Werner, chairman of C3, a Los Angeles-based holding company for private equity firms, is pouring millions of dollars into developing the Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience, a massive American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum. It is being designed by the firm that developed Disneyland. “The people need this kind of positive influence. It’s going to have a huge psychological impact,” Mr Werner said.

The 50-acre (20 hectare) swath of land sits adjacent to the Green Zone and encompasses Baghdad’s existing zoo, which was looted, left without power and abandoned after the American-led invasion in 2003. Only 35 of 700 animals survived – some starved, some were stolen and some were killed by Iraqis fearing food shortages.

In the years that followed, the zoo and the surrounding al-Zawra park became an occasional target for insurgent attacks. But in recent months, families have begun to return cautiously for weekend picnics. Renovations have already begun on the zoo, with cages being repainted and new animals arriving, including ostriches, bears and a lion.

Mr Werner, who has been sold a 50-year lease on the site by the Mayor of Baghdad for an undisclosed sum, says that the time is ripe for the amusement park. “I think people will embrace it. They’ll see it as an opportunity for their children regardless if they’re Shia or Sunni. They’ll say their kids deserve a place to play and they’ll leave it alone.”

Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the Government, is equally optimistic: “There is a shortage of entertainment in the city. Cinemas can’t open. Playgrounds can’t open. The fun park is badly needed for Baghdad. Children don’t have any opportunities to enjoy their childhood.” Mr al-Dabbagh added that entry to the park would be strictly controlled.

The project will cost $500 million (£250 million) and will be managed by Iraqis. Under the terms of the lease, Mr Werner will retain exclusive rights to housing and hotel developments, which he says will be both culturally sensitive and enormously profitable. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t making money,” he said. “I also have this wonderful sense that we’re doing the right thing – we’re going to employ thousands of Iraqis. But mostly everything here is for profit.”

A $1 million skateboard park, the first phase of the development, will open in July. Parts for 200,000 skateboards and materials to build ramps will be shipped from America to Iraq for assembly at state-owned factories and distributed free to Iraqi children along with helmets and knee pads.

The larger entertainment park, designed by Ride and Show Engineering Inc, will follow in phases, part of a strategy launched two years ago by the Iraqi Government and the US to attract private investment into the country’s 192 state-owned factories.

The factories were closed in 2003 by Paul Bremer, then the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, who believed that private enterprise would take their place. Instead, industries withered and half a million skilled workers were left jobless.

A task force headed by Paul Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defence for Business Transformation, is now attempting to revive Iraq’s factories – a task undermined by persistent violence.

But Mr Werner, whose company manages several hundred million dollars of equity, sees Iraq as a great opportunity. “Iraq to me is an open field. I have never in my life seen an opportunity with the potential that Iraq has with its skilled workforce and oil reserves.” He has begun partnerships with several Iraqi factories in the last year, investing tens of millions of dollars in joint ventures. But the Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience could prove the most ambitious. General David Petraeus, head of US forces, is said to be a “big supporter” of the project, according to Mr Brinkley.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sling TV for Iphone

We had a feeling it was coming any day now, but now we have confirmation that Sling won't be leaving iPhone and iPod touch users in the lurch when it comes to streaming TV to their devices. The bad news is the software they showed us was pre-alpha proof-of-concept, and their whole situation is hamstrung by the fact that Apple hasn't officially accepted them into the developer program yet. So what we've seen is basically an app developed out of bounds for jailbroken devices -- thus it goes without saying that Sling won't be releasing it until they can do so legitimately. But assuming all goes well, they do intend to get it out the door by sometime this fall or winter. No word yet on the Android release. Video of the app in action after the break.

source: engadget

Friday, June 6, 2008

AMD including hidden overclocking functionality in tri- / quad-core Phenoms?

Taipei (Taiwan) - AMD has pulled a rabbit out of its hat to increase the performance of its existing Phenom triple-core (8000-series) and quad-core (9000-series) processors. Six "hidden pins" on the processors and chipsets are the secret, which, our sources told us, will enable simple overclocking through the southbridge - and accelerate the current processors on demand.

The name of the game is called "unlocking the multiplier", which will be played with the SB700 and SB750 southbridge chips. If you are running an upcoming 2.8 GHz Black Edition CPU, a motherboard with the old SB600 model (RD690) will keep the processor cores operating at 2.8 GHz. However, if you have a motherboard with the SB700 chipset, you will receive a free upgrade to 3.0 GHz. And if you get a motherboard with a SB750 chip, your processor will run at 3.2 GHz, which matches the clock speed of the Athlon X2 6400+ - the highest clocked processor AMD ever offerred.

We have seen motherboards with 780G, 790FX and 790GX chipsets in ATX and mATX form factors, which all support this feature. Now it is up to AMD to execute and deliver a compelling user processor.

The actual overclocking is done either through the BIOS, a utility, or simply by pressing a physical button on certain motherboards. The release date of this technology is unknown, but we know that it will be available in time for the 790GX launch.

There you have it: An overclocking feature for AMD CPUs. It just does not get any more better than this. Now we just need to know how this overclocking feature will compare to Intel’s processors, how power consumption and heat dissipation will be affected and what that all means for AMD’s balanced platform marketing pitch.

source: engadget

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Chan sells Segways?

Yes, it's hard to believe, but we assure you there were no special effects used to create this image. Here's beloved action movie star Jackie Chan once again doing his own stunts -- the most embarrassing one he's ever done. Believe it or not, he says these are hard to sell in China.

Josh T: "Police Story 5: Loser Cop"
Paul: "In his next film, Jackie Chan will pose exactly zero threat to anyone at all."
Ryan: "This, Jackie Chan, is your punishment for 'The Tuxedo.'"
Chris: "Jackie Chan avoids Rush Hour 4 thanks to his trusty Segway."
Josh F: "Legend of Drunken Decisions"
Thomas: "Enter the Dragon, exit the nerd"
Jackie Chan: "Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead." (Seriously, he said that!

source: engadget

Digital Masterworks Art-TV could switch between TV and art display

Oh sure, GalleryPlayer enables your HDTV to instantly turn into an art display, but it doesn't even pretend to be anything classier than a multifaceted television. Samsung, however, is looking to change the game by partnering with Thomas Kinkade on a new 46-inch prototype Digital Masterworks Art-TV. The unit was recently showcased to news media, and it's said to be "housed n a Thomas Kinkade frame designed to accentuate the fine art theme." From what we can gather, it's being aimed at folks who'd love a nice piece of art sitting above their mantel, but when the time comes, they can switch off the paintings and throw on a day's worth of NFL in HD. The wild thing here is how important the actual art aspect is to the display, with hidden touch controls planned to enable viewers to flip through artworks and zoom in / out as they please. Heck, there's even integrated WiFi, a 40GB hard drive, 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response time and 500 nits of brightness. The set is due out exclusively through Thomas Kinkade's Signature Gallery later this year, with iffy plans to release it to other retailers in 2H 2009.