Bionic Contact Lenses

February 12th, 2008

Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.There are many possible uses for virtual displays. Drivers or pilots could see a vehicle’s speed projected onto the windshield. Video-game companies could use the contact lenses to completely immerse players in a virtual world without restricting their range of motion. And for communications, people on the go could surf the Internet on a midair virtual display screen that only they would be able to see.

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VUDU-Download HD movies instantly no buffering

February 12th, 2008

VUDU delivers what no one else does—instant access to HD films, TV shows, and approximately 5,000 movies, from blockbusters to independent films, with more added every week. VUDU offers highly evolved but easy-to-use tools for discovering movies—you might search by title, actor, or director or browse through genres, New Releases, or special collections, like Directors’ first features.VUDU is movie freedom. Choose your movie and watch it immediately with no waiting and no buffering. VUDU requires a minimum available bandwidth of 2.0 Mbps (usually advertised by ISPs as 3.0 Mbps) for instant viewing of movies.VUDU has no activation fees and no subscription fees. Rentals range from 99¢ to $3.99, purchased movies from $4.99 to $19.99. TV episodes are $1.99.


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Classic Rock band uses digital broadcast of Alien drum player

February 12th, 2008

Element 115 originally formed in 1995 as an all original act in the Phoenix area. Personnel changes occurred shortly after forming, and the new group quickly recognized that the audience was most responsive (and got up and danced) when the classic-rock tunes they loved were played. This newer line-up appreciated that response and began focusing on writing tracks which used the best aspects of the genre (harmony guitars, harmony vocals, tasty keyboard licks, meaningful lyrics, etc.)

Over the years, the position of drummer seemed to be the hardest to keep in place, and the search for an extraordinary beat keeper ensued. While listening to some signals from a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, the guitar player discovered an intelligent message coming from space. Tracking that signal to its source, AL, a being from a world 40 light-years from Earth, was found to be the originator of that message. AL had been listening to Earths radio signals for some time and heard some rock music from the 70s and 80s. He was immediately motivated to create a drum set and start playing along. He sent a message back to Earth hoping one of these bands would hear him and let him join. Naturally, AL got the position of drummer with the band, and the line-up of Element 115 was solidified. Using a tachyon-beam technology from his home world, AL plays with the Earthers of the band wherever they entertain.

Element 115

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Cell Phone Reads to the Blind

February 11th, 2008

A new cell phone offers the smallest text-to-speech reading device ever built, a device especially useful for people with impaired vision. The phone and software come with a $2,000 price tag.

Blind Phone

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Molar Tooth Cell Phone

February 11th, 2008

This is a little older technology but I wanted to post on it cause a friend and I were talking how small cell phones could get. Royal College of Art students in London invented a phone that fits inside your tooth. The  device picks up signals with a radio receiver and uses a tiny vibrating plate to convey them as sound along the jawbone to a person’s ear.

Molar Tooth Cell Phone

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NASA want’s you to Name That Satellite

February 10th, 2008

Before the latest chapter in the search begins for supermassive black holes, new laws of physics and the mysterious dark matter, you’ll have the historic chance to help name the satellite that makes it all possible. This unique opportunity is open to the public across the globe. Now, YOU may be the one to offer the name which will be given to the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) after its launch in 2008. GLAST is NASA’s next generation gamma-ray mission, designed to explore the most extreme phenomena in our Universe and probe energy regimes far beyond anything possible on Earth. GLAST

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Jeep Renegade Concept

February 10th, 2008

This new concept car by chrystler is called the Jeep Renegade. The advanced propulsion system in the Jeep Renegade concept starts with a 40-mile lithium-ion battery pack. A range extender – in Renegade’s case, a small-displacement (1.5-liter, 3-cylinder) BLUETEC diesel engine – allows for journeys beyond 40 miles. In fact, the Jeep Renegade concept boasts a 400-mile range.Renegade’s BLUETEC diesel engine generates an additional 115 horsepower when needed, while greatly reducing exhaust emissions when compared to standard gasoline engines. Renegade is capable of achieving an equivalent petroleum fuel economy of 110 miles per gallon, which is four-to-five times greater than an equivalent gasoline-only vehicle.