Monday, December 21, 2009

Yotaro - Creepy Crying Baby Simulator Tries to Teach You How to Parent

    To be a parent is a hard task. You should prepare as possible before their bundle of joy arrives. Lots of things to be learn when having a baby especially if it is the first one. We have heard of small baby-simulator dolls used to teach people about childcare.  In Japan’s University of Tsukuba, there is a baby robotic simulator called Yotaro. Yotaro is an interactive robotic baby that portrays a variety of facial expressions, movements and physiological characteristics all natural to babies.

    According to Designboom, "Yotaro features an interactive screen for a face, which not only displays different emotions and reacts to actions and touch, but it also cries real tears. Honestly, Yotaro looks like somebody stuck a lamp inside the head of a Cabbage Patch Kid. It doesn't resemble a baby at all.” It means the device reacts to the user through a sophisticated emotion-control system that watches and senses what they are doing and provides an accompanying reaction. That baby can do a variety of things that make it much more sophisticated than the standard baby training dolls, like crying real tears on its 2-d face. For this, it’s unusual form factor and anime-like face, the Yotaro still requires a bit of imagination to see it as a real baby.
    Parenting is fairly instinctual, and it doesn't need to be simulated beforehand, like flying a jet. Unlike flying a jet, you don't need a license to become a parent.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

    Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson's Virgin Group which plans to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public, along with suborbital space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Now the Virgin Galactic invented the unveils SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the world's first commercial spaceship with daily space tourism flights set to commence from Spaceport America in New Mexico after test program and all required US government license.

    SS2 has been designed to take many thousands of private astronauts into space. SS2 rolled out slung under the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, which will eventually carry it aloft to 50,000ft before the pair part company and a hybrid rocket engine blasts six SS2 passengers and two astronaut pilots on their sub-orbital joyride.

   Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic enthused: “This is truly a momentous day. The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation.”

    Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand to christen SS2 the "Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise" - something which is "not only an acknowledgement to that name’s honorable past but also looks to the future of the role of private enterprise in the development of the exploration, industrialisation and human habitation of space".

    Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites added: “All of us at Scaled are tremendously excited by the capabilities of both the mothership and SS2. Today is the culmination of a dream that began many decades ago, was stimulated by Paul Allen’s funding of our X-Prize winning SS1 and then moved forward to commercial reality by Sir Richard and Virgin’s visionary investment in a new future for space transportation”.   

    SS2 will be unveiled after darkness has fallen over the Mojave Desert to the sound of a space-themed anthem from Britain’s biggest DJs, Above and Beyond. Fittingly titled “Buzz” the track will sample Buzz Aldrin’s original moon landing dialogue. Following the naming by Governors Richardson and Schwarzenegger, the DJs will also perform an exclusive set at the celebration cocktail party which will follow and feature the first ever IceBar in the desert hosted by Absolut and the world famous Swedish IceHotel. All the guests will be protected from the desert cold by designer space jackets supplied by PUMA. Finally, to close off the celebrations, all the guests will have the opportunity to view the stunning night skies using specialist telescopes supplied by Ron Dantowitz of the Clay Observatory whose unique tracking cameras followed SS1 into space during the epic flights of 2004.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Vuzix Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eyewear

    Sunglasses are a kind of visual correction aid and protect the eye pupil in order to prevent strong light, ultraviolet rays. But there is a sunglass where you can view videos, called Vuzix Wrap 310 by Vuzix Corporation.

    Paul Travers, the Vuzix CEO said "The Wrap 310 promises to change the game in portable video and we're thrilled to officially deliver this product to the masses". "TheWrap 310 brings advanced features to the video Eyewear category that no product has. With capabilities to add tracking and cameras that enable augmented reality and incredible gaming experiences; there is nothing like it on the market", added Travers.

  The Vuzix Wrap 310 video eyewear is a new class of video eyewear offering designer styling with unmatched features. It is a 16:9 wide screen format. It also features an improved on-screen user interface, included independent focus adjustments for users with corrective lenses and still features compatibility with all major 3D video formats. It is powered up by two (2) AA batteries up to six (6) hours.

   The Vuzix Wrap 310 video eyewear is compatible to the following devices:

    1. All iPod/iPhone models
    2. Portable DVD Players
    3. Mobile phones with video output
    4. PCs and laptops (Requires optional VGA cable adaptor)
    5. DVD/Blu-Ray players
    6. Portable media players

    Whether you are in a travel or want to play games, the Vuzix Wrap 310 video eyewear gets the job done in style.

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Draganflyer X6 Helicopter

    If we had an unmanned aircraft that can able to stay in the sky for five years, then we also have an unmanned helicopter, called Draganflyer X6. Draganflyer X6 is an UAV aerial vehicle remotely operated by a hand held controller. It is a miniature helicopter designed to carry wireless video cameras.

    TheDraganflyer X6 Helicopter is based on a unique six custom designed high efficiency carbon fiber rotors that has been under development since early 2006. It uses 11 sensors and thousands of lines of code to self-stabilize during flight which makes it easier to fly than any other helicopter in its class.

    The Draganflyer X6 can be used in various fields such as Industrial Constructions (Bridge Constructions, Building Construction, Pipeline / Hydro-Transmission Line Inspection, Road Construction), Government Applications (Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Measures, Wildlife Management, Environment and Transportation) and Educational needs (Advanced RC Flight Research, Aerial Archeology, Environmental Assessment, and Geological Exploration). It can be used for spying on the enemy in a safe and reliable manner.

    The Dragonfyer X6 Helicopter has other features which are different and more efficient compare to other remote controlled helicopters. These are the following unique feature:

    1.   Six Rotor Co-Axial Configuration
    2.   GPS Facility
    3.   Carbon Fiber Folding Frame
    4.   Hand held Flight Controller
    5.   Advanced Power System
    6.   High Damage Tolerance
    7.   Specially manufactured Cases
    8.   Engineered for Safety
    9.   Electronic Flight Stability
    10. Telemetry Software
    11. Wireless Video System
    12. Anti-Vibration Camera Mount
    13. HD Digital Video Camera
    14. Low Light Camera
    15. Thermal Infrared Camera.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

iPod Video Goggles

    Goggles are forms of protective eyeglasses. It is usually enclose or protect the area surrounding the eye in order to prevent particulates, water or chemicals from striking the eyes. Could you imagine watching video podcast, TV shows, and movies on goggles? Yes, you can through iPod Video Goggles. 

    The iPod Video Goggle is totally different to an ordinary goggle. Why? Using the video goggles, it is equivalent to watching the movie on a 24 inch TV. Just plugged directly into your iPod, you don't need extra cables, adapters or bulky power pack. Additional to this, the power is drawn from the iPod so there’s no need for extra batteries, transformers, etc.

    You can watch your favorite episode of the office or elsewhere. Just simple wear the video goggle and plugged into your iPod, set down, relax and enjoy watching.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vulture - The Unmanned Aircraft Able to Glide in the Sky for 5 years

    Aircraft is a vehicle that can fly by being supported by the air. But have you seen an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be able to stay in the air for five years at a time? It is known as Vulture as a Pseudo-Satellite, one of the recent inventions of world.

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of United States headed by Daniel Newman is working to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle. It is known as Vulture due to its persistent pseudo-satellite capability in an aircraft package which means that this aircraft will be able to fly over a single area, communicating or performing analysis for years without refueling or any other maintenance at a time.

    While developing this project the company encounters serious problems or you may say an obstacle. One of the major obstacles is how would the designer figure out the way to supply power to such an aircraft during the long missions. Second, the aircraft will carry a 1000 pound (450 kg) payload in winds at an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet. In addition to this, the designer has also to sort out the problems regarding Deterioration of Materials during their long-time exposure to stratospheric flight.

    Vulture will be used as a surveillance and communications aircraft, which can be repositioned on an area of interest. It operates in the stratosphere and not on the Earth's orbit. This would provide a 65 dB upgrading in communications capability and will increase onboard sensor resolution.

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