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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Audi R8 hits New York City, A Video

A video of the new Audi R8 supercar on Park Avenue Oct 11, 2006.

Bring the sky Inside with SkyCeiling

With the SkyCeiling from Sky Factory, you can bring the outside inside. SkyCeilings are photographic illusions of real skies that fit into standard ceiling grid systems. There are two variants at present, Luminous SkyCeilings feature fluorescent or LED lighting that illuminate the translucent images from behind. Ambient a SkyCeilings are made from opaque image tiles that are lit by room or cove lighting. Ceilings are available in variety of designs or you can design your own SkyCeiling. Product Page [The Sky Factory]

Friday, October 13, 2006

Hybrid Solar Lighting

Cut down your electricity bills with the Hybrid Solar Lighting

Using a roof-mounted solar collector, the HSL3000 tracks the sun and concentratedirect sunlight into plastic optical fibers. The optical fibers tansport sunlight throughout a building to multiple “hybrid” luminaies. Containing special optical elements that disperse the sunlight, these “hybrid” luminaires blend natural light with supplemental artificial light. During periods of limited sunlight, a photosensor maintains a constant room illumination by adjusting the level of artificial lighting.
A discovery channel video segment.

Moller 'Skycar' Prototype for sale on eBay!

Want your own flying machine?? Well you can buy one at eBay. The Moller Skycar is a vertical take off and landing personal aircraft. The skycar goes 350MPH and is as easy to operate as a car, according to Moller. You need a pilot's license to operate it even though it is a flying car for everyday use. Here is a video u might want to see. Still thinking of buying one?? Here is the eBay link.

Official Pics of the Hyundai Veracruz

Hyundai Veracruz crossover ahead of its US unveiling at the Detroit show in January. Specs to follow.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

155MPH Electric "Superbus"

This Superbus developed by Researchers at Delft University Technology in the Netherlands is highly aerodynamic and can run at 155MPH. This has the same length and breadth of a standard city bus, but only as high as an SUV. This can carry around 30 passengers and has individual entrance/exit doors. So no more hassles in the doorway... Another interesting thing is that is will pick and drop people off based on their text message requests. The researchers plan to build a fully functional prototype for the Beijing Olympics in two years. Here is a VIDEO [Via Gizmodo]

Tweel, Airless tires from Michelin

New Airless tires from Michelin. Currently a prototype, these has traditional outer treads wrapped around flexible,yet sturdy spokes. [via Gizmodo]

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

SCH-B600,10 megapixel cameraphone from Samsung

Samsung's Official Press Release:

SEOUL, KOREA, Oct 10th, 2006: Samsung reinforces its technology leadership by launching the world's first 10 megapixel mobile phone (model: SCH-B600) in Korean market.

Samsung reached another milestone in camera phones by launching 10 megapixel camera phone, which was unveiled at CeBIT in March this year. Samsung has been the first to introduce mobile phone with embedded camera in 2000. Samsung has also launched the world's first 5 megapixel camera phone in October 2004 ; the world's first 7 megapixel camera phone in July 2005.

Samsung's 10 megapixel camera phone (SCH-B600) is 6mm thinner and 10g lighter than the 7 megapixel camera phone (SCH-V770) and sets itself apart from its previous megapixel camera phones by combining mobile TV capability in Satellite standard.

The B600 offers the same level of picture-taking sophistication that a 10 megapixel digital camera offers. The camera function includes 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. It also has auto focus and a flash unit that performs optimally for 10 megapixel photographs.

Also, the B600 comes fitted with a LED autofocus feature which assists users to capture clear, crisp photos even in dark settings. Located next to the lens, the LED autofocus automatically determines the distance and utilizes the appropriate focus setting for optimal photo shooting.

The B600 also supports white balance, manual focus, continuous picture-taking, and interval picture-taking functions.

It also supports Bluetooth which enables users to send pictures wirelessly to other mobile phones, printers or to Bluetooth headsets.

The high color Reproduction TFT-LCD produces the highest possible display for its size. The photo-fine chromic LCD can reproduce 16 million colors, virtually any color found in nature, earning it the "True Color" appellation. Moving pictures can be recorded in QVGA resolution at 15-30 frames per second. Users can watch live TV in crisp picture through Satellite DMB function.

It also supports external memory (MMCmicro) in addition to its internal memory. The mobile phone supports a TV-out function where users can connect their phones to view still or motion pictures. The B600 comes with a design reminiscent of a real digital camera. The front is designed as a bar-type mobile phone, while the back side is used as the digital camera.

Other advanced functions in the B600 include an MP3 player, business card reader, and 128 polyphonic sounds.

The price of Samsung B600 is around 900,000 won (about $ 900) in Korea."

Asus W5Fe,dual display laptop from Asus

This new laptop from Asus is Core Duo powered and also it has two screens. One 12.1 inch display inside and a tiny pocket sized display outside. The display is accompanied by a four way directional switch and its own power switch. This external display is meant to work with Windows Vista which features "Windows Slideshow", a system developed by Portal Player. According to Portal Player's website, this facility allows you to do the following while your laptop is switched off or in hibernation mode.

  • Relevant information at your fingertips.
  • Intelligent organization with access to calendars, e-mails, addresses, travel itineraries, movie show times, alerts and more.
  • The ability to play games, enjoy music, and share pictures.
  • Longer battery life for improved productivity.
  • A way to personalize your notebook, making it uniquely yours.
PortalPlayer claims that it can run for hundreds of hours without draining the notebook battery.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Wibree | Bluetooth rival from Nokia

Nokia unveils a new short range wireless connection Wibree, which is more energy efficient than the current Bluetooth technology and can be used to connect mobile devices or PCs with button cell power devices like watches, keyboards, toys and sports sensors. Wibree and Bluetooth can work alongside as both use similar hardware a radio which runs at 2.4GHz and an antennae. So it will be simple to build support for Wibree in regular phones supporting Bluetooth. As by Nokia,
Wibree technology complements close range communication with Bluetooth like performance within 0-10 m range and data rate of 1 Mbps. Wibree is optimized for applications requiring extremely low power consumption, small size and low cost. Wibree is implemented either as stand-alone chip or as Bluetooth-Wibree dual-mode chip. The small devices like watches and sports sensors will be based on stand-alone chip whereas Bluetooth devices will take benefit of the dual-mode solution, extending Bluetooth device connectivity to new range of smallest devices.
More information on Wibree can be found at

Music Phones from Nokia!!!

As an answer to the Walkman phones from SonyEricsson, Nokia announced three new phones for the music lovers under the label XpressMusic. These include the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic, Nokia 5200 XpressMusic and Nokia 3250 XpressMusic. These phones have dedicated music keys for easy access and also users can plug in their favourite headphones or external speakers with a 3.5 mm headset jack by connecting them to the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic using the inbox adapter. The package will also include Nokia Music Manager software for easy transfer of tracks from PC to the phone.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Pirated Vista???

Getting a pirated copy of Windows and using it was so easy till now but, it will be hard times ahead... The forthcoming Windows OS will be having much harsher steps to check piracy than the previous versions. the MS people may even cripple the OS in computers found to be running unlicensed copies. People believed to be running pirated software will initially be denied access to some of the most awaited vista features like the Windows Aero, its graphics technology. If you dont buy a license within the next 30 days, the system will deny access to much more features restricting users to just the web browser for an hour at a time. At this situation, the user can surf the web, gain access to documents on the disk drive or log onto web-based e-mail services,but the user will not be able to run other softwares. However critical updates will be available to those systems. Microsoft also said that it would not completely stop a computer running pirated Vista from working. Also sophisticated technology has been added to perform piracy checks internally, without linking to Microsoft.Vista is expected to be available to businesses in November and consumers in January.