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Double Layered LCD

November 8, 2008

Exactly like the old animator’s trick of having stacked gels photographed at different depths in front of the lens, this concept display by designer Mac Funamizu has a dual-layered transparent LCD screen. The idea being that by displaying suitable images on both screens, you’ll get a sense of depth when you view it. A simple way of adding 3D-effects to things like GPS units? Possibly, or just a very funky LCD photo frame perhaps. Just a concept, but the sort of thing you expect might surface in a real gizmo sometime. [Ubergizmo]


Save time AND energy

November 6, 2008

My old office used to have those irritating IR-sensor lights, so if you were working late and popped out—say to the loo—for more than a few minutes, you’d be welcomed back to uninviting darkness: now you can have the same facility in your home thanks to Black&Decker’s LightsOut. Well, actually it’s quite a neat gizmo—it’s battery powered, and simply mounts directly over a light switch, which it then throws for you if it doesn’t detect movement in front of its sensor. Plus it turns the lights on when you enter. You can even change the “off” preset delay time, up to 30 minutes. Handy if you forget to switch the light off in your garage—like I often do. No word on pricing yet.

Building ads… no really, BUILDING ADS

October 29, 2008

Think this will happen in Toronto?

Whether its our wildfires, our breast implants or our hovering clouds of carcinogenic smog, we like things to be huge in Los Angeles. Take our ads, for example. G4 snapped a handful of shots of the new Resistance 2 ads currently draped over a Wilshire Boulevard office building, terrorizing those sitting in traffic — always with the traffic! — with a giant Chimeran Leviathan. Scary! Hopefully the boys and girls at Insomniac have had a chance to drive down from lovely Burbank to peep it.


Streaming and Playing mp3 and tv shows in Canada!

October 28, 2008

Here’s an all access guide to mp3’s, streaming audio and video for Hulu!

Find MP3’s


And don’t forget Lala… another great MP3 site!

FYI – if you’re in Canada… like me… and want to access Hulu or Lala… download Hotspot here!  It works!

Cool things

October 26, 2008

Here are some of the cool gadgets I came across this week.

The Vanity Mirror

Super Skinny OLED
If you thought OLEDs were thin already, researchers at the Universal Display Corporation (whose factory we visited last year) have made a flexible display that’s positively anorexic. The ultra-thin metal foil screen is less than 50 micrometers thin, which means it’s even thinner than a sheet of A4 paper. The UDC folks also claimed that their new invention exceeds the industrial target of 1,000 hours and the lifetime of conventionally sealed glass packaged OLEDs.

Blue Tooth Conference Calling

The Callpod Phoenix Bluetooth conferencing system is finally available, connecting up to five Bluetooth headsets at the same time.

MacBook Nano or IPhone Slate

If this is real… I may reconsider my dedication to the Blackberry.

These aren’t normal sunglasses… you can almost see behind you!

Latest Super-Efficient Solar Technology Captures Every Color of the Rainbow [Solar Power]

October 24, 2008



Not surprisingly, there are several ongoing attempts to increase the efficiency of solar cells: IBMs use of concentrator photovoltaics or the University of Delaware’s technology that splits light into high energy, low energy, and medium energy chunks are a couple of examples. The latest breakthrough comes from Ohio State University where a new hybrid material consisting of electrically conductive plastic with metals including molybdenum and titanium has been developed that can absorb energy from all spectrums of visible light at once. Since traditional photovoltaic materials are only capable of capturing a fraction of light frequencies, it is easy to see how this new technology could lead to more efficient solar panels.

Like other solar materials, the hybrid version relies on light that frees electrons emitted from atoms. However, in the hybrid, electrons remain free much longer than before. In fact, it emits electrons in two different energy states—a singlet state and a triplet state. Electrons emitted in the singlet state remain free for a time that is comparable to other solar materials, but electrons in the triplet state stay free up to 7 million times longer. The new material is currently in the development stages, but Ohio State has enough faith in the project to set aside $100 million for the research team to develop a commercial product within the next five years. [Ohio State via Nano Techwire via CleanTechnica via Inhabitat]

A list of fun – at least what I think is fun.

October 23, 2008

First I read this:
Pare It Down: Cut Away the Extraneous to Leave the Awesome

  • If you’re a blogger, pare down a post until you’re left with just an amazing message, and none of the noise. Also consider posting less (if you post a lot) and only posting the amazing stuff that your readers love.
  • If you’re a marketer, consider your single most important selling point. Then pare down your marketing efforts to focus on that, and let it shine.

What’s cool, and not really related to this blog?

Rocket Car will hit 1000 mph in 40 Seconds

I’m moving into a new condo… and I need a new coffee table… but this may be a little much.

One device to rule the world… I can’t wait to pay bills, listen to music, watch movies, check my email and start my car all with my keys.  Check it out!

I don’t know what’s cooler… this $12,995 monitorthe 150″ tv… or the 3mm Sony?
Vote in the comments?

Gigashift – File Sharing With a Business Model

October 19, 2008

gigashiftA new NY-based startup launched today in beta named GigaShift. Gigashift is a file-sharing service which notes several areas that they believe give Gigashift a competitive advantage over the other 9 million file sharing services on the market. These advantages include: your file recipient can begin downloading while you are still uploading the file, all files are encrypted, pause/resume functionality, and the ability to upload a 10gig file in one upload.

The service uses a simple Java applet which provides pricing once you select the files to upload. Up to 200mb is free, and then the pricing model kicks in. I tested a 3 gb file and the price was $3.50 for 7 days of storage and 3 free downloads. There are options to increase the storage to 30 days for 75 cents and the number of downloads can be increased up to 10 – 5 downloads are $7.

Gigashift appears to compete directly with other popular file sharing services including YouSendIt and Rapidshare.  Gigashift files can be secured with a password and you need the unique id for each file to download it.

For Gigashift to be successful, they clearly need paying customers. Will the average file sharer want to pay? I’d target agencies who need to share files between offices and clients. Gigashift will also need to pound the pavement to get traction and make sure they clearly communicate their market differentiation – otherwise they will just be lumped in as “yet another file sharing service”.

Printing website for reading

October 16, 2008

Hate trying to print websites and have them print too many pages or it gets cut off?


Single Wrench Makes File Sharing Secure, Simple for Business

October 16, 2008


Windows/Mac/Linux: Single Wrench, a secure file-sharing tool, intends to replace FTP transfers as a more secure, and user-friendly, way to transfer files between co-workers, clients, and anyone else for whom an insecure FTP connection might be a problem. Single Wrench installs as a Java applet from your browser, and opens a toolbar that provides drag-and-drop functionality for uploading files to Single Wrench’s server. After that, the tool’s web site allows you to set permissions and sharing on individual files. You pay to share files through Single Wrench, about $5 per GB, and there are minimum monthly storage fees. For a small business or IT department looking for a way around FTP and more complicated file sharing, however, Single Wrench could be worth a look. Hit the “via” link below for the How-To Geek’s detailed walk-through of the service.