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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Caterpillar invades your workspace and connects your USB gadgets

A big bug has arrived and offers connections for up to four USB gadgets that you have. It won’t turn into a butterfly before it’s managed to fulfill its duty.
Caterpillar invades your workspace and connects your USB gadgets
A Caterpillar-shaped USB hub is certainly a unique one to have on your work desk. It’s kinda cute, neither ugly nor scary with spikes. The two eyes should be the LEDs that will blink when USB signals flow through it. For only $10, you can get it from USBFever.

NANO BREATH cell phone checks breath for diseases

Bad gases such as CO2, NOx and ammonia (NH3) will come out of your mouth, if you’re one who carries some diseases. If you’re a health-conscious geek, you may like the idea of having a cellphone to check your breath for diseases as well as checking others’ breath before the diseases transmitted to you.
NANO BREATH cell phone checks breath for diseases
Applied Nanodetectors Ltd. (AND) is currently working on a prototype of a cell phone that can detect bad gases and from that on it can tell whether you’re a carrier of any diseases.
This cell phone simply checks the breath of the users to detect those gases. The phone has a chip that is integrated with various sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bad gases in the bad breath. It just takes minutes for the cell phone to trace the mentioned gases.
Once those gases detected, the chip will start analyzing the composition of the user’s breath, working out the density of each gas. The results will be compared against characteristics of various diseases to check out the possibility of one suffering from certain type of disease.
The cell phone is currently still in its prototype stage, AND is currently preparing it for the International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference. This breath-checking cell phone is likely to take more years to come into the market. It shall be a handy one to keep you away from those diseases, and you can always check people around while you’re on the go.

Pocket Purifier

You hate cold and flu seaon, you don’t wanna suffer from any one of these sicknesses. But during the cold and flu season, you’ll hardly be able to stay away from getting infected, unless you keep yourself isolated from others.
Pocket Purifier – portable UV germ-zapping device, protects you from cold and flu
Here comes a portable device, a pocket purifier, which uses UV light to zap those bacterias and germs, the culprits of spreading cold and flu all over. This highly pocketable purifier claims to be able to eliminate up to 99.99% of E-coli, staphylococcus, salmonella, and germs that cause the flu and the common cold.
You just need to point this pocket purifier to those objects (your mobile phone, gadgets etc) suspected to have been touched by those carrying flu, it will then cleanse up these objects and they’ll be safe to touch. The portable device is equipped with a 4W ultraviolet light that is efficient to kill those germs in 10-15 seconds only.

Nokia launches N79 Active, a fitness phone with heart rate belt

Nokia has launched their new cellphone, N79 Active, which is specially designed to target fitness-aware geeks. The Nokia N97 N79 Active comes with a Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt, which is worn by the user to record heard rate, while he or she is on a treadmill or out for a run. The belt sends the heart rate to the Nokia phone wirelessly which you can then have a nice visual analysis for your heart rate.
Nokia launches N79 Active, a fitness phone with heart rate belt
The Nokia N79 Active also features aGPS and software which allows you to upload your favorite running paths to the Internet to share with other fitness fans. Besides, the aGPS, the phone also comes with couple of sport-friendly features such as share-proof, noise reduction headphones and 4GB microSD card that lets you carry large amount of music to enjoy during your sport sessions.
Other goodies found on this phone including a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. According to Nokia, this phone is the smallest Nseries device launched so far which comes with headphones and an armband. It’s expected to retail at EUR 375.

Canine Treadmill for your dog

Apparently, your dogs need some work out in order to keep them not to be overweight. Here comes the Canine Treadmill which makes it so handy for the owner to get the dog some consistent exercise, regardless of weather condition.
Canine Treadmill for your dog
This treadmill has a whisper-quiet motor, which drives a sturdy rubber belt that is soft on paws. Side rails keep dogs’ attention forward, and most pets will benefit from 45 minutes of moderate activity. Speed, distance, and incline can be adjusted using simple controls. Each model is equipped with a safety on/off switch.
It needs AC for the power. It comes with training guidelines, which shall be easy for you and your dog to pick up. A small treadmill which is specially made for toy breeds and dogs up to 30 lbs, so be sure not to drop an overweight puppy onto this machine. It uses a 1/2 hp motor, has a 28 3/4″ L x 13 3/4″ W running surface with 0-14% incline, and operates at speeds from 0.3 to 5 mph. With recessed treat holder and weighs 47 lbs.

Weightbot – a weight tracking tool for the iPhone and iPod Touch

If the iPhone or iPod Touch is always with you, it’ll be the most handy gadget to help you track your weight if you’re on a slimming plan. Here comes the Weightbot, which is an application that is specially designed for both the iPhone and iPod Touch to track the weight of the users.
Weightbot – a weight tracking tool for the iPhone and iPod Touch
The Weightbot comes with beautiful graphs to track you weight over time, it displays those graphs which show the weekly, monthly, and yearly progress of your weight, so you can make use of it whether you’re still on track or deviated from your original weight loss plan.
The Weightbot allows the weight information collected to be backed up online over a secure connection, and you can set your own goal weight and watch your weight slope towards the finish line. And of course, the app treats your weight information as the highly confidential one, which allows you to set passcode, so others will not be able to take a peek or spy on your weight.
With all the fancy graphs and high usability, it definitely costs some, but it’s highly affordable. For only $1.00, you can get it from Apple App Store, but it’ll be on the store for a limited time only.

SnorePro stops pro snorers from snorin

Snoring will bring lots of troubles to your partner in life. He or she will get bad mood as you always snore while sleeping, as he or she will have insufficient sleep everyday.
SnorePro stops pro snorers from snoring
If you keep snoring every night, then we consider you a professional snorer. And you must be stopped from snoring in order to give better quality sleep to your spouse and even your neighborhood. The SnorePro SP600 is another snore stopper that is specially designed to detect the buzzing noise coming out of you, and it alerts you to get you to stop snoring.
This device basically sends a mild electric shock, which will probably wake you up or at least get you to make a change of your sleeping position, that will stop you from snoring. It’s making use of biofeedback, by having kicked you several times electrically, then you’ll gradually be trained to suit some positions that prevent you from snoring.
Furthermore, the device has a snore recording feature that can be used to record, to strongly prove that the one sleeping next to you has actually been snoring. Just strap it on your wrist if you’re a snorer, so you won’t ruin the life of your partner.

A bite counter may help your kids grow healthier teeth ?

The Japanese may get little crazy, or they’re the kind of weird parents who think getting the kids to bite as many times as possible in a day would lead them to grow with better teeth ?
A bite counter may help your kids grow healthier teeth ?
The gadget presented to you here is a headgear which comes with two ear hooks which is to be worn like glasses, and a pad shall be nicely placed under the chin to measure the number of bites. This bite counter even plays a jingle when your kid has reached the 1,000 chews, to celebrate for this special occasion.

U-Tag ICE, Dog Tag stores your emergency medical info

U-Tag ICE, a little dog tag that you can carry around or just attach it to your necklace. This little tag is useful during emergency as it stores your medical information.
U-Tag ICE, Dog Tag stores your emergency medical info
Lets say, you had a car crash, to be rushed into the hospital, you’re unconscious and you needed blood transfusion. There would be no one around who could tell your medical info, such as your blood group type etc. During the emergency, if you carried one of these little dog tags, then the doctors into rescue could then plug this USB dog tag into the computer and access your medical info.
The U-Tag ICE dog tag was initially designed for motorcyclist in mind but now it’s marketed towards anyone adventurous. It’s imprinted with the U-Tag logo and the word ICE which stands for “In Case of Emergency”. The little tag supports USB 1.1/2,0 standards and it can store 10 years or more of your medical data. And you can have the info stored on it in 7 languages. The tag is weather proof, enclosed in an aluminum alloy enclosure.
The dog tag military style costs you around $49.99. But if you’re not interested in this type, you can also get the card style for only $39.99

Honda introduces wearable assisted-walking gadget

Some people might need to stress their knees and legs a lot in their daily work. Such as those working in the auto line or factories will always need to repeat crouching and getting up, that will bring lots of stress to their knees and legs.
Honda introduces wearable assisted-walking gadget
Honda has unveiled a wearable assisted-walking gadget, which is to help those workers working in their factories to reduce some stress on the bottom part of the body. The device is meant for those who need a lift, even for the healthy ones.
The device is like a bicycle seat with two walking robotic legs. To wear it, you put the seat between your legs, put on the shoes and push the on button. Then start walking around, you should feel how it supports your moves, and the stress on your knees should be much reduced when crouch walking etc. But it may take you some times to get used to walking assisted by this gear.

Philips goLITE shines you with blue light to fight Winter Blues

We need to be exposed to certain amount of lights a day in order to stay healthy and in good mood. For those who always keep themselves in darkness, having very low exposure to lights will lead to develop depressions like winter blues and cabin fever.
Philips goLITE shines you with blue light to fight Winter Blues
Exposure to lights here doesn’t mean you need to be exposed to sunlights directly. You can simply point a lamp at your face, that will give you certain amount of lights. But, it’s definitely not a pleasant feeling for having to point a lamp on your own face as it simply blinds you from seeing other things for a moment.
Now, thanks to Philips, which they’ve just released a handy gadget, called the goLITE, which emits soft and pleasant blue lights that our body needs. Our body responds best to certain wavelengths of light. The goLITE simply emits the suitable wavelengths that our body needs. It uses optimal frequency blue LEDs to deliver the most positive effect on the body.
The light from the goLITE is actually not weak, but it is okay to human eyes, which gives little bit of visual imprint when you glance away from it. It’s certainly much better than having a lamp shining on your face that most likely blinds you for a short while. The light emitted by goLITE will give you the feeling like sunshine in winter.
The device is also equipped with a back lit touchscreen which can be used to adjust the light intensity, set timer or alarm clock, and it can be used as a desktop clock when it’s not used to shine the blue light. There is also a magnetic stand on the back that keeps this unit up on your desk.

iPhone DSLR Remote app wirelessly controls Canon DSLR

iPhone DSLR Remote app wirelessly controls Canon DSLR
onOne has released their DSLR Remote application for the iPhone, which allows iPhone users to control their DSLR cameras (Canon only) wirelessly using the iPhone from afar.
The Canon DSLR camera needs to be hooked up to a computer (via USB) such as a netbook, and the DSLR Remote app on the iPhone is able to communicate with the computer wirelessly. The user can then use the DSLR remote app to control the camera such as controlling the shutter speed, aperture and white balance.
Furthermore, the application can be used to live stream the camera’s Live View Feed onto the iPhone, so the user can have a real-time look at what is in the frame. This iPhone DSLR app will be available on Apple store with an introductory price of $10 and will jump to $20 once the introductory period is over. It also has a lite version which is restricted to the capability to snap photos only. Again, this DSLR app is only meant for controlling Canons. Visit onOne for the compatibility list.

Orange power pump charger

Orange has always wanted to promote green chargers for mobile phones. The latest charger announced by Orange is the Power Pump charger which comes in the form of a common air pump that is used for setting up a camp.
Orange power pump charger
The Power Pump charger harnesses the kinetic energy from an air bed foot pump, a usual piece of camping equipment, which in turn drives a turbine to produce electricity for juicing up your mobile phones and other gadgets. The Orange Power Pump charger is definitely useful for campers, especially handy during emergency when the mobile phone is out of battery, where this charger can be useful to fill your mobile phone with juice and lets you communicate with the outside world for a rescue

Citizen Bluetooth watch controls camera

Citizen has announced the AIBATO M Bluetooth watch which is able to let the users to wirelessly connect to a cellphone for a few operations such as trigger the camera, browse emails and show calls and messages.
Citizen Bluetooth watch controls camera
The AIBATO M Bluetooth watch is available in two colors, which are black and silver. The black model has a rubber strap, whereas the silver one has a metal strap. This Bluetooth Watch comes with a desk-stand which is for charging the watch. A full charge of the battery allows the watch to last for up to five days.
Citizen Bluetooth watch controls camera
This Bluetooth watch can give the user audio and video alerts and even vibration. Unfortunately, this Citizen watch works with selected models of Sharp and Softbank handsets only. The pricing information is unclear but it’ll go on sale in Japan.

Solid gold iPhone

iPhone is a super popular gadget. But to make it to appeal to those who’re rich or the celebrities, the best is to get it diamond-studded or gold-plated. Here comes the solid gold iPhone, which is not only gold-plated but actually it’s solid gold.
Solid gold iPhone
The price is definitely super expensive, made from 22ct solid gold, and it’s adorned with diamonds. It costs you a massive $34,168 and can be purchased from Stuart Huges. We’ve ever featured another Huges’ product before – an iPhone with its rear logo and front bezel struck with 24-carat gold, carries a much cheaper price tag of $1120 only, and apparently carries less gold than this solid gold iPhone

BlackBerry Curve 8520 aka Gemini leaked, features an optical trackpad

BlackBerry Curve 8520 has some photos leaked, it’s found that it’s actually the early reported BlackBerry Gemini, which had now evolved and become the Curve 8520.
BlackBerry Curve 8520 aka Gemini leaked, features an optical trackpad
The Curve 8520 has dropped the usual trackball seen on BlackBerry smart phones and the trackball is now replaced by an optical trackpad on the BlackBerry Curve 8520.
A trackpad has a at least one advantage over the trackball which is it needs only touch to use. The Curve 8520 also includes a rubberized grip on the edges, including the buttons, and there are dedicated media controls at the top.
The BlackBerry Curve 8250 aka Gemini, shall have more or less the same features found on the BlackBerry 8900 Curve, such as a 2-megapixel camera, EDGE support (without 3G), but a lower-resolution (320×240) screen and the WiFi should be more advanced supporting 802.11n (wireless N). There is no info about its availability.

Sofa functions as USB hub

This is a new idea, by making a sofa to also function as a USB hub. So users sit on the sofa can hook up to several USB devices to it and also share data among them.
Sofa functions as USB hub
The conceptual USB sofa is to have seven USB ports, allows you to plug in your laptop and you can then share data with other users who are also connected to the sofa. It seems like the initial idea of this USB sofa was to let users sit on the sofa to share data.
But with the advent of wireless connectivities such as Bluetooth and WiFi, the USB sofa will definitely be less practical compared to the mentioned wireless technologies. Perhaps, the USB sofa is better used to share USB devices, such as letting users sit on the sofa share USB display, speakers, keyboard etc.

Sonic bed for good quality sleep

If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, the problem may lie in your bed. You don’t have a bed that can blast good music to get you into dreamland quickly. The coffin-shaped Sonic bed by Kaffe Matthews is a bed that makes use of bed-time music to give the users better sleep quality.
Sonic bed for good quality sleep
The Sonic bed is equipped with high-quality stereo loudspeakers, and six subwoofers on its underside. The subwoofers generate extremely low frequencies that are said to be able to penetrate the human body, to provide the user with a deeply sensuous audio experience. With the Sonic bed, you’ll surely get good quality sleep.

Love of socks: Camera and furniture made of socks

Love of socks: Camera and furniture made of socks
A camera and furniture here are made of socks that do not stink. They are simply great artwork from the hands of a designer, Netta Amir, who has good imagination and creativity on how to build things using socks. The camera was made with pretty fine detail, where there is an LCD display and those necessary parts of a camera. More pictures after the jump!
Love of socks: Camera and furniture made of socks

Liquid Lamps may confuse others you have a messy room

Caina’s Design Shop has come out with some uniquely designed Liquid lamps for your home. They are designed like an overturned bucket with spilling paint or blood.
Liquid Lamps may confuse others you have a messy room
If you have a few of these lamps in your room, when someone opens the door and steps in, the first impression is you have an overly messy room with a few overturned buckets that have red blood paint spilling. Or you would be thought to have killed someone and filled those overturned buckets with blood.
The spilled blood or paint of the overturned bucket is actually the base or stand of the lamp. And they’ve been blended so well into it, which will deceive others when looking at it from afar. The Liquid Lamps have two color choices for the stand which are red or white.
Liquid Lamps may confuse others you have a messy room
These uniquely designed Liquid lamps are 12.5-inch in height, 11.5-inch wide and 8.2-inch depth. The red lamps carry a price tag of $262, whereas the white lamps are cheaper cost only $227.

Cute Elephant Lamp

When you think elephant is cute other than its clumsy body, you may wanna have an Elephant Lamp to spice up your living space.
Cute Elephant Lamp
That is the lamp shown in the picture, in a shape of an elephant. It gives out soft glow to your living space, and some more it serves as an eye-candy. It maybe worth having one, to replace your dull boring lamp. It costs only $74 and available at PID store.

Lounger hover chair floats in the air using magnets

The Britain’s biggest gadget show, Stuff Live has showcased an unusual hover chair called Lounger, which is able to float in the air.
Lounger hover chair floats in the air using magnets
The chair is claimed inspired by “Star Wars”. It uses the powerful repulsive magnetic forces to float in the air. While you lie on this chair, close your eyes, it feels like you’re floating on a cloud. Unfortunately, the Lounger chair carries a price tag of $9,500, meaning that you must be rich enough to own this chair, so you get to feel the sensation of floating on a cloud.
The Stuff Live gadget show seems to be stuffed with lots of expensive gadgets. The hover chair is considered cheap compared to another star attraction – a pair of limited edition curvy metal loudspeakers that costs 70,000 pounds or USD $113,000. At this show, you’ll have to temporarily forget the financial worries that have been bothering you due to the recent economy crisis.

Sound Chair gets its shape based on 3D plot of audio waves

The shape of this Sound Chair might look little strange to some people. You’ll be wondering how could the designer of Sound/Chair come out with such a shape.
Sound Chair gets its shape based on 3D plot of audio waves
Since the name of this product is related to sound, it must be inspired by it too. Yes, the Sound/Chair has been precisely engineered from a 3D waveform plot of a short audio clip.
Designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez started the design of this chair, by having a 3D plot of a short audio clip, based on the volume, time and frequency etc.
He then fed the 3D plot into a computer-controlled water-jet cutter, which led his way into cutting out this strange-shaped chair from a block of Polyethelene foam.
Plummer-Fernandez had even tried 719 different sounds before he managed to settle down with one that was suitable for a comfy chair with proper arm-rests. This Sound/Chair is made with limited quantities, which is now available at Selfridges UK for a whopping price tag of £3950 or about $7015 USD.

Alien tables with aliens posing in new positions

We’ve seen couple of times of these alien tables. And of course, my first reaction was I wouldn’t want any one of them to go into my living space. It’ll definitely bring me nightmare if I get to see it every night before going to bed.
Alien tables with aliens posing in new positions
But if you have become so much interested in these weird tables from outer space, you’d definitely be interested in the two new positions that have been added by the aliens. The two aliens now have posed in two new weird positions which they’ve got the funny titles so called “crouching position alien” and “emerging from alien egg alien”.
And again these alien tables are handcrafted from used car and bike parts and other recycled metals and tools. They all stand 32 inches high and is 27.5 inches in diameter and each piece costs $500. But it should be hard to get them to blend well with other furnitures and decors in your living room.

Biro Lamp as pen holder

I’m also one of those who tends to misplace or lose a pen. Some times, I’ll still be able to retain the body but losing its cap only. And of course, some times, I’ll misplace it and no matter how hard I search around, I can’t locate it.
Biro Lamp as pen holder
Losing a pen always happens to me no matter I’m in the house or in the office. That is a bad habit. Some more, I think I don’t have a prominent pen holder that is able to remind me always that I have to put my pen back to its holder.
If I had the Biro lamp, it could be a different story.This lamp comes with a lamp shade, which serves as a nice place for those pens to dangle on. If you leave the Biro Lamp close to your work space, you’ll always get reminded that you’ll need to put those pens back to its lamp shade, in order for it to look tidier with all pens dangling and aligned nicely as its extended lamp shade.
What a good idea that the Biro Lamp brings, which lets you save your pocket for buying new pen, whenever you’ve lost it.

Alien tables inject nightmares in your living space

Alien-shaped furniture is not new to us. We’ve seen couple of the alien-shaped sculptural pieces before. And now, we have a few more pieces to give you a better view of them here.
Alien tables inject nightmares in your living space
The two alien tables shown here shall come from the same hands. Having these alien tables in your living space, will surely give you some trouble. Especially when you get up in the middle of the night, the scary looks of the aliens definitely freak you out. And you’ll then have to sleep with continuous nightmares.
The alien-shaped tables are made from recycled parts of used cars and old bikes. And with a mixture of other tools, recycled metal that make every piece of the aliens’ so unique. The prices of these aliens are not cheap at all, which you’ll have to pay from about $300 to $4,450 each. These alien pieces are definitely not easy to make. They shall deserve the price tags that they carry. But unfortunately, the overly scary looks will put off some people buying them. Especially those with kids, having these pieces in the house is simply no good, that will continuously bring nightmares to you and your family.

TT Tetris Chairs

It’s not first time we’ve come across furniture made in shape of Tetris block – the famous stacking blocks used in the well-known arcade game – Tetris. There are many advantages having furniture or household gadgets made in the shape of tetris, at least it saves lots of space for your tiny apartment. As all the pieces can be stacked up on top of one another.
TT Tetris Chairs
Here comes the TT Tetris Chairs that give you similar Tetris effect, saving lots of space for your tiny apartment. The TT chairs are being sold by Japanese retailer Rakuten and come in 6 different colors. And they’re flexible to let you position them in a variety of configurations to suit your needs.
TT Tetris Chairs
These Tetris TT chairs could sound little pricey to some people. A piece of the TT chairs costs you as much as $235, which might not be affordable for those owing a little tiny apartment. If you insist that you want the Tetris effect of saving space and the Tetris fun that you could get out of it, then you’ll have no choice just to folk out that much to get at least a few pieces for your tiny apartment.

Rolling Bench – rolls the other side up for dry seat!

Somehow it’s kind of hard to maintain the cleanliness or dryness of the bench which has cushion that sucks up wetness. Especially bench left in an open space will get spoiled after a rainy day or by some wet butts. The rolling bench here is definitely a neat idea. Once it gets wet, you just need to roll its handle at the side to rotate and expose the dry side of the seat.
Rolling Bench – rolls the other side up for dry seat!
It’d be a plus, if the bench could come equipped with some blowers or dryers attached to its two legs to dry up the wet side that has been rotated downward.
Rolling Bench – rolls the other side up for dry seat!

Luna Blocks

Some giant Lego bricks called LunaBlocks are the great building blocks for making your own Lego furniture in your home. This is a great DIY idea, for the Lego fans, which you can make use of your own creativity to build some Lego pieces in your living space.
LunaBlocks – giant Lego blocks for making your own Lego furniture
Designers Thierry Nahon & Philippe Landecke have created these LunaBlocks, which are claimed to have transformed the Lego bricks into some larger pieces which allow kids to use in their building games. The LunaBlocks are simply cool, which many Lego fans will surely wanna own.
LunaBlocks – giant Lego blocks for making your own Lego furniture
Stacking up some Lego bricks to build up your chair, sofa, dining table is a great idea. The simply helps you save lots of space in your overly tiny apartment. When you don’t need them, just simply dissemble the Lego bricks for easy storage.
LunaBlocks – giant Lego blocks for making your own Lego furniture
The LunaBlocks come in different materials, which you get blocks made of glass, polypropolene, metal and also rubber. Each block costs between US$20 to $60. You can it online from a French website, Homology. A couple of colorful pieces are great to fill up your super tiny apartment with beautiful colors.

NapTV – nice combination of a TV and a chair

How you wish that your TV screen could be hanging on top of your bed that you don’t have to hold your head up for watching it. Which is just lying down will let you watch the TV screen comfortably. When your eyes are tired, you could just close your eyes and take a nap.
NapTV – nice combination of a TV and a chair
Now the smart designer Sung-kyu Nam has introduced a new TV concept that could let you watch TV while you’re lying down. The concept is the NapTV, which is an extraordinary fusion of TV and a chair.
While you feel like reading books, then you can use it as a chair sitting on it and read your books. While you feel like watching TV or time to take a nap, then just slide yourself under it to watch the screen and when your eye lids are getting heavier and heavier, you can simply close your eyes and fall into your dreamland.
NapTV – nice combination of a TV and a chair
The NapTV would be a good concept for those lazy butts. Kids will love this idea. But having to slide your body under it to watch the TV screen will have little negative effect to your eyes, which easily gets your eyes tired. But maybe that is the purpose of this NapTV, once your eyes get tired just close them for a nap.

Smart Carpet helps elderly not to fall easily!

A smart carpet is now being developed by the researchers in University of Missouri, to help the elderly to alert them when they fall. We all know the elderly have weaker bones. Once they fall, the result will be broken bones that will take long time for them to recover and even some have to end up lying in bed for few years or cannot recover at all.
The smart carpet here will help reduce the chance of the elderly falling. It’s equipped with electronic sensors to sense once an elderly is about to fall and alert them with sound, so they could possibly cling on something to prevent falling.
The sensors are just printed on sheets in the smart carpet using flexible and inexpensive organic ink. These organic Ink sensors can be utilized in the thousands on a sheet layered between a room’s carpet and carpet pad. The data collected by the smart carpet can be sent to a computer for further analysis by caregiver. From that on, caregivers would be able to anticipate whether or not the elderly individual was in danger. The smart carpet will be available in two years’ time.
Hope the audible alert produced by the smart carpet not too vibrant. Or else, it’d probably give negative effect, such as making the seniors panicking which in a result they’ll fall more seriously or hit any object in the room.Smart Carpet helps elderly not to fall easily!

Sol Air harnesses wind and hand-wind power to charge your gadgets

Sol Air is a wind-harnessing charger that can charge various gadgets. Sol Air was designed by industrial designer, Clarisse Paula Fernando. The charger makes use of wind and human energy to charge gadgets; it also doubles up as an alarm clock.
The Sol Air charger just needs to be placed near a window, and it’ll grab from the free energy source to store into its internal battery. If the wind isn’t blowing, you still get a choice to hand wind it to generate some juice for charging your gadgets.
Sol Air harnesses wind and hand-wind power to charge your gadgets
You just need about 5 minutes of winding of the device to be able to charge a cellphone. The device also features a photo-luminescent casing, which captures sunlight and glows after dark. But it doesn’t convert the sunlight into electricity.

Sony Playstation Eye webcam to have facial recognition capabilities

Sony PlayStation Eye camera is a new accessory for gamers for the Sony PlayStation. The Eye webcam will come with four microphones, two zoom levels, and capture as high as 120fps. This webcam is meant to enhance gameplay on the Sony PlayStation game console. And Sony has plan to add new facial recognition capabilities to its Sony PlayStation Eye webcam. Sony said that their new PlayStation Eye webcam for their console, will be able to detect gender and even tell the age of the face.
Sony Playstation Eye webcam to have facial recognition capabilities
The webcam will also be able to differentiate special facial features, such as nose, eyes and ears and is even smart enough to know if you’re smiling or not. With this webcam to work with the Sony PlayStation game console, the gamers should be able to use their facial expressions or let different faces control gaming etc.
Some more, the PS Eye webcam will also work with the Sony Motion Controller, with the Eye camera tracking the X, Y and Z motion by using the glowing sphere. However the motion controller is also equipped with accelerometer which is able to track motions as well while the gamer is outside of the Eye camera.
In order for games to tap on the Eye camera capabilities, developers must add this new functionality in their future game titles. Developer libraries will be available for game development studios to ease their development to include support for the Eye cam in their titles. Note: The PS Eye webcam will hit the stores, bundled with Hasrbo’s RPG / card game The Eye of Judgment on October 23rd, for a low price of $69.99 only.

Bose launches Soundlink wireless USB speaker system

Bose has launched their new Soundlink wireless USB speaker system which allows you to stream music from your computer to the speaker system wirelessly.
Bose launches Soundlink wireless USB speaker system
The Bose Soundlink needs you to hook up the included SoundLink USB key to the computer, and you can then select music from any sources such as iTunes, Pandora etc to be wirelessly streamed over from the computer to the speaker system.
There isn’t a need to install any software or to have WiFi connection between the Soundlink speakers and the computer. Furthermore, the audio signal can penetrate through walls, it travels via a long-range wireless link which gives no problem even the speakers and the computer are separated by floors or walls. The speaker comes with a Li-ion battery, which allows it to playback at full volume for a minimum of three hours.

Silicone case for iPod Nano 5G

Again on, a silicone case for the iPod Nano 5G was spotted. This silicone case is claimed based on a mock-up design of the upcoming iPod Nano 5th generation with a 1.5:1 screen and a camera.

The silicone has an elliptical hole in the back, which should be for the camera of the iPod Nano 5G. But there is no guarantee that the final design of the iPod Nano 5G launched by Apple later would follow this design exactly. Anyway, the price of this case is only $1.20, which shouldn’t be much of a risk.

Stylish woodstation forecasts weather

Weather forecast information can be obtained almost everywhere. Just turn on your TV, radio, or get on a website or feed, then you can get a handful of them. There should be no strong reason why you wanna invest in a dedicated weather station.
Stylish woodstation forecasts weather
But if you’d like to have a stylish piece of wood to sit on your work desk, offering little interactiveness, as well as telling you whether it’s good or bad to proceed with the planned outdoors; then the Woodstation is just the right piece of wood for doing all the mentioned.
The Woodstation is made of a stylish piece of maple or walnut. It simply looks like a small chuck of wood sitting on your work desk. Waving your hand over its motion sensor will “turn it on”, and then start presenting you with some glowing icons that tell you the current weather, humidity levels, temperature and also date and time.

Calvin Klein USB Sunglasses carry your data in sunny days

Calvin Klein has introduced their USB sunglasses. Besides protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays of sunlight, they also carry your data around. The USB sunglasses has a USB flash drive hidden in the arm that offers 4GB storage capacity.
Calvin Klein USB Sunglasses carry your data in sunny days
Take a closer look in the picture, you’ll notice that the right arm of the sunglasses can be detached to work as a USB flash drive which you can then plug into a computer for copying some data. Sunglasses that work as USB flash drive also ensure you will never leave your USB drive behind in those sunny days. But what if it’s a rainy day?
The USB sunglasses will go for sale in October and is priced at $200. What a surprise that they did not try to make it earlier, ready for the summer?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Effects Of Cold Water On Human Body

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send the link to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

All About Choclates

Chocolate: Universal Product of Pleasure, Love and Friendship

Chocolate transcends all the barriers of age, gender, race, color, religion, language and nationality. Show a person who does not enjoy eating chocolates. It's in true sense a boundaryless entity.


* First chocolate house opened in London in 1657.
* Physician and collector Hans Sloane developed milk chocolate drink in Jamaica in 1689, which was later sold to Cadbury brothers.
* In 1700, mechanical mills were used to squeeze out cocoa butter that was used to make hard durable chocolate.
* The modern process of making chocolates was developed after the industrial revolution.
* New machines were manufactured and the product chocolate was sold throughout the world as a much liked product.


* Cocoa is produced from cacao trees.
* Trees grow the pods containing in it the cocoa beans.
* Once the pods are fully ripe, they are harvested by cutting them from the trees.
* Beans are removed from the pods.
* Beans are placed in bins to ferment which gives them the famous chocolate taste.
* The beans are then quickly dried.
* Beans are transported to chocolate manufacturing site.
* Beans are cleaned, roasted and graded.
* Shells are removed to extract the nib.
* Nibs are now ground that releases and melts the cocoa butter producing chocolate liquor.
* Chocolate liquor is processed to give cocoa solids and cocoa butter which are used to make chocolates by mixing milk powder or condensed milk and sugar.

Production of Cocoa Beans

* Around 70% of world's cocoa is produced in Western Africa.
* Around 50 million people in the world are employed around the production of cocoa.
* Three most dominant chocolate makers are: Barry Callebaut, Cargill and Archer Danilels Midland Company.

Types of Chocolates

* Dark chocolate.
* Milk chocolate.
* White chocolate.

Caution for Storing Chocolates

* Chocolates are sensitive to heat and moisture.
* Therefore, take care to store the chocolates.
* Keep them in refrigerator.
* Ideal temperature for storage: around 17 degrees centigrade.
* Ideal relative humidity: less than 50%.
* Do not store them near other food items. Chocolates may absorb the aroma of other food items.
* Keep the chocolates properly wrapped.

Advantages and Dis-advantages of Eating Chocolates

* Gives pleasure.
* Dark chocolate is good for circulatory system.
* Brain stimulator.
* Anticancer.
* Cough preventer.
* Antidiarrhoeal.
* Taken in large quantity, results in obesity.
* It may be addictive.
* Possibility of mild lead poisoning.

All About Cars

Here, on this page, we are going to pen down lots of interesting things about cars, the most fascinating product among all the products till date.

We will keep on updating the information about cars here from time to time. Do look up this page often for getting more and more information about the cars.

Early Days of Modern Cars

Inventor: Karl Benz of Germany
Year of production of first car: 1885
Place of production: Manneheim, Germany
Number of Benz cars sold between 1888 and 1893: 25
Countries involved in initial development of cars: Germany, France, America, Great Britain

Mass Production of Cars

Initiator: Ransom Olds
Year: 1901
Name of car: Oldsmobile
Person who further developed the mass production concept concretely: Henry Ford (Ford Motors) in year 1914
Person who introduced concept of multi models of cars: Alfred Sloan (of General Motors)

Fuels and Alternatives


Petrol (Gasoline)
* Diesel
* Bio fuels
* Electricity
* Hybrid
* Compressed air
* Water (futuristic, yet to come)


Normally a four stroke engine.

Major Car Producing Countries (not in any particular order)

* Japan
* China
* Germany
* South Korea
* France
* Brazil
* Spain
* Canada
* India
* Mexico
* UK
* Russia
* Italy
* Thailand
* Turkey
* Iran
* Czech Republic
* Belgium
* Poland

Major Manufacturing Companies (not in any particular order)

* Toyota
* General Motors
* Volkswagen
* Ford Motor
* Honda Motor
* Peugeot Citroen
* Nissan Motors
* Fiat
* Renault
* Hyundai Motor
* Suzuki Motor
* Chrysler
* Daimler
* Mitsubishi Motors
* Kia Motors
* Mazda Motor
* AvtoVAZ
* Tata Motors
* Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru)
* Chang'an Motors
* Isuzu Motors
* Beijing Automotive Industry
* Dongfeng Motor
* Chery Automobile
* Shanghai Automotive
* Brilliance China Automotive
* Volvo
* Harbin Hafei Automobile
* Geely Automobile
* Anhui Jianghuai Automobile
* Mahindra & Mahindra
* Paccar
* Great Wall Motor
* Jiangxi Changhe
* Porche
* BYD Auto

Some Top Popular Car Models

* Toyota Camry
* Toyota Corolla
* Toyota Lexus
* Honda Accord
* Mercedes Benz
* Mazda
* Nissan
* Hyundai
* Ford Mustang
* Ford Shelby
* Porche
* Lamborghini
* Audi
* Ferrari
* Chevrolet

10 (More) Reasons You're Not Rich

by Jeffrey Strain

Many people assume they aren't rich because they don't earn enough money. If I only earned a little more, I could save and invest better, they say.

The problem with that theory is they were probably making exactly the same argument before their last several raises. Becoming a millionaire has less to do with how much you make, it's how you treat money in your daily life.

The list of reasons you may not be rich doesn't end at 10. Caring what your neighbors think, not being patient, having bad habits, not having goals, not being prepared, trying to make a quick buck, relying on others to handle your money, investing in things you don't understand, being financially afraid and ignoring your finances.

Here are 10 more possible reasons you aren't rich:

You care what your car looks like: A car is a means of transportation to get from one place to another, but many people don't view it that way. Instead, they consider it a reflection of themselves and spend money every two years or so to impress others instead of driving the car for its entire useful life and investing the money saved.

You feel entitlement: If you believe you deserve to live a certain lifestyle, have certain things and spend a certain amount before you have earned to live that way, you will have to borrow money. That large chunk of debt will keep you from building wealth.

You lack diversification: There is a reason one of the oldest pieces of financial advice is to not keep all your eggs in a single basket. Having a diversified investment portfolio makes it much less likely that wealth will suddenly disappear.

You started too late: The magic of compound interest works best over long periods of time. If you find you're always saying there will be time to save and invest in a couple more years, you'll wake up one day to find retirement is just around the corner and there is still nothing in your retirement account.

You don't do what you enjoy: While your job doesn't necessarily need to be your dream job, you need to enjoy it. If you choose a job you don't like just for the money, you'll likely spend all that extra cash trying to relieve the stress of doing work you hate.

You don't like to learn: You may have assumed that once you graduated from college, there was no need to study or learn. That attitude might be enough to get you your first job or keep you employed, but it will never make you rich. A willingness to learn to improve your career and finances are essential if you want to eventually become wealthy.

You buy things you don't use: Take a look around your house, in the closets, basement, attic and garage and see if there are a lot of things you haven't used in the past year. If there are, chances are that all those things you purchased were wasted money that could have been used to increase your net worth.

You don't understand value: You buy things for any number of reasons besides the value that the purchase brings to you. This is not limited to those who feel the need to buy the most expensive items, but can also apply to those who always purchase the cheapest goods. Rarely are either the best value, and it's only when you learn to purchase good value that you have money left over to invest for your future.

Your house is too big: When you buy a house that is bigger than you can afford or need, you end up spending extra money on longer debt payments, increased taxes, higher upkeep and more things to fill it. Some people will try to argue that the increased value of the house makes it a good investment, but the truth is that unless you are willing to downgrade your living standards, which most people are not, it will never be a liquid asset or money that you can ever use and enjoy.

You fail to take advantage of opportunities: There has probably been more than one occasion where you heard about someone who has made it big and thought to yourself, "I could have thought of that." There are plenty of opportunities if you have the will and determination to keep your eyes open.

Job Interview Behaviours: Some Odd Things Reported By HR

Most managers and supervisors (and HR people) have had experiences interviewing candidates for job openings. I'm sure each of you has, at one time or another, been baffled by interviewee behaviour, but we're betting you haven't faced some of the behaviours that we list below. Certainly head-scratchers, and amusing (at least to read about). Strange but true.

Based on a survey published via the Internet, here are some of the odd things reported by HR professionals.

1. "... said he was so well-qualified that if he didn't get the job, it would prove that the company's management was incompetent."

2. "... stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."

3. "... brought her large dog to the interview."

4. "... chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles."

5. "Candidate kept giggling through serious interview."

6. "She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."

7. "Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."

8. "Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle."

9. "... asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate."

10. "... announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office."

11. "Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during the middle of the interview."

12. "Man wore jogging suit to interview for position as financial vice president."

13. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."

14. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions."

15. "... wouldn't get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the police."

16. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office."

17. "... had a little pinball game and challenged me to play with him."

18. "... bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet."

19. "At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left."

20. "... pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him."

21. "Candidate asked me if I would put on a suit jacket to insure that the offer I had made was formal."

22. "Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much."

23. "While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold."

24. "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview."

25. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: "Which company? When do I start? What's the salary?" I said, "I assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any further." He promptly responded, "I am as long as you'll pay me more." "I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer."

26. "An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that the other shoe was stolen off her foot in the bus."

27. "His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume."

28. "He came to the interview with a moped and left it in the reception area. He didn't want it to get stolen, and stated that he would require indoor parking for the moped."

29. "He took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powder and dusted it on the foot and in the shoe. While he was putting back the shoe and sock, he mentioned that he had to use the powder four times a day, and this was the time."

30. "Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one."

31. "He whistled when the interviewer was talking."

32. "... asked who the lovely babe was, pointing to the picture on my desk. When I said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and wanted my phone number. I called security."

33. "... she threw-up on my desk, and immediately started asking questions about the job, like nothing had happened."

34. "Pointing to a black case he carried into my office, he said that if he was not hired, the bomb would go off. Disbelieving, I began to state why he would never be hired and that I was going to call the police. He then reached down to the case, flipped a switch and ran. No one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk."

35. "... asked if I wanted some cocaine before starting the interview."