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August 27, 2009

Yelp offers augmented reality on the new iPhone

EASTER EGG: Yelp Is the iPhone’s First Augmented Reality App Aim your phone at a restaurant and the camera, GPS and internet all conspire together to overlay stars and reviews on your vision.
Augmented Reality was not meant to hit the iPhone 3GS until at least the release of iPhone OS 3.1. Augmented reality uses your iPhone’s camera, GPS, and compass to show virtual items in the real world. Put your camera in front of a restaurant and it will come up with info, or use it to find nearby Twitter (Twitter) users. The potential is endless. Yelp’s (Yelp) new iPhone app is now the first iPhone App with Augmented Reality. It takes Yelp information and overlays it into the real-world. It’s actually a secret easter egg (discovered by Robert Scoble), which may be why Apple didn’t reject Yelp’s augmented reality app. We have screenshots and a demo video to show you what this is all about.

How a sewing machine works

Bits & Pieces -- How a sewing machine works

August 26, 2009

Science Finally Builds the Better Bowie Song

Scientist writes 'ideal' David Bowie Song - Odd News...

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Science! Mobile map projector with built-in GPS

Mobile map projector with GPS lights the way | Crave - CNET

August 25, 2009

How to: Make a Glowing Green Lantern Ring

How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version!

Wikipedia to limit articles on living people

Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People - NYTimes.com What do you think of this?
Officials at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit in San Francisco that governs Wikipedia, say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people. The new feature, called “flagged revisions,” will require that an experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia sign off on any change made by the public before it can go live. Until the change is approved — or in Wikispeak, flagged — it will sit invisibly on Wikipedia’s servers, and visitors will be directed to the earlier version. The change is part of a growing realization on the part of Wikipedia’s leaders that as the site grows more influential, they must transform its embrace-the-chaos culture into something more mature and dependable.

August 24, 2009

Heathrow introduces driverless car-pods

Heathrow taxi pods become a glorious, driverless reality
Heathrow Airport is rolling out those driverless pod taxis it announced two years ago, and they look just as adorable as ever. The ULTra Personal Pod cars are fully automated battery-powered pods that zoom around at up to 25mph on a special road network, and can transport four passengers and their luggage between Heathrow's Terminal 5 and its business car parks.

August 20, 2009

Steampunk Mac Mini and peripherals? Amazing.

steam.jpgDave Veloz's Mac Mini Mod, Monitor, & Keyboard | The Steampunk Workshop
Dave Veloz created this beauty for his soon to be wife in time for their recent wedding! He's done an absolutely beautiful job, outdoing me in several respects, the first being the use of actual granite for the monitor's base! steam2.jpgThe keyboard is nearly identical to mine, the major difference being the use of leather rather then black felt and his treatment of the Mac mini its connected to is brilliant in its simplicity and execution.

August 18, 2009

Video gamers: Old, fat

BBC NEWS | Technology | Video gamers 'older than thought'
The average age of an adult video game player is 35 - higher than previously thought, a US study suggests. A team from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found gamers were less healthy, fatter, and more depressed than non-gamers.

August 16, 2009

Next-gen hearing aids will have ipod jacks

Next-gen hearing aids have iPod jacks | Blog | Futurismic
Older-style hearing aids amplify all sounds, making it almost impossible for wearers to hear conversations in noisy environments. They also interfere with frequencies used by mobile and fixed phones and often emit high-pitched whistling sounds. But the newer processors, costing about $6000 each, shut out background noise, giving users up to 25 per cent better hearing, and can be attached directly to MP3 music players or wireless headsets for talking on the phone, Cochlear’s territory manager, Katrina Martin, said. They were useful for people with congenitally blocked middle ears, chronic infections that had eaten away tiny bones in the middle ear used for sound conduction, or babies born with closed ear canals, she said. The processors must be removed for showers or swimming but can last up to 15 years.