Saturday, June 24, 2006

ESG Personal Flying Wings

A new parachute system known as the Gryphon has been designed by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Dräger (not sure how you’re meant to pronounce that). The Gryphon enables parachutists to fly through the air at high speed before opening their chutes, so they could be dropped miles away and fly to their intended targets.

The ESG Gryphon is aimed at the military market, where upon parachutists can be dropped up-to 40 kilometres away from the landing pad and then glide their silently and near invisible to any radar cover.

The next stage of development is to add small turbo jet drives which will increase the range even further and allow take offs from much lower heights. Batman eat your heart out.

Mysterious red cells might be aliens

There was this bizzare event which occured in kerela in Year 2001, When sky was raining RED, As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis's laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.

Read this Article HERE
Google spots Jesus in Peruvian sand dune

Can't Predict google, it can come up with anything,

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Say Hello to the Telephone Bag

If you have trouble remembering your mobile but always carry your bag then why not combine the two with the 1970’s Telephone Bag.

The telephone bag is a fully working phone, though it’s not really a mobile as it does require a jack to connect. The handset also functions as the bags handle whilst the front of the bag contains the buttons you’d expect on a normal phone.

Not a mock-up, not a Photoshop project, not a character from the upcoming live-action Transformers movie — this bag really is a fully functional telephone. It kind of sucks that it's not actually a cell phone; it's a regular phone that you need to plug into a landline, but I guess it predates all that wireless business. The kitschy caller costs $295, and it also comes in black. Still, you have to wonder who played matchmaker between the beautiful-yet-innocent handbag and the ruggedly handsome telephone, whose union produced this container-communicator hybrid, but they really have to be stopped before they discover the USB-device market. Too late!

Make money from your old mobile phone

It's always the same - as soon as you buy a new mobile, it's superceded by another model. So if you want to keep up, you could end up with a drawer full of old mobiles that are unlikely to see the light of day ever again. So how about trading them in for some cash, in-store credit or a contribution to charity?

One firm,, has so far paid out more than £250,000 this year alone to people recycling their old mobiles since the beginning of the year. They pay cash, credit that can be used at Argos or you can nominate a charity to benefit. The firm then reconditions the handsets for use overseas, where the cost of new phones is too high for the average person.

It's estimated that around 15 million phones are upgraded each year in the UK, but fewer than three million are recycled or re-used - something envirofone want to change.

According to their chief executive Pete Petrondas: "Unlike traditional schemes, we recognised that we needed to encourage the general public to recycle so we decided to offer them either cash or credit from Argos."

Everybody Say’s I’m Fine !

This very well might be the most interesting and inspiring online project anyone has done in a very, very long time. We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale throughout the blogosphere. Every few minutes their system searches the world’s newest blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”, and when it finds a phrase, it records the full sentence up to the period and identifies all the feelings expressed within the sentence (sadness, happy, depressed, etc). The age, gender, location and local weather conditions are also recorded. The depth of the presentation and user interface here is absolutely amazing, and a gorgeous execution. Around 15-20,000 new feelings are added to the database every day, there are currently 3.3 million feelings from over 833,000 people. The findings are just mind boggling and really quite fun to read. The picture he represents ‘madness‘, each ball representing a feeling, and each color corresponding the tone of that feeling. Check out their mission statement for more information– genius, pure genius.

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The world’s growing love affair with mobile devices

The latest phone models come with digital cameras, MP3 players, internet, satellite navigation, Nokia N91 has just being launched in India with a robust memory of 4 GB, we thought a 1 MB MMC Card was enough, it isn’t Samsung i380, which comes with an incredible 8 GB of storage space! Is yet to come, as mobile phones come with ever more functions, it’s possible that many users will find their multi-functional phones too complex to use.

Nokia carried out a global survey of what people want from their mobiles. Some of the results are quite surprising.

According to the Nokia survey, it seems that consumers want their mobile gadgets with more features not less.

  • 44% of mobile owners use their phone as their one-and-only camera
  • 73% don’t wear a watch or have a separate alarm clock
  • 67% say they will use a mobile phone rather than an MP3 player in the future
  • 68% would like to be able to control household appliances with their mobile

Needless to say, across the globe, mobiles were found to be the most indispensable of gadgets, with 94% saying they expected to have a mobile phone in the future.

One in five said that losing their mobile phone would be worse than losing their wallet or even their wedding ring!

Oxygen in a Can

Here comes now oxygen in cans, pehle to sirf milta tha Cola in cans !

Oxygen bars are so '90s—did anyone really shell out 20 bucks for mint-flavored oxygen when you could have a breathtaking mojito for less than half that? But the world's most essential element is making a fashionable comeback. This time, in a can.

According to people who know their gas, a drop in the amount of oxygen in the body can result in yawning and sighing. These super-oxygenated concoctions seek to end these vile bodily functions once and for all (and ease hangovers) with a 95% oxygen concentration (compared to 21% in normal air), and an average lifespan of a week per can, if used up to six times a day. Oxygen inside the container is sprayed into a transparent plastic mask which comes attached to the can. The product, named O2 Supli is being tested in select Japanese markets and will make its debut at all 11,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan today, 14 June 2006, with two introductory flavors: grapefruit and, yes, mint.

American Express Butterfly Card

Amex-Butterfly-1American Express just introduced their new Butterfly Card, a foldable card and keychain carrier available to all of their Gold Card holders.

Similar to the Discover 2GO Card, the concept is to make taking (and therefore using) your card as convenient as possible. Since most people use some sort of key chain it's a logical choice to design around.

The card can be handled like a standard card, left halfway in the case with the magnetic strip exposed, or folded up in the case and slipped easily in your pocket, purse or on your key chain.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The History of @ Sign

A blue sky. The nature of love. A child's smile. The "@" symbol.

Some things are so common place that you scarcely notice them. But that doesn't make them any less fascinating. Take the humble "@" symbol, for instance.

It's something we use dozens—perhaps hundreds—of times a day. This little "a" with the curved tail is inextricably linked to the instantaneous communication that we, as a society, are dependent upon.

But where is @ from, exactly?

Let's go back to the 6th or 7th century. Latin scribes, rubbing their wrists with history's first twinges of carpal tunnel syndrome, tried to save a little effort by shortening the Latin word ad (at, to, or toward) by stretching the upstroke of "d" and curving it over the "a".

Italian researchers unearthed 14th-century documents, where the @ sign represented a measure of quantity. The symbol also appeared in a 15th-century Latin-Spanish dictionary, defined as a gauge of weight, and soon after—according to ancient letters—was referenced as an amphora, a standard-sized clay vessel used to carry wine and grain.

Over the next few hundred years our plucky @ sign was used in trade to mean "at the price of" before resting on the first Underwood typewriter keyboard in 1885, then later rubbing symbolic shoulders with QWERTY on modern keyboards in the 1940s.

Then, one day in late 1971, computer engineer Ray Tomlinson grappled with how to properly address what would be history's very first e-mail. After 30 seconds of intense thought, he decided to separate the name of his intended recipient and their location by using the "@" symbol. He needed something that wouldn't appear in anyone's name, and settled on the ubiquitous symbol, with the added bonus of the character representing the word "at," as in,

And while in the English language, we know it as the "at symbol," it goes by many other unusual pseudonyms throughout the world.

  • In South Africa, it means "monkey's tail"
  • In Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia it's the "Crazy"
  • In the Czech Republic, it's "pickled herring"
  • The Danish refer to it as "alpha-sign," "elephant's trunk," or "pig's tail."
  • The French often refer to it as "little snail."
  • In Greece, it's "little duck."
  • In Hungary, it's called "maggot"
  • In Mandarin Chinese, it's the "mouse sign."
  • Russians often refer to it as "little dog."
  • There's no official word for it in Thailand, but "wiggling worm-like character."
  • The Turks lovingly describe it as "ear."

But an "@" by any other name is just as sweet. Online, it's at the heart of every user's identity. It represents the breathless urgency of our connected culture: clear, concise, typographical shorthand for lobbing our thoughts, needs, and ideas to nearly anyone else in the world. Instantly.

Its ubiquity and urgency has transcended the Latin alphabet of its origins to worm its way into other language groups, including Arabic and Japanese.

And that, web wanderers, is where it's @.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pixar Creates "CARS" on Linux Based Machine

Here's a Write up on the creation of Movie CARS from Disney-Pixar

Interesting One !

Nokia's Open Phone Design Concept

Check dis Out, A Possible Futuristic Design of a Nokia Phone

We love fun, implausible concept designs as much as the next guy, but this one in particular seems kind of far-fetched. The "Nokia Open" is/would be a cell phone that opens like a fan with a "scrollable touch screen," which seems to be an essential-yet-nonexistent item that would need to be invented in order for this to work. The idea is that with the push of a button the thin phone opens up, revealing a spacious screen on which buttons and menu options appear for you to manipulate with your digits. All well and good, but a cell phone that appears before you on the wings of a magical eagle would be cool too, though I'm not expecting Nokia to start marketing it anytime soon. Perhaps with the advent of flexible e-paper on the horizon, this isn't totally unimaginable, but it certainly is at least a decade off. Eventually we'll probably see flexible displays used in portable devices in some regard, but to design devices before the technology is… well, science fiction, really. But hey, designer Hugo Danti should keep up the Photoshopery; he's got talent.

You Can Visit the Designer's Site: Hugo Danti

Lets Wait 4 Such Phones, Really Sleek n Cool

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Solar Powered Wooden Copter

Priced at $32, this wooden helicopter “has a solar cell located on the top of the rotors that will cause the blades to spin when the toy is placed in a sunny spot”. Unfortunately, that’s about all it does

For those whose lives are cluttered with obligations, appointments and confusion, maybe it’s time to simplify with this wooden helicopter that pretty much sits there and does almost nothing

Some Cool Links to Visit

Earn Money Selling What You Say (Sadly Not yet Started for India)

A Cool travel Blog

Check out this Mind Boggling Pic

A Great Collection of Stuff from a Jail, what's inside a Prisoner's Mind

Watch 100 Awesome Music Videos

World Religion Map

Small Movies, Great Site

Solar Powered Mobile Phones

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems are exploring new methods of harvesting energy to power mobile devices — including light (solar power), heat, and motion.

For example, the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM employs thermoelectrics: energy is generated by a heat flow source such as the user’s wrist. Prominent clock makers use this technology to power watches. Micro-integrated thermo-electric converters can also be used to cool electronic components

First Radio Wrist Watch

First introduced in 1947, this wrist-watch used a “new miniature radio transceiver being developed by the U. S. Bureau of Standards”, capable of receiving/transmitting short waves while also picking up standard radio broadcasts.

This world’s smallest microtube was made possible by the elimination of bulky wires, which have been replaced by a silver chloride circuit stenciled on a slice of plastic or ceramic material. Developed as a result of co-operative research with industry, the miniature tube has various military applications aside from its use in the wrist-watch radio