Thursday, June 30, 2011

Smart Bike Helmet Is a Black Box for Your Brain Case

One of five winners from Toyota's recent Ideas For Good competition, the smart helmet consists of a small circuit board, two accelerometers and three gyroscopes that measure the head's impact force, movement and tilt during a crash. The data is recorded to an SD card for retrieval and playback (say, during a lawsuit). According to one of the helmet's designers, "We can record what's going on with the head as its moving, and see how is it moving up to 400 times per second." Eventually, the team wants to incorporate wireless technology into the rig for hands free ambulance auto-dialing.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

PhotoFast i-FlashDrive does USB on one end, 30-pin dock connector on the other

Apple's iOS devices may lack native memory expansion, but PhotoFast has now come up with solution that just about bests the official camera connection kit. What you're looking at here is the i-FlashDrive, a memory dongle that sports both a USB plug and an Apple 30-pin dock connector, and it comes in three flavors starting from 8GB at $95 up to 32GB at $180. What's more, the drive also works with a free Cupertino-approved app that provides both external and internal file management (for music, photos, movies, and more), contact backup, and native MP3 playback. Want one? Then head over to Taiwan for a mid or late June launch, or watch out for its US debut shortly afterwards. Demo video after the break.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Adidas MiCoach

THQ's teamed up with Adidas to bring its MiCoach fitness tracker to Kinect and PS Move early next year.

If you've already got one of the MiCoach heart-rate monitors, you'll be able to use it for real-time feedback when playing the training games, plus sync your stats with the cellphone apps.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

DXG 3D camera costs 70 bucks

The DXG-018 3D camera will run you just under $70, but it'll be worth every penny when your little early adopter grows up to be a gadget fiend with 15 maxed-out credit cards and $80,000 in debt. In the meantime, they'll be teething on a 1.44-inch LCD, dual lenses, an SD card (sold separately), and a pair of AA batteries. The kit also includes three 3D viewers, which apparently display 4-by-6-inch prints in three dimensions.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Ping iPhone cradle can lower your handicap

Golfing accessory manufacture Ping this week announced an iPhone / iPod touch cradle that clips onto your putter, using the company's iPing app to quantify your putting handicap number. The system measures your stroke type, impact angle, and tempo, comparing them against your friends and some pre-entered golfing pros. Al Czervik would be proud. The app itself is free, but the cradle will run you $30 -- both will be available online, later this month.


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The Xsens ForceShoe watches your step, helps you walk better

If you're the type of bipedal perfectionist who wants to analyze your gait using an array of 6DoF force sensors and magnetic trackers (not to mention that cunningly-disguised wireless data transmitter), then the chances are your toenails can also stand a bit of scrutiny. In fact, although the ForceShoe is primarily designed for physio patients, we think its inventors at the University of Twente might just have stumbled upon the next-gen Nike+ accessory we've all been waiting for. Unfortunately they're not on sale, but if you're a researcher looking to measure the orientation, acceleration, angular velocity, force and torque of your feet in three dimensions, you're welcome to hop past the break for the full press release.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Heart-rate monitoring belt marks Bluetooth 4.0 milestone, stops to rest for Bluetooth 4.0 phones

This little black belt claims to be the very first of its kind, and promises to "spur the development of a whole new range of... health and fitness apps," by harnessing the power of Bluetooth Low Energy to pump heart rate stats to your mobile phone. Of course, that deluge of new fitness apps will have to wait until a Bluetooth 4.0-compatible phone hits the market. In the meantime, we wouldn't expect the black chest strap to pioneer any new fashion trends

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

12 Fabulous Flip Camera Alternatives For Education

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Fujitsu Fingerprint

So it can't predict the future, but the latest biometric reader from Fujitsu can tell that you're one in a million -- quite literally. Looking something akin to the love child of Simon and a Polaroid camera, this as-of-yet unnamed device is apparently the "world's first biometric authentication technology that combines data on palm vein patters with fingerprint data from three fingers." That's a mouthful, but Fujitsu says the combination of these two biometric authentication techniques allows for accurate identification of an individual in a pool of one million in just two seconds. What's more, it expects to up that capacity to groups of ten million by the end of 2011. For professional evildoers rocking three fingers and a palm, maybe now's a good time to start rethinking your career path.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

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