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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A spray gets you drunk instantly for a few seconds

Just yesterday, the next best possible way to give you a quick high was a conventional cigarette. Now, French American scientist David Edwards has come up with a better way to relax your jittery nerves for a few seconds, without burning a chunk of your lungs in the bargain. Called the WA|HH Quantum Sensations spray, this one gets you momentarily drunk for a few seconds, with no after-effects, hangovers or side-effects whatsoever! With the device designed by renowned designer Philippe Starck, this one administers a dose of 0.075 milliliters of alcohol, giving you an instant and momentary high!

Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer; the game to surface in November

It’s about time you rekindle your patriotic spirit with Activision’s latest call to arms just around the corner. The newest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a sequel to the highly successful original was announced by the developer who on previous occasions has been known to develop breath-taking and seriously addictive games including the aforementioned Call of Duty franchise. Set in a 21st Century Cold War scenario with new generation warfare technologies reeking all over the place, the game is expected to spell-bind regular and hard-core gamers alike. Up for pre-order, the game will be released on the 13th of November this year on platforms including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Give the trailer a hit for more!

Ariel and Motion Simulation’s TL1 Simulator leaves you short of space, cash and completely awe-struck

Bang & Olufsen unveils “affordable” BeoPlay V1 priced at $3,232 upwards

And just when we gave up expecting the likes of Bang & Olufsen to ever brandish a reasonable priced TV, the premium electronics manufacturer unveiled this swank new TV. Pocket-friendly and with uncompromised quality and superiority, the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay V1 is priced at £1,999 ($3,232.50) for the 32-inch model and £2,499 ($4,041) for the 40-inch, a tad lower than what its high-priced siblings usually cost. Now though that does still seem like a pocket-burning deal, we’ve kept in mind the fact that this one includes five HDMI inputs, a USB port and is LED side-lit, bragging of a Full HD (1080p) resolution with an effective frequency range of 30-20,000Hz!

HTC Sprint Evo 4G LTE release date May 18th

HTC is giving their customers plenty of opportunity to rejoice. Topping this is a special upgrade for the One X and now good news for Sprint loyalists. The carrier will soon be seeing the dawn of the Evo 4G LTE that will sport all the features it did in its premier edition with the addition of a microSD card slot, a larger battery and a stand. To show off the new rendition of the device, HTC snapped some cool images to tempt us real good.

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Scare the neighborhood with 8Bar’s glow-in-the-dark bicycle

Looking for a way to wake-up that hidden prankster in you? This bicycle we stumbled across recently is bound to scare the bejeebers out of just about anyone who set their eyes on it in the dark, particularly along pitch-black lonely roads or paths across wooded parks. By 8Bar, these glow-in-the-dark bicycles could pretty much help you spark off a bunch of urban legends of a cycling ghost and first featured in a BlackBerry advertisement. 8Bar will now begin commercially manufacturing these for the public though at a pinching price of $1600 and upwards a pop!

BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a pull out scooter

bmw-i8-spyder-opt3.jpgWhen it comes to making getting around easier, trust the folks at BMW to come up with exceptionally feasible ways! The i8 Concept Spyder unveiled at Auto China in Beijing recently did grab quite the attention. What caught our eye however was a pair of stand-on scooters packed in the back of the car under a glass panel. Powered by electricity, these scooters enable you to quickly get to your destination, just in case your i8 Spyder gets stuck in a grid-locked street. The scooter, nimble and petite, will get you out of the tightest traffic jams to your destination on time, if your hybrid coupé fails to do so that is!

Angry Bird land opens up in Finland

The Angry Birds rage still seems to be soaring high, with the game developed by Rovio slowly extending its little wings around merchandising deals, a planned movie and now an entire area at a theme park in Finland dedicated to the game. Located in at the Särkänniemi Amusement Park in Tamper in Southern Finland, this area was designed with help from a team from Rovio. Complete with rides on the backs of larger than life Angry Birds, merchandise shops, a fortified pig castle, a play area with soft toys and a bunch of touchscreens scattered around enabling visitors to play their favorite Angry Birds game, the park could very well inspire yet another one of its kind planned for England up ahead.

World’s fastest toilet clocks 46.6mph piloted by Jolene Van Vugt

oilets are meant to be stationary and a moving toilet simply spells trouble. Well, that’s just how we common folk think however. Clad in a motocross helmet and a protective jacket, Jolene Van Vugt recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for piloting the world’s fastest toilet! Just why would anyone feel the need to zip around on a toilet, we do not know. What we do know however is that Jolene managed to touch a 46.6mph speed on this motorized porcelain throne! As for Jolene, she’s had her share of riding quick bikes across bumpy terrains and is hailed as the first woman to ever successfully manage a back-flip on a motocross bike. And with this recent entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, she sure deserves a pat on the back, even it means encouraging others to try breaking this benchmark with quicker toilets.

The loudest bicycle horn honks at 178db making it louder than a jet engine

Bicycles are considered as some of the best ways to travel these days, given the fact that these are inexpensive, use no fuel whatsoever and are silent as a dead bug. What we came across, is a bicycle that simply steps away from anything everything you’d expect a conventional bicycle to be. Seriously loud, hurtfully expensive and tremendously uncomfortable to ride around, this bicycle called the Hornster, a name it easily lives up to, comes with a Scuba tank mounted between the handlebars and the seat.

White Playstation Vita coming to Japan

Those tired of the conventional black PlayStation Vita now have more to chose from. Sony recently unveiled a Crystal White PlayStation Vita and a limited edition Hatsune Miku themed device. While the white Vita will be made available in both variants, WiFi as well as 3G priced at ¥24,980 and ¥29,980 (approximately $312 and $375), the Hatsune Miku Vita will come with a price tag of ¥10,000 ($125). Also, the latter packs 4GB memory card as an added perk for the pricier device, sporting Vocoloid’s poster-girl on the rear touch-panel. For now, these consoles will show up only in Japan and Sony hasn’t announced a world-wide release of the new colors as of now.

Texas Central Railroad plans to connect Houston and Fort Worth with Bullet trains

Them good old trains rumbling down the rails through Texas could pretty much sport an upgrade soon, and a hefty one too! The ever ambitious Texas Central Railroad is now drawing up plans to unveil a full-fledged bullet-train by 2020 that’ll use up a good $10 billion funded privately. The train could connect Houston with Fort Worth, travelling at a nerve-wrecking eye-popping 205 miles per hour. With this, the trip is expected to complete in just 90 minutes! Also, this serves as a low-cost alternative to flying, covering the 260-mile route between the two cities as quickly as possible. Also, given that most of the route cuts through rural areas, development costs are comparatively low and as per reports, the move could substantially benefit commuters between the two cities.

Stan Lee’s character to show up on pre-ordered “The Amazing Spider-Man” game!

Comic book legend Stan Lee’s fans are in for a treat. Those choosing to pre-order the The Amazing Spider-Man game will now be able to play the game as Stan Lee himself, in place of Spidey. To be made available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the upcoming Spider-Man game also comes with a “Rhino Challenge” timed mission requiring you to smash and trash as much of New York City as you can and is available on GameStop. As for Stan Lee’s character, the American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher and television personality has voiced it himself while the mission requires you to collect pages of a script!

Pioneer unveils augmented-reality based Cyber Navi infotainment system

Pioneer has recently unveiled a newer way to have drivers more distracted than ever. Based on augmented-reality technology, this latest head-unit called "Cyber Navi" works as an infotainment system complete with an entertainment suite, GPS navigation, DVD playback, 1Seg television, and a motorized retractable display. Using a MicroVision laser projector, the system simply beams images onto the wind-screen that according to us however is distracting to say the least. The technology does seem promising though and could work better with a smart tucked-away interface that works without distracting drivers.

Dude surgically mounts iPod to his arm

Falling in love with a portable music player is commonplace; surgically implanting one in your hand however requires a stone-heart, numb-nerves and loads of guts. Well, Dave Hurban didn’t seem to mind however, and the man-drenched-in-body-art decided to step away from the ordinary by implanting an iPod Nano in his hand, all by himself! The Nano now serves as a wrist-watch that will simply never come off, without tearing out his skin in the bargain that is. From the video, the whole procedure seemed pretty painful and, just like every other body piercing, completely useless, though extremely unique.

Panasonic develops foldable substrate for smartphones

Wearing smartphones on our wrists has been a long-cherished dream and Panasonic Corp has brought the mobile phone industry a step closer to the same. The folks at the company have come up with a foldable substrate that could be used to create flexible circuits, enabling smartphones to sport wrap-around designs! Called the ALIVH-F, the substrate is made of film, unlike the usual glass resin and sports an eight-layer structure measuring in at 0.37 millimeters, 30% thinner and 35% lighter than conventional substrates.

Fort Lee, New Jersey, bans texting-while-walking; slams $85 fine on offenders

Mobile phones have proved to be hazardous before, with text-message-obsessed folks been known to be run down by cars, motorcycles, trains and falling into drains and pits. To keep its population from such terribly disturbing fates, the authorities at Fort Lee, New Jersey, have decided to fine pedestrians who text while walking around. This also decreases the number of texting-folk who bump into normal beings like us regularly. Those texting and walking in the area will be fined $85, a hefty sum not many would happily part with just for a text message.

LG Miracle Windows Phone leaked; video and images show up ahead of launch

We just stumbled across a leak in regards to the soon-to-be-released LG Windows Phone. The mid-range phone, earlier nicknamed the Fantasy, has shown up on webspace yet again, this time christened the Miracle. Complete with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 4-inch display, the Mango-powered smartphone is said to sport a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage along with an NFC chip. The phone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month and from the looks of the leaked images and video, this device could do pretty well in the Windows-platform smartphone market.


LG Display unveils 0.7mm thin flexible electronic paper display

new gadgets of -LG Display recently showed the world what could very well be the next best way to communicate in the near future. a probable successor to the evergreen newspaper and tabloid, LG Display unveiled this plastic electronic paper display (EPD) technology that could pretty much hog the limelight in the electronic paper industry up ahead. A 6″ XGA display at 1024 x 768 resolution, this display will use e-ink and sports a paper-like reading experience, using a plastic substrate. Flexible and bendable to a range of 40 degrees, this e-paper is also extremely thin, measuring in at just 0.7mm, about 33% slimmer than conventional EPD designs while weighing in at a mere 14 grams! Also, this one’s durable to quite an extent and has been subjected to drop tests from heights of 1.5 meters above ground to assure the butter-fingered few.

Wall-sized integrated TV screen of the future makes projectors look medieval!

new tech news Up ahead in the near future, projectors and massive display panels could pretty much turn obsolete in home-theater setups with this newest unveiling by NDS, a DRM security and DVR technology company, grabbing the limelight recently. Using six large LCDs arranged in a rectangular array, this $30,000 setup is in all essence a wall-sized screen and runs on chrome, coded in HTML5. Also, the screen is perfectly disguised and blends seamlessly into the wall. When switched off, this one simply replicates the designs on surrounding walls, appearing as a seemingly dull blank wall to the untrained eye!

Nike’s new TurboSpeed Suit for Olympic runners helps decrease lap-time by 0.23 seconds!

Human beings are quickly turning into a quicker-at-its-feet race, with Usain Bolt paving the way ahead. Now, giving Olympic runners a perfect way to beat the elements and aerodynamic drag, Nike has unveiled this fabulous tech-packed running suit. Called the TurboSpeed Suit, this one’s inspired by golf-ball designs; those little white spheres that we think are devoid of any technology whatsoever. Using a similar dimple design found on golf balls, this suit easily decreases a 100-meter spin by a whopping 0.23 seconds! Besides helping already-fast-humans run faster, the TurboSpeed suit is also environmentally sound and is made from 82 per cent recycled polyester fabric, using 13 recycled plastic bottles per suit!