Sunday, November 25, 2007

Top 5 Autumn Gadgets

Creative ZEN

This credit card-sized media player with 16.7 million color support is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. It has a 2.5" color screen and is perfect for music, videos and photos.
Other characteristics: SD card expansion slot, an FM radio, a voice recorder, a user-definable EQ, large display, excellent audio and video quality.

Samsung SGH-U700

The U700 HSDPA ultra slider is equipped with a 3.2 Megapixel camera and VGA camera for 3G-enabled video telephony. It si 12.1 mm 0.48" thin and a it has 2.2" 240x320 QVGA resolution display. You can play music with multi audio formats and use USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0 for full connectivity options. It supports MP3, MPEG4, H.263 and real formats. It has the features like auto focus, tri-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA data, Bluetooth and micro SD expandable memory.

Philips 7FF1AW Digital Photo Display

This graceful digital Photo Display comes with 7" display, universal power supply, a sturdy metal stand, two USB cables for connecting the display to a digital camera or personal computer, 133ppi high resolution. It supports SD, MMC, Memory Stick and CompactFlash memory cards. It can be powered either from an internal battery or by using the supplied AC adaptor connected.

Swarowski Heart Beat USB

Philips-Swarovski fashionable USB Flash Disk (UFD) “Heart Beat” is made Silver Shade Crystals set in Ceralun and polished stainless steel. It has 1GBfrom external storage and a bunch of embedded Swarovski crystals on its case. "Heart Beat" is a two-piece heart-shaped locket drive, one of Philips-Swarovski’s “Active Crystals” series computing accessories.

Archos 405

The Archos 405 comes in only one model with a 2GB storage capacity and an SD expansion slot. SD expansion slot supports high-capacity Flash memory cards up to 16GB. 3.5" LCD screen supports a resolution of 480x272. The Archos 405 is small portable video and music player that comes with an MP3 player, video player, photo viewer, and PDF viewer, the music player supports MP3, WMA and WAV files. The Archos 405's video player supports playback of MPEG-4, AVI, and WMV formats at up to 30 frames per second. One great portable video player.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Most Advanced Robots Today

Aristotle was the first one who wrote something that nowdays can be understood as the idea of robotics. Aristotle wrote in "The Politics" nearly two dozen centuries ago - "This condition would be that each (inanimate) instrument could do its own work, at the word of command or by intelligent anticipation, like the statues of Daedalus or the tripods made by Hephaestus, of which Homer relates that "Of their own motion they entered the conclave of Gods on Olympus" as if a shuttle should weave of itself, and a plectrum should do its own harp playing."

Czech author and playwright Karel ńĆapek popularized the term robot in his 1920 play, RUR: Rossum's Universal Robots. "Robot" comes from the word "robota" meaning "labor".
Soon after W. Grey Walter 1948 built Elmer and Elsie, two autonomous robots that looked like turtles, Isaac Asimov wrote the Three Laws of Robotics which state:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

In the 1961 the first industrial robot, Unimate, was online at a General Motors automobile factory to work with heated machines. It's motorized arm weighs 4,000 pounds and has up to six fully programmable axes of motion. 1963, the Rancho Arm was the first computer controlled artificial robotic arm designed as a tool for the handicapped.
The first anthropomorphic robot built in the world (1973) was WABOT-1, made in Waseda University, Japan. It was able to communicate with a person in Japanese and to measure distances and directions to the objects using external receptors. It has artificial ears, eyes and an artificial mouth.

The Honda Motor Company developed ASIMO, the most advanced humanoid robot in the world.
ASIMO is the first humanoid robot in the world that can walk independently and climb stairs.
Honda wanted to create a robot that would be a helper for people so it can also understand spoken commands, recognize voices and faces and with its arms and hands it can turn on light switches, open doors, carry objects...
4 ft 3in (130 cm) high
119 pounds (54 kg) weight
walking speed 1.7 mph (2.7 km/hour)
running speed 3.7 mph (6 km/hour)

World's first running humanoid robot was SONY's QRIO (2003). QRIO can run at 23 cm/s, and is capable of voice and face recognition. It remembers people as well as their likes and dislikes. QRIO's internal battery lasts about 1 hour.

2 ft (60 cm) high
16 pounds (7.3 kg) weight

QRIO is credited in Guinness World Records (2005 edition) as being the first robot capable of running.QRIO follow up on the success of SONY's AIBO toy. AIBO robotic pet is able to walk, "see" its environment via camera, and recognize spoken commands, AIBOware is the software the AIBO runs on its memory stick. Sony stoped development of the AIBO in 2006.


RoboSapien Robosapien is robot designed by Mark Tilden (robotics physicist who worked for NASA) and produced by Wow Wee toys. The Robosapien is preprogrammed with moves, and also can be controlled by an infrared remote control, or by either a personal computer equipped with an infrared transmitter, and an infrared transmitter-equipped PDA. WowWee has also in its production Roboraptor, Roboreptile, Robosapien v2, Robopet, Robopanda, Roboquad, Flytech, Mini Robos, SpiderSapien, Homersapien and other robots.



NXT Intelligent Brick, LEGO's Mindstorms robot's "brain," features a powerful 32-bit microprocessor and more memory, plus support for USB 2.0, Bluetooth...
It has 3 Interactive servo motors feature built-in rotation sensors to align speed for precise control.



Hitachi's robot EMIEW use wheels instead of feet.
The 4.2 ft (1.3 m) EMIEW was the world's quickest-moving robot yet at 3.7 miles per hour (6 km/h). It has the features of recognition of voices and sounds from a distance, high-speed and agile movement, ability to get around obstructions and natural arm movement like a human.

toyota robot

Car maker Toyota also made its trumpet-playing humanoid robot.
Toyota robot is designed for healthcare. It can blow air through a trumpet and finger the valves to actually play a musical instrument.



PaPeRo was developed by Japanese firm, NEC Corporation. It has the ability to remember its owners interests and preference and can recognize 650 phrases and speak more than 3000. When it cannot see a face well or if the distance or location is not satisfactory, it will adjust the distance on its own or tell the person," It's too dark."

1.26 ft (38.5 cm) high
11 pounds (5 kg) weight

Murphy's Laws

--- Never trust modern technology. Trust it only when it is old technology.
--- Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.
--- To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
--- We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.
--- The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.
--- If it works in theory, it won't work in practice.
If it works in practice it won't work in theory.

Arthur C. Clark
--- A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.

The 10 Cosa Nostra Commandments

After arresting a top Godfather near Palermo, Sicily's police have found what may be the legendary mafiosa "10 Commandments" at the house of a Mob boss, detailing how to get "made" and what level of loyalty is required. Lo Piccolo apparently carried the papers everywhere with him. It has given investigators a unique insight into what makes a perfect mobster.

1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.

2. Never look at the wives of friends.

3. Never be seen with cops.

4. Don't go to pubs and clubs.

5. Always be available for Cosa Nostra, even if your wife's about to give birth.

6. Appointments must be respected.

7. Wives must be treated with respect.

8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.

9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.

10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra are anyone with a close relative in the police, with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.

the Simpsons mafia

Avant-garde constructions

David Fisher, with a group of American architects who's been living in the famous city of Italian art, Florence, for thirty years, started a new series of a futuristic projects - a buildings made of prefabricated units, each of which can rotate independently from the others. That allows the building to continually change its shape.

This project will start in one of the biggest centre of modern architecture and one of the wealthiest cities today, Dubai, a city which over the last few years has undergone a true urbanistic boom by becoming home to some of the most avant-garde constructions and where the deep pockets of oil-rich developers drive some of the most eccentric building projects in the world.

David Fisher and his collegues designed a 68-story combination hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would rotate 360 degrees. Each floor would rotate independently, creating a constantly changing architectural form.

The rotating towers get their electrical power from wind turbines that are placed between floors and which rotate freely with the wind. Additional power is provided from solar cells on the tops of the individual floors.

Each individual floor is able to rotate slowly, and it can be controled by the owners of apartments on that floor. The rotation of the floors does not produce power.

Dynamic Architecture buildings will have path-breaking safety features and electronic control systems along with their futuristic design and unique luxury finishing.

Money Quotes

- Money talks...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

Donald Trump
- Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

Neil Simon
- Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.

William Jennings Bryan
- No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

Rotating Buildings in Dubai