To give you an idea of the type of problem this Australian company [Skylifter] is trying to solve; a helicopter is the only aircraft which can float in a product of great size or weight to a remote location – but it’s got limitations.Â A helicopter can only carry about 50 tons of gear.Â What if the stuff weighs more than 50 tons? The balloon is 150-meters wide and could carry up to 150 tons.Â The balloon would have a flight range of 1240 miles and would act like a parachute on decent to make a gentle touchdown. A mini RC version of the balloon is now being tested and is 9 feet across. It can carry about 1 pound with a full-size prototype set to start building in the coming three years. Continue Reading
Note:Â With the new iPhone 4.0+ firmware you have the ability to set the lock/unlock wallpaper and set a different picture as your background image for Home when using your iPhone.Â I think the above pattern image is a very nice background image for the Home position. Third, after you’ve created your pattern image, you will save it as a Continue Reading
Very elegant in design and intrigues the engineering in all of us.Â The Gear Ring is comprised of 6 mini gears which rotate in unison as you twist the top portion. The product is high quality stainless steel and engineer to very tight specifications.Â This makes for an easy and smooth feeling as you twist the ring. Although I’m not a ring guy myself, other than my wedding ring, it is intriguing enough that I’m going to buy one.Â It’s not THAT much, only $165.Â Ring sizes include 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Source:Â GizmosForGeeks. Continue Reading
It really has nothing to do with USB, but just a great video to watch. After watching it, I do wonder how quickly it can move. Continue Reading
According to some accounts, blue was the first color associated with St. Patrickâ€™s Day, but that started to change in the 17th century. Green is one of the colors in Irelandâ€™s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Ireland is the â€œEmerald Isle,â€ so named for its lush green landscape. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and the Chicago River, which the Midwestern city has dyed green on St. Patrickâ€™s Day for the past 40-odd years. Continue Reading
Murtha Design had their first block buster iPhone app, ShapeBuilder and from that success Murtha Design has teamed with PBS.org to develop the Mister Rogers iPhone app.
Mister Rogers Make a Journal encourages children to identify and talk about their feelings about their everyday experiences like school, playtime, and friends. The App features an animated version of favorite Neighborhood of Make-Believe character Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites children to make a journal to help them reflect on the things they do and to express how they feel.What is amazing about this application is the goal of establishing Emotional Development truly works.Â I have a 4 and 6 year old child and they both create journals about their day and from simply listening to their interaction with the program, I can learn about my child’s day without pressuring them for daily activity reports and grilling them on “how was school today?”
Here is a clip of the Mister Rogers iPhone app in action: Continue Reading
To no surprise, AT&T is considering ways to free up network bandwidth so that everyone without a smartphone, isn’t effected.Â So what does this mean?Â It means AT&T might be giving a screw j_b to iPhone users. – by far the biggest consumers of bandwidth from smartphones.
iPhone users on average consume five to seven times more data per month than average wireless subscribers, according to analyst firm Sanford Bernstein. And all this usage is clogging the network, causing many iPhone users, especially in large cities such as New York and San Francisco, to experience dropped calls, slow 3G service, and issues connecting to the network at all.So what is AT&T considering?Â I would think upping the usage fees, but this might not work for those who don’t care about monthly fees.Â Another approach are incentives.
“We’re going to try to focus on making sure we give incentives to those small percentages to either reduce or modify their usage so they don’t crowd out the other customers in those same cell sites,” said de la Vega according to a transcript of the conference. “And you’ll see us address that more in detail.”Either way, I have a strong feeling AT&T will be limiting or slowing data usage for iPhone users.Â Continue Reading
Today, a team of engineers will be recognized at the Computer History Museum for designing the first microprocessor in 1971, a 4-bit parallel CPU with 2,300 transistors. That project, from an infant Intel [3 years old], was a huge achievement and one can honestly say “it changed the world.” The Intel 4004 was the first general purpose microprocessor that could be customized with software to perform different functions on different devices. The 4004 started a new era in both hardware AND software, along with a never ending quest of silicon integration that continues to this day. The small team to be honored include: Continue Reading