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January 28, 2006

‘Invisibility Cloak’ Patented

at 2:20 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Digg, Insane Equipment

Ulyanovsk State University Professor Oleg Gadomsky has recieved a Russian patent for an “INVISIBILITY CLOAK” — a method for making things INVISIBLE.

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January 27, 2006

Air Powered Engines

at 5:19 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks

Air powered engines are not new, but they sure are interesting. Take a look at this French engine. Mike Smyth has made a number of interesting small air engines. On his site he even has detailed instructions to build your own.

This is what Mike says about his radial cylinder air engine “The radial cylinder configuration has the advantage that at least one cylinder is on a power stroke at all times. This allows the engine to self start from any position and it also allows the engine to run at very low RPM without a flywheel. The valve design is similar to the V-twin except the valves are integrated with the crankshaft. This eliminates the need for the external timing gears. The intake and exhaust timing are independently adjustable.”

Air engine reving.

January 20, 2006

Hack: Cell phone + wireless router = Mobile hotspot

at 10:57 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks

This guy got his wireless router to use his cell phone for Internet, so he has a cheap Internet hot spot everywhere! Total cost $40 for the phone, $30 for the router, and $9 for the data cable. This would be great for nerds driving in a pack. Best part is most people already have phones and routers capable of this.

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January 19, 2006

Levitating Light Bulb

at 10:34 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Digg

A sculpture by a MIT PhD student that uses a special wirelessly powered bulb.

“Lightbulb explores two phenomena I find interesting, the stabilization of unstable systems using feedback, and wireless power transmission. Feedback systems often levitate objects, stabilize inverted pendulums, and the like. Wireless power transmission has been around since Tesla’s invention a century ago, although it is still not widely utilized. I wanted to explore these effects together.”

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January 18, 2006

Cool Old Computer Info

at 12:33 am. Filed under Other

Check out some of 1000Bit‘s 1764 documented systems. The Ampere WS-1 is such a styling laptop I wonder why I didn’t notice it before, got to love the placement of the tape drive…

Great timeline of computers from 1971 – 1989 at The Obsolete Technology Website.

Dave from Daves Old Computers has been working in the computer industry since the 70’s he has a large collection of systems on his site with great pictures of each. The IMSAI 8080 that is pictured is a perfect example.

Crazy Big Monitors

at 12:05 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

What is it? A surfboard maybe… Piece of modern art… Nope, this is the new monitor by Liebermann. This is exactly what I need for those wide spreadsheets! “Marvel. Because there is nothing quite like it. With 5 widescreen UltraSpeed™ LCD Panels featuring resolutions of up to a mammoth 19200 x 2400 Pixels, the new Athens Display Series brings desktop views and resolutions to unheard of new heights. Featuring ‘s Ultra-Speed™ Display Technology and available in both HR and for the first time in available 3D LCD configurations, the all-new Athens Display Series is exclusively custom-built in an all-aluminum design, breaking grounds in every engineering and design detail, making every other monitor out there look like… well… just a monitors.”

This unit consists of six 21″ premium LCD panels on desk stand, this would definitely increase my proficiency at performing 6 tasks at once! At almost $7000 I am not sure that I could justify the cost though.

Last 2 monitors not big enough? If your desk (and wallet) is big enough you could try this bad boy on for size 🙂 . 9X Media makes this 30 LCD panel monitor for the adventurous! If you have to ask what the price is for this unit, it is too much for you.

January 17, 2006

Elmo Asks ‘Who Wants to Die?’

at 12:13 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Digg, What Were They Thinking

Some evil genius bought a bunch of Elmo talking books, reprogrammed them to say some “evil” (cool) things and then returned them to the store. “Reprogrammed Elmo books sold to unsuspecting parents to teach kids to use the potty.”

Click play to listen to the new audio!

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