Wednesday 14th October 2009
I see that James Dyson has once again taken some pre-existing technology, tarted it up a bit, and released it as something amazing and new. His £200 "fan without blades" Air Multiplier. Which, as pointed out on hackaday.com, actually does have blades. OK, so they're hidden blades, but the thing has a fan with blades non-the-less.
For anybody wondering about the "not a new invention" comment, I suggest you look up how emergency slides on aeroplanes inflate.
For anybody wondering about the "once again" comment, the Airblade = not a new idea. I used a Mitsubishi hand-dryer that used the same design on my honeymoon in Singapore, back in 2005. I can't believe I'm doing this, but as the almighty wikipedia says:
Similar designs of hand dryers have been available commercially in Asia for several years prior to the launch.
Nikon, on the other hand, have apparently invented a camera that can see in the dark, with their new D3s, which has a special boost mode, that takes it up to ISO 102,400. Nope, that's not a typo, it will shoot at ISO one hundred and two thousand, four hundred. And yes, I'd love to get the chance to try one out at a gig. Not that I've ever shot any music performances, but how hard can it be? (to steal a phrase from Top gear and use it with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek :p )
It's midweek, which means that I've probably not done anything interesting, so I'm just going to dump a bunch of links here. Enjoy!
Rumour: FM Radio coming to iPhone/iPod Touch. What with podcasts, my own music, spotify, and streaming radio station apps, I can't see this making my home screen.
DPReview.com brief hands-on with the Nikon D3s. I need to look around more and find some sample images taken at that crazy-high ISO.
Twitter2Press: a plugin that allows tweetie 2 to use your wordpress install as an image hosting service. (this I can't use, damn you Apple and your camera-less third generation iPod Touch :(
Google Service Integrated Interface Firefox Extension. Now this I could see me using. Tabbed browsers are good, but my google mail, my google reader and my google calendar in the one tab? I like it.
Things you didn't know you could do with VLC media player. I like to think of myself as a geek, and I usually have a decent dig around in software applications to see what they can do, but I must hold up my hands and admit that most of these were a surprise to me. I especially like the ability to play videos inside multi-part RAR files. It's going to sound the exact opposite, but believe me, that is epically cool ;-)