Pedestrian crossing signals featuring female, rather than male, figures, are launched in Zwickau in Germany on a three-month trial.
[Source: BBC News]
In a move that marks the beginning of the end for a hugely successful chapter in technology history, Britain's biggest high street electronics retailer Dixons has announced that it's taking VCRs off its shelves for good.
All over the world, the revolutionary VHS (video home system)--which let people record and watch television programs when they wanted rather than at the whim of broadcasters--is in headlong retreat as the DVD (digital versatile disc) takes over.
To add insult to injury, police grudgingly admit that in Britain at least, home burglars don't even bother to take VHS players because new ones now cost so little that no one wants a second-hand model.
Rest in peace VHS.
You were a wonderful chapter in the history of technology and behind so many fun and beautiful moments.
In your support, I'll try to always keep a place for a VHS in my home :)
Until I migrate my wedding video to DVD that is :P
There’s no built-in hard drive to store lots of music or anything, but check out the Neo, Nokia’s new iPod-esque cellphone which has a scroll wheel instead of a regular keypad. Don’t know much else, like when it might come out or what the resolution of the built-in digital camera is, but if we had to guess, we’d wager that you use the scroll wheel to navigate, dial numbers, and write out text messages the same way you would with the Nokia 7280 and its NaviSpinner controller.
Now that its clear that General El-Busho will be remain at his throne for another four years, we at Si decided to continue on our earlier thread on the subversion of objects with one that focuses solely on objects that either subverts a violent one by playing with its perceived function or vice versa:
Ever felt like shooting the tube? Well, First up is Onkar Singh Kular’s TV remote that’s shaped like a gun. It was part of an installation titled “The Democratisation of Fame” where he focused on the instant celebrity promised by reality TV.
The installation included “a red carpet; a chair with an angled arm meant to simulate a car door, so the user could practice leaving a limo”.
Not the very friendliest Ice mould, this conceptual piece by a student at Central Sant Martins, is a DIY murder kit with which you could freeze yourself an Ice Knife, and then let it melt after you kill your victim, so that you would leave no fingerprints or weapons at the crime scene. A polystyrene case would keep the knife frozen for up to 24 hours. No word on whether we’d see this soon in Wal-Mart. :D
A modified (non commercial) Hello Kitty bot by a Ms. Katherine. No additional information, but too adorable to ignore.
For those long lost relatives that you hope will remain lost, here’s the perfect gift - Titled “Loved Ones”, Elske van der Putten’s graduation project (via reluct) is a ceramic grenade packaged in a luxury gift box.
If Disney ever sold security, they would commission designer Mattias Megyeri who puts a friendly face on safety with his razor wire woven with butterflies, flower-petal security box frames, teddy bear-shaped locks, and bunny-rabbit ears and whiskers for CCTV cameras.
Fifty-Cents is Sara Cihat's creative statement about the importance of recycling and the ability to renew value of unwanted things. She finds used dishes, cleans them, applies new designs and re-fires them. The result is fun, funky and feel-good.
"Unfortunately, some Arab media proceeds in this propaganda as they instructs their Don’t Say – Say Dictionary to target unsuspecting recipients of the twisted version of the truth. Don’t say “Jewish Settlements” - say “Jewish Villages, Towns, or Communities.” Don’t say “Colonialism” - say “Return to the Homeland.” Don’t say “Palestinian Militants” - say “Palestinian Terrorist.” Don’t say “West Bank” - say “Judea and Samaria.” Don’t say “Resistance” - say “Terrorists, Fundamentalists, Insurgents.” Don’t say “Martyr” - say “Suicide Bombers.” You get the picture?
Sadly, enough Arab bought the lying slogans repeated over and over and over again, such as the American slogan, “Freedom is on the March” which really meant, we will bomb Iraq into submission. These slogans and lies don’t need to make much sense – just repeat them often enough until they sound so familiar they become “common knowledge” and are mistaken for truth."
The Avidus watch accentuates the way that time seem to pass more quickly or more slowly depending on our mood.
If we are in a hurry, time seems to pass so fast. But when we are relaxed (or bored), it appears to slow down.
Two metal contacts on the watch face measure your stress level. If you're stressed and touch the watch then the hour displayed runs forwards, the more stressed the faster. If you're totally relaxed, the time can even run backwards.
You’re not seriously going to throw money buying a chess set at a store when you could just make one out of whatever spare 50 ohm BNC, SMA, and N terminators with various BNC, SMA, N, APC7, F, UHF connectors and inter-series adapters you have around the house, are you?
TouchTaxi have updated cabs in Australia with headrest-mounted touchscreens connected to computers that are connected to the Internet via GPRS and sport GPS receivers (so you can see where you’re at and whether your cabbie is taking you for a ride) and WiFi (if you want to piggyback on the PC’s GPRS connection with your lappy). The obvious internet search, directory, and mapping services will be included, but TouchTaxi have also added a proximity home search service in which users can enter their cellphone number to alert nearby salespeople. When notified, salespeople will automatically get the user’s cellphone number and be able to call with loan rates and nearby available homes. That won’t be annoying at all.
CAIRO, Egypt - Swarms of pink locusts swept through Cairo on Wednesday that recalled the plague of biblical Egypt, flying high above tall towers and scaring pedestrians who stamped on them or ran for cover.
Internet auction house reverses decision to halt bidding
MIAMI - The Internet auction house eBay Inc. has reversed itself and is allowing bids for half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that its owner says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.
Diana Duyser, of Hollywood, put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday night. The page was viewed almost 100,000 times before being taken down.
An e-mail Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its policy, which "does not allow listings that are intended as jokes." But Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer who has bought and sold items on eBay for two years, said the grilled cheese wasn't a joke.
Pleasanton is dealing with speeders on its two-lane commuter road. A camera about 350 feet from the intersection measures speed and tells the signal to go red for 10 seconds if it decides drivers are going a little too fast.
We can look at this in two ways. On one hand, this technology could reduce accidents and train drivers to slow down. On the other, it could simply stoke the flames of road rage, resulting in some seriously annoyed drivers in Pleasanton.
I thought this was a joke when I saw the commercial, because "spicy" was a word that I never thought would be used in association with a soft drink. Even Dr. Pepper, which actually does taste a little spicy, has always avoided saying as much:
PEPSI INTRODUCES SPICY NEW VERSION FOR THE HOLIDAYS
From the very first gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the spice cake we enjoy today, spices and the holidays have always gone together. Food and drink are central to the holiday cheer, making Pepsi Holiday Spice the perfect and fun complement to the celebrations.
[Via Planet Dan]
Hehe, goes so well with the Turkey Soda don't you think? But spice alWAYS beats turkey...
They’re not sure whether it was an inside job or the work of some hacker who experienced a little rejection while riding the rails, but somebody hacked into the New York subway computer system and switched one of the electronic signs at the W. 4th Street station to read “PRETTY GIRLS DON’T RIDE THE SUBWAY”. Apparently it was up there for a few hours, too, before MTA workers finally just unplugged the damn thing.