Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Personal locator beacon next must-have gadget

NZPA reported today about a Hastings, New Zealand man who was rescued from a tramping accident after activating a personal locator beacon (PLB). The 406 MHz PLB cost a few hundred dollars and is a "pretty cheap form of life insurance". When one of these beacons are activated, they send a signal to the Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ) with the owners location and identification.

See our earlier post about Gadgets to the rescue.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Solar Trees

Designed by Ross Lovegrove, these streetlights could soon light up Europe and save energy and money. Solar panels charge built-in batteries that power LEDs turned on at sunset and off at sunrise by light detectors.

Full story.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Yetkin Telesystems to the rescue

We accidentally got a 3D movie for Christmas. Like most of the DVDs we buy here in Turkey there is a Turkish translation with Turkish dubbing, subtitles and the DVD cover in Turkish.

Someone had forgotten the important "D" in the title of this movie "Spy Kids 3D". There was no mention of 3D (or 3-Boyutlu = the Turkish term for 3D) on the DVD cover.

It is a good movie. There are a lot of 3D effects in the movie and a behind the scenes section on the production of the movie and the history of 3D movies but it gets difficult to watch the 3D sections without (red/blue) anaglyph glasses. Because of the missing "D" these were not included with the movie, but thankfully I am working with my friend Oğuz from Yetkin Telesystems on a web project.

Yetkin Telesystems are the Turkish suppliers of everything 3D, from 3D monitors and projector systems to holographic, lenticular and custom 3D photography and they have sorted us out with some 3D anaglyph glasses.

Thanks Oğuz.

Wallace and Gromit Cracking Contraptions

The Wallace and Gromit Cracking Contraptions video showed up on the video bar of the MuzGadgets blog. It is posted here so you don't miss this "good for a laugh" 25 minute video.