Friday, February 29, 2008

Mobile spycam

Remember the Bond film where 007 remotely drives his BMW from his cell phone. A student has developed a mobile phone controlled mobile spy surveillance camera.The Smart Eyes robot designed and built by Massey University graduate Tom Yu Guan has a standard remote control rally car providing the wheels, but it has a modified video-capable mobile phone inside providing the live video feed and controlling the car. The remote operator can view the video and control the car by pressing buttons on their video capable phone.

One of the MuzGadgets filmed the story for the TV news. Read the full whole story.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Looking for games and 3D stuff...

I'm doing some consulting with Yetkin Telesystems and for one project I'm trying to find PC multi-controller games that would be suitable for playing in 3D on big screens.

Most of the console gaming machines are designed for sharing around a TV so two player games on these platforms are available. However, the average home game player is not likely to have the sort of money yet for 3D screens so the consoles don't have stereoscopic technology.

With the P in PC meaning "personal" finding two or more player games is not easy. But PCs are good for running 3D displays. A PC with the right nVidia graphics cards, drivers and software can convert 2D into different 3D (anaglyph, interlaced, shutter glasses etc) technologies.

Please comment if you know of any suitable games for this project. I'm also interested in any 3D movie or image production gadgets.

Alltop (beta)

Alltop is a new website featuring the top 50 RSS feeds (mostly blogs) in 20 categories. MuzGadgets is not listed in the gadgets category yet, but there are plenty of other gadget blogs there if you need a fix of the latest gadget news.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

BUG - The Lego of Gadgets

Bug Labs have created the BUG: a range of modules that snap together to make all sorts of gadgets. Each module has a specific function such as a camera, a display, or a GPS that plug into a base unit - a programmable Linux computer.

Another customizable phone

Meet modu.

A tiny usable phone that slips into a whole range of jackets for different looks or functions. There is a whole range of "mates" that are modu-enabled too - devices like personal music players, digital cameras and even bicycle computers.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Another MuzGadgets Birthday

Hey bro, hope you're having a happy gadgets birthday.

Let us know about all the gadgets you are going to put in your new house.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Design your own phone

The zzzPhone. Design your own mobile phone full of features including cameras, GPS, extra memory and even personalized messages printed on the case.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Meet Trev: a 2-seater, 3-wheeled Electric Car

Trev Two-Seat Lithium ion Electric Travels for 2¢ a Mile

"Staff and students at the University of South Australia have designed and built an electric car that can go from 0-60 in under 10 seconds and can travel nearly 100 miles on a single charge, it's called Trev and it's quite an achievement."

This electric car has been designed with similar technologies to those used for solar racing cars, but for use in urban daily commuting. The passenger seat behind the driver gives it good aerodynamics and balance and the lightweight construction means the whole car only weighs 300 kg. The lithium ion battery powers the rear drive wheel and the car is capable of 0-100km/h in under 10 seconds, a top speed of 120 km/h and 150 km of city driving before recharging.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Perpeptual motion? free Electricity?

How about some free energy or some perpetual motion?
this could be powering my next car?

Lets hope the powers that be make it open source.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Moldable Mouse

Congratulations to the winners of the red dot online: design concept 2007: Productivity & Work winners for this cool mouse!

Made of lightweight modelling clay and covered with a nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, Moldable Mouse can be kneaded into shapes by users.

Moldable Mouse breaks the boundaries of the traditional mouse with its revolutionary design. Currently, all computer mouse products in the market are made with hard plastic, and their shapes are not universally adaptable to the human hand. Even the most advanced “ergonomically designed” mouse does not fit the preferences of every user. The inelasticity of the plastic model is problematic for long-time usage, as numerous people have suffered wrist injuries from extensive use in a fixed position. Moldable Mouse eliminates this problem with its unique design.

Moldable Mouse is made of non-toxic lightweight modelling clay, covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric. It can be kneaded into any shape the user prefers, and the shape is self-retaining. By allowing a wide variety of hand positions when holding the mouse, it reduces repeated motions of the same posture, thereby minimising the chance of common mouse-related injuries such as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The click buttons and touch-sensitive scroll pad of the mouse are stick-on parts with built-in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device), which can be repositioned for maximum comfort.
The nylon and polyurethane blend fabric covering comes in a variety of colours. The texture of the material feels similar to silk, but is much more flexible. Its softness significantly increases the comfort level of the mouse over that of the traditional plastic versions. Patterns and graphics can be printed on the fabric to make the Moldable Mouse more visually appealing. The base of the mouse, made of 100% recyclable PC/ABS plastic blend, houses the PCB (Printed Circuit Board), laser optics and batteries. Reducing plastic usage to a minimum by using mostly non-toxic clay and fabric, the Moldable Mouse is also an ecologically responsible product.

For the past forty years in which the computer mouse has been in existence, it has by and large remained static in its design. Today, modern technology has made it possible for the product to conform to the contours of the user, rather than the other way around. Moldable Mouse brings novelty to the field of industrial design, and beckons a new generation of user-centred innovations.
red dot award: design concept 2007


Lite-On Technology, P&C Design Center

In-house design:
Liao Wei-Chueh, William W. Huang, Antonia Hsu, Amy Liu, Shi Yimin, Tiky Tao, Salem Zeng

Pocket Bikes

Reinventing the Wheel : TreeHugger
Mountain biker and designer Duncan Fitzsimons has invented a folding wheel with the aim of making courier or city bikes that could be folded up into a package that is much easier for carrying on public transport.


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