Archive for ‘Other- Toys’

November 1, 2010

Play Digital Spy with Covert USB Drives Hidden Around the City

by Matt Forcey

In a scrupulous world, this would be a really cool idea.  As part of his residency with EyeBeam in New York City, Aram Bartholl has created an interesting sociological experiment.  An anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing network.  On the sly, he has secreted USB flash drives into walls, buildings and street curbs, in publicly accessible spaces

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October 25, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 18-Oct. 24, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 4, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010

by Matt Forcey

Determined by your clicks!

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September 30, 2010

Telegram -(Stop)-

by Matt Forcey

You’re inundated with digital communications, email, text messages, MMS.  Wouldn’t be nice to get an actual letter in the mail on occasion? 

Not nostalgic enough for you? 

How about a telegram?  Old, old school.  A new online service enables you to send an honest-to-goodness telegram to anyone, anywhere.

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September 22, 2010

Antique-Styled Speakers with Super Hi-Fi Sound

by Matt Forcey

While antique in shape, the Little Horn speakers by Chicago-based Specimen Products deliver state-of-the-art sound. A clear nod to early 20th century phonographs, the design is more than aesthetically pleasing. The octagonal contour permits sound waves to expand more freely and cuts resonance, giving music the fullness of a live performance. Placed on the floor, the speakers have both a sculptural quality and target optimal listening height.

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September 20, 2010

This Pool Room is a Real Dive

by Matt Forcey

As a kid, my friends and I made imposing fortresses in my parent’s basement.  Our blockhouses were buttressed with old cardboard boxes and bed sheets that we found in storage closets and out in the garage.  Pretty typical boy stuff.  But when your garage is full of vinyl sheeting and steel cable, and your entire family is scuba certified, your “construction projects” might just take a different direction.

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September 15, 2010

iPhone Controlled QuadraCopter with SpyCam

by Matt Forcey

Check out the AR Drone Website:  http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/

Order your AR Drone: http://www.brookstone.com/ar-drone-quadricopter.html?bkeid=partner|vendor|parrot|wheretobuy

September 4, 2010

Sneak-Peak: Dummy-Proof Photography in Next iPhone Update

by Matt Forcey

By Jonathan Snyder and Brian X. Chen

A software update for Apple’s mobile operating system is due for release next week, and Wired.com has had hands-on time with a major new feature of the OS: high-dynamic range photography.

HDR, an automated processing feature aiming to deliver a “dummy-proof” photography method, will be included with the camera app on all iPhones running iOS 4.1 when it ships next week. When you take a picture, HDR processes three versions of the image: an underexposed version, a normally exposed version, and an overexposed version. Then it combines these three images into one to increase the dynamic range (the intensity of the light) to give you a more accurate representation of the scene you’re shooting.

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In iOS 4.1, when you launch your camera there will be an option to toggle HDR on or off. When toggled on, the iPhone will take a few seconds to process a photo in HDR after snapping it. By default, your iPhone will save both a normal, unedited version of your photograph along with an HDR-processed version. (You can tweak the save mode in your settings.)

I ventured outside with Wired.com photo editor Jon Snyder to put an iPhone 4 to the test with HDR photos, and the results were quite pleasing. At times some photos looked better without HDR-processing, but for the most part HDR improved images that were oversaturated with light or too dark with shadows.

This feature should come in handy for people who don’t want to spend too much aiming their camera in just the right place to get good lighting. Click through the gallery above to see some side-by-side comparisons of photos we snapped Thursday afternoon in San Francisco.

Via Wired Gadget Lab