Friday, July 13, 2007

Logitech MX Air Mouse


Well, I was working from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM these last few days, and apparently Jman--8 wasn't around either, so this is the first new post in almost a week. I promise I'll post more consistently in the future, okay?

Anyway, in this post I'm bringing you a new piece of cool technology: The Logitech MX Air Mouse. This mouse is similar in function to the Wii's controller, the Wiimote, but for the PC.

Instead of having wireless mice where you use a scroll pad or a joystick to move the cursor, you move the device itself to move the on-screen cursor. It's got a range of up to thirty feet, and algorithms in place that eliminate the cursor shaking with tiny movements from your hand (hold your hand straight out and perfectly still. It's absolutely impossible not to twitch just a little bit, and that would be extremely annoying while using a motion-sensitive mouse). It features an intuitive volume control button: Push and hold the volume button, and wave the mouse to the left to turn the volume down and wave it to the right to turn the volume up. Plus, the functions I like best: Programmable gesture recognition. Hold the gesture button and wave the mouse in the gesture that you programmed in, and it'll execute the command you've set to that gesture (for example, hold the gesture button and wave the mouse in a circle to open iTunes, or whatever). Now that's a cool mouse. However, it's a little bit pricey at $149. Maybe I'll wait on it for a while.

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/A_New_Mouse_that_Works_in_Air/551-82172-581.html

Monday, July 9, 2007

Weekly Links To Other Blogs!

Every Monday, in order to get our blog out there by using backlinks, and in order to show our readers (if there are any) some other cool blogs, I'm going to post a few links to other cool blogs every Monday.

This Monday's blog theme is blogs on technology in general.

Here's a nice blog on general Windows tips and tricks by a guy called Kaustubh Gujar. It's http://techbit.blogspot.com He's not a native English speaker, but it's easy enough to understand. Here's a post of his I rather liked: http://techbit.blogspot.com/2007/07/why-microsoft-does-not-sucks.html

Here's a blog called "Heliotropic" by Carl Lenox. http://greenvolts.blogspot.com/ He blogs about renewable energy and biofuels. A rather cool post of his: http://greenvolts.blogspot.com/2007/05/carbon-hat-trick.html

And the last one, since I'm tired of looking for these already: Digital Inspiration, by Amit Agarwal. http://labnol.blogspot.com/
He's also got some useful technology tips, including this one, which I especially liked, since I've had lots of problems like this with my optical mouse: http://labnol.blogspot.com/2007/07/clean-mouse-with-white-paper-for-smooth.html

That's all for this week! I hope the backlinks are saved somewhere, because we need more visitors, and these are cool blogs!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Steorn Orbo "Free Energy Machine"

This caught my eye the other day... It's an Irish Technology Consulting company who claims to have created a perpetual-motion machine that returns up to 400% efficiency, which means that three times the energy you put into it is available for use, because it runs itself. Apart from equipment failure, the idea is that this thing can run forever, which totally contradicts all our ideas of the laws of physics and the conservation of energy. Here's a picture that I pulled off a video on their site about the basics of how the Steorn Orbo Free Energy Machine works:




Steorn CEO Sean McCarthy explains how the Orbo functions: "Orbo is based upon the principle of time variant magneto-mechanical interactions. The core output from our Orbo technology is mechanical. This mechanical energy can be converted into electrical energy using standard generator technology either by integrating such technology directly with Orbo or by connecting the mechanical output from Orbo to the generation technology. The efficiency of such mechanical/electrical conversions is highly dependent on the components used and is also a function of size."

This means, in lame-man's terms, that the little ball-thing gets acted on by the three magnets in three different directions and rotates around all of them, creating mechanical energy that can then be turned into electrical energy.

Obviously, since the very idea of such a machine is a violation of all the laws of conservation of energy, the Orbo has been met with skepticism, ridicule, and contempt by the scientific community. In response, Steorn issued a full-page ad in The Economist, a scientific journal (the ad alone cost $60,000), challenging the scientific community to form a "jury" to come inspect the Orbo and deliver a verdict on whether or not it actually works. Twenty-two people were eventually chosen, and their decision is expected at the end of this year.

On July 6th, the Steorn team was scheduled to give a public demonstration of the Orbo machine at the Kinetica museum in London. They had rigged four live video feeds in the Orbo chamber so that around the world, people could watch live video online. However, the lights mounted above the camera apparently caused "unexpected equipment failures" and when they tried replacing the equipment, it led to "further failures." Thus, the demonstration has been postponed for at least three weeks, possibly more.

This incident, coupled with Steorn's obsessive secrecy about the project (they won't release schematics or models of how it works, they won't release the name of the company who makes their prototypes, they can't give demonstrations to journalists, etc), has led to feelings that it's just a big scam and a hoax, but the company appears to be serious about promoting this product and the benefit it will have on our lives and the lives of people in developing countries. I think it'll be interesting to follow this company, and to see if their machine works at all.


http://www.steorn.com

A Blog? Whatever For?

So, Jman--8 and I have started a blog. We thought it would be kind of cool to have a place on the 'web where we could post our thoughts on technology and video gaming and what could be done to improve things. Plus, it's a good opportunity to share our Intelligence with the world!

Anyway, as my first post, I thought I'd explain a bit about Jman--8 and myself: Jman--8 and I are the senior members of a comedy group called Roast Beef Educational Programs. Our first movie, The Killer Knight, was a project for our English class, and it was so popular that we decided we'd do more. We're on YouTube, so look us up!

Here's our first movie, The Killer Knight, filmed with JavaJoe7, who -due to a minor misunderstanding- is no longer part of the Roast Beef Troupe. Enjoy!