Remote Controlled iPads on Segways

This seems like one of those things that could be really useful, or could make us ever so fatter.

Startup company in California, Double Robotics has decided that they want to revolutionise video conferencing with their product they’ve simply named “Double”. They’ve created this little mobile iPad stand that can be remote-controlled via an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or a laptop. Even the height can be adjusted so you can remain at eye-level whether those you’re meeting are sitting or standing. It would make conferencing a lot more convenient for businessmen who normally have to travel for face-to-face meetings.

I would also imagine it would be great for mobility impaired, such as those in Motor Neurone Disease for example, to explore the world without having to rely on someone to push them around. In this video, it would seem that Double Robotics are seeing not only business use, but also recreational use, allowing you to view art galleries across the world without leaving your couch.

While that all sounds awesome, it leads me to think of people sitting on their couch, feeling like they’re ‘seeing the world’ while the salsa from their nachos drips down onto their over-stretched wife-beater. Like I said – could be revolutionary or it could contribute to obesity.

Doubles are available for pre-order at a whopping $1,999 and will be available in 2013. What do you think? Will this become the norm for video conferencing before long?

[Via Geekosystem]

Star Wars as Westerns [Pics]

Recently we posted Fistful of Rupees, where The Legend of Zelda was reimagined as a Western. Now we can only imagine the same thing applied to Star Wars – something that artist Timothy Anderson actually did imagine in these posters:

 

[You can buy these posters (along with a bunch of Timothy Anderson’s other awesome art) online for $40 each or $100 for the lot | Via NerdApproved]

Harp Twins Play Skyrim/Morrowind Medley [Video]

Gorgeous identical twins, Camille and Kennerly, have done a series of beautiful electric harp duets together. This one is a harmonious arrangement of some of The Elder Scrolls theme songs. Beautiful girls in beautiful locations making beautiful music…sit back and relax. They recommend listening with headphones for “a more complex sound and fuller bass lines.”

[Via YouTube]

Deus Ex And the City [Pic]

Now that would be a SATC sequel I could get into.

[Via GeekoSystem]

Facebook to (Finally) Start Deleting Your Photos

It seems Facebook has finally said they’ll be deleting photos within a “reasonable period of time”. If you didn’t realise, Facebook’s systems were keeping some photos on their content delivery networks (CDN) for as long as three years after you deleted them. So even though you ‘deleted’ those late-night not-so-sober photos from Facebook, they could still have been floating around cyberspace for years afterwards.

Apparently now Facebook has introduced a new photo deletion policy, along with new storage systems that means that content should expire by 30 days at the latest. “However, in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors,” said Fredric Wolens, Facebook spokesperson.

Of course, it should be noted that people don’t actually have access to the photos on the CDN via Facebook once a user deletes them – they’d have to have the direct URL to it. But still…

It seems that other networks such as Twitter and Flickr, would only take mere seconds to delete the photos from their CDN. It seems that Facebook has taken a really long time to sort out this problem.

And the Facebook iOS apps still majorly suck. I’m not impressed Facebook, not impressed.

[Via Ars Technica]

The Tardis is Real [Google Maps]

Don’t believe me? Go into street view for the address “343 Hull Road, York, England, YO10 3, United Kingdom” and you will see that beautiful blue box.

Edit: Map embedded below. There’s even a Cyberman and two Daleks a little to the right.


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Google sees all, even you Doctor.

Save the Tesla Lab! Build a Tesla Museum!

On The Oatmeal’s latest blog post, he calls out to geeks and geek-supporters everywhere to pitch in to the building of a Tesla Museum at the site of his old laboratory, the Wardenclyffe Tower.

Apparently the land has recently gone up for sale and a non-profit is trying to raise money on indiegogo to buy the land and build the museum.

So how much do they need? Well the land costs $1.6 million dollars. The non-profit has received a matching grant from New York State for $850,000 – so if they raise $850,000, then NY will give them $850,000 = total of $1.7 million dollars.

Currently, there’s also another buyer who wants to tear it down and turn it into a retail establishment (ew).

We need to pay tribute to this awesome man. And if you don’t know who Nikola Tesla is, or why he deserves deity-like devotion from geeks everywhere, then don’t bother going to Wikipedia, instead, check out The Oatmeal’s wonderful comic, “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.”

They’re not only looking for donations from general geek public, but it’s also important that they find some corporate sponsors to help build the actual thing – it will take so much more than just the $1.6 million, as that is just the cost of the land.

So if you happen to be or know anyone who is in a position to pitch this to a giant company, then please do so. Because anyone who has built their empire on the foundations of technology, deserves to give a nod to the father of electricity, of invention, and of geekdom in general.

[Donate on Indiegogo | Potential Sponsors contact the charity by emailing filter@theoatmeal.com | Read more on The Oatmeal]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Save 36% on Canon Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a great deal on the Canon PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer.

The beautiful PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One delivers superior quality, versatility, and ease of use. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows you to easily print and scan wirelessly virtually anywhere around your house. For a genuine interactive imaging experience, Canon’s Intelligent Touch System transforms the top of your printer into a sleek, responsive touch panel so only the buttons you need light up.

Print gorgeous, borderless photos at home up to 8.5″ x 11″ size with a maximum print color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi3 and six individual ink tanks including a gray ink for professional color and black & white photos. Enjoy a new sphere of printing options as PIXMA Cloud Link4 lets you conveniently print pictures from online photo albums Canon image Gateway and Google Picasa as well as templates including seasonal stationary and calendars from wherever you are to wherever a compatible Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One is, without a computer. Also included is the ability to print select Google DocsTM and GmailTM attachments from any accessible device, further adding to your wireless versatility. Have all new sorts of fun with your images by adding Fun Filter Effects like Fish Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Soft Focus and Blur Background before you print. The MG6220 also lets you print on your printable CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs and jackets. Plus, you can even you turn your HD Movie clips into beautiful photos while built-in Auto Duplex Printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of the paper, which can help reduce paper usage and cost by up to 50%.

View beautiful, easy-to-view scans by advanced image analysis and area-by-area data correction, automatically. Plus, you can print and scan jpeg and pdf files wirelessly from compatible iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices. Also enjoy direct printing options from compatible memory cards, USB Flash Drives, PictBridge and optional Bluetooth devices.

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Moon Feels Rejected [Pic]

With all this Mars hype, the poor Moon is feeling a bit blue.

[Via I Fucking Love Science]

Love is the Rhythm, You Are the Music

Ok it’s not super nerdy but it’s still pretty funny right? God is a DJ, Life is a dance floor…

[A friend’s cover photo]

SMS Bug in All iOS Versions

You can no longer trust your SMS to tell you who it’s really from on an iPhone. But don’t worry, the flaw has been found, and it can be fixed.

Apparently, within the code sent via SMS there is a ‘User Data Header’ (UDH). This contains an option where you can set the number that the text originates from. Pod2G discovered that this can then be hacked and when your message arrives in your phone, it will read this UDH data rather than where the SMS actually came from.

This might seem harmless in the context of, perhaps, a prank from one of your friends. But there are more serious security risks here: one could fool your phone into thinking that the SMS comes from your bank, and fool you into clicking a link where you’d put in your passwords or credit card details. It could also be used to send false messages to be used in court cases.

It’s not like this is easy to access – you’d need to deploy a SMS gateway. And Apple should be able to nip it in the bud with an iOS update so there isn’t any real reason to panic. Just, as always, be cautious about links you click (or touch) on SMS messages, if you’ve got an iPhone.

Apple has actually responded, according to The Verge, to say that “Apple take security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks.” It’s likely that Apple will fix this up in the coming iOS 6 release later this year.

So if you are on an iPhone and you haven’t got iMessage turned on – now would be a good time!

[Via Geek.com | Photo Credit]

Pac-Man Pint Glasses

I would never stop using them. They’re too damned cool! You get a set of 4 16oz pint glasses made of heavy duty glassware. I want so bad.

[$34.95 from Neatoshop | $27.97 from Amazon (only 10 in stock at time of writing!) | Via GeekAlerts]