Portable Software Blows Up With U3 Standard
U3 Smartdrives, USB flash drives that conform to the U3 standard, are due to arrive in October. This standard will make developing and deploying portable applications that run stand-alone on USB drives a snap. Full article here.
Brain Computer Interface Hat
Nature has an article about a brain-computer-interface hat that "can read your thoughts". You can "stroll down a virtual street" by just thinking about walking. I have to admit, if I could do something in the virtual world just by thinking about it, I doubt that it would be walking down a street.
Hilarious Domain Name Mispronunciations
Here's a great selection of unfortunate domain name choices. Be careful what you register. Did you mean ExpertsExchange.com or ExpertSexChange.com?
Low-Power Sensors / Transmitters Arrive This Year
Wired has a good story about ZigBee ,"a specification for building large networks of low-power radio transmitters". Expect consumer products by the end of the year. Because of the low-power consumption, batteries will run for years. Applications include home-monitoring systems and checking up on the elderly.
Air Car Emits No Pollution
MDI (Moteur Developpment International) claims that they have developed a car that uses "bi-energy" (compressed air + fuel) that has an effective driving range of 2000 km with "zero pollution in cities and considerably reduced pollution outside urban areas". They are promoting it to be used as a CAT vehicle.
Build Your Own Robot
There's a nice roundup of do-it-yourself robot building here. Lots of links and resources for the budding robotocist.
DVD Jon hacks Media Player
DVD Jon has done it again. This time, he's hacked encryption coding Microsoft's Media Player NSC files. Now you can watch Media Player files on VLC (VideoLAN Client). The Register has a story.
Linspire as Beerware
Linspire, everyone's favorite WalMart distro, can be downloaded for free until September 6. They claim they are doing it to remove any confusion with Andrew Betts' Freespire, which is now called Squiggle. Actually, this confused me even more. According to their site, Linspire (free or not) includes "a lot of legal and paid-for 3rd-party licenses for things like mp3, Java, Flash, Quick Time, Windows Media, Bitstream fonts, Real media, music, etc.".
Mazda has USB key
Everything USB reports that Mazda has developed a concept car that abandons the traditional cylinder key in favor of a USB key. It can also store driving directions and, of course, songs. This seems so obvious, I can't believe nobody has already done this.