That's why we like the "Ellos RescueBot," which Gearfuse describes as a "damage-resistant" machine designed to go where humans can't in emergencies. Its description makes it sound more like something from the Amazon (the river, not the store) than a piece of robotics: "Its main standout feature is 10 lifting arms on its bottom. When … Read more
Here at Crave UK, we're all about the HR violations. Balls are thrown around the office, superiors are groped inappropriately, and songs with rude words are sung, often about the managing director (always behind his back, mind).
But we've just discovered an even cooler way to violate HR rules: with toys from IWantOneOfThose.com. We've already damaged eardrums with the USB guitar, so now we've decided to dive-bomb our workmates with the PicooZ Micro Helicopter (24.95 pounds) and the Mini Bi-Plane (24.99 pounds).
Both are lightweight radio-controlled aircraft, and both are perfect for annoying … Read more
The Washington Nationals may not have the best record, but they're ahead of the game in creating new ways to use your cell phone. As of April 26, the team is letting fans use digital tickets on their handsets to gain admission to games. After buying a ticket from the team's Web site, you can request to have it sent directly to a phone in a multimedia message (MMS). You then take your phone directly to the admission gate where they scan the bar code from your handset's screen. Then it's off to enjoy the ball … Read more
Into signing up for its music service again, that is. Because--of course--any attempts to lure me into ratcheting up the eMusic review score would be systematically rejected--not that the service needs much help in that regard anyway. However, I did receive an offer today (actually, at 4:10 a.m. Saturday morning...gotta love e-mail bots) for 50 free music downloads--and all I need to do is "rejoin eMusic NOW!" Well, I do love free music, so perhaps I'll take them up on that. If you got a similar offer, will you? Leave me a comment … Read more
This just in from CNET News.com's intrepid Second Life correspondent Daniel Terdiman: Village repeatedly destroyed by tidal wave! Actually, it's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s virtual demonstration of global weather phenomena. You can watch a village get devastated by a tsunami, fly into the eye of a hurricane and get submerged by a melting glacier--all without getting your shoes wet.
For more images from NOAA's instructive tour of natural disasters, click on the image at left.
Each week, we track the most popular ringtones.
Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" leaped from number 21 last week to the second spot on Billboard's ringtone chart. This is the largest single-week jump since I began following these charts. I know Beyonce did a remix of "Irreplaceable" with Ghostface Killah--maybe that's boosting the ringtone's popularity.
Attendees of this past weekend's Coachella music festival in Southern California spotted a robot named Hotshot who apparently roamed the fairgrounds making colorful robotic commentary. Falling somewhere between Short Circuit and Triumph the insult-comic dog, Hotshot seems to be a remote-controlled bot with a head-mounted camera and an off-site operator who provides the robot with its witty banter.
Hotshot begs an interesting and possibly terrifying question. Is it possible to engineer a robot that has a better chance of getting lucky than you do? Not some kind of super-realistic sexbot like Cherry 2000, but a Johnny 5-style robot … Read more
If anything can be said of the people at SMS Technology, it's that they don't waste any time. Only two months after the appearance of their "world's smallest phone"--a Dick Tracy-style watch communicator--the Australian company has already filed for a next-generation version that some say looks like an iPhone for the wrist.
Gadgetell reports that plans for the "M500," as it's called, have been filed with the FCC and that it includes "all your basic phone functions plus SMS texting, audio, video and Bluetooth." It also alsos feature a … Read more
It's not that I don't understand the concept of a mini Bathtub Racer, I just don't see the point of it if you're clothed and/or not sitting in water. Without those elements, it might as well be anything! Where's the sense of adventure? Anyhow, here are the links for this episode:RSS feeds via Morse code An antispying diary for kids Your daily dose of obnoxiousness: Mini Cooper limo with whirlpool
Harman Kardon is just about to unleash the successor to its Drive + Play iPod interface, and we got a sneak preview of the new system this week. Imaginatively called the Drive + Play 2, the stylish device offers tons more features than its predecessor did, including the ability to show album art, an alphabetic search function, and a unique means of refining playlists on the move. The DP2 will be hitting shelves next week with a price tag of around $400. Check out our Crave slide show for all the info as well as some beauty shots.