I've always regarded the Airbus A380 with both awe and anxiety. I'm in awe of the technological achievement of producing the world's biggest airliner, even if it lacks the graceful lines of a 747. And though I'd fly on it if I had to sit on a cardboard box, I'm still anxious about spending 14 hours crammed into a coach seat hurtling through the air with the population of a small town. But according to an Airbus exec, 500 passengers is just a drop in the bucket compared with what the behemoth place could really … Read more
It's a good thing teenagers are attracted to ironic fashion statements like a moth to light. MusicMarker, purveyor of the too-adorable Tamagotchi-like MusicMarker song-identifying keychain fob, will soon be selling their product at America's one-stop solution for disenchanted suburban youth--Hot Topic.
The MusicMarker helps people identify songs they hear by recording a short audio clip into its memory and then uploading that data to the MusicMarker Web site when it gets plugged into a computer USB port. The data then gets analyzed and (ideally) reveals the song information and where to buy it. A number of people … Read more
Teenagers, persuade your parents to buy this lawnmower and you can get your weekend afternoons back. The LawnBott seems to have some competition.
The Auto Mower from Husqvarna eliminates noise, hassle and is environmentally more friendly than your average gas-powered lawnmower.
It works similarly to the Roomba robot vacuum in that it self-charges at a docking station, navigates on its own and can be set to run on schedule. You shallowly bury a boundary wire around the general perimeter of your lawn and any gardens to let the machine know its limits. It can handle inclines, rain and simply reverses … Read more
If you happen to be wandering around Manhattan with some extra beer between June 9 and June 17, you might want to swing by one of Crumpler's two stores to exchange it for a bag. The high-end bag maker is running its second annual Beer for Bags campaign in which customers can bring in beer to barter for one of the company's messenger, laptop, or photo bags. Crumpler has been running the same kind of sale in its home base of Australia for five years now, and last year's introductory New York sale saw over 1,000 … Read more
Researchers at the University of Illinois got a bright idea. They developed a form of lighting that's more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. And it's lighter and thinner than current fluorescent lights, which require a ballast and glass tubes. The diagram above shows how the researchers' aluminum foil-based "microcavity" plasma system works to produce light.
The researchers say their lighting system would look like a luminous, flat screen that could hang on walls in residential and commercial locations. The technology would even allow for curved and flexible versions of the lights, which could fit a wide … Read more
So let's say, just hypothetically, that you can't stand the person who occupies the next cubicle. We perennially chipper campers at Crave would never know how this feels, of course. But if we did--and couldn't resort to physical harm--we might seriously consider bringing something like this to work because the "USB Fragrance Oil Burner" could be the next best thing to incense when trying to keep irritating office mates at bay.
When closed, this little gadget could pass for a speaker or just about any other computer peripheral on the desktop. But it opens up … Read more
Each week, Crave tracks the most popular ringtones.
For all we know, the top five ringtones may be cemented in place for all of eternity. The same 10 ringtones make up the top 10 this week, except a few have switched places.
Unk's "2 Step" holds on to the top spot and will presumably do so until everyone in America has downloaded it. Then, we'll all be confused whenever a phone rings, because everyone will have the same ringtone.
So, to further demonstrate that the world cannot get enough of Google's Street View feature--or at least to demonstrate that I can't move on--I'd like to invite our readers to participate one more time in a gallery, this time by sending in any Street View images that can demonstrate, without question, when the image was taken.
Last week, I asked for your favorite Street View images, and dozens of you responded.
So, while there could be many ways to prove when an image was taken, some might be a newspaper front page that's … Read more
What do you get when you mash up the latest, greatest Google feature with an unconference full of hackers?
So what is it? It's hackers playing with the Street View APIs, figuring out ways to do things like mash up Grand Theft Auto with the hot new mapping phenomenon.
Boeing's big project for this year is to get a dream off the ground--literally. The aviation giant's first 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to emerge from the factory on July 8, with a first flight anticipated for later in the summer.
New fuel economy, greater range, and groovy interior set this new machine apart. How did they do that? Why does it have curvy wings? What do the heads-up displays look like? Click on the image for a slideshow and more information on the fastest-selling aircraft ever.