Saturday, October 27, 2007

Styrofoam cup vs deep sea pressure

If you've always wondered how a styrofoam cup would fare in deep ocean waters, then check out this interesting clip. Video after the break.

Looks pretty cool doesn't it...On the surface, at an atmospheric pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch, the cup stands 4 inches tall. As the remotely operated sub descends, the pressure compresses the Styrofoam and the cup shrinks. Below 3,000 feet, under pressure 100 times greater than that at the surface, the cup shrivels to about half of its original size.

Saxnet intros Meshnode III mesh networking router

Lookin' for a WLAN router with a 500MHz AMD processor within? If you're frantically waving your hand in a futile attempt to say yes, Saxnet's got your goods. The German firm's Meshnode III is a well-spec'd mesh networking router that features a "full x86-based system" within, four radio modules and "an integrated heating and cooling system" to boot. Additionally, this thing packs 256MB of RAM (expandable to 1GB), a pair of 512MB CF cards (expandable to 16GB each), 802.11a/b/g support, twin USB 2.0 ports, a rugged, water-resistant enclosure and Debian GNU / Linux runnin' the show. As you may expect, such a loaded device comes with a fairly stiff pricetag, but at least you've got a few months to save up the $1,150 it'll take to snap one up when it lands in January.

Meshnode III specifications

The Meshnode III's specs are listed as follows:
CPU -- AMD Geode (X86) LX 700 (standard), 800, 900
256MB RAM, expandable to 1GB
CompactFlash -- two 512MB flash cards, expandable to 16GB each
1 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
802.11a/b/g (5GHz/2.4GHz/2.4GHz, respectively)
Transmit power -- 100 to 600 mW
Aerial ports -- 8 x N-female (4 x diversity)
Meshing technology:
OSI Layer 2 with ad-hoc and infrastructural mode
Aggregate data rate -- up to 108Mbps with SuperA encodings (WEP/WPA/WPA2)
Other I/O ports:
2 x USB 2.0
2 x serial ports
VGA video
2 x CompactFlash slots
4 x Mini PCI sockets
50 digital I/O lines (optional)
Housing -- water- and UV-resistant Makrolon
Dimensions -- 10.2 x 7.9 inches (260 x 200 mm); 13.8 x 13.4 inches (350 x 340 mm) with sun protector
Operating temperature -- -40 to +70 degrees C (@ 95% humidity)
Operating system -- Debian GNU/Linux, with 2.6.21 kernel

cool airplane trolleys

German Bordbar sells original airplane trolleys. Not new ones, but trolleys that have travelled the skies in faithful service to hungry and thirsty travellers, and are now ready to be reintroduced as compact rolling cabinets in homes and offices. Dents and scratches aren’t removed—after all, they’re proof of authenticity—but the trolleys are cleaned up and revamped with one of Bordbar’s graphic designs, printed on laminated foil. Customers can pick a pattern or solid colour, or can have a trolley embellished with their own design or corporate colours.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Tokyo Motor Show preview

'mazda taiki'

the tokyo motor show always features some of the most outrageous and futuristic concept cars. this year's show
is no different, featuring the mazda taiki, the yamaha tesseract and the honda puyo. the taiki is based on the
concept of air flow, creating an extremely streamlined and aerodynamic design. the tesseract is an extremely
unique vehicle that would best be described as a motorcycle with four wheels. the puyo is a bizarre looking car
that is designed to be people-friendly and makes use of fuel cell technology.

this years show will also feature five types of test rides, where visitors can actually come in contact with the cars
to add to the entertainment. the show is open from 10 am - 6 pm from october 26 to november 11 at makuhari
messe in chiba city.

see the location
see the show floor

'mazda taiki'

'yamaha tesseract'

'honda puyo'

Thursday, October 25, 2007

VIDEO: Police Arrests Criminal, Finds More Than Expected in Water Bottle

At first glance, this looks like a normal Aquafina bottle, but what you find inside is definitely more than meets the eye. Video after the jump.