Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Touchscreen Korean Calligraphy

Touchscreen Korean Calligraphy Board

For those looking to brag about your children's calligraphy skills to your friends, this Touchscreen Calligraphy Tablet concept lets you force your children into practicing their handwriting without having to pay for ink and paper. Using a pseudo-calligraphy brush as a mouse, you can scribble all over the tablet all you want—but the teaching tools of the tablet won't recognize what you're writing unless it's in Korean.

US$70,000 pedal-powered submarine for two

US$70,000 pedal-powered submarine for two

From Gizmag:
The Blue Space is a pedal-powered submarine created by the Saint-Petersburg State Marine Engineering University. The prototype has been around since 2003, but is still looking for investors to turn real. The submarine is meant for two and would require a propulsion capacity of 0.4–0.8 kW, to generate the required speed of 2-3 knots for between two and four hours as compared to the other human-powered submarines that require about 2.5–5 kW to maintain an underwater speed of 2-3 knots, considering it is difficult to generate a propulsion capacity underwater.
MIT is hopeful that this prototype will strike with the private buyers and resort owners alike owing to its affordable price tag that will range around $30K -$70K as compared to the million dollar price tag of the automatic submersibles.

Same principle as my "peddle boat" but oh that cool factor.

Apple netbooks manufactured by Foxconn rumored

The Inquirer

Digitimes and a plethora of Russian hardware sites are quoting Chinese-language site Commercial Times, which in turn is quoting sources from the component supply chain. These are whispering that Cupertino has sealed the deal with contract electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry - or Foxconn - to bang out Apple netbooks.

Commercial Times says Apple may also be contracting other manufacturers in Asia, but Foxconn seems to be the main firm in the running.

I spent about 4 hours converting a Lenovo S10e to a Hackintosh 10.5.6 and it is sweet. If Apple made a 'real' NetBook, I'd snap one up in an instant.


Daniel Loves Objects: At Your Command Lamps:

"Art imitates life and form meets function with these adjustable, human-sized lamps by Daniel Loves Objects. Though they're not available for purchase yet, the gold-plated cast metal mannequins-turned-lamps are a whimsical reminder that even the most everyday objects can break out of their mundane archetypes to take on new appearances."

Apple Apps Reach 1 Billion!


1 Billion Apps! Most are crap, Most get put in the closet after 3 days of use...

...but only, of course, if you set your computer's clock forward! (Click for the full-size graphic). Camillo Miller wrote:

Wanna see what Apple will do at the 1 Billionth download mark? Set your Mac's clock to Friday 24th and head to www.apple.com

Now here's a great piece of blogsanity: the source has watermarked its screenshots of this, as if it were some sort of exclusive not available to anyone with a web browser and a clock. Great find, though!

M!ханя - Нетрадиционная Кулинария

M!ханя - Нетрадиционная Кулинария

DrO says: "I wanted to point out to you that some people on LiveJournal came up with an idea of inserting dry spaghetti into hot dogs, then boiling it, and coming out with amusing culinary constructs that kids seem to love."

Turn your photos into beautiful paintings, sketches or drawings in seconds


"FotoSketcher is a 100% free program which can help you convert your digital photos into art, automatically. If you want to turn a portrait, the photograph of your house or a beautiful landscape into a painting, a sketch or a drawing then look no further, FotoSketcher will do the job in just a few seconds."

Transport Tycoon Deluxe


OpenTTD is an open source clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", a popular game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.


Create a booklet from any PDF document:

"BookletCreator is a free online tool that allows you to create a booklet from a PDF document. It reorders pages so that after printing and folding the pages, a small book is created."

Donkey Kong Wall Graphics

From Perpetual Kid:

"In 1981, Donkey Kong smashed into the arcade video gaming scene. It was the first to tell a complete narrative in gaming format and the first to use the damsel-in-distress paradigm, later mimicked by countless other video games. Mario became Nintendo's mascot and he and Kong went on to become two of Nintendo's most popular characters. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version of Donkey Kong (1986) brought Nintendo and these iconic characters into the homes of game lovers worldwided." Don't forget to check out the other 8bit fun.

Remember Leisure Suit Larry / Space Quest / Police Quest?

Sarien.net - Instant adventure gaming

Remember Space Quest, Police Quest and Leisure Suit Larry from Sierra On-Line? Well they’re back and they’re in your browser. Over at sarien.net you can relive them in all their EGA, 16 color, command line glory. Battle the evil Sariens, save Lytton from the Death Angel or go carousing in the back alleys with Larry (definitely not safe for kids).



CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform dieting software.

CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care.