Saturday, October 18, 2008
(it's a lot brighter than I would call Burgundy!)
Cool colour non-the-less, expect some more colours on video and a mini-review from us soon!
PC can be purchased now from :
Conics.Net prices start at about $2100 USD, add a dual RAID 0 SSD, Blu-Ray burner, max RAM etc and you can pay upto approx $5000 USD
All othere features are same as the original Everun Note released in September.
Reseller Conics.Net will have stock of the cheaper model in November. (the Turion dual core model is shipping now)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Last train home is always full of surprises, tonight a young guy stumbled on to the train and slummed down next to the door, a few minutes later he vomited against the door and all over himself... It's amazing how fast a busy commuter train can clear out when there's an attack of this kind :)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
More video’s of the DoCoMo Separate Mobile phone or “Separate Keitai” concept phone.
More at Tech-On
NTT DoCoMo demoed a prototype mobile phone at CEATEC JAPAN 2008 that can be used as a projector. Based on an existing handset, DoCoMo integrated an ultra-small projector into the base so the mobile phone is too fat to be practical.
The projector uses red, green and blue LEDs for the light source and is equipped with the Pico’s DPL chipset / DMD (digital micromirror device) downsized for mobile use.
As you can imagine the projector is not a powerhouse with a luminance of only 7.5lm and pixel count of 480 × 320 producing a 20-inch image from a distance of about 80cm. The power consumption is about 3W yielding only 15 to 20 minutes with the prototype. DoCoMo says a commercialized version is at least 3 years away with an aim of having at least 100 minutes run time on batteries.
More at the Nikkei
Gamers Rejoice! Kingston launches new DDR3 RAM just for gaming PCs! Kingston’s latest RAM, dubbed HyperX, is advertised as the fastest DDR3 memory units made to date with a 2GHz speed and feature CL9-9-9-27 at 1.9 volts over the 2GB pair. On sale now in the USA’s Kingston website for $227 for 4GB (2GB modules).
Via Crunch Gear
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
WoW-PoW goes to the 2008 CEATEC Japan: DoCoMo latest concept Mobile Phone has 2 removable touch screens.
We had a chance to attend the 2008 CEATEC trade show in Makuhari Messe Japan. The items of biggest interest had to be DoCoMo’s 2 piece touch screen concept phones. There were 2 functioning models and we had a chance to play with both. The one in the video attracted the biggest buzz with 2 removable touch screens with one of screens changing from a standard keyboard to a QWARTY keyboard. We liked the clean and slick styling of the phones and how the screens stayed together with magnets allowing you to change the pones configuration from a clam shell to a tablet. The other phone which was more polished had a traditional keyboard base and a removable screens that allowed you to talk on the phone while also watching video or surfing the net. Both phones has all the expected goodies, like Bluetooth, Web Browser, and Media Player capabilities. DoCoMo is gauging the reaction of the shows patricians to see if they will further develop the phones.
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday.
A laser aboard the Phoenix recently detected snow falling from clouds more than two miles above its home in the northern arctic plains. The snow disappeared before reaching the ground. Phoenix landed in the Martian arctic plains in May on a three-month mission to study whether the environment could be friendly to microbial life. One of its biggest discoveries so far is confirming the presence of ice on the planet.
More At CNN.com
Temple University physics professor has developed a simple device which could dramatically improve fuel efficiency as much as 20 percent.
According to Rongjia Tao, Chair of Temple's Physics Department, the small device consists of an electrically charged tube that can be attached to the fuel line of a car's engine near the fuel injector. With the use of a power supply from the vehicle's battery, the device creates an electric field that thins fuel, or reduces its viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the engine. That leads to more efficient and cleaner combustion than a standard fuel injector, he says.
Further improvements in the device could lead to even better mileage, he suggests, and cited engines powered by gasoline, biodiesel, and kerosene as having potential use of the device.
OMG! Are those Magic Miracle Mileage Magnets ads in the back of Popular Mechanics true???
Find out more here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Nanoscale meadows of grass and flowers could hold the key to increasing the amount of energy that can be stored in ultracapacitors, devices tipped to replace batteries in high-demand applications like electric cars.
Batteries are slow to recharge because they store energy chemically. By contrast, capacitors, which are common in electronics, are short-term stores of electrical energy that charge almost instantaneously but hold little energy.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Three University of Toronto scientists used the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai‘i to take images of the young star 1RXS J160929.1-210524 (which lies about 500 light-years from Earth) and a candidate companion of that star. They also obtained spectra to confirm the nature of the companion, which has a mass about eight times that of Jupiter, and lies roughly 330 times the Earth-Sun distance away from its star. (For comparison, the most distant planet in our solar system, Neptune, orbits the Sun at only about 30 times the Earth-Sun distance.) The parent star is similar in mass to the Sun, but is much younger.
The researchers believe their breakthrough shows promise that graphene (a form of carbon) could eventually double the capacity of existing ultracapacitors, which are manufactured using an entirely different form of carbon.
More at Science Daily
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Raon Digital's latest design Everun Note has been priced and resellers are reporting delivery dates now.
Conics.Net reports price @ approx $889 USD.
(they ship the Raon to all countries)
Japanese Site, Sarutek.Com put their price at 99,800 yen.
Both sites are reporting delivery to be 19th Sept 2008
Stay tuned :-)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
While not really intended for developed countries the start up M2E Power, based in Boise Idaho, announced that it will start selling a cell-phone charger next year that can convert every day movement into energy for cell phones. The micro-generator device is designed to convert regular motion, like walking the dog, grocery shopping etc into power with the charger said to be able to convert six hours of everyday movement into an hour of talk time. In the future, the company planes to embed its micro-generator with integrated battery storage system into the mobile phone itself. While not really suitable for developed nations with good electric infrastructure the motion-harvesting mobiles fill a real need in developing nations with inadequate power grids, off the grid adventurers, or most importantly the military.
More at Businessweek
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Conics.net was foolish enough to lend us a Sony Z90 US 13.1” notebook computer for several days and here is our video review. This sucker Smokes! It honestly is the fastest laptop we have played with due to its Centrino 2 CPU. It came with the works, 2.8GHz CPU, 320GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and Blue-Ray drive. (Correction, video says 7200RPM drive but it is really a 5400RPM) Not just fast, this thing can play any HD 1080p video without working up a sweat. In fact, we played 2 HD videos simultaneously with not a stutter or hiccup. If you need a Crysis graphics crunching laptop this is the one but it will cost yah as isn’t cheap. The top of the line VAIO Z90 goes for almost $4000 but what would you expect from a notebook more powerful than most high end desktops. Available at Conics.net.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A nice relaxing claymation zombie movie from Japan called Chainsaw Maid. Now before you watch, I won’t lie to you, there is a lot of clay blood. What does this have to do with Power or gadgets? Chainsaw… Maid… Zombies… clay Blood? Need I say more?
A bit more info at the director’s website. Via Japanprobe
Developed by MIT engineers, Micorbatteris which are about half the size of a human cell and built with viruses could power a range of miniature devices. While the batteries have not yet been built yet, 2 of the 3 main components have already been tested according to an article published in the Academy of Sciences which describes the assembling and testing of the new technology. The researchers used a common technique called soft lithography to create a pattern of tiny posts on a on a clear, rubbery material. On top of these posts, they then deposited several layers of two polymers that together act as the solid electrolyte and battery separator. Next the anode was formed by the a viruses that self-assemble atop the polymer layers on the posts. Creating the batteries does not require any special expensive equipment and can be done at room temperature. No word yet on when these batteries will be available.
More at Physorg
Eco Architecture or the art of growing your own furniture, structure, or shelter out of trees is now ready to for the big time as a new company, Plantware, plans to roll out these structures worldwide. Shaping living trees into useful objects, known as tree shaping or arborsculpture has been around for years but now the company had been able to implement the trees into park benches, playground structures, streetlamps and even gates. “The approach is a new application of the well-known botanical phenomenon of aerial root development,” says Prof. Eshel of TVU. “Instead of using plant branches, this patented approach takes malleable roots and shapes them into useful objects for indoors and out.” Not happy with just single structures Plantware’s CEO Gordon Glaze betting that entire homes will be constructed with the eco-friendly technology and hopes the first home prototype will be ready in about a decade.
More at ScienceDaily
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Umit Ozkan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University, said that the new catalyst is much less expensive than others being developed around the world, because it does not contain precious metals, such as platinum or rhodium.
Read more here
Here is a Video Review and impressions of the Sharp D4 after a several days of getting our grubby mitts on it. First off the Sharp D4 comes with a full Intel ATOM chipset and 1.33GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 40GB HDD and is billed as the smallest ATOM based UMPC running Vista. Shame on Sharp for not having the option to upgrade the RAM to 2GB as no Vista computer should be sold with less. With all that said, the computer did perform decently with RAM never being an issue and was a nifty little tablet to have around. We loved the way sharp integrated the mouse into the screen bezel as it was very natural to use it this way. The screen was also typical Sharp goodness enforcing Sharps reputation as the best LCD maker in the industry. However, all was not rosy with the D4. The biggest annoyance was the 1-1.5 hour battery life with the standard battery. We got to use the device with the large battery which made the device much more useful with a 4 + hour battery life. We also didn’t like the keyboard which required too much force to press the keys down in our view. We got to compare the D4 to a Sony UX92 early in the movie so have a look.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
More pictures at Ubergizmo
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Over the course of the Earth's history, there have been at least five major extinction events -- the End Ordovician, Late Devonian, End Permian, End Triassic, and End Cretaceous. But are we facing a sixth major extinction?
Listen to Paul Ehrlichon on Science Friday
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Monday, August 18, 2008
More at Inhabitat
Feel like cooking up you own batch of biodiesel? Make Magazine has just posted a great Youtube video “How To” on making your own batch of Bio- "White Lighting" diesel at home. It does require a diesel car, a lot of vegetable oil, and some caustic chemicals but all in the name of saving the planet.
More at Make
Worldwide Mini-Notebook Shipments to Exceed 5 Mn Units in 2008 but what about the rise of the Androids (smart phones)
However, Gartner has not taken into account the rise of truly smart phones like the iphone and soon to be released Google’s Android hand sets. Most teenagers can tell you, people are looking for a “tricorder” type devise that can do it all, phone, camera, organizer, net browser, document processing, and email all while fitting in a pocket. A device that you can put in a cradle with external monitor and keyboard / mouse at your home or office but carry with you and use on the run. With Android’s open architecture, truly productive applications for handsets should be available by next year that we believe (WoW-PoW) will overtake the rise of the mini-note category. Sadly the Apple iphone, while selling exceptionally well, has missed the boat so far with their awful selection of software available at their App Store and their short sited policy controlling third party application development. Let’s hope Steve Jobs sees the light when Android turns up the competition.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
There is a great video with Alex Roy, famous for his 31 hour cost to cost run, interviewing the owner of an Audi R8 named Blackbird that has got more stealth features than an A117 Stealth Fighter. It looks to be outfitted for Cannonball Run type cost to cost races as every gadget is designed to either evade police or go fast. They even have a device called a liquid-cooled infrasonic wave pulse generator, which besides possibly making you sterile if you stand in front of it has no other use that I can think of.
Pocketables is reporting that the Raon Digital Everun Note will be hitting the USA and Korea next month. The tiny 7” inch 1024x 600 notebook will be running AMD’s Turion Dual Core CPU at 1.2GHz and have ATI’s RS690E Graphic chipset hopefully giving this tiny notebook some cycle crunching balls over the avalanche of other sub-notes being offered of late. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 1.8” 80GB HDD or 12GB SSD, and will have all the usually radio connections likes WiFi b/g and Bluetooth. A few short comings are notably apparent, like possible lack of a 3G WWAN interface, short battery life, and web camera located in the hinge so people can look up your nose whenever your teleconferencing. The mouse is the usual Raon Digital affair, their semi optical / mouse pad solutions that I found very usable.
More at Pocketables
Ultra Motor, known in India for their Electric Scooters, will be offering their new A2B Electric bike in the USA. Ultra Motor USA claims that their A2B can serve up unassisted power rides of 20 miles cruising at a speed of 20mph. Plus, the A2B can be upgraded to double its range with the addition of a secondary battery pack. Bike specs are 73lb / 33kg weight with its aluminum frame, 36V Lithium Ion batteries, and a BLDC hub 500W motor. The best feature of this bike besides the dual suspensions, disk brakes, and wide enduro tires, is that is looks like a fairly normal compact bike cleanly integrating the battery packs into the frame unlike most other e-bikes that have huge boxy protrusion hanging off of them. No word yet on pricing.
The A2B has also been designed to fit in with Ultra Motor’s urban bike recharging stations, called LEV City Initiative, their solutions for greener and cleaner city transportation. Find out more at Ultra Motor
By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, they hope to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass, including distiller’s grain left over from ethanol production, corn stover from the field, grass, wood pulp, animal waste, and garbage.
Through asphalt, the researchers are developing a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into ubiquitous—and inexpensive–sources of electricity and hot water.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Although we reported on the Museum of Modern Art in NYC’s prefab housing exhibit over a month ago, Scribe Media has put together an excellent video of MOMA’s Home Delivery exhibition, held this month. While the video is long, it is full of interviews and images of the exhibition as well as interviews with architects who displayed their prefab designs and the curator of the exhibit. As Inhabitat put it “it’s a must-see for anyone interested in a current survey of the potential of prefabricated housing”.
As a gadget lover I really love Japan since it is a Nerd's Paradise. Not only do nerds flourish here but they even have their own heaven, Akihabara with girls dressed in maids uniforms. If that is not heaven on earth I don't know what is. That said here is a video of a nerd love fest this weekend: The 9th International Model Railroad Convention held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center. Over 10,000 nerds attended and Fuji TV was on hand to record some video of the trains. So if your ever have a chance to head to Japan don’t forget your pocket protector and polyester pants.
Thanks to Japanprobe for the heads up.
More at Physorg
More at the Nikkei
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EngineeringTV has got a pretty extensive video about an ASUV or Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle called the Harbor Wing. Basically like UAV of the sea, the ASUV has a unique winged sail that rotates 360 degrees for great maneuverability with no reefing or stowing of sails and wings work even better up wind than down. Designed for civilian work the Harbor Wing sail allows it to do long range surveillance, sampling, and monitor missions like monitoring of sea life with almost no maintenance. The catamaran also has a battery powered propulsion system that is charged by onboard solar cells and kicks in when the winds are below 5 knots. Crap this thing would be great just to have a personal sail boat. Where can I get mine?!
More details info at Harborwingtech.com and more videos at EngineeringTV.com
We have been steering clear of the iphone news here. However, Business Week has a pretty good Video demo of the games available for the iphone and the gaming experience.
As they put it “wireless devices need not always be about getting things done”. They cover BeJeweled, PacMan, MonkeyBall, CrashBandicoot, and Tap Tap. If you are thinking of buying any of these games the video will give you good idea of what they are about before taking the plung.
More videos at BusinessWeek
Monday, August 11, 2008
Girasole Elettrica 100% Electric Car Video Review Teaser. We at WoW-PoW.CoM got our hands on a Girasole Electric Car to review. Here is a quick 1 minute teaser video. We should have a full video review by mid August 2008. The car was a lot of fun to drive. Kind of like a glorified Golf Card but with much better speed, power, and range due to its Lithium Ion Batteries. It is not really suitable for highways but works great as an in town run-about. Rang is reported to be 120km (about 75 miles). The small 2 seater is sold in Japan and we got to drive ours around the surf and beach town of Kamakura (famous for the Daibutsu) We will let you know more about it and our reactions later this week.
Friday, August 8, 2008
As promised we got our full video overview of the Kohjinsah SX3 (SX3KP06MA). After getting over the Wow factor of having a built in DVD-RW drive in such a small thing what really stood out on this computer was its beautiful screen. It is not just that it has great 1280x768 resolution but also its glossy liquid smooth look which probably comes from the high gloss screen. It makes everything seem very clear. We also appreciated the daylight readable brightness which is pretty standard for Kohjinsha’s. So far the glare didn’t bother us but we have only had it for a few days. The SX3s performance was better than the SC3 which is strange as they use the same CPU and ATOM chipset. The SX did not have any problems playing videos or DVDs but we have not tried any HD 1080P videos yet. Battery life was also good but not great at about 3.5 hours. I would recommend the double sized battery for overseas business trips. The price is higher than we would have liked (about $1100-1200) but it in a real PC and not a netbook.
Enjoy the video. Available at Conis.net and Kabatek.com
A quick video of the SX3 unboxing. We got out hands on the Kohjinsha SX3 from Conics.net and Kabatek.com. The Kohjinsha SX3KP06MA is a UMPC with a built in DVD-RW drive. The cool think about the SX3 is that it is the same size as the Asus EEE PC but has the DVD-RW built in. We compare the 2 computers at the end of the Video. It has a 1.33GHz ATOM CPU with full ATOM chipset, 1GB of RAM with 2GB MAX, and 60GB HDD. So far we are very impressed with the screen which is beautiful and very bright. It has a 1280x768 resolution. The computer also seems very fast and video playback with the nice screen should be good. We will have a full Video Overview by the end of the day. Enjoy.
update: new photos under the hood here
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Swiss company Cree has created a three-wheeled electric vehicle that is full of sustainable features. The award-winning SAM car seats two in an agile body that is 90% recyclable, has a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour, and touts an emission-free 15 kilowatt electric motor that charges fully in just 6 hours. The design was recently re-tooled by Impact Automotive Technologies in preparation for a limited release of 500 cars in September, with 5000 units targeted for 2009. The car’s highly efficient engine consumes about 5kwh per 100km, and it converts kinetic energy from breaking, rolling to a stop, and driving downhill into electrical energy. With production ramping up later this year the projected price point is about 6,600 Euros. It is great to see all of the electric cars coming out however tandem seating is fine for motorcycles but sucks in a car.
More at Inhabitat
By combining stretchable optoelectronics and biologically inspired design, scientists have created a remarkable imaging device, with a layout based on the human eye. Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have developed a high-performance, hemispherical "eye" camera using an array of single-crystalline silicon detectors and electronics, configured in a stretchable, interconnected mesh. The work opens new possibilities for advanced camera design. It also foreshadows artificial retinas for bionic eyes similar in concept to those in the movie "Terminator" and other popular science fiction. The camera's design is based on that of the human eye, which has a simple, single-element lens and a hemispherical detector. The camera integrates such a detector with a hemispherical cap and imaging lens, to yield a system with the overall size, shape and layout of the human eye.
More at Physorg
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has identified thousands of globular clusters -- more than 5 billion years old -- in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. One of the results of these discoveries led astronomers to understand more about the life and evolution of cannibal galaxies. Evidence of Messier 87’s galactic cannibalism comes from an analysis of the globular clusters’ composition. “In Messier 87 there are three times as many globulars deficient in heavy elements, such as iron, than globulars rich in those elements”, Peng said. “This suggests that many of these ‘metal-poor’ star clusters may have been stolen from nearby dwarf galaxies, which also contain globulars deficient in heavy elements”. Studying globular star clusters is critical to understanding the early, intense star-forming episodes that mark galaxy formation. They are known to reside in all but the faintest of galaxies.
More at Science Daily
Looks like Sanyo has followed Sharp’s lead and is getting serious about solar cell productions. Sanyo has just opened a new production base for solar cell modules with an annual production capacity expected to reach 40MW by the end of fiscal 2008. Sanyo's annual production capacity of solar cell modules will become 340MW globally and Sanyo plans to increase its production capacity to 600MW by the end of fiscal 2010, and then to 4GW at the end of fiscal 2020. Sanyo estimates global production of solar cells will reach 40 to 45GW in fiscal 2020. Hopefully this will being prices of solar cells down to a competitive level in the next 2-5 years.
More at the Nikkei
Seiko Epson Corp developed a 3D display that is targeted at mobile phones and can show high-resolution 3D images visible to the naked eye with no special glasses. Despite its small size (2.57 inch), the 3D display features a pixel count of 1024 × 768 (XGA). Seiko Epson plans to commercialize the display in two years, the company said. "The resolution of the display is about 500ppi," said Goro Hamagishi, general manager of the Display Development Center "It is one of the world's highest resolutions of the direct-view-type displays that do not use projectors." To display 3D images, a special lens called "lenticular lens" is placed on pixels so that different images can be seen from different angles. A lenticular lens is composed of an array of many hog-backed convex lenses, each of which is as large as a few pixels.
More at the Nikkei
Following are 2 videos of the Icon A5 Amphibious Sport Plane. The first video is of the wings folding. The second is more details explanation about the ICON A5. Starting at just under $140,000 it is in the high range of Sport Aircraft with delivery set for 2010, but it does work on land or water. Equipped with a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS, folding wings and a cockpit that looks more like a cars, the Useful Load is between 430 - 530 lbs and maximum speed is 105 kts putting in squarely in the Sport Pilot rules category. While the aircraft looks great, Icon’s splashy PR campaign, car inspired dashboard (not suitable for serious pilots as it limits the type of Avionics) and sophisticated sales pitch are clearly aimed at investors and non-pilots. Hopefully they are just looking to expand their base by bringing in new pilots. I worry that they may end up like so many other start up aircraft companies that litter the aircraft industry scrap heap. I think I will hold off on my deposit for a while.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
A new material characterized at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could open a pathway toward more efficient fuel cells. The material, a super-lattice developed by researchers in Spain, improves ionic conductivity near room temperature by a factor of almost 100 million, representing "a colossal increase in ionic conduction properties". Other fuel cell materials force ions to travel through tight pathways with few spaces for the ions to occupy, slowing their progress. Rather than forcing the ions to jump from hole to hole, the new material has "lots of vacant spaces to be occupied, so the ions can travel much more quickly” and does so at room temperatures.
High temperatures have been a major roadblock for developers of fuel cell technology.