Frolic Tech : A Roll Laptop Concept


D-roll is a next generation concept laptop design which is way distinctive from usual laptops in both shape and function. The long tube shape of this laptop, which was inspired from the storage tubes that artists are using for storing large drawings, eliminates perception of the traditional book looking laptops.

 This multifunctional laptop has two working modes. When it is operating in full function mode, the laptop is unfolded completely and all peripherals are turned on. The main display is turned off and a smaller screen, attached with main body is turned on allowing the users to check and send mails when D-roll is under email mode. VC is a helpful add-on for capturing pictures or videos and Locking System can provide certain security to the laptop.

D-roll is also a foldable design.The flexible screen and the keyboard are able to be rolled up and stored inside the tube. The video camera can be attached to the right end of the tube. And the strap is able to be connected in the middle .It becomes compact and easy for travelling.

1. Detach the flexible screen from the video output slot and roll it up.

 2. Roll up the flexible Keyboard. Store it in the notch which also works as a standing foot on the back.

3.Insert the flexible screen into the tube. Attach the two parts of strap and lock them together.

 4. Put the mouse on the cap of the end. And then, it is ready to go with you.
Designer : Hao Hua.

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Frolic tech : Future Farmer Tractor concpet

The Concept Cosmic Trac is actually a fashionable experience on the currently available tractors in the market. It is named as Cosmic Trac and is designed with futuristic looking, yet simple and stylish elements, unlike other futuristic concepts with complicated or organic shapes. The designers have emphasized on manufacturability, safety, useful functions and cost affectivity during designing the tractor with an innovative and modish look.

Key features of the Cosmic Trac include single sheet hood, safety head lamp, FRP head lights, serviceability, cost affectivity, etc. The head lamp cluster is designed in a housed way, ensuring complete safety for the lights unlike traditional projecting head lamp that always tend to break easily. The exposed engine parts and projected grill gives hi-tech feel which helps for the strength and aggression of the tractor. The fender is covered partly aiming complete driver’s safety. The dark grey and shiny blue color scheme has improved the visual impact of the tractor as a functional futuristic farming vehicle instead of making it a not acceptable tool for the target future farmers.



Frolic Gadget : HTC Hero

HTC Hero is tough competitor to Apple iPhone. It hav equally good touch screen feel and is far more advanced in applications and Softwares.
Hero uses Google Operating Systen "ANDRIOID".
It is the first phone to embody HTC Sense™ - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected.
It gives some superb browsing experience.
Its Indian market price is Around : Rs 30000/-


Specification of HERO :  
Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
Operating System
ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT)
112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm ( 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery
3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320x480 HVGA resolution

Device Control
Trackball with Enter button
Internal GPS antenna
Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
3.5 mm audio jack
5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formats
MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9
Video supported formats
MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1350 mAh
Talk time:420 mins
Standby: 720hours
Expansion Slot
microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features
Digital Compass
Protective Coating

Treated with a layer of polytetrafluoroethylene 


Frolic Site : WobZIP

Wobzip : Uncompress on the fly

Wobzip : Sometimes, you may go to your friends house and download some zip file. But, maybe your friend PC does not have software to uncompress it.
It allow users to uncompress as many compressed file formats as possible. This means that you can compress your files using the compression format of your choice and send it to your friends.
Wobzip can help you by providing uncompress service on the fly. It suppost various format, and the maximum file size supported is 100MB!
Site scan your compressed files using an anti-virus scanner so any infected files will be removed before you download them onto your computer.

On the other way round, following two services allow you to compress up to 5 files and also email the same.

1. MailMyZip (Max size 2 mb per file)
2. ZipOnline (Max size 650 kb per file)


Frolic Site :

Good Widgets: photo display widgets


If you're looking for a nice and different way to display your photos on your website, you really should go and have a peek at Good Widgets.
Currently Good Widgets offers 3 different photo display widgets - the book, the stack and the slideshow. Each one is customizable to suit your site. Also, each is available in two flavours - free but has the Good Widgets logo and a smaller number of photos per widget OR Standard, which is priced from $2 to $4 and doubles the number of photos.


Frolic Site : WIX.COM

Wix has developed a WebTop publishing platform; allowing users to create any kind of web content (web sites, widgets, blogs, myspace layouts) and publish that content anywhere they want.
Wix is the only publishing offering that allows users to create stunning flash-based content online that is totally personalized and without the need to code. Wix does this without the need to use complex publishing systems and without being constrained by the limitations of template based solutions. Furthermore Wix sites enable effective promotion as they are SEO friendly.
Wix launched the open beta in June. Wix users are small businesses, consumers and web designers. They are located in NY and Tel Aviv.

Some Latest Features :  
  • Areas of easy layout and structures.
  • Paragraph with scrollbar!
  • New contact from skins and colour.
  • Add your Twitter feeds!
  • Add behaviour on rollover and rollout mousestate.
All designed to make creating Flash websites and other web content simpler, faster and even more powerful!



Frolic Gadget : Samsung 12MP phone

The Samsung Pixon 12 - is the first of its kind to be released in India and follows other devices in the company range that include the Samsung i8510 Innov8 - which boasts an eight-megapixel snapper.
Launched in India for the first time the mobile comes with a 12 MP camera and full touch screen functionality.
The Pixon12 comes packed with a host of functions which enable consumers to easily capture, browse and share their images on the move- all on a brilliant full touch 7.9 cms screen.

Pixon 12 boasts off a touch Auto-Focus (AF) tracking system that allows users to simply select focus point with the touch of a finger, after which the AF function will automatically follow the object, keeping it in focus even as it moves across the screen.

Moreover, Smart Auto feature allows users to capture the perfect images as the camera automatically changes the scene and mode based on its object, background and lighting.
Images taken on the Pixon12 boast digital camera quality due to the phone camera’s superb lens and Xenon flash.
The 28mm wide angle lens on the Pixon12 also allows a better perspective and more full capture of a scene for consumers.
With Samsung Share Pix, the Pixon12 lets users easily upload images and videos to popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket and Friendster.
The phone’s high-connectivity functions include Wi-Fi and HSUPA capability which allows a user to share photos with friends in a jiffy.



Facebook Fascinating Facts

"How Facebook is taking over our lives
President Obama used it to get elected. Dell will recruit new hires with it. Microsoft's new operating system borrows from it. No question, Facebook has friends in high places. Can CEO Mark Zuckerberg make those connections pay off?"

Some up to date stats from the article:
 - Members: 175 million
 - Estimated 2008 revenues just $280 million
 - Average user spends 169 minutes per month on Facebook, Google 13 minutes
 - More than 70% of Facebook users are outside the U.S
 - Fastest growing demographic on the site: Women 55 and older, up 175% since September 2008 

Real Facts:
1. The average Facebook user spends about twenty-one minutes plus per day at the online social network.
2. The average Facebook user visits four times per day.
3. Facebook is adding about three hundred and fifty thousand new users every day.
4. Just this morning Facebook surpassed fifty million worldwide community members.
5. Facebook's size doubles every six months.

Anything jump out at you?  For me the startling fact is the the average user spends over 3 hours per month on the site.  The other is the astounding growth on the female over 55 group in less than 6 months.  Our company has been more focused on other Social Media sites, but personally, my Facebook usage has been growing as of late.  Is your company using Facebook?


Frolic tech: Microsoft Surface Computer

Its not often these days that you see a piece of technology that makes your draw drop, yet Microsoft have done that to me with Microsoft Surface. If there�s a better piece of gadget eye candy I�d like to see it
Microsoft Surface is a touchscreen computer that allows you to interact with pieces of digital content as if they were physical objects on the table - to move, expand and even transfer content between physical devices, to create a music play list through drag and drop using your fingers. It even recognizes physical objects on the table and allows you to interact with them, from a wifi camera to a beer glass (so you can order another).
Take a look at this video over on TechCrunch that shows how easy it can be to transfer a picture straight off of a digital camera to the table, then from the table to a smart phone, without using any wires, just regular wireless network technology.

First users of the $10,000 device are retail outlets, restaurants and bars, and casinos. The device will be available later this year, and as manufacturing ramps up, it will most likely drop in price to a point where it could be a realistic addition to your living room. Imagine controlling your TV/Home Theatre through the table touch interface, rather than looking for a remote control.



Frolic Gadget : Nokia 888 Concept Phone

Today the considerable consumers for the gadgets are the youngsters those who are always on the move and always looking for fresh new things. Manufacturers do take this segment seriously and keep developing new products for them. Nokia has come out with what they call is Nokia 888 Form, a perfect phone for the youngsters which allows them to be free and have fun. It is simple, light and carefree as one can change the form according the needs.
nokia888 cell phone concept
nokia888 cell phone concept

The Nokia 888 design is aimed to show case the activity prone life of youngsters thus it can adjust to the moment and function used. Technology used is that of liquid battery, speech recognition with flexible touch screen and touch sensitive body cover which lets the same understand and accordingly to the environment. It’s easy to carry as it can be bent and rolled and put into the cloth like a clip if not carry it around the wrist or as a usual phone. So this is one instrument that is form fitted for the youngsters.

*How the user interacts
E-motions… It means electronical motions that 888 has. You can send and receive forms from / to friends. You can send a heart shape to your girlfriend, so her telephone turns into an icon of heart. Or you can send a dancing form to your friends to call them to the party tonight. This is the fun side of the product. If we look from the functionality side, 888 is quite flexible. You can put it into your pocket, roll it and make it smaller, or put on your wrist when you want to make a video call on the go. If you want to talk like a normal telephone, there you have your telephone shape. We go through a lot of places and situations in the daily life, so it seems like one form is not enough.

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Frolic Gadget : Foldable bike concept

tfl bikeshares

The TFL Bikeshare network concept outlines an efficient and healthy way to realize the ultimate solution for commuters. This concept comprises a foldable e-bike that can be rode from the home and deposited to modular mobile hub, and board a bus. Upon arrival at destination, another hub will be there to rent another bike through using the unique Oystercard which can be availed by leasing the service on a per trip or monthly basis.

tfl bikeshares'
The E-bike has been designed with airless tires, robust tubular construction and shaft drive, ensuring durability, while the luminated front bar and dazzling graphics increase the visibility and safety for the rider. E-bikes have designed to be folded quickly and intuitively by the user and deposit it into the storage modules after arriving to a transit hub. RFID technology has been utilized to charge the users on their Oystercard according to the amount of E-bike rental time. When docked, E-bikes act as hub seating and get charged for the next renter.


Frolic Gadget : Acer Tempo M900

Acer Tempo M900
[Mobile World Congress] The Acer Tempo M900 aims to bring the best of both worlds in a single device - with a generous touchscreen display as well as a QWERTY keyboard, you will be able to get your messages and email across in double quick time no matter what your preferred method of input is. All your data stored in here is given an extra layer of protection as the integrated fingerprint reader makes it more secure, ensuring only the right print will be granted access. While there is a built-in accelerometer, developments from companies like Oberthur has made that redundant with their new motion detecting SIM card. Apart from that, the Acer Tempo M900 looks like a pretty beefy handset and will feature the following :-

  • Genuine Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Samsung S3C 6400 mobile processor (533 MHz)
  • 128MB SDRAM 256MB flash memory
  • 3.8" WVGA TFT LCD touch screen at 800 x 480 resolution
  • microSD memory card slot
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash
  • HSDPA/UMTS (2100/1900/850 MHz)
  • Quad-Band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), EDGE, GPRS
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED network connection
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • GPS (SiRFstar III chipset)
  • G-sensor


Frolic Gadget : HP DreamScreen 130

HP DreamScreen 130 – 13-Inch Multifunction Screen

The new HP DreamScreen will work not only as a Digital photo frame but will also play videos.You can connect the HP DreamScreen to the Internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and access additional content via the included apps: Pandora, SnapFish, and Facebook.

Features of the new HP DreamScreen 130 are:

  • Get quick access to all your entertainment with a simple and friendly interface.
  • Control your digital entertainment in the palm of your hand with a simple, intuitive remote.
  • Enjoy music, photos and videos easily with the HP MediaSmart experience.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connects seamlessly to your existing wireless home network, so you can access content on your home PCs and through the Internet.
  • The HP MediaSmart Frame is a gateway to the Internet using your wireless network to access weather info, Snapfish and your favorite web destinations.
The technical specs of the new HP DreamScreen 130 are:

  • Display : 13.3″ Widescreen (800 x 480)
  • Input/Output : 2 USB Ports, 6-in-2 Card Reader, 1 Headphone
  • Speakers:Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Networking:Ethernet, Wireless 802.11b/g
  • Media Files Supported
  • Video File Formats: MPEG 1, 2, 4, AVI, M-Jpeg, H.264, MP4 
  • Photo File Formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF
  • Audio File Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV



Frolic Gadget : LG Gaming LCD Monitor W2363V

The new W63 monitor from LG is your ultimate winning companion.It is a 23-inch widescreen full-HD (1920×1080 pixel resolution) monitor featuring a host of technologies including Thru Mode, Tru Light, HD surround sound, and a zippy 2-MS response time to fully immerse gamers in the newest games.
Its unrivalled Thru Mode technology delivers realistic images for split-second response time while its superior SRS TruSurround HD system supports 360-degree surround sound. Add to this an extreme G-Mode setting that lets you use both functions simultaneously and Tru Lighting technology that responds automatically to sound and victory will always be yours.

The features of the new LG W63 (W2363V) are:
  • Brightness(Typ.) 300nits
  • Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Contrast ratio(DFC) : 70,000:1
  • Response time(GTG):  2ms
  • Signal Input : D-Sub, DVI-D, Component, HDMI
  • Headphone out without volume control
  • Certified for Windows Vista Premium.


Frolic Gadget : iPOD nano With Video Camera and FM

The new Apple iPod nano 5G features a video camera for video recording (VGA,no still images).It also features a mic. and speaker,built-in FM tuner with Live Pause and iTunes Tagging, a pedometer , VoiceOver, support for voice memos and a larger 2.2-inch display ( 2-inch in iPod 4G) with a 376×240 resolution.It will be available in 9 colors (yellow and red are Apple Store exclusives) with the 8GB model priced at US$149 and the 16GB edition at US$179.


iPod nano now has a built-in FM radio with live pause and iTunes Tagging. Live pause lets iPod nano users pause and resume playing their favorite FM radio shows. iTunes Tagging is great when users hear a song they like, they can simply tag it, and then preview and purchase that song when they sync to iTunes.** iPod nano also features Genius Mixes, which automatically creates up to 12 endless mixes of songs from your iTunes library that go great together.
iPod nano is also now an even better workout companion with the new built-in pedometer. iPod nano can keep track of your steps taken and calories burned, helping you meet your short and long-term fitness goals. iPod nano provides up to 24 hours of music playback or five hours of video playback on a single charge. The 8GB model holds up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, eight hours of video and seven hours of captured video; and the 16GB model holds up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos, 16 hours of video and 14 hours of captured video.



Frolic tech: Nokia Nano technology

Nokia Company and Cambridge University (Great Britain) presented conceptual nano technic device Nokia Morph at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA). This device demonstrates how the mobile technique in the future will stretch and bend and will be transformed in different forms. Flexible materials, see through electronics, self - cleaning surfaces - all this is possible in nano technology.

"We hope that this combination of science and art will present nano technology potential to a wider audience. The research that we lead are fundamental since we are looking for safe and controllable ways of new materials usage" reported doctor Tapani Ryhanen, the head of the Nokia research center. The Nokia and Cambridge University partnership was announced in March 2007.

The Nokia research center has its division in the Cambridge University and cooperates with some departments but firstly with Nano Science center and electrotechnic department. Common projects are connected mainly with nano technology.
Some Nokia Morph elements can be integrated in the mobile devices in the next 7 years. Nano technology can make cheaper the mobile devices production and will allow acquiring more functions with lower price.



Frolic Gadget : Nokia Twist 7705

The Nokia Twist (model 7705) is a square-shaped phone that comes jam packed with a swivel-out QWERTY keyboard. 
 As a Verizon phone, the Twist provides you access to V Cast music and video. The handset also supports visual voice mail. 
Additional features include a full HTML browser, a 3MP camera, and a “post to blogs” function for easy uploading of your media to the internet.
Here are some of the phone’s features and technical specifications:
  • 2.4 inch 262K colour QVGA screen
  • Full QWERTY keypad
  • Customizable Contact Light Ring button
  • 3 MP camera with autofocus and flash
  • GPS enabled
  • 256MB built-in memory
  • 2.1 Stereo Bluetooth
  • 5 hours talktime (battery life),13 days standby time


Frolic Gadget: Bracelet concept phone

Designed by Tao Ma, the B-Mobile concept phone features keypad on its metal body, one part of the node that can be separated to answer incoming phone call, a built in memory, and an earphone jack to let you use the phone as a music player. Tao Ma describes how this concept phone works…

The bracelet vibrates slightly when it receives messages, then you can easily take it off from your wrist and press the keystroke which looks like a diamond. To pick up or make a telephone call is just that easy. The whole process makes your own personality outstanding and looks very elegant at the same time. Although looks ordinary, the bracelet has plenty of functions. In addition, have you ever imagined the impression of listening to MP3 played from bracelet? When you join a party, just show your special bracelet to your friends!

E-Paper Slap Bracelet Concept.
This is retro futuristic at its best. Take an outdated fashion from the 80’s, i.e. slap bracelets and turn them into something pretty cool. These E-Paper Slap Bracelets operate off kinetic energy and display photos without needing a recharge. However, like anything from Yanko Design, it’s but a concept.


Frolic Gadget : Fart smell measuring Gadget


 Is There a Scientific Way to Measure How Bad a Fart Smells?
For their senior project, two Cornell University computer-engineering whizzes recently built a machine that measures smell for the farts. After learning in class how breathalyzers work, Robert Clain and Miguel Salas assembled a fart detector from a sensitive hydrogen sulfide monitor, a thermometer and a microphone and wrote the software that would rate the emission. A “slight perturbance in the air” near the detector sets it to work measuring the three pillars of fart quality: stench, temperature and sound. Temperature, Clain explains, is critical. The hotter a fart, the faster it spreads. “It beeps faster if it’s a high ranker, and a voice rates it on a scale of zero to nine,” he says. “If it ranks a nine, a fan comes on to blow it away. It even records the noise so you can play it back later.” After a few months of construction, they began field tests. “Well, the sample data wasn’t the entire school, but we definitely tested it,” Salas says.
The contraption could even have use outside of fraternity houses, Clain says, as a biosensor for harmful hydrogen-sulfide-producing bacteria in hospitals. Or dentists could use it to measure oral malodor. They’ve also received some interest from doctors with four-legged patients. “You can test the health of livestock through the quality of their farts,” Salas says. “Smell and sound can tell you a lot about their bowel movements.”
When it came time to present the invention in class, though, Clain and Salas had to test their detector by making raspberry sounds and breathing on it—human exhalations contain enough hydrogen sulfide to trigger the sensor. “It’s hard to fart something really smelly on command,” Clain laments. “Besides, it provided a nicer atmosphere for those around us.” Still, their professor saw fit to award the project a well-deserved A.


Powering Homes With Wireless Energy From Space.

Japan Wants to Power 300,000 Homes With Wireless Energy From Space.
Japan has serious plans to send a solar-panel-equipped satellite into space that could wirelessly beam a gigawatt-strong stream of power down to earth and power nearly 300,000 homes.
The satellite will have a surface area of four square kilometers, and transmit power via microwave to a base station on Earth. Putting solar panels in space bypasses many of the difficulties of installing them on Earth: in orbit, there are no cloudy days, very few zoning laws, and the cold ambient temperature is ideal.
A small test model is scheduled for launch in 2015. To iron out all the kinks and get a fully functional system set up is estimated to take three decades. A major kink, presumably, is coping with the possible dangers when a 1-gigawatt microwave beam aimed at a small spot on Earth misses its target.
The $21 billion project just received major backing from Mitsubishi and designer IHI (in addition to research teams from 14 other countries).


Technology to Re-Ice Artic to save earth

Location: Near Greenland
Project Cost: $50 billion

The Problem:
Arctic ice is melting, diluting the salty seas with freshwater and, many suspect, weakening the ocean currents that help regulate the global climate by transporting heat around the globe. If these currents were to shut down, the consequences would be unpredictable and dire: immense loss of marine life and fisheries; a reduction in the ability of the ocean to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere; and, some scientists speculate, drastic cooling of Northern Europe.

The Fix:
Make more Arctic ice, and make it salty. Under normal conditions, warm-water currents like the Gulf Stream carry heat from the tropics to Europe. After a current releases its heat, the water sinks (cold water is more dense than warm; salty more dense than fresh) and flows back to the equatorial regions along the ocean floor. This sinking is the engine that powers global currents. But in one apocalyptic scenario, melted Arctic ice dilutes the water in the North Atlantic to the point where the tropics-bound current isn't dense enough to sink. The heat-carrying currents skid to a halt, and Europe enters a new ice age.
Industrial engineer Peter Flynn of the University of Alberta proposes
a bold way to boost currents if
they begin to slacken: Tow 8,000 ice-
making barges to the Arctic, and make a salty ice cube the size of New Mexico. In this plan, the barges would arrive off the coast of Greenland in the fall. As winter set in and air temperatures fell below 14F, wind-powered water pumps on the barges would shower salty seawater on top of the existing ice pack, creating new layers of extremely salty ice.
Come spring, the barges would boost the currents by spraying more water onto the newly formed saline ice pack. As it melted, the cold, dense, salty water would sink into the deep ocean. The result: a 6 percent increase in down-welling currents, enough to keep the system moving along.

Next Steps :
Flynn does not advocate implementing this solution now-only if the slowdown reaches a critical threshold (what that threshold is and when it may occur is still in question) and only if all else fails. It's not a plan B, he says; it's a plan D. Instead, a better course of action would be to ensure that the down-welling currents and ocean conveyor belt not be suppressed in the first place.



Insulating Glaciers to save earth.

Location:Swiss Alps
The Problem
Glaciers-Earth's largest freshwater reservoir, collectively covering an area the size of South America-are melting away, shrinking by up to hundreds of feet per year in some places. The Alps alone stand to lose three quarters of its glaciers by 2050, and what's left by the end of the century.
The Fix
Wrap thawing glaciers in football-field-size synthetic blankets that keep the cold in and the heat out. At least that's what ski resorts in the Swiss Alps are doing. Tired of risking the fate of their industry on the global community's ability to get a grip on rapid climate change, more than a dozen resorts turned to local textile company Fritz Landolt to stop the melting. Called the Ice Protector, Landolt's material is a tough but lightweight dual-layer composite. On top is polyester to reflect ultraviolet light, and on the bottom is polypropylene, a polymer used in military clothing and auto parts, to block heat. When wrapped around a glacier, it prevents the top snow layer-and, it's hoped, the permanent ice underneath-from melting in the summer sun.
After a small pilot project in 2005 on the shrinking Gurschen glacier proved hugely successful-the blanketed area had 80 percent less melt than surrounding ice and snow two years in a row-Landolt has been tackling bigger and bigger ice packs, including an area the size of six football fields (more than 300,000 square feet) on the Vorab glacier, home to one of Switzerland's largest ski resorts.

Project Cost: $12 million per square mile 

Next Steps
Don't count on the blankets saving the snows of Kilimanjaro. With the ski resorts footing the bill, their use is limited to critical areas where melt directly interferes with skiing and snowboarding. But there's always the burgeoning beer market. "We had a guy throwing an outdoor party last summer," says Landolt product manager Marcel Stahle. "We sold him 100 square feet. His beer stayed cold all day."



NASA Levitates Mice in Magnetic Field

Researchers have levitated small mice in a powerful magnetic field that simulates the gravity-free world of space.
Their work calls attention to a technology that could help unravel a range of phenomena from the physics of fluids to the genetic underpinnings of osteoporosis.
The research by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., is intended to supplement and verify experiments conducted aboard the International Space Station, which last month received its first batch of mice for a long-duration stay.
"We can use this facility to create microgravity for a long period of time," lead researcher Yuanming Liu told. "We can study if prolonged exposure to reduced gravity can have a long-term impact on the physiology of the mouse."
Levitation devices that generate magnetic fields to counter the tug of gravity have been around for several years, though none have been large enough to float something as big as a mouse.
Bruce Hammer, a professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota, uses magnetic levitation to learn about genes that impact bone loss.


Mirror that reflects From any angle

A universal mirror, an object that reflects all light waves back at their source, has been created by scientists in Europe and Asia.
Imagine a tennis player hitting a ball against a wall. The ball would bounce right back to the player no matter what angle he or she directed the shot. A universal mirror has the same effect, except with light waves.
Unlike an ordinary mirror, which only reflects objects at 90 degrees, a universal mirror reflects objects back at any angle. In other words, a person positioned in front of a large, optical universal mirror would see his or her own reflection perfectly no matter where the person stands.
"(A universal mirror) makes things become very visible," said Ulf Leonhardt, a professor at the University of St. Andrews and co-author of a paper in the current issue of Nature Materials. "It's the exact opposite of an invisibility cloak."
Unlike a universal mirror, an invisibility cloak guides light waves around an object in order to conceal it. Although universal mirrors and invisibility cloaks might preform opposite functions, they each employ the same technology: metamaterials.


Nokia 6639 7megapixel camera phone

We usually try to avoid the extra sci-fi concepts, in order to check out the more realistic ones, but this one’s too funny. 6639 is something that would probably never hit the streets this decade or the next.

It features a Swiss army knife , a zippo lighter and a digital SLR camera (double digit megapixels) plus Photoshop. Notice that ton of brands in the picture above. Imagine Sony Ericsson and Nokia working on the same device… I can pretty much imagine what each company contributed to the Nokia 6639 cameraphone, but what’s Volkswagen doing there?

Frequency: GSM/GPRS/EDGE network, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000.
Israel set arbitrary color options :
Weight : 100 grams
Battery : Lithium Ion Battery BM12P, Convergence 9800
Standby time : 100 hours
For the system : Symbian 12.0 v16.6z simplified Chinese version
Processor : Pentium M-Dothan binuclear 2.0GHMz
Memory : Dual Channel DDR2 512M, the biggest can be expanded to 2GB
Display : nVIDIA Geforce Go 7800GT

Adapter Type : USB2.0/IEEE1394  
os can receive digital broadcasting / FM stereo radio broadcasting group memory ;DAB/FM 50;
: 12.8 million effective pixel sensor, the APS size CCD, with Fangdou, ultrasonic dust removal function.
Scene: the main revolutionary cell phone cards mouth open, compatible CNMOP lens LEICA Lycra AF24-180mm/F2. 8 receptors produced in Germany in support of a full-time manual focusing.
Deputy: German production Zeiss lens coating 50mm/F1.0 nematic Chase.
Autofocus mode : 11/7 zone TTL focusing, AF-1 to +19EV working environment :
Shutter speed : electromagnetic control longitudinal curtain shutter doors B, 30-1/10000 seconds
Lianpai : 12 / sec, which can be taken 90 or 50 RAW format photos in JPEG format photographs
Photometry : 3D matrix photometric II, the central focus point photometric and photometric (3mm yen, about 2% of the area)
Exposure modes : automatic, procedural exposure aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, users set up
Photo : RAW format, JPEG


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