Baran Tigrel: Pro Self: RCA 2007

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Baran Tigrel: Pro Self: RCA 2007A headphone-style set that allows you to compare your sporting progress with a virtual competitor.

Many sports are possible, but let’s use running as an example. You and a friend decide on a running route, each time you run it, the relative position of your friends previous time is relayed into your ears, “He’s way ahead of you,” or “You’re neck and neck,” etc.
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Children Risk Becoming Social Outcasts With Internet Access: Report

Children Risk Becoming Social Outcasts With Internet Access: ReportOfCom’s Consumer Panel has released a report, Children and the Internet, based on recent research whose findings state that children who do not have an Internet connection at home can become socially disadvantaged.

By way of illustrating how key the Internet is to the younger people in the UK, the report found that “From about age ten, most children believe that Internet access is a ‘must have’.”
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David Sweeney: Quale, Intelligent Olfactory Channel: RCA 2007

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David Sweeney: Quale, Intelligent Olfactory Channel: RCA 2007This goes beyond the simplicity of smell-o-vision, to a far more deeper, emotional level. Using smells to associate to emotions, providing powerful triggers.

16 essential oils, extracted from around Berlin (in this example usage) are held in the device. When a smell is needed to be generated, they are passed down a syringe tip to a piezo-electric disc and then atomised.

One example used – instead of constantly checking your email, a ‘key’ smell is generated, so the person using it ‘feel’ like it’s time to check their email – triggered by the released smell.

David’s site – makegoodstuff

David Sweeney: Quale, Inteligent Olfactory Channel: RCA 2007

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WiiWare: New Original Games Channel Opening

WiiWare: New Original Games Channel OpeningEveryone’s favourite games console manufacturer (except Sony, perhaps), is opening up another channel of content for its Wii.

Nintendo have announced WiiWare, letting people purchase and download original games software.

Nintendo have offered a service to download reworked classic games – Super Mario Bros, etc – to the Wii since last November. Indeed, earlier this month they announced that 4.7m of these classic games had been downloaded already.

WiiWare will attempt to get legions of small software developers to create compelling, less-expansive games, without them having to be concerned with the hassle and cost of creating games on disk.

Nintendo expect the first WiiWare content to arrive early 2008 – so coders, get coding!

Virgin Media: BBC iPlayer Via TV First

Virgin Media: BBC iPlayer Via TV FirstVirgin Media tell us that they “will be the first” TV service to offer the BBC iPlayer service through their STB and remote control – rather than through a computer.

Following yesterday’s Official launch of the BBC iPlayer, we thought this would of interest to follow up.
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Apple iPhone 2 Spotted

Apple iPhone 2 SpottedOn the eve of the most hysterical launch known to mankind – the Apple iPhone (exceeding even the heavily spent-on Windows XP launch), we have an exclusive the Apple iPhone II.

I know it sounds crazy, but we just stumbled over it while at the RCA 2007 show.

While looking at the work of Alan Outten, we came across one of his projects, No Robots Please!
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BBC iPlayer To Finally Launch

BBC iPlayer Finally LaunchedThis morning, BBC boss Mark Thompson announced that the corporation’s long-awaited iPlayer on-demand TV service would launch, as an open public beta, on 27 July this year.

Unveiling details of the peer-to-peer download service, Thompson predicted that the iPlayer (nee iMP) would be “at least as big a redefinition of broadcast TV as colour TV was 40 years ago.”
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