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My favorite design thus far from Yanko…

Now this is something I’d use every day.  However purists may argue, best part of eating a NY slice is licking your fingers after you’re done…

http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/02/15/neat-pizza-fingers/

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From Yanko Desi…

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From Yanko Design – cool concept, however i have issues with modular accessories tied to one device.  That being said, use of said materials is pretty mind blowing…

 

“Clutch your pearls because I’m about to say something amazing – nanoparticles! Yes these tiny, near invisible objects can revolutionize the bio medical, optical and electronic fields so designer Ilshat Garipov put pen to paper and came up with the Smartphone Booklet –  a disposable phone as thin as a cardboard made possible by switching from traditional silicon to nanoparticles.

 

The Booklet unfolds like a pamphlet with each side representing a commonly used application or function. Manufacturers can cut it to any size and once it’s worn out, just recycle it. Don’t worry about private information because everything is served from a cloud. Power is supplied by, SURPRISE, the sun thanks to energy absorbing nanoparticles.

 

How close is this to reality? Unfortunately not close enough but scientists are working feverishly to find a breakthrough in this field of study so in the meantime hold on to your iPhones, Droids, Galaxies, and Luminas.”

 

http://www.yankodesign.com/2012/01/20/not-a-pamphlet-its-a-smartphone/

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Happy 30th birthday Trix – Medi Wine Cellar 1/15/2012

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Celebrating her 30th with friends and family

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Daily Stumble… Flexible Amoled

This won’t be hitting the market anytime soon, but great concept – loads of practical applications.  However, I’m more interested in one of the OEMs inventing a 30 day active consumption battery for a high-end Android/iOS device.

 

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Daily Stumble… How Does a Graphics Card Work?

Please see:

http://www.entertainment.howstuffworks.com/graphics-card.htm

The images you see on your monitor are made of tiny dots called pixels. At most common resolution settings, a screen displays over a million pixels, and the computer has to decide what to do with every one in order to create an image. To do this, it needs a translator — something to take binary data from theCPU and turn it into a picture you can see. Unless a computer has graphics capability built into the motherboard, that translation takes place on the graphics card.

Think of a computer as a company with its own art department. When people in the company want a piece of artwork, they send a request to the art department. The art department decides how to create the image and then puts it on paper. The end result is that someone’s idea becomes an actual, viewable picture.

A graphics card works along the same principles. The CPU, working in conjunction with software applications, sends information about the image to the graphics card. The graphics card decides how to use the pixels on the screen to create the image. It then sends that information to the monitor through a cable. ­

Creating an image out of binary data is a demanding process. To make a3-D image, the graphics card first creates a wire frame out of straight lines. Then, it rasterizes the image (fills in the remaining pixels). It also adds lighting, texture and color. For fast-paced games, the computer has to go through this process about sixty times per second. Without a graphics card to perform the necessary calculations, the workload would be too much for the computer to handle.

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Daily Stumble… Understanding Sounds and Speakers

A speaker is a device that converts an electronic signal into sound. The speaker you will build (see figure 1) consists of a Styrofoam or paper cup, a coil of wire, a permanent magnet, and a signal source. The electronic signal goes through the coil and creates a varying electromagnet. The attraction and repulsion between the electromagnet and the permanent magnet cause the cup to vibrate and produce sound.

Materials:

  • 1 permanent magnet
  • 2 feet of wire
  • 1 pencil
  • tape or glue
  • 1 Styrofoam or paper cup
  • 1 signal source (tape player)
  • 1 plug with alligator clips for tape player

Procedure:

Assemble material as shown in pic above.

  1. Leaving about 10 centimeters on the end, wrap the wire around a pencil to make a wire coil and tape or glue it to the bottom of the cup. The coil should be about 1 centimeter in diameter and contain about 15 coils.
  2. Strip the insulation off the ends of the wire.
  3. Place the magnet on the wire coil.
  4. Connect the signal source (tape player).
  5. Adjust the apparatus until you get sound coming out of your speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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