April 07, 2006

lazydrinker.jpg Not everybody can be an talented bartender, spinning bottles of alcohol while simultaneously making out with a movie star girlfriend and preaching the word of Scientology. Or something. I don't know. For those who are unsure of their abilities as a mixologist, pick up the Lazy Drinker, a computer controlled mixed cocktail dispensing device that is housed in a blue cooler. The Lazy Drinker holds 16 ingredients, and it uses a simple computer program to mix over 5000 different drinks. You'll always need a computer nearby, so your trips to the beach might not change, but casual Fridays at your work are about to get a whole lot more casual.

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PixelRoller is a paint roller that paints text and images uploaded to the roller from a computer interface. Designed by Stuard Wood and Florian Ortkrass, the PixelRoller restricts the amount and location of the paint that's released, creating a line of text with every slash of the roller. Although they have also used the PixelRoller to create simple images (see below), they admit that it needs further development before it can be marketed. This seems like a quick and easy way to add another line of text to your card door or rear window. Remember, your car's speed is directly proportional to the number of times you've inappropriately plastered your car's brand name on your car.

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antarcticbot.jpg US scientists and engineers have built a solar-powered robot that should be able to handle the cold Antarctic climate. The one-cubic meter robot has the ability to drive hundreds of kilometers and perform scientific experiments without the aid of human or satellite interaction. The robot weighs around 130lbs, and it can carry a "delicate payload" of around 155lbs. Putting two and two together, it's obvious that the scientists are going to use this for some sort of Antarctic stripper transport, allowing the stripper to burst out of the robot like so many cardboard birthday cakes. With a fleet of five of these robots planned, Antarctica will finally reach the number one spot on the list of sexiest destinations for bachelor parties and spring break vacations.

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lazer_trip_wire.jpg How many times have you told your kids to stand in one spot while you go out for a night of drinking, only to come back and find that they're asleep on the floor or, worse yet, crying in some corner? Dozens, at least. Get some added help with the Lazer Trip Wire, a basic intrusion detection system that uses "harmless light beams" to keep your kids exactly where you left them. If they break the light barrier, an alarm will activate, notifying you that it's time again to remove dinner privileges for the next few weeks. Now that's good parenting.

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two_legs.jpg "RunBot," a robot developed by scientists from Germany and Scotland, has just beaten the record for fastest robot on two legs, walking at a brisk 3.5 leg lengths per second. The speed record was previously held by MIT's "Spring Flamingo," a robot that is much taller, but only manages to move at 1.4 leg-lengths per second. The "RunBot" has very few sensors compared to other two-legged robots, and only detects when a foot touches the ground and when a leg swings forward. On the goal of the project, one scientist stated "we wanted to show that a very simple system with a simple neuronal controller could walk in a natural manner," which actually means "I wanted a robot that could walk down to the liquor store to get me a carton of cigarettes, which is what my kid used to do before my wife got him in the settlement."

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rfid_robot.jpg Japanese corporations DNP and NICT have developed an robot that will alert women when they forget to bring something with them when they leave the house. The system is based around tiny RFID tags that are attached to keys, wallets, cell phones, handguns, etc. When you pass the robot on your way out of the house, you simply swing the purse in front of a sensor, and the robot automatically checks the RFID tags to see if you're forgetting anything, and if you are, the robot will tell you what you've forgotten. Too bad you can't use RFID tags on your dignity, which is what you're bound to forget when you are constantly swinging your girlfriend's purse in front of a judgmental robot.

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