ThinkGeek is now selling an clever GPS tracking device. About the size of a USB thumb drive, TrackStick GPS Data Logger will record its exact coordinates every few minutes. It has no display, but when you can plug it into any computer, and it can sync up with Mapquest or Google maps to show you where it's been; the time, date, and altitude of each reading; and its speed and direction traveled. The small form factor of the TrackStick lets you place it practically anywhere, and the battery life will last between 5 to 7 days. Simply place one of these in your pocket and you'll know exactly where you were during that night of heavy drinking, providing you with helpful clues when you try to figure out why you woke up next to so many unconscious transvestites.
The people at MusicThing have found an eBay auction for an electric guitar made from an old Sega Genesis. If early reports are to be believed, this thing "looks cool, sounds cool." Finally, all those hours spent alone playing Sega in your room because no one wanted to be your friend will transfer to all those hours spent alone playing the Sega guitar in your room because no one wants you to join their band.
Motorola has patented a new technology that will silently shock you the next time you receive a call. The technology uses a special stimulator pad that is worn on the skin of the user. The phone sends a single to the pad when it receives a call, which activates a set of electrodes on the pad and silently notifies the user. This patent is Motorola's attempt to inform the user of a call in a completely silent manner, as even vibrating alerts make some audible noise. When not used as a call notifier, the stimulator pad can be used as part of a simple ab training routine. Through Motorola's patented technology, you will gain a six pack of abs so strong, you can crack a chestnut on them. Or so the legend goes...
Harald Edens has posted step-by-step plans to make your very own tornado generation machine. Before you start planning your path of trailer park destruction, you should know that the vortex it creates is localized inside the machine, and the machine is mainly for visual purposes. The project apparently uses basic parts that you can find in junk yards, and it supposedly doesn't require that much effort to build. One person has even confirmed that it's possible. Although it seems like a neat project, I'm pretty sure that this device will inevitably end up in the pages of those catalogs with other "interesting" products like x-ray glasses that don't work and fake dog poop that ends up being the reason why your dad takes your dog to the vet to get put down. On your birthday. When your grandmother died. I might be speaking from personal experience.
NASA has been testing a remote-controlled robot surgeon in an undersea laboratory off the coast of Florida. For one exercise, surgical researchers 1,250 miles away sent commands to the robot, which managed to successfully suture a badly damaged vein in the wounded arm of a "patient simulator." With the possibility of human injury on future Lunar and Martian outposts, NASA is hoping that the use of surgical robots and "telemedicine" will delay the need for medical doctor astronauts. The article states that the robots should eventually be able to perform "most operations." I hope "most operations" includes "the surgery required to repair an unfeeling robot doctor's horrible mistakes." Oh, and hopefully collagen injections too.
(Photo of da Vinci surgical system)
A University of Bridgeport student has won the 2006 Fashion in Motion contest with his design for the Triple Watch. The Triple Watch concept is a cell phone that folds conveniently into a watch-size factor for storage on a wrist band. Calls can be received either when the phone is unfolded or via a speakerphone when the it is on the wrist. The runner-up for the contest was a wedding dress that transforms into a screeching robot pterodactyl... or it would have been, if I had taken the time to enter it.