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A 9.99â?¬ underwater camera

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While grocery shopping I stumbled upon this UFO : a 9,99â?¬ underwater camera. Had to try it out…. The package claims it can go down up to 30ft which converts to about 10m. The small camera comes indeed with an underwater housing whih looks actually quite alright. I was quite in awe when I found this camera – 9,99 retail translated in something like 3,5-4 euros FOB price and thus around 2,5 euros of Bill of Materials…. of course they took a few drastic simplification steps to get there :…read more

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Nike+ v.s. Garmin 301 – running geeks

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I’ve started running again 2 years ago, never been a rock star when it comes to running and never actually really got to learn how to run (and no it’s *not* straightforward). In my case, using a heart monitor has been critical in getting to run up to 15km tracks. Indeed, the heartbeat tells you in which effort zone you are in and for instance I know that when i get above 176bpm I’m starting to burn out and need to relax a bit if I want to run much…read more

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Connected Lego blocks

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As I was having a nice summer evening near my engineering school I got an unexpected demo of a cool student project called “glip” – glips are connected bricks with a colored LED display built-in that can interact together to create animated patterns. Apparently those were created before the MIT’s siftables started buzzing around. Good to see that engineer schools still train resourceful actual engineers !

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What the iPad is good for

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I’ve been using the iPad home since its US release and while I was really puzzled at first about what it’s good for now I guess I have a clearer view of why an iPad really is good for. Let’s first start with Steve’s claims: The web : Really average experience imho, html5-optimized websites are rare while non-suported flas is overwhelming. All i all the experience is only partial and deceptive Productivity : pages/numbers/keynote are not really useful, this did not enable me to replace my laptop – FAIL Games…read more

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Siftables become reality

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Last year I spotted this TED presentation of MIT’s David Merrill presenting a concept of connected and interacive dominos he calls “siftables”. A year later Venturebeat reveals that the concept has bacome a company, sifteo, that just raised 9MUSD of funding. Siftables act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate themâ??piling, grouping, sortingâ??to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provide a new platform on which to implement tangible games. This kind of interactive connected devices really prefigure the next generation of interactive connected games which are…read more

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Hands-on iPad

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I’ll save you the usual unboxing video – it’s as usual a perfectly packaged product, you wouldn’t expect less from Apple anyhow. I’ve been quite unsettled on the iPad from the start. It’s heavy, and there is no clear use case or killer apps yet on it. Nevertheless, I can feel something in the air, and needed to give it a first shot. OK, web browsing is nice but this can’t be the killer app, especially since quite a lot of interactive site do not render properly on the iPad…read more

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Smart power grids – Microsoft hohm

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After google PowerMeter a couple of months ago, it’s not Microsoft’s turn to unveil his home automation / monitoring middleware. Called “hohm”, it all focuses around energy-savings. As US is all about the Smart Power Grigs buzz, this is yet another ecosystem with its own SDK to support. Good thing is that this now means you’ll see in the next future plenty of cheap connected devices making their way in your home and giving you those beautiful dashboards we geeks love.

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Parrot Ar.Drone

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An amazin piece of geek tech : a wifi flying drone that you can control with your iphone accelerometers while watching the embedded camera stream on the display. One can wonder what Parrot is doing on those geek grounds since their core business is bluetooth hands-free systems for cars. Another connected device “Made in France”.

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Is 2010 the connected devices year ?

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WaveStorm since 2003. I’ve been a very strong advocate of the connected devices space through 2008 and 2009 have been such exciting times with amazing new devices being released (Chumby, Spykee, Rovio, Nabaztag…) yet when you look at the big picture none of those devices really turned into a mass market success (my definition of a success in consumer electronics starts somewhere between 250k/500k units shipped – usually CE projects try to be break even at 100k units). All those devices are amazing, their internals are beauty, the level of…read more

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