Censorship Shades

"These awesome glasses will totally disguise your identity, even to your mom
Urban Outfitters, purveyor of designer clothing and plastic tat to the masses, is now selling these rather fetching censorship shades. Called the “Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses”, the sunnies prove that Urban Outfitters’ marketing department is as tone-deaf to quality a the buying department.
The shades feature a strip of plastic which is suspended before your eyes by the familiar nose and earpieces. To you, it is see-through. To an unwelcome paparazzo it appears as if your eyes have been censored from the photo.
The problem is that these black strips, however they are applied, do nothing to obscure your identity. Black out the eyes of a genuine superstar, like David Hasselhoff or Jean Claude Van Damme, and you would have no problem recognizing them.
The only people who would be disguised by such a gimmick are those who are already unknown. People like you, me and the entire cast of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. Fortunately, they come at a price us plebs can afford. The Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses will run you just $12.
Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses [Urban Outfitters via PetaPixel]"

via http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/censorship-shades-put-black-strip-over-your-eyes/


Stupid old iPad

Your old iPad can help teach kids a thing or two.

Donate your old iPad at an Apple Retail Store, and Teach For America will give it to a teacher in a low-income community.

and iquote - apple.com/retail/soho/
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Wannabe SEALs Help U.S. Navy Hunt Pirates In Massively Multiplayer Game

Wannabe SEALs Help U.S. Navy Hunt Pirates In Massively Multiplayer Game: "

It's not quite the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, but 1,000 military and civilian players could help the Navy--and presumably its elite SEAL teams--figure out tactics for fighting off maritime terrorists and securing the Horn of Africa.

Somali pirates

All those years playing World of Warcraft may not have been for naught: The United States Navy has begun crowdsourcing ideas for fighting Somali pirates ... through a new video game project. The game platform, called MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online WarGame Leveraging the Internet--not a reference to Jungle Book), is the product of years of research, will include more than 1,000 military and civilian players, and is planned for launch on May 16. It marks the first major effort by the American military to integrate both crowdsourcing and gamification into traditional military wargames.

MMOWGLI was developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in order to test the feasibility of using massively multiplayer online games along the lines of Warcraft and Guild Wars to help solve difficult strategic problems. The MMOWGLI game launching in May will focus exclusively on combating Somalian piracy, but the gaming platform is open enough that it can be adapted to other military hotspots.

According to Dr. Larry Schutte, Director of Innovation at the ONR, 'We hope MMOWGLI will help us to understand what happens when your insights are combined with the observations and actions of another player--will that fusion result in a game-changing idea or solution, or will the MMOWGLI platform teach us something about our traditional thought processes?'

Or is it little more than some badass, righteous, high seas pwning?

The game will be managed by a 'control team' that will vaguely assume the role of a dungeon master and will monitor ongoing events to make sure no one pulls a Leroy Jenkins or that things don't get too unrealistic.

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MMOWGLI players will assume either the roles of members of a multinational anti-pirate task force that includes both military and commercial elements--or the roles of pirates themselves. In the early stages of the game, players will be responsible for securing safe shipping passages through the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden. They will have to negotiate the logistics of arming ships, the likelihood of pirate attacks and the financial, jurisdictional and temporal difficulties of military action to support commercial shipping and cruise ships.

Once that occurs, the inevitable pirate attacks will start. Players will be forced to deal with how their preventive plans failed or succeeded and will have to come up with new strategies. Individual players can work together to arrange hostage rescues, raids of pirate camps, humanitarian assistance to Somalia and attacks on Somali ships.

In the final stages of the game, according to documentation, players can micro-manage their hostage rescues and pirate attacks to maximize chances of success.

The ONR, in literature, says they hope the game will spur “out-of-the-box thinking” on anti-piracy strategy and that their hunch that the games encourage “novel combinations and complex interactions of ideas” that “otherwise might not emerge from more traditional wargame approaches” would be proven.

MMOWGLI was developed by the ONR with assistance from the Institute for the Future and the Naval Postgraduate School.

For the Navy, the use of massively multiplayer games to solicit military strategy is a no-brainer. Players in the game are not compensated for their time and ideas--and the military command structure has access to informed advice and strategy that they otherwise wouldn't.

[Image: Flickr user RubyGoes]

via http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/fastcompany/headlines/~3/Rw11Anhx3-o/the-us-navys-massively-multiplayer-pirate-hunting-game"

Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks

Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks: "lee1 writes 'Sometimes political activists use a company's trademark as part of a campaign to embarrass it or call attention to an issue. And sometimes the company sues, claiming that they own the mark and its satirical use is prohibited. Now a Utah court has ruled that such suits must fail because the parodic use of the mark is not commercial and is a form of protected speech.'

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Osama's dead, baby!

bush reacts to bin laden death

Snowmobiles are freaking awesome, here is a poor demonstration

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Video: Steep Snowmobile Ride Goes Terribly Wrong

You know it’s never a good sign when a video is titled Snowmobile 0, Mountain 1.

And yet, a French snowmobiler found himself on the wrong end of what was supposed to be a tranquil ride up a mountain. Not much is known about the video’s origin, other than that it was recently uploaded to the French version of Zapiks.com, a site that collects videos from outdoor and extreme sports. Fortunately, the rider involved in the crash appears OK, but he did record the entire episode through a high-def helmet cam mounted above his noggin.

As you’ll see, the snowmobile ride appears to be going just swimmingly, until he reaches the top of the mountain. The driver starts to veer a little too far to the right, overcompensates by swinging toward the left shoulder, hits the rocks along the side, and everything goes to hell after that.

Crazy that it appears the worst is behind him after about 45 seconds of tumbling, but then it all starts up again as he tries to reconnect with his snowmobile. You can see several people at the mountaintop filming his ascent, so we can assume that as he began his fall down the mountain, one of the witnesses started sliding down after him, since we see one of his compatriots finally meet up with him (seemingly out of nowhere) at the bottom.

Odd that he barely says a word as he’s free-falling down the mountain at high speed, but really, what is there to say? The entire debacle speaks for itself.

Pic Band Is a Safety Rope for Guitar Picks

Pic Band Is a Safety Rope for Guitar Picks: "

the Pic Band solves a very real, pressing problem

The Guitar Pic Band looks about as practical as drilling holes in your contact lenses and stringing them together so you don’t lose them. It takes possibly the simplest accessory in all musicdom and turns it into a complicated, convoluted and proprietary mess. I predict that they’ll sell a ton.

The conceit is this: a guitar pick is easy to drop, and even easier to lose. In the realms of unexplained disappearance, picks are up there with socks, hair-bands and cheerleaders’ virginity.

The Pic Band is like a safety rope for the pick. It comprises a wrist strap and a slightly stiff, flexible band which runs from the wrist to the fingers. Here, it clips onto a proprietary pick, shaped with cut-outs to fit the rest of the device. If you drop the pick, it just dangles within reach.

The starter kit is cheap, with the straps coming in at $13 for both, with a selection of pics included (in various thicknesses). The pics themselves, however, cost $7 for a pack of 6, or $1.17 each. That’s almost five times the price of a normal pick, and you can’t just drop in at the guitar store to “pick” one up.

Pic Band [My Pic Band via Oh Gizmo]"

Nose Stylus for Phones Is Not to Be Sniffed At

Nose Stylus for Phones Is Not to Be Sniffed At: "

You may laugh, but Dominic Wilcox is able to use his touchscreen phone in the bath without getting it wet. Photo courtesy Dominic Wilcox.

Designer Dominic Wilcox has come up with a Pinocchio-style “finger-nose stylus” that lets you navigate your touchscreen phone hands-free.

He came up with the design after he found that he wanted to use his touchphone in the bath. A wet hand is not a good touchscreen navigation device, so he found himself using his nose to scroll, but found it hard to see precisely where his nose was touching the screen.

The solution was to create a nose extension “finger” that would allow for navigation while holding the phone firmly in his one dry hand (he did not want to risk scrolling and holding with the same hand for fear of dropping the phone).

The stylus comprises a capacitive end point attached to a plaster nose measuring around five inches in length and affixed to the face with elastic. The elongated nose allows the user to navigate around the screen with accuracy.

In Wilcox’s inaugural nose-tweet from the bath he wanted to type “Hello I am tweeting with my nose”, but due to the phone’s auto-correct it came out as “hello I am meeting with my nose”. Apparently this caused him to lose twoTwitter followers.

Wilcox has a track record for creating extraordinary items such as luxury skimming stones that are covered in 24ct gold leaf and contained within a leather pouch. He has also created stickers that can be placed on bikes or cars to make them look as though they are rusty and old as an anti-theft device. Another notable product is “War Bowl“, a bowl made out of melted plastic toy soldiers.

Don’t miss Wired UK’s gallery of the nose stylus in action, and then check out some more of Wilcox’s weird and wonderful creations on his website.

This story originally appeared on Wired UK"

The ElliptiGO 3C Bike Takes Your Elliptical Workout Outdoors

The ElliptiGO 3C Bike Takes Your Elliptical Workout Outdoors: "

Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation

Fans of boundary-breaking exercise equipment rejoice – the ElliptiGO, the world’s first elliptical bike, now comes with three speeds. The new ElliptiGO 3C is a driveable piece of gym equipment that gives you crazy toned calves and thighs while letting you bike and jog at once. The ElliptiGO 3C is also less expensive than its predecessor, at $1,800.

Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation
Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation
Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation
Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation
Elliptigo 3C Bike, elliptical bike, green transportation, alternative transportation

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Ingenious Balloon Flip Book

Ingenious Balloon Flip Book: "

Dulcidio Caldeira of ParanoidBR is a man who knows how to think creatively! For MTV Brazil, Caldeira created the flip book effect using not paper but balloons! He filmed a continuous row of them, that were drawn on with crazy cartoons, as they were being sequentially popped. What a way to think outside the box!

via [This is Colossal]"



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Phonejoy is a Bluetooth GamePad Compatible With Android


Folks have been long working on many solutions for gaming-types to use Bluetooth controllers with their Android devices to play certain Android games. The most obvious use case is with an emulator that is more natural to use with a controller than with on-screen controls.

One eagle-eyed gent found what’s being called the “Phonejoy” in China. It was meant to work with Windows Phone 7 devices, but he and some developers got together to get it working for Android 2.2 devices. (And we imagine later versions of Android will soon be supported after further development work is done.)

Unfortunately these are in very limited supply. Our tipster – Martin – says that about 30 devices are being produced and will be put up for sale shortly, but we’re not sure what channels you’ll need to go through to get one as we don’t imagine they’ll be making their trek across the pacific. [Thanks Martin!]

" via http://phandroid.com/2011/05/02/phonejoy-is-a-bluetooth-gamepad-compatible-with-android-2-2-devices-video/

Zombie Proof House

Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job), 28 Days Later, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 of our dreams.
“The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar.
“The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.
The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge. Seems like the perfect opportunity to use a flamethrower and defend the life of your family, while stylishly nesting in a piece of architectural elitism.