Sunday, May 29, 2011

Neurowear, how to expose the stupidity to the world!


I've been thinking about alternative ways of communication with the computer and I've encountered something they call "Neurowear". It's simply pair of stuffed cat ears known from Chinese cartoons. They say that they are moving according to user's feelings, but oh crap. Just watch the promotional video:

So, what's the trick? The trick is to cheat and make it move on a random basis, or to waste the technology for stupid toys! If it's actually working, then I would make some kind of controller, or TV remote controller, but not that?

What's next? They'll make engines powered by water and use them in hair dryers? Come on.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Polish Absurds #3 - Limousine for $500

Do you need a chick magnet and don't have money/idea? Then here you go - limousine made from two cars Fiat 126p. It's possible to buy such car for about $150 and you need two such machines (but one could be without engine etc.)

So two such cars, some saw, paint and imagination and here you go. It doesn't look professional, but who cares anyway?

Who wouldn't like to drive such car? ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Polish Absurds #2 - How to get driving licence in Poland


Big part of my readers are from US, so they may find tons of absurd in this post. However I invite everyone to read it:)

So how to get driving licence in Poland?

  • You need to take a course for about $400-$500, which includes 30 hours of theory and 30 hours of practice
  • You need to pass theoretical exam which is rather easy. 18 questions, 2 errors possible. The tests costs only $8
  • Then the worst part: practical exam. One attempt costs $40 and it's rather common for people to fail 3 or more times. The exam takes about 40-60 minutes in which the person who is tested needs to drive through the city including parking between the cars on real parking lot. It's common for examiners to take people to the hardest possible places so they will fail, well it's more cash and free time for them.
  • If one fail, then re-take takes another $40 and one month of wait.

I am finally after the exam, so I know how hard it is to pass it. I've heard that in US it's easier and cheaper to get the driving license, the same in Czech Republic and on Ukraine.

How it looks like to get the driving license in your country? How much money and time one need to drive a car legally?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blogspot's not dead!

Hello everyone!

I've thought that blogspot won't work, but finally here it is! Stay tuned for my new entry a bit later!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

3D holograms - future is behind the corner


I'd like to talk about 3D holograms as the way of visualization of computer graphics. Zebra Imaging company has invented technology of printing in actual 3D effect. I didn't see this on my own eyes, but youtube clips are very impressive:

 Please do yourself a favor and watch the video, I believe that you haven't seen something like that before. If the impression in real life was as good as in this clip, then mind of mine would be blown hard. I can imagine how much of use this could have: in architecture, design, I believe that it's possible to use such technology even in medicine.

I'd like to quote key features from the company's website 

True 3D: No special eyewear is needed for enjoying a 360-degree viewing range.
Field proven: Over 8,000 images have been utilized by the US military overseas for visualization and defense planning applications.
Multiple copies: Unlike physical models, you can easily produce multiple “leave behinds” for clients, investors and other stakeholders.
Easy viewing: Illuminate the hologram with a simple halogen or LED light source, no special viewing equipment is required.
Portable and durable: Our holographic prints are easy to ship; the prints come with protective coatings for durability, and they can be marked on and rolled up and taken in the field.
Reliable archives: Our three-dimensional images are “version proof” and store flat, so you can refer to them years later — without the need for a computer or specific software.
Full-color or monochrome formats: Complex information can be displayed with brilliant detail, transparency and color — and feature greater accuracy than physical models.

I can't wait for animated 3D holograms technology in movies and games ;)