Archive | September 2007

SIT BACK, RELAX – Self Adjusting Chair

The chair of the future will form-fit your back, adjust itself, and possibly disappear altogether Sitting up straight is bad for you. Scottish radiologists confirmed in a study last year that a 130-degree angle of recline between torso and thighs reduces pressure on the discs in the lower back. This (and its sleek design) is why the ubiquitous Aeron chair was so ahead of its time in 1994. It deeply reclined by pivoting at the hips.But designers find that the features of chairs like the Aeron are lost on most sitters. The array of levers and knobs—recline tension, lumbar support, seat-pan depth, forward tilt—are commonly ignored by users, who only think to change the chair’s height.This neglect has manufacturers such as Herman Miller and umanscale looking toward the next frontier: a self-adjusting chair. “We’re working on a chair that will listen to who’s sitting on it and adjust itself to their weight,” says Bill Dowell, director of research at Herman Miller, which makes the Aeron. Humanscale’s Freedom chair includes a counterbalance system that adjusts itself like scales to the sitter’s weight as he or she reclines, eliminating the need for recline controls.
Or perhaps the chair of the future isn’t one at all. Chairs contribute in part to the high rate of back pain, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, affects eight out of 10 Americans. “Our notion of a machine for sitting may not make sense in a globalized world,” says Herman Miller designer Cameron Campbell. Galen Cranz of the University of California at Berkeley points out in her book The Chair that the Indian practice of squatting and the Muslim practice of stretching five times a day to pray have great ergonomic benefits. Ten years from now, one worker may settle into a low recliner, another will kneel on a soft carpet, and they’ll talk across a pile of office cushions.

Projection Screen Paint!!

Turn your wall into a theaterquality projection screen with this reflective paint. Tailor brightness and contrast to your room’s lighting by adding more or less gray tint before rolling it on.

Many people still project straight on to an untreated white wall, but this produces a poor quality image. Until now, the only other option was buying an projection screen that can sometimes cost almost as much as the projector itself.

 With a separate screen comes the hassle of setting it up and finding a place to store it, or even worse, installing a permanent bulky tube in your ceiling. Plus, there’s a good chance that the screen will stretch out of shape over time. Mighty Brighty Projection Screen Paint is a much better way to go. You just paint it onto your wall and you always get the perfect picture.

Vogel Mighty Brighty — $150

Always exactly the right screen surface for your situation
Crystal Clear & High Contrast. Richer Colours & Enormous Fun
For Living Rooms, Home Cinemas, Cafés, Offices and more
Magnetic dark border to create the ultimate contrast effect
Simply remove the border and all you see is a normal wall

USB drive that speaks!

In past few months there is more and more strange and silly, maybe for those who are not fans of gadgets needlessly gadgets. This time it’s USB speaker bulit at the and of the flash device.

eNECESSITIES USB Sound Flash Drive is a intersting USB sound flash drive that can be used for many things. On example you can use it to leave a sound message to somebody you like, but you don’t have guts to tell that personally. From the other side this little device can be very interesting for commercials. It has sound clip (in WAV, AIFF, or MP3 format) length 10 to 20 seconds that automatically start reproducing it self when the drive is attached to a PC.

 

Now you can record your site address or company name and then the others that are in the same room as you can hear it. On example in internet cafe or on some other public place. People who want to buy this gadget must order at least 250 devices, because that is minimal order. That means that this product is more oriented to business users.

Maybe in the near future pencils and calendars are going to be replaced with devices like this one and then to be given as a gift to a business partners. Every time they attach it to a PC it’s going to remind them from who they got the present. Very convenient solution for promoting your business or leaving a message.

Specifications

Sound file can be set to play for 10 or 20 seconds once the Sound Drive is connected to a PC

Customer must provide an audio file in .MP3, .WAV, .AIFF to be downloaded to Flash

Compatible with Windows and Apple based computers

New I-Pod Touch revealed!!

The new iPod touch looks just like an iPhone, how convenient but on a slimmer casing (8mm) compared to the iPhone at 11.6mm. The new iPod touch was launched on September 6th alongside the new refreshed versions of the iPod Shuffle,Nano, and the iPod which is now called the ‘iPod Classic’. Don’t be confused as Engadget has the hands on review on it.

Here’s the lowdown on the new iPod touch :

* Wi-Fi wireless networking (first on the iPod family)
* Safari, the app browser just like on the iPhone
* Apple’s YouTube application lets users wirelessly watch free videos from Google’s YouTube site
* New iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store to buy songs and albums
* Casing sized at a slim 8 mm thin
* 3.5-inch widescreen display at 320 x 240 resolution
* Comes in 8GB or 16GB capacities
* Battery at 22 hours for audio only and five hours for just video.
* Pricing at $299 for the 8GB, and $399 for the 16GB

LG announces KS20 Windows Mobile smartphone

LG has officially unveiled its first pocket PC, LG-KS20, at the IFA conference in Berlin. The KS20 is designed to look similar to the LG Prada with a large color touchscreen and 2 megapixel camera. The KS20 is powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional which is pretty standard this year. It has full internet browsing capabilities to develop better mobile internet experience for users. Besides that, users are able to download at a speed of 3.6 Mbps through HSDPA. The KS20 is expected to be available this October however there’s no price revealed yet.

LG announces KS20 Windows Mobile smartphone source [MobileTopSoft]

Wooden Clock

                                                                                                                            

This may just look like a little block of wood, however it can do more than meets the eye. This is the new Wooden Clock, an elegant time piece, which is basically a piece of well-sanded timber. Power it up, and switch it on, and the digits light up through the wood giving you a rustic but hi-tech clock!

The Wooden Clock is an ideal accompaniment for you desk in the office or bedside table at home. In fact, it looks superb just about anywhere, and is a real conversation starter! .

Short of turning a tree into a clock you cannot get more of a natural looking clock than the Wooden Clock. Simple but sophisticated, natural yet technologically advanced. A nice bit of wood.

Dimension 205mm x 60mm x 113mm

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