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SiCortex intros SC072 Catapult — 72 processor cluster for $15000

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Off hand, we can’t think of how we’d truly utilize the horsepower generated by a 72-processor cluster shoved into a “whisper-quiet, low-power deskside cabinet,” but we’d happily draw up a plan if forced. SiCortex — the same folks who delivered the bicycle-powered supercomputer — has introduced its new SO072 Catapult, which features a standard Linux environment, 48GB of RAM and a trio of (optional) PCIExpress slots. This aptly categorized high performance computer (HPC) sucks down less than 200-watts of power, sports a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports and has room for six internal hard drives. Reportedly, each of the 12 SC072 nodes is a multi-core chip with six CPU cores, and while $15,000 may seem steep for your average tower, we’d say this is a pretty good value considering the hardware.

[Via Gadgetopia]

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Android

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Android™ will deliver a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. An early look at the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available.

Open
Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer. It is built to be truly open. For example, an application could call upon any of the phone’s core functionality such as making calls, sending text messages, or using the camera, allowing developers to create richer and more cohesive experiences for users. Android is built on the open Linux Kernel. Furthermore, it utilizes a custom virtual machine that has been designed to optimize memory and hardware resources in a mobile environment. Android will be open source; it can be liberally extended to incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. The platform will continue to evolve as the developer community works together to build innovative mobile applications.

All applications are created equal
Android does not differentiate between the phone’s core applications and third-party applications. They can all be built to have equal access to a phone’s capabilities providing users with a broad spectrum of applications and services. With devices built on the Android Platform, users will be able to fully tailor the phone to their interests. They can swap out the phone’s homescreen, the style of the dialer, or any of the applications. They can even instruct their phones to use their favorite photo viewing application to handle the viewing of all photos.

Breaking down application boundaries
Android breaks down the barriers to building new and innovative applications. For example, a developer can combine information from the web with data on an individual’s mobile phone — such as the user’s contacts, calendar, or geographic location — to provide a more relevant user experience. With Android, a developer could build an application that enables users to view the location of their friends and be alerted when they are in the vicinity giving them a chance to connect.

Fast & easy application development
Android provides access to a wide range of useful libraries and tools that can be used to build rich applications. For example, Android enables developers to obtain the location of the device, and allows devices to communicate with one another enabling rich peer-to-peer social applications. In addition, Android includes a full set of tools that have been built from the ground up alongside the platform providing developers with high productivity and deep insight into their applications.

Introducing Android

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

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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