Floppy Disk Portraits by Nick Gentry

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British artist Nick Gentry is known for his impressive floppy disk portraits. Gentry explores even more characters in his updated collection of floppy disk canvases. Check out the video for a montage of recent and older works.


Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Safe

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We have seen our fair share of TARDIS products here on Coolest Gadgets in the past, and you can be sure that such a brilliant piece of intellectual property is just not going to dry up when it comes to merchandise anytime soon. The latest addition to help you part with your hard earned money would be the $39.99 Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Safe, and as the name itself implies, it is capable of locking away your treasures, although it cannot send them back or forward through time. An equally tiny key is the only thing to unlock it (unless, of course, you use a heavy duty firearm, a hammer or a grenade) under regular circumstances, and for that added geeky effect, there is a “vworp vworp vworp” sound whenever you or someone else opens it.

It will require a trio of AA batteries to make sure the TARDIS’ light will flash while playing back the regeneration sounds, so if your TARDIS ends up mute one fine day, you know that it is time to replenish those batteries. Not having any sound or light effects will not affect the effectiveness or safety of the Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Safe though, so do keep that in mind. Bet you knew that already, eh?

Samsung announces Ultra High Speed–1 microSD memory card

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In a way, I am quite glad that most of the world has agreed to the SD memory card standard – it just makes life a whole lot easier whenever you purchase one of these puppies, knowing that it is capable of being hooked up to a slew of different devices out there (unless you are talking about older generation Sony products, of course, that relies on nothing but their proprietary Memory Stick format). Well, over the years, the standard sized SD memory card just did not do, and we folks wanted something smaller – and hence heralded the birth of the microSD memory card which is as small, or even smaller for some of us, than the size of our fingernail.

While this made it extremely easy to tote around, it was also equally easy to lose. Having said that, when it comes to memory cards, there are only a couple of ways to improve on them – that is, to make them larger in terms of capacity, or to increase their speed – or if the manufacturer chooses, do both simultaneously. This is what we will look at today, as Samsung has just announced their Ultra High Speed–1 (UHS-1) microSD memory card.

The reason behind Samsung’s mass production of the Ultra High Speed–1 interface microSD memory cards would be to be able to support the highest performance levels that are required on advanced LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones and tablets. This spanking new memory card will come with up to 16GB of storage space, and is made up of Samsung’s 20 nanometer-class 64 gigabit (Gb) toggle DDR 2.0 devices and an advanced Samsung controller which will support the ultra fast UHS-1 interface.

Internal tests have managed to garner some impressive benchmarks, where the new 16GB UHS-1 microSD card was shown to be capable of hitting a maximum sequential read speed of 80 megabytes per second (MB/s), making it four times compared to the read speed of today’s advanced microSD cards, where they hover at approximately 21MB/s. Production of this new class of microSD memory cards started late March, so we should see them hit the market soon.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is another feather in Panasonic’s hat

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When it comes to a compromise between DSLR performance and that of a standard issue digital camera, there is no other better example than the Micro Four Thirds family from Panasonic and Olympus, although others might want to pull in Samsung and Sony into the mix, but I would say that the two Japanese giants are at the front of the race at the moment. Having said that, Panasonic continues to work hard to remain at the top of the pack with the Lumix DMC-GF5 camera being announced.

This is the latest interchangeable lens system camera from Panasonic that will feature a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, ensuring that you will end up with stunning results that resemble true-to-life images that boast of exceptional resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. It does not matter if you are shooting in low-light conditions, as they boast a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 will come with a noise reduction system that include a combination 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction), paving the way for both bright areas and dark areas to be faithfully reproduced with minimal noise in high sensitivity image recording. A sophisticated and stylish design ensures that heads will turn whenever you whip out your Lumix GF5, while Panasonic is also thoughtful enough to throw in a rubberized grip so that even if you suffer from sweaty palms, it is a whole lot more convenient to hold the camera with but a single hand.

Since it complies to the Micro Four Thirds standard, you can be sure that (depending on your budget) you will be able to gain access to a wide range of interchangeable lenses so that your photos will turn out brilliantly – assuming you have the technical know how and skill to capture those precious moments. Want to record video in full high definition resolution? That is not a problem, since the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 will also feature a dedicated video recording button so that you need not interrupt your photo taking sessions.

You can select from black, white and red shades when the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 arrives later this year, and there are two kit options to choose from. The body with 14-42mm standard zoom lens will retail for $599, while those who opt for the body with 14-42mm power zoom lens will have to work harder and save up $749.

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Google’s Futuristic Web Glasses

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Google has announced Project Glass, a technology-in-development that will allow users to wear Android-based display glasses to stream information right in front of their eyes.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.


Via: laughingsquid


Garmin does golf with new Approach S3 Touchscreen GPS Golf Watch

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When the name Garmin is presented, what comes across your mind? Most of us would think that a GPS navigation system will be the topic here, but not for today. No sir, Garmin has something different in store for you – which is actually the new Approach S3 Touchscreen GPS Golf Watch. As the name suggests, this is one timepiece that deserves to see action whenever you are ready to tee off. Since golf is not only about lowering the number of strokes each time you play but will also touch on the issue of style, you can be sure that no one is going to question your fashion sense when you strap the Approach S3 around your wrist.

After all, it has been described to be stylish, coming in a rugged and waterproof form factor. This high-resolution glove-friendly touchscreen device will also be pre-loaded with 27,000 worldwide courses to begin with – and more information on newer courses will be added in the long run, where you need not fork out additional subscriptions or fees. If you want, you can wear the Approach S3 as a day to day timepiece, and whenever you are ready to tee off, you can then take advantage of its features such as Green View with manual pin positioning, distances to doglegs and layup points, customizable yardage points and digital scorecards.

This would mean golfers will be able to have a “virtual” caddie with them just about every stroke, without having to fork out money to hire one. Even better still, these virtual caddies will not come with any emotional baggage unlike regular caddies, which is always a good thing as emotions can always cloud one’s perception. The well heeled traveler who loves golfing around the world ought to find the Garmin Approach S3 Touchscreen GPS Golf Watch to be an essential item whenever they travel, since it will deliver free course updates throughout the year which will offer information on not only new courses, but enhancements to the current lineup as well. Out later this month, the new Approach S3 is tipped to retail for $349.99 apiece.

3D Currency Sculptures by Kristi Malakoff

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Canadian visual artist Kristi Malakoff’s series titled Money Pieces utilizes the spectrum of hues that is present in paper money from around the world to produce her eye-catching sculptures. By folding, cutting, and pasting, Malakoff manages to create colorful sculptural pieces.


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LG Viper 4G LTE arrives at Sprint

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Everyone is talking about going green these days, and it makes perfect sense, too. After all, we have but a single earth here, so if we are not going to take affirmative action to go green ourselves, who else is? Sprint, one of the big four mobile carriers in the US, will be offering the LG Viper 4G LTE smartphone later this month, where it will retail for a mere $99.99 with a spanking new two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Current and existing customers who are interested will be able to place a pre-order for the LG Viper from next Thursday onwards.

I do wonder, however, as to why this puppy has been named after a venomous snake. After all, isn’t it supposed to portray a green image that we can all identify with? A poisonous serpent is not going to do much, but when you brush the naming convention aside, all we are left with would be the nitty gritty, the essential parts. Basically, the LG Viper will run on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and accompanied by 1GB RAM, boasting mobile hotspot capabilities and a microSD memory card slot which is capable of holding away yet another 32GB of data. At the back lies a 5-megapixel camera with flash, while in front you would be greeted by a VGA camera that paves the way for a fun and easy face-to-face video chat experience.

One other advantage of the LG Viper would be the inclusion of Near Field Communication (NFC), where you are able to access true value features including Google Wallet, an app that paves the way for payment using a mobile device at participating retailers, where among them include Bloomingdales, Toys “R” Us, CVS, Gap and Macy’s. The 4″ touchscreen display is said to offer remarkably bright and clear sight even in direct sunlight. A Corning Gorilla Glass screen protector ensures it has added strength and resistance just in case you happen to be a little bit rough with it.

As for the eco-friendly features of the LG Viper, they include ULE Platinum Certification, a casing made of 50% recycled plastics, is RoHS compliant, and a packaging that holds up to 87% of post-consumer paper, with printing done by soy ink.

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Inspiring Street Art by Alice Pasquini

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Rome-based artist Alice Pasquini is a talented visual artist who also works as an illustrator, set designer and painter. Her street art projects were implemented in countries like U.K., France and Spain, with spectacular results.

The artistic works of Alice Pasquini are strongly inspired by reality: “I create art about people and their relationships, I’m interested in representing human feelings and exploring different points of view”-explains the artist.


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Epson Moverio – You Won’t Believe your Eyes!

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Epson America, announced a few days ago, the newest and coolest visual display technology glasses, the Epson Moverio BT-100, the very first Android based wearable transparent display glasses. Using what is called, micro-projection technology, and a track-pad controller, Moverio allows you to view streaming video, experience 3D content and enjoy downloaded digital content on a virtual 80-inch “perceived” screen projected into the user’s real environment, allowing you to be completely aware of your surroundings, all while being entertained.

 The very portable Moverio glasses have  built-in Wi-Fi and boast up to six hours of rechargeable battery life. Epson’s Moverio offers a super innovative way to interact with a huge variety of content from virtually any location. Users can also easily access downloaded content via the microSDHC card slot (4GB card included) and built-in 1GB internal user storage, without the need for wireless network access.

Obviously Moverio is a first generation product, and the possibilities are endless. According to Epson, Moverio runs on an Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash 11 support, streaming content from your favorite Flash based websites. The system can be constantly updated and it seems to me the capabilities are awesome. Game playing may never be the same.

Epson’s Moverio BT-100 glasses are compact, touch sensitive and rechargeable and they come with a specially designed carrying case, battery charger and ear phones, but technology this much fun doesn’t come cheap, the glasses are available now, for just under 700 bucks from epson.com

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