Computational creativity and the future of AI

Paul Ridden

The Guitar Hanger hooks over any closet or rack rod to provide temporary, safe storage for...

Like the Rock Lock we featured last month, the Guitar Hanger is one of those wonderfully simple ideas that you wish you'd thought of first. It provides a temporary storage solution for players who suffer from limited floor space or just need to get their treasured electric saxophone out of harm's way. As you can see from the gallery, the device has two parts – a double-hooked hanger where one end locks to a U-shaped bracket and the other is slung over any closet or rack rod that happens to have some space.  Read More

Researchers from the Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland have turned a wall of ice i...

Researchers from the Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland, have turned a wall of ice into a huge interactive touchscreen display. Using infrared emitters and detectors to determine hand location and movement, the team projected images onto the blocks of ice so that users could see flames behind their hands. Happily, users didn't need to worry about catching a chill from icy fingers as the setup managed to keep track of gloved as well as ungloved hands.  Read More

Creative has released a couple of USB solutions that bring Sound Blaster surround sound au...

Having spent a number of years as the audio weapon of choice for computer sound systems, Creative has announced a couple of USB releases that will allow any sound card to benefit from its Sound Blaster know-how. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro is said to offer true 5.1 surround sound, while the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro has been designed for mobile listeners. Both benefit from the company's THX TruStudio Pro entertainment system, that provides depth and space to give a more natural feel to stereo output.  Read More

Sony is developing a new professional-level camcorder that's compatible with the E-mount i...

Sony is aiming to furnish professionals with a new E-mount interchangeable lens camcorder by the middle of next year. The company says that the NXCAM HD model is still under development, but should sit at the entry level end of the professional camcorder market. In addition to being compatible with the E-mount lens system, users will also be able to attach A-mount and third party lenses via mount adapters.  Read More

Lenovo has launched the luxury 12.5-inch IdeaPad U260 laptop with ULV processor, HDD shock...

Lenovo has unveiled an elegant, ultra-portable addition to its IdeaPad range. Along with the company's first 12.5-inch display, the 0.7-inch (18 mm) thin IdeaPad U260 features leather-like trim surrounding the keyboard and touchpad, a choice of ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors to help extend unplugged usage and Dolby surround-sound to complement high definition movie capability.  Read More

After early HTML5 conformity testing gave Microsoft's IE browser an early lead, the W3C re...

You may remember that Internet Explorer did quite well in the early rounds of conformity-testing for the next version of the web document creation language – HTML5. The very observant amongst you may also have noticed some subtle changes to the test suite page implemented as a result of the publicity generated by the initial results. A notice has now appeared advising visitors that the test suite is still very much in development and the crowning of any interoperability winners is somewhat premature.  Read More

Fender has created a Squier Stratocaster guitar that's also a game controller for Rock Ban...

Imagine the embarrassment of a talented guitarist losing out in a shredding battle with someone who can't play a note. Since the launch of games like Rock Band, such things can and do happen. Now there's a chance to level the playing field somewhat, with the forthcoming release of a game controller that's also a genuine Fender Squier Strat. Of course, as well as introducing a whole new level of gameplay to virtual axe grinders, they can also benefit from learning to play an actual instrument. Rock 'n' roll...  Read More

Windows 1.0 is 25 years-old this month

Twenty-five years ago this month, Microsoft released an extension to its Disk Operating System (DOS) that gave users a graphical, mouse controlled environment with which to interface with their computers. Bundled with the new setup were a few applications like a drawing program, a simple word processor, an appointment calendar and a clock. Each program could be launched in its own box - or window - and tiled around the display screen. It wasn't a noted success but marked the start of a technology snowball that sees Windows currently being used on nearly 90 per cent of the world's computers.  Read More

Marshall's first foray into the personal headphone market takes the form of over-the-head ...

The details of Marshall's first foray into the headphones market have finally appeared. Two flavors have been created, the over-the-head cans called the Major and some earphones named Minor. The headband of the Major phones have Jim Marshall's signature scrawled underneath and is covered in the same vinyl used for the company's iconic amplifiers. The Minor earphones have a snug-fit design and come with a Marshall cable clip to leave jealous onlookers in no doubt as to their pedigree.  Read More

Greenliant Systems has developed a new embedded NANDrive storage solution that incorporate...

Greenliant Systems has announced that it is currently sampling a new SSD storage solution that's been combined with a SATA controller. The embedded NANDrive form factor is suited to deployment in mobile computing products, set-top boxes and networking systems and includes advanced security features, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, and low power consumption.  Read More

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