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Smart meter provides fairer parking system

By - August 8, 2007 3 Pictures
August 9, 2007 The PhotoViolationMeter is a smart, networked parking meter solution designed to bring efficiency and fairness to everyone involved in the daily chore of finding somewhere to leave the car. Recently tested in the Port of San Francisco, the system is beneficial to both drivers and municipalities in that it provides an easy to maintain wireless system that automatically detects when you are in a parking space so that users pay only for time used, no more, no less. Read More
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Proof there's always a better way - the Revolutionized Wrench

By - August 7, 2007 1 Picture
August 7, 2007 The Business Week IDSA International Design Excellence Awards have been awarded for 2007 and as usual, there’s a whole bunch of good ideas worth checking out but one that really caught our eye was the Revolutionized Wrench. In our mind, it’s absolute proof that there’s always a better way, no matter how tried and true the design it replaces – why hasn’t this been done before? The Revolutionized Wrench provides exceptional user ergonomics, comfort, control and torque through an innovative design that offers a 500 percent larger grip area when applying force. There is no planar rotation in the wrench handle to interfere with grip or comfort and the outer handles have a thin profile to ensure the accessibility of each wrench head to a work piece. Read More
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Worlds collide: multi-million dollar real world home for sale via Second Life

By - August 5, 2007 1 Picture
August 6, 2007 The ritual of traipsing all over town to queue up at countless real estate inspections every Saturday could soon be a thing of the past as real estate agents move selling houses into the realm of virtual reality. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has taken a step beyond Internet listings and online tours to offer a reality inspection of a scale model of a real life property within the popular virtual world of Second Life. Read More
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Mixed reality chainsaw simulator provides safe, effective training platform

By - August 3, 2007 2 Pictures
August 4, 2007 Simulation has proven an effective method for training in many mission critical scenarios so it makes sense that this approach be adopted for the use of dangerous hand tools like chainsaws. To this end researchers have developed a type of hybrid virtual reality system known as the “Cybersaw” chainsaw - it looks like a chainsaw, feels like a chainsaw, sounds like a chainsaw and yet it only saws virtually. As soon as the starter is pulled, the motor starts to roar and with screaming saw in hand, the operator applies the real cutting bar to a perspex tree trunk in front of him. The virtual aspect is what the trainee sees on a projection screen behind the Perspex tree trunk - a sawhorse in the midst of an idyllic farm scene which the user can watch on the screen as the chain blade saws through the tree trunk, with the accurate simulation completed by the real feeling of resistance to the pine wood and the vibration of the saw. Read More
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Surf’s up - Ocean City’s public wireless network

By - July 29, 2007 1 Picture
July 30, 2007 Ocean City, New Jersey, is about to become one of the first American dot com-munities. As part of a $3 million plan to upgrade public services in the popular tourist destination, small wi-fi transmitters are being installed on light posts to drench the city in a wireless internet network. Access to the high speed broadband will be free for the residents and will be available to tourists for a small charge. And with a tourist base that increases the town’s population from 15,000 to 130,000 in the summer, it’s a safe bet the council will more than get their money back. Read More
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‘HOMEWORK' interactive learning system improves communication between children, parents and teachers

By - July 29, 2007 0 Pictures
July 30, 2007 Getting parents involved in what their children are doing in the classroom and giving them opportunities to help their child at home can only better a child’s learning and education. The new learning system ‘HOMEWORK' is providing an effective means of simplifying this communication between the parents, teachers and learners by integrating educational software with broadcast quality video from the Channel Four educational TV series ‘The Number Crew’. Children work in a teacher-led group using an interactive whiteboard, either on their own or in small groups using tablet PCs. The teacher can use his or her own tablet PC to plan lessons, manage the class, allocate work and monitor each child’s progress. Parents can see what their children have been doing at school, are able to offer help and hence feel more involved with the classroom. Read More
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Smart video advertising at the petrol pump – rolling out in 115 countries globally

By - July 25, 2007 2 Pictures
July 26, 2007 Pay-at-the-pump petrol is a great convenience for drivers, but it sucks profit away from the retailers who derive the majority of profit from convenience store sales. Petrol buyers are the perfect target for point-of-sale advertising – they’re already out of their car, and what’s another five dollars of snacks or coffee on top of a $50 fill-up? To combine the best of these scenarios and catch more of these disposable dollars, a global partnership between three market giants is about to target every petrol customer in 115 countries with a sophisticated video advertising campaign right at the pump, and it promises to change the gas station experience for good. Read More
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The Auto Card Manager wallet

By - July 25, 2007 6 Pictures
July 26, 2007 In the last few years we’ve seen a number of different products come out with the explicit goal of reincarnating the traditional men’s wallet. We’ve recently reviewed the Jimi Wallet, the Dosh Wallet and the ambitiously named and conceived Wallet 2.0 – all variations on a theme and interesting in their own right. The latest to follow this trend is the ACM, or Auto Card Manager, a sexy-looking but perhaps overly bulky steel device that safely stores 6 or 12 credit cards (or any card that’s roughly the same size) and neatly pops the appropriate one out at the touch of a button. While it might be overkill for day-to-day use, the ACM is certainly a nifty gadget, and a clever corporate gift. Read More

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