87 posts • joined Sunday 11th November 2007 12:02 GMT
There are several existing solutions to this.
1. Etch a sketch, pointer is moved on surface on which a powder adheres until displaced.
surface is returned to usable form by shaking in original toy, but could be blown perhaps?
2. Magnetic writing board. Probably easier to use this, see examples here:
3. Or the simplest working principle, where a piece of grey translucent plastic sheet is impressed upon with a backing of a wax coated sheet. Where contact is made a dark colour is seen, Lifting the sheet 'erases' it. Also known as a magic slate.
They could all be modified in some way to provide the desired functionality, (perhaps not trivial to do so however!)
Hammock compliance officer
This is where the oft-maligned Pebble smartwatch can shine.
First, set your mobile to have a black-out period, simple in Android, you can add people like the missus to an exempt list so emergency calls get through.
Second, set your alarm safe in the knowledge that your wrist will vibrate you awake silently at the given hour.
My wife usually doesn't notice me leave first in the morning.
Re: Lost wax?
Indeed it can be and is already by artists exploring its possibilities in this area.
I think UWE do this.
Surely for the people with the most positive outlook on the future and rate of rise of 3D printing the 'hobbyists toy' uppermost in their mind is that of computing, which was initially similarly the reserve of hobbyists.
The computer is now of course ubiquitous, but then it can be turned to such a wide variety of applications.
3D printing can't and while it will have a myriad of as yet unthought of applications, in it's most advanced form it is essentially a quick route to a prototype either allowing bespoke unique designs for one off or a few items or as a precursor to producing the item through other more efficient means.
I bet Dyson would be less than pleased to see vacuum cleaners referred to by his competitors trade name.
I thought we'd stopped doing that last century.
As it is a US brand, do you think you could try to support the home grown industry a bit more?
I'm off to do the Dysonning now...
I can only assume that these machines were designed with input from the till workers union. They certainly seem designed to demonstrate how bad an idea it is for us to check out our own shopping rather than have a human do it for us.
I won't use them and watch with gleeful anticipation when people behind me in the queue ask me if I will and then pass me to attempt to use them.
They're usually experiencing exactly as Alaistair describes long after i've left after being served by a human.
I have the Chromecast and it just works, in a way that so much other stuff just doesn't. I realise readers of El Reg are so tech savvy that wrestling arcane scripts to make tech do what it's supposed to is part of the enjoyment for them, but for the masses this device offers additional functionality at a trivial cost and with ease.
I think Google have stolen a march on their competitors once again, and each additional service offering will merely further bolster this position.
Re: God bless his little Royal Highness!
Amazingly bad the alternatives may be, but they are at least temporary and not entitled to huge amounts of cash at our expense. You can bow and scrape as much as you want. I'd like to live in a free and fair society where anyone can aspire to the top of the social pyramid.
If power switches behind such devices are hard to access (under furniture etc) get yourself a remote controlled socket. Simples!
Re: I'm No Fan
There woudl be no point because whatever the European CE mark is changed to the Chinese will simply copy, as they have done with 'China Export'.
I'd agree with all others regarding notification functionality, it makes missing texts/calls (something that used to happen frequently) a thing of the past.
In the car it's much safer to glance at your wrist than mess around with your phone.
With Glance I can even respond with preset messages from the watch with a few easily memorised button presses.
missed opportunity with the strap line?
Disappointing ker-ching lacking zing
Professor Stephen Hawking
no mention of bar codes?
The check digits on bar codes, (three pairs of thin lines at the beginning, middle and end) are the number 6. IE every item with a bar code has 666 on it.
Google 666 bar codes for more.
Signal to computer that you're gesturing at it
I think the obvious answer to how will the computer know your waving is intended for it would be to define a clear signal, 'message send'.
Something so unlikely to be within your normal gesture vocabulary that it couldn't be mistaken.
Given the on/off symbol is a circle and a line this seems an obvious choice.
Give the 'OK' diving sign with one hand and hold one finger up on the other, combining both to make a capital phi figure.
Once acknowledged by a lamp switching on, (send message), the next 10 seconds whatever sign you make will be interpreted as an instruction.
I wholeheartedly agree. I can't help feeling that the younger generation have been sold a pup on this one.
We are of the age that regarded the pursuit of better and better sound quality a worthwhile thing to do, hence the apogee of CD sample rates.
Once convenience trumped this goal all was lost. 'Look i've got 200 albums on this iPod', 'sure, but the quality is pish'
Can it be coincidence that music today really is shite when what people listen to it on is incapable of revealing that fact? Or indeed that 'lo-fi' became a thing around the same time?
Slightly less puerile...
It could also be a picture of a telescope.
it would have to be configurable within limits to ensure vital info is always displayed somewhere.
Also, drivers are already dangerously distracted by SatNav/mobile/texting/entertainment etc.
First we need computer driven cars, then more distractions.
'Gastric band' pressure switch
Another way to connect balloon burst to electrical switching would be to put a band around the lower part of the balloon containing a pressure switch; closed due to the pressure of the balloon acting on it.
At balloon burst the switch would open, providing the required signal to the electronics to fire.
Assange can be accused of many things and probably should.However, the 6 finger thing is just lazy slander as far as I can tell. Attack the issues not the man fer chrissakes!
'Bing, people have seen is a better search product', than what? not searching???
Microsoft must have quietly got ahead of Google Glasses 'cos Gates seems to be viewing the world in a very strange way!
you sir, are a tool
...can you try to use English, not Americanisms such as 'gotten'.
got is bad enough, when there are so many other words you could use, but gotten has to be one of the worst words in the English lexicon. It's just ugly and redundant.
1. One of the aspects of iDevices that the fans point to the most is the usability. IE the target market is for the less tech savvy consumer.
2. Less tech savvy people may not regularly use/have access to a PC. I have friends in this category who hadn't sent an email prior to owning an iPhone
3. Given that for such users the iDevice is the only platform available to shop from it's hardly surprising the data reflect this.
4. I use an Android phone, and do use it for browsing, usually via wifi, when i can't be arsed to fire up my PC. However, with a PC in front of me during working hours it is this that I use for the majority of my transactions.
Worth making sure it's an automated system you're talking to and not just an answering machine.
My local doctors had inadvertently left the answering machine on during office hours meaning that when I called to make an appointment I got a message saying if it's an emergency call this number, otherwise hang up.
I got pretty frustrated and vented, not realising that my invective was played loud and clear to the full waiting room and receptionist. (who was busily trying to switch the thing off).
I received a call from them pretty soon after i'd left my message from an apologetic, but obviously unimpressed receptionist and my welcome was decidedly cool when I went to my appointment!
I previously didn't expect to hear anything of much sense from Felix, but now I realise he is in fact a wise and insightful man.
As he has literally benefited from a perspective few other people have I think it is right that he expresses the view that this planet we are currently hell bent on destroying is our only home and will remain so for a very long time.
Hear hear Felix!
'The man did not find his laptop and no explanation has emerged of how it ended up in the skip to being with'
Given that he did not find it, one can assume it did not end up in the skip to *begin with.
You could ask why he thought it might have ended up in the skip.
body temperature in mammals
I wonder then if that is why we are designed to function at 37.5deg C? Maybe mammalian life developed at ambient temperature and then just had to work to maintain it as the global temp dropped?
@ Jason Bloomberg
You have a naively touching conception of how being the subject of a monarch works.
IE you work for them, never the other way around!
It might be pertinent to know that Mein Kampf sells like hot cakes in India, where people, (with no sense of apparent irony), make remarks like, 'Hitler is an inspirational historical figure'.
I'm almost certain that yes, Sky has outsourced their support to India and that Abbas is unaware that calling Germany 'Hitler's country' was anything other than a statement of fact.
It's certainly an interesting lesson in where people choose to take their offences and why the argument that, 'the PC brigade is out of control', is a difficult one to make. If you cause someone to take offence, you have offended them, whether you intended to or not. The extent to which this can be prevented as opposed to apologised for is arguable, but that's what cultural sensitivity is supposed to be about.
do you know why this has been launched?
because just yesterday I bought one of these:
Given the soaring price of commodities such as copper i'm surprised it isn't cost effective to pull the cable, sell it and replace it with fibre from the proceeds.
Not quite the scenario
@ Michelle Knight
'A load of wankers crying "protect the children!" '
I'm pretty sure we're trying to protect the children FROM the wankers
KLM much worse since Air France tie-in, I wonder why?
Since KLM and Air France 'merged' the customer service line for frequent flyers has begun to automatically cut people off after a certain amount of waiting time.
I find this incredible, the message 'we value your loyalty...', is eventually followed by 'there's no one here to take your call, goodbye!'.
I don't like to stereotype too much, but this does seem to be the result of adopting a French attitude to customer service!
...with the resulting failing eyesight and having only one hand free, entering the wrong target coordinates is an accident waiting to happen
Good item on this on the beeb:
so, assuming that apparently the average is four new addresses each, we can probably conclude that around 250,000 cynical old-timers have resigned themselves to MS 'new' Outlook offering as a price for getting an email address at least close to their own name for the first time in a while.
Will they use them as their main email accounts?, not really.
Is this move yet another example of just how out of touch with their user base MS is?
Even if they solve the problem, can you imagine the temptation for hoodlums, (as well as unintended accidents), to put ANY conducting material in the vicinity of a 5kW delivering system.
Just watch the ensuing mayhem as the material melts/explodes ruining the system and probably a significant part of the roadway in the process.
Power lines are that high for a reason!
Did you look at what other people are doing?
If they have any sense at all, (and I won't be surprised to learn they don't), the manufacturers would realise that this in fact will lead to wider uptake of their products by people otherwise locked into a particular 'system'. IE those previously constrained to Lego will look at other options and those in other systems like Fischer Technic might look at Lego.
If anything this should boost sales.
(the argument that in fact this will just cannibalise sales is unsound as people at a limit within one system are not likely to spend more on it, but having the opportunity to branch into other, (now compatible), systems will encourage ADDITIONAL spend).