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Gadget Club: Round 2

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OK. Let’s try this again. I’ve passed out the first set of prizes to unnamed persons and this is Round 2. TO VOTE COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH THE EXACT NAME OF THE DEVICE YOU’RE VOTING FOR. THAT IS THE ONLY TEXT THAT SHOULD APPEAR. I WILL DO AN SQL QUERY ON THE COMMENTS DB TO FIND THE WINNER. LITERALLY COPY AND PASTE THE NAME OF THE DEVICE INTO THE COMMENT FIELD AND POST IT. VOTE ONCE. VOTE ONLY ONCE. DON’T USE AMAZON’S MECHANICAL TURK. DON’T ASK THE WEIRD GUY FROM IT WHO YOU NEVER INVITE TO PARTIES BUT TALK TO AT WORK TO MAKE YOU A VOTING SCRIPT! IF YOU ARE THE WEIRD GUY IN IT, I’M SORRY. THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU. IF I HELD A PARTY YOU COULD COME. IF YOU CHEAT I WILL BE SAD. I WILL CLOSE VOTING ON MONDAY AT NOON EASTERN!

Keep the entries coming. There’s still one more round. With that, let’s give this another try.

Pocky – GeckoCords
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GeckoCords are coated in a velcro like material that allows them to stick to all sorts of fabrics. When you put on your headphones, just pat the cord into place. You can go running, cook, or work safely while wearing headphones. No more running the cord down your shirt, or having your earbuds yanked out of your ear by accident. GeckoCords use tiny micro hooks, so they don’t tear or wear your favorite shirt, hoodie or jacket. GeckoCords can also be coated in an advanced molecular binding solution that allows them to stick to hard plastics, vinyl and other materials. With GeckoCords, the cord sticks to you, so you can keep enjoying your music! Stick On!

Paul – Beer Pong Hoop
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The beer pong hoop, for the urban apartment beer pong experience.

Paul F – WIIPOD
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The WIIPOD, white board anywhere kit. A Johnny Lee approved wii tripod and
ir pen. I think I might actually go to Radio Shack if they sold a line of
wiimote hack products. Would save me the time of building all this stuff,
usb powered wii sensor bar for the TV, the multi-touch glove, the ir
glasses.

Knowhow – Crazy Camera
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The overall trend would most probably be technology integration; the
coming together of mobile technology (WLAN), digital photography,
personal computing, machine vision, artificial intelligence (AI), GPS,
laser scanning, INS, video and audio capabilities, etc. Recent
advances in handheld electronic devices support this anticipation.

The device I tried to make a prototype of! is a digital camera with
all these capabilities integrated into its design. The main purpose of
this device, apart from other obvious usages (such as mp3 player,
digital camera, portable storage system, personal video viewer, etc),
is to capture and create 3D models of the environment and store them
in different formats.

It features a laser range scanner that provides a point cloud of the
scene at the same time that it has been photographed, or simply it
could be used to measure the distance from the object. The image-based
modeling procedures would be used on the software side to improve the
accuracy of the output.

It also has a GPS receiver which provides the camera coordinates.

It has an INS device (Inertial Navigation System) which provides the
orientation of the camera and whether it is moving (in that case it
would provide position, velocity, and angular velocity as well).

It has audio and video capabilities. Perhaps a voice recognition
system would allow the user to annotate the images by just talking and
describing the scene as precisely as possible, and the built in
program would convert audio tags to text keywords which in turn would
be stored in the image metadata along with other information such as
camera field of view, coordinates (from GPS), distance from the object
(range scanner), time and date, etc.

It has a WiFi adaptor which allows the device to store the information
online, as well as searching for additional information from other
users based on the location of the device. It could search through the
internet and could find and match additional images taken by others or
text descriptions of the scene under study while the user is in the
process of capturing photographs. The result of the recording would be
instantly analyzed and would be prepared for immediate use.

This device would have a user-friendly interface that could inform the
user of areas that need more data to create a complete 3D model of the
scene/object. This data could be in forms of additional photos, text
captions, voice tags, etc.

Dooley – NBPlex

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The NBplex (netbook plex) does for netbooks what the Quadroplex does for desktop rigs, but adds a much needed optical drive (Blu-ray) and easy to reach snack holder.

Let’s think about the fucking dichotomy here:

The minimalist netbook enables the convenience / small form factor compute that all business travelers / students crave.
Dedicaded deskside computing dock awaits at home or the office for when you return and need to unwind with a little World of Warcraft and a side of nuts.

Product Specs (as pictured):

ATI FirePro V7750 (different models available)
Internal Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner
16 oz. snack holder (nuts not included)

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