With the iPhone 4S released today, the NY Times tries to find out if Siri, the virtual assistant, is better than a real assistant.
The strangest iPhone charger you'll see today.
I've only seen the 'unbreakable' Sonim Core XP1300 phone twice and both times a reporter broke it
A video showing an early trial version of a moving pavement; the Travolator; is demonstrated in New York in 1924.
The new Lego Tower Bridge consists of 4,287 bricks and measures 40" (102 cm) long, 17" (45 cm) high and 10" (26 cm) wide. It also comes with a unique printed shield, four vechicles including a London taxi and red bus and it can be taken apart in sections for easy transportation. Oh to be a kid again.
"Töken" is a platform with multi touch technology for musical execution, created by Rodrigo Campos from Santiago - Chile, whose purpose is to raise the status of "live performance" to the next level.
This version of "töken" showed on this video is a prototype, we are currently working on their final version, which will give a step to their future marketing. At this very moment, it is not for sale, and we have not determined its value yet."
A Bugatti Veyron with working brakes and 7-speed gear box. Doesn't get much nerdier than this.
Engineering start-up Willow Garage has hacked an open source robot to fetch beer from a fridge. Using a web interface, the engineers can select one of four different brands of beer and the robot will scoot over to the fridge, open the door and select the correct beer. It'll even open the beer for you! [Read more]
Pocket Lint has posted some of the best home cinemas money can buy ranging from £35,000 to the one above which cost £250,000+ and seats 50 people.
Neil deGrasse Tyson unboxes a special gift from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and gives a mini lecture in the process.
She already knew how to use an iPhone so naturally knew how to use an iPad when given one. [via]
Measuring just 8.8-micrometers long, this 1-billionth scale model of the USS Enterprise "was made with a 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas by Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui of the Himeji Institute of Technology." [via]
A company called USmart has announced what it says is the "world's smallest computer". It's certainly the cutest.
The 4.8-inch MC-1 has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. If the keyboard is too small to use, which it probably is, they also sell a device which is a combination of a trackpad and slightly larger keyboard.
Engadget has more pics and a video.
In a global first, a lucky Belgian competition winner has traveled into the depths of the black stuff in the first ever Guinness Deep Sea Bar.
Evelyne Gridelet, 30, of Seraing, Belgium, won the incredible trip in the futuristic custom-built Guinness submarine as part of the Guinness Experiences competition, held during the global Guinness 250 celebrations.
Along with her husband, Arnaud Splendore and sister, Virginie Gridelet, Evelyne was flown to Sweden for an unforgettable four-day trip to explore the remote island of Högmarsö in the Stockholm Archipelago. Set against a winter wonderland, the highlight of their adventure, which took place during the last week of January 2010, was travelling to the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the Guinness Deep Sea Bar which was designed and modified exclusively exclusively for the trip, and raising a glass to Arthur Guinness.
A modder has created a Ghostbusters Proton Pack for the Wii. The pack is full functional and tells the player how much power left in the pack and which player is selected in the game. You can view more photos here.
What a genius idea! [via]
Nokia recently installed a giant interactive signpost in the centre of London to coincide with their Ovi Maps navigation software being turned into a free app. As well as pointing out local landmarks and cities far away, people could also send messages to it via SMS.
There are lots more photos of this giant collection here. It doesn't say how many items are in the collection.
With the aid of some very long ladders. [via]
The iPhone 3GS SUPREME is priced at £1.92 million, took 10 months to make and consists of 271 grams of 22ct solid gold, a couple of hundred diamonds in the bezel and logo and a giant 7.1ct diamond for the navigation button. [via]
Emirates has released an iPhone app that helps you 'speak' another language.
A new roller coaster in Universal Studios Orlando has launched that has some pretty unique features. Before riding you can select that only you will be able to hear in your seat and mounted on your carriage is a camera that will film you as you ride the coaster. Along with the other cameras dotted around the track, a short montage of real-life and computer generated clips will be compiled into a DVD that you can buy when exiting the ride. [via]
The evolution of the mobile phone from the 88lb SRA/Ericsson MTA which was hardly mobile to the Apple iPhone.
A man has built a tiny 100-pound trailer that can be towed around using a bicycle. The house is self-sufficient and using renewable energy you can cook meal, heat up water for showers and the kitchen and there's a urinal funnel on the outside. There isn't room for #2 facilities which is probably a good thing.
There are more photos over at Dvice.
Nick Burcher has posted a load of screenshots and a review of the Cockney ATMs that have been installed in London. Surprisingly, the machine also features a Welsh screen.
Great features and what looks to be a very good battery life.
3 ATMs in London now allow you to select Cockney Slang as your chosen language. You have to enter your 'Huckleberry Finn' (pin) to use the machine, check out how much 'sausage and mash' (cash) they have and withdraw 'speckled hens' (tens). Link.
Nikon has unveiled a camera that includes a built in projector that allows you to project images onto any available flat surface. The S1000pj will also allow you to control the size of the image – the minimum size being 5in and the maximum projection being 40in.
The camera itself is a 12.1Mp compact with a top ISO sensitivity of 6400 and wide-angle 5x zoom. It will be available to buy in the UK next month, priced at £400/€485 ($678). [via]