New Gadgets, Technology

Razor Unveils Fully Modular PC Prototype

Already a well respected gaming hardware producer, Razor is looking to make PC gaming accessible to the more casual gamer with Project Christine.

Moving away from the boxy “tower” design of traditional gaming PCs, Project Christine is essentially a sleek looking rack of empty bays. These bays can be filled with modular components simply by sliding them in, ranging from GPU, CPU, RAM and any other computer component.

It offers the power and customization of a gaming rig but without the complicated cords and chips that often present a difficulty barrier to entry to less hardcore gaming fans.

The unveiled product is still a prototype, and CEO Min-Liang Tan plans to “throw it out to gamers and see if people like it.” If results are promising, Razor would being planning to make Project Christine a mainstream reality.

You can look over the Project Christine and its features at Razor’s announcement page here.

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Business, New Gadgets, Startup Highlights, Technology

Startup Highlights – You Can Now Talk To Your Dog For $65

The latest bizarre crowdfunding tech story is the dog-to-English translator device from No More Woof. The device looks like a small, telephone headset worn on a dog’s head that functions by picking up brainwave patterns associated with common dog responses and translating them into English phrases such as “I’m tired” or “I’m hungry”.

The website offers a range in products and price placement, ranging from a $65 “Micro” model capable of vocalizing “2-3 thought patterns” to a $1200 “Superior” model that learns algorithmically and may give your dog the ability to put multiple, pre-recorded statements together, aka speak sentences.

The developers stress that the project is still in its early stages and that the offered products are research support rather than end designed projects, and list a number of future research goals such as artificial limb control for disabled pets or training enhancements. However the “Holy Grail” of the project is two-way communication translating human language into “dog”, or potentially any animal.

You can look over the project website yourself here.

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New Gadgets, Technology, Transportation

McLaren Announces New Windshield Based On Fighter Jet Technology

Sports car designer McLaren recently announced that they intend to do away with windshield wipers in favor of new technology used in fighter jets. Dismissing windshield wipers as an “archaic technology”, McLaren cars utilizing the new gadget could be coming out as early as 2015.

Image courtesy of Basheer Tome via flickrcc

McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson says that he was inspired when he noticed that military jets don’t have windshield wipers for low-level flight, and that he managed to find out why from a source within the military at great effort. The technology Stephenson is referring to is thought to be running 30khz ultrasound waves through the windshield, creating a vibrating “forcefield” that keeps the windshield clear of rain, small debris and even insect residue.

Mainstream integration of the technology could bring multiple benefits to drivers, mostly that a sufficiently low price could result in cost savings from not having to replace wiper blades. There is also the possibility of a small boost in fuel efficiency, since the wiper blades disrupt airflow going over the vehicle and generate resistance.

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