geek: January 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgWebsites allow people to do more and more things online - but not this one, it challenges you to do nothing for two minutes.

Launched by Alex Tew - the man behind the Million Dollar Homepage - is decidedly lacking in functionality.

Displaying an image of a sunrise over the ocean and a clock counting down from two minutes, it tells people not to touch their keyboard or mouse for two minutes.

And that's it. Tew says the site is designed to make the point about the way we spend all of our time surrounded by an unlimited supply of information.

But can you do it? Can you spend two minutes online without doing anything to get back entertainment or information in return? Silly question, of course you can… your reading Newslite.

275x250.jpg Computer game characters have escaped from their digital worlds and are running amok in real-life - at least they are in the imagination of Aled Lewis.

The graphic designer from London has created a great series of images showing video-game characters invading our world.

He uses photographs and then adds pixel-based characters, such as the Mario  rival Bowser zipping along a beach in his MarioKart vehicle or Honda from Street Fighter smashing a car.

Aled hopes the images will make people think about whether video games are  a distraction from real life… and not just make people want to dig out their old SNES.

275x250.jpg A robot uprising has begun and our future mechanical overlords seem to have decided the first stage in their domination should be beating us on TV quiz shows.

In February a robot from IBM called 'Watson' will begin competing against former champions on US TV quiz show Jeopardy to win $1 million.

And looking at this practice round (below) it's only going to end in one way. Supercomputer Watson - represented at the podium by a monitor - was easily able to answer most questions faster than its human rivals.

Experts say they spent four years building the system which rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence… but apparently not teaching it about 'Children’s Book Authors'. 

275x250.jpg The inventor of an iPhone-controlled fridge which shoots cans of beer across a room from a CANNON says he now never needs to leave the sofa when he wants a brew.

25-year-old technology consultant Ryan Rusnak came up with the gadget because he was fed up with having to walk to the fridge every time he wanted a drink.

Working with a pal he turned a fridge in a basic vending machine which dropped chilled beers -- and then added a compressed air cannon, web server and iPhone interface.

Now when he wants a beer, he uses his phone to log into the fridge, picks what sort of beer he wants and fires it over to where he is sitting. Basically, he's created the worlds best ever invention.

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