technology: March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg It's hard to believe these stunning image of Britain were not taken with a high-end camera, in fact they were taken with just a humble mobile phone… and a helicopter.

In a bid to show off the photographic capabilities of their latest phone, Nokia commissioned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes to do his stuff using the N8 handset.

Leaving his usual DSLR and array of lenses at home, Hawkes took to the skies above Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, and London armed with the 12MP cameraphone.

And the results are impressive, they're better than any photos we've taken with a mobile phone… his thumb is not in any of them for one thing.

275x250.jpgA T-shirt which can be use as a musical instrument when the wearer plays it air-guitar-style, has been shortlisted for a SXSW technology award.

The interactive 'AiR Guitar' is a t-shirt with a "barcode"-type symbol on the front, which - when picked up via a webcam and augmented reality app - becomes a guitar.

Wearers can them play the virtual air guitar by strumming away in real-time with the relevant notes sounds from the computer.

AiR Guitar was invented by design company FauvelKhan, which was founded by Swansea Metropolitan students, and created for south Wales band The Last Republic.

But after being shortlisted for a SXSW Accelerator award they now hope it could be sold across the music industry… they are not Fret-ing about it though.

275x250.jpg Lifting a house off the ground with balloons looked easy in the animated hit movie Up -- but it took a team of scientists and engineers to achieve it in real life.

This weekend the scientists and engineers, along with two world-class balloon pilots gathered at a airfield east of Los Angeles in a bid to recreate the iconic scene from the movie.

A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building.

Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud.

275x250.jpgLast year more than 17,000 USB memory sticks were left in clothes at dry cleaners and laundrettes in the UK, it's been claimed.

A recent study found that laundrettes are, more often than you'd expect, the place forgotten memory sticks turn up -- all too often inside washing and drying machines,

It's said this is because we absentmindedly slip them into shirt or trouser pockets and then forget all about them, even if they contain important data.

And because USBs are the cheapest and most convenient means of storing private data, it's getting worse, this is four times the amount found in 2009.

We would tell you the other most common ways USBs get lost or destroyed… but that info is on another memory stick and we can't find it at the moment.




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