November 30, 2006


sLop (the blog you are reading) is retiring..

The archives should stay up indefinitely though so feel free to continue linking in if you like..

In the coming weeks, I should have something new up. Please stay tuned.

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August 05, 2006

Dreamhost, my web host has had some difficulty lately

DreamHost Blog Anatomy of a(n ongoing) Disaster..
Damn.. I am glad I no longer work in that industry.

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April 19, 2006

ITP End of Year Events - Thesis Presentations and End of Semester Show

ITP Spring Show 2006
A two day exhibition of interactive sight, sound and physical objects from the student artists of ITP.

This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP.

ITP Thesis Presentations 2006
ITP's graduating students will be presenting a wide variety of highly creative and interactive projects that they have constructed over the course of their final project seminars.

Students have been encouraged to undertake projects that bring together the conceptual and design issues that they have engaged in during their two years of study at ITP.

Projects will include installation based work, digital video and audio pieces, interactive 3D, games and educational applications, to name only a few.

ITP will be providing a live webcast of all the thesis presentations.

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February 05, 2006

Almost a dream machine

Open Linux based Set-Top-Boxes! Unfortunately, DVB only, no ATSC. Us poor poor North American iTV developers are left behind yet again..

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January 16, 2006

iPod video, will it lead to more streaming video consumption? Video iPod Sales Growth Portends Big Things for Streaming Media in 2006
From the article:
The biggest unanswered question, of course, is whether the average consumer, who has preferred her iPod audio and video downloaded, not streamed, will warm to the idea of streaming content that could really be accessed from anywhere she has cell or wireless data service.

My Comments:
It was suggested in the article that the answer might come at CES or at MacWorld. While interesting related items were announced at CES (nothing at MacWorld AFAIK) I don't think this actually has anything to do with what the consumer will actually adopt.

Mobile streaming video.. Hmmn.. Mobile carriers think it is the next big thing. If the iPod video is a success and I think it will be, it will be more about personal control over media and fair pricing than TV anywhere, neither of which the mobile carriers understand. For instance, I can't stream my home movies through Verizon's VCast service but I can offer a download of them through iTunes for iPod consumption.

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December 14, 2005

The perfect Linux HD capture card (it seems)

Makers of the Linux based (at least the drivers) HD-3000 HDTV card. Now if I can ever get around to building my myth box..

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December 10, 2005

Hacking OSX onto x86

How to Build an Intel Mac
Don't want to wait for the shiny new OSX/Intel boxes that will arrive next month (pure speculation that Apple will release one or two at MacWorld). Build your own!

Get more dirt here: OSx86 Project.

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October 31, 2005

Understand the iPod iTunesDB

ITunesDB - wikiPodLinux
From the site:
This page details the format of the binary files used on the iPod to keep track of the music it contains as well as its play history. Collectively we refer to these files as the iTunesDB however there are in fact a number of files, each with their own format, that make up this database.

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October 30, 2005

Java + USB

Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On the ITP PComp Listserv there was recently a thread about USB and Java. I have some interest in this so I figured I would do a bit of searching around.

Here is what I found:

jUSB - Java USB API for Windows

jUSB: Java USB (Linux)

The Java Community Process(SM) Program - JSRs: Java Specification Requests - detail JSR (JSR 80: JavaTM USB API)

JSR080 - javax.usb

It seems that the Communication API can work with USB devices that implement the communications device class. USB devices can extend from any of the following device classes that are supposed to be supported by the underlying OS. Thanks to WIkipedia Entry

USB human interface device class
USB mass storage device class
USB communications device class
USB printer device class
USB audio device class
USB video device class

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September 28, 2005

$100 laptop effort, getting close to reality

Design of $100 Laptop for Kids Unveiled - Yahoo! News

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August 11, 2005

Processing and PComp come together

From the site:
Wiring is a programming environment and electronics i/o
board for exploring the electronic arts, tangible media, teaching and
learning computer programming and prototyping with electronics. It illustrates
the concept of programming with electronics and the physical realm of
hardware control which are necessary to explore physical interaction design
and tangible media aspects

Very nice.. A compiler (Java/Processing) and board for physical computing type work.

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July 22, 2005

Sun and Java moving into the PComp arena

Sun SPOT | Sig9
From the site:
Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) is a new research project at Sun Labs that promises to turn a vision into reality, the vision being, to make wireless sensors ready for mass commercial deployment by simplifying application development for them. Wireless sensors are inexpensive battery-powered, low-power communication devices composed of radios and exceptionally small mechanical structures that sense fields and forces in the physical world.

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July 08, 2005

Repurpose that disposable camcorder

Boing Boing: Pinouts for CVS's "disposable" camcorder
From Boing Boing:
CVS Pharmacies sell a one-time-use camcorder that you have to bring to their shop once you're ready to get your videos, which are delivered on DVD. Enterprising hackers are racing to reverse-engineer the camcorder so that they can extract their own video and make multiple uses of the camera without paying repeatedly.

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Use Linux to turn your iPod into a recording device

Linux frees iPod's inner recording studio

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July 01, 2005

JBox - Java and Linux in a nice little package

Welcome to iGoJava - iGoLogic JBOX Java J2SE Embedded Development Kit!
Perfect for many of my projects, fairly inexpensive, powered by a Via single board computer, runs Linux and pre-installed with J2SE. Very nice..!

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February 01, 2005

TiVo releases Java based Open Source Platform for building applications

TiVo Home Media Engine SDK
I am sold.. Unfortuantely things are looking bad for the company. I think I will bite anyway.. This is the kind of thing that I think can turn a company around.

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December 13, 2004

Some fun with FM and your Mac Hacking Radio on the Mac
Features a couple of low-cost audio editing apps, the Griffin RadioShark and the Griffin RoadTrip.
The comments list some notable ommisions: Audio Hijack (record from any source, including the computer), (TiVo for Radio) and Audacity (open source audio capture, editing and encoding)
More are sure to come.. Ahh the power of the blog..

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December 06, 2004

ITP Winter Show 2004

ITP Winter Show 2004
Sunday, December 19 from 2 to 6pm
Monday, December 20 from 5 to 9pm

A two-day explosion of interactive sight, sound and technology from the student artists and innovators at ITP.

An oversized Greenwich Village loft houses the computer labs, rotating exhibitions, and production workshops that are ITP -- the Interactive Telecommunications Program. Founded in 1979 as the first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP has grown into a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds. A hands-on approach to experimentation, production and risk-taking make this hi-tech fun house a creative home not only to its 230 students, but also to an extended network of the technology industry's most daring and prolific practitioners.

Interactive Telecommunications Program
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 4th Floor South
New York NY 10003

Take the left elevators to the 4th Floor
This event is free and open to the public

No need to RSVP

For questions: 212-998-1880

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An interesting looking live video mixing instrument

Anyone tried it?

How does this compare with Max/MSP/Jitter with custom controllers?

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Hillary support's The INDUCE Act

I was dismayed to learn that Senator Hillary Clinton has come out and in fact co-sponsored Senator Hatch's Induce Act. What follows is a draft of a letter that I am writing to Sen. Clinton to express my concern. I hope that others will do the same.

Here is some background material:,1283,64315,00.html

Like your iPod, read this:

Please comment on the letter as you see fit.

Dear Senator Clinton,

I was dismayed to learn that you have come out in support of Senator Hatch's Induce Act. I hope that on further consideration of the issues that this bill covers that you change your stance to better reflect the opinions of your constituents and for the betterment of our society.

The Induce act as it currently is written does much to stifle free-speech, artistic and fair uses of media. Imposing legal responsibility on the makers of devices and software for illegal use such device or software will create a burden so great on manufacturers and creators of such programs that they will not develop or offer products that have potential for misuse.

I fear that by trying to curb the theft of copyrighted material you will instead be curbing the ability for individuals and groups with legitimate uses for the technology that enables such to use it. Being thoroughly immersed in an academic and artistic atmosphere, I am witness every day to fair uses of technology that would not exist today were such a law in existence. In fact I feel that the software that I am using to write this letter would not have been developed simply because it includes the ability to cut and paste text from any source into the document.

I believe that should this Bill become law that it will undo much of the progress of free-speech and alternative media creation that has been enabled by the internet, personal electronic devices, computers, tape recorders and so on. Furthermore it will be a giant step backwards and lead to increased power by the media and further relegate citizens to the role of consumer without a voice.

I hope that you will reconsider your position on this matter.

Thank you for your time.

Shawn Van Every

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Solar powered batteries, on your back..

Voltaic Backpack, Solar Backpack, Solar Bag
Now when you are out on the street and your laptop (I haven't verified that this will power a laptop) is running out of juice, you can plug it into your back and keep on going. Looks heavy but I guess we are stuck with this type of thing until some miraculous battery technology breakthrough comes.

From the site:
The Voltaic backpack is a mobile power source, designed to charge your gadgets without tying you to a power outlet.

Thanks to Betsy for the link.

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November 15, 2004

Just what I have been looking for...

MCE QuickStream DV - Portable, FireWire DV Capture Drive

This is a portable hard drive recorder that you plug directly into your camcorder and capture video to. AWESOME.
Over at, kenyatta says that he heard a collective shrug over the first version. I think the collective must be CRAZY. This would cut down on the "time to web" by 10 fold (at least for me). Too bad it is soo expensive. Perhaps I will make some real money again and be able to buy one :-)
From the site:
The revolutionary MCE QuickStream DV, now in its second generation, has re-engineered the entire Digital Video (DV) workflow by completely eliminating the inefficient, time consuming step of transferring (or capturing) DV footage from your DV camcorder tapes into your Mac or PC non-linear editing (NLE) system... The lightweight, portable, self-powered QuickStream DV connects directly to your DV camcorder and captures your DV footage to its miniature high performance hard drive on-the-fly, straight from your camcorder's FireWire port, in your choice of ready-to-edit file formats (.mov, .avi, .dv, and others) while you are shooting! When done shooting, simply unplug the QuickStream DV from your camcorder's FireWire (IEEE 1394, i.LINK, etc.) port and plug it into your computer system's FireWire port and your DV footage is ready for editing and/or viewing... IMMEDIATELY!

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November 14, 2004

Online Machining Service

eMachineShop - Online Machine Shop - with FREE CAD Software
From the site:
eMachineShop is the remarkable new way to get the custom parts you need - the first true online machine shop. Download our free software, draw your part, and click to order - it's that easy! Your part will be machined and delivered. Even better, the Internet, software, and automated machines help keep our cost low.

Thanks to Ann P. for the link.

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October 13, 2004

Steve Mann's EyeTap, GNUX pages

EyeTap Personal Imaging Lab
Some interesting information on wearable computing, mediated reality and more.

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October 08, 2004

Sparkfun sells some interesting GPRS development kits

Spark Fun Electronics
Cellular modules, antenna, development boards with USB and all that jazz..

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April 26, 2004

mini GNU/Linux distro for the Via EPIA boards

Yea! Now I will have something to do with my M-10000 once my thesis is done ;-)
From the site:
Freepia is a small GNU/Linux distribution designed to run on Via Epia-M Mainboards. It currently runs on the M-9000 and M-10000 (ezra and nehemiah cpu) but with some modifications like kernel and X11 modules it should run on others too. (if someone has get it running on other Epia¥s let me know). The main motivation behind this project is to build a full featured, low noise media box to play movies/mp3s/images etc. For this it uses freevo but in the future there maybe support for others like mythtv or vdr.

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April 25, 2004

Ambient chandeliers!

Yahoo! News - Chandeliers shaken by crystal SMSs

From the article:
"It's time to shake up the industry. There are too many chandeliers around with no life and soul -- just expensive cookie-cutter designs," said Nadja Swarovski, grand-daughter of the company's founder and vice president of communications.

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April 24, 2004

Blind users can see with a camera and laptop

Wright State University Communications and Marketing
No not really, but this is an interesting project. From the article:
Tyflos, the Greek word for blind, is the name of the portable, wearable device Bourbakis has developed. The partnering project at ASU is called iLearn. A tiny camera is mounted to glasses and connected by a thin wire to a modified lap-top computer the individual carries on his or her back. The Tyflos system operates by identifying the images "seen" by the camera and converting this to audio information the subject hears from small wires connected from the backpack to the ear. A small microphone is attached for receiving commands or requests from the user.

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April 07, 2004

What else can you do with that iSight? More iSight Video Tricks [Sep. 23, 2003]
Good article exploring some nice Quicktime based software which works well with the iSight.
Interesting to note that the iSight is an IIDC camera and therefore it will work with a wide variety of software that supports IIDC. One example that comes to mind is Coriander for Linux.

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A peek inside the Google datacenters Weblog: The Secret Source of Google's Power
From the entry:
Google has taken the last 10 years of systems software research out of university labs, and built their own proprietary, production quality system. What is this platform that Google is building? It's a distributed computing platform that can manage web-scale datasets on 100,000 node server clusters. It includes a petabyte, distributed, fault tolerant filesystem, distributed RPC code, probably network shared memory and process migration. And a datacenter management system which lets a handful of ops engineers effectively run 100,000 servers. Any of these projects could be the sole focus of a startup.

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April 04, 2004

Adam Wilt's DV - FAQ and more

The DV, DVCAM, & DVCPRO Formats -- tech details, FAQ, and links.
He has created a nice online non-commercial resource for everything DV. Plenty of technical information.
From the site:
I got tired of answering the same old questions over and over again. By putting 'em all on the web, I can say "just go read my FAQ"

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April 02, 2004

FM Broadcasting from your computer

All about FM radio - Schematics, KITs, FM transmitters, digital transmitters and RDS encoders from PCS Electronics
From the site:
PCI MAX 2004 is a computer card that will change the way you listen to your MP3's or other audio via PC. It will effectively change your PC into a FM radio station. You will be able to play your audio files (CD, wav, MP3, real audio etc.) from your PC through radio waves directly to your household radio receiver in the next room, in the living room, across your yard, in whole block of flats....or for the entire village/small city. I repeat, you need just an ordinary radio receiver to receive your signal. The included software (also available at the link below for a quick DL) lets you set the frequency and the output power. You can either service your living room, garden or an entire community. Get rid of these pesky cables!

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April 01, 2004

DIY Steadycam

$14 Steadycam
From the site:
Why build a cheap steadycam?
Steadycams (or camera stabilizers) are attachtments used to capture smooth looking video even when the camera and camera operator are in motion. The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera. Unfortunately, professional steadycams cost around $1500. Even the cheap 3rd party ones cost $600 . Not exactly a bargain considering many of us use cameras in that price range. So, I decided to make my own version. It turns out, it only costs $14. Not too bad. And I'll show you how to build your own right here (or you may simply buy one from me). Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, a videographer, the family documentarian, or just want more utility out of your video camera, you'll appreciate a steadycam.

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March 26, 2004

Save your fingers

How SawStop Works
Thanks to Alex for the link:
The SawStop system works by recognizing the difference in the electrical properties of wood and a user. The system induces a high-frequency electrical signal on the blade of a table saw and monitors this signal for changes caused by contact between the blade and a user's body. The signal remains unchanged when the blade cuts wood because of the relatively small inherent electrical capacitance and conductivity of wood. However, when a user contacts the blade while the saw is operating, the electrical signal changes because of the relatively large inherent capacitance of the user's body.

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March 17, 2004

New York City area computer recycling, technician training and reconditioned computer sales

Per Scholas :: Access Through Technology

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March 11, 2004

Crazy robot kinetic sculptures right here in Brooklyn

Amorphic Robot Works Info
From the site:
The Amorphic Society includes more than 100 interactive and computer-controlled human and abstract machines ranging from 12 inches height to 30 feet long. If you are visiting San Francisco, you will have an opportunity to visit "URGE" the only permanent interactive kinetic sculpture in the Yerba Buena Gardens, located on the corner of 4th Street and Howard Street.

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March 09, 2004

Custom cameras

Sensor Technologies America, Inc. - SenTech

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Security camera central

Supercircuits, Inc.

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FireWire cameras, frame grabbers and analog to digital converters

FireWire Imaging > Products
Makers of the very nice uncompressed firewire analog to digital DFG/1394 box.

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Mac TV, Video and Radio Capture Card

AlchemyTV - TV Tuner and Video capture PCI card for your PowerMac
Looks like a nice uncompressed video capture card for the Mac. The TV PVR and radio capabilities are a nice bonus.

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March 06, 2004

Another ultra-portable PC

Flipstart PC by Vulcan - FlipStart PC in detail
I would like to see one of these side by side an OQO (or whatever this: is called).

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February 29, 2004

Open Source Small Device C Compiler

SDCC - Small Device C Compiler
From the site:
SDCC is a Freeware, retargettable, optimizing ANSI - C compiler that targets the Intel 8051, Maxim 80DS390 and the Zilog Z80 based MCUs. Work is in progress on supporting the Motorola 68HC08 as well as Microchip PIC14 and PIC16 series. The entire source code for the compiler is distributed under GPL.

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February 27, 2004

Linux distro for routers and more

From the description:
Pebble Linux is a smallish (smaller than 64megs, larger than 8 megs) distro image designed for embedded style devices such as the Soekris boards, or a Stylstic 1000. It is based off of Debian GNU/Linux. It runs on many different types of systems, such as old 486 machines, mini-itx boards, or the $199 machine down at Frys.

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February 25, 2004

Company developing flexible displays

Polymer Vision
From the site:
Polymer Vision is developing flexible, rollable displays
Dedicated large displays in small housings that easily connect to the smallest mobile devices. Rollable displays: a permanent solution for the ever-increasing demand of larger displays in a roaming environment.

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Materials materials materials

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXionÆ. Where
professionalsóarchitects, engineers, industrial and interior designers, manufacturersóaccess specifications
and manufacturersí contacts for the latest, most innovative materials and processes from around the world. How? Through our on-line database or physical library.

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TiVo to your friends favs

RSSTV: Syndication for your PVR
From the site:
We propose to share program information by building on existing syndication infrastructure. Specifically, we'll add a number of namespaced elements as an extension to RSS. The value formats for these elements will be taken directly from XMLTV, a source of publically available program information.

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February 19, 2004

Pinouts pinouts pinouts


More pinouts than you can shake a stick at. I only wish they had XLR...

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February 16, 2004

Nifty heads up displays and other wearable computer equipment

Tek Gear

Some other links that came along with this one (that I haven't had a chance to investigate):

Thanks Seth..

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February 11, 2004

Launching the ITJ Site

Interactive Tele-Journalism

Interactive Tele-Journalism is a platform (under development) for supporting the creation of low cost, live interactive television news progams.

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February 08, 2004

Work that game..

A Joystick That Challenges You to Sweat

More about the workout/game playing device(s). One question, does it have any haptics (feedback)? Here is the manufacturer:

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February 06, 2004

Get power even though your computer only has a 4 PIN Firewire plug

SiK, Inc. :: FireJuice

FireWire power injector. makes it possible to use bus-powered devices on computers with un-powered FireWire ports

Posted by vanevery at 11:43 AM

February 03, 2004

Flea at MIT

I hear it is THE place to find all kindsa crazy hardware and electronics from bygone days..

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February 02, 2004

Fabric Switches and Keyboards

SOFTswitch Electronic Fabrics - Applications - Wearables

As fashion and technology converge, SOFTswitch is providing the enabling fabric interfaces to allow electronics to function within clothing. From wearable audio and computing to mobile phones and personal healthcare SOFTswitch enables the portability and softening of traditionally large hard plastic devices.
Employing wireless connectivity SOFTswitch enabled clothing can also interact remotely with electronic devices in your home, car or workplace.

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January 31, 2004

Computer games that involve excersize

From the site:
I started playing Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) at the age of 17
with the very first version that was released to the United States, DDR Version 1.5. The first time I saw the game was at Gameworks arcade in Seattle, where tons of people were crowded around the DDR machine to watch different players dance. At this time, I was a senior in high school and weighed about 235 lbs. Four and a half years later, I now weigh close to 140 lbs and I would’ve never guessed how much that trip (OR a video game) would affect me with my health/weight, and in growing to be a better, more self-confident person.

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January 28, 2004

Robot journalists

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Robo-reporter goes to war

From the article:
A robotic war correspondent that can get to places even veteran correspondent John Simpson cannot reach is being developed in the US.
The Afghan Explorer looks like a cross between a lawnmower and a robotic dog and has been designed to travel to war zones to provide images, sound and interviews from hostile environments off-limits to human reporters.

Another article: "Robot reporter puts a new spin on things" available at

Thanks to Hans for the links.

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January 25, 2004

DIY Video Projector

Build your own LCD Video Projector

A great archived listserv is available here:

Another interesting publication here:

Posted by vanevery at 09:59 PM

Interesting ultra-portable (somewhere between a pda and a laptop) computer coming this year (2004)

oqo: hardware: basics

From the site:
The OQO computer has all the functionality of an ultraportable notebook computer, with a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, color transflective display (for easy indoor and outdoor viewing), 802.11b wireless, a removable lithium-polymer battery, and FireWire‚Ñ¢ and USB 1.1 ports. For input and navigation it includes thumb keyboard with TrackStik‚Ñ¢ and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel.

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January 22, 2004

Java Devices

J2ME Devices

Looking for J2ME devices? You've come to the right place.

Posted by vanevery at 11:54 AM

This is the phone I want...

Nokia 6620

The Nokia 6620 imaging phone offers advanced messaging capabilities. The integrated camera lets users record video clips as well as capture VGA (640 x 480-pixel) images. The ability to share images and messages via Multimedia Message Service (MMS), e-mail, infrared, and Bluetooth makes the Nokia 6620 phone suitable for both mobile lifestyle and business applications.
Developers will also appreciate the Nokia 6620 phone's use of the latest in mobile technology, including support for Java‚Ñ¢ MIDP 2.0 applications, MMS, XHTML content, and high-speed content (over EDGE). The Nokia 6620 phone is a tri-band device developed for the Americas market; data carrier support is CSD, GPRS, EGPRS, and EDGE. Note that messaging functions, Java application downloads, XHTML browsing, and high-speed access all require operator and network support.

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January 20, 2004

LCD Screen Source

Welcome to Digital WorldWide, Inc.

All the Carputer people seem to think this is the place to go..

Also visit this forum for an active body of users of small vga touch-screens.

Posted by vanevery at 06:22 AM

January 16, 2004

From the all knowing - Howstuffworks - Microprocessors

Howstuffworks "How Microprocessors Work"

A microprocessor -- also known as a CPU or central processing unit -- is a complete computation engine that is fabricated on a single chip.

Posted by vanevery at 12:13 PM

January 15, 2004

PIC Programming on the Mac

PIC Development, Long awaited Microchip tools on OSX

Here is a thread on Mac Slash:

Posted by vanevery at 12:39 PM

January 14, 2004

Bug vision

Wired News: Bugs Taking Over Robot Guidance

"The principle is simply that, if the insect flies along a straight line, objects that are near it appear to whiz by much more rapidly in the eye than objects that are far away," says Srinivasan. "Thus, the distance to an object can be inferred in terms of the velocity of its image in the eye -- the greater the velocity, the nearer the object."

Posted by vanevery at 04:42 PM

January 11, 2004

Internet Radio Tuner

iMuse Electronics Home of the Internet Radio - iAPlayer
From the site:
iAPlayer connects to the Internet through your home network. It allows you to play your conventional and compressed music CDs (in MP3 and mp3PRO formats); can play back digital files stored on your PC and is specifically designed to connect to the Internet to stream digital music from a world of online sources: radio stations, music charts and more.

Posted by vanevery at 09:46 PM

January 09, 2004

Video mixing gets packaged

Pioneer Electronics Announced New DVJ-X1

From the site:
Pioneer Electronics announced its new DVJ-X1 digital audio and video turntable, which allows users to manipulate and playback synchronized digital audio and video.

DJs will be able to use Pioneer's new unit to manipulate DVD visuals in the same way as they would music. So real-time digital video scratches, loops and instant cues are all possible with the DVJ-X1, while the video and audio streams stay in sync, even when they're being reversed and pitched. The DVJ-X1 brings together existing A/V technologies into a single unit that interfaces with currently available software and hardware.

Posted by vanevery at 02:31 AM

Shake for light.. Tell me how it works..!

Forever Flashlight Home Page

From the site:
The Forever Flashlight uses the Faraday Principle of Electromagnetic Energy that guarantees replacement parts will never be needed!

Super bright Blue LED

Never needs batteries

Never needs bulbs


Floats in water

Great for cars, boats and campers and all emergency kits.
15-30 Seconds of shaking provides up to 5 minutes of
continuous bright light!

Posted by vanevery at 02:17 AM

January 07, 2004

Dangerous Experiments

Welcome to Dangerous Laboratories!

Not sure where to categorize this.. These guys go a bit far with some of these things (particularly the lazers and jet powered bicycles) but it sounds like fun....

Posted by vanevery at 01:30 AM

January 03, 2004

Extra tax deduction on equipment (including electronics..?)

Wired News: Incentive to Recycle Tech Gadgets

The tax break gives businesses an added 50 percent "bonus deduction" from a company's profit for equipment purchased between last May 5 and the end of next year. The deduction, in a law signed by President Bush, is on top of the 30 percent first-year write-off that many businesses take on new equipment.

Posted by vanevery at 12:37 AM

November 07, 2003

LCD Glasses (Goggles)


These look really cool, single eye 320x240 LCD screen...

Posted by vanevery at 01:36 AM

October 30, 2003

Theatrical Supplies

Rose Brand : Theatrical Fabrics, Draperies, Stage Curtains, Theater Backdrops, Scenic Paint, Rental & Exhibit Drapes, Pipe & Base Rentals and Sales

Projection and lighting materials..

Posted by vanevery at 08:21 PM

Control equipment for arcades, kiosks, vending machines and more

Happ Controls Home Page (Frames)

Bill Validators
Coin Comparitors
Video Surveillance
Joy Sticks
Fooseball Equipment
Pinball Parts
and much more..!

Posted by vanevery at 08:12 PM

October 26, 2003

Open MultiMedia Machine Project

Welcome to the OM-Cube Project: the Open MultiMedia Machine

Open MultiMedia Machine Project

Posted by vanevery at 11:21 AM

Platform for OSS appliance applications

OpenBrick Community: OpenBrick Community

OpenBrick is a small, light and silent open platform optimized for Open Source / Free Software solutions (firewall, micro-server, PABX, thin client, multimedia...).

Posted by vanevery at 11:12 AM

October 25, 2003

Great review and information about the Via Mini-ITX EPIA M1000

Review: VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX

Includes information on power supplies, IO and I2C..

Posted by vanevery at 07:09 PM

Embedded Linux Portal

Welcome to -- the embedded Linux portal

Posted by vanevery at 02:02 PM

October 24, 2003

802.11 Card and Access Point Makers

NetGate Home Page

Posted by vanevery at 07:46 PM

October 19, 2003

Need a component..?


Posted by vanevery at 12:05 AM

October 15, 2003

Wired News

Wired News

News and articles concerning just about everything I care about.. Hard to imagine the world without Wired.

Posted by vanevery at 12:40 PM

DIY WiFi Antenna (out of a Pringles can)

Pringles Yagi Antenna

Posted by vanevery at 01:22 AM

October 12, 2003

TV and Linux † † TV is dead - this is LinuxTV

TV is dead - this is LinuxTV

Only the access to the source code of our future television sets will guarantee the independence of content and technology. This website is a platform for the development of open source software for digital television (DVB, DTV) receivers, Linux DVD players and tools to stream audio and video to the net.

Posted by vanevery at 08:28 PM

Keyboard for the Laptop

M-Audio's Ozone

Argo[bot] tells me that this is great and mentions that it has an XLR mic input along with Midi and USB connections.

Posted by vanevery at 12:09 AM

October 11, 2003

A perfect box for the TV hacker

Device Profile: Dreambox DM7000 -- an open TV hacker's paradise

From the site: Device Profile: Dreambox DM7000 -- an open TV hacker's paradise

Curtesy of, a great site for Linux in everything (except the PC).

Posted by vanevery at 09:49 PM

October 10, 2003

M$ Cable Television Platform

Is New Microsoft Offering Must See TV?

"The system, which uses software in set-top boxes as well as the operators' network, supports standard and high-definition channels, on-demand programming and interactive program guides, plus future offerings that will use two-way data transfers."

Posted by vanevery at 11:51 AM

October 09, 2003

Donate your old computer

The places that accept old computers

"What to do with your old computer equipment...? Keep it for parts? Sell it? Donate it to a school or a charity?"

Posted by vanevery at 10:51 PM

October 08, 2003

Mini-ITX Motherboards - store

Posted by vanevery at 04:07 PM | Comments (2)

Government Auctions..!

Government Liquidation Government Surplus Auctions Army Surplus Vehicles Sales

Posted by vanevery at 01:42 PM

October 07, 2003

Interesting Blog regarding Microradio and Journalism - Microradio, Media Collage and more.

Posted by vanevery at 03:28 PM

All WiFi News, All the time..

Wi-Fi Networking News

Posted by vanevery at 02:33 PM

Nokia's Wearable LCD Jewelery

Nokia - Nokia Medallion I

"Reveal your alter ego with Nokia Medallion I. Just snap a shot of your latest inspiration and upload it in an instant to this wearable display. Your color image and the sleek steel frame are housed in a daring choker - designed for dramatic personalities with a hidden side."

Posted by vanevery at 02:41 AM | Comments (1)

Interactive Coke Sign

Coke sign goes interactive - Sep. 30, 2003

"This is an intelligent sign, with state-of-the-art computer technology, built-in cameras and an on-board heat sensitive weather station," Coca-Cola Co. said.

Posted by vanevery at 02:39 AM

October 06, 2003

PIC programming without a programmer

Physical Computing

Posted by vanevery at 11:20 AM

October 03, 2003

Crank powered Flashlights and Radios

Freeplay - Energy for Life

Freeplay's self-sufficient energy technology combines wind-up, solar and rechargeable power into unique, portable, consumer electronic products replacing conventional battery-powered systems that are wasteful and costly. With Freeplay you’re powered wherever you go…

Posted by vanevery at 02:52 PM

Via Wearable Computers

ViA Wearable Computers

Posted by vanevery at 12:23 PM

October 01, 2003

High School Biology will never be the same

ThinkGeek :: Computer Microscope

Posted by vanevery at 02:21 AM

September 29, 2003

Small Parts Hardware

Small Parts

For researchers and developers... Interesting stuff..

Posted by vanevery at 11:58 PM

Home-made XYZ input device


Superballs, rubberbands and some old joysticks.. Crazy!

Posted by vanevery at 11:52 PM

September 26, 2003

Octopus Vision

Wired News: The Octopus as Eyewitness

Posted by vanevery at 01:40 PM

September 19, 2003


stanford movement research group

NYU now has a motion capture lab...!

Posted by vanevery at 10:57 AM

Prototype Printed Circuit Boards

Introduction To ExpressPCB - PC board layout software and low cost board manufacturing service.

Posted by vanevery at 10:30 AM

September 18, 2003

Mini-ATX Motherboard Maker

VIA Technologies, Inc.

The guts of Ahmi and Mark's Bass Station (see posting on Public Access WiFi in NYC)

Posted by vanevery at 02:04 AM | Comments (1)