New parents are constantly learning how to care for their growing and changing baby, but it can be a challenge because your baby can’t talk to you. Recording data helps you find patterns...that you won’t notice on your own because of sleep deprivation...

My wife and I tried a few baby-tracker apps, but they tend to be single-purpose, while your baby’s needs keep changing. And using your smart phone at night disrupts sleep. I want a simple button I can stick to the wall and push to record poops today but wake-ups tomorrow. Lucky for me, Amazon just started shipping their new Dash Buttons, which you can transform into exactly that with just a few minutes.

[the wired]

Ryan Holmes, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Hootsuite Media Inc. ... together with a team of designers ... is launching a cardboard, collapsible stand-up desk solution that won’t strain your back or your bank account.

At US$25, the Oristand is simple and considerably more affordable than buying a stand-up desk.

"The original idea came from Ryan Holmes," said Oristand co-founder Steve Suchy. "He had a sore back and was looking for a solution and couldn’t find what he was looking for. So he did in fact start experimenting with boxes on his desk and ultimately that led to a very affordable cardboard standing desk."

Graflex Saber 2.0
Posted by Horpy SpoonDigger in gadgets 3 years ago

An Amazing hand crafted Star Wars lightsaber.

As the week goes on here at [Consumer Electronics Show], I continue to add to my collection of first-time experiences that I’ve had recently. The most unique of the week thus far would go to Lumo Body Technologies, who makes running shorts that can tell me when I’m not running optimally by addressing body position and other running metrics. Oh, and then the shorts yell at me to fix it in real-time.

I've been interested in standing desks for a while... All the options online are expensive... Ryan Witt from [] and I combined our brains to see if we could come up with a better solution...  
It's a cheap solution made from [IKEA] parts for as low as $22. And you just put it on top of your existing desk.
By Colin Nederkoorn. With assembly instructions (PDF).
Posted by Horpy SpoonDigger in gadgets 3 years ago
For all your cable management needs.
Something like OpenWatch could help solve a major problem for investigative reporting in an age when newsrooms are shrinking
On the cheap, too. With video instructions.
It was chunky, a hideous tan color, and, by today's standards, ridiculously feeble.  
It was limited to 64 kilobytes of memory -- about the equivalent of one long e-mail.  
And yet 25 years ago, almost everyone seemed to have one.  
It was the Commodore 64, an 8-bit, mass-produced machine that brought personal computing into the home for millions of users in the early- and mid-1980s...  
Commodore sold more than 17 million of its C64 systems, according to the company. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Commodore 64 as the best-selling single computer model of all time.  
Now, nearly three decades after it debuted in 1982, the Commodore 64 is making a comeback. The company that built it, Commodore International, went bankrupt in 1994. But a revived outfit,
Commodore USA, plans to release a line of retro-looking Commodore computers this month that have modern components inside...
In a step toward winning the Sikorsky Prize, a team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students will attempt for the first time to test-fly their human-powered helicopter, called Gamera. Gamera has a rotor at each of the four ends of its X-shaped frame, with the pilot’s module suspended at the middle. Each crossbar of the frame is 60 feet long, and each rotor is 42 feet in diameter. Through the use of balsa, foam, mylar, carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, the entire vehicle weighs only 210 pounds, including the student pilot. All power comes from a combination of hand and foot pedaling. If Gamera makes it off the ground, the team has the potential to capture a world record for human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilot on board.
Kiss transmission device  
The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications is conducting research into tactile communications, with the aim of creating a device which can effectively transmit the feeling of a kiss.  
With video.  
[cc: blinded by science, the wired]  
Some comments in rollover widget are...
Tiny armaments specialist and jewelry designer T. Shamir (maker of the working tiny cannon) has made a surprisingly powerful tiny crossbow that can shoot flaming arrows.
Solar Space Heater Made From Soda Cans & An Old Window.
Elfoid: Humanoid mobile phone
Posted by AB in gadgets 8 years ago
Robotics researchers from Osaka University have teamed up with NTT Docomo and Qualcomm to develop a handheld humanoid phone that brings a new dimension to mobile communications.  
Equipped with a camera and motion-capture system, the Elfoid phone will be able to watch the user's face and transmit motion data to another Elfoid phone, which can then reproduce the face and head movements in real-time.
Washington Post humor columnist and professional skeptic Gene Weingarten test-drives the electric Chevy Volt.  
American cars suck. With me, it's a mantra. I passed it along to my children in lieu of religion.  
It is true that with globalization, there is less of a meaningful distinction these days between foreign cars and domestic. And yes, Detroit has been incrementally improving its products for some time. This is a splendid achievement that I've been content to applaud from a safe distance, behind the wheel of a succession of Mazdas and Toyotas and Hondas that have never once betrayed me.  
But the Volt, it is said, is different. There's nothing incremental about it. It's being heralded as an overnight game-changer -- a car with an original concept and a compelling, heroic narrative: It was designed by a fanatic team of GM engineers who held fast to their vision while hounded by naysayers, even as their company was economically collapsing around them.  
Some professional car reviewers have gone gaga. Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic renowned for his jaundiced eye, unabashedly called the Volt "a spark of genius..."  
Not good, not good at all for my worldview. But also not an insurmountable obstacle. Mr. Neil had one handicap I don't have: a starting point of impartiality.  
About the time I read his review, The Post asked me if I'd like to do one of my own. Why, yes, I said. Yes, I would be delighted to.  
From the Washington Post Magazine.  
Also: Editorial writer Charles Lane, a skeptic of General Motors' new electric car, goes for a test drive in the Volt (Flash video, 02:38)