Category: Fun

Google Art Project offers gigapixel images of art classics, indoor Street View of museums

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Google’s been hard at work over the past 18 months on something not many of us have been paying attention to lately: art. Specifically, the search giant has hooked up with 17 art museums around the world to offer tours of their internal galleries, using its familiar Street View tricycles, while also doing high-res images of 1,061 artworks that may be viewed on the newly launched Art Project web portal. Also there, you will find 17 special gigapixel images — 7,000-megapixel versions of each participating venue’s proudest possession. The resulting level of detail is nothing short of astounding.

Complicated Mechanisms Explained in simple animations

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Radial Engines

Radial engines are used in aircrafts having propeller connected to the shaft delivering power in order to produce thrust its basic mechanism is as follows

Steam engine Principle

Steam engine once used in locomotives was based on the reciprocating principle as shown below

Sewing Machine

Maltese Cross Mechanism

this type of mechanism is used in clocks to power the second hand movement.

Manual Transmission Mechanism

The mechanism also called as “stick shift” is used in cars to change gears mannually

Constant Velocity Joint

This mechanism is used in the front wheel drive cars

Torpedo-Boat destroyer System

This system is used to destroy fleet in naval military operations.

Rotary Engine

Also called as Wankel engine is a type of internal combustion engine has a unique design that converts pressure into rotating motion instead of reciprocating pistons

Sixt Street View

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Sensitive topic in Germany: Google Street View. That’s Sixts answer…

Bendable bicycle wraps itself around a pole – by design

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Parking your two-wheeler in a shady neighborhood, but left your secondary lock at home? No problem — to protect your wheels, just bend your bike around a nearby post and thread your U-lock through the whole kit at once. That’s the idea behind UK designer Kevin Scott’s folding bicycle, which is rigid enough to freely ride, but releases its flexible ratcheting mechanism when you push a lever on the side. The design won the 21-year-old student £500 at the New Designers exhibition in London this week. He’s presently looking for partners to help commercialize the concept, which looks more practical than some, so we expect it’ll be only a few years before you’ll see his creation zipping down the street. One question, though — why not go the whole nine yards and give it a built-in lock, too?


Dual-screen smartphones, e-readers and netbooks thanks to Sharp microchip

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Judging by the fact that our lovely planet is home to the Libretto W100, the Kno, Onkyo DX and oodles of prototypes that utilize twin panels rather than a panel and a keyboard, Sharp’s newest microchip is likely to draw some serious industry attention. Improving on an idea that began in 2008, the company has recently shown off a new chip (dubbed LR388G9) that can control two mobile LCDs and can simultaneously display a pair of different 1,024 x 480 pixel clips on a pair of screens; moreover, it can output full 1080p to any source connected via HDMI. Since ’08, Sharp has increased memory capacity from 16Mbits to 32Mbits while boosting the image processing speed, and the company now intends to hawk this new guy to outfits who manufacture smartphones, e-readers, digital photo frames and even netbooks. If all goes well, the chip will ship within a 261-pin WFBGA package this September, with volume pricing pegged at around ¥2,400 ($27).

iPad cases – offers on the net that will improve the look of your tablet

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So you got an iPad. Big deal, other one million of so people have one, nothing different about yours. That’s why it might be a good idea to make it stand out from others. One way is to get it laser etched, but this is like putting a signature on a book, not outstanding, plus if the message is stupid you won’t get to sell it later when you want to upgrade. So the best way to make your iPad look better is to get a cool iPad case, one that says something about you, not about Steve Jobs, if you catch my point.

This post will try and show you some of the interesting mass produced iPad cases that are cool, so don’t jump on me if you saw some home made or very limited edition case that didn’t make it in this top. Of course I’m open to suggestions so if you know of a nice out of ordinary iPad case let me know in the comments form below so I can check it out and put it here, where it belongs. Read on to see what Cool iPad cases I’ve found for you:

Marware Eco-Envy – 69.99$

This is one case that shocks when you get your iPad out of it. It’s not a Manila envelope but a stylish case in form of a letter. Now, don’t think that if the case is odd looking is not that good. Contrary, the Marware Eco-Envi is really a premium case made from eco-leather that’s friendly to the environment, with fleece interior and features also a clear screen protector. It’s the cool iPad case to buy, if you ask me.

Marware Eco-Envi

E-volve reversible neoprene sleeve case cover – 17.99$

This is more like socks for your iPad. This is what makes is even better, plus the custom design that makes it really stand out. Besides looks, it is suitable to absorb day to day wear and tear whilst in transit and is suitable also for up to 8.9 inch netbooks, so you get some flexibility. The E-volve reversible neoprene sleeve comes in five main colors: orangeredbluegray and pink, so you can get the one that appeals to you most. Price is really low, so what more can you ask for?

E-volve reversible neoprene sleeve case cover

KingCase iPad Hard Case – 24.99$

KingCase is not actually a case, but a series (that’s nice) so there are plenty of models to choose from:Zebra SkinPlaid Pattern PinkPlaid Patter Beige,  Plaid Pattern BlueSequin Sparkle and Alligator Skin. Design is not all about the KingCase iPad specially made Hard case, but also it does not interfere with any controls or functions, plus protects from scratches. Lifetime replacement guarantee is also something you might want to look into.

KingCase iPad Hard Case

Maple Wood Grain Pattern Skin – 33$

This is one hell of an iPad protective carrying skin: it emulates a wooden surface for your iPad, making it the exact opposite of its normal modern design. It might not be on everyone’s taste but the Maple Wood Grain Pattern skin is sure different. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not made from wodd, but fromhigh quality vinyl that also protects from scratches. The skin is made from two parts that are glued with not permanent adhesive and doesn’t cover the screen or ports, so you can rest assured your iPad will ’suffer’ only a makeover.

Maple Wood Grain Pattern Skin

Hard Candy Cases Bubble Sleeve – 49.95$

This is one odd looking carrying case/sleeve, as it feature a bubble design of the other shell that has an aesthetic role and also protective one, because the semi spheres are filled with gel and can absorb impacts with the floor pretty well. As with many cool iPad cases, this one can be bought in a few color variants: GreenPink and Black. Due to the complex protective casing, the Hard Candy is pretty expensive, but is worth every penny.

Hard Candy Cases Bubble Sleeve

Those are some of the best cool iPad cases I could find, but I’m searching on, so expect this article to be updated more often. Below there’s a list with other recommended articles.

Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th century accounts, is Bolabolla or Bollabolla.

Berlin Colours the Streets

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Taking advantage of the motorists stopping at traffic lights, a group of cyclists has spilled a few gallons of paint right in the middle of Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin, . The origins of action are still unknown, but the patterns are awesome here are some pictures …


10 most coolest places to hide your valuables

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1. The Iceberg Lettuce Safe

head of iceberg lettuce safeVia Bim Bam Banana: $99

“Thieves will never dream of looking in this head of Iceberg Lettuce for valuables! Place this realistic head of Iceberg Lettuce in your refrigerator in the vegetable compartment with your most valuable small items inside for safe-keeping. The bottom snaps off to reveal a secret hiding place.”

2. Fake Wall Outlet Safe

fake wall outlet safeVia Amazon: $5.99-$12.99

“A truly ingenious idea! A hidden diversion safe that’s made out of a regular plug outlet. This wall socket safe looks just like the rest of the plugs that are already installed in your home. Except this one can hide money, jewelry, or other small valuables that you don’t want a thief to find. Very easy installation and anyone can do it. The wall socket safe comes with a template, saw, and a key.”

3. The Bread Safe

bread safeVia Bim Bam Banana: $79

“Place this realistic round bread on your table or in your bread box with your most valuable small items inside for safe-keeping… BREAD SAFE is made to look like the actual product, but it’s a container safe. Without so much as a seam. The bottom snaps off to reveal a secret hiding place.”

4. Candle Safe

candle safeVia Amazon: $34.99

“Our Candle safes work on a very simple concept, hide your possessions where nobody would think to look. Each Diversion safe is made of an authentic candle so the safe appears to be just that. The candle safes are made of 100% candle wax. Nobody would ever suspect the candle sitting on your table is actually holding your most prized possessions.”

5. Surge Protector Safe

surge protector safeVia Amazon: $19.75

“This unique “safe” allows you to hide your valuables discreetly inside what looks just like a surge protector… Although it is not a working surge protector, it does have an on/off switch which glows red just like a real one (requires two AA batteries that are included). Also, you can plug up to six cords into the surge protector and then plug it into a wall outlet (no danger – no electrical current will enter the unit) in order to add to the realism.”

6. Closet Light Safe

closet light safeVia Amazon: $14.99

“With this product you can hide your valuables in what looks like an ordinary working closet light – the last place a thief would think to look. This safe has a unique twist lock that locks the top and bottom of the safe together. The closet light is 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick…The closet light is a real light and requires three AA batteries that are not included.”

7. The Dirty Underwear “Brief Safe”

dirty underwear brief safeVia Amazon: $12.99

“The “Brief Safe” is an innovative diversion safe that can secure your cash, documents, and other small valuables from inquisitive eyes and thieving hands, both at home and when you’re traveling… Leave the “Brief Safe” in plain view in your laundry basket or washing machine at home, or in your suitcase in a hotel room – even the most hardened burgler or most curious snoop will “skid” to a screeching halt as soon as they see them. (Wouldn’t you?)”

8. Hidden Pillow Safe

hidden pillow safeVia Amazon: $29.35

“This unique safe allows you to hide your valuables discreetly inside a couch pillow – one of the last places a thief would think to look… With the Hidden Safe Pillow you get a huge 5 inch x 4 inch diameter area for hiding jewelry cash passports and more. The 16 inch x 6.5 inch pillow has an attractive Damask cover that matches any decor.”

9. Wall Clock Hidden Safe

wall clock hidden safeVia Amazon: $15.99

“Sleek silver clock matches any décor and although this may look like an ordinary clock it has a secret hidden compartment where you can hide your valuables. With a simple hinged design it is the perfect hiding place for jewelry, cash & more.”

10. Aqua Net Safe!!!

auqa net safeVia Amazon: $19.99

Okay, so you’ve probably seen this one before but I couldn’t including it – I use this EXACT hair spray! How do you think I get my ‘hawk up?