Archive for November, 2009

Spectacles Automatically Translate Spoken Words and Phrases

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

Translation Glasses

Japanese manufacturer NEC, has unveiled a pair of glasses that can automatically translate spoken words and phrases and beam a translation on to the lens.

The Tele Scouter glasses feature a compact microphone and camera, which picks up the foreign-language conversation. This audio recording is then relayed to a small computer worn on the user’s waist, which transmits the information to a remote server. The server translates the words from speech to text, and transmits it back to the glasses, where the translated phrase is then appears on a tiny retinal display, providing the wearer with a transcript of the conversation in their own language.

The invention is still a a prototype, although NEC plans to start selling the system to businesses next year, although it comes with a heafty price tag – $8.2 million for a single system that could serve up to 30 people. Ouch!

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Robot Playing Rockband on iPhone

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink

Now this may slightly take the fun out of the game, but one geek has created a robot which can play ‘Rockband’ on the iPhone.


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For all the details about how it works and how it was made, take a visit to OhBowz. There are labelled pictures and diagrams, as well as an explanation on all the techy stuff, which I can’t even begin to comprehend.

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Secret 150-Year-Old Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce Recipe Discovered

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink

Lea and Perrins

Historians believe they have found the original Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire sauce recipe, which could be 150-years-old.

A former accountant at the company found the closely guarded recipe lying in a skip, on the firm’s grounds.

Brian Keogh, who died in 2006, said that he discovered the original recipe in two leather-bound folios written in sepia ink. The recipe was written in two different styles of handwriting, which analysts believe was due to the fact that no one knew the entire recipe. His daughter Bonnie Clifford is now working with the museum to test the papers.

The classic condiment is thought to contain ingredients including cloves, vinegar, pickles and tamoraide.

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‘Hey Jude’ Flow Chart

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink

Hey Jude Flowchart

Simplifying ‘Hey Jude’ – one of the most complicated songs out there. It’ll be in your head all day now.

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Crazy Man Driving a Half Car

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink


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This Serbian guy thought it would be a great idea to drive half a car, so guess what he did – he got half a car and drove it! Yeh, really!

Why? – Nobody knows.

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Manu Ginobili Catches a Bat During Spurs-Kings Halloween Game

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink


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A bat which appeared late in the first quarter of the San Antonio Spurs-Sacramento Kings game, teased players and officials, forcing play to be stopped. The bat evaded capture, and play continued. Later in the game Manu Ginobili had finally had enough and showed the crowd another one of his many talents, catching the bat in mid-flight.

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West Virginia Is The Most Sleepless Place In The United States

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 November, 2009 | permalink

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If your looking to get a good night’s sleep, it’s best you don’t stay over in West Virginia. 20% of the West Virginian population suffer from insomnia, which is more than any other state in the US.

West Virginians’ lack of sleep was about double the national rate, perhaps a side effect of health problems such as obesity, experts said.

Nearly 1 in 5 West Virginians said they did not get a single good night’s sleep in the previous month. The national average was about 1 in 10, according to a federal health survey conducted last year and released Thursday.

Tennessee, Kentucky and Oklahoma also were notably above average in their reported lack of sleep. In contrast, North Dakota had fewer problems sleeping, with only 1 in 13 reporting that degree of sleeplessness.

Health officials do not know the exact reasons for the differences.

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