clarion driveeye records car crashes automatically

This new gadget out of Japan could save you lots of time and money if you ever get into a car wreck. It’s a little camera that mounts on your car’s windshield records vehicular accidents.

Clarion DriveEye Digital Accident Camera

The Clarion DriveEye camera automatically senses emergency braking and captures video before, during and after an accident. A G-force sensor detects aggressive braking and then automatically triggers a digital recorder.

Clarion DriveEye Digital Accident Camera

It saves 15 seconds of footage in its buffer from right before the crash occurred, and an additional 5 seconds after impact. Since the device has no moving parts, and is encased in a heavy duty magnesium alloy housing, it should withstand all but the nastiest fender benders.

The camera can also be used to manually record video whenever you want, so I guess if you want to record your street racing escapades, you could.

The DriveEye is currently only available in Japan, and can be found from Yodobashi for ¥49,800 (about $412 USD.)


Taraji P. Henson to play Brad Pitt’s mom in a new movie — you read right

Taraji P. Henson will play Brad Pitt’s mother in a new film called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Confused yet?

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett headline David Fincher’s upcoming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Even superstars need moms though, and Taraji P. Henson is playing Benjamin (Pitt)’s mom, Queenie.

“I age from 26 to 71,” said Henson. “It’s early 1900s mixed with modern times and flashbacks. I play Brad Pitt’s mother because he’s born with this rare aging disease, left on my doorstep and I adopt him like any good southern woman would. My character runs an old folks home and a lot of the extras were senior citizens.”

The story has Pitt age backwards, and mommy is there most of the time. “She’s with the beginning, she teaches Benjamin Button everything he needs to know. Then there’s a part where he goes off into the world to become a man, then he comes back. He comes back home to momma. So there’s one little segment I’m not in but pretty much the whole movie.” (Source)

Look, I’m happy that Taraji will be “getting that money” in the big leagues with this movie, but this story sounds like a true mess! My brain hurts trying to wrap my mind around all of that info. And really, “Queenie”? You mean to tell me they couldn’t name her Mary? They should have just called her Big Mama and gotten it over with.

Ram Gopal Verma’s AAG

A Remake of Sholay

Ram Gopal Varma Ke Aag

Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Sushmita Sen, Nisha Kothari and Gaurav Kapoor

Ram Gopal Varma

Release Date
August 31, 2007

Box Office Status
To Be Determined

A film by Ram Gopal Varma starring Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Sushmita Sen, Nisha Kothari and Gaurav Kapoor.

Chak De India

Chak De India

Chak De India

Shahrukh Khan and Vidya Malvade

Shimit Amin

Release Date
August 10, 2007

Box Office Status
To Be Determined

A film by Shimit Amin starring Shahrukh Khan and Vidya Malvade.


The Inova X1 3rd Gen Flashlight: Did they ruin it?

I noticed one of my favorite flashlight review sites a mouthful to say about Inova’s recently updated X1 flashlight. You’ve probably seen these flashlights at Target. They are sold in unique looking packages that allow you to try em out and go “oooh shiny!” Ok, let’s take a break from words and do picture time:

Ok, back to words. The X1 is a small-sized (4 inches long, like half an inch in diameter) LED flashlight that runs off a single AA battery. You can find them at your Target store for $19.99, though sometimes it’s cheaper online. It is, in my opinion, the best bang for the buck when it comes to a general-purpose flashlight you’d carry around in a backpack, purse, or car glovebox. It is one of the only lights in its price range that includes voltage-regulation circuitry that maintains a bright glow throughout the life of the battery — not a steady decay from the moment you put the batteries in.

Now, what’s up with the negativity? Well, in May 2007, Inova released an update to this light, that boasted “2.0 Watt LED“. Now, we won’t go into the marketing inaccuracies of “2W” , but let’s just call it a more powerful bulb. This more powerful bulb is supposed to be twice as bright, but eat battery life 4 times as fast. The battery life has been whittled from the previous 8 hours to a mere 2 hours, according to the manufacturer. Many people in the.. err… flashlight community… are quite upset at Inova’s decision, and so was I at first. But I decided to take a look for myself. I eyed a $15.00 deal at an online retailer, then took advantage of a $10 off Google Checkout coupon. So, at the end of the day, $10 left my pocket and here I have this cute little flashlight sitting on my desk. So, here we go.. I’m gonna review a flashlight. Pardon the lack of pictures, my camera’s battery is discharged and I’m not waiting for it to charge up )

Sony Ericssion P990


The P990 is the next in a line of successful Sony Ericsson smartphones – the P800, P900 and P910 – and is based on the same proven concept and recognizable form factor. All have been popular with users, operators and software developers thanks to their powerful productivity features. Operator feedback and download statistics from the Sony Ericsson Application Shop have shown that consumers, both business and personal, are interested in using their smartphones to the fullest potential. Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) can be as high as 4 to 5 times that of more traditional voice-centric mobiles.

To ensure a large proportion of applications are available on the new Symbian and UIQ software platform when the P990 goes on sale, Sony Ericsson has decided to announce the smartphone well in advance of availability so that developers have time to create and certify as many applications as possible.

“The technical prowess of the P990 will be brought to full life by applications from the third party developer community,” said Jan Wäreby, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing. “Demand for applications on the P800, P900 and P910 has been very high. Our smartphones have been recognised as the most advanced and useful on the market, and we want to maintain this reputation with the P990 by ensuring there’s a rich supply of top applications for enterprise, productivity, leisure and gaming when users make their first visit to the Sony Ericsson Application Shop.”

As with its predecessors, the P990 is designed to be first and foremost a great mobile phone. It also offers all the benefits of UMTS including video calling, high-bandwidth multi-media downloads and the ability to browse the Internet with full HTML pages. These are viewed in landscape on the new Opera 8 browser. In addition, the P990 is prepared for all major push e-mail clients enabling full e-mail access with attachments, anywhere, anytime.

The P990 has multiple text input methods enabling it to support all users’ needs and preferences. Writing e-mails is made easier by the new hardware keyboard positioned beneath the flip-down keypad on the main body of the phone. Reading them is made simpler on the large 2.8 inch QVGA touch screen. Multi tasking – being able to browse the Internet, send and receive files at the same time as talking – is now possible due to the enhanced capabilities of the new software platform.

Memory has been extended in order to handle all multi-media downloads and e-mail attachments. Memory Stick PRO Duo up to 2GB is available in the market and the P990 now has up to 80 MB user free memory. A 64 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo is included in the box, preloaded with a VPN client and trial version of a virus scan package.

The combination of UMTS and WLAN features will also significantly improve the efficiency and flexibility of applications such as e-mail, browsing the Internet/Intranet and video telephony. WLAN, available in hot spots all over the world, acts as a complement to high speed 3G services, enabling widespread access to corporate network services.

Other new features include automatic time zone change to the Calendar diary and updated PC sync software with extended synchronization possibilities. Additionally the 2 Megapixel camera with autofocus, digital zoom, photo light plus the bright TFT screen and video recording provide a high quality imaging experience.

Technical specifications
Function or feature, P990 support
Operating system – Symbian OS v9.1
Software platform – UIQ v3.0
Size – 114 x 57 x 25
Weight – 155g with battery and flip keyboard
Screen – Large 2.8 inch QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen with 262 k colours that supports landscape view for camera, video imaging and browsing

Interaction – Using touch screen, 3 way Jog Dial and dedicated buttons
WLAN – 802.11b compliant
Bluetooth – Includes car handsfree profile
Infrared – Yes
USB – Yes and charging via USB
UMTS – E-GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 and UMTS 2100
Application memory – Up to 80 MB user free memory
Camera – Integrated 2 megapixel CommuniCorder 24 bit colour depth, autofocus for still pictures, video clip recording and video calls
Video telephony – Application included which allows video calls and video conferencing via the built-in dual cameras
Media player – Supports playback, streaming and playlists
Activity menu – Customizable top level menu
Upgradeable – Via Sony Ericsson Update Service
FM/RDS radio – Yes
Browser – Opera browser (version 8) supporting frames and javascript
Push email – Prepared for all major e-mail solutions including Research in Motion (Blackberry)
Messaging – SMS, MMS and email
PIM applications – Contacts, Calendar, To Do, Jotter for notes and sketches, Voice memo and Calculator, Converter, Stop Watch and Timer
Viewers – Microsoft Excel. Word, Powerpoint and Adobe PDF
Editors – Microsoft Word and Excel
Themes – Easy personalisation of animated icons, screensavers, wallpapers and skins
Speaker phone – Yes
Memory Stick – Memory Stick PRO Duo slot for up to 2 GB removable memory. 64 MB supplied
Flight mode – Includes option to turn Wi-Fi on
Local and remote synchronisation – via SyncML
Business telephony – Yes
Java™ ME platform support – Both CDC and CLDC environments supported:
JTWI 1.0 (JSR-185) consisting of Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) 1.1 HI (JSR-139), MIDP 2.0 (JSR-118), WMA 1.1 (JSR-120). – PDA Optional Packages (JSR-75), Bluetooth (JSR-82), Wireless Messaging API 2.0 (JSR-205), Web Services (JSR-172), Mobile Media API (JSR-135), Mobile 3D Graphics (JSR-184), Nokia UI API 1.1
Connected Device Configuration (CDC) 1.0 (JSR-36) – Foundation Profile 1.0 (JSR-46), Personal Profile 1.0 (JSR-62),PDA Optional Packages (JSR-75)

Windows Live Writer FTW

Windows Live Writer FTW

It’s a little known fact, but deep within the labyrinths of Microsoft there is a team of rogue ninjas making a fantastic Windows blogging client.

Ninjas Killed my Family

Obviously some of you have already discovered the coolness that is Windows Live Writer because we found it was our most used blogging client, but XML-RPC usually accounts for fewer than 10% of our posts so I thought it would be nice to introduce more of you to the concept.

What’s XML-RPC? It’s a cool technology that allows things that aren’t WordPress to talk to your blog. When Flickr or Youtube posts to your blog, or you use a desktop blogging client like Windows Live Writer (WLW to its friends) they use XML-RPC.

Why should you use a desktop blogging client in the first place, when the web works so darn well? Well personally I fly a lot, and WLW can work offline without an internet connection, so I can create, edit, categorize, and do everything I want to and then when I get online at home it’ll be magically synced to my WordPress. Because WLW a regular Windows program as opposed to something inside your web browser they’re able to do some pretty neat things with the interface and provide a good experience for blogging.

Windows Live Writer

A few weeks ago a new version of Windows Live Writer was released that supported all sorts of neat WordPress extensions to do things like edit pages and have a quick link to your stats, but we didn’t blog about it then because we were making this neat page that talks about all the benefits.

If it sounds like something you’d dig, you can download WLW here (it’s only a few megs) and read their ninja blog here.