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Symbian Belle Video – Nokia’s New Mobile OS! [MUST SEE]

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Above is the video of Nokia’s latest mobile OS, Symbian Belle, which “finally” does a lot of things that other smartphones do already. The video is in French but we can see clearly from the video that Nokia has finally stepped up and did something about their losing shares of the mobile market.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Nokia is going to pick up raving fans like Android or iOS just yet but it does look very promising.

Nokia who? Sorry, there’s a company that makes cellphones called Nokia for those of you who don’t know.

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How to Make a Tree Climbing Arduino Robot!

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Here’s the coolest robot of the week you can build, a tree climbing Arduino robot!  I love this idea and would like to take the concept further by adding some wireless cameras so I can snoop on the baby birds hatching. See Instructables for full instructions on how to make one yourself.

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HP TouchPad Runs Android 2.2.1!

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Developers have found a way to run Android OS on the HP TouchPad. The good part is that TouchPad is no longer just a piece of deadware but its life could be elongated with installation of Android OS.

The bad part is that it’s still running Android Froyo, which isn’t a great OS for the tablet device and we would like to see Android Honeycomb running on it.

And of course, I probably wouldn’t install Android on a HP TouchPad anyways, WebOS is actually has some really good UI (user interface) I wouldn’t trade Android for.

What do you think?

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Gelsight – New 3D Surface Sensing Material!

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Just when you thought fingerprint sensors was cutting-edge technology, Gelsight comes along, a new 3D surface sensing material that can detail at even microscopic levels.

Gelsight has many applications such as using it as a 3D scanning sensor and even find out the small details in a bullet mark. This is pretty top-notch stuff, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it implemented in future 3D fingerprinting applications. See Gelsight.com for more details.

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How to Make DIY Animatronic Mouth Robot!

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Want to make yourself a DIY animatronic mouth robot?  Check out PyroElectro.com’s instructions on how to build one of these using PIC controller and servos.

In this tutorial I will show you two simple methods for building a believable robotic mouth. One articulated and moveable, the other an LCD flashing design. Both animatronic mouth designs create a believable illusion for your animatronic robot and can be built on a modest DIY budget.

via hackedgadgets,

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How to Make a Kid’s Learning Tool, The DIY Counting Box!

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Want to make your 3 or 4 year old get good at numbers super quick? How about building your kids a DIY counting box?

My son—now four, but three when I conceived this project—loves numbers and counting. More than a few times I’ve peeked in at night to find him asleep with a calculator in one hand and a flashlight in the other. And one of his favorite things to do with the calculator is incrementing “1 + = = = = = = = = = =” until he can’t keep his eyes open any more. I decided to build him a dedicated machine that would do nothing but count up and count down.

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iPad 2 vs. Galaxy Tab 10.1 Smackdown!

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iPad 2 versus Galaxy Tab 10.1, who will win the battle of tablets?

Some things that the iPad 2 falls behind the Galaxy Tab 10.1:

1. I found that camera on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was much better, indeed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a camera sensor 3 times bigger than iPad 2, which allows clearer/better photos/videos. Go look at any other iPad 2 vs. Tab 10.1 comparisons, you will see that camera is much better.

2. The stereo speakers on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 proved to me more useful (at least for me), why in the heck did Apple put mono, single speakers on their iPad 2? I

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How to Make a DIY Homemade Cathode Ray Tube!

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Most of would use cathode ray tubes off junk electronics to make something cool. Well, not this guy, YouTube user Xkcdification has made a DIY cathode ray tube completely from scratch, using wine bottle as vacuum source.

You can catch his full howto guide over at Instructables.com.

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Lockheed Martin’s Samarai Micro Air Vehicle Flies with only Two Moving Parts!

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Last week we saw world’s first bird robot that actually flies like a real bird. Well, do you think someone can do a little bit better?

The answer is yes, Lockheed Martin, largest private company in the U.S. that makes missiles for the U.S. government (and also my friend’s dad used to work at) shows off their latest “micro” air vehicle that flies using only two moving parts and weighs less than half a pound.

Incredible or do you think this is useless?

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RC Shark Air Swimmers!

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Want to have some fun with RC toy that will not take up space in your livingroom? If so, then check out these awesome RC shark air swimmers that float in air and looks as if they were really swimming and alive.

See more air swimmers at AirSwimmers.com.

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