August 27, 2014

Difference Between Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion Laptop Batteries

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries were the standard technology for many years, but today they are old technology and new laptops don't use them anymore. They are heavy and very prone to the "memory effect". When recharging a NiCd battery that has not been fully discharged, it "remembers" the old charge and continues there the next time you use it. The memory effect is caused by crystallization of the battery's substances and can permanently reduce your battery's lifetime, even make it useless. To avoid it, you should completely discharge the battery and then fully recharge it again at least once every few weeks. As this battery contains cadmium, a toxic material, it should always be recycled or disposed of properly.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are the cadmium-free replacement for NiCad. They are less affected by the memory effect than NiCd and thus require less maintenance and conditioning. However, they have problems at very high or low room temperatures which might actually cause them to catch fire. And even though they use less hazardous materials (i.e., they do not contain heavy metals), they cannot be fully recycled (yet). Another main difference between NiCad and NiMH is that NiMH battery offers higher energy density than NiCads. In other words, the capacity of a NiMH is approximately twice the capacity of its NiCad counterpart. What this means for you is increased run-time from the battery with no additional bulk or weight.

Lithium Ion (Li-ion)

Lithium Ion (Li-ion) are the new standard for portable power. Li-ion batteries produce the same energy as NiMH but weighs approximately 20%-35% less. They do not suffer significantly from the memory effect unlike their NiMH and Ni-Cd counterparts. Also, their substances are less hazardous. Because lithium ignites very easily, they require special handling. 

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August 19, 2014

Real-Time Face Projection Mapping: Digital Makeup (Video)

"My jaw literally dropped. I think that's the first time that's ever happened to me in real life."   -Brett Chapman, UK Indie Filmmaker.

"Absolutely amazing!!! Well done!!!" -Román Reyes, Spain Actor & Filmmaker.

"Spellbound. I have been using simple projection in my performances for the past two years, but this is something else." -Miss Morphic, UK Creative Videographer

Project Members
Nobumichi Asai (Planner / Producer / Technical Producer - P.I.C.S.)
Hiroto Kuwahara (Art Director & Makeup)
Paul Lacroix (Technical Director / Programmer - Transit Digital Works)
Jin Hasegawa (Cg Designer - Spade)
Takashi Ishibashi (Cg Designer - Spade)
Ayaka Motoyoshi (Production Manager - P.I.C.S.)

Special Thanks
Aya Kumakura (Production Manager)
Yoshihiro Ueno (Production Manager - P.I.C.S.)
Koji Kojima(Producer)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Colorist - Mcray)
Kenji Nakazono (Photographer - Creative Studio Works)
Kimihiro Morikawa (Photographer - Shooting & Lighting)
Jin Hasegawa (Spade)
Rhea Tor’s Inc.
Dan (Stylist)
K.Furumoto (Hair - &´S Management)
Yuka Sekimizu (Model - Satoru Japan)
Hideaki Takahashi (Music - Mjuc)
Spice (Optitrack Motion Capture Sensor)


August 12, 2014

The Floating Bluetooth Speaker by Om Audio

Meet the floating Bluetooth speaker. It's suspended above its base thanks to an electromagnet and can play music from any Bluetooth source. It's called the Om One. It also looks awesome.

Om Audio is launching a crowd funding campaign at its website where you can pre-order the Om One for $179US. It will cost $199 when it goes on general sale next year.


  • 15 hours of run-time
  • 110db output
  • 3 watt speaker
  • Built-in speaker for conference calling
  • Floating orb can be taken with you, so it acts as a portable speaker too

August 5, 2014

Navdy is the Heads Up Display (HUD) for Older Cars That Want to Upgrade

This is Navdy's first heads up display design. There might be minor cosmetic touch-ups before the final product is released.

Preorder Now - $299US (Full Price $499US)
Release Date - Early 2015

San Francisco-based company Navdy is offering a solution for people with older cars since. For $499, it's come up with a flat projector you can mount to the top of your dashboard with a heads-up display that shows you key information like navigation and caller ID. It combines that with an infrared camera and microphone that watches and listens for hand gestures and voice commands so you can control your phone without taking it out of your pocket. Think of it like eyes and ears for your phone, and one that you can use with multiple cars.

Navdy's big sell is to let you see certain apps and notifications in a single or split view, something you might not get on your smartphone. If you're driving with directions turned on and get a call, Navdy splits those things up on its screen. You don't miss out on where the next turn is supposed to be, and avoid having voice commands interjecting into your call from your navigation app. The same goes for texts and emails: if you get either, they'll pop up on the right while directions continue to run; and if you want them read out loud, you just speak a voice command or use a gesture.

Now you can be more aware of your surroundings while interacting with your smartphone contacts.
"We think this is the first time head up display technology has been combined with touch-less gesture recognition, and also a real head up display that works in cars offered on the market. There's kind of a lot of things that we've had to pull together, and the combination of those things really creates a magic experience that's far better than the individual pieces." 
-Doug Simpson, Navdy chief executive 

August 1, 2014

HP Teams Up With Designer Michael Bastian For A Luxury Smartwatch

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The current batch of smartwatches are boring rectangular slabs lacking in excitement and style. HP is looking to change that by teaming up with renown designer Michael Bastian and Gilt, a designer retail site.

Potential Features:

  • Round watch face
  • 44mm stainless steel case
  • Inlaid button controls on the bezel
  • Primarily function: notification hub; alerts about stocks, the weather and sports; see incoming calls, texts and email; and relay reminders about calendar appointments from the phone. It will also work as a remote control for music apps.
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android phones
  • 7 whole days of battery life (would compete with the Pebble and Sony Smartwatch 2)
  • Release date Fall 2014
  • Price: US $300+

"A watch like this should provide men with quick, simple, accurate information at a glance, much like the displays and dials of a car dashboard — you can almost think of it as a personal dashboard for your digital life.The watch's interchangeable straps in perforated leather, nylon and rubber even reflect this inspiration." -Michael Bastian

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