Samsung offers ST80 digital camera with Wi-Fi capability

Samsung jumps aboard the Wi-Fi enabled digital camera bandwagon with yet another model, this time round the ST80 will take center stage. After all, this 14.2-megapixel point-and-shoot camera will also feature Samsung’s AllShare (DNLA) connectivity, making it a snap for the ST80 to share images wherever you are sans wires, while keeping family and friends updated on your status from anywhere at any time. Not only does the Samsung ST80 have brains, it also has plenty of brawn, being a sexy little device to boot thanks to its unique styling which makes it stand out from the crowd. Featuring a slim and rounded design, the ST80’s chassis will hold a 3x optical zoom as well as a large, 3″ wide touchscreen display located behind.

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The SMS Slingshot

Let’s just say I handed you this slingshot with the push button numbers on it. What would you think it was supposed to do?

Perhaps it is a new type of cellular phone, where you dial in the number and shoot it at the nearest cell phone tower to get the best possible signal.

The truth is that this slingshot is designed to shoot SMS messages. Granted, you need to have a big screen as well as a projector to see the messages, but the end result is kind of neat. There is a video of it after the jump that I highly recommend watching.

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Turn invisible on video with this green suit

Apparently, someone spilled lemonade on the Blue Man Group and created this green man group that you see here.

Actually, this is the Video Green Full Cover Suit, and it is designed to be used with a Chroma Key video effect so that you disappear. It’s how they do the invisible man trick that you see in movies.

So if you have an idea to do some invisible man effect for your next YouTube post, this is probably needed for the special effect. That, and a good green screen.

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Watermelon cooler

It’s summer in my part of the world, and spontaneous picnics are happening everywhere. I can’t think of anything better for a picnic than a watermelon.

The problem is that it is tough to transport a watermelon to your picnic. Not only are they heavy, but their smooth rind and curvaceous shape make them easy to slip out from underneath the arm. I suppose you could put them in a cooler, but they are often so big that they don’t fit. Someone at the picnic always gets “watermelon duty”, and is forced to lug the melon around. By the time that it is eaten, it is usually lukewarm, not as good as when it comes from the fridge.

Imagine if you could easily transport your watermelon, and had someplace cool to store them in. That is apparently the premise behind this Japanese device that you see here. As you can see, you just lift the lid, and put in the melon and tote it around like rolling luggage.

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Transformer Business cards are more than meets the eye

Okay, I will readily admit that the headline for this post was the most obvious pun I could make with this subject matter.

However, can you really blame me? This business card, designed by Tamiya, a Japanese model kit maker, has encapsulated all the joy of pre-made plastic model kits.

The ideas is that you have your name on it, and the recipient can essentially break apart the letters from the logo and make a car, boat, or plane out of them. I notice that there is one solid piece that should probably contain the pertinent information.

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Advertising billboard in Tokyo knows your age and gender, targets ads accordingly

Billboard technology is just getting more and more advanced. We had that one with augmented reality in the Netherlands a while ago, and, more recently, the Forever 21 billboard at Times Square.

This one is not a billboard, per se, but a large advertising station at a Tokyo subway station. It is fitted with cameras that “read the gender and age group of people looking at them to tailor their commercial messages”.

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Halo Bicycle Lock can send you a message

Just when I thought I was finished with biking gadgets for the day with the Bendable Bike, along comes the Halo Bicycle Lock.

The Halo has nothing to do with the popular video game series of the same name, but probably derives its name from the perfect circle that it creates when the two halves are put together.

The Halo Bicycle lock can also do something that I might be willing to describe with the word “angelic”. You see, it comes equipped with an Eye-Fi card so it will send out an alert if it is tampered with. This gives bikers a new set of security as they will receive a text or phone call on their mobile if some thief is trying to make off with their favorite set of two-wheels.

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Child creates vacuum cleaner-powered Spider-man suit

When I was a kid, I discovered that I could brace my arms and legs against a door frame and then “climb” to the top. My family called it my “spider-man” trick for lack of a better word.

I never perfected my “spider-man” trick as good as 13-year-old Hibiki Kono. Kono has managed to take two 1,400 watt vacuum cleaners and make it so they really suck up against a wall. The end result is a super suit that is a little Iron Man and Spider-man at the same time.

Kono’s method bears a strong resemblance to these gloves that we reported on a while ago that allow the user to climb walls. It was a demonstration for a BBC science show called Bang Goes the Theory.

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Emily the Lifeguard Robot

Imagine being out near the edge of the ocean, and you suddenly encounter a Portuguese man of war. It’s stinging tentacles paralyze the whole right side of your body, and you are unable to swim.

Suddenly, you see this red thing approaching you. Don’t worry, it isn’t a shark, but Emily, the Emergency Integrate Lifesaving Lanyard. You could call Emily your own personal lifeguard robot. Just think of it as a combination of David Haselhoff’s finest television shows: Baywatch and Knight Rider.

Emily is made to be tossed into troublesome waters from the beach, from a ship, or even from the air. It then swims away by remote control to rescue swimmers in peril at speeds of 28 miles per hour, and it has a battery life capable of 80 miles on a single charge. It even has speakers for two-way communication with a real lifeguard.

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