Archive for January, 2010

Monopoly in the Round

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the game of Monopoly, Hasbro is bringing out a new edition that features a circular gameboard. Monopoly Revolution also does away with cash and provides players with scannable credit cards. The small game pieces have been replaced with rectangular plastic slabs. Fans of the original boardgame have nothing to worry about, the traditional format will still be available.

Monopoly Revolution will go on sale for $35 later this year.

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See Your Past and Future Face with HourFace

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

HourFace is a 99 cent iPhone app that starts with a portrait photo and then performs some magic. First the photo is uploaded. In just moments, a 3D animated version of the face is downloaded. Then lines and wrinkles begin to appear and the face gradually becomes older looking. Turn the phone upside down, and time goes backwards. The face becomes younger.

See a demo of HourFace in this YouTube video. The app runs on iPhone or iPod Touch devices.

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Ericsson 3D Interactive Map App

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Ericsson Labs has developed a 3D landscape API that supports the creation of realistic 3D-rendered maps. The Labs have released a demo video showing realtime navigation through a 3D landscape on the yet-to-be-released Sony Ericsson X10 mobile phone. The video performance as the image pans, swoops and tilts is impressive. This proof-of-concept video promises more excitement to come in this area.

Check out the demo video on YouTube.

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Underwater Scuba Mask Camera

Thursday, January 07th, 2010

If you’ve ever tried to take pictures or shoot video while scuba diving, you know how hard it can be to juggle the camera and keep your diving mask and breathing tube in place. Now Etronixmart has created an alternative to the juggle – an Underwater Scuba Mask Camera. The $116.99 camera mask includes 4GB of memory and shoots 1280×960 videos an pictures. The camera also includes a snorkel. Activating the camera is done through a magnetic ring that you rub, and the mask vibrates to confirm that an image has been captures. You can find out more at the Etronixmart website.

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