Lenovo to release Windows Mobile devices

Found this on MSMobileNews. If you’re not familiar with Lenovo, they bought the rights to the Thinkpad notebooks from IBM and are now marketed under the Lenovo brand.

Well, it appears they’re now looking at releasing Windows Mobile Smartphone and PPCs as well. Note the Google ‘G’ circled in red on the PPC version below. Any guesses where the homepage defaults to? :grin:

I’m still kind of partial to the candybar style smartphones like the one on the right, as opposed to the QWERTY versions (like Blackjack for instance). But the Lenovo candybar version below seems to have a very narrow screen, too small for my taste.

Gadgets / Devices

Jesus Was Basically an X-Man?

Are they miracles, or are they superpowers? You decide!

NerdsGoneWild magazine has an interesting argument that when you look at the evidence (in the Bible, if that’s considered ‘evidence’) of Jesus’ life and the miracles he performed, are there similarities to some of the typical X-Men powers? In other words, can some of his miracles actually be superpowers?

Here’s the article from last December.

History Geek

Another Step Closer to ‘A Robot in Every Home’

If you’re not familiar with Microsoft Robotics Studio, it can be used with a variety of robot platforms. It’s for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. You can download the latest Microsoft Robotics Studio and Tutorials from this location.

Writing an application using the Microsoft Robotics Studio involves orchestrating input and output between a set of services. Services represent the interface to software or hardware and let you communicate between processes that perform specific functions. Learn the basics about the Microsoft Robotics Studio with several new tutorials.

The goal of the Microsoft Robotics Studio is to supply a software platform for the robotics community that can be used across a wide variety of hardware, applicable to a wide audience of users, and development of a wide variety of applications. As a platform, their intent is also to enable third parties to supply support for new hardware, technologies, and tools, just as Microsoft Windows provides a platform for others to bring their products and technologies to the community of PC users. So while they may populate the platform with some of their own contributions, those should not be considered exclusive to tools or libraries provided by other parties looking to provide interesting technologies for this platform.

From the Robotics Studio site:

The Microsoft Robotics Studio delivers three areas of software:

  1. A scalable, extensible runtime architecture that can span a wide variety of hardware and devices. The programming interface can be used to address robots using 8-bit or 16-bit processors as well as 32-bit systems with multi-core processors and devices from simple touch sensors to laser distance finding devices.
  2. A set of useful tools that make programming and debugging robot applications scenarios easier. These include a high quality visual simulation environment that uses the Ageia Technologies™ PhysX™ engine.
  3. A set of useful technology libraries services and samples to help developers get started with writing robot applications.

Our development environment runs on the platforms listed in the section “System Requirements”. It can be used to support robots that support these platforms as well as robots that can be remotely controlled from a PC running a supported platform. The remote control can for example be through a serial port, Bluetooth®, RF or Wi-Fi. We provide information that can be used by hardware or software vendors to make their products compatible with our development platform.

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Readymech Paper Toys

readymech galleryHave you seen these really cool toys that you can generate from your own printer and download from Readymech.com? Readymechs are free, flatpack toys for you to print and build and they’re designed for your standard 8.5″x11″ paper.

Below is a closeup of the Geisha, I’m assembling the Pirate right now…

Just geeky

Amazing Papercuts out of A4 Paper

Check out these amazing works of art that Peter Callesen has cut out. They are 2D and 3D objects he’s cut into and out of A4 paper. Taking something so ubiquitous as this type of paper in our everyday lives and turning it into something so meticulous and darn right beautiful in some cases just blows my mind.

Here are 3 examples below.

Skeleton Papercut Footprint and Snail Shadow Temple

Here’s a link to his other galleries of art besides the A4 Papercuts.

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