Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hack your monitor and 3D glasses, ensure ultimate privacy


I'm an electrical engineer interested in making stuff!

Privacy monitor made from an old LCD Monitor
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Finally you can do something with that old LCD monitor you have in the garage.
You can turn it into a privacy monitor! It looks all white to everybody except you, because you are wearing "magic" glasses!
All you really have to have is a pair of old glasses, x-acto knife or a box cutter and some solvent (paint thinner)




Here is what I used:
an LCD monitor of course
single use 3D glasses from the movie theater (old sunglasses are just fine)
paint thinner (or some other solvent such as toluene, turpentine, acetone, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate etc)
box cutter (and CNC laser cutter :) but that you don't really need, I'm sure x-acto knife and a steady hand would do just fine)
screwdriver or a drill
paper towels
superglue

Step 1Take the monitor apart


Take the monitor apart
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Find an old monitor that you are willing to sacrifice.
Take off the plastic frame by unscrewing all screws from the back.

Step 2Cut the polarized film


Cut the polarized film
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Most LCD monitors have two films on the glass - a polarized one to filter out the light you are not supposed to see, and a frosted anti-glare film. The anti-glare film we don't need, the polarized one we do - it is used for the glasses.

So, grab you cutting tool and cut the films along the edge. Don't be afraid to press, metal wont scratch the glass, unless there is sand or other abrasives on it.

Then, start peeling. Make sure to save the polarized film, also remember the orientation.

Step 3Clean the film adhesive


Clean the film adhesive
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After you remove the film, the glue will likely remain stuck to the glass, so here comes the messy part.
With a solvent, soften the glue and wipe it off with paper towels.
I started with OOPS, but that was not fast enough so I got some paint thinner.
I found out that if you cover the screen with paper towels and then soak them in paint thinner you can let it sit longer and dissolve the adhesive without running and evaporating.
Scrape off the soft glue with a piece of plastic or wood.
Be careful not to get paint thinner on the plastic frame, because it will dissolve it.

Step 4Monitor - done


Monitor - done
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After cleaning the adhesive, assemble everything back the way it was. Before even making the glasses, you can test the monitor with the polarized film!
Notice how the upper left corner looks clear, because it has the anti-glare film removed. That is the part we are going to use to make the glasses.

Step 5Pop the lenses out


Pop the lenses out
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For the glasses, I used single use 3D glasses from the movie theater, but you can use whatever you want.
Pop the lenses out or take the glasses apart if you can.

Step 6Scan, Trace, Cut


Scan, Trace, Cut
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If you are going to use a cnc blade or laser cutter, scan and trace the parts.
You can find a local vinyl or laser cutting service, or you could send them to an online service like CutYourWay.com
I scanned the frames so I can use them as a reference for the lens orientation.
Remember, this is a polarized film so the angle is critical. Back and front also matters.
If you don't have access to a cnc cutter or you don't want to wait for an online service, you can probably tape the old lenses on the film and then cut them out with an x-acto knife.

Step 7Reassemble glasses and enjoy!


Reassemble glasses and enjoy!
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Finally assemble the glasses and you are ready for some fun!
People might think you are crazy, staring at a blank white screen wearing sunglasses!
But I guess that makes it even more fun!



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Saturday, November 26, 2011

2015人類未來可能的生活方式

Productivity Future Vision

Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go.

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 (Release: 2011)

 

Quotations about Driving


Here are some of quotations about driving that I find rather amusing...



It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.  ~Author Unknown


The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.  ~Dudley Moore


Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.  ~Author Unknown



Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.  ~H.G. Wells


Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!  ~Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.


A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.  ~Arnold Toynbee


Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.  ~Albert Einstein


I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.  ~Author Unknown


Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car.  ~Author Unknown


A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.  ~American Proverb


Modern technology
Owes ecology
An apology.
~Alan M. Eddison


Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.  ~Author Unknown


The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.  ~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"


The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.  ~Edward Abbey


Restore human legs as a means of travel.  Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.  ~Lewis Mumford


I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights.  I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone.  ~Steven Wright


You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.  ~Author Unknown


Automobiles are not ferocious.... it is man who is to be feared.  ~Robbins B. Stoeckel


No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.  ~Garrett Hardin, The Ecologist, February 1974


Road rage is the expression of the amateur sociopath in all of us, cured by running into a professional.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com


Driving a brand new car feels like driving around in an open billfold with the dollars flapping by your ears as they fly out the window.  ~Grey Livingston


A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.  ~Bill Vaughan


Each year it seems to take less time to fly across the ocean and longer to drive to work.  ~Author Unknown


If everything comes your way, you are in the wrong lane.  ~Author Unknown


Anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.  ~Author Unknown


The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit.  ~Jason Love


Making a left turn in L.A. is one of the harder things you're going to learn in life.  ~Lawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan, (movie), spoken by the character Mack


I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian.... That I am still able to be here, I owe to a keen eye and a nimble pair of legs.  But I know they'll get me someday.  ~Will Rogers


Recklessness is a species of crime and should be so regarded on our streets and highways.  ~Marlen E. Pew


Stupidity is not a handicap.  Park elsewhere!  ~Author unknown, as seen on a shirt


The greater part of my official time is spent on investigating collisions between propelled vehicles, each on its own side of the road, each sounding its horn, and each stationary.  ~An English Lord Chief Justice, quoted in 2,715 One-Line Quotations for Speakers, Writers & Raconteurs by Edward F. Murphy


Life is too short for traffic.  ~Dan Bellack


For every "Drive Safely" sign, shouldn't there be a "Resume Normal Driving" sign?  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com


Another way to solve the traffic problems of this country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars be allowed to use the highways.  ~Will Rogers


What a lucky thing the wheel was invented before the automobile; otherwise can you imagine the awful screeching?  ~Samuel Hoffenstein


Take most people, they're crazy about cars.  They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they're always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that's even newer.  I don't even like old cars.  I mean they don't even interest me.  I'd rather have a goddam horse.  A horse is at least human, for God's sake.  ~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye


Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.  ~Jason Love


Road sense is the offspring of courtesy and the parent of safety.  ~Australian Traffic Rule, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren


The automobile is technologically more sophisticated than the bundling board, but the human motives in their uses are sometimes the same.  ~Charles M. Allen


The car has become... an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete.  ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964


And I, I took the road less traveled by.  I was using a GPS system.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com


It finally happened.  I got the GPS lady so confused, she said, "In one-quarter mile, make a legal stop and ask directions."  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com


Walking isn't a lost art - one must, by some means, get to the garage.  ~Evan Esar


On the other hand, the Bible contains much that is relevant today, like Noah taking 40 days to find a place to park.  ~Curtis McDougall


Remember folks, street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph.  ~Jim Samuels


I'm not sure... about automobiles.... With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization - that is, in spiritual civilization.  It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls.  I am not sure.  But automobiles have come, and they bring a greater change in our life than most of us suspect.  They are here, and almost all outward things are going to be different because of what they bring.  They are going to alter war, and they are going to alter peace.  I think men's minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles; just how, though, I could hardly guess.  But you can't have the immense outward changes that they will cause without some inward ones, and it may be that... the spiritual alteration will be bad for us.  Perhaps, ten or twenty years from now, if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn't be able to defend the gasoline engine, but would have to agree... that automobiles 'had no business to be invented.'  ~Eugene, from Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918


You can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamn contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbrush and cactus.  When traces of blood begin to mark your trail, you'll see something, maybe.  ~Edward Abbey


For more quotations, visit:
www.quotegarden.com/driving.html

Friday, November 25, 2011

How to Recognize a Great Boss, or Even Be One

Everyone can recognize a great manager a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around.

Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises.
I’ve asked many peers for the traits or attributes they saw in that person, and most will list the following positive functional traits of a good manager:
  1. Leadership. Shows outstanding skills in guiding team members towards attainment of the organization’s goals and the right decisions at the right point of time. As Drucker said, “management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
  2. Plan and delegate. Possesses foresight and skills to understand the relevant capabilities of team members, and then scheduling tasks and delegating to the right people to get tasks done within deadlines. You are a guide, not a commander.
  3. Domain expert. Demonstrates complete knowledge of his field and confident about that knowledge, with the common sense to make quick productive decisions, and ability to think outside the box.
  4. Set clear expectations. Employees should always know what is expected of them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to set deliverable milestones for each employee over a set period of time. Then review the performance vs. the roadmap or deliverable at least six months prior to a performance review and discuss ways to improve.
  5. Positive recognition. Immediately recognize team members, publicly or privately, when they complete something successfully or show initiative. Congratulate them on a job well done. Most employees are not motivated by money alone. Good managers know that employees want regular recognition that their job is being done well.
In my view, these are all “necessary” attributes, but are not “sufficient” to put you in that ‘great’ category. Most people recognize that it takes more to be ‘great,’ but the attributes are a bit more esoteric, and harder to quantify. Here are a few:
  • Active listener. Shows traits such as listening with feedback, optimistic attitude, motivating ability, and a concern for people. Listening to what is said as well as what is not said is of the utmost importance. It is demoralizing to an employee to be speaking to a supervisor and be interrupted for a phone call. All interruptions should be avoided.
  • Shows empathy. This refers to the ability to “walk in another person’s shoes”, and to have insight into the thoughts, and the emotional reactions of individuals faced with change. Empathy requires that you suspend judgment of another’s actions or reactions, while you try to understand them, and treat them with sensitivity, respect, and kindness.
  • Always honest. Simply put, today’s managers live in glass houses. Everything that a manager does is seen by his employees. If a manager says one thing and does another, employees see it. Managers must be straightforward in all words and actions. A manager must “walk the talk.” That also means recognizing weaknesses, and admitting mistakes.
  • Sense of humor. People of all ages and cultures respond to humor. The majority of people are able to be amused at something funny, and see an irony. One of the most frequently cited attractions in great personal relationships is a sense of humor.
  • Keep your cool. A great manager is an effective communicator and a composed individual, with a proven tolerance for ambiguity. He/she never loses their cool, and is able to correct the team members without emotional body language or statements.
Whole books are written on this subject, but hopefully you get the picture. Great managers must do the technical job well – and they also must do the people job very well. Now that you understand these things, I’m not sure why it is so hard to find a great manager. I guess an even harder question I should ask is why is it so hard to be one?

Fujifilm X10 Promotional Video

Thursday, November 24, 2011

NEW X-S1 premium digital bridge camera





Manufactured in Japan, the X-S1 is the latest model to be introduced into Fujifilm's X Series range of cameras. Sporting the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor as the highly acclaimed X10, the X-S1 also benefits from a bright 26x Fujinon optical zoom lens and a high resolution Electronic Viewfinder.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Jusui-Kun to stop your snoring

By   posted Nov 16th 2011 7:32AM

Looking to stop snoring? What you need is Jusui-Kun, a robot bear that paws your face while you're sleeping. Okay, it's more of a "gentle tickling," according to the bear's creators. The key is to get the snorer sleeping on the pillow to move his or her head from side to side. Jusui-Kun has a built-in mic to detect the sleeper's snoring, while an equally cuddly hand monitor detects blood oxygen levels, letting the bear know when to issue one of its loving face swipes.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator - Build & Test (Full Video) - The Gadget Show

This is a world first. A unique FPS simulator that turns gaming into reality as you move, aim, fire and get shot within a 360-degree immersive environment.

Using a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3 and a team of top technology experts from across Europe we've built a truly one of a kind simulator.

Centred on the world's first, portable omni-directional treadmill (designed by Swedish company MSE Weibull) the simulator lets you control the movements of a Battlefield 3 character with your own body. Other key technology employed includes: an Igloo Vision projection dome; 12 paintball markers that allow the player, in real time, to feel the enemy gunfire experienced in the game; a wireless gun system; ambient LED lighting; and an Xbox Kinect camera hack.


The full story of The Gadget Show's FPS gaming simulator build premiered on Channel 5 in the UK at 8pm on Monday 24th October 2011. This video contains the highlights.

www.channel5.com/thegadgetshow






For more information on the contributors who helped to make this simulator happen:

MSE Weibull [Omni-Directional Treadmill and Motion Tracking]
http://www.mseab.se/

Igloo Vision [Projection and 360-degree Dome]
http://www.igloovision.com/

aps events and media Ltd [Visual Manipulation]
http://www.thinkaps.com

Extra Dimensional Technologies [Ambient Lighting]
http://www.extradmt.com/site

Running in the Halls [Kinect Hack]
http://www.rith.co.uk/

Robo Challenge [Paintball Marker Control System]
http://www.robochallenge.co.uk

Yoyotech [Gaming PC]
http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/

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