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The Search Engine Belt Buckle 244

ptorrone writes "Engadget shows how they made "The Search Engine Belt Buckle" a PDA-based device which shows 24 hours of all the bizarre and banal things people are looking for on the web. Art project or pointless hack? That's for you to decide, people are searching for some pretty freaky stuff out there, so why not put in a belt buckle and get on the scene like a sex machine?"
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The Search Engine Belt Buckle

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:48PM (#10075356)
    Kinda like this.
  • I dunno (Score:5, Informative)

    by iamdrscience ( 541136 ) on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:50PM (#10075369) Homepage
    If anybody actually wants to do something like this, it would probably make more sense to get a cheap LCD and a microcontroller. You could put together something that works similarly for maybe $20.
  • Re:Be nifty (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Writer ( 746272 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @12:21AM (#10075508)

    if it had wifi....Could update it 24/7

    If there's WiFi it can stream in live queries, but since that's always an unknown, we have a few hours of search queries on hand at all times.

    It does have WiFi.

  • Re:Video clips?!? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2004 @02:50AM (#10075980)
    ...uses flash to display them in a scrolling list.
    ...which in turn, uses an XML feed as it's data source.
  • Re:Both? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Hast ( 24833 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @08:04AM (#10076720)
    They use Windows media to record a bunch of text they get from a search spy. This is data coming from a web broser. They then compress the video and play it fullscreen on a PDA as a screensaver.

    A hacker would have captured the data and just used the built in screen saver (or a program of your own) to display it. That would have saved room for a lot more data, looked better and saved batteries. Besides then you could send updates wirelessly to the machine to actually get real-time data.

    But it could be interesting to make a "message of the day" thing which captures data from a search spy. Or a screen saver which displays search spy data (not work safe).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2004 @09:30AM (#10077245)
    To "posit" is to accept as true for the sake of the argument. So if you have posited the conclusion, what's left to argue?

    -- another pdeantic fuck

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