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Comment Worked on similar concept (Score 2) 205

We worked on something just like this years ago (over 10 years ago) at an engineering internship I had at an automotive supplier in Michigan. We had a whole mock-up for an auto show. We put directional microphones in a rear-view mirror and sent the signal through an amplifier to the car speakers. The biggest problem we had to overcome was feedback. It is really hard to amplify someones voice in such a small, enclosed space without horrendous feedback, and feedback at all kinds of audio frequencies. I remember we bought this off-the-shelf commercial feedback killer and mounted it under the dash just for the demo and it even had a hard time killing all the feedback.

Comment What about chargebacks? (Score 5, Insightful) 529

All of the charities will end up paying out big bucks in chargeback fees. It is the merchants that are on the hook for credit card fraud. They'll be forced to return the money and pay a chargeback fee ($30 or more). They will end up doing more damage than any potential (and misguided) good.

Old Apple 1 Up For Auction, Expected To Go For $160,000+ 156

vanstinator was one of several readers to point out that Christie's is holding an auction for one of the original Apple 1 machines, complete with a manual, the original shipping box, and the letter from Steve Jobs to the owner. The invoice says the computer was purchased on December 7th, 1976, with an Apple cassette interface card, for a total price of $741.66. The auction house expects it to sell for over $160,000.

Wireless HDMI At 1080p, Lag-Free WHDI Tested 171

MojoKid writes "Wireless HDMI technologies have finally come of age. Though there are two camps currently in the market (Intel's WiDi and WHDI), the bottom line is lag-free full HD 1080p wireless HDMI video/audio transmission is now a reality. No longer does an HTPC need to be shoehorned into the confines of the entertainment center. Also, that notebook you have perched on the coffee table just got a major display upgrade. This demo of the Asus WiCast and the briteView HDelight wireless HDMI transmitter kits, shows the technology in action and its impressive actually. Both of these WHDI-based kits utilize the same family of Amimon WHDI transmitter and receiver chipsets. The technology is capable of full 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital surround sound audio transmissions, over distances of up to 30 feet with less than a millisecond of latency."

Submission + - SPAM: G5 Aerospace-Grade Titanium Jewelry

An anonymous reader writes: The lead Red Digital Cinema designer started a jewelery line in his spare time. It is not your mother's jewelry. Machined from G5 aerospace-grade titanium, the same material used on the F-35 JSF, it would stop a bullet and most likely a meteor strike.
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Submission + - Enormous New Mutant Spider Weaves 75ft Web

An anonymous reader writes: Biologists Kuntner and Agnarsson, writings reported at: ; describe an enormous orb weaving spider whose silk is ten times as strong as Kevlar....can you see a spider makin a space elevator. This spider's web is over 75 foot wide and spans rivers and lakes in Madagascar. No pictures of the spider can be found that reviewers are willing to publish. Its that scary! The 'Thing From the Madagascar Swamp' has not yet been implicated in spinnin a cocoon over any modern day 'Frodo' yet like in the lord of the rings, but who knows. Just when ya thought it was safe to go campin! Geeeeeeperrrrs its big enuf to catch a friggin boat!

Submission + - Plane Finder App Identifies Planes In The Sky

andylim writes: has written up an iPhone app that lets you identify planes in the sky: "Point the camera at a plane and you'll see the flight number, aircraft registration, speed, altitude and how far away it is!" It's based on an existing service called Plane Finder, which tracks planes using something called ADS-B — the signals transmitted by commercial airliners with all this data the AR adds augmented reality into the mix.

Student Orchestra Performs Music With iPhones 65

A course at the University of Michigan ends with a live concert featuring students using iPhones as instruments. “Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble“ teaches students to code musical instruments for the iPhone, using the Apple-provided software-development kit. Georg Essl, assistant professor of computer science and music, says, "What’s interesting is we blend the whole process. We start from nothing. We teach the programming of iPhones for multimedia stuff, and then we teach students to build their own instruments.”

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