Researchers: Tinfoil hats aren't very effective (and other things we didn't cover)
Happy Monday! If you’re looking for a condensed version of the day’s news we didn’t have a chance to cover, you came to the right place. Take a seat and let’s begin.
Want a clever way of remembering your schedule for the next year without having to rely on a mountain of Post-it notes? Japanese company Docomo made Shabette Robo, a happy-looking robot that can store your schedule for 12 months The talkative robot understands what you’re saying, and once you input your plans (which are backed up online), it will even make a few recommendations based on your itinerary — such as giving you the weather forecast abroad if you’re traveling.
Got an old globe that's just gathering dust? Get nerdy with it and build a persistence of vision (POV) Death Star. This impressive (and eye-bending) project can be done with an Arduino microcontroller and a large handful of LEDs—though it's up to you to provide the sound effects and planets to destroy. Star Wars fans should check out the video below to see this POV Death Star in action. [via Hack A Day ]
Making video calls with your iPhone is great, but it sucks having to hold onto it the phone for the entirety of the call. With Helios though, you just attach your iPhone to the dock, and it becomes a wheelie robot. Not only does it hold your phone, it will also tilt and follow you around if you move. While it costs $99, developer Tian Long Wang is hoping to raise funds to develop the first batch. If you don't feel like spending close to $100, you can get a similar effect by duct tapping your iPhone to an RC car.[via Ubergizmo]
Crazies and paranoids of the world, time for some pretty bad news: MIT students did a load of testing on a variety of different tinfoil hats (like the classic style, Fez, and centurion), and actually found that tinfoil amplifies radio waves, not blocks them. You may as well stick to using that foil for your sandwiches, unless you want the government to control your mind… [via Boing Boing ]