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Experiment Reveals Which Puppy Will Please The Most Chicks

By Evan Ackerman

Everybody knows that girls are attracted to guys with dogs. This is why, if you’re desperate, you can rent dogs by the hour. But what kind of dog is most effective at picking up chicks? This is the burning question that the Puppy Pulling Power experiment was designed to answer. Five different breeds of dogs (a Border Collie, a Pug, a Samoyed, a Staffy, and a Yorkie) were outfitted with a Sony Ericsson C510 camera phone (with smile detection software) on their collars, and whenever the dog lifted up its head to receive the attentions of an adoring female, the phone would snap a picture when (or if) she smiled. As you might expect, the dogs had a rather, uh, advantageous angle, so I’m going to go ahead and call the following trailer slightly NSFW due to cleavageness.

Yeah, it seems pretty fake to me too (they were sponsored by Sony Ericsson), but I don’t think that necessarily invalidates the results. Have a look at those after the jump (including some of the pics that you really want to see), but here’s a spoiler: the Samoyed wins by a cute widdle nose.Continue Reading

Myst Classic Now Available On iPhone

By Evan Ackerman

This video might not mean much to you if you’ve never played Myst. But if like me you were one of the early adopters of the CD-ROM drive, this footage probably brings back a heady mix of nostalgia and frustration. Myst is now available in re-rendered (but still old school) glory for the iPhone and iPod Touch, packaged in a 700 mb download that requires a massive 1.5 gigs of free space to install. It’s been long enough since the original that I’ve reliably forgotten how to solve most of the puzzles, meaning that this is an opportunity to pay $6 for the privilege of wasting countless more hours trying to figure out how to activate the damn rocket ship.

[ Myst ] VIA [ BBG ]

Industrial Strength GSM Cell Phone Jammer


By Evan Ackerman

Cell phone are a necessary evil, we all know that. But what is just evil, and not at all necessary, is the behavior of people on cell phones in public. Now, you could just politely ask them to shut up and go away, or instead you could buy this gigantic cell phone jammer and shut them up all by yourself. With 45 watts of output power, it’ll block cell phone transmissions within an up to 400 foot (!) radius. The included antennas are highly directional, which means you can target specific people to disable their phones and and probably give them 10 different kinds of cancer at the same time while still using your phone just fine.

The Super Power GSM Cellular Jammer weighs about 27 pounds and includes 4 cooling fans to keep it running 24/7. I’d almost be willing to lug a couple car batteries around to keep this bad boy powered up while I’m on public transit… Plus a shotgun for those pesky CDMA users. It’s $3655.

Oh, and if it matters to you, cell phone jamming and shooting people who use Verizon are both probably illegal.

[ Super Power GSM Cellular Jammer ] VIA [ RFJ ]

Brando “Spy Ear” Cellular Bug

brandoBy Evan Ackerman

This tiny little box is, in fact, a cell phone. Well, it’s half a cell phone. You stick a SIM card in there, dial it, and the box will silently answer and then transmit back whatever it hears going on around it. There’s a rechargeable battery inside, a single power LED, and no other configuration crap to mess with. $65 is kind of a lot for what is essentially a battery, microphone, and antenna, but for all of you vigilantes (or creepy people) out there, gathering evidence (or eavesdropping) doesn’t get much easier than this.

For an extra $1, Brando also sells the same sort of thing integrated into a working power strip.

[ Brando ] VIA [ BBG ]

Motion-Based Cell Phone Unlock


By Evan Ackerman

Remembering and entering passwords in anything is a major hassle, which is why everything should have seamless biometric identification built in. Failing that, KDDI has come up with a gesture based system that at least eliminates annoying number codes. Using an accelerometer, the phone looks for a specific pattern of movements as you bring it up to your ear. These movements depend on things like arm length, muscle structure, and patterns such as holding methods and other habits. According to KDDI, the error rate is only 4%, which is easily good enough for casual use.

As far as I can tell, there’s no reason why something like this couldn’t be implemented into any phone with an accelerometer, even without KDDI’s fancy arm length etc. analysis software. You just have to turn the phone on, and shake shake shake it in a particular way, and it’ll unlock. KDDI eventually plans on taking this technique a little further, allowing you to use specific motions to run programs or unlock your porn folder.

[ Tech-On! ] VIA [ DVICE ]

Elektrobit Hybrid Satellite Phone


By Evan Ackerman

It’s a sad fact: you can’t get cell phone reception everywhere. I can personally attest that you can’t get it here, or here, and especially not here. If you’re a very busy and important person like I am, this could be a real problem, but Elektrobit has the solution. Their “Satellite-Terrestrial Device” can talk to quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA, as well as 2G/3G networks, WiFi, and (for what it’s worth) Bluetooth. On top of all that, it also connects with TerreStar‘s S-Band satellite network, which should let you make and receive calls just about anywhere you can see the sky.

The phone runs Windows Mobile and be capable of at least email (if not internet) and has a full keyboard and a touchscreen, along with a 3 mp autofocusing camera, 100 mb of internal memory, and a MicroSD slot. Oh, and GPS. The fantasy is of course having a mobile device that hops seamlessly from network to network to satellite when necessary, and can optimize itself for either bandwidth or cost. Speaking of, there’s no info on the cost of the unit, although it’s probably safe to assume that if you’re making international and satellite phone calls, the cost of the phone itself isn’t going to be that significant.

[ Elektrobit ] VIA [ TechFresh ]

USB Cell Phone Booster

b8a0_usb_cellphone_boosterBy Evan Ackerman

Remember in ye olde days when we were all dependent on phones with cords? Sucked, right? But at least we didn’t have to continually worry about having bars in places. And yet, even as technology causes us worry, it can also cause us joy by giving us the opportunity to fix those problems by spending a bunch of money.

We’ve seen a few cell signal boosters before, but they’ve been complicated and expensive affairs, while this USB model is instead simple and (slightly less) expensive. All you have to do is plug it into a USB port, and it works. No software, no drivers, it just uses the port for power (which means you can also plug it into a wall adapter). The booster should give you a bump of 2-3 bars within 5 feet of the antenna. It’s supposed to work with “every carrier in Canada and the US” except Nextel, and includes 3G data frequencies. Sounds helpful, but at $100, it’s still about $50 more than I’d realistically want to spend… Especially since increasing cell reception is one of the few reasons I have to drag my ass outside.

[ ThinkGeek ]

Phone Through The Skull Makes Sure Care Bears Are Really Dead


By Evan Ackerman

Ordinarily, having a disembodied Care Bear head would be more than a little freaky. But you can relax. It’s dead, and it’s not coming back, and you can make sure of that jamming your cell phone into its brain cavity every night. They only cost $14, but you might get more emotional fulfillment out of violently making one yourself.

[ Strapya ] VIA [ Gizmodiva ]

Self-Winding Cell Phone


By Evan Ackerman

The problem with solar powered cell phones is that despite the fact that the sun is really big and all, most of the time, your phone is not anywhere near it. Most of the time, your phone is probably in one of your pockets. Shame on you, why do you have to hate the environment and use pockets?

Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has designed a cell phone called “Chairman” that incorporates a kinetic charger, which is the same kind of thing that you find in self-winding watches. It harvests energy from motion to charge itself. Of course, you can’t get something for nothing… Carrying this phone around is just gonna make it that much harder to walk. And if you’re as lazy as I am, a phone like this is probably never going to get charged anyway. But that’s okay, because it’s only available in a limited edition of 1846 and from the looks of it, if you can afford one of these watches, you can most likely also afford to hire someone to take it on walks for you. No specifics on pricing or release date yet, although we should find out more later this month.

If you don’t mind wasting a little extra time, I ran across some really cool clocks that can theoretically run forever, extracting all the energy they need from daily temperature changes of only a few degrees. You can read more about them here.

[ Ulysee Nardin ] VIA [ Born Rich ]