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The scent of a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, in sprayable form

When posting news, I have to select a category, but what would this fall under? The closest would be Fashion meets Tech, but it was a hard choice! This news is not a joke, or a troll. Melbourne-based artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn have teamed up with Air Aroma for a new unique fragrance.

 

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The new product is said to smell like a brand new Apple product, specifically a MacBook Pro, just as its been opened for the first time. Yes. I'm being serious.

 

To replicate the smell a brand new unopened Apple was sent to our fragrance lab in France. From there, professional perfume makers used the scents they observed unboxing the new Apple computer to source fragrance samples. On completion the laptop was sent back to Australia, travelling nearly 50,000kms and returned to our clients together with scent of an Apple Macbook Pro.

 

The new fragrance will be used at the artists' art show in Melbourne, where it will be diffused throughout the exhibit with an Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser. The bad news? The scent doesn't look to be going into mass production, so the legions of Apple worshippers can't get their hands, and noses, on this gear.

Locator chips in school uniforms tracks whether students attend school

20,000+ students in Brazil will be required to wear these so called "intelligent uniforms," which contain locator chips, to make sure students are attending their classes. If there was ever a 1984, this is it. Many foreign countries, outside of the United States that is, have many ways of keeping students in school.

 

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In Thailand, for example, most schools have a strict uniform policy. If a student is caught in an entertainment-type location in a school uniform, the police can be called to take the student back to school. Brazil has gone a step further: students are now required to wear a uniform that have a small locator chip to alert parents when they aren't where they should be.

 

"We noticed that many parents would bring their children to school but would not see if they actually entered the building because they always left in a hurry to get to work on time," said Coriolano Moraes, the city's education director. "They would always be surprised when told of the number times their children skipped class."

 

However, this is pretty easily beaten. Imagine the students just packing a change of clothes in their backpack. All they would have to do is leave the uniform inside the facility, and there would be no problems. Has Brazil gone to far? This is treating our kids a lot like an animal is treated, but is it for their own good?


Scratch 'n' Sniff... jeans, raspberry scented jeans are here

I remember winning spelling tests, or just doing a good job on some homework in school and getting scratch 'n' sniff stickers. It made me feel like I'd been awesome, and can prove it by sniffing my stickers. Well, now you can sniff... your jeans.

 

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Naked and Famous Denim have created a pair of scratch 'n' sniff jeans, where the effect of the smell is created using a coating of micro capsules that hold a bit of 'perfume' which is baked into the surface of the jeans. Scratch the jeans and the scent is released.

 

The raspberry scent still comes through, even after the jeans have been washed. Imagine a "new jeans smell", where you could possibly not wash your jeans for months at a time. I'm sure there's plenty out there that would love this feature. Myself, I prefer my jeans washed. Raspberry smell could come in handy, though.

Thermaltake Gets Their Bang on With New Headphones

CES 2012 - We met with Thermaltake today and will be covering them over the next couple of days. Before I dart out to meet with Seagate I wanted to show you how Thermaltake rocks your dome.

 

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There are several model names shown in the image, Dracco, Hyperion and so forth. From afar they don't look all that impressive (poor lighting for taking images at a distance). Once you get closer though the craftsmanship comes out.

 

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As you can see there are textures all over the place and these headphones all felt good on my head. On the right side we even see a big pimpin version with a gold chrome and red stitch model.

 

Click inside for more images.

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Only in Japan: Prevent car theft, by scanning your butt

Yes, that title is correct, no typos, no mistakes. A unique car seat has been built in Japan (no way!) and includes sensors within the cushion of the seat which measure your weight, posture and butt shape, and lock down the cars engine if the seat decides its not your sexy ass.

 

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The seat was developed by a group of researchers at Tokyo's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology. It uses a system of 360 sensors to measures the pressure people apply on it. The information used is then aggregated to show data like the highest point of pressure, area of contact on the seat and other factors, which point toward a 98-percent chance of correctly identifying the driver.

 

STOMPer HotSeat wrote:

 

Researchers in Japan have designed a car seat that uses sensors to measure a person's weight and ass-shape. The technology stops the car from starting for anyone other than the owner, thus preventing theft. Who needs face detection these days? People might start cloning butts to steal cars, though...

For just $1 million, you can have a giant slinky suit, be a human slinky!

It is the season to be jolly... to be jolly, you really need $1 million in your bank account. But what good is $1 million spare when you don't own a Human Slinky costume! Well, you're in luck!

 

 

There is one for sale on eBay! The Veniamin Human Slinky costume, which is on sale right now for $1 million. But that's not the surprise. You don't just get the suit, you get the rights to perform the Human Slinky act exclusively worldwide for five years.

 

After the five years, you'll be allowed to rock the suit to private parties, etc. The suit and act was originally developed by Romanian artist Veniamen. Get that credit card out! Also, invite me to your event when you buy it.

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NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 launches, sports bigger goggles, brighter visuals

I was a first-adopter of NVIDIA's Stereoscopic 3D technology, 3D Vision and loved it. However, I quickly realised that 120Hz gaming was far better than the (at the time) hit-and-miss 3D technology. NVIDIA have today announced next-gen 3D Vision 2, which sports a new set of active-shutter 3D glasses and 3D LightBoost, a display technology meant to enable brighter visuals by letting more light seep in through the goggles.

 

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The new 3D Vision 2 glasses have 20% larger lenses than their predecessor, and also feature a thinner, more flexible composite frame that's meant to block more light from the sides and top. This time around, wearing headphones should be more comfortable (one thing I did not like with the original 3D Vision goggles and my Logitech G35 headset). Battery life is meant to be "very similar" and prices haven't changed. $149 for the 3D Vision Wireless Kit with a receiver, or $99 for the glasses on their own without the receiver.

 

3D LightBoost is only supported by some new displays and laptops, but what does this mean? It means that the LCD panel features a faster backlight that allows the 3D glasses to be kept on longer. The way this works is because the 3D Vision goggles work by rapidly opening and closing shutters so the user's left and right eyes always see different frames. 3D LightBoost goes one up by brightening up not just the images on-screen, but also the user's surroundings.

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Feel the Need for Speed? Well, put on your running shoes and run out and buy these, er, Need for Speed Sneakers

Yet another video game-themed set of sneakers has been released and this time, its for Need for Speed: The Run. They're dubbed limited-edition Need for Speed The Run Adidas Originals, and they don't look too bad at all. All-black patent leather with grey accents, with a limited run of just 50 sets will be debuting today at the Adidas Originals in Chicago, followed by an additional 50 that is set to go on sale at the San Francisco store on the 22nd.

 

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Both venues will have big events to celebrate the limited edition, elite sneakers with DJ Neil Armstrong (taking one small step [in this sneakers] for man kind, one large leap into Need for Speed /end pun) and Kids These Days playing in Chicago, with Mick Boogie hitting up San Francisco.

 

I'll take a set thanks, EA. Now hop to it and make some Battlefield 3 clothing!

The Nike Air Mag - the closest you'll get to the auto-lacing Back to the Future II shoes

Nike have unleashed their Air Mags and wow, they look amazeballs. The upper of the shoe is made of reinforced mesh, the outer sole is lined with LED panels that will light up like futuristic shoes should. The Air Mag is rechargeable and will stay lit for 5 hours - just enough time for the dancefloor in case you're the type of guy who likes shuf, shuf, shufflin'. These shoes are the closest replica to the shoes Marty McFly wore sans the auto-lacing tech.

 

 

The shoes aren't just pretty, the proceeds of sale go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in the hopes of finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Only 1500 pairs will be made and there are auctions for the Air Mags on eBay with the auction starting at 11:30 EST at nikemag.eBay.com.

Continue reading 'The Nike Air Mag - the closest you'll get to the auto-lacing Back to the Future II shoes' (full post)

Is Nike about to drop Back to the Future's Auto-Lacing Air Mags on the market?

I've always wanted a pair of Marty McFly's auto-lacing shows from Back to the Future II, and it appears now I might get the chance. Nike has sent out invitations to an event being held in Los Angeles tomorrow hinting at the existence of, you guessed it, the Air Mags. The invitation included a pair of Doc's aluminum shades and a bundle of Back to the Future merchandise. Nike did patent the Mags' power laces last year, so it could be an actual release this time.

 

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