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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.

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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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iWatchz outs latest iPod nano watchband

Once the first watchbands for taking the latest gen iPod nano and turning it into a wristwatch surfaced, the floodgates opened and hoards of the things spilled onto the market. Another new watchband has surfaced today that look similar to the Griffin Slap watchband from a week or so back. The main difference is that the iWatchz bands unveiled today use normal buckles to close the band.

 

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The iWatchz bands are in the Q Collection and it can be had in seven different colors including black, white, red, pink, blue, green, and orange. All colors are $24.99 each and can be ordered right now. The band is made from silicon.

 

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USB power come to winter wear with Columbia's Bugathermo boots

No, you're not seeing things; those boots are indeed plugged into an outlet. With winter coming to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, nightmares of shoveling snow and trudging through slush are creeping closer into our realities. Columbia's Bugathermo boots are trying to make those chores a little less chilly with their rechargeable battery powered heat.

 

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With removable lithium ion batteries that can be charged via AC or even USB power, these boots can provide up to 4 hours of toasty heat depending on the settings used. Sporting lightweight and waterproof materials in the rubber shell, rustproof gaiters, and Omni-Grip traction, these boots can take any terrain or job you can throw at them. They're not cheap with models starting at $325, but can you put a price on warmth while breaking your back shoveling snow?

 

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Incipio unveils Linq iPod nano watch case

The technology world was all aflutter a few weeks back when Apple unveiled its new line of iPods. One of the new offerings was an updated version of the nano with a touchscreen and a clock function. With the thing being able to be used as a clock it didn't take long for some accessories to hit the market to turn the thing into a watch.

 

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Many of the watchbands for the new nano were just simple bands that you clip the nano onto. The problem there was that the nano was left unprotected from scratches or drops. A new nano case has surfaced from Incipio called the Linq that offers protection while you wear the nano like a watch.

 

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