ZScanner 700 scans 3D easy

November 2, 2006

Connect it to your laptop with FireWire™, add the reflective targets to the object, quickly calibrate and scan. The 1kg handheld is plug and play, easy to use without a tripod and makes a modeler’s life real easy. Only USD39,990… I will stick to hand measures and modelling from scratch… 

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Miniature electric chair!

November 2, 2006

Makezine shows a simple replica of a electric chair using a 9V battery. “Putting the “cute” in “electrocute”! claims the creator. They stated innocent uses like losing in Scrabble or not washing the dishes… but the first thought I had was to electrocute the hamster… sorry… I don’t have an innocent mind… but I am not evil though, I even worry when I can’t think of whats new to feed my land hermit crabs.

Sony’s ultra-portable VAIO® VGN-N130G/W notebook features an Intel® Core™ Duo processor, built-in editing software suite for photos and videos, CD/DVD burner, 15.4″ widescreen display with XBRITE-ECO™ LCD technology, 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN and is “Windows Vista™ Premium Ready”.

Maybe fans of Apple will mistake it for Macbook Pro and buy it…

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Logitech Alto Laptop Stand

November 2, 2006


This is a one-piece notebook riser with an integrated, full-size keyboard that places the notebook screen level with your eyes. The Alto notebook stand has three built-in USB ports for connecting a variety of peripherals, such as mice, a webcam, an external drive or a printer, to the laptop. Simple, nice curves, clean, looks good and unfortunate. I don’t understand what the space between the keyboard and notebook is for but it takes up precious space. A stationery rack maybe.

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The picture speaks a thousand words, and I agree with the picture. Sometimes restriction may not be a bad thing even if people laughs at you. Take for example the banning of chewing gum in Singapore in the 90s, you hear the entire globe laughed but they did notice that Singapore got really clean too…

Ask the business travellers and many will tell you that they would rather have a good sleep in the plane while they can before start work again when the plane touches the ground. Hearing your neighbour serenading his girlfriend on the mobile phone beside him will be the last thing he wants.

It maybe expensive for inflight calls at the beginning, but like it or not, it is coming here to stay.  

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Crocs: a review

November 2, 2006

I bought my white coloured Crocs almost 2yrs ago at SGD39 from a small push cart in Suntec Shopping Mall in Singapore. Reason, it is so ugly it attracted me and I find it hip. But I seldom wear it because it doesn’t really match many attires and it wasn’t really comfortable regardless of what people say (it hurts my toes)… and I stopped wearing it a long time ago (I think since I broke my foot last September).  

The year is 2006, there was a suddenly increased in people wearing it, and because it is so easy to manufacture, imitations arrived in Singapore at SGD3 a pair, which thus cause a chain reaction… Oldman, housewives, kids, hospitals, rich, poor, vagabonds, you name it, wears an imitation. At the local busy wet market near my house, I can confidently say 30% of the people going about their business wears them. I feel embarrassed owning Crocs.

Today in the Straits Times report, Crocs boutiques in Singapore makes a brisk sale of 30,000 pairs a month at an average of SGD49 a pair. There’s even a hate Crocs forum with an agenda to promote elimination of Crocs by 2008. So it cross my mine, why don’t I use it as toilet wear.

I will wear it again, maybe, when the hype died down or if they create new models with zero resemblance to this original and imitations follows along… when? I have no idea. But I am sure of one thing, the weekend sales of Crocs will increase at less 100% due to the newspaper report with readership of about 500k per day.

By the way, basic information for the clueless, Crocs are originally created for non slip boating wear using a material called Croslite™, a proprietary Closed Cell Resin (PCCR) which is NOT plastic NOR rubber. Croslite™ is closed-cell in nature and anti-microbial, which virtually eliminates odor. it is an extraordinary impact  absorbing resin material developed for maximum cushioning. its closed cell properties resist odor, inhibits bacterial and fungal growth and are non­toxic. this versatile material can be worn next to skin and be cleaned with just soap and water.

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