Helicopter Fueled by People-Power Reaches New (literal) Heights

A few months ago (June, to be exact), a pilot was able to keep the human-powered Gamera II in the air for a 50 seconds. While that sounds very impressive (and it is), it only soaring slightly over the ground.  However this flight, while shorter in duration, achieved a record by hovering 8 feet in the air.  More information and a video of the demonstration after the break.   Continue reading “Helicopter Fueled by People-Power Reaches New (literal) Heights”

Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – WIRed #10

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses the World Headquarters of Stalking gets a new HQ (http://goo.gl/sNom9), Solar Spheres better than Solar Panels (http://goo.gl/2gdw0), the subliminal release of Shenmue 3 (http://goo.gl/yL6iu), and ECW? Born out of Controversy? Really? (http://goo.gl/1bgfT)
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading “Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – WIRed #10”

Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!   Continue reading “Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9”

Go Old-School w/ a DIY Keyboard Computer w/ a Raspberry Pi Computer

Most of the kids of the 1980s (and before) will remember the good old days when computers had built-in keyboards, such as the Apple II (which I remember my elementary school having a full supply of, and for playing Oregon Trail), or the Commodore 64 (which my daycare had one). That’ type of form factor has been duplicated by computer case modders many times over the years, but [Preamp]‘s project is the first one that uses the popular Raspberry Pi budget computer.  The Raspberry Pi is still popular and picking up momentum with a variety of DIY projects due to how open the hardware is to different operating systems. So if you’re looking for a way to build your own budget, old-school-style, computer-in-a-keyboard with a Raspberry Pi, the German blog [Preamp] shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step.   Continue reading “Go Old-School w/ a DIY Keyboard Computer w/ a Raspberry Pi Computer”

Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a Dutch house built along a moat (The Water Villa), self-flying planes that dodge obstacles (MIT’s Autonomous Plane), my episode with repairing my old PS3 and backing up my data (What the Inside of a PS3 Looks Like), and Hulk Hogan stars in NOOO HOLLLLDS BARRRRRRED!! (“No Holds Barred”: The Movie and the Match).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!   Continue reading “Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8”

Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE … Continue reading Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

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Mechs in a Hospital, Walking Tank, & Transformers; but not Wrestling – WIRed #6

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD is full of mechs getting into architecture (a Mobile Hospital unit), technology (the Kuratas Mobile Suit), videogames (G1 Optimus Prime in “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”), but misses pro wrestling (Shawn Michaels vs. Buddy Landell, Smokey Mountain Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE STORY- http://goo.gl/OZvvY TECHNOLOGY STORY- http://goo.gl/xfmDr GAMING STORY- http://goo.gl/ea4Zx PRO WRESTLING STORY- http://goo.gl/UYEHk THE BLOG: http://www.thepractitionerd.comContinue reading Mechs in a Hospital, Walking Tank, & Transformers; but not Wrestling – WIRed #6

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Musical Olympics, Vizio Set-top Box, THE TOUGHEST GAME & DX Reunion – WIRed #5

http://youtu.be/Qoq9T_p5bTs

On this week’s edition of The PractitioNERD discusses:
1) This Musical Olympic Structure Looks Like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (http://goo.gl/3RLB4)
2) D-Generation X Reunites on Last Night’s 1000th Episode of Monday Night RAW!! (http://goo.gl/cxQ9f)
3) Presenting the $99 Vizio Co-Star Google TV set-top box; Pre-Order NOW! (http://goo.gl/1qTQX)
4) Takeshi’s Challenge is SOOO CHALLENGING; Probably Made by Satan… (http://goo.gl/UGyZC)
…and the Question of the Week!!

Continue reading Musical Olympics, Vizio Set-top Box, THE TOUGHEST GAME & DX Reunion – WIRed #5

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Soon, the USB Will Replace EVERY Power Connector You Own; YAY Synergy!

It has been recently announced that newer USB cables that used the USB 2.0 and 3.0 technology should be able to supply a whole 100 watts of power, which is enough to power a computer.  You read correctly: you could be able to charge a laptop via USB! It was decided that new USB cables in production will be able to carry enough to power the brightest light bulb possible.  It makes you think about how much we can take the USB technology for granted, as we use USB ports in our myriad of devices to charge a variety of gadgets almost as much as our wall outlets.  Pretty soon, it will be possible that this could be a universal laptop charging solution; or a universal charging solution in general. WANT! Continue reading “Soon, the USB Will Replace EVERY Power Connector You Own; YAY Synergy!”

The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame

The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer; it’s almost as if it comes straight from a science fiction movie (mainly Minority Report, more-or-less).  Essentially, the precision device senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole variety of games, programs and applications (more so than Kinect typically working well with nothing else besides the Dance Central and Fruit Ninja games).   Continue reading “The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame”