17 Jul 2012

We are now reaching that point in time where we are beginning to see more devices that help the blind see, particularly in the area of bionics.  Such implants restore vision to blind individuals but only if the blindness was due to a faulty retina, such as with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other degenerative eye disease.  Examples of these bionics are the Argus II and Bio-Retina.

12 Jul 2012

We can now officially add Yahoo to the list of companies compromised due to hackers.  Yahoo has confirmed that the usernames and passwords of more than 400,000 Yahoo Voices accounts were stolen from their servers earlier this week and that data was posted online.  Indications were the information has since been removed, but a direct link to the original source seems to still exist and is accessible whenever the load is low enough.  The breach wasn't just credentials for Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, MSN, SBC Global, BellSouth, Verizon and Live.com as well.

10 Jul 2012

One new company called Ouya (pronounced ooh-ya) proposes to take on big companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  The Los Angeles start-up wants to develop a console that offers "free" games popular on smartphones and tablets and bring them to the big screen.

Ouya is trying to raise money through Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money on various projects.  Ouya needs to raise around $950,000 to get going.  Among the investors include Jay Adelson the founder of Digg, Hosain Rahman the founder of Jawbone and Joe Greenstein the founder of Flixster.

27 Jun 2012

There are now vidcast versions of the Tech-Stew Podcast on the web, which you can find below.  Including YouTube and UStream.  See below for the links and embedded Ustream player.

25 Jun 2012

With all the talk of flying cars in recent days and over the years, one possibility seems to have gotten left behind:  flying bicycles.  A few Czech engineers and hobbyists have proposed a flying bike that can float above the pavement thanks to four battery-powered propellers.

Design Your Dreams team has used only a few off-the-shelf components and turned an e-bike concept into what is basically a two-wheeled multicopter/quadcopter called the f-bike.  This device should be capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and up to five minutes of flight.

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.


Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

15 Jun 2012

Technology keeps getting smaller and cheaper, especially that of HD cameras and video equipment.  What a great merging of technology when you can take an RC airplane and put a virtually feather light 720p camera on board to record video.  That's exactly what I've done with my Twinstar II Brushless Lipo RC airplane, in this case the 808 #18 720p keychain HD camera, which is known as the Car Keys Micro Camera.  The 808 has been around for a few years, but they have become more refined and the price is hard to beat.  Check out the video at the end that demonstrates this gem of a camera.  It also has video out support.

14 Jun 2012

This is a review/guide I did of this fantastic RC Aircraft, the Multiplex Twinstar II electric I had built several years ago.  Its a fantastic model to fly, made of foam and fairly indestructible.  The standard kit comes with regular electric motors and nicad batteries.  For my build I upped things a bit and went brushless and Lipo (lithium polymer).  I also have some newer FPV keychain HD 720p video which you can view by clicking here.

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