Bluetooth stickers help you find things when you lose them

StickNFinds are Bluetooth location stickers the diameter of a quarter (but thicker than a quarter). You attach them to television remote controls, pets, children, or other things that you need to locate. The batteries last about a year. The StickNFind smart phone application helps you find your missing items and life forms. It is also advertised as a kind of early warning system: “stick the Stick-N-Find on your wife’s car. Once she pulls in the driveway, you get a notification, clean your mess, and go wash dishes before she comes in.” That is some fast dishwashing.

The company that makes StickNFind is seeking $70,000 on Indiegogo. So far they’ve received close to $40,000 with 42 days left in the campaign.


(Via Boing Boing.)

“Still Alive” on a Treadmill

Playing the song “Still Alive” on hacked exercise equipment – Hack a Day

Back in 2009, [Evi1wombat] pulled of this interesting hack, and it has slowly made its way through the internet to find us today. He obtained the computer from a recently deceased treadmill and decided to hack into it. Finding himself unable to flash the existing chip, he yanked it out and replaced it with something he was more familiar with, a dsPIC30F4011. Unfortunately we don’t have any pics of the inside, but he says that he had some fun with wire because the pin mapping wasn’t exactly the same. [Evi1wombat] also gained some respect for the original designer judging by this quote from the source code:

* Damn, the dude who designed that board pulled
* some pretty nifty tricks… took a while to
* get all the drivers working.

Of course, once you have control over some nifty new hardware, the first logical thing to do on it is play “Still Alive” from the game Portal.

Enjoy the video after the break.

(Via Hack a Day.)

The Raspberry Pi Launch

The Raspberry Pi Launch

Six years after the project’s inception, we’re nearly at the end of our first run of development – although it’s just the beginning of the Raspberry Pi story. Now we start developing educational tools and initiatives, at the same time as continuing research and development on Raspberry Pi hardware.

Although we are still waiting for units to arrive from China, you can start buying the Raspberry Pi today. We have entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components. They’ll be manufacturing and distributing the devices on behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and handling the distribution of our first batches as they arrive in the country. The Foundation continues to make a small profit from each Raspberry Pi sold, which we’ll be putting straight back into the charity.

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(Via Raspberry Pi.)

Thunderbolt Coming to PCs

Thunderbolt Coming to PCs in April 2012


DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.

Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple’s MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption.

While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product line, the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to relatively high end devices. More widespread adoption should help drive adoption by accessory makers that will benefit both Mac and PC users that use Thunderbolt.

(Via MacRumors.)

Upcycled Computer Mouse Belt Buckles

Upcycled Computer Mouse Belt Buckles

Etsy sellers, Holly and PJ of GettingWeddy, have upcycled non-functioning computer mice into some seriously geeky belt buckles. The soon-to-be-wed Texan couple are using the proceeds from their sales on Etsy to help defray the costs of their October 2012 wedding. Both Mac and PC versions are available.

(Via Laughing Squid.)


Phil from Adafruit Industries announces the iCufflink: “Open source electronic cufflinks, pulsate like Apple Macs – a very last minute ultimate geek gift for Father’s day. I co-designed these little cufflinks; I wanted something that was futuristic but still classy enough to wear for special events when I need to get dressed up. There will be a necklace version too, of course.”

I played with a pre-production prototype last week at a dinner in NYC, and boy-howdy, were they awesome.

iCufflinks – v1.0

(Thanks, PT!)

(Via Boing Boing.)

Google Chromebooks Now Available For Purchase

Google Chromebooks Now Available For Purchase


Google has just announced that their new cloud-based Chromebooks are now available through Amazon and Best Buy.

Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.

(Via Laughing Squid.)

Apple and Nokia patent dispute ends

Apple and Nokia patent dispute ends with license agreement, Apple payments

It’s over. The patent battle between Nokia and Apple just ended not with an injunction, but with a press release citing a license agreement and payments from Apple to Espoo. The specifics of the agreement are confidential, but Nokia does say that Apple will make a one-time payment followed by on-going royalties. So, while Nokia may be having trouble selling its zombied handsets, at least its IP portfolio can help fill the coffers during the transition to Windows Phone. Read the full press release after the break.

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(Via Engadget.)