Tag Archives | Control

…Jelli is here to kill the radio?

Jelli Logo

The radio is dead, and Jelli is here to replace it.

Ok, so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but the concept behind Jelli is a fascinating one, and does have the potential to change radio as we know it.


Essentially, Jelly is a single radio station that’s 100% listener controlled. Users can nominate songs, vote for songs they like, and bomb the ones they don’t, and the song with the most votes at the end of the currently playing track gets the next spot in line. The more you listen, the more power you gain, though even first timers have the ability to push a song over the edge.

The result is a mix of music that will surprise and delight, with an ever changing flow of community taste and creative control.

Just don’t expect to hear the Billboard Top 40 playing on repeat any time soon.


…Microsoft tested Photosynth on the Obama Inauguration?

Microsoft Photosynth Inauguration

Microsoft has been testing their Photosynth software for some time now, but with so many people snapping away with their cameras during the Inauguration, now’s probably the perfect time to see what getting ‘synthy’ is all about.

The goal of Photosynth is to take a bunch of photos and create an experience that has the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. Photosynth was the result of two independent breakthroughs: The ability to reconstruct a scene or object from a bunch of flat photographs, and the technology to bring that experience to virtually anyone over the Internet:

It works by examining images for similarities to each other and using that information to estimate the shape of the subject and the vantage point each photo was taken from. With this information, Photosynth then recreates the space and uses it as a canvas to display and navigate through the photos. Here’s a little video on the history and inspiration behind Photosynth:

It’s probably one of those ‘see it to believe it’ technologies, so head on over to Photosynth’s special Inauguration page and check out the different Synths that were created during the event.

[Microsoft Photosynth – Inauguration]

[Via: FlowingData]

…It’s Things Thursday: Black Stealth 3-Channel R/C Helicopter?

Black Stealth RC Copter

I’ve played with one of these small R/C copters before, so I can vouch for the fun that can be had with one of them, but ThinkGeek’s Black Stealth 3-Channel R/C Helicopter looks like it opens up a whole new world of possibilities with full 3-channel control.

Unlike most small R/C copters (like the one that I played with) which can only be controlled on two channels (up and down and rotate right and left), the ThinkGeek copter gives you full 3 channel control over up and down, rotate right and left, and move forwards and backwards.

In addition to the extra channel of control, the ThinkGeek copter features a dial trim adjuster (rather than the buttons that you find on most copter controls) for precise trim adjustments, and counter-rotating blades for amazing hover ability and stability.

The copter charges in just 10 minutes, and you get a full 7 minutes of play time out of a single charge, so you’ll never be left empty handed, and you can even change channels and fly with a friend, since each features two different channels that you can program it to.

All that fun for just $29.99?

I’ll take two.

[ThinkGeek – Black Stealth 3-Channel R/C Helicopter]

…You can go back to your Mac for free?

Back To My Mac

Leopard’s Back to My Mac tool is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to access their Mac from anywhere around the world without bringing it with them.

The program is designed to let you “Access and control your Mac running Mac OS X Leopard from any other Leopard-based Mac over the Internet — right in the new Finder”.

It’s a great program, but unfortunately, it requires a .Mac account if you want to use it.

However, if getting back to your Mac sounds like something that you’d like to do, but a .Mac account doesn’t sound like something you need, then check out Lifehacker’s guide to Get Back to Your Mac Without Paying for It, as it will guide you through the process of setting up Back to My Mac on your Leopard computer with tools that are available for free, right out of the box.

[Lifehacker – Get Back To Your Mac Without Paying For It]

…It’s TGI Friday: MythBusters iMo Video


The MythBusters iMo (Interactive Motion) Video site features high-speed camera footage with frame by frame control, slowing explosions, crashes, and sneezes into something else entirely.

Just be prepared to devote a few hours of your life to science.

[MythBusters iMo Video]