Alc-Mobile Sales Boom in Japan
written previously of the Alc-Mobile, a combined breathalyzer/telephone
that lets transportation companies monitor their drivers' blood-alcohol
Yahoo! News now features it:
When drivers blow into a tube on the machine, the device measures their
level of intoxication and immediately sends the results to their company's
computer via the phone.
And the drivers have nowhere to hide. The phone -- called the Alc-Mobile --
transmits snapshots of their faces and details on their location using the
satellite-based Global Positioning System.
If the driver is inebriated, sirens will ring at the bosses' computer.
KDDI says sales of the Alc-Mobile have shot up since this summer when a
nationwide campaign against drunk driving followed the deaths of three
children by a drunk driver in the southwestern city of Fukuoka.
December 30th, 2006
The Most Sophisticated Technology You Will Ever Pee On
Thank you to the
AdRants blog for its alert on the new ad for the Clearblue Easy
Fertility Monitor. You can view it
Here's what AdRants tells us:
Those crazy cats at Amalgamated, the very guys who brought us Ben & Jerry
claymation, decide to stomp on the polite institution of blue bodily fluid
for their client Clearblue Easy and its new digital pregnancy test.
We would have respected them for that. But they took things one step further
and put the pregnancy test in space, a la Dark Star, and then let fall a
stream of disembodied space piss! And then our brains exploded....Be
careful. It's a little crazy.
December 20th, 2006
Garmin Forerunner 305 - An Excellent Tool
Digital Media Net likes the
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS personal training device:
I'm also highly impressed with the Forerunner’s improved and highly
sensitive SiRFstar III GPS receiver, which has yet to lose its satellite
signal once in my three weeks of testing on a daily basis. Its wireless
heart monitor is also an improvement, whether it's managed to consistently
stay locked onto its signal without fail. The strap that holds the heart
monitor in place is also more flexible and comfortable than its predecessor.
Overall, the Forerunner’s receivers and sensing devices are greatly
...Overall, there is a growing selection of software that can help you
manipulate your training data generated by the Forerunner 305, giving you an
accurate and comprehensive look at your exercise progress.
The Garmin Forerunner 305 is an excellent tool for novice exercisers and
serious trainers as well. It generates huge volumes of data, and can help
you reach your fitness goals, and it's easy to use at the same time. Highly
recommended. 9.6 out of 10 stars.
December 16th, 2006
The Miami Herald recommends the
Tanita InnerScan and Ironman scales:
Plug in your age, gender and height, then hop on the scales to learn your
weight, body-fat percentage, body-water percentage, muscle mass, physique
rating, visceral (abdominal) fat, bone mass, metabolic age and daily caloric
intake (number of calories you can eat in a day to maintain current weight).
The scales are simple to program and the info is relatively easy to
understand with the accompanying guides. True, most of us don't need to know
(or care about) our physique rating, but if you like to play the numbers
game this is the scale for you.
December 6th, 2006
The James Bond Pedometer
This is something I haven't seen discussed before. A couple of computer
science experts are warning that the popular Nike+iPod - a pedometer with a
radio receiver - may be able to
double as a tracking device:
It turns out that the sensor in the shoe emits a signal detectable by any
compatible receiver within a range of up to 60 feet, long after the workout
"It is easy for someone to use the Nike+iPod as a tracking device," said
[Scott] Saponas. "It's an example of how new gadgetry can erode our personal
The technical report describes possible scenarios. A thief could track when
people enter or leave their homes or a jealous boyfriend could track a
Though it has an “off” switch, the sensor is sold with the power on. Saponas
and [Yoshi] Kohno say most users likely wouldn't bother to remove the gadget
and turn the power off after each workout.
"There's a bigger issue here," said Kohno. "When people buy a toaster, they
know it's probably not going to blow up when they plug it in. But when they
buy a consumer device like the Nike+iPod kit, they have no idea whether the
device might enable someone to violate their privacy. We need to change
December 1st, 2006