Downtime:

May, 2011


May 23, 2011  12:20 PM

High-tech PJs for Insomniacs

WAshford Profile: WAshford
insomnia, Nyx, Somnus, Startups

Calling all insomniacs who would like to learn more about their sleeping patters or lack thereof without having to hook themselves up to a scary and uncomfortable bunch of wires in a lab.

Startup Nyx Devices has developed a high-tech sleep shirt with built in electronics to detect the...

May 19, 2011  9:45 PM

Like the name, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Uncategorized

Two fame seeking parents have tried to cash in on their kids early. While the rest of us have to wait until we are old and infirm for our kids to begin to repay us for our sweat and blood, an Israeli couple are seeking fame by giving their kids silly names.

Their latest daughter has...


May 19, 2011  2:27 PM

Lunchtime

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Downtime is glad to be reporting from sunny Marble Arch. The trauma of commuting to the suburban hell-hole of Sutton is now behind us. Visitor's no longer have to ask, "Sutton? Would you mind meeting at my office instead?" And one of the Downtime crew has decided to sample the finer West End...


May 19, 2011  2:08 PM

Teen wishes Bin Laden would kill her math teacher on Facebook and gets suspended!

falani Profile: falani
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Thirteen year-old New Hampshire student, Shane, was suspended for five days after she posted a status update on Facebook saying that she wished Osama Bin Laden would kill her math teacher.

Now let's gloss over the fact that this kid isn't very clever. I mean Bin Laden wouldn't obey a...


May 16, 2011  12:35 PM

Social media can kill: don’t be a planker

WAshford Profile: WAshford
planking, social media

There has been a lot in the news lately about the security risks of Social Media, but the death of a 20-year-old Australian proves that online games of one-upmanship can be fatal.

An internet craze dubbed "planking" involves posting pics online of participants lying down in a variety of...


May 16, 2011  11:27 AM

Not high-tech and hip? All you need is Necomimi

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Downtime is always pleased to see technology being put to good use such as enabling fashion accessories that express the wearer's moods.

Just in case we have lost the ability to interpret what other people are feeling, Japanese scientists have come up with a high-tech fashion accessory...


May 13, 2011  12:47 PM

Insensitive but oh so funny…

falani Profile: falani
Uncategorized

Zombie facebook.png

I'm not sure I need to add anything to this but that it's put a...


May 13, 2011  9:42 AM

US Navy offers pocket rocket guidance

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
gadgets

Now here's our top pick for the gadget of the week. The US Navy has developed the Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS). Basically this a low-cost guidance capability that it says will greatly improve the tactical viability of an unguided 2.75-inch rocket by providing it with an inertial...


May 12, 2011  9:03 PM

Jamie Oliver cyborg will slim fat Americans

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

A school in the US is using cameras linked to computers to get kids eating better.

The theory is the cameras will take a picture of what is on a child's lunch tray. Analysis of the images will be able to work out how many calories the kids are eating.

A unique barcode will...


May 12, 2011  4:19 PM

Cannibal looking for victim with GSOH

falani Profile: falani
Uncategorized

cannibalIt's well known that you should never answer an internet ad asking for something weird,...


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