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Tube TVs, VCRs and magnets give ‘Alien: Isolation’ its signature look

From Halo to Dead Space and countless titles in between, the influence of the Alien franchise can be felt just about just about everywhere in video games. But hardly any of the releases starring the titular onyx xenomorphs actually capture aspects of…

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Alabama-Based CMR Demos Programmable Magnets That Changes Polarity And Strength On A Whim

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Magnets are pretty basic – some poles attract, some repel, and you can use them to hold stuff up on your fridge. However, what happens when magnets can be “programmed” to react in different ways? Huntsville, Ala.-based Correlated Magnetics Research has some magnets that can do some amazing – and slightly spooky – things.

These magnets can “hold together” while still not touching, release from each other with a twist, and even act as a sort of magnetic motor. In one cool demo Stephen Straus, VP of CMR, shows us magnets that repel each other from a certain distance and then, when pushed close enough, snap together. Before you run away screaming “perpetual motion machine,” understand that the laws of physics still apply.

CMR essentially programs the magnets as they’re built and the company creates magnetic solutions for companies around the world who need to control torque and movement but want to maintain an “air gap” between metals. Fortunately, they have a web store so we can try these things at home and attempt to build wild, non-intuitive magnetic interaction machines.

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Compilation Of Metallic Silly Putty Swallowing Magnets

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This is a well-shot compilation video from Joey Shanks of various magnets (some covered in glitter and mirrors!) being swallowed by metallic silly putty. It’s mesmerizing. Plus reminded me of how butts work BUT IN REVERSE. I should have been a science teacher.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Apple patent looks to create ‘secure magnets’ to unlock your device

It’s an Apple patent application: please be aware this is unlikely to wind up in your next device, please fasten seat belts and fix your tray table in the fixed and upright position. Inside the bezel of your iDevice or Mac is a magnet that operates a switch — that will only be activated when a “correlated” magnet inside a key-fob makes contact. That’s the thinking behind Cupertino’s newest patent application, attempting to turn magnets into a way of keeping your stuff secure. An example listed in the patent is using a stylus with specially encoded magnets to securely unlock an iPad, which we attribute to a zealous patent attorney and not a reversal of the “they blew it” rule. It may sound ridiculous when you first consider it, but given the magnetic-activation of the iPad 2’s smart cover, it’s not as outlandish as you believe. Still, we’ll believe it if we see it in a couple of years.

Apple patent looks to create ‘secure magnets’ to unlock your device originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple patent looks to create ‘secure magnets’ to unlock your device

It’s an Apple patent application: please be aware this is unlikely to wind up in your next device, please fasten seat belts and fix your tray table in the fixed and upright position. Inside the bezel of your iDevice or Mac is a magnet that operates a switch — that will only be activated when a “correlated” magnet inside a key-fob makes contact. That’s the thinking behind Cupertino’s newest patent application, attempting to turn magnets into a way of keeping your stuff secure. An example listed in the patent is using a stylus with specially encoded magnets to securely unlock an iPad, which we attribute to a zealous patent attorney and not a reversal of the “they blew it” rule. It may sound ridiculous when you first consider it, but given the magnetic-activation of the iPad 2’s smart cover, it’s not as outlandish as you believe. Still, we’ll believe it if we see it in a couple of years.

Apple patent looks to create ‘secure magnets’ to unlock your device originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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“Growing” Furniture Out Of Plastic And Magnets

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Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel made these stools with magic by mixing iron filings with molten plastic and creating the legs by “pulling” them up using magnets. When the plastic hardens, BAM — you’ve got yourself a stool. “What the — I’m not milking cows, who the hell sits on a stool anymore?” Who sits on a stool anymore?!?! What the hell do you think I’m blogging from? “The toilet.” Haha, you have no idea how many articles I’ve written from here. “All of them?” Every single one.

Hit the jump for a pictorial of the process.

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iPad 2 and Smart Cover teardown: my god, it’s full of magnets

iPad 2 and Smart Cover teardown: my god, it’s full of magnets
Intrepid DIY repair advocate iFixit has given both the iPad 2 and its matching Smart Cover a full disassembly. While the iPad 2 itself contains few surprises inside, both it and the Smart Cover contain 31 magnets in total. The iPad 2 teardown revealed an internal architecture mostly unchanged from the original iPad . The aluminum unibody has been redesigned to be flatter and thinner than the …
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iPad 2 Sold Out, Blame Newbies
Can?t find an iPad 2? Blame the newbies. A new survey suggests most of those in the mobs that
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Scarce iPad 2s fetch pretty penny on eBay
With no iPad 2 to be found in New York and most other major cities yesterday, online resellers looking to make a quick buck were hawking the device for hundreds more than the retail price. After flying off store shelves in its first weekend, the highly coveted gadget was going…
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Apple’s iPad 2 Cover Attaches With Magnets, Wakes iPad When Opened [VIDEO ]

Apple’s iPad 2 Cover Attaches With Magnets, Wakes iPad When Opened [VIDEO ]
Apple’s created the iPad 2 Smart Cover, offering protection using magnets that easily attach to special metal spots on the company’s new tablet.
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Verizon Wireless iPad 2 landing on March 11
Verizon Wireless has confirmed on its website that it will offer Apple’s iPad 2 starting on March 11. While we figured this would be the case all along, given that Apple gave a March 11 launch date, AT&T and Verizon had not confirmed that the 3G version of the device would be available on that exact date. AT&T hasn’t specifically confirmed that it will launch the iPad 2 on March 11, although we …
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Bought an iPad recently? Get £100 back
If you’ve bought an iPad within the past two weeks, you’re probably feeling a bit miffed that Apple has seen fit to bring out a new, slimmer, flashier model.
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Verbatim’s USB 3.0 Store ‘n’ Go external drives play nice with magnets, your data

Verbatim's USB 3.0 Store 'n' Go external drives play nice with magnets, your data

We’re guessing from the photo up there that Verbatim is saying your data is safe even if you happen to drop a magnetic paperclip dispenser on it. That’s cool, because we happen to have one of those sitting right here on the desk, and for too long we’ve lived in fear of the thing toppling over and wiping the bits right off of our drives. But, the real talking point here is the interface: Verbatim’s first USB 3.0 external storage. It’ll be available in your choice of three sizes, with 500 and 750GB models shipping later this month and a 1TB monster coming in November. Naturally they’re also backwards compatible with last-gen USB but will surely cost well more than those drives who are exclusively down with 2.0. How much more? That we just don’t know right now.

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Verbatim’s USB 3.0 Store ‘n’ Go external drives play nice with magnets, your data originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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