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“La la la la. I can’t hear you.” Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, might’ve just as well made those comments with his hands firmly cupped over his ears, as the firm’s chief number cruncher told attendees at today’s Goldman Sachs investor conference, “Unlimited is just a word, it doesn’t really mean anything.” While Sprint and T-Mobile would certainly take issue with that statement, Shammo then dug the hole deeper by saying, “That whole unlimited thing, I think, is going by the wayside.” These comments were made in the context of Shammo playing up the carrier’s shared data plans, wherein he explained his belief that consumers “think they consume a lot more data than they really do.” Shammo also revealed that Verizon has converted more subscribers and devices over to the new scheme than it’d initially anticipated.
Naturally, change within any industry takes time, but now that Sprint is in a position to offer unlimited data at a meaningful speed and T-Mobile has climbed aboard the bandwagon, Verizon may have to change its tune if a significant number of consumers decide that unlimited isn’t dead after all. You can view the entire transcript at the source link below, but consider this: would you take unlimited plans into consideration when shopping between carriers, or is Mr. Shammo right that consumers really don’t use that much data? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.
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This is a video presentation of a robot arm that sprays a mixture of sand and ater and some type of adhesive to develop these intricate, organic-looking sculptures. I don’t understand about you, however if I saw a robot arm making sand castles on the oceanfront I ‘d bury it and then provide it a large ol’ sand peen. Wait, no– a SMALL one. In fact, I take that back too– I would certainly merely bury it and await the tide to come in and electrocute it. Yep, that’s exactly what I would certainly do. Oooooor use coconuts to spell out ‘HAVE YOUR WAY WITH ME, MERMAIDS” and lay in the search all butt-ass naked like a starfish.
Hit the jump for a video of the thing in action.
Envious of your animal hermit crabs’ 3D-printed domicile? Maybe you must cast your green eyes upon the Stone Spray project, an Eco-friendly robotic printer that’s checking out the viability of ground as a structure material. Although making real structures is a bit from the robotic’s reach, its group has actually taken care of to print a series of scaled sculptures (such as feces, pillars and load-bearing arc structures) out of sand, soil and a special solidification composition. The machine’s jet-spray nozzle seems to have an easier time creating objects over per-existing scaffolding, however the group is trying to make structures that do not call for the added support. “We wish to push further the perimeters of digital manufacturing and check out the possibilities of an on-site fabrication machine,” the team writes on the project’s homepage, mentioning makeshift printed bridges or an on-beach canopy as possible applications of innovation. If the Earth itself does not make a green sufficient structure material, consider this: the Stone Spray robotic can easily be powered by solar energy alone. Check it out in all of its sand-sculpting magnificence in the video presentation below.
: Misc. GadgetsStone Spray analysis project prefers to print bridges with sand, renewable energy originally appeared on Engadget onSunlight, 05 Aug 2012 23:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink Design Boom, DVICE|Stone Spray Project|Email this|Comments
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Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com.
Seen here preparing to leap on top of a building, Boston Dynamics‘ latest robotic killer, the Sand Flea (the evolutionary decedent of their Precision Urban Hopper), looks to gain entrance to a building from above. Note to self: keep a fire going in the fireplace at all times. The four-wheeled creeper can allegedly clear obstacles up to 30-feet high and undoubtedly fill an upstairs bedroom with poison gas quicker than you can say, “Honey — did you hear something?” and her respond, “You probably woke your self up farting again, go back to bed.” (I said fast, not instantaneous)
Hit the jump for a worthwhile video of the leaping creeper in action.
There really should be no argument when I say that a case for your iPhone 4 is nothing short of necessary. Unless you’ve got cash to burn, the iPhone is just too damn expensive to leave unprotected. The only problem is that most of them make your phone pretty clunky, which sucks since Apple works hard to make the iPhone as slim as possible. Unfortunately, the only trade-off for all the heft is protection against impact. But what if you drop your iPhone in the toilet?
The folks at Catalyst have an answer for you: EscapeCapsule.
This thing is more than just a tough exo-skeleton. Made from a high-impact clear polycarbonate, the case protects against water, rain, snow, sand, mud, impacts, scratches… everything. Did I mention water? You can also double-check whether or not the case is securely sealed around the phone through the clear shell.
Catalyst says the phone’s hardware buttons are protected through a specially designed membrane, as is the touchscreen. The camera works surprisingly well with the cover on, proof of which can be found in the video on the project’s Kickstarter page. The case also comes with an attached lanyard to go around your wrist while you’re playing in the ocean with your iPhone. Because with the EscapeCapsule, you can play in the ocean with your iPhone. Crazy.
The case comes in a number of colors, but if you make a pledge on Kickstarter you’ll get Catalyst’s Kickstarter-only edition Capsule — a green case with a white glow-in-the-dark rubber bumper and a glow-in-the-dark lanyard. It’ll take a $ 50 pledge to pre-order your very own EscapeCapsule, which is an OK deal considering Catalyst plans to sell the case for $ 70 when it officially becomes a reality.
As of right now, Catalyst has 28 days to reach its $ 30,000 funding goal. It has thus far received $ 3,780. Head on over to Kickstarter to check out a video of the EscapeCapsule in action.
These are grains of sand magnified 250x. I have no clue if representative of typical grains of sand like you’d find stuck to a dog turd at the beach, or if they had to pick through a bunch on a magic beach to find some really good ones. In reality, most sand probably looks pretty unspectacular under a microscope (and even more so though a telescope). Also unspectacular under a microscope?:
your MY penis. See what I did there? I took one for the team. It’s called sportsmanship or something. I dunno, I never played sports in school. I did play ‘Magic: The Gathering’ during lunch though.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots of the hidden beauty.
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Solar Sinter solar-powered 3D printer turns sand into glass, renews our faith in higher education (video)
Where would we be without the world’s graduate art projects? In the case of Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter, we might never have seen the day when a solar-powered 3D printer would turn Saharan sand into a perfectly suitable glass bowl. Well, lucky for us (we suppose) we live in a world overflowing with MA students, and awash in their often confusing, sometimes inspiring projects. Solar Sinter, now on display at the Royal College of Art, falls into the latter category, taking the Earth’s natural elements, and turning them into functioning pieces of a burgeoning technology. Solar Sinter uses the sun’s rays in place of a laser and sand in place of resin, in a process that is perhaps more visually stunning than the results. See for yourself in the video after the break.
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