Posts Tagged ‘Whiteboard’
Traditional whiteboards are great for nearly everything but portability. Scribbling down physics problems? Sure. Impromptu game of tic-tac-toe? Of course. Folding up and putting it in your pocket? Not really possible with a normal whiteboard. But the Noteboard isn’t a normal whiteboard. It’s a dual-side, foldable whiteboard that might just change the world (but probably not).
When unfolded the Noteboard is about the size of 27 notecards but it collapses into a pocket-friendly package. The Noteboard costs just $ 10 and includes a band to keep the whole thing together along with a black whiteboard marker. Sure, you could probably make one yourself, but not for $ 10.
As the creator notes on the website, the Noteboard is a great alternative to tablets and even paper. What he doesn’t mention is that whiteboard markers can be pretty messy at times, leaving behind a sort of greasy junk. However, for $ 10, it could be a novel tool for the constant note taker, occasional scribbler or the start-up founder desperately brainstorming ideas for a pivot.
The only way I could like this cool little whiteboard wall clock better is if there weren’t even any numbers on there. And maybe if there was a little more space to write on the top an bottom. Do they think nothing happens between 12 and 6?
[via 7 Gadgets]
The Robocalypse is coming closer and closer: a team of researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology and Tokyo City University, led by Dr. Petar Kormushev, has “taught” Fujitsu HOAP-2, a mini humanoid, how to clean a whiteboard. In the amazing video embedded below, you can see a human showing the little guy what to do, followed by him replicating the actions.
Background from the makers:
The presented approach allows a free-standing, self-balancing humanoid robot to acquire new motor skills by kinesthetic teaching. The method controls simultaneously the upper and lower body of the robot with different control strategies. Imitation learning is used for training the upper body via kinesthetic teaching, while at the same time ankle/hip reaction motion patterns are used for keeping the balance of the robot. During demonstration, a force/torque sensor is used to record the exerted forces, and during reproduction, a hybrid position/force controller is used to reproduce the learned trajectories in terms of positions and forces to the end effector.
And it’s getting better. The researchers say that their “upper-body kinesthetic teaching” method can pave the way to developing robots that are able to handle various “vertical surface related tasks”, i.e. cleaning windows or painting walls.
Here’s the video:
More pictures of Fujitsu HOAP-2 can be found here.
Thanks for the tip to “Tipper Tipper”!
AirSketch for iPad review: a realtime browser whiteboard
AirSketch is a new application from Qrayon LLC which, at first glance, seems to be just another basic whiteboard app. Upon closer examination, however, it turns out that the application has one important feature up its sleeve that sets it head and shoulders above the rest: drawing progress can be viewed in real time using any Web browser with rudimentary HTML5 support, as long as it’s on the …
Readers offer their best tips for preventing stuck jar lids, making dry-erase notes without a whiteboard, and simple cloud-based SMS to-do lists.
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Keep Jar Lids Loose to Avoid Sticking
Photo by Listener42.
Rhys Moses lets us know that loose jars will still seal without the trouble of opening them:
Want to make sure the lids on your glass jars don’t stick when you put them in the fridge? When you put on the lid, make sure to tighten it just a little, so it feels almost too loose. The cold air in the fridge will seal it shut just fine, but not too much. When you go to open it, you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
Use a Mirror Instead of a Whiteboard for Quick Notes
Photo by Jonathan Goforth.
mrsayao shares a dry-erase surface that works just as well as a whiteboard:
To keep from forgetting things and to avoid the need of a whiteboard, I usually scribble a quick note on either the bathroom mirror or the one near the door to my house with dry erase markers…
Not only are mirrors more sturdy than cheap whiteboards, they also look a bit nicer and are easier to put in plain sight by the door—even if does say “Get Milk” in big letters on it.
Use Google Voice as a Cloud-Based, SMS Reminder System
Hunter Dyar lets us know that you don’t need services like Evernote and Remember the Milk for cloud-based notes and reminders:
I have started to use my rarely-used Google Voice number for text-message reminders; I just send a text message to my G-voice number, and then check it when I get back to the computer. I send myself voice-messages from other phones sometimes too, but waiting through the rings is not as pleasant. Having tried (the honestly better) RTM and failing, failing with evernote (which never hit its niche), I am surprised that I have stuck to this one as long as I did. — keep in mind it isn’t a to-do list, just reminders, such as a song I liked on the radio, or the page numbers for a school assignment.
Pre-Mix Powdered Ingredients for Quick Hot Chocolate
Photo by Anne Norman.
Nicholas shows us how to conserve time when using powdered ingredients:
I have a container of unsweetened cocoa powder. It’s tedious to mix in sugar every time I make it, so I just mixed the appropriate amount of sugar right into the container. It’s the same principle behind pre-mixed pancake mix. I follow the suggestion on the container to know how much sugar to mix in. Now it’s just as easy as instant hot chocolate packets!
And of course, seeing as the idea was borrowed from pancake mix, this will work with pretty much anything that uses powdered ingredients. Don’t forget to label your containers with the instructions too, for really efficient hot-chocolate making.
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