In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy had to click her heels three times to get home to Kansas.  Now an English  shoemaker is making those three clicks a reality.
Dominic Wilcox, from London, has invented a pair of shoes that can help you navigate anywhere you want to go. All it takes are three simple clicks.
The shoes are called “No Place Like Home” after Dorothy’s famous line from the movie.  The heel of the left shoe is hollowed out to hold a GPS unit. A small antenna, covered in red fabric on the back of the shoe reads signals from GPS satellites. To start the GPS, you just click your heels three times. A magnet in the right shoe and a sensor in the left detect when you’ve done it.  The GPS is powered by a small battery similar to that in a cellphone.
There is a computer program that allows you to plot your destination on a map, which you upload to the shoes via USB cable. The left shoe has a circle of LED lights on the toe that light up to show you the direction you need to go.  The right shoe has a line of LEDs that act as a progress bar, telling you how close you are to your destination. The shoes communicate via wireless.
The shoes have red calf leather inside, homage to Dorothy’s red shoes, Wilcox said.
Wilcox was commissioned by the  Global Footprint project to design a pair of shoes. He was allowed to make any shoe he wanted.
“I thought about the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and Dorothy and how she clicks her heels three times to get home,” Wilcox told ABC News. “I thought, ‘Is it possible to make that real in some way using the technology that we have?’”
Wilcox said he doesn’t have any plans for the shoes yet, calling them a “work in progress.” He originally made one pair just for the exhibition at the London Design Festival, but because of all the attention they’ve been getting, he may try to make more, he said. Either way, Wilcox is taking extra care to protect his creation and trying not to use the shoes, although he said they do work.
Wilcox is now a designer based out of London and he creates a variety of objects, sketches and installations. Recently, he designed several watches that had small sculptures balancing on their hands.
The idea for his GPS shoes was simple.
“I just think of ideas and make them,” he said.

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy had to click her heels three times to get home to Kansas.  Now an English  shoemaker is making those three clicks a reality.

Dominic Wilcox, from London, has invented a pair of shoes that can help you navigate anywhere you want to go. All it takes are three simple clicks.

The shoes are called “No Place Like Home” after Dorothy’s famous line from the movie.  The heel of the left shoe is hollowed out to hold a GPS unit. A small antenna, covered in red fabric on the back of the shoe reads signals from GPS satellites. To start the GPS, you just click your heels three times. A magnet in the right shoe and a sensor in the left detect when you’ve done it.  The GPS is powered by a small battery similar to that in a cellphone.

There is a computer program that allows you to plot your destination on a map, which you upload to the shoes via USB cable. The left shoe has a circle of LED lights on the toe that light up to show you the direction you need to go.  The right shoe has a line of LEDs that act as a progress bar, telling you how close you are to your destination. The shoes communicate via wireless.

The shoes have red calf leather inside, homage to Dorothy’s red shoes, Wilcox said.

Wilcox was commissioned by the  Global Footprint project to design a pair of shoes. He was allowed to make any shoe he wanted.

“I thought about the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and Dorothy and how she clicks her heels three times to get home,” Wilcox told ABC News. “I thought, ‘Is it possible to make that real in some way using the technology that we have?’”

Wilcox said he doesn’t have any plans for the shoes yet, calling them a “work in progress.” He originally made one pair just for the exhibition at the London Design Festival, but because of all the attention they’ve been getting, he may try to make more, he said. Either way, Wilcox is taking extra care to protect his creation and trying not to use the shoes, although he said they do work.

Wilcox is now a designer based out of London and he creates a variety of objects, sketches and installations. Recently, he designed several watches that had small sculptures balancing on their hands.

The idea for his GPS shoes was simple.

“I just think of ideas and make them,” he said.

Washit: Shower and Wash Your Clothes At The Same Time!?

Washit : A Shower Cabinet and Small Washing Machine In One

Combining a shower cabinet and small washing machine is the main concept of Washit. This project aims to save more water by utilizing the same water that you use for taking a shower to wash your clothes at the same time. Washit concept brings lots of benefits both in domestic life or public facilities such as airports and fitness centers. Save more money on your water bill,this product will definitely change your daily routines, no more washing clothes in bulk. Every time you take a shower, it means you have the chance to wash a few pieces of clothes without having to spend extra water. There’s a special filtration system that will transform waste water from showering into clean water to wash your clothes.

Designers : Ahmet Burak Aktas, Adem Onalan, Salih Berk Ilhan and Burak Soylemez

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Washit can be modified specially for public usage. You can access the washing machine from inside the shower cabinet, in this way, there’s no need to get out to put your clothes into the machine. Public Washit features the ability to refresh clothes with Airwash technology, thus enables you to take your clothes back quickly without any bad odors. The plumbing system features 2 water pumps, 3 filters (carbon, organic and chemical), 1 heater and water storage unit. While you take a shower, Washit gathers waste water from shower cabinet through its filters and straight into the water storage. In this way, all water in storage is filtered and ready to be used again either for showering or washing clothes. Just in case the machine needs more water, it can automatically fill itself from the water supply lines.

So…what do you think Gadget Girlies and Guys?  Want to shower and wash your clothes at the same time?  It is very “green”!

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Prototype Intel technology hopes to replace typed passwords.
The technology developed by Intel labs uses a camera and a biometric sensor to recognize the unique patterns of veins on a person’s palm, identifying them to online services instead of having to type in a password.
Once identified, the software would allow the user to access all online services that accept the technology as a method of identification. A tablet or smartphone would also use accelerometers to detect when it gets put down, logging out of all services at that time.

Making laptops, tablets and smartphones responsible for identifying users would take that requirement away from individual websites and do away with the need to individually enter passwords into each of them, Iyengar said.
“We plan to work with service providers to take full advantage of this,” he said.

8bitfuture:

Prototype Intel technology hopes to replace typed passwords.

The technology developed by Intel labs uses a camera and a biometric sensor to recognize the unique patterns of veins on a person’s palm, identifying them to online services instead of having to type in a password.

Once identified, the software would allow the user to access all online services that accept the technology as a method of identification. A tablet or smartphone would also use accelerometers to detect when it gets put down, logging out of all services at that time.

Making laptops, tablets and smartphones responsible for identifying users would take that requirement away from individual websites and do away with the need to individually enter passwords into each of them, Iyengar said.

“We plan to work with service providers to take full advantage of this,” he said.

Twitter Offers Advice for Journalists

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It’s been a little less than three months since Mark Luckie left The Washington Post to become manager of journalism and news at Twitter, and now he’s got some advice for journalists using the microblogging network.

Working in conjunction with Twitter’s Platforms and Analytics team, Luckie combed through thousands of tweets sent by journalists and news brands towards the end of 2011 to find out what behaviors generated spikes in retweets, replies and follower growth. Most of his findings were predictable, but a few — like the fact that sharing others’ tweets in full using the automatic Retweet button rather than quoting their tweets generated triple the engagement — were surprising.

We’ve summarized Luckie’s full set of recommendations, below:

  • Tweet your beat. “Journalists are the experts in topics they cover, and should bring that same knowledge and energy to Twitter,” says Luckie. That isn’t to say journalists shouldn’t tweet about things that don’t fall within their beat — but data shows that journalists see the highest levels of engagement and growth in followers after sending tweets related to their core coverage areas.
  • Don’t only post your own stories. Journalists and news organizations who post content from sources outside their companies see higher engagement levels overall.
  • Live-tweet events. Some journalists on Twitter joked that they expected to lose half their followers while live-tweeting Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement last week. It turns out that live-tweeting boosts the rate of follower growth by 50%.
  • Use hashtags. #Journalists would probably #lose some #followers by #tweeting in #this #style, but using hashtags for live events or ongoing stories can help increase engagement by 100% for journalists, and 50% for brands. Luckie pointed to CBS Chicago’s use of the #drewpeterson hashtag throughout coverage of the Kathleen Savio murder trial. “They really ended up being the big authority for the trial by establishing the hashtag,” he said. “Other news organizations started using it as well as people at and interested in the trial.”
  • Use @mentions. “If you include @mentions rather than just URLs, you’re absolutely going to grow your followers and traffic at a higher rate than what you would just by tweeting links,” says Luckie. In other words, it’s better to use “@gadgetgirlies” than “Gadget Girlies.”
  • Use the re-tweet button. Tweets that are re-tweeted in full using the automatic Retweet button are retweeted three times as often compared to tweets that are quoted.

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*this article is directly form Mashable.com and is written by them

Hi-Fun Calling!

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For all of my gadget girlies and guys who live in cold weather and/or seasonal climates…we love this…just love it!!  Now, you can actually be talking on the phone with your fingers, just like you did when you were a kid!

Keep your own digits warm while calling someone else’s thanks to these Bluetooth-equipped gloves, one of which is embedded with a thumb speaker & pinky mic that can be activated via a button on the cuff, allowing you to answer phone calls Inspector Gadget-style while keeping cell radiation away from your Brain.

Specs:
Buetooth talking glove! 
hi-Call is a Bluetooth glove that allows you to talk through your hand. 
The left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewed into thumb and pinkie, in order to speak to the phone, while protecting from cold. 
A pair of warm gloves, perfect for every sport, from skiing to running, with hi-Call you can control the touch screen of your smartphone thanks to the capacitive technology.

Compatible with: all mobile phones with Bluetooth

Components:
Charging cable microUSB to USB included 
Operating range: 12 meters 
Battery lasts up to: standby 10 days - conversation 20 hours 
Sizes: man and woman 
Garment can be dry cleaned 
Colors: black, grey

Approximately $64

 Click HERE to watch a video of it in action