Friday, August 26, 2011

Brother Announces AiRScouter, Its See-Through Head-Mounted Display (Video)

Brother has announced that it is bringing out AiRScouter, a head-mounted and transparent transmissive liquid crystal display. When worn, the device creates the impression of a 16-inch screen that’s about one meter away from user’s eyes.

Brother Industries Ltd. (President: Toshikazu Koike, hereinafter BIL) has announced the commercialization of its "AiRScouter" see-through type head-mounted display.

Brother has already secured an agreement with NEC Corporation (President: Nobuhiro Endo, hereinafter NEC), which will adopt the product as the display for its own business-use wearable computer "Tele Scouter®". And from this autumn Brother Sales, Ltd. (President: Shunsuke Katayama, hereinafter Brother Sales), a subsidiary of BIL will start the shipment of AiRScouter to NEC.

Brother Sales will also start its own sales activities focusing on companies specializing in systems development or architecture and aim to expand the sales for industrial use including assembly support in the factory.

AiRScouter is a head-mounted, see-through type display that allows images from computers and smartphones to be viewed by the wearer. Images appear as if they were in front of the user. The technology includes a high-definition liquid crystal panel, with mirror reflected light making the image visible, as if they were shown on the translucent display.

Head Mounted

  • Users can use both hands whilst viewing the image. They do not need to move or change their eye directions to get sources they want to see.
    Therefore, operational efficiency is improved.


  • Users can see an transparent image without impacting the field of view.
    Therefore, it improves certainty of operation and ensures security.

Letters are clearly viewed in full color

  • The size of the image viewed by a user is the same as one viewing a 16 inch full color display at a distance of 1m.
    It is possible to read down to 12-point font with AiRscouter and suitable to read instruction manuals.

Small size and light weight

  • AiRScouter is compact and the display weighs approximately 64g. By using titanium as a material of frames the overall weight including the display, glass, frames and cables is approximately 106g.

Low power consumption

  • Electricity consumption of AiRScouter is about 1/20 of one consumed by a standard 16 inch LED display. Therefore, AiRScouter contributes to the reduction of environmental burdens.


  • Users can wear AiRScouter with a helmet or cap.
  • When combined with a camera, headset and communication system, it can facilitate operational support from a remote place.
  • Frames for people who wear glasses are provided.
  • Users can adjust the focus point from approximately 30cm to 10m, using an adjustable dial attached on the display.
  • Users can adjust the display to the best position using a position adjustable system which slides the display from side to side and up and down.

From above feature, BIL foresees potential needs on AiRScouter at various different worksites, such as product assembly, products and parts picking, and maintenance and repair, where operators need to read instructions as they work.

The Brother Group will focus on developing and expanding the new business under its Mid-Term Business Strategy "CS B2015".


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj, A Camera With A Builtin Projector.

The COOLPIX S1200pj: Share with Flair
Building off of the award winning innovations from its predecessors, the COOLPIX S1200pj encourages a new level of content sharing with a powerful and brighter 20-lumen built-in projector. For added versatility, the COOLPIX S1200pj works with an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® allowing users to project images and movies stored on these devices as well as online content. In addition, the camera maintains the ability to project content from a computer, such as presentations of multimedia content. The COOLPIX S1200pj also offers improved operability including illuminated icons and raised controls for easier access, even in the dark. Projecting an image up to 60-inches wide, the COOLPIX S1200pj helps make a big impression, whether in front of clients during a business meeting or at the center of a party.

The COOLPIX S1200pj includes must-have features to help capture great photos and movies including 14.1-megapixel resolution, 5x Optical Zoom, HD (720p) movie capture with stereo sound and a 3.0-inch LCD screen display to help compose at the touch of a finger. The user can also add their artistic touch to their images with a variety of Special Effects and Filter Effects. Compact enough to slip into a pocket, the COOLPIX S1200pj goes wherever life takes it.

The COOLPIX S1200pj will be available in mid September 2011 for an estimated selling price*** of $429.95 in black and pink.
The Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj, A Camera With A Builtin Projector.

Friday, August 19, 2011

MSN Hulu Using SuperCookies To Track You (How To Remove Included)

While ago MyAdlets showed you how to remove supercookies using flash to track you and now there are two more reasons for you to check your computers, be it PC, MAC or Linux.
It was revealed that Microsoft's MSN and Video site HULU has been tracking users using SuperCookies.
These hard to remove supercookies are used to monitor the info of those who visit these sites and can provide significantly more information than standard cookies. For instance, they can suck up your entire browser history.
Microsoft has said they did not know why the supercookies were used (yes we believe you M$) and has removed the code once informed.
Hulu which used Kissmetrics code to create their superCookies, say that they are investigating the matter. Perhaps while they are investigating, you can find other video sites.
You can use MyAdlets link above to remove and block flash SuperCookies.
If you are a Firefox user, you can use Betterprivasy extension to protect against SuperCookies. Also CCleaner can remove SuperCookies from Windows Computers. Mac users have

Via Gizmodo

Monday, August 01, 2011

Tie And Die Google Map Of Berkeley! Thanks To Rorschmap

One half of the Kaleidoscopic Berkeley
Ever wonder what what Google Maps will look under the influence of drugs that makes one go kaleidoscopic? Now you can do that without needing the harmful drugs, thank to Rorschmap This Google Maps mashup by James Bridle so much fun I had multiple kaleidoscopic views of Berkeley CA. You can easily send your own location on a trip!

Rorschmap via Kottke