Posts Tagged ‘General’

DARPA’s New Super Scope Uses Heat Haze As A Focusing Lens

30 Sep

DARPA Super-Resolution Vision System (Image courtesy The Future Of Things)
By Andrew Liszewski

DARPA, aka the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aka the people who brought us the internet are currently working on a brilliant way to vastly improve the optical system in a soldier’s rifle scope. It’s being called the Super-Resolution Vision System (or SRVS) and it relies on atmospheric turbulence effects where heat haze can essentially work like a fragmented lens, briefly magnifying random parts of whatever’s behind it. The phenomenon is officially known as ‘atmospheric turbulence-generated micro-lensing’ and since the boiling and motion of the heat haze is completely random, the SRVS system rapidly takes many images and then processes and collates them to form a single sharper image of the larger area being observed or targeted by a soldier. It’s not quite real-time as of yet, but the improvements in image quality as seen in the sample above seem to far outweigh the downsides.

Because of the need to interpolate the full image from fragments, the SRVS system will not operate in real time. Delays of approximately one second are anticipated before the composite image is shown to the viewer. DARPA hopes to achieve 90% facial recognition of an individual one kilometer away using a six centimeter lens that will fit into the form factor currently used for military scopes. The image resolution would be approximately three times that of current diffraction-based scopes. The increase in effective distance of the new scopes has not been released (or is not yet known).

The SRVS technology is just at the proof of concept stage at this point, but DARPA is planning to build a 4-pound prototype by the end of 2009 that could see action by 2011 if testing goes well.

[ The Future Of Things - DARPA Developing Super Scope ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

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Home Swimmer Makes Tethered Swimming A Reality

18 Sep

Home Swimmer (Images courtesy HomeSwimmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

As someone who speaks fluent Simpsons, when I first saw this Home Swimmer device I immediately thought of the episode where Bart is forced to join ballet after missing out on signing up for all of the popular sports, including ‘T.S.’

Skinner: [over PA] Attention, students. It’s time once again to choose a gym class for the coming term so let’s all prove how adult we can be by filing to the gym in a calm and orderly manner…even though it’s first come, first serve, and the most popular sports fill up fast.
[A mass hysteria takes over as everyone rushes to the gym]
Willy: [getting trampled] Aah! Too many wee ones.
Richard: This gets uglier every year! Any sign of Bart and Milhouse?
Lewis: No…and if they don’t get here soon, it’ll be T.S. for them.
Ralph: [at "tethered swimming"] I don’t feel right.

And I can’t say for sure if the Home Swimmer was inspired by the sight of Ralph thrashing around in the Springfield Elementary pool while tethered to the edge, but deep down I’d like to think it was. Basically it’s another take on the ‘endless pool’ concept which allows you to swim for hours without ever hitting the edge and having to stop to turn around. While it might seem a little embarrassing to use in public, for home use it’s cheaper than installing an actual endless pool which uses a constantly running current of water to keep you stationary, and considerably cheaper than installing an Olympic sized pool in your backyard. The Home Swimmer system comes with all of the poles, straps and connectors you’ll need in addition to the belt that keeps you in place, and is available from the company’s website for $89.99.

[ Home Swimmer ] VIA [ Popgadget ]

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Catch Me Today @ LuluLemon in Houston…

06 Sep

I’ll be doing yoga poses today in the store window between 1-2pm! If you are near the Highland Village area…come check it out!

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Back on “Great Day Houston”!

27 Aug

I was back on the show yesterday to promote Fit. We were nominated as one of the best gyms in Houston! I think my self-defense move would have looked a little more convincing if they had gotten a shot of us from the waist down (I was kneeing him and stepping on his feet!). You can check out the video HERE

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Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphones

26 Aug

Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphone (Image courtesy Andrew Liszewski

If you’re like me and truly hate the annoying wires connecting your MP3 player to your earbuds, you’ll like these wireless alternatives from Sennheiser. While they’re no where near as small as a set of wired earbuds, they’re definitely the most discrete wireless models I’ve seen to date. Instead of Bluetooth, they actually use the Kleer Corporation’s digital transmission technology, and while it works in the same 2.4 GHz range as BT, it actually allows for the transmission of uncompressed CD-quality sound.

They do require you to carry a transmitter with your MP3 player (or any device with a headphone jack) but that seems to be a minor inconvenience. On a full charge the transmitter will last for about 10 hours, while the earbuds will last for about 3 to 5 hours. However, they come with a special carrying case that has a built-in battery of its own allowing you to fully recharge the earbuds up to 3 times. All in all the only real dealbreaker I can find is the $499.99 price tag from, and unfortunately it’s a big one.

[ Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphones ] VIA [ Cool Material ]

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Cari’s Playlists

21 Aug

Thought I would share a few of my current playlists with you guys in case you are getting tired of listening to the same old tunes! Here is a mix of what I listen to while working out and also my playlists for a couple classes that I teach. Enjoy!

My Latest 5k Race Playlist:

When I Run Sprints (shorter workout on treadmill):

What I’ve Become - Ashlee Simpson
Break the Ice - Britney Spears
Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
Elevator (feat. Timbaland) - Flo Rida
Shawty Get Loose - Lil Mama
See You Again - Miley Cyrus
Fuego - Pitbull
Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
It’s Not My Time - 3 Doors Down

For My Boxing (bags) Class:
Back In Black - AC-DC
Shawty Get Loose - Lil Mama
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Move Shake Drop Remix - DJ Laz
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Disturbia - Rihanna
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
Vertigo - U2

For My Yoga Class:
Oogway Ascends - Hans Zimmer & John Powell Kung Fu Panda Soundtrack
Beloved (Thievery Corporation Remix) - Anoushka Shankar
Shade and Honey - Sparklehorse
Chaiyya Chaiyya - Sukhwinder Singh & Sapana Awasthi
Drifting Away - Faithless Reverence
Magnificent (feat. Kardinal Offishall) - Estelle
Breakdown - Jack Johnson
Easy (feat. Norah Jones) - Anoushka Shankar
Yin & Yang Remix – Brent Lewis
Song With Crystal Bowl F – Big Secret Music Group

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AquaFit 19DT – Exercise Machine And Hot Tub In One

08 Feb

AquaFit 19DT (Image courtesy Dimension One Spas)
By Andrew Liszewski

This isn’t the first device I’ve written about that uses water to enhance your exercise routine, but it’s definitely the most elaborate. The AquaFit 19DT or ‘Dual Temp’ is an oversized hot tub that can provide you with a vigorous workout, or a relaxing soak. One side includes equipment for rowing exercises, cardiovascular activities like running or jogging as well as an endless pool for swimming stationary laps. The other side, which can actually be set to a different temperature is a bit more relaxing with fully adjustable, hydrotherapy jets perfect for a post-workout massage.

Not surprisingly the AquaFit 19DT comes with a price tag of about $40,000, not including installation and the necessary preparations for where you’re going to install it.

[ AquaFit 19DT ] VIA [ Bornrich ]

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Garmin Forerunner 405: And I just bought the 205 (!!)

04 Jan

I just got the Garmin Forerunner 205 — I didn’t need the heartrate monitor in the 305 — and now they go and launch this touch-sensitive 405. Drives me nuts!

Runners can track their speed, distance, heart rate and location accurately and effortlessly, and the revolutionary patent-pending touch bezel on the face of the watch makes navigating the options easier than ever. Simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel, runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge a Virtual Partner™. The Forerunner 405 makes training with a Virtual Partner easy and efficient. Runners can adjust the Virtual Partner’s pace without stopping in the middle of a workout, and the Virtual Partner is always on and ready for a challenge.

The Forerunner 405 is water-resistant (IPX7) and can be used outdoors or indoors (with an optional foot pod), making it the ultimate year-round, all-weather training tool. And the high-sensitivity GPS receiver sustains satellite reception, whether you’re tackling a trail or jogging through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. When a heart-rate monitor is used, the Forerunner 405 helps athletes train in their optimal range of effort. An optional speed/cadence bike sensor helps cyclists monitor their pedaling cadence and wheel speed. At only 60 grams and available in two colors – black and sage green – the Forerunner 405 fits in at the gym, the office or out on the town.

Once the workout is done, the training is far from over. Using ANT+Sport technology, the Forerunner 405 sends workout data to the user’s computer via automatic wireless data transfer. There’s no need to take off the watch or bother with cables as the computer automatically syncs with the Forerunner 405 as soon as the user enters the room. And the data transfer is a two-way street. Runners, joggers, cyclists and hikers can send courses, goals and workouts to their Forerunner 405 before they begin, and then the data gets sent back to the user’s computer when the workout is over. Athletes can log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with coaches, friends and family and participate in an online fitness community at Garmin Connect™ — Garmin’s online training site ( previously known as MotionBased. Users can also share courses and workout data from one Forerunner 405 to another through wireless data transfer.

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