Smiley News Blog

08 Jul

12 iPod Touch HDTV

The smart guys of Mongoose Studio have come up with something really innovative and impressive which most of the people have only imagined but perhaps would not be able to turn into reality.

They did something that even though looks simple, is not actually that simple. It took them 13 iPod Touch and a few technical efforts and the result is that we can see a big screen made of 12 iPod Touch lying together and displaying a movie on it. Unbelievable but true that the Mongoose Studio created a big screen by keeping 12 iPods lying and looking like a big screen where they have showcased a Walt Disney movie to the much wonder of the spectators.

Creating a big screen by keeping together a bunch of small screen can be said to be there in the nature of man. Would you not like to put all screen together in a way that it looks giant. But alas! You can only imagine the screens together as a giant screen but to an extent it is futile as making it work like a big screen is not that easy. That is what the project of the Mongoose Studio who put their best efforts to create a screen out of 12 iPod Touch possessing a screen size of 3.5 inch each.

You can check out the video release of their efforts of creating a big screen tout of the 12 iPods and that definitely is praise-worthy. That only proves the hard work and efforts put behind this project. To run and control the video and functions of the 12 iPods creating the screen, they have used another iPod Touch that delivers the commands.

If seen as a whole then they have done a magical work and the efforts are unmatchable. But still if the work is being observed closely and its good and bad things are being noticed then yes, there are blunders as well. There is no doubt about the synchronization and in fact, they have been able to raise quite many eye brows but still the work lacks perfection. They too even had something better than this in their mind which perhaps could not turn out to be the exact thing.

But all said and done, it must be admitted that the people who did it behind the name Mongoose Studio are genius and whether they split the files in the devices or it was something else, that still is a wonder.

30 Apr

Citroen Metropolis Concept

Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis – a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China’s extraordinary development. Created by Citroën’s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.

Reflecting China’s avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in ‘Créative Technologie’, balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure. Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km – approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.

Metropolis’ distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century. Powerful and engaging, Metropolis’ subtle ‘Pearl Silk’ body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model’s generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.

Metropolis blends taut lines with smooth surfaces, evidenced particularly at the front where the sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille merge with the harmonious contours of the bonnet. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, Metropolis carefully balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines – incorporating an active spoiler – and signature Citroën design flourishes, such as a concave rear window. Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while ‘origami’ quarter-lights appear to float in the air – and also house a light source.

Metropolis’ powerful hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox. At low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW). At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque. When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque – equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine. There’s also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.

Delivering a smooth and cosseting ride experience, Metropolis is specified with Citroën’s renowned Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the car’s aerodynamic performance – further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

China is the world’s largest automotive market and Citroën’s second largest outside Europe – having been established there for 20 years. The Shanghai World Fair is the perfect opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and to show, once again, the importance it places on the needs and expectations of this rapidly developing market. With Metropolis, Citroën demonstrates that a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities can create a beautiful vision for the future.

20 Apr

Suwa Onbashira Septennial Festival

When Onbashira takes place (once every 6 years, or every 7 by traditional Japanese reckoning), all 200k souls in the Suwa region participate as it is an immensely revered festival here. It is also reveled by upwards of 2 million visitors who come to see the spectacle of men riding massive logs as they are slid down perilous slopes. The logs, 17 meters in length and weighing 12 tons, are then manhandled 10km from the mountains to one of 4 shrines.

There they are erected into the corner posts of the new shrine buildings, with some men defying death by riding the logs as they are stood into position. This 1200 year old festival is celebrated as one of the major “masculine” festivals in Japan.

16 Mar

World’s Fattest Woman in the Future

Super-sized Donna Simpson already weighs in at 43st but is aiming to double her size to become the world’s undisputed fattest woman.

Ms Simpson loves nothing more than showing off her body in front of the cameras.

But what makes Donna different from other online pin up girls, Donna is a 43-stone mother of two.

Donna, who wears XXXXXXXL clothing is thought to be the world’s fattest woman.

She is already in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest woman in the world to give birth.

Donna’s goal is to reach 72 stone but she thinks this may not be practical.

12 Mar

Irina Antonenko from Yekaterinburg crowned Miss Russia

Irina Antonenko from the Urals city of Yekaterinburg was crowned Miss Russia 2010.

Along with the title and the crown, Antonenko received a cash prize of $100,000.

The title of first vice-miss went to Irina Sharipova, representing Russia’s Volga Republic of Tatarstan. Olga Kononenko of another Urals city, Chelyabinsk, was named second vice-miss.

Miss World 2008 Kseniya Sukhinova, Miss Russia 2009 Sofya Rudneva and Miss World 2009 Stefania Fernandez attended the pageant as honored guests.

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