Larry Ellison aside, those Middle Eastern businessmen sure do put Silicon Valley to shame when it comes to extravagant displays of opulence. Typically, we don't get names to accompany the tales of pimped-out Airbus A380s and the like, but generally the price tags speak for themselves. My favorite new "oh my gosh, I can't believe how much cash that guy spent" story was covered in the British press earlier this week: a band of partiers, led by an anonymous Dubai cash cow, spent a total of $210,000 at the posh London nightclub Crystal last Saturday … Read more
I am joined today by the wonderful Tim Moynihan, who schools me on the tech that I'm definitely going to need at some point in the future (brainwave-reading headgear, anyone?) We also ask the one of the most important questions of the year: Will it blend? A special thanks to CNET member Austin for that one! Here are the rest of the links for today:Robot bloggers on way--Crave frets Veronica plays with WoWWee McDonald's robot Please don't pop the light-up inflatable bar Next week I'll be in Austin for South by Southwest! Hopefully I'll … Read more
If you think you can fool a breathalyzer by downing a whole tin of Altoids, don't bother (we have friends who've tried). Besides, testing for alcohol levels by breath may soon be a thing of the past thanks to newer technologies.
Take this machine from a company called TruTouch Technologies, for example, which tests for blood alcohol by analyzing the skin and can yield results in 30 seconds. Uber Review says the technology uses "infrared reflectance spectroscopy," which we're all familiar with, of course.
Just don't mistake it for a toy cash register, or … Read more
A Colorado company called Alcohol Monitoring System has created an ankle bracelet that weighs only half a pound and makes hourly BAC checks. According to Gizmowatch, 4,000 people are already wearing these bracelets, one of whom may or may not be your cranky, Jim Beam-loving neighbor. This way, authorities can keep tabs on repeat offenders and make sure they aren't getting behind any steering wheels. It's being used as part of a program that goes by the fantastic acronym of SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring).
But there's one thing this gadget's missing: a cool … Read more