While Wonder Woman's bracelets can deflect bullets, for a mere $15,000 you can get a device that not only does the same, but can tell time, too. The Tread 1 by Los Angeles-based Devon Works is a unique timepiece that's described as "space-aged and bulletproof haute horology for the wired generation."
Exactly how Space Age is this watch? Instead of quartz crystals and gears, the Thread 1 comprises four belts that are only 2/1,000 of an inch thick turned by an individual microstep electric motor. To ensure accuracy, an optical sensor tracks the … Read more
If you frequently use Outlook on your desktop and Google Docs for Web-based documents, the Harmony Outlook add-on for Google Docs offers the best of both worlds by pinning the "cloud" to your desktop. When in Outlook, Harmony will display your Google Docs in a sidebar. From here, you can open, read, edit, share, and create new documents. There are other benefits, too, like turning desktop files into new Google Docs from the Harmony sidebar, and dragging and dropping a Google Doc into an e-mail as either a link (the regular dragging action) or as a physical attachment (… Read more
Bowers & Wilkins staked out its claim as Britain's highest-profile speaker manufacturer long ago, and it's now easily the country's best-selling brand. B&W speakers are favored by audiophiles and grace many of the world's top recording studios.
I recently wrote about B&W's terrific new headphone, the P5, which was introduced at the same time as the MM-1 computer speaker. They're both extremely handsome designs, and that's something we've come to expect from B&W.
The speakers black cloth grilles and brushed metal trim are indeed tasteful; the shiny black and chrome remote is also pretty slick. The remote controls power, volume, play/pause, and next/previous track selection for iTunes. The speakers make a cute little "plop" sound and the left speaker blue LED flashes when you raise or lower the volume. The MM-1 feels right.
The MM-1 is pretty small; it's 6.7 inches high and 3.9 inches wide and deep; they have a 3-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter. The right speaker houses four 18-watt Class D amplifiers, two of which power the left speaker. I noticed the powered speaker's aluminum top panel runs warm to the touch. The USB connection is fed to an "audiophile" quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that incorporates equalization to increase the 3-inch woofers bass output.
We can't agree with B&W's "no need to add a subwoofer" claim. Computer speaker systems with high-quality subs, like Altec Lansing's Expressionist Ultra MX6021 PC speaker-subwoofer system ($199), can produce dramatically more and very high-quality bass. This Altec system is one of the very best I've heard, with great dynamic power and overall clarity. Then again, you can't add a sub to the MM-1, but the wee B&Ws take up a lot less room than the Expressionist Ultra MX6021. As always, size does matter.
Listening to streaming radio with the MM-1s, sitting about 2 feet away from them, was mostly not so pleasant. The streams grit and harshness were all too evident. But there were exceptions, and the MM-1's woofers got a nice workout from WFMU.org's 128k MP3 reggae programming. Bass was deep and punchy, though no match for the mighty Altec sub.
The MM-1 all too clearly revealed marginal sounding MP3's shortcomings, so I mostly played CDs for my MM-1 listening sessions.
The MM-1's bass on the opening organ passages from Philip Glass' "Koyaanisquatsi" CD were fairly deep and clear, without the bloated boom we've heard from a number of computer speakers. … Read more
On Center's On-Screen Takeoff (OST) is a sophisticated electronic plan viewer and onscreen takeoff tool that can help users in the construction trade quickly prepare accurate bids. You can use it to view, annotate, and measure electronic plans as well as obtain quick and easy calculations of areas, volumes, and other specifications, even curved surfaces and areas. It integrates tools for calculating, preparing, and submitting bids for a wide range of construction-related trades, including concrete, flooring, roofing, and landscaping. It can be used with plotters and digitizers as well as the developer's proprietary interactive pen.
OST's zipped … Read more
Writers have been using note cards to organize their thoughts for years. Mindola's SuperNotecard for Scriptwriting takes the time-honored technique to a new level by combining virtual note cards with a word processor optimized for scriptwriting. You can drag and drop note cards on your screen, link them together in scenes, create outlines, and edit elements as you write.
The program opens with a nag screen, a sparse interface dominated by the main display, and a dialog for starting a new project or opening an existing one. Right-clicking a card calls up its properties. We started a new project, … Read more