2012 Sep 26, 6:24 2011 Apr 7, 2:31 2011 Mar 7, 9:13
Instructions for a DIY bluetooth glove with mic in pinky and earpiece in thumb.
2010 Nov 21, 9:00 2009 Jan 8, 5:49
Gloves with the ends of the index finger and thumb missing for using phones and the like while keeping the rest of your hands warm. Good idea!
2008 Oct 13, 2:40
Watch out for too good to be true washing services (or free network traffic anonymization): "The laundry would then send out "color coded" special discount tickets, to the effect of "get two loads
for the price of one," etc. The color coding was matched to specific streets and thus when someone brought in their laundry, it was easy to determine the general location from which a city map was
coded. While the laundry was indeed being washed, pressed and dry cleaned, it had one additional cycle -- every garment, sheet, glove, pair of pants, was first sent through an analyzer, located in
the basement, that checked for bomb-making residue." From the comment section of Schneier on Security on this topic: "Yet another example of how inexpensive, reliable home washers and dryers help
terrorists. When will we learn?"
2008 Jun 6, 3:03
My GPS was stolen last night or this morning and I'm missing it already. For instance when I drove to Novus glass repair to get my front passenger window replaced I drove down the wrong road for a
When I got out of my apartment this morning there was a police car sitting in my parking lot and the officer asked me: "David? ... What'd you leave in your car?". My face must have changed a lot
when I had the following sequence of realizations: (a) a police officer is asking for me by name, (b) I'm not in trouble, (c) my car must have been burgled, and (d) my GPS must be stolen.
The officer was waiting outside my complex because someone had reported my car's broken window to the police in the morning. The officer was very courteous and upon taking my date of birth noted
that we were born on exactly the same day. The window's safety glass was shattered and lying in tons of tiny pieces all over the passenger seat, my glove box was open and the middle armrest where I
keep my CDs was open. Nothing appears to be missing other than the GPS, the GPS power cable, and the GPS dash mount. Adding insult to theft, the their scattered my CDs throughout my car and didn't
take any of them, insulting my taste in music.
My car's window should be repaired now and hopefully the rain that came in through the broken window until I covered it with plastic bags (classy!) didn't do any permanent damage.
2008 Feb 11, 7:39
FTA: "This is an experiment for the White Glove Tracking project, made with Java and processing. Source: Engine.java, DataFrame.java all: giantglove.zip."
2007 Jun 7, 5:29
The other day I had the best idea for my Wii remote. Clearly I should use it to control the rotation of Tetris pieces in my N-dimensional
Tetris game Polytope Tetris
. One of the issues I described with Polytope Tetris
is user input. Given a Wii remote the
user could rotate a piece through 3 dimensions in a manner that's much easier to adjust to than particular keys on the keyboard.
Anyway, I did a little research
into how this might work. I knew that the Wii remote used infrared for absolute positioning and
Bluetooth for everything else (LEDs, speaker, accels.) I bought a Bluetooth adapter
for my PC after realizing that none of my
computers had one already. I used GlovePIE
to ensure that my Wii remote could connect and successfully communicate with my computer.
GlovePIE is actually pretty cool -- it provides a simple script layer over the Wii remote to control things like your mouse.
Since Polytope Tetris is in Java I looked for and found a Java library for operating with the Wii remote
and a long forum thread discussing its use
. I then read up on Bluetooth in Java
. Apparently JSR 82 is the name of the standard that describes the API a Bluetooth stack should expose
in Java. That is, to get Bluetooth working in Java one needs an additional package for Java that actually implements the Bluetooth Java API. This package would depend on the system so I suppose I
can't fault Sun for not including it... Where to find such a package? I found a comparison list of implementations
and tried the ones
that support javax.bluetooth. None of them
worked for me because none can address USB devices it seems or they cost money and I couldn't get the trial version working. I also tried
(not listed on the previous list) which seemed promising and could produce an address for my Wii remote as a connected device but couldn't use
And I thought that after I found the Wii remote Java library it would be easy... Oh well...
2007 May 20, 2:39
GlovePIE provides a simple scripting interface to Wii remotes. It also comes with a bunch of premade scripts for example wiimote accel. controls the mouse.