The Next Generation Electric Pet. I-SODOG from Tomy, I-SO Cute…

Takara Tomy, makers of all things remote controlled, toys that not only children dream of, have previewed the next generation robotic pet. Unveiled at the Tokyo International Toy Show the Omnibot I-SODOG is a mini high-tech bundle of cute.

The second robot from Tomy, a follow up to their bi-pedal i-SOBOT, I-SODOG the Tomy dog can dance to music, shake hands, learn new commands and even chase the cat while being remote controlled.

Set for release in time for Christmas Tomy’s I-SODOG is the next generation of electronic pet. Far more than a remote control dog, with his own evolving personality and artificial intelligence he is as smart as he is cute.

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Next Generation Console Update. The Xbox Next Details Leaked…

The mighty ship Microsoft has sprung a leak. The “IEB Roadmap” document details Microsoft’s plan for the Xbox until 2015 and were briefly available to the public, originally through website Scribd. Microsoft’s lawyers, Covington & Birling LLP, were quickly sent in to sniff out and take down any remaining copies. All sites that were hosting the file have now received the take down notice, and have complied.

The IEB Roadmap builds an interesting picture of the Xbox Next, the name Microsoft will use for the next console. Putting the Next Xbox at the center of our entertainment needs Microsoft hopes to make the console more than just the king of big screen TV gaming. With a multitude of input devices, PVR functions, media serving and highly integrated network functions the X-Box Next is being billed as the one box to rule them all, in the living room.

The age of the document is being question at the moment, with it being up to 2 years old. It mentions the use of a PowerPC chip for backwards compatibility, something that has been removed from the specifications. This does also help to confirm that the Xbox Next will be using an X86 processor, likely supplied by AMD.

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BMW M5 Bullet The Video. High Performance Art or Poetry In Slow Motion…

Celebrating 40 Years of the M brand BMW Canada have this week released a most stunning video. Bringing the Art back to promotion with the video titled ‘M5 Bullet – High Performance Art’. With super smooth slow motion action on display the video has been a smash hit, passing a million views on YouTube in its first two days. It will eventually make it onto TV as the new BMW M5 commercial.

Filming took place in the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Accelerating hard the M5 shoots out of the barrel of a very large gun, the desert backdrop hides the scale of the exercise. The BMW F10M M5 continues on its trajectory, racing across the desert, destroying everything in its path. With all of the destruction captured in spectacular slow motion the video makes for captivating viewing.

Included for your viewing pleasure is one of the most creative car commercials in years, sit back, relax and let the high speed destruction begin.

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AWARE-2, The Gigapixel Camera…

The pixel obsession continues. The gigapixel revolution approaches, representing a future next generation of digital camera. Recently been demonstrated by researchers at Duke University AWARE-2 is the gigapixel shooting creation of Dave Brady who, with DARPA funding, constructed his happy snapper from off the shelf parts.

Not a compact camera, at a little over a half meter square. The camera integrates 98 HD micro-camers, each with 14 megapixel sensor, all grouped around a spherical lens. Together, they take in a field of view 120 degrees wide and 50 degrees tall. By positioning these high quality micro-cameras behind a shared lens, it becomes possible to process different portions of the image separately and to correct for known distortions and see what would normally be hidden.

“Rather than showing a camera angle that the producer lets you see, the viewer will be able to see anything in the scene that they want,” Brady says.

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Microsoft Surfaces: Tablets, Monster Surface and the SmartGlass SDK. The Other Side of the Paradigm…

Microsoft, software behemoth and now pervader of all things touchy feely, the software giant is experiencing a course correction, a change in direction. With a single consistent platform in mind they have been making much noise about the new Windows 8 Operating System. Now they have released upon the world the rest of the equation. With demonstration of Surface we have the opportunity to see the other side of the glass, the hardware.

With the first tangible hardware running Windows 8 on display preparations for its release along side the Windows 8 platform are well under-way. The release is imminent if the demonstration hardware is any indicator. Although the hardware crash during the video presentation wasn’t flattering, it was hilarious. See the Fail video at the end of the article for Microsoft’s latest Fail moment.

The entire Windows 8 eco-system is now becoming apparent. Joining the Surface tablets in the new Windows 8 eco system is the imposing 80-inch Surface for the corporate world. Also, for the developers amongst us, Microsoft has this week released the SmartGlass SDK which allows anyone to create applications that to integrate the X-Box 360 and all Windows 8 devices.

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Reinventing Spectacular. The Aston Martin AM310, the Return of the Vanquished…

Aston Martin, makers of sumptuous sports cars have previewed their latest luxury super car, the AM310, the brand new 2013 Vanquish. As part of it’s centenary celebrations next year Aston Martin has by-passeed all social protocol and made its own birthday present for the occasion, the AM310 Vanquish.

Today Aston Martin has released the official photo gallery and preview video for their new reinvention of spectacular. With the Vanquish badge in place on the boot Aston Martin have also confirmed their birthday presents name.

Replacing the DBS as Aston Martin premier edition this will be the most expensive model in the family. First seen on display at Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance – celebration of historic cars – last month. The final production model is expected to be released in August at the Pebble Beach auto event in California, ready for sale next year.

How will Aston Martin fake surprise at it’s 100th birthday party?

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Vodafone’s Inspector Gadget Booster Brolly…

Vodafone, European mobile phone network operator have given the world a glimpse inside their R&D labs, revealing a high-tech multi-purpose inspector gadget umbrella.

Not only is the umbrella a signal booster for your Vodafone mobile but it will also charge your phone using the integrated solar cells and battery. But wait there’s more, it can also guide the way around the midnight munchies run at the festival with an integrated torch and it will even keep you dry in an English summer storm, being an umbrella.

The booster brolly was on display at this years Isle of Man TT. While it may still in testing at the R&D labs of Vodafone, as long as Inspector Gadget doesn’t kill anyone with it a retail version will be released in time for the European summer festival season, it is currently only a PR tool. Don’t be surprised to see the Vodafone Umbrella in the background of the Olympics.

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Return of The Spy In The Sky, The X-37B Touches Down…

After a mysterious 15 month, 469 day mission the X-37B space plane has returned. Touching down at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a cold Saturday night the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV-2) returned to Terra-firma.

When the X-37B was initially launched from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket the mission was intended to last only 9 months. Not that any information was available on the original mission objectives. When the mission was extended for an unknown period, 6 months as it turns out, the rumour mill started churning at an even faster rate.

There are currently two X-37B’s in testing, OTV-1 and OTV-2, usually one is in the workshop while the other is in orbit.

The X-37B was originally designed as a portable toolbox for the space shuttle, with the dimensions designed to allow it to fit snugly in the shuttles pay load bay. When the shuttle was retired the X-37B stepped up to the mark.

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Transporting UFO’s. The Cowley And Washington Beltway UFO’s…

Once upon time in the west, in time gone by, the railways were the lifeblood of a country. Transport is now, more than ever, fundamental to the modern world. Recently a number of videos have appeared on the internet that depict strange unknown aircraft being transported. Capturing the world’s attention, generating intense interest and setting imaginations alight.

The most recent incident captured on video saw an enormous mystery aircraft transported through Washington DC. Witnesses on the highway at the time reported a UFO being transported through the American capital, causing intense interest and chaos as it went by. Other similar incidents have also been recorded on Route 77 Crowley County, Texas and California.

Transportation is a funny thing, no matter how secret or expensive, everything has to be transported, everything is carried by a truck at some stage. UFO’s and secret military aircraft are no exception.

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The Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived or How To Hire A Zombie Intern …

Zombies, the walking undead seem to be springing back to life in large numbers at the moment, if you believe the headlines in any case.

While the impending zombie apocalypse has preppers – those preparing for the apocalypse – stocking up on zombie ammunition, here at Highpants we thought we would take a different approach.

Partly driven by a boss always looking to save money, our new lord of the underworld, and partly to learn the truth about zombies we set off on an adventure of discovery, we would be hiring a zombie intern. ‘Zombies may just be the workforce of the future’ the boss thinks out loud, ‘finally the boss gets to chain someone to their desk’ i think.

Being busy behind the scenes here at Highpants, a full site rebuild underway, its all hands on deck, Zombie hands included. With the Zombie Apocalypse guide handy the hunt for a zombie intern was on.

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