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Boredom…


Most of us find ourselves bored out of our minds at least during one point of our lives, and find ourselves looking for something online that interests us and keeps our minds working.

This is a collection of things that I have compiled that you can do online (and off) when you are bored. You can call it, ‘the unofficial anti-boredom list’.

You can search for music, funny videos, movie trailers, and everything you could possibly think of on these video websites:
Break.com
Dailymotion
Google Video
Hulu
Metacafe
MySpace Video
Netflix (available to you if you are currently using their service)
Photobucket
Tangle.com (formerly known as Godtube)
Veoh
Vimeo
Yahoo! Video
YouTube

If you wish to download some of the videos on most of these websites, RealPlayer and KeepVid are good options.

Game websites with games that you can play:
AddictingGames
Armor Games
Break.com
Cartoon Network
GrandChase
Kongregate
Libregamewiki (see post)
MapleStory
Miniclip
MSN Games
Newgrounds
Pogo
PopCap Games
RuneScape
Shockwave.com
Yahoo! Games

Cool music websites:
Grooveshark
Jamendo (see post)
Jango
Last.fm
LyricWiki
Pandora
Playlist.com

Technology websites that you cannot miss out on, especially, if you are either a nerd or a geek:
BoingBoing
Bored (is there a better place to go?)
Engadget
Giveaway of the Day (daily free software that normally costs money)
Gizmag
Gizmodo
Kuro5hin
Lifehacker
Nerd Approved
O’Reilly Network
PCLaunches
Popular Mechanics
Popular Science
Slashdot
T3

Sometimes you can find interesting books on these websites:
Project Gutenberg (see post)
Podiobooks

Other websites:
Answers.com
Evil Mad Scientist
FreeRice (see post)
Dilbert
Garfield Minus Garfield
i am bored
Instructables
Make
MegaTokyo
Savage Chickens
StumbleUpon
Wikipedia
Wimp
xkcd
Yahoo! Answers

More Stuff:
Learn how to subscribe to RSS feeds to get updates on your favorite websites.
Try not to press the big red button… and, yes, it does have an ending.
Play MMO.
Turn up your favorite music and become a professional dancer.
Become a martial artist… if you are not already… then become a ninja.
Think of clever nicknames for everyone that you know.
Read a good book (Try to stick with non-fiction. Okay, guys?)… or take a nap.
Watch A-Team or MacGyver (the original TV shows).
Chew on a wad of tin foil, and see how long it takes you to spit it back out (If you have fillings, proceed with extreme caution).
Play video games if you have not already.
Count the cracks on the sidewalk or road (ceiling if there are any).
Subscribe to a magazine that interests you.
Start collecting marbles.
Go play trash can ball with crumpled up wads of paper (not papers you need to file or homework).
Go to your library and read up on some good scary/ghost stories, then go find out where the haunted houses are in your town are (assuming they do not happen to be next door).
Organize and add tags to your music collection.
Play with dominoes.
Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you “like it that way.
Find out who the top paid actors are
Go dumpster diving.
Do some cartwheels outside.
What happened in your birth year?
Read Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Finish all your sentences with the words “in accordance with prophesy.
Watch the E*Trade baby commercials.
Build a time machine or a rocket.
Watch a movie or surf around the web for a TV show that you might like.
Reorganize your CD collection, DVDs, books, letters, and clothes.
Text, if you have a cellphone…
Build a fort out of chairs, pillows, and couch cushions, and listen to the William Tell overture real loud.
Chew gum, even if you absolutely hate it.
Start a band.
Repeat the following conversation at least a dozen times:
You: “DO YOU HEAR THAT?
Victim: “What?
You: “Never mind, it’s gone now.
Start a online journal.
Count the number of teeth your dentist has.
Go to a museum and learn some good-ole history.
Buy a set of Transformers toys. Play with them as loudly as possible. If people make comments, tell them with a straight face, “There’s more to them than meets the eye.
Write a short story… then write a novel.
Go to a grocery store, run up to someone, tag them, and say “You’re it.“.
Make a list of your hobbies.
Go on a walk (or run).
Try playing a familiar tune by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce “No, wait, I messed it up,” and repeat.
If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
Get into sports if you are not already.
Run through Home Depot and Walmart and buy everything there than you could possibly want.
Try to develop your inner psychic powers, then use them.
Look at cool robots made from household appliances… and then make your own.
Become an expert boxer on Wii Sports [Resort].
Make a scarecrow to scare the neighbors away.
Give truckers the sign.
Start pumping some iron.
Learn some origami.
Make a movie.
Build a website.
Assemble a puzzle (it has been awhile).
Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
Set or break set a world record.
Get a life (Possibly?).
Watch all of the super bowl commercials on YouTube.
Answer the phone with “This is, _________. What’s your favorite color?
Invite your friends over.
Think of some April Fools’ pranks.
Get throwing knives or throwing stars.
Become a pyromaniac (assuming you are not already).
Go to all the parks in your area.
Get a cap gun at the dollar store and play ‘hold up’.
Buy an exotic pet (make sure that you can take care of it).
Watch grass grow… trees tend to grow faster if you watch them for long enough.
Buy a yo-yo.
Become an expert at shooting rubber-bands backwards (forwards is good too).
Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
Update your website and add flashing GIFs to it.
Paint your room.
Update your MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook for the millionth time… again.
Own in Halo.
Go on a road trip.
Exercise your brain.
Make a plan to encourage at least one of your friends a day (encourage them to pursue something that they like that does not especially interest you).
Buy a voice changer and play around with it.
Mimic the guys from the original Wassup Budweiser Commercial.
Go to your local Walmart and challenge other customers to duels with tubes of gift-wrap… then re-alphabetize the CD section (Careful!).
Drink coffee or tea even if you hate it.
Go to the gun range, and a shoot off a couple of rounds.
Learn how-to Tie-dye a t-shirt.
Read, memorize, or even write some poems.
Invent a board game (bored game).
Get a job.
The Force is real. You just have to concentrate for long enough to figure out exactly how to use it.
Try to be friendly toward people especially family members and strangers.
Expand your vocabulary.
Go through the stuff you have in your closets that you have not used for awhile.
Read comic books.
Figure out what the only country in the world that has freshwater sharks is.
It is time for a movie marathon.
Solve a crossword puzzle, rubik’s cube, or a sudoku puzzle.
Google yourself.
Memorize the periodic table.
Start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions (even when it is not even close).
Become a rapper and post videos of yourself rapping (with or without a friend) on YouTube.
Make a Christmas tree in the middle of summer out of paper, scotch tape, and markers… then buy yourself (or someone) some presents to put under it.
Dye your hair.
Make a FM/AM radio with coconuts.
Build a radio.
Write a script for a video game or a movie.
Experiment with fireworks (only where they are legal).
Listen to your favorite song (or CD) a hundred time in-a-row.
Watch your office slinky fall down the stairs… or your boss trip.
Learn some magic tricks.
Pick some weeds in your garden or in your driveway.
Develop a programmer’s personality.
Become a tattoo artist.
Figure out what the capital of Australia is (for the next time you play ‘useless trivia’).
Learn Pi to a hundred places.
Begin drinking 6 glasses of water a day.
IM somebody.
Figure out where you would end up if you started digging straight down from where you are.
Pack up and go to the beach.
Wash your car… and then your face.
Do a hundred push-ups for your warm up in the morning.
Read Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
See if you can hear the aliens from Vega speaking English.
You are tired of no snow for snowball fights so you make water balloons (that you put in a bucket) to go throw at the annoying neighbor kids every time they come outside (Careful!).
Start a hot cool-aid stand.
Climb a hill.
Figure out what makes you the maddest.
Act like a monk for a day… and tell people that you were raised by Buddhist monks (do not forget to defend your sheltered life and religious upbringing).
Figure out if your city is one of the world’s most vulnerable cities to earthquakes.
Do jumping jacks until you pass-out.
See if you can go six hours before eating again.
Learn how to make games or movies in Blender 3D.
Buy a venus flytrap (do not forget to water it), and search your house or apartment for spiders or flies to feed it with.
Bake cookies, brownies, or even fudge.
Have a pillow fight with your cat or your dog.
Try playing golf with a baseball bat in your backyard (windows will break).
Write a haiku.
Spin in circles until you lose the ability to walk.
Sit in your parked car with your sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at the cars that pass by and see if they slow down.
Buy a scooter.
Eliminate bad habits and obsessions.
Figure out if you live in a city where people are living comfortably.
Go buy a DVD (or Blu-ray disk) of a movie that you have not watched in a while.
Check your email… again.
Write a report on something that only you would understand and awe the people that you know with it.
Take a personality test.
Rap your fingernails on a countertop or your desk.
Go buy everything that could possibly interest you at a second-hand store.
Select a region of the world, nuke it, and see the the damage.
Tint sand with food coloring (or even powdered paint) and create sand art inside jars.
Write letters to your parents (or friends) using crayons.
Go outside!??
Make a list of all the things you do or want to do when you are bored.

Try out some new hobbies:

Acrobatics
Acting
Action figure collecting
Airsoft
Alexander technique
Amateur Radio
Antiquing
Aromatherapy
Astronomy
ATVs
Autograph collection of famous people
Auto repair
Babysitting
Baking
Batik
Basket making
Beachcombing
Beading
Beekeeping
Beanie Baby collecting
Blacksmithing
Bike building
Bird watching
BMX
Boating
Bonfires
Bonsai trees
Building birdhouses
Bungee jumping
Butterfly collecting
Cake decorating
Camping
Candlemaking
Checkers
Chess
Cloud-gazing
Coin collecting
Collecting and making miniatures
Collecting old tools
Collecting personal letters that are sent to you
Collecting small toys (MacDonald’s toys, stuffed animals, etc.)
Collecting Staffordshire figures
Collecting gemstones (crystals and minerals)
Computer graphics
Computer programming
Computers
Cooking
Cosmetics
Creative writing
Crochet
Dancing (Breakdancing, Hip Hop dancing, etc.)
Decorating
Diecast collector.
Dirt Biking
Discovering Ley Lines
Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
Dog training
Dog walking
Drama
Drawing
Dressmaking
Electric trains
Electronics
Embroidery
Family history
Fencing (swords)
Fishing
Fish keeping
Flower arranging
Foreign foods
Free-running
French literature
Furniture restoration
Garden Design
Gardening
Geocaching
Glass blowing
Gluing stuff together
Go-Carting
Golf
Grow your own vegetables
Hair dressing
Hang gliding
High diving
Hill walking
Hiking
Homemade soap
Horseback riding
Hunting
Ice skating
Interior design
Inventing
Join a literature group
Join a local operatic society
Judo
Juggling
Karate
Kayaking
Keeping a Journal
Kite building
Kite flying
Knife collecting
Knitting
Laser tag
Learning a language
Leather-working
Line dancing
Lip reading
Local history
Macramé
Magic tricks
Making jewelry
Make your own instruments
Massage
Martial Arts
Meet people who have the names of famous actors
Metal-detecting
Mini-Golf
Model airplanes
Mosaics
Motorcycles
Mountain biking
Multimedia
Mushroom collecting
Needlepoint
Oil painting
Orienteering
Origami
Paintballing
Paper mache
Parkour
Patchwork
Pen-palling
Photography
Pilates
Playing a musical instrument
Plumbing
Poetry
Poker
Pottery
Public speaking
Quilting
Race cars
Remote control vehicles (RC airplanes, helicopters, boats, cars, submarines, etc.)
Reading
Reflexology
Restoring old photographs
Rhinestoning
Robotics
Rocketry
Rockhound
Rock climbing
Roller Blading
Running
Sailing
Scr*pbooking
Scuba Diving
Sculpting
Sewing
Sharktooth collecting
Shooting (targets etc.)
Shunpiking
Sign language
Singing
Skiing
Sky diving
Smoothie-making
Snowboarding
Song Writing
Spelunking
Sports
Stain glass
Stamp collecting
Star-gazing
Steam engines
Stone circles
Strength Training
Stuntplanes
Surfing
Sugarcraft
Swimming
Tae Kwon Do
Trace the history of your house
Tractor pulls
Train spotting (collecting train numbers)
Trampolining
Traveling
Ticket collecting (movies, attractions, museum, arcades, etc.)
Ultra lite airplanes
Upholstery
Video games
Videography
Walking
Water boarding
Weaving
Web site design
Weightlifting
Welding
Whittling
Woodcarving
Woodworking
Writing
Yoga

If you skimmed this entire article, and you are still bored… read through it again. By the time you have tried a few of these; I can almost promise you, you will never be bored again.

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Real Iron Man – The Weaponry


Repulsors

While I am sure that jet packs are being designed to propel the user from the ground, I highly doubt that they are currently also being designed for use as weapons. However, in the film, the repulsors assist in flight, but with a little tweaking, the glove repulsor thrusters and the uni-beam projector at the center of his chest are utilized for yet another use: firepower.

Tony Stark’s ‘repulsor technology’ has not been invented yet in real-life, but we do have particle beam weapons, lasers, and ‘sound bullets’. In real-life there is some technology similar to repulsor rays that are real or even practicable; most, however, are purely science fiction. The repulsor technology (in the film) does not have moving parts, it imparts kinetic force on the target, it charges quickly, there is no visible thermal or chemical damage, they are independent from the rest of the suit, and there is a recoil when they are fired.

A particle beam weapon uses an electromagnetic field generator to focus ionized particles into a centralized sphere of heat and energy. Which, with a sudden reverse of current, can be shot out in an energy-ball type form. This kind of weapon works by disrupting electric circuits and electronic devices in its targets. It can also damage or melt its target by the electrical resistance heating of the target. If living tissue, such as humans or animals, were to be caught by the electrical discharge of an electron beam weapon, they would be most likely electrocuted.

Most of the weapons in Iron Man are real and practical such as the dual arm-mounted 9mm submachine guns, shoulder-mounted minigun, shoulder deployed bunker buster missile launchers, anti-tank missiles, anti-personnel guns in the shoulders, flare launchers on the hips, multi-fire adhesive grenade launcher on the upper arm, and a one-time-use hand-mounted laser weapon added to the various suits shown in the Iron Man films. They would simply have to be added to the armor itself.

Several experimental particle beam weapons were tested at scientific laboratories such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico by both the United States and the USSR from the 1950s to the 1980s. The U.S. Defense Strategic Defense Initiative Organization put into development the technology of a neutral particle beam for strategic defense applications.

Work on a weapon such as this is being developed by Sandia National Laboratories (a portion of Lockheed Martin Co.) in Sandia, New Mexico. Work on a $40 Million Ion Beam Facility at Kirtland Air Force Base has begun. It will house six accelerators; and is scheduled for occupancy this year.

World's Largest Laser

The quest to design a controlled fusion reaction is currently underway at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF), with scientists reporting that early progress ahead of ignition experiments (which are set to start later this year). The main aim of the world’s largest laser—which is the size of three football fields—is to develop a carbon-free, limitless fusion energy.

Laser-Equipped Robot

The Navy has been testing laser-armed robotic guns for defense against incoming missiles. It has already been used to knock a drone out of the sky. CIWS are generally outfitted with a 20mm Gatling gun, as a ship’s last line of defense against incoming missiles. If they can make the transition to lasers, there are two advantages: first, they do not have to be reloaded; and second, when used on land, there will not be as much shrapnel lying around as they destroy more of the threat than the Gatling guns do.

Sound bullets

At the California Institute of Technology, a team of researchers, in Pasadena think that they have found a way to make sound waves even more powerful with a new type of acoustic lens. It works by generating ‘sound bullets’ that shoot through the air much like a traditional bullet.

Acoustic lenses are used to focus sound in a similar way that an optical lens focuses light. Instead of using glass and mirrors, they designed a acoustic lens that is made of 21 rows of stainless-steel spheres, with each row having its own 21 spheres. By striking the top portion of the lens (the first sphere in each row), it generates acoustic solitary waves so that the researchers can send a compressive wave to each stack or row. These waves are then transmitted into whatever is on the other side of the lens.

Building

Now that you know everything there is to know about the fictional and real-life Iron Man technology, AI, weapons, jet packs, and suits of armor, are you going to learn from these inventors, programmers, and designers and invent/build/design your own. Who knows? You might become the next real Iron Man. Only the future will tell.

Real Iron Man – The Armor


XOS Exoskeleton

The XOS exoskeleton is a powered exoskeleton, which is a powered mobile machine that is worn by a person to perform actions that could not usually be completed without the help of the machine or to protect the user from injury in a hostile environment, created by the company, Sarcos/Raytheon. It allows the user to do two hundred-pound pulldowns easily while only feeling about 10 pounds of the two hundred pounds. Lifting weight with a machine like this is a breeze with the robotic technology that is being utilized in this machine. It also increases the wearer’s reaction time.

The exoskeleton’s built in computer follows and monitor’s the precise movements of the user, borrowing the user’s behavior thousands of times per second. By doing this, the powered exoskeleton amplifies the user’s strength with the help of the robotic exoskeleton. It is powered by an external power supply via a cable.

HAL-5

The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeleton, also known as HAL-5, is another powered exoskeleton that is being developed by Tsukuba University, a Japanese company.

It is a 33.0693 pound battery-powered suit that monitors the muscle movements of the user’s skin through the electrical signal flow. These signals are sent to the computer which converts it into signals for controlling the motors on the hips and knees of the powered exoskeleton, amplifying the user’s muscle strength up to 5 times their normal strength. It was designed for older work force rather than for military use. A company called Cyberdyne is currently mass-producing the suits.

It is powered by a waist-mounted 100-volt battery pack.

An updated robotsuit version was released more recently that improves the user’s mobility and enables the wearer to carry more weight. It is going to be applied in ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and for rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field.

HULC

HULC which was created by Lockheed Martin is another powered exoskeleton with 4 lithium ion batteries. It can be operated for 48-hours. It allows the wearer to travel 10-miles-per-hour while carrying 200 pounds without hardly even feeling the extra weight. This would allow the soldier to carry more equipment without more strain.

ExoHiker

Other suits like the ExoHiker (pictured above) have been made that allow the lower-body exoskeleton to charge itself through the act of walking using regenerative force; while, at the same time, taking a load of the wearer’s back using only a few watts of power. It was created by Berkeley Bionics.

The Trojan

Troy Hurtubise; a Canadian inventor, outdoorsman, and martial artist, spent his entire family fortune, almost one thousand hours of construction, and twenty-years to develop what he says is a “a suit of armor that can protect the wearer against any attack.” This superhuman suit of armor looks a lot like what you might see in video games and science fiction movies. It has been called the ‘Halo suit’, after the fictional MJOLNIR battle armorMaster Chief wears in the Xbox and PC games.

Ever since he was attacked by a bear, he has been on a quest for invincibility, even consulting physicists, biologists, and zoologists about the exact amounts of force and the dangers a human would face should they be in a bear attack.

This is footage of the suit of armor that he created that was intended to protect the user from bear attacks.

This 40-pound suit, which looks something between a commando, ninja assassin, and Iron Man, is what he calls ‘The Trojan’. “It is the first full exoskeleton ballistic suit of body armor.” This suit features two magnetic hip holsters for holding a vast array of dangerous weaponry, a small detachable RC vehicle for seeing around corners or away from the user, laser-targeting sensors that are set to the user’s line of sight, a five-way-radio, a built-in voice changer, a microphone on the arm for recording last words of dying soldiers, pepper spray that can scatter a mob of at least 40 people, a solar powered air-conditioning unit, and a world clock with 20 time-zones near the crotch area. Underneath the armor itself is a substance that Troy designed called “shadow armor” that can stop any knives, bullets, shrapnel, and explosives. The materials for his armor prototypes that he has built were salvaged from his junk yard business, and composites of his own design. It is powered by helmet-mounted, solar-powered battery packs. $150,000 later, he had his own armor that could protect him from almost any attack. At 5 feet, 8 inches Troy is not a terribly tall guy, but when he wears the armored suit, he towers over everyone at 7 feet, 3 inches. His suit of armor is bulletproof, nightproof, shockproof, and bombproof full body armor.

He began hearing from friends from Iraq and Afghanistan asking if he could find a way to help them survive I.E.D.’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) while having the flexibility and lightness required for the battlefield. He began to look at his earlier designs which were based off of designs from Star Wars and Halo because he believes that the best designs come from creativity, not just engineering prowess.

He has yet to secure a contract with the military, but he has already done real-world testing. Troy has said that he could begin mass producing armor units immediately for only $15,000 dollars once he has military buyers.

He began speaking with professionals in the field including the United States Rangers, Green Berets, and Canadian Special Forces. He told them what he was making, and what they needed that should be a part of the suit. He was interrupted and they gave him numerous ideas, which he used when he went about making the design. He believed that he should speak of their needs for a suit of armor with the soldiers instead of the generals and politicians in order to ensure that his armor would succeed where large military Research and Development budgets had failed. He interviewed every soldier that had been in the war zone that he could find. He was told by a Ranger that the helmet needed to be durable against shots-to-the-head, and that it had to have a coolant system in it while working in high temperatures. A sniper told him that when they are in a ambush situations with sniper fire, only the guy in the front can see where the sniper is, and has no way to signal back the sniper’s location so that he can be taken out. So Troy designed a laser tracking system that is perfectly centered that puts a laser beam along the user’s line of a sight, so a soldier just needs to give the order. He also designed the pepper spray so that a soldier that is out of ammunition still has a way of defense and can retreat from dangerous situations. The Trojan suits represent Troy’s vision of the future soldier, which is more like a walking tank that is intimidating to the wearer’s enemies. It was also intended for use by police officers. Despite his claims concerning its protective capability, it has been criticized by some for being impractical.

The Trojan with Shield

He has stood up in raging bonfires, been burnt alive, beaten with baseball bats, picked fights with bears, been hit by speeding trucks, knocked down by chain-held swinging tree trunks, thrown off of cliffs, and been shot at with double-barreled shotguns and by various military grade weapons all while wearing this extremely durable armor.

Sadly, he went bankrupt after spending most of his money on the advanced suit of armor that he created. Although he did try to sell the prototype of the suit on Ebay, the auction’s reserve bid was not met.

Lifesuit (Prototype 14)

The Lifesuit (Prototype 14) was built by Monty Reed with the idea to replace the wheelchair rather than for use in the military. Monty suffered from a severe back injury after a parachute crash and was told that he would never walk again. So he began his work on the Lifesuit. It is powered by compressed air that allows the suit to move 2.5 miles per hour. Prototype 14 (or LS14), the latest build of the Lifesuit, uses a system of compressed air that automates the process, and also allow the wearer to pick up objects that are as heavy as 200 pounds.

Three versions of the suit are currently being developed; the Home Suit, which is a type of walking wheelchair; the Rescue Suit, which aids workers at disaster sites, allowing them to lift and clear rubble with ease; and the Rehab Suit, which assists everyone from the elderly and paraplegics to train and exercise their bodies.

Arc Reactor

While the power sources of most of these machines are not portable, it is currently impossible to power such machines with the same kind of power that is necessary as Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor which is (in the first Iron Man film) a clean energy source. The ARC Reactor’s energy that is generated by his suit contains even more energy than any existing nuclear power plant. Creating a device as small and as powerful such as this one; if it existed, would solve many of the world’s power problems assuming the materials (if any) could be obtained.

Real Iron Man – The Artificial Intelligence


Jarvis

Chad Barraford, who currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, was inspired by the movie Iron Man and decided that he wanted to turn the fictional AI, Jarvis (the speaking AI that allows Tony Stark to monitor his home, workshop, and build his Iron Man armor) into a reality. Using RFID tags, wall speakers, X10 home automation system, xTag wireless microphone, and doing it all using a 4-year-old Mac Mini computer that features built-in speech recognition for $691.98 he did just that.

His digital life assistant (DLA), which he calls “Project Jarvis”, listens and talks to him, monitors his apartment; changes the lighting, AC, and controls his household appliances, and keeps him up-to-date on current events. It gives/sends him real-time weather reports, breaking news, information on his Netflix account, bittorrenting, assistance for cooking, check stock quotes, Facebook notifications, and it even can track his Amazon packages. It can give him notifications about his bills, spending, income, bank fees, unusual spending, etc. Jarvis can also access Chad’s GPS using the Google Latitude service so Jarvis knows where Chad is located.

Not only can he give it commands via Instant Messaging, a remote, or Twitter, but it can also talk back, and recognize Chad’s own voice. This works because of the system that he developed (using the AppleScript programming language) that allows his words to be interpreted through MacSpeech Dictate on his Mac Mini.

Now that you already know all about Project Jarvis, you probably want a DLA yourself. When asked if the product would become available, Chad responded and said that he wanted to develop it to meet his own personal needs, and to create a two-way connection between him and his apartment. He recently stated that he would be releasing Project Jarvis as open source software soon so that it could become developed further by a community of programmers.

So what is Project Jarvis?

Overview of Project Jarvis.

Project Jarvis’s fancy alarm clock and wake up alarm.

Read More:
Projectjarvis.com
YouTube channel

Is this the future of personal computers? is Apple going to jump on this and develop their own DLA? is Microsoft? is Google? only time will tell.

Real Iron Man – The Suit


Ok, by now you probably know that I like the movie Iron Man, but I still have not seen the second movie (how does that work?). So I assume that you probably know now that the title above is a bit misleading, but you really should keep reading…

War Machine

Iron Man Mark VI and War Machine
Iron Man MKV ('Suit case armor')

Anthony Le, a 25-year-old fitness consultant, prop maker, and budding filmmaker who currently resides in Colorado, was inspired by the first Iron Man film and knew he wanted to build his own Iron Man suit. He built the War Machine suit instead of the familiar Iron Man suit because he believed that “it just looks more hardcore”. He also built an advanced replica of the Mark VI that Tony Stark himself wears in Iron Man 2. The design of the Mark VI is similar to the War Machine suit, but it does not feature its own machine gun.

Iron Man

His first suit was more of a costume than his new suit (a version of the War Machine), which was made from materials from Wal-Mart and Home Depot—high-impact urethane, rivets, washers, and a servo motor for the faceplate which is activated from a button inside the chest-plate. He based his design of the War Machine on sketches and concepts of the suit (from the Iron Man 2 movie) that he found on the Internet since the movie had not been released in Theaters at the time that he built it. The rest of the suit was painted silver after it was completed. The helmet mold was made with clay, and the final product was made from a liquid resin mix. The eyes and chest-plate have working LEDs in them. The machine gun, which is mounted on the shoulder, is made from PVC pipes and other materials; it also has a motor and a belt drive which makes it spin much like the real thing at the push of a button (which is located inside one of his gloves). The machine gun could be easily modified to serve as a airsoft or paintball gun. The batteries that power the lights, motor, and servo are located inside the suit’s frame.

After a month and more than $4000 dollars later he had his own ‘War Machine’.

Check out this video of both Iron Man and War Machine (Anthony) fighting masses of invisible enemies.

He also has a zombie version of the War Machine suit.

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