The BRIX from Gigabyte is an ultra-compact (29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4 mm) and versatile DIY PC kit available with a broad choice of processors covering a range of performance points. The BRIX redefines the desktop PC in terms of miniaturization with a form factor that sits in the palm of your hand. Ideal for compact HTPC builds or as a standard desktop in the home or office, the BRIX doesn’t hold back in terms of display and peripheral connectivity, or raw performance.
With a broad choice of processors covering the entire performance spectrum, the BRIX sets a new standard for desktop miniaturization that makes it perfect as a discreet HTPC/multimedia hub, an ultra-low power PC for the family, an office PC or as a digital signage unit. GIGABYTE designed the BRIX to be smaller and lighter than currently available products, with a stylish glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminum frame. The BRIX comes complete with a Gigabyte compact form factor motherboard, Wi-Fi module, VESA mounting bracket and power adapter, requiring only an mSATA SSD, SO-DIMM memory and OS. Requiring only SO-DIMM system memory and mSATA SSD, the BRIX gives users the flexibility to independently choose integrated storage and system memory sizes, without the trouble of sourcing components that are not widely available on the retail market.
With support for HDMI and DisplayPort, the BRIX can power two displays simultaneously, making a perfect choice as a high productivity PC in professional and home environments, or in any number of industrial and commercial multi-display application. Bundled with a VESA bracket, the BRIX can easily be mounted behind a monitor or HDTV making it discreetly hidden from view. This offers a simple and elegant way to turn any VESA-compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit.
May 25th, 2013
Justin Beckerman, an 18-year-old student at Mendham High School in New Jersey has built himself a fully-functional one-man submarine. Yes, it actually works! He has taken it up to six feet underwater.
Justin has been building stuff since he was a kid, tinkering with miniature jet-engines, remote-controlled cars and more from an early age and now he has his own sub. This kid will be a Bond villain in no time.
The auction price for one of the original (and still working) Apple-1 computers started at $ 116,000 and was expected to fetch somewhere between $ 260,000 and $ 400,000 when Christie’s put it on the block in Germany. Instead, it set a record: $ 671,400, or about $ 520,000 euros.
The previous record, according to the New York Times, was set at an auction of another working Apple-1 last year at $ 640,00. (We’ll resist the urge to make an “Apple tax” joke here.)
Originally, the Apple-1 sold for $ 666.66 back in 1976 (or roughly $ 2,700 when adjusted for modern-day inflation). It’s possible that there were only 200 Apple-1’s ever made, and reportedly only 50 or so still exist, which makes them rather rare. The fact that the last two still work is incredible. Read more…
We’ve always found products of Japanese designs to be fascinating. Recently, we came across yet another idea rooted deep in the Dotonbori Canal in Osaka, Japan, that could very well give way to one of the world’s largest swimming pools! Currently, plans are being drawn up for an 800-m swimming pool that will be integrated into the Dotonbori Canal. With a completion date set for mid-2015, this pool will have water independent of the canal. According to the plan, a massive 12 m wide tank will be added to the canal. This tank will be filled with treated water and will not use filtered water from the canal.
The pool is being planned as an effort to make the Dotonbori district a little more attractive than it already is and draw visitors. For the project, a private firm called Dotonbori River Poolside Avenue was formed. The project is expected to cost about $ 490 million and no public funding will be allocated to the Dotonbori Canal pool. A one of a kind concept indeed, the Dotonbori Canal will be one of the first in the world to include a swimming-lane of sorts.
[Via - Gizmag]
Few images of Samsung’s first Tizen device has been leaked. The phone is identified as Redwood (GT-I8800) and is seen here running Tizen 2.1 OS that was announced at the Tizen Developer Conference yesterday.
While full specs are still a mystery, the phone will hopefully have a 720p display and is confirmed to have S Voice that is only found on Samsung’s Android-running Galaxy devices.
The site that published the images claims the device will be given away to 500 devs for developing apps for the Tizen OS.
Yahoo is apparently determined to show that it can do more than pay $ 1.1 billion for a bunch of teenage girls’ blogs. Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg that Yahoo has submitted an offer to buy video streaming website Hulu, a sign that the company is still considering ways to counter the enormous video streaming clout that Google now holds with YouTube. Yahoo was interested in buying a majority stake in French video streaming website Dailymotion earlier this year but that deal fell apart after the French government reportedly threatened to block it. In making an official bid for Hulu, Yahoo will be competing with Time Warner Cable, which is considering buying a 33% equity stake in the company. It’s unknown at this point whether Yahoo’s bid for Hulu will just be for a similar shared stake or if it plans to be more aggressive and buy a majority stake in the firm.