Stuff Office Cat’s Diary – 14/08/12
360-degree Mars photos online
NASA's Curiosity rover might be busy exploring the Red Planet but that hasn’t stopped it from taking the time to grab some holiday snaps. And those clever fellows over at 360 Cities have stitched them together for a full 360-degree look around Mars. Office Cat is looking forward to marking his new territory.
Office Cat hears that Korean researchers have found a way to print “rectennas” – a cross between an antenna and a current converter – to deliver information from print using NFC. That could mean the end of pesky QR codes – Office Cat has celebrated the occasion by coughing a fur ball onto the office fan, the prankster.
Uncharted gun holster for sale
If gaming gear appeals, this official Uncharted gun holster must have you twitching with excitement. While Office Cat prefers to use his claws – an elegant weapon, for a more civilised age – if you're a trigger-happy gamer you can tote your piece and show your alliegance with this cool gun holster. If only Office Cat lived in America, this could be part of his daily wardrobe.
Set your iPad free
There’s nothing quite like a face-to-face chat, but go-getters like Office Cat don’t like sitting still for conference calls. That’s why the Double, a Segway-like stand that turns your iPad into a telepresence robot, is ideal for busy executive types like him. It can even adjust its height for chats with the vertically challenged (and felines), and while stopped it automatically deploys a kickstand to save battery. Pre-order one now to save US$500 (£320) off the $2500 (£1590) asking price.
Where we're going, we don’t need roads. This real-life hovercraft version of Back to the Future's fantasy time machine may not make it to 88mph, but it can do a hefty 45mph on the water – pretty quick considering it has no brakes. Great Scott!
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