Tetrius magnet set

22 Aug
2006

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The Russian designer Artemy Lebedev (Optumus and Optimus Mini Keyboards) has prepared a new fun product – a set of magnets with the shape of Tetris blocks.

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The magnet set includes seven possible Tetris figures each consisting of four elements. In complex words of Greek origin (tetra) means “four”, which is essentially where the names of the Tetris game and these magnets come from. Tetrius sticks to a fridge, an office whiteboard or any other metal surface to hold your important notices or reminders…

The price of the Tetrius magnet set is about $7, to be available on November 1st.

If you want to pre-order a Tetrius magnet set…

You’ll always be prepared when wearing the 686 Rocker Stud Toolbelt, because it doesn’t only hold your pants in place… This belt comes with all the standard tools you will need to be always prepared for everything. It comes with detachable double prongs with #2 philips and #2 flat head screwdriver, detachable loop with 8mm, 10mm and 1mm wrenches made from steel. The buckle comes with a bottle opener and the belt itself is made form waterproof leather. So now you can be always prepared to repair everything, prepared with style 😉

The price of the 686 Rocker Stud Toolbelt is about $50.

Visit 686’s Men Belt Collection for Fall 2006…

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This is a project by three guys at the University of California: Santa Cruz in the Fall of 2005 and Winter of 2006 as part of their senior design class. The goal of FRE3SPACE was to create a wireless mouse that could operate in three dimensions. In other words, while holding the mouse in the air you could move your arm left or right, up and down, towards and away, in relation to your computer.

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This project was completed in March of 2006 with some success. The mouse does work, and the position of the mouse can be detected with an accuracy of 3 centimeters, over a range of 1 to 6 meters, with the position being updated 25 times per second. The mouse contains 5 general use buttons whose status are also updated 25 times per second. The mouse is also rechargable by simply plugging it into the wall with an AC adapter. The mouse will last about 14 hours on a single charge. Mouse coordinates and button states are sent to the PC over a USB link.

The system would cost roughly $550 to construct additional units, and more than half that cost is for an Altera NiosII FPGA Dev Kit. If a new design for another PCB that contains the FPGA is made, this could lower the non-mass-produced system cost to under $400.

Powerpoint presentation of the FRE3SPACE project…
More in-depth information about the project in this Doc file…
The official website of the FRE3SPACE project…

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