Rescue Me: Minisode 9: “Sweat”

Intel Cuts Electric Cords With Wireless Power System

Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets.

Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm’s annual developers forum in San Francisco.

Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer.

Most importantly, the electricity was transmitted without zapping anything or anyone that got between the sending and receiving units.

“The trick with wireless power is not can you do it; it’s can you do it safely and efficiently,” Intel researcher Josh Smith said in an online video explaining the breakthrough.

“It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field.”

Examples of potential applications include airports, offices or other buildings that could be rigged to supply power to laptops, mobile telephones or other devices toted into them.

The technology could also be built into plugged in computer components, such as monitors, to enable them to broadcast power to devices left on desks or carried into rooms, according to Smith.

“Initially it eliminates chargers and eventually it eliminates batteries all together,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of Intel’s wireless power system.

“That is potentially a world changing event. This is the closest we’ve had to something being commercially available in this class.”

Previous wireless power systems consisted basically of firing lightning bolts from sending to receiving units.

Smith says Intel’s wireless power system is still in an early stage of development and much research remains before it can be brought to market.

Rattner spoke of technological transformations he expects by the year 2050.

“You’d like to cut the last cord,” Smith said.

“It’s great that we have wireless email and wireless internet and stuff like that but at the end of the day it would be nice to have wireless recharge as well.” (From AFP.Google.com)

Warner Brothers Confirms Superman Reboot

Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has told The Wall Street Journal that the studio is going to be reintroducing Superman. We assume this will be similar to how Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk was a reboot of Ang Lee’s Hulk. Here is what the article says:

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes — known as “Batman vs. Superman” — after the $215 million “Superman Returns,” which had disappointing box-office returns, didn’t please executives. “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

The article also talks about Warner Bros. adapting other DC properties over the new few years. “By 2011, Mr. Robinov plans for DC Comics to supply the material for up to two of the six to eight tent-pole films he hopes Warner Bros. will have in the pipeline by then,” it says. Those projects will likely be about single characters at first, and will be darker much like The Dark Knight:

With “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” stalled, Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel’s model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film. “Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own,” Mr. Robinov says.

Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far — Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as “The Dark Knight.” Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.’ DC properties. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it,” he says. That goes for the company’s Superman franchise as well.

The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development. (From ComingSoon.net)

 

Jon Favreau Gets to Work on Iron Man 2

The Los Angeles Times talked to Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, who says they have started working on the sequel. They just talked to Jon Favreau a bit ago, and he said that while there hasn’t been an formal announcement on the sequel to “Iron Man,” he’s begun developing it. “We’re working on it now,” he said, “which hasn’t been officially announced. It will be released in 2010.”

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures are targeting an April 30, 2010 release date in order to be the first film to kick-off that summer, much like Iron Man did on May 2nd of this year.

Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder) is writing the script and in addition to Robert Downey Jr., the first film’s co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard are expected to return as well. (From ComingSoon.net)

 

LOST in Translation Quiz

Watching LOST can sometimes feel like taking a university class, what with all the allusions to literature, philosophy, music, Buddhism, Christianity, politics, comic books and countless other subjects being thrown around. And nowhere are these references more ubiquitous than in the character names. At this point, it feels like every character’s name has some deep significance behind it. How much do you know about the people behind these names.

Take the quiz HERE.

Bose Announces SoundDock Series II for iPod and iPhone

Bose has introduced its new SoundDock Series II digital music system for the iPod and iPhone. As Bose’s first “Works With iPhone” certified system, the SoundDock Series II features a new auxiliary input, and a body that more closely resembles the company’s SoundDock Portable system, measuring 6 5/8” high by 12” wide and 6 1/2” deep. An included infrared remote offers control of the system and basic iPod and iPhone functions, including playlist navigation. The Bose SoundDock Series II will be available in Gloss Black for $299 starting in early September. The company’s original SoundDock system is now priced at $229.

Saturday Night Live’s Newest Cast Member… Bobby Moynihan

SNL has named a new cast member: New York City comedy scene stalwart Bobby Moynihan. E! Online is reporting, and sources from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater are confirming, that longtime UCB performer Bobby Moynihan is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall. Executive Producer Lorne Michaels presided over the final auditions showcase, held last week at the UCB Theater.

Both male and female performers auditioned for the longtime television institution, and insiders expected a female cast member to be named in anticipation of Amy Poehler‘s departure later on in the fall. (Poehler, who is expecting, will be joining the cast of the “Office” spin-off). Insiders speculate that an additional cast member may be named after her departure.

When Moynihan joins the “SNL” cast for their 34th season, he will have had plenty of practice working with the NBC crew. This summer he worked on “The Line”, an online video project funded by Lorne Michaels‘ production company, directed by “SNL” head-writer Seth Meyers, and starring “SNL” cast members Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis. Many Sunday nights he can be found in the converted basement of a grocery store, improvising with Amy Poehler, Meyers, and Sudeikis in UCB’s long form improv show “Asssscat”. He has also submitted scripts to the show in years past with his writing partner Charlie Sanders.

Moynihan has received some major industry attention lately thanks to his sketch group, Buffoons, featuring fellow UCB improv stars Sanders and Eugene Corderro. Comedy Central attended an industry showcase of their hit show “Never Gonna Give You Up” earlier this year. The group even blew away scouts from the 2007 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, landing them a coveted spot in the prestigious comedy showcase last July.

One of Moynihan’s best-known talents within the UCB community is his repertoire of black impressions – which, if they make it on air, may revive some old complaints about SNL. The show has always had a prickly relationship with critics over its hiring of black cast members – in February, it became big news when it was reported that the show was auditioning black comedians to portray Barack Obama (including UCB favorite and “30 Rock” writer Donald Glover, and “Stephen Colbert’s Black Friend” Jordan Carlos). In the end, they ended up using Fred Armisen — a non-black actor of mixed Caucasian and Asian descent — which generated some controversy regarding Armisen’s use of “honey” colored makeup (It should be noted here that Obama is multi-racial, after all; also, Armisen had previously played Prince, and fellow cast member Darrell Hammond had played Jesse Jackson, without complaint.)

One thing is certain; Moynihan’s arrival at 30 Rock is another huge milestone for the UCB Theater. As Rachel Sklar has frequently pointed out on Eat the Press, the UCB has become a leading training ground for comedy stars, not only on “SNL” but on “30 Rock”, (Jack McBrayer, Glover), “The Daily Show” (Rob Riggle, Kristen Schaal), “The Colbert Report” (Peter Gwinn) and MTV’s “Human Giant” (Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Aziz Ansari).

UCBT Artistic Director Anthony King confirmed the hire, and said, “We are, of course, incredibly thrilled that Bobby is going to be on “Saturday Night Live”. He’s been a fixture and favorite at the UCB Theatre in NYC for many, many years now and it’s exciting to see him get recognized and rewarded for his ridiculous talent. He also has a great beard and we hope America gets the chance to experience that as well.” (Reprinted from The Huffington Post)

Black and Decker Gecko Grip Level

Black & Decker’s 36-inch Accu Mark level ($27) is designed to perform any basic leveling job with ease. Now you can hang pictures, shelves, decorative items and much more with all the precision of a professional — and none of the guessing and re-guessing that damages walls with repeated drilling or nailing. The BDSL10 is a lightweight, handy home device that’s packed with the high-grade durability and convenience features you expect from an industry leader like Black & Decker.

This model boasts advanced Gecko Grip friction pads to help keep the level steady under pressure. These pads do such a great job of preventing slippage that you can even hold the level with one hand and mark the wall with your other one. But don’t worry — these grabbing nubs won’t leave a scuff, so even the lightest paint is safe.

In addition to the Gecko Grips, the BDSL10 also features two adjustable Accu Mark targets that slide along the center rail. These marks help you hang pictures and shelves with built-in wall mounts or preset hang holes; just line up the marks with the mounts on the back of your pictures, then place the level against the wall and note the spots with a pencil. Using this technique, it’s a cinch to hang heavy mirrors and large portraits, long shelves and big paintings.

You can order it HERE.

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