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Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge (UK) in 1952. His most famous work is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; it originally started as a BBC radio series. He was awarded a Golden Pan for Hitchhiker in 1984. He died in 2001 of a heart attack; he was only 49.
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Robotic Singing Benches And Bins With Adam's GPP
Robotic benches and bins with Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Genuine People Personalities have been created by Greyworld, a group of London artists.
Babelfish Necklace: Environment Translator
Provides a 3D soundscape, 'translating' the environment for the visually impaired.
Robot Suicide Ad Changed By GM
Here's a suggestion on how to present a really depressed robot in a way that everyone likes.
Gesture-Controlled TV Update
Now you can control your TV with gestures, not just make gestures at your TV.
Dr. Whippy Ice Cream Machine Makes Sure You're Happy
Remarkable prototype device guarantees ice cream satisfaction scientifically - somewhere, Douglas Adams is smiling.
JVC Clapper Gesture Recognition TV
Yes, that's right, you've wasted your valuable vegetating hours looking for the remote for the last time.
Kindle 2's Missing Cover
If the Kindle 2 had a cover, it would look like this.
Robot Accepts Gesture Commands
Okay, so you've been gesturing to machines for years. Better watch it - now they know what you're trying to say.
Arm Swing Authentication For Mobile Phones
A unique bit of biometric data you didn't even know you had will authenticate users of mobile devices. Just don't stand near people opening their phones.
Rity Software Agent Has 'Genomic' Personality
The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation may own the patent on this idea; this software agent is back in the news with a much more complex personality.
Walky iPhone Finger Gesture Robot Controller
This program really makes controlling robots a breeze. Just let your fingers make your robot do the walking.
Fingertip Tracking Interface For Mobile Phones
Will the multi-touch give way to the multi-gesture? Watch the video and judge for yourself.
PALRO Companion Robot
Who's your favorite companion robot? Little PALRO might fit the bill.
Gesture Cube Touch-Free Input
Just think of the gestures you'll use with this lovely cube that you can take with you throughout your domicile.
3D Input Interfaces For Gesture-Controlled Phones
This would be one way to avoid all those smudges on the screen of your cell phone or mobile device.
eyeSight Gesture Control Of Android Phones
A wave of your hand controls your phone - and it can be used for gaming, too.
Unilever Smile-Based Ice Cream Vending Machine
Smile! You're about to get some ice cream from this face-recognition, proximity detecting, smile-measuring vending machine.
PrimeSense WAVI Xtion Gesture Control Of TV
The same company that created Microsoft's Kinect wants to do more for you in your living room.
Kiosk Looks At You, Then Decides On Your Meal
Machines will tell you what to eat, just by looking at you.
Geremin Gesture-Controlled Dashboard
Better than buttons on the steering wheel? You be the judge.
Robot Vacuums Need Personalities!
Roomba, meet Marvin the Robot from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
What do you think, you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hands in the air?
Control Robot Planes With Hand Gestures!
Be careful waving at planes from now on.
GestIC Gesture Recognition Controller Uses Electrical Fields
'...now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope.'- Douglas Adams, 1979.
E-Book Reading Up - Print Book Reading Down
'You press this button here you see and the screen lights up giving you the index.'- Douglas Adams, 1979.
Home Termite Habitat
Electric Car Recharging Station