Pouchlink: vending machine forms packages on demand


Instead of having to fill vending machines with pre-set volumes of particular drinks, Pouchlink would allow the contents of plastic envelopes to be mixed and dispensed on the spot. Since the machines would be hooked up to mains water supplies, water wouldn’t have to be trucked around, and the plastic pouches could be made of biodegradeable materials, allowing the entire process to become much more efficient as well as eco-sound. Further refinements could let you program what drink you like into your mobile so you could upload it to the machine on the spot. [GT]

Drinks vending machines can form pouches on demand [via Core77]

Hasan Elahi blogs himself to prove he's not a terrorist


At TrackingTransience.net you can watch Hasan Elahi’s updates multiple times a day, as he posts about his activities and constantly uploads camphone shots of himself to establish that, whatever he may be, it is not a terrorist. The project began about 3 years ago when he was mistakenly added to the US government’s terrorist watch list, and to prove his total innocent, Elahi, Rutgers professor and artist, decided to make his entire life completely open. Art project or testimonial of innocence, his site has had hits from the Pentagon, the Secretary of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President. [GT]

The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online

Paypass wristwatch from Garanti Bank


Turkey’s Garanti Bank has teamed up with MasterCard to offer the world’s first watch with a PayPass-enabled credit card built in. Burger King, Starbucks and over 600 other merchant locations in Turkey have signed onto the program which means that customers can pay for items under 15 euros by simply tapping their watches on a special sensor. That means no more fumbling for non-chic things like money or credit cards – in Turkey, at least. [GT]

Garanti Bank Paypass-enabled credit card [via Popgadget]

"Sick" robot for medical training has this pain in all the diodes down her left side


Researchers at Gifu University’s Graduate School of Medicine in Japan have developed a robotic patient that can respond verbally to questions about how it feels and move its body in ways that exhibit the symptoms of its ailment. It looks like a human woman and has body parts that can move in accordance with its symptoms. This will help medical students gain experience in diagnosing diseases, and hopefully will encourage them against being such dismissive jackasses. [GT]

Sick Robot Takes Med Training to the Uncanny Valley

Hamster-powered shredder 2: the Hamstering


We told you about the hamster-powered paper shredder last month. Well, now there’s a new, improved version. Thomas Ballhatchet, the inventor, got so much interest that he actually sat down and tried to make a version that is arguably viable, to the degree that home appliances powered by rodents ever are. Probably still not the best way to dispose of unwanted Barclaycards. [GT]

Hamster Shredder [via Core77]

SUBstage100 Subwoofer from Soundmatters


The SUBstage100 Subwoofer from Soundmatters has been designed to have a nice low profile, so you can hide it under the couch or pretty much anywhere, instead of having a huge chunk of magnet lying under your desk and getting full of cat fur because Bester keeps sitting on it. (Insert name of your own cat … there.) It has deep articulate bass and a 200-watt Class D amplifier so you can crank it up and see if the couch explodes. (According to Mythbusters, the couch will not explode.) $399 and available in July. [GT]

EleeNo WebTime Elite


Yet again, TokyoFlash has come out with a beautiful watch that makes telling time pretty much impossible. This one is is easier to interpret than most, though, all you need to do is look at the polyhedron in the center and see where it intersects with the numbers and you know it’s . . . ten-ish? A good watch if you’re trying to become less obsessive about time. Also, it does have a cool butterfly clasp which you can probably fasten without involving sixteen other people, for a change, and nice 4 year battery life. £61.85.[GT]

WebTime Elite [via BoingBoing]