Thursday, March 29, 2007

Meeting a Robosapien

In my recent flight from Hong Kong to Seoul, I met by coincidence a guy who likes robots, enjoys playing with them, and even creates them! Mr. Mike Kim, with whom I have had a pleasant chat and who is seen in the picture below, works with "Wow Wee", the company behind the famous Robosapiens.

Robosapiens can be programmed to run a sequence of events and controlled by a remote control. The "RS Media" robosapien pictured below is an advanced one. As you can notice from its name, its multimedia-centered. It can record and play audio, takes pictures, and incorporates a small LCD screen. And its best feature, for Geeks, is its Linux kernel-based brain, which means you can tweak it as hard as you can!

If you ask how much? It is about US$ 300 only! I can say this is a fair price right now in the toy robots market. As of March 17th, when I chatted with Mike, the RS Media was only available in the Australian market and I guess it will be available soon in the US.

Mike surely has a fun job, but more than that, he has some nice ideas for the future of toy robots and am sure his enthusiasm and vision will bring him further!

Here is a link to the official Robosapiens web site:

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Seoul : First Encounter

A poster in front of the bakery "Paris Croissant" in Seoul
(You only get why I took this picture if you can read French! :-)

This is how they attract tourists in Seoul :)

Hong Kong Flower Show 2007 (at Victoria park)

Don't worry, this is no more than a camera!
Click here if you like flowers

Hong Kong Revisited -2- Stanley

International Coffee --- Every taste

A job offer in China: only for westerners!

Sundown in Stanley

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Hong Kong Revisited -1- Night Views from Kowloon waterfront

If you like them and want to see more night view pictures from Hong Kong,
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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year *** Eid Mubarak Said

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Politically Correct Happy Holiday to Everyone! (If you don't have holiday, ignore this and go back to work! :-)

"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset
of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make the World great. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

Sunday, December 24, 2006

What A Laptop

Have you ever seen a full desktop with a CRT monitor and printer that can be packed all together in a kind of laptop case?! Here is one! :)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Scenes from Hong Kong

It has been a long time I didn't post anything here. Since my last post, I made some short trips around the Kansai area with a friend that visited me from Haifa, Palestine and ten days ago I had a week trip to Hong Kong. I will return to the Kansai trips with some pictures in another post. Let me know share with you some thoughts and pictures from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, the ancient British colony, is now part of China although with some kind of Autonomy. What surprised me a bit is that Chinese from the mainland need a Visa to go to Hong Kong, while it is not required from most foreigners (including me :) who wish to travel there.

Hong Kong is a beautiful modern city, especially at night, with the magnificent lights that decorate its skyscrapers along the harbor. There is a light show called "Symphony of Light" that a visitor to Hong Kong shouldn’t miss. I took the picture below from Victoria pick, from where one can have a nice view of the city, which is only hampered by the air pollution coming mostly from mainland China.

I was very lucky to meet in Hong Kong some nice people and made new friends, especialy a guy from Istanbul and two friendly locals, who show a kind of hospitality and friendliness that you rarely find these days. We have spent nice time walking around Mongkok (Literally, the crowded corner (or is it the cow corner Ilker? :-)). It is really crowded with plenty of restaurants and shops and street markets that sell almost everything from Chinese crafts to Japanese cameras (and sport watches that measure the heart rate also ;-).

Our Hong Kong friends recommended a Chinese restaurant called the little sheep where one have to choose meet, seafood, and vegetables and cook them sur place in a hot pot of soup. We choose a pot that is divided in two: a half of it is spicy (for me and the Istanboli friend :) and half normal for our soft Hong Kongian friends. I can say that this was the best Chinese restaurant I ever ate at. Thanks to those who without them, we couldn’t have managed to enjoy or even find that place.

Although Hong Kong is mostly known for its shopping malls, skyscrapers and lively nights, it is easy to find there places where one can enjoy the beauty of nature and relax from the hustle and bustle of big city life. By taking a boat trip to one of its outlying islands, you find fishers patiently waiting a good catch, nice forests, and small villages with narrow streets. The following photos that I took at Lamma Island, which is about 90 min by ferry from the Hong Kong Island, may give a feel of those places.

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Click here to see a slideshow of my other Hong Kong photos. By the way, one ot those pictures can be controversial :) Click on slideshow see what I mean. Hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Inspirations and Creative Thoughts: Eid Mubarak | Greetings of Festival

I have just read a nice post about Eid Elfetr in English. Here is the link!

Inspirations and Creative Thoughts: Eid Mubarak | Greetings of Festival