Sunday, November 05, 2006

This Toshiba helmet is not for your bike!

AP reports about an experimental helmet produced by Toshiba for Virtual world experiments, game or may be Virtual travel.
Inside the headgear from the Japanese electronics maker, a 16-inch screen can show a vista that is synced with the wearer's head movements, giving the illusion of actually being there.
The 6.6 pound helmet -- squared off in the back and rounded, bubble-like, in the front has infrared sensors at the top that detect which way the wearer's head is moving.

Toshiba has no plans yet to turn the technology into a commercial product. But it believes it will come in handy for computer games or enhancing the impact of movies. There is no price estimate for the gadget.

"I tried wearing it watching video of outer space," Ms. Hiraki said. "I felt like I was flying. It felt so real."

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sheriff takes helmet wearing kids to Applebee's

Wearing a bike helmet while tooling around the streets in Charlotte County,Southwest Florida could make your child a winner.
Charlotte County deputies will be out on the streets looking for kids who are doing the right thing -- wearing helmets. And when they find them, they will present then with a coupon for a free child's meal in the dining room at the Port Charlotte Applebee's.
"We are part of the neighborhood and we make sure that we participate in anything positive," said Matt Donahue, Applebee's manager. "Applebee's has been involved in this program for a time, and we believe in community involvement."
Any child in need of a bicycle helmet can receive one free from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. They must be fitted for the helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a law enforcement officer stops a child for not wearing a helmet, the fine is $43.50.