Sunday, April 24, 2011

Robotic Bird will be a cool gadget!

A robotic bird has recently been invented by German company FESTO. This robot flaps its wings to enable it to fly just like seagulls. It is very energy efficient and very cool. I came to know about while feeding my Munias and watching Net25's Convergence. What a coincidence, I got 2 munia's as pets and FESTO released their robotic bird at almost the same time.

According to FESTO officials, the SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, FESTO has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds - one of the oldest dreams of mankind.

The robotic bird can take off and fly and glide more efficiently that cannot be achieved by other flying machines. Speaking of efficiency and safety, can it be envisioned to replaced commercial airlines? My guess is absolutely never! It could become a good hobby though.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My New Pets: A pair of Munias

While on my home, my usual stop-over is in Sandigan Bayan along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. This place has become a talipapa or Farmer's Wet Market with lots of people converging to sell and buy cheap farmer's produce that are anything under the sun, from cheap t shirts, newly harvested hybrid corns, peanuts cooked food and lots of street foods you could imagine.

I normally don't go out to check any of these items because of the sun's heat until I spotted a woman selling cheap bird pets so I thought I'd check it out. I was surprise how cheap the birds were so without hesitation, I immediately bought a pair of Munias(Lonchura leucogastra). According to the seller, these birds are caught in the rice fields of Nueva Ecija province. I had no idea what kind of bird they were at first and I thought they would die anyway because during my childhood days, I also try to catch similar birds and would really want to keep them as pets but they always die the next day no matter how I try to feed them. They just wont eat anything until they die of hunger.

It has been 3 days after I bought my pair of tiny Munias and still, they are alive and very healthy and playful but they don't chirp. They only chirp when their water is empty. They must have gotten used to the conditions they were into, living in a small cage with plenty of food and water. Maybe after the next 30 days, the female will start to lay eggs and their family will start to grow and I will be needing people to adopt them or maybe I should keep them or set them free. But in the meantime, I will keep them as pets and will serve as my warning gadget.

Just an update:
As of April 17,2011, the 5th day anniversary of my 2 lovely Munias, they are as playful as ever and they are now constantly chirping while playing. A remarkable change it is not like the last 4 days when they are so afraid to chirp. This could only mean that they must have become very familiar with their environment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

CD-R King Megabeat Sound Bar Speaker is really worth it!

I had been enjoying watching my favorite movies from my 32LD330 LCD TV via my Qube M1 netbook. I am so fascinated by the 720p resolution and it is so clear that it makes me really keep on watching it over and over despite the fact that the sound output is mono. And so I thought I really need a good speaker similar to what I saw in a popular appliance store in Ali Mall, a speaker soundbar. A speaker soundbar is basically a speaker with built-in amplier and gives 3D Surround Sound which is just as good a home theater offers.

I scouted around Araneta Center this morning searching for an affordable but high quality speaker sound bar and well, who else would have it but no other than CD-R King and they call it the Megabeat Sound Bar Speaker.

I am so glad that I bought it because it really meets my expectations. 3D Surround Sound is just what I needed and thats what it gives me aside from the not so loud sound that will not definitely annoy nor disturb my neighbors. The other thing I like about sound bar speakers is that they come in a very nice package and compliments my current hifi setup. It just looks like a dvd player. The one thing that disappoints me is that the 32LD330 is not capable of outputting its sound to an external speaker which can be inconvenient whenever I would want to quickly shift to watch TV shows. But that's just fine, I can live with it.