The race to hack the iPhone was taken up a notch today by the folks at the iPhone Dev Wiki (Google it, they still don't want links in to avoid crashing their servers), as one of the team's most dedicated members claims to have written, compiled and ran a "hello world" application—geek-speak for a test program that simply displays the text "hello world"—on the iPhone. Patrick Walton (or "Nightwatch"), who appears to either be a student or professor at the University of Chicago, is being credited with the break-through.
Once a video surfaces and others and/or others are able to confirm the process, we'll know for sure. Good work PPX traders, you called it: the proposition has been valued at POP$80 or above since the iPhone's release, and it's currently trading at POP$91 and climbing. —John Mahoney
The Wii may not come with as many whiz-bang media-center features as the Xbox 360 or PS3, but there are still plenty of ways to use the little guy as a pretty solid living room entertainment center via the built-in Opera Web browser.
There are plenty of applications that let you stream your iTunes library to other computers via a local network or the Web—but MyTunesRSS has the distinct advantage of being free and platform-independent. After some painless configuration settings, you can use the Wii's browser to access, search, and play your iTunes library from the comfort of the living room. Pretty cool. —John Mahoney
Check out the full instructions here. [Hackaddict.net via MAKE]
I just spent a nice night outdoors drinking some frozen margaritas at my favorite solar-powered NYC watering hole, Habana Outpost. Which made a headline that I ran across today doubly disturbing:
I was fully prepared to make some personal sacrifices for our embattled planet's health (as you know, we're not all that pumped about the Bush administration's hype of ethanol), but this hit a little too close for comfort. I guess it's good that I'm a bourbon drinker first and foremost. —John Mahoney
Another image from the day-one slide show I couldn't let get buried: James Nick Sears and his dad's amazing "persistence of vision" project, called the ORB. The ORB is hundreds of computer-controlled LEDs soldered into a ring that spins at an impressive 1,600 rpm. A computer synchronizes the LEDs to project animated digital images in full 3-D. —John Mahoney
This was at the very end of the day-one slide show, but I had to bring it out in its own post: The coolest thing I saw in the Craft area by far (Craft is Make's sister magazine all about crafting) was Christine Domanic's crocheted Atari 2600 console, complete with two controllers and an old-school woodgrain TV. And the coup de grace? The picture-perfect Pitfall scene on the screen. So awesome. —John Mahoney
I just got back from day one at Maker Faire, and to say I'm overwhelmed wouldn't even begin to describe it. Never have I seen more cool toys, ingenious projects, smart robots and, um, crocheted videogame consoles in one place. I spent most of the day walking around in a daze at the incredible variety of stuff on hand in San Mateo—somehow, though, I managed to take some photos.
Tomorrow, yours truly is shipping out to sunny San Mateo, California, for the second-annual Maker Faire. Put on by our good friends at Make and Craft magazines, the Faire is quickly turning into the ultimate DIY gathering anywhere. Ever! I'll be there scoping out the wildest projects and demos—the list is literally too long and amazing to even get into, but you can check out the full schedule over on the Make site, as well as the previews they've been running all month of what we'll be seeing this weekend (personally, I'm pretty pumped for the disco giraffe we featured in How 2.0 a few months back).
So stay tuned here for updates, photos and videos from Maker Faire this weekend. If you're in the Bay Area, come say hi. —John Mahoney
Phil has some photos from Wednesday night's DIY meet-up:
Despite some crummy rain, a lot of NY area makers made it to our MAKE/POPSCI/ETSY paper project night. Paper wallets were made, the drawbot cranked out dozens of portraits, experiments in powered paper flight were attempted...I was too busy folding wallets to shoot any. Thanks again to Instructables user theRIAA for providing the folding instructions (see them here), and of course to the Make/Craft/Etsy folks for hosting. Stay tuned for next month's details—if you're an NYC-area maker, this is turning into something you probably don't want to miss. —John Mahoney
You know how much we here at PopSci HQ love animal-related live web cams— well, I spotted another one today that takes the herds of drinking wildebeests we couldn't stop watching last fall and raises them an adorable newborn symbol of our nation. That's right, a spiky-haired baby bald eagle recently hatched in California's Santa Cruz Island National Park, and the good folks at the Nature Conservancy have a 24-hour streaming nest cam to monitor the proceedings. Bets on how long it takes for Stephen Colbert to pick this up? —John Mahoney
Just wanted to remind everyone that there's only one more weekend left to work on your re-purposed tech projects for our contest over at Instructables, so get cracking! April 1 is the deadline, meaning there's still time to grab some e-junk and turn it into something new and exciting. Head on over to the PopSci group to see what's been submitted to date—we're not going to single out any of our favorites just yet (must preserve impartiality!) but let's just say there have been some pretty amazing entries so far; some you might have even seen being picked up on blogs already. Check 'em out here. —John Mahoney