Tech universe: Thursday, 12 August

By Miraz Jordan

A round-up of the latest technology news from around the globe.

Sharpie's new Liquid Pencil contains liquid graphite. Photo / Supplied
Sharpie's new Liquid Pencil contains liquid graphite. Photo / Supplied

PERMANENT PENCIL: Sharpie's new Liquid Pencil contains liquid graphite. Write a message, and you can erase it for up to 3 days. After that, it turns to ink and stays permanent. If you're going to change your mind, do it quickly. Read more at Sharpie's Blog.

PASSING WI-FI: LimoRes Car & Limo in New York City plans to fit out 20,000 cars with Wi-Fi transmitters by 2011. The ad-supported free Wi-Fi will have a radius of 60 metres, so nearby cars and pedestrians can hook in. Need Wi-fi? Head for a traffic jam.

GOOGLE DOWN TO EARTH: Have you looked on Google Earth to see which of your neighbours have swimming pools? They show up a treat. Now officials in Riverhead, Long Island, have used Google Earth to find 250 residents who have pools but no permits. The $75,000 in fines is a nice little splash. Read more at MyFoxNY.

LOVE ME ROBOT: Prototype European robots are able to develop emotions, learning in a similar way to babies. The more they interact, the stronger the bond. The robots can express anger, fear, sadness, happiness, excitement and pride and very visible distress. Oh boy, robot tantrums!

GEEK VISION: Brother's AiRScouter Retinal Imaging Display comes attached to a pair of spectacles. View images or data right on the lens while you're doing other tasks. Yeah, right: you don't look at all silly. More at Brother.

- Miraz Jordan knowit.co.nz.

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