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Did Walmart sell a Georgia man a fake iPad?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

This story smells a bit fishy, but a Georgia man claims that a local Walmart sold him a fake iPad, and now the store is refusing to give him a refund.

The iPad shown in the video below is obviously one of those fake display models Walmart uses to trick thieves, but how did Ken Lamal end up with this in his box instead of a new authentic iPad? That’s the question. This story just doesn’t sound right though. In the video, the reporter takes it to an Apple tech to confirm that it isn’t the real thing. I mean, come on. You should know better. The tech says that it’s probably a “brick in the box” return, meaning that a customer bought an iPad, then substituted the display model for the real thing and returned it for a refund.

Mad scientists create bionic moths

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2008

Mad scientists create bionic moths
One of the boffins at Georgia Tech has found something easier then building a robot with spy gear built in. He has taken the path less traveled by implanting the devices directly into a living bug. (Gentlemen, we can rebuild him…) The idea is to make longer-living SpyBot insects by implanting sensors that can detect things like sounds or gases while the insects are still in their larval stages. Then, they simple do what nature commands and grow up into adulthood and around the micro-electronics. The result is a cyborg moth that looks like a normal moth.

The saying, “Just because I’m paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.” comes to mind. The next hurdle is figuring out just how to control these little critters. One idea is electrical stimulation, like remote control. Another is to project the scent of a female bug so the poor guy will chase after the phantom female with never any result.