Friday, February 24, 2017

Crush Now Does Home Restoration?

I've said it before. Being a Disney fan can be so distracting, you start seeing almost everything through Disney eyes. I've mentioned before that I often see "Hidden Mickeys" in so many other things (see here and here).

But it isn't restricted to just Hidden Mickeys. I've recently started watching the show "Restored" on DIY network, and I swear, the host of the show, Brett Waterman, sounds exactly like Crush from "Finding Nemo"! Don't believe me? Watch a couple of episodes and you'll understand what I mean. He has that same, surfer-dude sound. The only difference here is that, I don't remember him ever using the word "dude", whereas Crush would like you to use the word "dude" all day long after you've seen him at his attraction at the parks.

Crush doing home restoration.... who knew?


Disney Develops Wireless Charging

The people at Disney Research has built a room where mobile devices can be wirelessly charged.

After working their idea out on paper, Sample and his team tested it by building a special room and powering various devices inside. A copper pipe was erected in the middle of it – a little like a pole-dancing set-up – while the walls, ceiling and floor were lined with aluminium panels. 

Currents ran up and down the pole 1.3 million times per second, generating an oscillating magnetic field at that frequency.

The field can deliver up to 1.9 kilowatts of power inside the room, “which is equivalent to charging 320 USB devices,” the authors write in PLoS One. In a demonstration, Sample’s team operated lamps, a fan, a toy car, a phone, a fan and some LEDs simultaneously.

And no, this is not yet built at any of the parks, so you'll just have to wait!

You may get the open-access paper of the work here.


New Disney Pins In 2017

Steven Miller (is that you? You look so different!) has revealed new Disney pins to collect and trade in 2017.


Monday, February 13, 2017