Mobile World Congress and Embedded World came not alone, notes David Manners. As well as the phones and tablets, there was the weird, the wacky, the wonderful and the absent. With Embedded World and Mobile World Congress this week we get, along with phones and tablets, the weird, the wacky, the wonderful and the absent.
It's always good to receive reader submissions to the blog, so thanks to Nick for thinking of us and sending this one in.
Here's another good one from the excellent website There, I Fixed It.com. The post is entitled A Shockingly Good Fix, and we think it fits nicely in our Don't-Try-This-At-Home series.
The iPhone 4 antenna issue has taken another turn. After having initially scapegoated southpaws, Apple is now pointing the finger of blame at the formula used to calculate how many bars of signal strength is displayed...
Well, check out this wall clock instead. One for very special mathematicians.
Wow! What do you make of this entry to our Homebrewed category? A "guitar" made from smartphones, with the help of some drum sequencers and guitar apps.
"A clever handblown glass design by Jason Amendolara puts a glass void where the salt shaker would normally go, and the salt in the glass cylinder on the outside of the shaker."
You could possibly reuse the bollards as Christmas fairy lights. And it might amuse a child, for five seconds... And what next? A USB road repair gang?
"Are the doors wrong or the balconies? Conflict between planners, architects and builders?" A good question.
Last time we picked on Burton upon Trent for this leaf-shrouded parking ticket machine. Now, we turn our attention to Herriman, Utah, where Jon Titus snapped a shot of this inconveniently-located solar-powered street sign. Wonder how tall those trees get?