Meccano to introduce Wi-Fi Spy robot named Spyke at CES 2007

Meccano, the French model construction kit maker is set to introduce a Wi-Fi controlled called Spyke at the Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas (January 8th – 11th, 2007). Spyke Erector Wi-Fi Spy RobotThe robot which sports a webcam, runs on rubber treads that might even enable it to climb stairs (depending on the power of the motors). The robot can be controlled remotely through Wi-Fi via a PC.

Such Wi-fi remote controlled robots are already marketed as home security products or pet sitters in Japan by companies like ZMP Inc.

Spyke will be launched under the US based Erector brand, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meccano since 1990’s.

While detailed information on this robot isn’t available yet, it’ll be interesting to see how it’s well received at the consumer end.

Depending on processor power and features, it might give the cheap contemporary sets from LEGO a run for their money.

Via I4U News – Spyke Wi-Fi Spy Robot Debuts at CES 2007

On Meccano …

The Meccano brand is owned by the Japanese toy manufacturer Nikko, who runs the production facilities in France & China. Meccano itself was the brainchild of a British clerk called Frank Hornby (1901), who invented and patended a new toy called “Mechanics Made Easy”. Meccano sets usually consist of …

re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. It is a versatile constructional medium enabling the building of a variety of working models and mechanical devices.

The name Meccano in all probability originates from the phrase “Make and Know“.

Plans to create a .xxx TLD (Top Level Domain) for Porn sites …

ICANN, the key overseer of the internet is reanalysing a proposal to create a .xxx top level domain that would clearly demarcate pornographic sites from the rest. While the use of the proposed domain would remain voluntary, any site abiding by this new nomenclature will be subjected to a new set of terms set forth recently (last Friday) by ICANN.

With this new domain ICANN hopes to be able to enforce stricter policing of sites and thus prohibit child pornography. This proposal had been reviewed and rejected last May but seems like this time ICANN is pretty much decided on implementing it despite strong opposition from various conservative groups as well as certain pornographic websites.

WordPress 2.0.6 released with security fixes

WordPress version 2.0.6 was released a couple of hours back. It consists of quite a few security updates and an upgrade is recommend on the double.

What’s new:

  • The aforementioned security fixes
  • HTML quicktags now work in Safari browsers
  • Comments are filtered to prevent them from messing up your blog layout
  • Compatibility with PHP/FastCGI setups

This version offers a new anti-XSS function called attribute_escape() and a new & really powerful filter called “query” which allows you filter any SQL at runtime.

This is supposed to be the last major release prior to WordPress v2.1. Upgradation details can be found at the Codex Pages.

Download the latest release …