Archive for May, 2007

Smart Strip Shuts Down Peripherals, Saves Power

Posted in Power Strips by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2007

Smart Strip Power Strip saves power by turning off peripherals when main device is turned offRecently we wrote an article about Nokia phone chargers and how they are adding features prompt owners to unplug the cord from the wall when not in use to conserve electricity. Imagine how much energy would be saved if your printer, speakers and any other plugged-in peripherals automatically were powered up and down by your computer.

This Smart Strip power strip has a one main control outlet, six switched outlets and three “always on” outlets. A device such as your computer that’s plugged into the main outlet on the power strip will control power to all the items in the switched outlets. The power strip senses when the main device is turned off and then stops power through the switched outlets, which could be things like speakers, monitors and directly connected printers …

Beer Holster

Posted in Humor by Reuben Drake on May 19th, 2007

Beer HolsterWhile doing projects around the house, grilling outside and even at social events I’ll often find myself asking where I put my beer, but my problem ends with this beer holster.

Made of the same type of rugged leather of tool belts, pliers and gun holsters, this will snap onto your belt and has a strap to go around your leg to keep the holster upright at all times and is the perfect size for a 12 ounce can or bottle. Imagine the convenience of never losing track of your beer while having both hands free to keep things going on the grill in your backyard.

Maybe this wouldn’t be appropriate for all social events, but it would be a hit at most of them that I attend. Combine this beer holster with your bottle opener sandals you’re all set.

Red Envelope has these beer holsters …

George Foreman iGrill

Posted in Grilling,iPod by Darrin Olson on May 18th, 2007

George Foreman iGrillWe’ve seen all kinds of accessories and products latched onto the iPod bandwagon over the past months so I wasn’t surprised to see an iGrill in my inbox; it was just a matter of time. What I was surprised to see was the legendary George Foreman getting into the mix with his lean, mean i-grilling machine, hence the George Foreman iGrill.

This iGrill works similar to the other grills in the George Foreman line with the electrical non-stick griddle, and can be used indoors or outdoors providing a relatively large 200 square inches of grilling surface. “Why the iGrill?”, you might ask. Well, the iGrill has a 10 watt speaker built into it and can play your iPod via a line-in jack. In fact it play music from just about any MP3 player that you connect to it.

We are totally sold on the idea …

Golf Watch Analyzes Your Swing

Posted in Golf,Watches by Darrin Olson on May 18th, 2007

Golf Swing Analyzing WatchThis golf swing analyzing watch from Hammacher Schlemmer uses 3 accelerometers built into the small frame to analyze your and improve your swing, and without a doubt looks better to us than some big contraption you wear to constrict your movements.

This golfing watch has measurements of tempo, rhythm, the length of your backswing and the speed of you club head for multiple clubs, and does it all from your wrist. The watch can also keep score for two golfers and when entering the information you can specify if the shot was a shot off the tee, in the fairway or putting for statistics on your strokes later on. Since it is a wrist watch the couldn’t design it without a clock along with a calendar, alarm and stopwatch. This way you’re not needing to wear a real watch on your other wrist.

An …

Apple iPhone Gets FCC Approval Stamp

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Chris Weber on May 18th, 2007

The Apple iPhone has gotten the FCC approval to go ahead with launch Apple has announced that its iPhone has gotten the green light from the FCC to go ahead with a planned June launch according to Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, despite false rumors that the product will be delayed.

The iPhone was announced by Apple back in January by CEO Steve Jobs at the annual MacWorld conference. Very shortly after the announcement Apple was met with some resistance to the new mobile product due to legal issues with Cisco which after a little more than a month was resolved.

The recently FCC approved mobile phone from Apple features a full-size intuitive touchscreen interface and will download and play iTunes music as a nicely features multimedia phone. Rumors have already started about a new smaller iPhone nano type version due to …

Samsung Develops 8GB MicroSD Card

Posted in Flash Memory,Samsung by Chris Weber on May 18th, 2007

Samsung releases 8GB MicroSD cardSamsung has unleashed the latest in tiny Flash memory device technology with an 8GB MicroSD card, doubling the previously largest 4GB card by SanDisk.

The significance of this, other than the obviously larger storage capacity, is how this will help bring just about any media phone that uses MicroSD in closer competition with Apple’s new iPhone touting it’s 8GB flash storage capacity. With this release an 8GB media phone won’t be that hard to come buy and most likely will not require a $600 price tag.

To avoid you having to do some quick math, this card could potentially hold 2,000 MP3 files, 4,000 digital images, or about five full-length movies. Unfortunately we don’t expect to see this new card from Samsung until mid-2008 and there is no word on price, yet.

Game Day for Sony

Posted in Games,News,Sony by Chetz on May 18th, 2007

LittleBigPlanet for Sony PS3Sony isn’t sitting on its haunches watching potential PlayStation 3 customers try to find a Nintendo Wii or open their wallets for a Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite. At a media event held in San Diego yesterday the company drummed up some excitement for its upcoming game lineup for the rest of 2007 and the start of ’08 and showed that there’s plenty of excitement to come for PSP and PS3 owners.

The game that’s attracted some of the biggest buzz is “LittleBigPlanet”, a community based game that lets up to four players solve puzzles by interacting with objects. The game is high on creativity, boasts impressive graphics thanks to the PS3′s Cell processor technology, has a very catchy soundtrack and is stuffed with an immense amount of cuteness that should appeal to a broad audience (and maybe even a jaded “Quake” gamer or two.) …

NYPD Gets Segways

Posted in News,Personal Transport,Segway by Chetz on May 18th, 2007

NYPD purchases 10 Segway Personal Transportors for police patrolThe New York City Police Department has purchased 10 Segway Personal Transporters for its force and will start using them for patrols in the city’s parks beginning this summer. The Segway PT has been slightly modified for police duty and now sports an extra bar for lights and a siren, reflective police labels, a handlebar bag for the cop gear, LED taillight and extra support for standing on the mat and cargo frames that also serve as lift handles.

Remember five years ago when guys like Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com said that the Segway would be the biggest thing every for cities and people would flock to use one. It never happened because essentially it’s a spiffed-up scooter and there’s no place to put your groceries, take passengers or stay dry and warm when it’s lousy outside. Who …

Ninja Remote Controls Just About Any TV

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on May 17th, 2007

Ninja Remote ControlHow many times have you been at a bar, restaurant or even at the gym when they have a television tuned into a station showing the history of synchronized swimming, or worse yet some popular singing contest. Wouldn’t be nice if you could discretely take control of the television and change the channel to something worth watching? Maybe if you had some kind of small remote control that could automatically find the code on just about any television?

The Ninja Remote from ThinkGeek runs for about $9 and is just such a gadget. Not any larger than a normal key fob for your car, this little remote can attach to your keychain and fit in your pocket wherever you go. By holding down the mute button for a little while the remote methodically scrolls through the codes for different TV manufacturers until you notice the …

A Zune for Master Chief

Posted in Games,Halo,Microsoft,Zune by Chetz on May 17th, 2007

Halo 3 ZuneNow that Microsoft has announced a September 25 release for its much anticipated “Halo 3″ PS3/Wii killer, Gamestop is offering a piece of crack right now for all the Halo-ites that can’t wait that long.

The online video game store is selling an exclusive branded “Halo 3″ Zune that comes preloaded with a ton of Master Chief goodness. Those that buck up the $249 will get three “Halo 3″ making of documentary videos, the 2006 E3 trailer, the “Starry Night” commercial, the “Halo 2″ theatrical trailer, the first six episodes of “Red vs. Blue” as well as a custom made episode just for the Zuners. You also get the first two games’ original soundtrack (three in all counting the two volumes made for “Halo 2″) and over 120 different pieces of concept art, paintings and production designs from the games’ development.

What’s not included is …

Optimus Maximus Orders Start This Sunday

Posted in Keyboards,News,Optimus Maximus by Chetz on May 17th, 2007

Optimus Maximus Keyboard pre-ordersIt’s getting closer and if you’ve been saving your pennies to purchase one of the few Optimus Maximus keyboards that will be made at the start of the product launch you only have two more days to go. On May 20 beginning at 3:00 PM Moscow time (that’s 7 AM to those on the east coast of the U.S.) Art Lebedev Studio will begin taking orders for its $1,536 OLED keyboard.

Only 200 of the Optimus Maximus keyboards will be made at the start of December, then another 200 more in late December and 400 more in January. It will be first come first served for the pre-orders. At the same time the company will release the full specs for their device.

A quick use of our pocket calculator tells us that if Lebedev sells out of its initial 200 unit order that …

Grill Right Wireless BBQ Thermometer

Posted in Grilling,Oregon Scientific,Thermometers by Chris Weber on May 17th, 2007

Grill Right Wireless BBQ ThermometerNot only is this digital meat thermometer wireless, but it also talks in order to alert you of the status of the things you’ve got on the grill.

This thermometer from Oregon Scientific consists of a digital wireless remote to configure and view the temperature, and a wireless probe that works up to 330 feet away from the hand-held remote. The remote will obviously display the temperature, and you can set it with some common pre-configured entree’s combined with the “doneness” you desire to have the remote calculate the correct desired temp alert you when your food is ready.

Pre-programmed into the BBQ gadget are multiple types of meats such as beef, lamb, pork and chicken as well as fish, and a little picture on the display lets you know which one you’ve selected to avoid any confusion. The device will “speak” the …

Trekstor MovieStation maxi t.u

Posted in Digital Video,TrekStor by Chris Weber on May 17th, 2007

Trekstor MovieStation maxi t.uDownloading and storing movies, videos and television programs on your computer hard drive is a nice convenience. The question that quickly rises though is was how to get these to play on back on your television in the living room so you can watch them from the comfort of your Lazyboy with others and not by yourself at your desk.

There’s been a few nice solutions to bridge the computer-entertainment center gap such as the Apple TV, and now Trekstor has come out with an external hard drive called the MovieStation maxi t.u which allows users to store video media on the drive, from a PC or a Mac, and then play it back on a television.

The kicker with this device is that you can play back the movies without using your computer, in fact once the media is downloaded onto the drive you …

Chargepod Charges 6 Gadgets at Once

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on May 16th, 2007

ChargepodCallpod has a new device called the Chargepod which is a 6-way charging contraption that is able to connect to and charge many of your electronic gadgets at once without having multiple cords running from your power strip for each item.

The Chargepod has many interchangeable power adapters for different devices that are manufacturer-specific complete with “voltage regulator technology” to make sure the device is getting the right amount of juice. The design is pretty sharp, and each connection has a cool blue indicator light showing that power is heading to the device and it is indeed being charged.

Once you get all six of your devices connected in practical use we can’t imagine it’s going to look as clean and organized as the photo implies, but it will certainly be better than needing a power outlet and cord for each item. Just be sure to unplug the

Money Clip Flash Drive Holds Your Bank Statement and Roll

Posted in Flash Memory,Memorex,USB by Reuben Drake on May 16th, 2007

Money Clip Flash drive from MemorexSimilar to peanut butter and chocolate a money clip and a USB Flash drive each on their own are not too bad, but combine the two and now you’ve really got something.

One of the better Father’s Day gadget gift contenders I’ve seen this year, the Memorex Money Clip Flash Drive connects to both a Mac and PC via USB 2.0, has a 1GB capacity and is getting $34.99 at Target stores. It’s a little on the thick side as far as money clips go, but convenience should more the inconvenience of size.

You can see it listed at Target.com but you’ll have to find a brick and mortar to actually buy one.