Archive for October, 2007

Toilet Tunes for your bathroom soundtrack

Posted in Home,music by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2007

Toilet Tunes bathroom soundtrack system.

If you are one of those people that feel they have to run the faucet to cover up your strange biological bathroom sounds, then you might want to order yourself Toilet Tunes. But to me, it just seems wrong, using potty time as an excuse to have your own personal party. You are there for business after all. It’s not a library either.

The gadget works via a sensor installed in the toilet lid that plays six musical choices when the lid is raised. The choices include rain, waves, jazz, latin, modern, and stream. Hang on guys, don’t start dancing and throwing off your aim just yet. There’s more.

Sveid corkscrew out-prices almost any wine

Posted in Kitchen by Reuben Drake on October 29th, 2007

Sveid corkscrew retails for about 71,000 dollarsThis high-end corkscrew from Sveid uses a neat scissor action mechanism to easily uncork your bottle of wine or champagne instead of the usually twisting or prying action needed to get the cork out. And it should be easy if not completely effortless for the $71,000 price tag that comes with it.

The Sveid corkscrew is made up of 52 pieces made of aviation titanium along with a fingertip lever that can be made of 18k gold or platinum upon request. It also comes in a custom box that can be made from the wood of your choosing which locks the corkscrew in place when stored. You can check out the video of the Sveid corkscrew in action below and by the looks of it you’ll want to be sure to have your fingers in the right place when using this spendy contraption for fear of losing one!

T-Mobile and HTC unveiling the Shadow, October 31

Posted in HTC,Mobile Phones,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2007

T-Mobile Shadow slider-style mobile phoneToday T-Mobile has announced the launch of the new Shadow mobile phone from HTC. This is the first of a number of Shadow-branded phones that T-Mobile has planned for the future as devices that are “designed for people who have lives beyond work.”, according to Robert Dotson, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. The device runs on an enhanced version of Windows Mobile 6 which hides a lot of the usually interface from Windows Mobile and replaces it with custom menus and navigation. According to T-Mobile the enhanced interface makes the Shadow more intuitive and easier to use.

Aside from this slider looking just plain good, it also features a spin navigation wheel, 2.6″ display (not a touchscreen), microSD memory expansion slot, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera with video capture, media player for music and video, Wi-Fi and EDGE high speed data. The Shadow also has an enhanced version of T-Mobiles myFaves where users can call, email, text, send a picture, send a video or send a voice note easily from the myFaves screen. It even has some instant messaging clients built in, including Windows Live Messenger, AOL IM, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ.

Next-Gen credit card to keep you safer?

Posted in News,Security by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2007

Innovative Card Technologies and eMue Technologies card system.You like to buy your gadgets and electronics using your credit card, right? It’s convenient and quick. You don’t even think about it. But it’s not always safe. The chip in cards and the PIN have been a security and safety problem for some time now. How do they intend to cure these problems and make you safer?

If Innovative Card Technologies and eMue Technologies have their way, you will be using their new card system, which will be shown at the Cartes & Identification in Paris this November.

Halo-ween Pumpkin

Posted in Halo,Humor by Reuben Drake on October 28th, 2007

Halo-ween pumpkinA cool Halo-inspired jack o’ lantern for all of you Halo and Halloween fans out here with a clever play on words of Haloween, courtesy of Kotaku.

Rumors of the iPhone in Canada by December 7

Posted in iPhone,Rumors by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2007

Rumors of the Apple iPhone coming to Canada through Rogers on December 7thRumor has it, spurred by this ad copy for Rogers Wireless, that folks in Canada may have the opportunity to get their legitimate hands on an iPhone from Apple before the end of the year. According to this advertisement floating around, the iPhone would be available exclusively through Rogers Wireless for $499.99 CAD (about $519 USD) with a 3-year contract. Rogers and Apple would start taking pre-orders on the iPhone in Canada on November 20th.

Of course this is still falling under our Rumor category but the ad looks like it could be for real. The fact that the text is actually legible makes us feel like the it’s not an intentional leak by Rogers or Apple, but you might not want to plan on getting in line for anything quite yet. We’ll keep watching.

Apple limits iPhone sales and accepts no cash

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2007

Apple limits you to two iPhones and won’t accept cashApple started placing new restrictions on the sale of its iPhones last week in the U.S. and reports are saying that the restriction will apply in the U.K for next months launch as well. When purchasing an iPhone, consumers are no limited to purchasing two per person and must use a credit or debit card to make the purchase. According Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, the restrictions are to ensure there are enough iPhones available for everyone through the holidays, or everyone that’s willing to play by the rules, that is.

“Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift,” Kerris said. “We’re requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers.”

Apple iPod vs. portable 8-track player

Posted in Humor,iPod by Reuben Drake on October 27th, 2007

Lloyd’s V128 8 track player compared to Apple’s iPodThe folks over at Retro Thing have recently done an impressive comparison of Apple’s iPod player and Lloyd’s V128 8-track player with some surprising similarities, despite the 40-year age gap between the two “white plastic music dynamos”.

Some of points of comparison we found most interesting include the price of music between the two players. When you can get 8-tracks at a flea market for a dime-a-dozen it’s tough for iTunes to compete, even with a DRM. Both players also will display the current playing track, have a big round thing on the front and hold the distinctive white colored design we’ve all become all too familiar with.

The simplistic Kinwei PMP player

Posted in Media Players,MP4,Portable Meda Players by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2007

Kinwei KW-P4 075 MP4 playerThis PMP player from Kinwei appears to have a very nice, clean design but how it’s used we’re just not sure. It sports a 2.4-inch TFT display and allows you to view E-books, JPG, GIF and BMP images, MP1, MP2, MP3 and WMA music files and the ever-obscure TV/AWV video formats. It also has a built-in FM tuner, seven preset EQ modes, a rechargeable battery and a capacity of 2GB. The product details list a touch pad for interaction but aside from that the player appears to have no buttons, dials, switches, cool blue lights and not even any branding. We still think it looks pretty cool, however. No price was readily available and it comes in the shown color of black or white.

SingStar PS2 Pack hitting shelves this weekend

Posted in PS2,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2007

Limited Edition white PS2 bundled with SingstarThe Limited Edition Playstation two bundled with SingStar Pop that we told you about a couple of months ago is hitting some stores this weekend and Sony is advising customers to “get ‘em while they’re hot”. The SingStar PS2 pack comes in ceramic white which was previously only available in Japan (maybe we’ll get the white PS3 someday too?) and is the only way you can get your hands on a ceramic white model. It comes packed with the SingStar Pop game and two microphones, retailing for the exptected $149.99. The Playstation blog says that “some” stores will have it this weekend and will reach “everywhere” on November 4.

Brew one cup of coffee in style with the WMF 1

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on October 26th, 2007

WMF 1 Coffee Pad brews one cup of coffee at a time, in styleThe WMF 1 Coffee Pad is able to brew a single cup of coffee with a simple press of the only button on the machine. It comes with it’s own cup that integrates snuggly into the design and the tray is filled with a standard-sized coffee pad. Within a minute of pressing the button it will deliver a single freshly brewed cup.

There are of course a number of products on the market that can brew a single cup of coffee, or even two at a time but we’ve seen few that can match the simplistic style of the WMF 1. The coffee machine has even won a red dot award for its design at the Design Center of North Rhine-Westphalia this year.

Availabot gives you a physical IM status

Posted in Concepts,Humor,USB by Reuben Drake on October 26th, 2007

Availabot shows when your IM friend is available online.This funny little USB peripheral called the Availabot is designed to work in conjunction with the instant messenger on your computer. It stands on a little marshmallow looking stand that connects via USB to your computer and gives you a physical representation of the availability of your friends on your IM application, laying flaccid when the contact is gone, and quickly standing upright when the contact is available.

The idea is pretty interesting (and funny) and the Availabots are completely customizable in the profile they store and in how they look. You can use as many of them at a time as you would like to dedicate a USB port for. The puppets currently work with iChat on Mac OS X 10.4 but the company has plans to extend them to other IM programs on the Mac and eventually Windows.

SanDisk releases 8GB microSDHC and M2 cards

Posted in Flash Memory,SanDisk by Darrin Olson on October 26th, 2007

SanDisk 8GB microSDHC cardToday SanDisk has launched its 8GB microSDHC and M2 flash memory cards and is kicking off the release of the new high capacity cards with a “Sunset Strip Block Party”. The event is called “Wake up Your Phone” and will be held at Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California trying to raise the awareness to the many mobile phone owners do indeed have a slot in their mobile devices but may not be completely aware of it, or that SanDisk has something to fill it.

SanDisk is calling it a ‘slot education’ program (wow) boasting that the new 8GB capacity cards can turn their boring old mobile phones into a fun-filled party gadget with the ability to store over 2,000 songs, 5,000 high-res pics or 5 hours of high quality MPEG-4 video that they can enjoy and share with others.

Sick Brick

Sick Brick: Lost In Space B-9 Robot

Posted in Sick Brick by Nino Marchetti on October 26th, 2007

Lost In Space B-9 RobotWelcome to Sick Brick. This is a new type of post we’ll be doing now and again which highlights some cool item for sale somewhere online. It’s not necessarily a new product but something us editors here at SlipperyBrick think is worth pointing out. Some items will cost lots of $$$ while others you might be able to pick up at a dime store. Enjoy…

Our first Sick Brick item is a nostalgic sci-fi robot from the past. This genuine animatronic Lost In Space B-9 Robot, priced around a jaw dropping $24,500, is 6-1/2 feet tall and can speak some 511 prerecorded phrases. All phrases were done by Richard Tufeld, the original voice of the robot from the television series. The most famous phrase, for those a little fuzzy in the brain on this robot, is “Danger Will Robinson! Danger!”

iSkin debuts revised iPod cases

Posted in iPod Accessories,iPod Cases,iSKin by Nino Marchetti on October 26th, 2007

iSkin Duo for iPod Nano 3GiSkin is a product developer well known for its innovative and useful iPod cases. The company is now in the process of updating its line with new cases to fit the most recent classic and nano iPod designs. These cases include the Claro for classic (around $40), evo4 Duo for classic (around $35) and Duo for nano (around $30).

The iSkin Claro for the iPod classic is an outer polycarbonate shell coated with an anti-scratch technology. It’s combined with a silicone inside design for double protection and also includes screen protection and a variety of inner silicone layers to customize your case’s look. The evo4 for the iPod classic, meanwhile, offers protection in the form of a silicone skin with a full-frontal polycarbonate screen. It has stylish looks, integrated covers for the iPod’s ports and a variety of body colors.