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The Ziplamp: Unzip for some light

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

The Ziplamp: Unzip for some lightThe Ziplamp by Merry Design Studio is an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styren) light stick hiding inside in a neoprene cover. To turn on the Ziplamp, just… Well, unzip the cover until you have the desired amount of light. It’s a pretty nifty, almost organic looking looking way of using lighting. I don’t see why it couldn’t be incorporated directly into the wall, or the roof of a car for that matter.

The Ziplamp almost seems a bit sexual given it’s unzipping nature. They should probably have a miniature version you can put under your clothes. That way you can wow the ladies and they’ll tell all their girlfriends that you were so amazing you exuded light from your privates. That’s a ringing endorsement.

VuNow Pod brings YouTube videos into your living room

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

VuNow Pod brings YouTube videos into your living roomLaptops are great for viewing various youtube videos and the like, but when you get a few people huddled around the screen you are forced to deal with awkward viewing angles on said laptop. If you want to watch Youtube videos as a family, the VuNow Pod is another option.

It’s a palm sized set top box that is also the first solution to allow consumers to watch content from the web directly on their television, without having to connect a computer. It lets users experience the content together on the big screen TV. Best of all, no awkward viewing angles etc.

This is not your grandmother’s sewing machine

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

This is not your grandmother’s sewing machineWhat with living in 2009, chances are you suck at sewing. It seems like kind of a lost art in a way. And mastering an old sewing machine can be a real pain anyway. With the Brother Quattro 6000D, you’d be a master seamstress. This beast of a sewing machine features a 7-inch HD LCD display and embedded runway lighting. It even goes so far as to have a camera next to the needle, letting you see up close exactly what you’re doing, so you don’t mess up your stitches.

There’s no info on pricing or a release date as of yet, but I think we can safely say that it will cost quite a nice chunk of change. You may want to toil away on your old machine while saving some extra scratch.

Eazo Z70 Exterior PC sports a wood finish

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Eazo Z70 Exterior PC sports a wood finishEazo is all about bringing luxury to everyday computing with its Z70 computer. The exterior, exudes a sort of manly charm with it’s rosewood finish amalgamated into an aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis. The wood has been painted with natural Chinese lacquer without any chemical additives, giving it that natural look.

Under the hood of the Z70, you’ll find an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processor that should mean decent performance no matter what you are using it for. It’s even water-cooled so that you won’t accidentally burn your precious wooden wonder after hours of high performance.

BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phones

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phonesAlthough we wish it were so, we have to face reality: Your cell phone is not going to become your primary portable gaming device anytime soon. The best it can hope for is offer a decent alternative to the DS and PSP, especially with the iPhone’s capability. But what about other powerful handsets that could prove to be decent gaming platforms, but lack the proper controls?

The BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phones aims to fill this void, and supports a bunch of smartphone platforms including Windows Mobile, PocketPC and Symbian UIQ. It features a special twisting design and you can attach the BGP100 to a wide range of phones as long as they do not exceed 55mm in width. If it turns out that your handset is too large for the BGP100, you can also use it as a standalone gamepad when folded up.

Zune 30GB fail: Microsoft says to wait it out

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Z2K bug makes 30GB Zunes fail at 12AM, December 31stHere’s more news for all of you Zune 30 owners who feel betrayed by your now frozen PMP. Microsoft has finally acknowledged the snafu and here is their explanation:

There is a bug in the internal clock driver that causes the device to bite the dust on the last day of a leap year. But don’t worry, even though they won’t be releasing an update for the device any time soon, it should resolve itself when January 1, 2009 comes around. Do you feel better now?

Casio Robo-watches celebrate G-Shock anniversary

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Casio Robo-watches celebrate G-Shock anniversaryObviously this is a marketing gimmick. But ask yourself, are these robot watches more awesome than your typical watch? Hell yes. Casio’s 25 years of G-Shock celebration continues with the offering of a new set of character watches designed by Shiro Nakano.

Now that I’ve given you the good news, it’s time for the bad. These robot characters themselves are not available for sale. And yes, that’s a big mistake, because they are amazingly cool. They would make great desktop clocks. And good robot clocks are hard to find. Ask any robo-enthusiast.

FLATMII streams games to your Wii, via USB

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

FLATMII streams games to your Wii, via USBNintendo has done everything it can to stay one step ahead of those crazy modders, but it hasn’t slowed them down. Now we have FLATMII, a device that plugs into the Wii’s drive ribbon and lets you stream ISO backups of games (or whatever) from your Windows XP or Vista PC.

The console thinks it’s a DVD drive. It’s for cautious Wii owners who want to backup games that they own legally. Users who would never steal software. If you fall into that category, check out a video below.

Secret Agent Camcorder watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Secret Agent Camcorder watchEven Dick Tracy would be amazed at a normal-sized watch that can actually record up to eight hours of color video with sound. Just plug the watch into your computer using your USB port and download your recordings. It’s on sale for only $199.95.

Some other features include One Touch Recording, doubles as an Ordinary Watch and it will give you over 2 hours of battery life. Now you can be the super cool spy that you’ve always wanted to be and no one will ever know that your watch is anything special.

Z2K bug makes 30GB Zunes fail at 12AM, December 31st

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Z2K bug makes 30GB Zunes fail at 12AM, December 31stIf you own a Zune 30, hopefully it isn’t stuck at a loading bar and completely non-functional. If it is, you are not the only one. The net is a buzz with users whose 30GB players began locking up at midnight last night, bricking themselves all on their own.

The failures are happening 24-hours ahead of the 2009 changeover, so Zune-lovers have named the flaw “Z2K.” It took some time, but finally Microsoft must have checked their overflowing email box e-mail, because the official Zune site now has a message stating that Microsoft is aware of the problem and “are working to correct it.”

Gdium netbook bound for U.S. market

Posted in Netbook by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2008

Gdium NetbookThe netbook market is rapidly getting crowded as everyone who can field a netbook jumps into the market. This means that every time you look around someone is bringing a new netbook to store shelves and most of them share virtually identical specs.

A new netbook is said to be coming to the U.S. sometime in January called the Gdium. The machine has the typical 10-inch screen and while the CPU isn’t mentioned, it’s likely the common Atom we are used to seeing inside everyone’s netbooks.

CES 2009 event invitation leaks OQO Model 2+ details

Posted in OQO by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2008

OQO Model 2+Before the dawn of the netbook age, there were several tiny, ultraportable machines on the market like the OQO Model 2. These devices were much smaller than the notebooks of the day, but offered too many compromises in usefulness and performance so they never really caught on.

Today the netbook has shown many consumers that a lower performance computer can be very useful and netbooks are leading the computer market in growth. To grab some of this action OQO is getting a new Model 2+ of its little machine ready for a CES 2009 debut.

RunCore announces new SSDs at low prices

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2008

RunCore SSDThere are a few common threads in the SSD market no matter the maker of the device. These threads include price premiums and better performance. For some markets, the high price of SSDs has kept them from being popular despite the performance benefits.

RunCore has announced a new line of SSDs that are 1.8-inch PATA drop in replacements for many portable notebooks that use standard 1.8-inch HDDs. The SSDs come in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities retailing for $69.99, $119.99, $199.99, and $389.99 respectively.

Large format iPod touch rumors hit the web

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2008

iPod touchApple rumors seem to circulate constantly and each time an event has Apple launching new products, like MacWorld, the rumor mill works overtime. A new rumor started over at TechCrunch says that Apple may have large format iPod touch in the works.

According to sources cited by TechCrunch, some of whom claim to have held this device, the large format touch would have a screen of 7 or even 9-inches. That is netbook screen size territory and Apple is said to be talking to Asian OEMs about producing the device.

LED Torch is a tiny transformer

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

LED Torch is a tiny transformerWorried about the rise of the robots? Sure we all are. But we never saw it coming from our trusty flashlights. Yes, they will transform and enslave us by being useful in the dark. Which is a brilliant plan. We will never see it coming when the light goes out and they finally attack.

This awesome flashlight can transform into three different forms: humanoid robot, scrambling spider and standing spider. That’s three cool things in one flashlight. Which is two more than your current flashlight does. All this coolness for only $20.