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Digital tape measure mixes the old with the new

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

Digital tape measure
Just when you think everything that could go digital has already done so, another old standby gets a makeover. The tape measure has been the workman’s best friend for ages. It too has now gone digital. It looks like a standard retractable tape measure, but it includes an LCD display on the top that can display and store measurements down to 1/16 of an inch. It includes several different units for measurement and can take into account the length of the casing, when you are measuring in tight places.

When you pull the tape out it will automatically turn on and retracting it will turn it off. That way you don’t forget about it and find the device drained when you really need it. It’s only $25.

Rock Band: EA confirms that Wii will rock you

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

Wii will rock you
As we speculated earlier this week, EA’s CEO John Riccitiello finally confirmed today that Rock Band will be coming to the Wii. This is no doubt great news for millions of would be rock stars who happen to own a Wii and were feeling just a little left out.

He mentioned this at the end of the question and answer session, when Riccitiello referred off hand to the “coming launch” of a Wii version of the popular game. No word yet on exactly when or a price, but you can now rest easy knowing that it is on the way.

Nexto Extreme media storage device from NextoDI

Posted in Storage by Reuben Drake on January 31st, 2008

Nexto Extreme media storage device from NextoDINextoDi brought a couple of new products to the PMA show in Las Vegas this year with one of them being an upgraded media storage device with support for eSATA drives and just about every media card you can think of. Until you get your hands on a few 32GB media cards the Nexto Extreme ND2700 works well for transferring and storing data from the smaller media in your digital camera and camcorder while on the go.

The ND2700 also uses NextoDI’s X-Copy technology delivering backup speeds as fast as 40 seconds for 1GB. The USB connection makes transferring data even easier by connecting to your camera directly without having to remove the media card. A sampling of those media cards supported by the Nexto Extreme include CF, SD, SDHC, MMC and a whole array of Memory Sticks. NextoDI didn’t have any information quite yet on pricing or availability.

ModoPocket flat-folding camera support

Posted in Accessories by Reuben Drake on January 31st, 2008

ModoPocket compact camera support from ManfrottoFor those time when leaning against a pole or setting the camera on a rock just won’t do, Manfrotto has added the ModoPocket to their line of camera supports. Image stabilization technology can only go so far and sometimes it’s better to put the camera down to get some nice shots without the blur. The ModoPocket support folds completely flat to fit in a small bag compartment or pocket to make it convenient for use on the go. The little hinged stand threads into the 1/4″ tripod mount found on most cameras to keep it well attached and stands on four rubber-covered legs. The stand also lets you tilt forward or back to help get things into focus. Manfrotto has the little ModoPocket camera stand retailing for $30.

Sony adds new digital picture frames

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

Sony S-FramesSony is looking to inject its own brand of cool into the digital picture frame market by unveiling this week a new line of frames. The Sony S-Frames will be available in three models and range in price from around $140 to around $250.

The three models in the Sony S-Frames are the 7-inch DPF-V700 and 9-inch DPF-V900 digital photo frames as well as the 7-inch DPF-D70. All frames have WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) along with 15:9 aspect-ratio screens and black bezels. They also include an advanced image processor that scales and displays images up to 48 megapixels.

Kodak adds new 10-megapixel digital camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

Kodak Easyshare Z1012 ISKodak is bringing into focus this week for consumers its latest Easyshare digital camera. This new model is called the Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS and it will price at around $300.

The Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS is a garden variety 10-megapixel shooter, sporting a compact design, 12x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. It has face detection technology and an ISO of up to 3200.

Kodak is going to release this camera in the first half of this year. You can get more details after the jump.

Verizon adds red Blackberry 8830 to line up

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition SmartphoneVerizon is adding a new color to its line up of Blackberry 8830s. Those wanting a little flair might find they like this red variation of this particular Blackberry model, available for around $300 after a rebate and two-year agreement.

New red color aside, this particular Blackberry 8830 World Edition Smartphone works much like any other Blackberry of its type. It is targeted towards world travelers, supporting EV-DO/GPRS network connections and GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz). It also has a large high-resolution color display and trackball navigation, among other external features.

Sony offers up two new alpha DSLRs

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A300Sony yesterday announced two new digital SLR cameras which make use of “Live View” technology to “frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems.” These cameras are the Sony alpha DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, priced at around $800 and $900 respectively with an included lens.

These new Sony DSLRs offer up 10.2 and 14.2 megapixels respectively. Other features found in common include image stabilization, APS-C CCD image sensors, up to 730 shots per full charge when using the optical viewfinder and an anti-dust system to keep the CCD image sensor clean. The DSLR-A300 will be available in April, while the -A350 will be out in March.

You can get more details after the jump.

Eizo offers up 30-inch display for graphics

Posted in Displays by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

Eizo ColorEdge CG301WEizo Nanao Technologies is showing off today a new 30-inch monitor which offers what is described as several high end features. The Eizo ColorEdge CG301W is scheduled to be available in February.

The Eizo ColorEdge CG301W is designed primarily for use with professional graphics applications, according to its maker. It has a native resolution of 2560×1600, 12-bit hardware calibration, picture in picture support and “employs a wide gamut LCD panel that is 100% vs. NTSC and reproduces 97% of the Adobe RGB color space.”

Alienware home media server offers 4TB storage

Posted in Media Servers by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

Alienware High Definition Media ServerAlienware is making available to consumers through professional installers a new home media server. It is called simply enough the Alienware High Definition Media Server – no specific pricing was mentioned.

The Alienware High Definition Media Server targets high end consumers seeking a high quality media server for their home entertainment needs. It offers up 4TB(!) of storage space to provide you with “alifetime’s worth of digital movies, music, photos and more.” It can be used to delivery this content wirelessly or via a home network to any computer, while also being able to connect to a home entertainment system through a variety of audio and video outputs.

SanDisk rolls out 32GB SDHC and 8GB Plus card

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on January 31st, 2008

SanDisk 32GB SDHC and 8GB SDHC Plus cardsSanDisk upped their available SDHC card capacity today by putting 32GB of flash memory in the latest to the line of Ultra II SDHC cards. This new 32GB flash card reads and writes at 15MB/second, which is a nice increase from the 10MB/second found previously from the Ultra II’s.

This card to date is the largest flash memory card put out by SanDisk and brings them in line with the most capacity available in an SDHC card in the industry. This kind of storage can put as much as 4 hours of 1536 kbps MPEG-4 video or around 8,000 digital photos on a card not much larger than your thumbnail.


Score an Otter Box iPhone case

Posted in Contests,iPhone,iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

Otter Box iPhone case
These Otter Box iPhone cases are a great way to protect your precious iPhone. They come in the Defender or Armor series. The Defender is a semi-rugged, slim fit case that gives you complete user interaction plus an attractive look and feel. This case is not fully waterproof, but it shields your iPhone from dust, dirt and most importantly drops. The Armor series is a more rugged case that safeguards the device from rain, dust, dirt, again most importantly falls.

We know you paid alot for the sexy device, so we want to see you protected. That’s why Otterbox has agreed to send 3 lucky readers their choice of either the Defender series or Armor cases.

R2D2 Peppermill combines droids with spice

Posted in Home,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

R2D2 Peppermill
Why on Earth(Or any other planet) would you use a plain old peppermill when you can use a Star Wars droid? You wouldn’t, and I don’t blame you.

After a hard day, when Lando and Han have cleaned you out at the poker table, come home to a nice dinner, knowing that this little guy will spice up your food. Just twist R2’s domed head and delicious freshly ground pepper will fall from his undercarriage. Just try not to think about the fact that you are eating something that fell out of a robot’s butt. Still, if that appeals to you, make like a Jawa and get an R2D2 Peppermill at ThinkGeek for $19.99. Just be careful. You may just end up with a hologram of Princess Leia in your mashed potatoes, telling you that you are her only hope.

Jellyclick inflatable computer mouse

Posted in Concepts,Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

inflatable computer mouse
We’ve covered our share of mice here at the Brick, but this is perhaps the strangest. As far as mice go, it’s the ultimate in portability. That’s because it’s inflatable. You store it flat and blow it up. Some of you might be familiar with this concept in your women.

It can store flat because all of the electronic circuity is housed on a small flexible board. The body itself is soft plastic. When you need your mouse, just blow it up and attach the USB cable and you’re ready. It might even be the difference between life and death in a hairy water situation. They probably should have went the whole nine yards and included a breathalyzer too since this design obviously required a whole lotta booze to come up with it.

The Wii phone a step closer to reality

Posted in Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2008

Wii phone
We told you about the possibility of a Wii phone awhile back, but now thanks to one clever fellow, we may be one step closer. It’s a combination of a Wiimote and a DoCoMo cellphone all slapped together with geek love.

Maybe this will make Nintendo rush one to market sometime soon, but I doubt it. The wrist strap is a nice touch. Just in case you get a call that requires you to want to throw the thing. This is one phone that would give the iPhone some competition. Needless to say we love this phone and want one yesterday.