Archive for March, 2008

Twist caps, now with flavor

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Twist caps, now with flavor
Here’s another one of those ideas that is so simple it’s amazing no one has come up with it before. It’s actually the work of a genius. It’s a plastic bottle with a special cap that holds 1.4 grams of a powder, like powdered green tea for instance. It’s released into the water below when it’s twisted open. So, you can mix fresh powdered drinks from a standalone bottle that you buy at the store.

I know, I know. In a way it’s pointless. Powder doesn’t need to be fresh and you can already buy your drinks premixed. But it’s just the kind of cool thing we would have seen Marty McFly do in the future.(Had the writers thought of it.) I see more of a future in using the caps with bottles you already reuse so you can have something on the go, when you need it.

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot

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

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot
As far as robot speakers that could come alive and eat your face, I’d have to say this is one of the strangest I’ve seen. It’s the i-Spin Speaker Robot from Sega Toys. A world where robots evolved from eggs? This would be the result. He will dance to whatever the current tune being played is, and features connectivity to audio players thanks to a connecting cable.

As well as dancing and proclaiming itself the Egg-man goo goo g’joob, it will also respond to external audio and voice signals. He’s powered by 3 AAA batteries and comes in blue and pink. As we all know, the cost of eggs is on the rise, so that probably accounts for the price tag of $52.

Google Docs offline starting today

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on March 31st, 2008

Google Docs offline access availableGoogle today has announced the roll out of a much anticipated feature for the online Google Docs – bringing them offline. Starting today a select group of individuals that have Google Gears will be able to save their online Google documents and have them available offline as well.

The online Google tools currently provide a great convenience with things like Gmail, calendars and online documents with centrally located storage that can be accessed from almost any browser with an internet connection. One of the downsides is that as soon as the internet connection is lost, so are the documents, email, etc. With this new feature, the documents will still be available through the browser when the internet connection is lost and it will continue to save changes, syncing up with the online storage the next time a connection is available.

Phase change memory from Numonyx within sight

Posted in Memory by Darrin Olson on March 31st, 2008

Numonyx Phase Change Memory (PCM) could be coming yet this yearAccording to an announcement by Numonyx CEO Brian Harrison, the company is expecting to have phase change memory (PCM) commercially available and start shipping this year. PCM is a new type of memory that would be in competition with Flash memory and has been in the works for decades but has yet to see commercialization.

Numonyx is a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Intel and appears to be the first to announce a real-sounding time line for this type of memory. A number of companies have been working on phase change memory including an announcement from IBM in late 2006. Harrison says they are shipping samples now and will have the new memory widely commercially available in the next year or two.

Rechargeable outdoor candles

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

Rechargeable outdoor candles
These somewhat realistic looking outdoor candles are made from silicone and use an LED light bulb to simulate the natural flickering effect of an actual flame.

There are actually a few benefits to using fake candles. They are safer, you won’t get that nasty smell when you blow them out, and you can still set a nice romantic mood while at the same time impressing her with tech. And who knows where that will lead. On a full charge the fake candles can last for about 12 hours. You can get a set of 4 with charger for $89.95.

Control your sprinklers from anywhere

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

Control your sprinklers from anywhere
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of actually walking outside and turning your sprinklers on, you might enjoy this Remote Rain Water Control. Maybe you don’t like exercise. Who’s judging you?

All you have to do is hook this little gadget up to your water line and attach the hose. Then just keep the remote somewhere handy(Like that’s gonna happen.) and press the button when you want to turn the water on or off. You could also watch at your window and when the next trespasser walks through your yard, give him or her a good soak. That would be fun enough to justify the $69.99 price.

Okoro ZX100 Home Theater PC in automotive colors

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Okoro ZX100 Home Theater PC in automotive colors
This HTPC has some really nice specs, which include a quad-core Intel processor at 3GHz, 3GB of RAM and NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600GT with HDMI out and PureVideo HD support. Plus, you can get the unit in the color of any automotive paint you want from a basic glossy black to $10k gold-flaked. Nice!

It’s also got a 32GB SSD drive for the OS and a 1TB drive for media storage, although you’ll probably want to upgrade that to 2TB if your media collection is huge. It can also play both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Windows Vista Ultimate comes pre-installed and of course card readers and everything else you might expect. Which is good because the base price is just under $6k.

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando

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

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando
By now, you’ve probably seen the robot chicken from Sega Toys. The fuzzy chick has been hard to actually find and order. But now you can get the Robotic Chicken from Brando for $26.90 and thus all your chicken dreams will come true. It’s a lifelike baby chicken that cries and flaps its little wings like the real deal. When held, it will flap its wings, pet it on the head and the chick will chirp.

Each Chick is packaged in a transparent egg where it sits on a little nest. You get the idea. It’s all about you and a (fake) baby chick connecting and sharing a bond that’s probably really unhealthy, but hey you got nothing better to do, so why not.

Garfield MP3 player is cheap, lazy

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Garfield MP3 player is cheap
While Garfield may be lazy, those who market his likeness are not. That’s because many people seem to have a special place in their heart for the cartoon cat. He’s alot like you and me. He loves to sleep, eat, watch tv and make sly comments, then repeat the whole process.

For $7.99 what’s not to love? Surplus Computers has a 256MB Garfield Mp3 Player that is expandable with a SD card slot and also features built-in mic recording. You’ll also notice the matching orange earbuds. For $13.99 they’ll even throw in the extra 1GB card. No matter what, this MP3 player has to be better then the Garfield movie right?

Akva Sound musical waterbed

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

Akva Sound musical waterbed
What makes the Akva Sound Musical Waterbed interesting is that it provides a dedicated base where you can place loudspeakers inside the bed. Which I imagine would make it possible to have the ultimate loudspeaker alarm that would catapult you out of the bed. But that’s not what it’s for.

The base plate is available as an accessory or as an integrated part of the waterbed and it’s more about audio options. All you need to do is to connect it to an audio source and play your favorite music. Sounds great, but most people would probably opt for the audio system they already have nearby. No word on pricing at this time. What’s that guy doing anyway? Looks like he’s getting ready to levitate off the bed…Or fart… I think that’s a guy…Now I’m not sure.

Bluetooth microphone dental insert

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

Bluetooth microphone dental insert
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. The Bluetooth Dental Insert Microphone is described as the “ultimate bluetooth handsfree”. It’s a super small microphone packaged with solar panel and battery to provide the most portable unit yet. The composite resin filling is designed to fit in a hole 2.2mm in diameter and 1.7 mm deep(presumably replacing a tooth.) and it will pick up sound and vibrations from your mouth thereby producing super clear sound.

The earpiece features replaceable rubber grips and attractive chrome inserts and is compatible with all Bluetooth capable phones with Handsfree and Headset profiles. No word on pricing just yet, but the Bluetooth Dental Insert Microphone will be available soon from those wacky people over at Chinavision. As they point out, “All dental work should be performed by a qualified dentist, Chinavasion does not take responsibility for injury resulting from the installation of this product”.

Hotel to rent Wiis for $120 an hour

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

Hotel to rent Wiis For $50+ an hour
Looks like the Wii is still immensely popular. Don’t think so? Well, the Westin chain of hotels obviously does. They recently announced that they’ll be offering Wii rentals at their 150 locations. If Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien is any indication of what they will charge, it will be expensive. They charge $50 to rent the $250 console for an hour.

If you have money to burn and want it projected onto a wall with a personal trainer in the gym, you’ll pay $120 an hour. If you have to pay that much to play Wii sports with someone, it might be time for you to get a new hobby. It’s not like you’ll be playing Wii golf with Tiger Woods after all. Don’t be a sucker. Take your damn Wii with you, people.

Verizon announces sweet looking touch screen XV6900

Posted in Verizon by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2008

Verizon XV6900With all of the phone announcements Verizon Wireless has made today ahead of CTIA 2008 you have to start wondering if they are holding anything back to actually announce at the show. Thanks to the iPhone touch screen devices are still all the rage right now.

Verizon is continuing the touch screen craze with its XV6900 handset. The device has navigation at the touch of a finger and come in what Verizon calls pure white color. The thing looks more silver in the pictures to me. The XV6900 measures a compact 3.98” x 2.35” x 0.56” (L x W x D).

HP’s Elite 3 megapixel stereo webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

HP’s Elite 3 megapixel stereo webcam
This strange looking web camera from HP reminds me of an old desk lamp. It’s compatible with all the major video chat solutions, like Yahoo, Skype, MS Messenger, AIM. The cam clips onto your monitor and features a 3 megapixel CMOS camera capable of shooting video ranging from 640 x 480 pixels at 30fps quality on down to 1,600 x 1,200 at 5fps.

It also has a built-in stereo microphone, face tracking and Magic-i video effects software, 3 programmable buttons, and a sliding “privacy cover” so you know that it is really off. It’s pretty sexy.

KNC M-701: The ultra slim MP4 player

Posted in MP4 by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

KNC M-701: The ultra slim MP4 player
MP4 players are great, but they’re not always as slim as they could be. The slimmer they are, the hipper they look. Sort of like Hollywood’s standards. This is one sexy MP4 and it looks like the interface would be easy to use.

In April KNC will release its ultra thin MP4 player, the M-701. It has a 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen, MP3 options, WMA, lyrics synchronization, e-books, and picture browsing. There isn’t very much info other then that, but as far as looks, I dig it.