Archive for April, 2008

Air Force Golf Ball Launcher will improve your game

Posted in Golf by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Air Force Golf Ball Launcher will improve your game
I don’t play golf. Mostly because I suck at it and I don’t get the point of hitting a ball with a metal stick, driving to that ball, then hitting it again, and again. But the Air Force Golf Ball Launcher would make the game fun and even if I still suck, I’ll have a powerful gun to shoot people with.

The idea is that handicapped people who can’t swing a club can still get in on the action. The designer of the launcher created the product after his father had a stroke and was left without the ability to use an arm and a leg. It allowed him to continue to hit the golf course with his father. The Air Force will launch a golf ball from a few feet to up to 300 yards. This could be the beginning of a new breed of golf.

Memristor eliminates the need for RAM

Posted in Memory by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Memristor eliminates the need for RAM
Some Hewlett Packard scientists have come up with a new type of memory that is being hailed as a huge breakthrough. It’s a circuitry component called memristor, which allows data to be stored in circuitry even after the power is switched off. If all of the bugs can be worked out, the technology has massive potential. It could include benefits like computers that power up instantly, cell phones that go much longer without a charge and data loss in the case of power failures or battery death could be a thing of the past.

The memristor reside in the circuitry rather than be a separate memory module. That model allows PC builders to save valuable space. It could also lead to smaller systems that are much more powerful.

“Kickstart”: First BlackBerry clamshell phone

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

“Kickstart”: First BlackBerry clamshell phone
You’re looking at the BlackBerry clamshell, dubbed the Kickstart. The Boy Genius has shared a handful of photos of the device and I know you can’t stop starring. BGR insists this isn’t fake. The phone has a Pearl-type keyboard, trackball navigation, and seems to have both an internal and external LCD screen. Nothing on specs, carrier, release date and all that jazz, but according to BGR it’s due before year’s end. We’ll keep you updated.

Record radio stations to MP3s

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Record radio stations to MP3s
Here’s an useful gadget. It’s a radio with a removable MP3 player. With this device you can record content from the radio so you can listen to it from wherever and whenever you want. This should come in handy for fans of talk and AM radio.

Of course, similar devices for satellite radio already exist, and it does seem a bit odd that the MP3 player doesn’t include an FM tuner of its own, but it is what it is. An MP3 player docking in a radio mothership.

Yamaha’s Keyboard Notepad for musicians

Posted in Yamaha by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Yamaha’s Keyboard Notepad is a must for musicians
Here’s a first. This is a notepad with an integrated keyboard. This is perfect for musicians and composers. It allows them to try out their tunes right then and there, with or without using the built-in headphone jack. No word yet on availability. I suppose if you don’t have headphones with you, you could really annoy people with this one, in say, a subway car or something. Then after you annoy your fellow man and call attention to your sweet new device, he can steal it and sell it to some other dude. I hope not. I’m, just saying.

Basically somebody at Yamaha had a notepad sitting next to their keyboard and went…”Whoah”. No word on availability yet.

High priced UFO plays CDs, abducts you

Posted in CD Player by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

High priced UFO plays CDs, abducts you
What with everyone on Earth having an iPod, if you’re going to dare to make CD players, it’s a good idea to at least make them different. One way to do that is to make it look like a UFO. A UFO that says, “Screw you human, we believe CDs are far superior to MP3s”. If you don’t believe them, they’ll convince you with a rectal probe or two. Has anybody ever done a study on how many abductees rush out and buy new CD players? The numbers might shock you.

The Chinese company Shanling specializes in shall we say odd CD players with unique looks and characteristics. Their latest, the CD-T300 Pro has four amplification valves, two remote controls, and gold-plated tube legs. But the most striking thing about it is that it looks like it is about to shoot a beam out the bottom and pull a cow onboard.

“Zero-Watt” Monitor: Zero power in standby mode

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

“Zero-Watt” Monitor: Zero power in standby mode
Fujitsu’s “Zero-Watt” Monitor uses zero power in Standby Mode. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. That’s the claim anyway, and they seem to be sticking to it. I never use standby mode myself, as I seem to be physically attached to my PC. But others will be happy to hear this news.

This seeming miracle is made possible thanks to a built-in switch that shuts down the monitor completely when a signal from the computer is absent. It brings it back to life like a mad scientist when the signal reappears, without even uttering “It’s alive”. This technology will be great for businesses, and that’s the market Fujitsu is aiming for when the monitor is released this summer. This new model will sell for the same price as conventional monitors, which is good news for your wallet.

Easter Egg Speakers wobble but won’t fall down

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on April 30th, 2008

Easter Egg Tumble SpeakerWe’ve seen our share of portable speakers and so far our favorite so far has to be the X-Mini Capsule speakers, mostly because they are compact and they went wireless recently. Close behind would probably be the Easter Egg Tumbler Speaker. This device, like the X-Mini, pops open to extend out the chamber a little bit and add some more bass into the pint-sized speaker (or about as much base as you can expect from something like this.) It also comes egg-shaped and heavy at one end so that it can’t be tipped over when being bumped around on your desk

Each comes as a single speaker with an audio cable for input and a USB cable that powers and charges in the internal battery. No word on exactly how much juice the speaker puts out but we’re guessing 1W, and it’s pretty hard to say on the battery life if you wanted to use this with your media player.

Nose Mask Pit fights allergens

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Nose Mask Pit fights allergens
Those with severe allergies can’t do much to avoid them without wearing a face mask, which no one wants to do. This little device should help and it will barely be noticable. They’re basically small air filters that sit up inside your nose.

I imagine they are not very comfortable, but they are very discrete. Only a small clear band is visible at the base of your nostrils. You can get a pack of them for around $14 and they’ll be a real life saver for those with severe allergies. My only concern would be that they might get stuck up my nose.

Sony SRSZX1 2.0 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Sony SRSZX1 2.0 speaker system
Sony’s SRSZX1 2.0 Speaker System is for the average desktop computer user that does not need or want huge-ass bass. It claims to have “an enriched sound range and fuller bass sound reproduction”. It’s best for casual use like PC gaming, audio and DVD playback etc. Design-wise it’s not Earth shattering, but it has a nice aluminum finish and comes with a compact wireless remote controller.

Some technological advances include Mobius Duct technology that ‘minimizes wind noise’, Turbo Shift technology for extended bass range and a Sigma-Type magnetic circuit for upgraded sound reproduction. Nothing on pricing yet, but I’m sure it won’t be very expensive.

SeaLife DC800 digital camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

SeaLife DC800 Digital Camera
SeaLife has a new digital camera for those who like to spend their time underwater, the DC800. This 8 megapixel camera is capable of producing extremely sharp images at depths of up to 200 feet. When you get all shriveled up and head for land again, the DC800 can be used in dry conditions as well. Just remove the slim camera from the waterproof housing and you’re ready. There’s virtually no shutter lag with fast shutter time and quick-start.

Some other features are: Sea mode with 3 UW color correction settings, Ext Flash Auto mode for automatic exposure settings, Ext Flash Manual mode for manual aperture and shutter speed exposure controls, Spy Mode automatically shoots continuous pictures at set time intervals, 8 megapixel CCD sensor, 2.7″ LCD display, 20X zoom – 4X optical zoom plus 5X digital, SD/SDHC memory card slot, 22 Land modes, 640 x 480 video recording. The SeaLife DC800 will retail for $549.95 and is compatible with SeaLife’s other accessories.

The cellphone EMF detector

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

The cellphone EMF detector
Radiation and electromagnetic fields from cellphones can be dangerous. Plus, electromagnetic fields usually mean there’s a ghost around too, so it’s good to know when there might be one around you. Some say EMF is safe, others say it’s really dangerous. Why take the chance, when you can conduct your own research with this handheld EMF detector.

It will measure radio frequency radiation and extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and should be able to tell you which electronics in your home are the worst offenders. And if you get a reading where there are no electronics, then you probably have a ghost, in which case you’ll want to make like Scooby and Shaggy and get the hell out as quick as you can.

Samsung P960: A TV-phone for the European market

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Samsung P960: A TV-phone for the European market
Samsung’s P960 is a super nice looking cell phone that is also a mobile entertainment center, with a cute retro antenna. It’s touted as being the first slider handset with mobile TV support for Europe. Up to this point, supported Euro mobile TV standards are DVB-CBMS and OMA-BCAST.

Unfortunately, those of us living in North America probably won’t be getting toys like this one anytime soon as we lag far behind other countries where mobile TV is concerned.

Elecom Egg Mouse gets more colors

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Elecom Egg Mouse gets more colors
A mouse is more then just a mouse to some people. Those people want some style and color. For those, this cute little Japanese mouse is meant for comfort and fits in the palm of your hand. The Elecom Egg mouse is not new, but you may not have seen it since its a Japanese product.

For their 20 year anniversary they are releasing the M-EGUR series in six different colors. It’s being released in black, white, gray, blue, orange and pink and features three buttons, a scroll wheel and a glossy finish. It will be released mid May in Japan only for $29.

Alienware unveils its fastest gaming notebook ever

Posted in Alienware by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2008

Alienware M17xAlienware is well known for its gaming notebooks and desktops and it is also well known for selling some of the most expensive computers on the planet. Alienware announced its latest gaming notebook this week called the Area-51 m17x and the machine lives up to Alienware’s image on both performance and cost fronts.

The m17x can be optioned with the fastest notebook products available including Intel’s 45nm Core 2 Extreme X9000 mobile processor. The machine can also be had with dual NVIDIA 8800M GTX graphics cards in SLI mode. The m17x uses a 17-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 and can be had with a backlit keyboard.