Archive for April, 2008

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2008

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer
I love robot art when it’s done right. That is to say when it is visually interesting and not just the same old thing. These awesome CGI images by Andre Kutscherauer are certainly awesome. Some of the works have titles like Brute Force, Selfillumination and Dandelion of Screws, and once you have a look, you can’t help but be very impressed.

Unlike most things these days, the work actually makes you think. More then that, it makes you think outside of the box. If you don’t believe me, go have a look at the artist’s site. This stuff is awesome. Where else can you see robots plugging themselves in?

Nintendo DS 2 to be unveiled at E3 2008?

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2008

Nintendo DS 2 to be unveiled at E3 2008?
Here’s an interesting rumor. Hirokazu Hamamura, the head of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu’s parent company is predicting that Nintendo will unveil the next-generation DS at E3 2008 this summer. Hirokazu has not commented on the hardware or cost though.

If it were anybody else, we’d dismiss the notion, but Hirokazu should be in a position to know. Should we get a new DS, one bit of speculation is that they will do away with the GBA port. And as Kotaku points out, it took two years between the transition from DS to DS Lite, so a new DS this year might just be possible.

IBM introduces new ‘racetrack’ memory solution

Posted in Storage by Darrin Olson on April 13th, 2008

Stuart Parkin and colleagues at IBM introduce a new type of memory dubbed ‘racetrack’ memoryDr. Stuart Parkin and colleagues at IBM have recently published a paper in Science introducing a new type of storage technology dubbed ‘racetrack memory’.

The memory uses something called spintronics which uses the storage of bits generated by the magnetic spin of electrons rather than their charge to identify each as “on” or “off”. This new storage solution offers some advantages over the most popular current options. It’s faster than traditional hard disk drives and has a lower failure rate since there are no moving parts.

Blockbuster direct-to-TV streaming rumors

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on April 12th, 2008

Blockbuster rumored to have a streaming video solution in the worksBlockbuster has been rumored to have been secretly working on some new technology in the works that would allow streaming video content from an online rental service direct to consumers televisions, and could be available as soon as the next few weeks. No information has been given on the exact technology or price but the service could again bring the home video renting giant back up to par and possibly ahead in technology, compared to other rival video renting services from Netflix and Apple.

Netflix would be directly affected by this new service by Blockbuster and has recently upgraded their service to provide unlimited streaming to some subscribers, however it streams to their computer and not necessarily to the living room of most consumers. In order to work their way into more entertainment centers, Netflix is also looking into providing streaming video rentals through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console.

Ferrari mobile phone looks like a toy

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2008

Ferrari mobile phone looks like a toy
Is it a toy or a cell phone? In fact, it’s a cellphone. The dialing pad can be found underneath the car where the axle should be. I like the idea, but I would feel weird talking on this thing. I would feel like I was talking on a cell phone that looks like a Ferrari. That would mean that I am probably trying to live out a second childhood or maybe having a mid-life crisis by talking on said phone.

It will cost you 96 British pounds and maybe some laughter from those with iPhones. Some specs: 2.2” 260K color display, Music player, Video player, 1.3 Megapixel camera, Memory slot, USB connector.

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E-mail goes low tech, kills trees

Posted in email by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2008

E-mail goes low tech, kills trees
I get way too many emails everyday. Sometimes it’s amazing that I get anything done at all outside of my inbox. It’s insane. I don’t even want to know what it would be like if each email was on a sheet of paper. The stack would be at least 4 feet tall.

That’s why I’m scared of these paper e-mail pads. Now people who wouldn’t normally email me are going to be filling my desk with useless paper e-mails. Just fill in the form like a real email. Each pad comes with 50 sheets, and will cost you $3.99, which is about 8 cents per e-mail. Great way to kill trees and annoy your co-workers. Soon they won’t even talk to you, they’ll just slip a paper on your desk for every little thing.

TouchMan emotion cell phone concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

TouchMan emotion cell phone concept
The TouchMan cellphone concept is interesting because it can actually become a piece of furniture that allows you to communicate in a more personal way with others. That’s because the device allows for the visual sharing of emotions. Think of it as a combination screensaver, instant messenger and…aquarium.

That’s right, you can watch your contacts like fishes in an aquarium on the touchscreen. They would change color and activity according to their current moods and availability. Very bizarre indeed, but it has a lot of potential. The docking station will charge the main station and the cellphone at the same time, and when the cellphone is disconnected, the main device goes into a sleep mode.

Gas Pump entertainment center

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

Gas Pump entertainment center
The T39 Replica Gas Pump Entertainment Center will take you straight back to the 1940′s and have you wiping off windshields and checking oil levels, while watching TV. It’s geared toward the dude that wants to spend nearly 2 grand on a entertainment center that has a maximum TV size of 13 inches.

It even has an illuminated globe on top to make it feel authentic. Despite it’s neat retro stylings and details, this is probably not the best choice you can make in Entertainment Centers. Clint Eastwood certainly doesn’t look happy about it. It will cost you $1,775. That money is better saved for real gas at the pump.

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

World’s smallest & lightest battery charger
I’ve got a bunch of devices that use AA batteries. Said batteries all rotate in and out of the same charger, so something like this would be very convenient for me. Especially if I needed some batteries charged on the go.

It claims to be the smallest and lightest battery charger in the world. I don’t know about that, but I know it will come in handy. It will charge two AA or AAA batteries to 75% of a full charge in three to four hours via the USB port, so it’s not the fastest. For $25, it’s worth it if you have many batteries to be charged.

Neo Geo Stick 2 available for the Wii

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

Neo Geo Stick 2 for the Wii
Having grown up with arcade games, I love playing some of the old school games with arcade sticks. If you’re like me and are looking for a good arcade stick for the Wii, look no further. The Wii version of the Neo Geo Stick 2 is an arcade-style, ball-top controller that was previously available for the PS2 from SNK-Playmore and Sega Logistics.

This new edition looks like it’s still got non-analog L and R buttons hugging the four primary convex buttons like parentheses. It would appear that they’ve decided to keep the classy black color too, which seems odd for the Wii, but it’s a beauty. It’s probably the best arcade stick I’ve seen for the Wii. You can get it right now for $59.90.

AgfaPhoto launches tiny HD camcorder for Europe

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on April 11th, 2008

AgfaPhoto DV-5000ZIf there is one thing that makes carting cameras and camcorders with you to family events and kid’s activities easier it’s small devices. I bought my wife a Sanyo Xacti HD camcorder because I wanted something small that was easy to stash. Most married guys know that once the wife tires of holding something you end up keeping up with it.

AgfaPhoto has a new HD camcorder that records at 1280 x 720 in MPEG-4 and uses H.264 compression. The tiny camcorder measures only 4.7-inches x 2.75-inches and weighs under 200g. Videos are shot in 16:9 wide screen format and can be played directly on your HDTV at home.

Metal Gear Solid PS3 is heading stateside

Posted in PS3 by Darrin Olson on April 11th, 2008

Sony Playstation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 console coming to the U.S.When we heard news that Sony and Konami where launching a Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 in Japan we of course wanted one but new that this was probably one of those cool, Japan-only things that we would never actually see here in the U.S. But, as it turns out Sony is going to be launching this gun metal colored PS3 console in the United States.

Unfortunately it sounds like this release will be a very limited edition in the U.S., so we probably still won’t get our hands on one but at least now there’s a better chance. The MGS4 PS3 along with its matching DualShock 3 controller has a U.S. launch date of June 12 and will come bundled with the game and the standard 80GB PS3.

DIY Easy Tiles concept phone

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

DIY Easy Tiles concept phone
Designer Tzu-Fu Wang has come up with the strange Easy Tiles concept phone. It’s an S60 based phone with a shell comprised of tiles. The idea is that you can customize the tiles with prints of your choice. They can be slid around like the old picture puzzle game. You can replace and update the tiles as often as you like.

The one pictured looks like a some sort of Rubik’s Cube theme. Thing is, I can’t help wondering what happens if you drop it. Does it turn into an exciting game of “let’s see how fast I can pick up dozens of small phone pieces now that I look like a dork whose phone scatters like an egg”?

Rubiks Cube alarm clock is retro cool

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Rubiks Cube alarm clock is retro cool
This clock looks awesome and it reminds you of the 80′s immediately and the fact that you couldn’t solve this thing to save your life. Have no fear, this one will be easy to solve since only the top row twists to switch between time, temperature, alarm and date modes.

It’s also very affordable at $24.98. Just think, now when you wake up, if you are out of it enough you might think it’s the 80′s again, just for a second or two. Just thank your lucky stars that it doesn’t require you to fully solve it in order to shut it off. If that were the case, it would have to hit the wall very hard one morning.

Firefox logo spotted in space

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Firefox logo spotted in space
Here’s an interesting image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s an image of the variable star V838 Monocerotis which lies near the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy. Yes, it looks like the Firefox logo. The red area also resembles HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssesy.

I picture the starship Enterprise investigating and ultimately finding that this area of space is some higher beings hard drive. “I find this highly illogical Captain. Sensors are also picking up signs of Windows Vista, which indicates that the entire region is unstable and could implode at any time.”