Archive for May, 2008

Optimus Popularis prototype on the web

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2008

Optimus Popularis prototype on the web
The Optimus Popularis is growing up right before our eyes. Ahhh isn’t it cute? We’ve watched it go from mockup to a neat looking 3D prototype. It’s got a full-length display on the space bar and everything. I’m so proud of it.

They grow up so fast, but what can you do. Before you know it, they’re fully grown and set out with a price of their own. What do you think, will this be easier to type with? Hopefully it won’t take long to develop.

Thanko’s solar-powered DAP

Posted in Digital Audio by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2008

Thanko’s solar-powered DAP
As far as solar devices go, Thanko’s DAP actually looks pretty nice. I’ve seen much worse. In the front it looks like any other device with a 1.8-inch 220 x 176 resolution display, 4GB of internal storage space and a miniSD expansion slot.

But in the back is where you’ll find the solar panel that doubles as a stand for the unit. Just stand the whole thing up as shown and let it soak up the sun. It can also be charged via USB. No word on a price or release date, so who knows if we’ll ever see it in the U.S.

Weekly roundup of neat stuff

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2008

Weekly roundup of neat stuff
It’s that time of the week again, which means a look back at the week that was in our network of blogs. It’s been a busy week all around and as usual Poptherapy kept you abreast on all the latest geek news and popculture, while over at Wealthyreader it was all about ways to get wealthy or stay wealthy. Our health blog, Healthyreader focused on ways to stay healthy and enjoy it all. Health, wealth and geekiness is a great combination. Here’s some of what you may have missed.

Wall-E and Eve interactive toys

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2008

Wall-E and Eve interactive toys
The Wall-E merchandising train is alive and kicking. We told you about the ultimate Wall-E and we really like that one, much like the Wall-E mp3 player. Well, they’ve taken it a bit further with the Wall-E and Eve interactive toys.

Now Wall-E and Eve get the chance to get all freaky with each other. InterAction Eve has light-up eye expressions, arm movements, and sound effects. She’ll respond when you talk to her or push her along. She even has a flying mode, where you can lift her up and hear authentic blasts and whooshes. Needless to say Wall-E will interact with her.

Asus debuts a Wiimote, for the PC

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2008

Asus debuts a Wiimote, for the PC
Are you as weirded out as I am? I’m not sure if it’s the strange tomato color or the fact that two nunchuks appear to be mating. They were seen recently at a trade show in Taipei. We think they must be connected through a wireless usb transmitter and it would make sense if they were compatible with the company’s new desktop.

It would not only be good for most types of games, but could obviously be used as a wireless mouse as well. I’m guessing there must be a few extra buttons we aren’t seeing judging by the 10 and 11 buttons. Word on the street is that the price will be $70 whenever it comes out into the open. Check out a video below to see these in action.

Skinizi skins for your iPod & other devices

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2008

Skinizi skins for your iPod & other devices
If you’re tired of your device looking like everyone else’s, why not jazz it up with some artistic skins? Skinizi offers a nice variety of skins for your iPod, iPhone, Mac laptops and PC laptops.

You can choose from about 15 artists or design one yourself. There should be something for everyone. Not only will your device look awesome, but it will also be protected from scratches, because they use some sort of fancy-pants 3M vinyl for the skins. You’ll have fun browsing through the artists on the site and you’ll have trouble picking one.

Harman Kardon AVR 354 home theater receiver launches

Posted in Harmon Kardon by Shane McGlaun on May 30th, 2008

Harman Kardon AVR 354If you have dropped big bucks on your big screen 1080p HDTV and Blu-ray player but are still rocking with the plain vanilla 5.1 surround sound you are missing half the coolness of many Blu-ray movies—the HD sound. Sure Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds pretty good, but wouldn’t you rather get the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio goodness form your Blu-ray titles?

To do that odds are you are going to need a new AV receiver and Harman Kardon announced a nice one recently called the AVR 354. The 354 features decoding for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio and an on screen graphical menu and a new iPod dock called The Bridge II. The iPod dock allows docking of the iPhone and most other iPods and shows the iPod video, images and menu screens on your TV.

Scented candles that smell like cool things

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Scented candles that smell like cool things
We all know that the ladies like candles that have smells like Gentle sea breeze or tropical mountain mist and the like. That’s great for them, but no real man wants to smell such girlly things. What if a company made candles that smelled like cool things that men can appreciate. That’s just what Hotwicks scented candles are all about. You won’t find any flowery potpourri scents here. Instead they offer scents like beer, campfire, grass (your lawn, not your dime bag), new car, pancake, pigskin, stripper, popcorn, and yes even urinal cake.

You can have some great fun with these and create an entire atmosphere just by combining the right ones. Combine beer with urinal cake and stripper, for an olfactory trip to a seedy strip club. Take away the urinal cake candle and the club just got classier. These candles will cost you $9.

iPod vending machines to hit Macy’s

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

iPod vending machines to hit Macy’s
Macy’s was paying attention to the success of iPod vending machines at international airports and hotels and decided to add them to about 400 of their own department store locations. The self-serve Zoom Systems will be called e-Spots, and they’ll be filled with technology and gadgets, like a giant nerd bubble gum machine.

The e-Spots will offer items priced from $14.99 to $349.99, and they include: iPod Touch, Classic, Nano and Shuffle, Canon 7MP and 8MP digital cameras, Samsung 7MP digital camera and 1GB Camcorder, MyVu Personal Media Viewers
Sony, V-MODA, B & O headphones, Harman Kardon headphones, and Belkin mobile accessories.

Wooden nixie clock is totally tubular…dude

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Wooden nixie clock is totally tubular…dude
I’m not going to make any wood jokes. No jokes about having your tubes tied either. I promise. We have a soft spot for these wood Nixie clocks. They just blend the modern with the old so nicely, you can’t help but fall in love with them. They just have style and they fit in anywhere you can think to put one.

You have to buy it as a kit and put it together yourself, but hey, that just gives you something to brag and be proud about when it’s finished. If you aren’t that handy and don’t think you can handle putting together it’s 115 parts, I guess you’ll just have to admire it from afar.

Mysterious Firefox crop circle appears

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Mysterious Firefox crop circle appears
Some strange things are happening on this planet. Are we being visited by a superior intelligence? How can one possibly explain the mysterious images that have appeared recently? First there was the Firefox logo spotted in deep space. Then things started to hit closer to home. This ominous design appeared out of nowhere recently. Now we have the latest message pictured above. What does it all mean? My theory is that it’s an intelligence test sent by beings who are far superior to us.

Think about it. All intelligent creatures love Space Invaders, just as any intelligent creature would use Firefox over IE. I think we are safe as long as some drunk idiot in a field doesn’t send them a response by way of a Windows Vista logo. If that happens, we can kiss our gadget-lovin behinds goodbye.

Toyota’s new Crown Hybrid can spot pedestrians

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Toyota’s new Crown Hybrid can spot pedestriansToyota has a new take on night view in their Crown Hybrid luxury sedan. Previous attempts had images displayed directly on the windshield, while the new one uses LCD in the dashboard, where the speedometer and other details can be found. One of the most interesting features is their pedestrian recognition system.

It almost looks like some sort of Predator vision, which is weird for something designed to keep humans safe and not have them be killed. The system only currently works at speeds below 60 kph, but they are apparently working on ways to spot bicycles and animals. They neglected to say whether they were also working on a way to spot animals ON bicycles. That’s something I’d be interested in. I had some close calls.

Cobalt: The 21st century pocket watch

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Cobalt: The 21st century pocket watch
Pocket watches have always been a symbol of status and style. Despite that fact, in today’s world it takes a very confident man to sport one, because it’s a very fine line between looking cool and looking like an dandy. The Cobalt brings it into the now, sporting a round OLED touch screen to easily interact with it’s features.

All it takes is moving your thumb left, right, up or down. The screen shows the time, date, temperature, voicemail, email and text. It’s also extremely customizable and easily changed depending on your needs. There’s also a secret compartment for things like keys. Does it make the pocket watch less dorky? I don’t know, but it should go with frilly shirts and top hats…That also have touchscreens.

Iomega upgrades eGo hard drives to 1TB

Posted in External Hard Drives by Nino Marchetti on May 29th, 2008

Iomega eGo 1TBIomega announced today a 1TB upgrade to its line of eGo portable hard drives. This larger storage capacity drive prices at around $270.

These new 1TB “Super eGo” external hard drives are 3.5-inch drives which store up to 4 million photos, 18,500 hours of music or 1,500 hours of video. Three color options are available and USB 2.0 is the interface for data transfers to other computers.

JLT rolls out new rugged Windows Tablet PC

Posted in Tablet PC by Nino Marchetti on May 29th, 2008

JLT JLT8404

JLT has released a new rugged tablet PC focused on the field work sector. It is called the JLT8404 and no specific pricing information is available as of yet.

The JLT8404  has a housing which is aluminum powder coated. It has been tested to survive multiple drops, higher operating temperatures and more. It sports a 8.4-inch SVGA screen which is daylight viewable and runs Microsoft Windows as its operating system.