Archive for June, 2008

DeLonghi portable Air Conditioner

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

DeLonghi portable Air ConditionerHere’s something that could come in very handy with the summer heat, if you have a small second dwelling you get away to that lacks air conditioning. Just get one of these DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioners.

It’s a portable air conditioner with an 11,000-BTU cooling capacity and an electronic control panel with LED display, an LCD remote control, 24-hour programmable timer, adjustable thermostat etc. Only $650. Also great for apartments, so you can take it with you when your lease is up.

Genpets: Horrifying genetically modified life

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Genpets: Horrifying genetically modified life
These things are just plain creepy and wrong, but if you’re looking for a toy that resembles a mutated alien baby these are for you. They’re called Genpets and they were created by the demented mind of Adam Brandejs.

They’re the “Only Bioengineered Buddy. Available in 7 different personality types”. Each personality type is linked to it’s respective color, and that color is represented on each package. Continuing with the creepy and wrong factor, each package has a built in heart monitor that is fully functional, with green LED lights and a built in speaker. I guess that way you’ll know if your Genpet has a bad ticker. Each package also has a “fresh gauge” consisting of four blue LED lights displaying the status of the Genpet’s freshness. Check out the video below to be creeped out by the horrible sounds that they make.

NES business card holders

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

NES business card holders
What better way to proclaim your love of 8-bit gaming then with these NES business card holders. I’m not sure how serious you’ll be taken when you whip it out and hand out your card, but at least a little bit of Nintendo is with you at all times.

They retail for $8.80 with your choice of Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Ice Climber or Balloon Fight and Famicom controller versions. Judging by the pic, these are more of a NES glaucoma test.

Nintendo pushes back DVD-Wii in Japan

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Nintendo pushes back DVD-Wii in Japan
Those of us in the U.S. know damn well that we are never going to have a DVD playing Wii, while those who live in Japan have reason to hope. The company has made promises stating that a DVD system was on the way in some form, at some point.

Now the poor Wii playing Japanese are thinking they may never get one as well since Nintendo has just announced yet another delay to the system while still giving no date. IGN says that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata would only say that due to the continuing worldwide Wii shortages, “the priority is on the current model.”

Patents point to a new handheld device from Sony

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Patents point to a new handheld device from Sony
Sony’s patent application for a haptic touchscreen composed of “tactile pixels” shows former Sony Computer Entertainment chief Phil Harrison as the inventor. It also has a bunch of references to potential use in “a game device” and to “game events,” so it seems fairly obvious that it was developed as an idea for PSP.

The patent app describes a haptic feedback system that seems pretty complicated. The pixels themselves are capable of moving up and down, providing feedback to user actions. It’s certainly interesting, but we’re not gonna hold our breath waiting for this to hit the consumer market anytime soon. We wouldn’t mind being wrong though.

T3 Mobile Defender: The future of crowd control

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

T3 Mobile Defender: The future of crowd control
Sure, this scooter looks silly. And the idea that it could frighten you with a helmet wearing officer riding it seems silly as well. You would be wrong. The T3 Mobile Defender is something that should worry you. It comes equipped with a powerful non-lethal air gun that could kill you dead if it hit you in the head. So, in order to avoid such a scene, the gun is equipped with a holographic sight system that makes it super accurate.

An eyepiece shows a red target dot, which is transmitted to a monitor, then to the gun. Barry Lamperd, the creator, says that as long as the holographic sight is on target, you can’t miss. That’s easy to say from his perspective. I hope he’s right, because they plan to sell the scooter to the US Army for crowd control situations. (In Iraq? Or are they expecting us to get uppity?) Expect to see it cruising your neighborhood before too long as well.

AirWater Machine extracts gallons of fresh water from thin air

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

AirWater Machine extracts gallons of fresh water from thin airWe all know it’s coming. That future Mad Max apocalyptic world where the only things that matter are gas for getting around the wasteland and water to survive. Are you going to be one of the helpless or one of the new kings? If you have water, you have power. I won’t even get into the zombies. The point is with this Klimatec Base 1 AirWater Machine you have power.

It extracts gallons of water right out of the air. It will give you a whopping five gallons of fresh H2O every 24 hours. It even cleans the extracted water with a carbon filter, runs it through an ultraviolet light chamber to kill bacteria, and then serves it up to you hot or cold. It offers a solar power option too, but you’ll need powerful solar cells, since it requires 480W to operate. No price info yet.

DT08 Slide Toaster looks like a toast MRI machine

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

DT08 Slide Toaster looks like a toast MRI machine
We’ve seen plenty of examples of toasters here at the Brick. Could be that we love toast. Could be that toast is a bloggers best friend as it symbolizes crisp content and is all buttery and good.

Whatever the reason, we think this one looks like a toast MRI machine that will check it’s crust for tumors and the like. As far as toasters go, it actually looks futuristic. And when you can watch the process it’s just plain fun for the easily entertained. It’s a concept design from Daniel Thomas. I don’ know if he’s any relation to the English muffin guy, but it’s obviously is in the blood somewhere.

Rock Band 2 is official for the fall, with a new guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Rock Band 2 is official for the fall, with a new guitar
While most of you are still addicted to the original Rock Band, Harmonix is already looking toward the future at what else they can put in your home. That’s why they’re getting official with Rock Band 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 will be launching in September and the PS3 version will follow later in the year. Of course, with a new Rock Band, you’ll be getting new instruments, like this Fender Stratocaster.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to use your current gear if you have it all decked out in stickers and such, or if you want to save a few bucks. Looks like you’ll also be able to carry over all your downloaded content as well as being able to download and play new tracks on Rock Band 1 once Rock Band 2 is available.

Wrist grenade watch is the bomb!

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Wrist grenade watch is the bomb!
It takes a special kind of nerd guy to strap a hand grenade to their wrist. First off it’s bound to be heavy thanks to it’s stainless steel case contruction. Plus it’s bound to get you all kinds of weird looks as you flip it open to see the time.

Chuck Norris may be the only person in the world that this looks appropriate on. It’s even water-resistant up to 3ATM, which comes in handy when you are pretending to be a Navy Seal. Comes in Army Green or Matte Black finishes with either a skinny canvas or wide leather and canvas wristband. They start around $125 each.

Ultimate Ears are loud enough for kids

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

Ultimate Ears are loud enough for kids
Some of you are concerned parents. Concerned about gadgets. No, I kid. And speaking of kids, these Ultimate Ears Loud Enough Earphones are child friendly and designed to protect their delicate eardrums. Which is pretty important as eardrums can be permanently damaged due to loud music. And kids especially like it loud.

That’s why Ultimate Ears has released the Loud Enough Earphones in blueberry, mint, or plum, all with matching cases. A pair will cost you $40 rather then costing your kid premature deafness. No matter what the volume dial says, these earphones keep it all soft.

The AirPiano not as cool as the air guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

The AirPiano not as cool as the air guitar
If you’ve ever wanted to play music without touching the instrument, the AirPiano lets you do just that. It’s never going to be a star like the air guitar, then again the air guitar makes no noise. The AirPiano is designed by Omer Yosha. It’s a musical interface that allows you to play and control software instruments just by moving your hands in the air. It is a virtual matrix of keys and faders, each assigned with MIDI messages and ready to be triggered.

It’s a lot like the ultra dorky BEAMZ music system, just a thousand times less dorky. It’s a shame that no one can be taken seriously with these things. Check out the video below. Kinda neat.

Passport announces 9500ix radar detector with GPS

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2008

Passport 9500ixIf you are the type that is a perennial speeder you probably already have a radar detector in your car. Not all radar detectors are created equal and if you have an older one you know how each time you drive by a Wal-Mart it goes off.

Escort is one of the top names in radar detectors and its Passport line has a new item called the 9500ix. This radar detector has the 360-degree protection from radar and laser speed detectors. In addition to the standard radar and laser detection the 9500ix also has a GPS-enabled database for speed cameras.

RazorBook 400 gets Windows CE update

Posted in Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2008

RazorBook 400Tiny notebooks are all the rage right now in a fad that was kicked off by ASUS with its tiny Eee notebooks. The hallmark of the mini-notebook or netbook is small size and a low price tag. Systems are often powered by the Linux OS to keep prices down.

For some Linux works fine and for others a Windows environment is preferred. Not too long ago we talked about the $299 Linux powered RazerBook 400 mini-notebook. 3K computers, the makers of the RazorBook 400, have announced a new updated version of the tiny notebook.

Onkyo TX-SA706 7.1 AV amplifier

Posted in amplifier by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2008

Onkyo TX-SA706 7.1 AV amplifier
Onkyo released their new 7.1 AV amplifier that even features an HDMI 1.3 port. It’s called the TX-SA706X, and it offers five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output supporting 1080p video signals.

The device also handles Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio and provides a maximum output of 200Watts x 7, a frequency response of 5Hz-100,000Hz and includes Audyssey Dynamic EQ Processing. Now that’s nice and powerful. You’ll be able to get the Onkyo TX-SA706 on July 19th, 2008 for €1,120.