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Japanese fridges spray Vitamin C to keep food fresh

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

Japanese fridges spray Vitamin C to keep food freshThe Japanese are ahead of us in everything, even Fridge tech. Not only do they like to spray snow to deodorize things, they also like their fridges to emit vitamin C. Hitachi fridges, that is. The idea behind their new fridges seems sound enough. The R-Y6000 releases Vitamin C into the air inside to keep your food fresher.

Apparently this is possible because Vitamin C helps meat keep it’s color longer and also slows down nutrient loss in vegetables and fish. The wonder fridge also has a filter to help prevent mold. And six drawers. We typically have two here. It has a volume of 602 liters and will cost $3,100. 3,000 units will be produced on a monthly basis, until they run out of vitamin C and have to resort to squeezing oranges inside.

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice cool

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice coolHarmon-Kardon offers the latest in the speakers that look like ice trend. At last Superman has many speaker options to choose from, for his Fortress of Solitude. Wonder Woman is pretty happy too, because these match her invisible plane.

I like the angles on these. They look vaguely alien. Harmon Kardon unveiled the GLA-55 see-through speakers at IFA 2008. They offer a 100-watt bi-amplified digital amplifier coupled with DSP equalization along with proprietary tech like the Atlas AL drivers and woofers and a CMMD tweeter, plus optimization for digital sound. They sport touch sensitive controls and they do stand out. They should be available in autumn 2008 worldwide. No word on pricing.

Laptop piercing bullet USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Laptop piercing bullet USB Flash DrivesIf you’re going for the look of a bullet entering your laptop, this USB drive is perfect. It’s a series of awesome looking flash drives that are a collaboration between Crooks & Castles and Hellz with branding & strategic consulting firm Mojo Laboratories.

The drives have 1GB of storage capacity and come loaded with storage instead of gunpowder. These aren’t armor piercing, they’re laptop and USB port piercing. One word of warning, if your job requires you to have bullets lying around, don’t get confused and grab the wrong ones.

Transcend’s T.photo 720 digital photo frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Transcend’s T.photo 720 digital photo frameTranscend just unveiled it’s new and attractive Digital Photo Frame, known as the T.photo 720, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. It boasts a sharp high-resolution (800×480) TFT panel with 2GB of internal memory. The device also sports several new features, like the MyShow custom slideshow creator, Automatic Orientation Sensor for landscape or portrait viewing, and NaturaTone intelligent skin color enhancement that will give you superb image quality.

Some other features would be a desktop clock and calendar, clock/radio, and MP3 player and alarm clock. No word on pricing or availability yet, but it’s sure to be popular.

Journey USB flash drive comes to you with open arms

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Journey USB flash drive comes to you with open armsSeems like the classic band Journey is clinging to fame by the skin of it’s gadget loving teeth. First their was the Journey DAP, which had us scratching our heads, now with this Journey USB flash drive we’re wondering if we should expect a comeback.

It features the Golden Gate Scarab and Journey Logo. What’s weird is that it has no music on it’s whooping 256MB of memory. Not even an image file. For $45 even die-hard fans would call this a rip-off. If you buy this one, you deserve to have your credit card ripped from your hand and your butt-crack swiped with it until you need a maxi-pad. Seriously.

Homemade Pong watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Homemade Pong watchPong is hip again. Or should I say wrist? The Homemade Pong Watch was created by John, a lover of Pong who managed to compress all of the electronics for the watch into a trim 10mm-thick case. The 96×64 OLED display runs continuously and as John points out, there is no need to press a button to see the time. Battery life is 25 hours, so recharging is done every night. It looks absolutely worthy of my wrist in action. I would watch it play all day and get nothing done. Check out the video below. Excellent work.

MLB Baseball cap USB mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

MLB Baseball cap USB mouseBaseball fans can now show some love for their favorite team with a MLB Baseball cap USB mouse. You can choose from 17 Major League Baseball logo designs. Specs include: 800 cpi, compatible with windows XP, ME, 2000 and 98, Button swap for left or right handed users and all the other stuff a mouse does to enrich your life. It will cost you $24.95 and hopefully they have your team. Get a mousepad with your favorite MLB players bald spot and it’s perfect.

Zune Bug concept: Light & music

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Zune Bug concept: Light & musicThis concept is designed by Ashley Payne and called the Zune Bug. Think of it as a low-power light source that can stream music to guide you in the dark. Like an update to the classic night lite that’s been used forever to scare off monsters. It sports a light sensor, will turn on automatically in the dark and it will even change color depending on the mood of the music that is being played. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see something like this go into production, minus the Zune aspect.

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fear

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fearIt’s hard to take the Stix Wiimote knockoff for the PC seriously when it looks the way it does. It’s trying to hard. But the proof is in the play and at least one reviewer failed to shake any fun out of the thing. It’s only a 2D controiller after all.

The Stix 200 may look a lot like Nintendo’s wiimote, but it’s more like “a set of slightly unresponsive, highly inconvenient arrow keys” instead of an awesome motion controller. Like the device itself, the PC games that can be played with it are bad. The 3D-capable Stix 400 controller might do better, but the consensus seems to be that it’s not worth the bother after this review. The reviewer pretty much sums it up by saying, it’s the kind of gift “parents who can’t get their hands on a wii should get their children to make them cry.”

Nexcopy SD duplicator

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Nexcopy SD duplicatorNexcopy has introduced the new Secure Digital Duplicator, the SD200PC. It features advanced copy options, a small foot print and easy operation for an economical data loading and data distribution to SD flash memory. The idea is that this handy device will save you 100’s of hours in production time as well as 1,000’s of dollars in production costs. The software interface is supposed to be easy to use and it lets you copy up to 20 blank SD flash memory cards automatically. No “copy-n-paste” or single card loading. No hassles. It’s PC Based and will copy at maximum data transfer speeds.

11 cool Nintendo DS mods

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2008

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While we’re waiting with bated breath for a possible new updated Nintendo DS model that has been rumored, we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite DS mods. Like the Wii, modders love to spice up Nintendo’s boring design and put their own personal touches on the device. Some are weird, some are awesome, some will make you wonder what’s in the modder’s local water supply, but all are creative.

Four-foot SNES controller works

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

Four-foot SNES controller worksIf Bigfoot actually existed, which we all know he does, he would need a giant controller to play Nintendo with you. This is what he would use, while you used your puny girlly controller. It was obviously inspired by the NES coffee table we showed you awhile back.

It’s made by SCAD Inc., a company that has seemingly mastered the art of enlarging things. This giant SNES controller actually has working buttons. The body is cut from wood and the buttons are connected directly to the guts of a standard SNES controller. Matt LaBoone, the main guy on the build, says that videos are coming soon.

120gb and 16gb Zune spotted

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2008

120gb and 16gb Zune spottedWe have no way of knowing for sure, but there’s no reason to doubt the picture. Apparently someone in Canada has gotten a hold of a pair of 16gb and 120gb Zunes. Hoax or another leak from Microsoft for publicity? We’re thinking it’s real and those craving some new news on the Zune front can now have a happy weekend. I’ve lost track, is the Zune guy for or against Zune now? This might bring him back.

Dock your iPod in Beethoven’s head

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2008

Dock your iPod in Beethoven’s headWhether you’re into the classics or just want it to look like you are, the Ode to Beethoven MP3 Player Speakers will bring a little Beethoven into your life. It is designed by UK artist Fiona Thomson, with the idea of combining classic artistic aesthetics with modern technology. More importantly, it lets you dock your mp3 player in a stone bust of Beethoven’s head, so you can look all classy while playing your AC/DC and Alice Cooper. Right now, it’s still just a concept, but hopefully it will be a reality soon and herald a new age of stone iPod docks.

Logitech Squeezbox Boom breaks cover

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 29th, 2008

Logitech Squeezebox BoomWhen I was growing up if you wanted music in different rooms of your house, it meant fighting over CDs with your siblings and owning multiple stereo systems. Thankfully, today most people buy their music digitally and network media players allow us to stream tunes wirelessly throughout the house to multiple users.

Logitech announced its latest Squeezebox model called the Boom all-in-one network music player. The Boom has an integrated amp, high-performance speakers, and simplified setup. All that is needed to set the Boom up is an AC outlet and a wireless network.