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Casio’s new PCP-1200 photo printer

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Casio’s new PCP-1200 photo printerThe new PCP-1200 photo printer from Casio is aimed at those who care enough to send the very best. Or at least the very best that you can create. It has a 7inch widescreen touch display and keyboard so you can print text on post card sized paper.

You can also print photos Straight from your digital camera, cell phone and memory cards. You also get over 60 stamps like hearts, stars etc so you can girl it up to your heart’s content. Great for greetings cards of all types. The PCP-1200 photo printer is currently available in Japan for around $500.

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with style

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with styleMany gadget makers are looking for unique ways to stand out while providing eco-friendly alternatives to plastic gadgets. As far as USB drives go, this one manages to be both environmentally friendly and able to stand out from the crowd. As a bonus it will hold your data.

The NAND based flash drive will be available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes. The high speed USB 2.0 memory stick resides inside a hardened bamboo shell that can last forever. It comes with a bamboo slide box, so you’ll always know where it’s at. Plus it looks really stylish sitting on your desk.

USB Heated Shawl

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

USB Heated ShawlMaybe you have a nerdy grandmother who loves gadgets. This would be the perfect gift from a loving grandson. Or perhaps your grandmother is addicted to online games and complains of a chill between kills. Again, this is the perfect gift. Could also be that you rarely pay attention to your grandmother and are using the computer area as a sort of rest home, hooking her up to all kinds of USB gadgets.

Yeah, I’m just not seeing how you can go wrong buying this for that special elder in your life. It even has a button to hold it in place around the shoulders while you work or play bingo, count pills and the like. Only $29.

M2E charges your cell phone with kinetic energy

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

M2E charges your cell phone with kinetic energyImagine never having to charge your phone from an outlet ever again. It sounds too good to be true, but it may happen sooner then you think. No one likes to recharge their phone every day. And after you charge it, the battery slowly loses power as you go about your day.

Thanks to motion-powered electronics, which is in development by M2E Power, you may be able to charge your phone just by walking or having it on you. M2E is claiming that their system will generate 300 to 700 percent more power than currently available kinetic energy technologies. So one day soon charging your phone by plugging it in may be a thing of the past.

Dell unveils Mike Ming abstract art studio laptops

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Dell unveils Mike Ming abstract art studio laptopsDell Studio’s 15″ and 17″ laptops have been worked over with Mike Ming’s abstract art, with new designs like “Red Swirl,” “Seaweed,” and “Sunburst,”. They previously released “Bunch O Surfers” and “Sea Sky.” Each piece of artwork is all about the vibrancy of individual colors and brushstrokes. They hope it will make a fashion statement in an otherwise boring world of somewhat plain devices. In other words, your laptop will be louder, colorwise. They are priced from $799 and up, depending on configuration.

Zonet’s mouse pad not just another pretty pad

Posted in Mouse by Nino Marchetti on August 19th, 2008

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My mouse pad serves but one function – to provide a surface for my rodent to glide around. Most people would feel that’s enough, but for those desiring more you can take the Zonet ZUP8020 Multifunctional Mouse Pad for a spin.

This Zonet mouse pad, usefully most likely if you are tight on space, also offers you a four port USB 2.0 hub, stereo speakers, an integrated microphone, headphone output and audio input. All of this is built right into the pad, along with blue light which glows when you plug the mouse pad in. If you desire one, it will cost you around $20 at Amazon.

Zonet ZUP8020 Multifunctional Mouse Pad [via Hardware Sphere]

Speck hard shell iPhone 3G cases offer protection

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 19th, 2008

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell for iPhone 3G

The march of new iPhone 3G cases continues with a translucent hard shell case from Speck. It is called the SeeThru Hard Shell for iPhone 3G and pricing puts it around $30.

The  offers what Speck says is a slim profile design. Rubberized finger grips help prevent slippage and the two piece, snap design includes a removable bottom for docking. The bottom of this case also serves as a stand for the iPhone 3G when detached.

DXG debuts budget HD camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Nino Marchetti on August 19th, 2008

DXG USA DXG-595V

DXG USA announced its latest HD camcorder today, offering several interesting features at a not so bad price. It is called the DXG-595V and pricing is around $200.

The DXG-595V captures video at 1080p, doing up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second. It sports a three-inch TFT screen for viewing and the lens includes 5x optical zoom for closer-in recordings. It can also do eight-megapixels if you desire using its digital camera function.

Palm unveils the Treo Pro smartphone

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Palm unveils the Treo Pro smartphonePalm released a pair of official press photos of the Treo Pro and a video of the handset in action. They didn’t say a whole lot. Here’s what we know: the Treo Pro smartphone has a one-touch Wi-Fi button for wi-fi kung fu action, GPS, Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and sports a high-resolution flush-fitting color touchscreen. Earlier leaks indicate that the Treo Pro will feature a 3.5mm headphone socket, 320×320 pixel display, microUSB connector and has a 400MHz processor. No price or date yet. Video below.

Compose lets you record & write musical symphonies

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Compose lets you record & write musical symphoniesImagine yourself a modern day Mozart. The only place you can clear your mind is out in the wilderness somewhere. You have the beginnings of a masterpiece in your head, but the problem is you have nothing to jot it down on. If you had the Compose Music Tablet, you could take it anywhere and get it all down. It’s only a concept for now, but surely creative types would be willing to pay for the convenience.

The pen is also a mic that you can sing into and then dock in the tablet to hear what you’ve got. You can also write music directly on the display and it holds a built-in library of classic tracks for the entire orchestra. Before you know it, you’ll be singing in a venue other then your shower.

Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark side

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark sideThere really isn’t a lot of info about this camera, but obviously it stands out from the pack by offering to balance the light against the dark side of the force in one handy camera. It will likely get you in your zen place as you do the whole tourist thing. One half houses the lens and LCD screen, the other apparently holds the flash memory and a USB port.

You see? Life’s delicate balance in a camera. The trigger is in front so it would be like using an older camera. We’d love to see this concept become reality, but we’re not sure the world is ready for such perfect harmony. It would surely heal and bring us together, much like the black and white cookie.

Mini Colecovision case mod hits ebay

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Mini Colecovision case mod hits ebayAtari and Nintendo seem to get all the glory when it comes to case mods, but there are those out there with a love of Colecovision as well. Probably those who love to play the Smurf game. This mini ColecoVision does everything the original console did, it’s just smaller. A full 50 square inches smaller and 1 pound lighter to be exact.

In addition to shrinkage, the modder also gave it some upgrades. Like composite, S-Video and RCA audio jacks. It also boasts an “intro skip” button that will let you skip past those annoying loading screens on Coleco games. The console includes a refurbished ColecoVision hand controller, a Donkey Kong game cartridge, a power supply, and a six foot, gold-plated, A/V cable. If you can’t live without this thing, you till have 9 hours. It’s currently bid up to $374.99.

NASA concept car spins 360 degrees

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

NASA concept car spins 360 degrees
This concept car called NASA sports an ultra cool look, but the really interesting thing about it is the car’s ability to spin a full 360 degrees on the spot. It can also drive sideways. The design comes from Czech industrial design students Marek Kedzierski and Michal Vlèek and it’s a finalist in the Škoda Auto, competition.

It gets even more interesting. NASA has no doors, the whole canopy lifts up revealing in-line seating for two. Once the passengers are inside, the cockpit closes over the passengers, fitting them snuggly around the neck and head restraint. The only problem I see is that this car capable of going in any direction keeps the driver faced in one direction. Well, that and the fact that it looks like you could be easily decapitated in a car accident.

The Dogsled Quadcycle human powered vehicle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

The Dogsled Quadcycle human powered vehicleThe Dogsled quadcycle looks like it was built using a giant erector or K’Nex set. It’s the result of a father and son project. They wanted something interesting to ride around in at this year’s Burning Man festival. Something about the design leaves other similar projects in the dust. It’s environmentally friendly and when you divide the pedaling among 4 people, it’s a real breeze to operate. Looks like a whole lot of fun.

Cordless electric chain saw on a stick

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

Cordless electric chain saw on a stickBig and bulky electric chainsaws may be good for lumberjacks and serial killers, but what about the average guy who just wants to trim some branches that are fourteen feet up? It’s a situation we find ourselves in all too often. If only I had a cordless chainsaw on a long stick.

In fact, who needs ladders at all when you have a chainsaw on stick? The Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Electric Pole Chain Saw can reach up to 14 feet and cuts branches six inches in diameter. It weighs in at 7.6 pounds. Does this mean that all of the chainsaw wielding maniac movies will have to be redone. I mean now they can kill from a distance. You can get one for $120.