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Star Trek Command Chair for your livingroom bridge

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

Star Trek Command Chair for your livingroom bridgeTalk about a sweet piece of geek candy. This replica of Captain James Tiberius Kirk’s chair should complete that Enterprise theme you’ve been working on in your room. Heck, even if this is the only piece of the bridge you have, it should be good enough to get Uhura on your lap.

It’s a remarkably accurate replica and when you start enunciating like Kirk and telling your wife and kids to go to various warp speeds, you may soon find this thing beamed into the back of a trash truck, but still. It should be available sometime in 2009. Pricing and delivery dates are hard to pin down, but rest assured, it will cost you over a grand.

Eco Digi Mode: Waterproof disposable camera

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

Eco Digi Mode: Waterproof disposable cameraPlaza Create Co. in Japan has launched a waterproof digital camera that is actually recyclable. It’s called the ECO Digi Mode. The camera will be able to take 3 megapixel shots, sports a 2.4-inch display and even has a flash. You can snap pics to a depth of 3 meters and can do 50 pictures.

After you’ve taken your 50 pictures of Jellyfish humping, just transfer them to a CD for safekeeping, then delete them from the camera and send it out for recycling, where the LCD and flash unit are reused in the next camera so some other guy can take pics of fish. Sounds like alot of work, but nobody said love of the environment was easy. The ECO Digi Mode can be found in Japan for about $18.

Zonet mouse pad with USB hub & microphone

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

Zone mouse pad with USB hub & microphoneFor most of us a mouse pad is just a thing piece of material that we roll our mouse along. That’s really all a mouse pad is good for. But it becomes a lot more useful when you add a usb hub and a mic. Which is exactly what Zonet has done with the The Zone ZUP8020 Multifunctional Mouse Pad.

It makes sense as it combines some key peripherals to save you desk space. It sports a four port USB 2.0 hub, integrated stereo speakers, built-in microphone and built-in audio in and out ports. It’s a bit thick for a mouse pad, but maybe this will add some spice to your mouse area. If the design were thinner I think it would be a winner. Only $20.

T-Mobile confirms launch of first android phone

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

T-Mobile confirms launch of first android phoneThere have been lots of rumors about the highly anticipated Android-powered, HTC Dream phone. Now it’s official. T-Mobile confirmed today that it plans to launch an Android mobile phone made by HTC. They are hoping to make it a direct threat to Apple’s popular iPhone.

A spokesman for Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company gave no details on the launch date, but according to the New York Times, the phone will hit stores in the United States before Christmas. Maybe even as early as October. Apparently the device will have a touch screen and will slide out to reveal a full five-row keyboard.

HP out with new business-focused notebooks

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

HP EliteBook 2530p

HP had a few new laptops to show off today, including its smallest and lightest notebook to date with a built-in optical drive. Featured were two HP laptops – one a tablet – and a Compaq.

The HP EliteBook 2530p and HP EliteBook 2730p are expected to be available by early September, pricing around $1,500 and $1,670 starting, respectively. The HP Compaq 2230s is currently available for around $1,000. You can get full details after the jump via HP’s press release.

Cygnett offering up interesting new Bluetooth speaker

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk

Cygnett recently unveiled a new Bluetooth hands-free speaker which has some interesting design appeal to it. It is called the Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk and you can pick one up for around $80.

The Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk works with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, inclduing the iPhone 3G. It makes use of Bluetooth 2.0 and offers an auto detection range of around 30 feet. The built-in speaker is 1.5 watts and you can get about seven hours of talk time out of this device.

Lenovo stays thin with new ThinkPad laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Lenovo, which earlier this year debuted its quiet thin ThinkPad X300, is back with word of the next model in the X300 family. This time around it is the Lenovo ThinkPad X301, with pricing starting at around $2,600.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 offers what Lenovo says is, on average, nearly 20 percent better performance over the ThinkPad X300 notebook due to the latest DDR3 memory and the latest Intel Core 2 Duo ultra low volt processor. The X301 also offers choices of either 64 GB or new 128 GB solid state drive storage as well as support for both DisplayPort and VGA.

Sleek Boston Acoustics speaker system docks iPods

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

Boston Acoustics is geared up for a crack at iPod accessories with a new all-in-one speaker system. It is called the Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 and you’ll find this guy pricing around $180.

The Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 is a one-piece design sporting dual 3-1/2″ speakers and 60 watts of power, according to its maker. It measures 5-1/2- x 12-3/4- x 5-13/16-inches and has, among its design touches,  a gloss cabinet and perforated metal grille. This grille can come in a variety of colors.

Kensington shows off wireless USB docking station

Posted in USB by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station

Kensington is set to roll out what it calls the world’s first wireless USB universal docking station. It’s called the Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station and you’ll find it pricing around $230.

The Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station, which looks to exclusively be on sale through Dell, is quite simply a wireless USB enabled universal docking station which works with notebooks enabled with the same wireless USB technology. It has five USB ports, a DVI-I, and a speaker port to connect to peripherals, an external monitor and speakers. It is USBIF certified.

Toshiba pulls out new small stick to fight Blu-ray with

Posted in dvd players by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Toshiba XD-E500

Toshiba, sent packing earlier this year in its battle against Blu-ray, is back again with what one might consider a low-budget HD competitor. The technology is called XDE and the first product out with it is the Toshiba XD-E500, a DVD player priced around $150.

XDE, also known as “eXtended Detail Enhancement,” is reportedly DVD upconversion on steroids. Toshiba says of it that “in addition to providing upconversion from 480i/p up to 1080p, XDE offers user selectable picture enhancement modes that allow for greater detail, more vivid colors and stronger contrast that bring standard DVD quality closer to the HD experience.” Three selectable picture mode settings – sharp, color, contrast – lets one bring closer to “true HD quality” their DVD viewing experience.

The silent alarm clock

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

The silent alarm clockAlarm clocks usually jolt you awake leaving you dazed and angry at the coming day. But not the Silent Alarm Clock. It was designed by Johan Brengesjo and will wake you up without any sound at all. Just put on the matching wireless rubber ring that has a vibration device and you’ll get a nice vibrating alarm on your finger.

If you want to snooze, just shake your hand, and it will deliver a tingle to wake you again every few minutes until you are good and ready to meet the day. It’s always better to have someone nudge you then to have a loud squawking alarm startle you.

KeyScan keyboard with built-in color scanner

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

KeyScan keyboard with built-in color scanner
Do as many people use scanners any more? I don’t. But if I did, a flatbed scanner would take up a lot of desk real estate. When you do need a scanner, chances are a sheet-fed version would do the trick.

That’s where this combo comes in handy. Hailed as “The World’s Only PC Keyboard With Built-In Color Scanner”, this usb keyboard incorporates a bi-directional 600dpi color scanner that’s capable of scanning a full page document in 14-15 seconds. 5 seconds in gray scale mode. It’s a tad expensive at $159, but you save some space in your work area and are really paying for convenience.

Ivyskin launches touch-sensitive iPhone cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

Ivyskin launches touch-sensitive iPhone casesIvyskin has launched three new touch-sensitive iPhone cases that will up your iPhone’s street cred. The cases don’t just offer screen protection. The Xylo T3, XyloReflect and XyloDuo are built with a special wonder material that let’s you to navigate the touch-screen while the case is attached.

Through Surface Xylo Wave technology, the touch is transferred to the screen using ultrasonic waves. The wave is converted to a touch input then processed by the screen. Pretty nifty. Protection you can leave on. You’ve gotta protect the gadgets that you love, while at the same time giving it the sweet love of touch.

iPosture helps you stand up straight, without books on your head

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

Posture helps you stand up straight, without books on your head
It used to be that when you wanted to improve your posture, you would put a large hardbound book on your cranium and practice walking with it. Just one of the many things I learned from old TV shows. Thank you magic moving picture box. Your parents can do the same thing by telling you to stand up straight, but you may not live with them any longer and need some reminding before you turn into Quasimodo.

The iPosture is a small device that can be clipped onto clothing or stuck to the skin. When it senses that you aren’t sitting or standing with a straight back, it wll nag you through vibration until you straighten up. After a while, proper posture should be second nature to you.

LumiTop Bras highlight what you’re already looking at

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

LumiTop Bras highlight what you’re already looking at
Want your girlfriend’s boobs to look like a luminous butterfly from a drug commercial? So does French design house Lumigram. Meet the Lumitop bra. It will illicit responses like “I’m up here!” as it seems to hypnotize you not with what lay behind it for once, but with it’s bright luminescent shine. Because there’s nothing sexier then a futuristic, luminescent babe right?

The bras are part of Lumigram’s new collection – light for style. It’s powered by 1.5V replaceable batteries, which will cause boob-shine for more than 12 hours and sports a small on/off switch. Current pricing is from 100 to 170 Euros. If I may, in my current state of euphoria, paraphrase from a Neil Diamond song. “Turn on your bra-light. Let it shine wherever you go. Let it make a happy glow, for all the world to see…”