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Room Tech Beingz alarm clock & lamp

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Room Tech Beingz alarm clock & lampMeet the Room Tech Beingz Alarm Clock, and Mood Lamp. They’re buddies who collaborate and wake you as a team. The clock’s feet light up, the it opens it’s mouth wide to sound off in one of three different noises to wake you up. It will also move its arms up and down if you don’t get up. It will even play music and do a little dance to the tunes, .so it isn’t completely annoying.

The mood lamp is a bit more calm, with four different brightness settings depending on your mood. It too will dance, and respond to your touch. They sport a very cool retro look, with a modern twist. The pair can even communicate with one another if they’re within 15 feet. The Alarm Clock can get the Lamp to turn on it’s brightest setting. That added with the noise should get you up and make you hate them day after day.

Sony intros car audio with iPod links

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Sony intros car audio with iPod linksSony is revamping its Xplod line of car stereo units that will work with iPods. The iPod-aware models are the GT630UI, GT430IP, GT330 and GT130, and each features a USB connection that transfers data and charges the iPod.

These are the first models of their kind that feature scan technology known as “ZAPPIN”, which will do what auto-scanning does for radios, but for your digital content. So, using it will play samples of each track in a given piece of the listener’s library so you get a taste of songs, rather than text descriptions. If you want GT630UI you’ll have to pay $160, while the GT430IP and GT330 will cost $130 and $100, when they’re released in September.

Monster USB hub is a scary scarecrow for your PC

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Monster USB hub is a scary scarecrow for your PCThis guy is kinda cute, but at night I think he might scare you and whisper to you in your sleep, telling you to plug in gadgets so he can feed and grow, using the energy to spin a web and eventually encase you in a cocoon. It will take up to 6 USB gadgets and it’s seventh leg goes to your computer. I guess some guy who really likes bugs had some spare time on his hands. It’s made from fabric and wires and is a great scarecrow to keep your kids away from the computer.

Casio Hello Kitty branded Exilim 8.1 MP digital camera

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Casio Hello Kitty Branded Exilim 8.1 MP digital cameraOkay, I’m worn out warning the world of the impending Hello Kitty Judgment day. I’m going to just accept this pink branded camera and relax. Would I like to rid the world of a trillion pink gadgets with a cat head? Sure. But I’m one guy. I can’t stop the Kitty on my own. Even that time I traveled into the past as if looking for John Connor, but really trying to prevent the sale of the first pink product, didn’t help at all. I’m just gonna face it. This is another Kitty item from hell. There will be more where this came from too. I’m okay with it. Really.

It helps that this Hello Kitty version of the Casio Exilim line of digital cameras is a pretty decent camera, with 8.1 megapixels and 3x optical zoom, 2.6 in LCD. Oh, and it costs about twice as much as the non-HK branded version of the Exilim at $538.70. Damn! See, that just gets me going again. It must be stopped. Soon little girls everywhere will kill me, by beating me senseless with their pink devices, but I must prevent this apocalyptic future.

Cell phone with projector has split personality

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Cell phone with projector has split personalityChinavision is at it again, offering up a strange dual band smartphone that is part Nokia phone and part iPhone, with a projector thrown in for good measure. Features an interactive touchscreen, WAP, bluetooth, and a 1800mAh battery for extra long talk time between charges, MP3 and MP4 player, 1.3mp Digital Camera, Image Viewer, Video Recorder, and rich media environment messaging options, micro SD card slot complete with a 1GB card.

The projector can be used from a distance of up to 5 feet and will project an image about 32 x 40 inches. It should be “available soon”. I hope they aren’t waiting for the green light from Nokia and Apple.

Move over Guitar Hero, Guitar Praise is here

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Move over Guitar Hero, Guitar Praise is hereSo everyone and their dog are playing Guitar Hero, but what about your neighbor Ned Flanders? What with Rock and Roll being charged with sex, drugs and everything a good Christian could hate, it’s great for heathens, but what about little Rod and Todd? How is good old Reverend Lovejoy going to rock in his spare time and still be holier then thou?

Enter Guitar Praise, sure to be the boring-est, most goody two shoes, and holiest answer to Guitar Hero yet. I can’t confirm this, but I’m thinking you can unlock heroes from the 700 Club complete with polyester suit as well as big haired female pitchmen who will praise the lord, ask for donations and then rock your socks off with no suggestive or lewd content whatsoever. The game will be coming soon to Mac and PC for $100. It’s bundled with one wireless guitar, that surprisingly doesn’t sport a cross on the end and there’s a long list of exciting music from people you don’t know.

Nokia N79 blends being pretty with multimedia functions

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Nokia N79

Nokia released several new Nseries mobiles this week. The Nokia N79 is one of these and it’s coming to Europe this October – no specific American release information was made available.

The Nokia N79, according to its maker, offers up quite a lot of features for the multimedia inclined. This include, in a nutshell, “integrated navigation, music with FM transmitter, high-speed connectivity, superior web browsing, at least 10 pre-loaded N-Gage games and an advanced 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.” It also combines 3.5G HSDPA and Wi-Fi wireless support.

New Polk Audio speakers look like garden accessories

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Polk Atrium

You want outdoors audio to compliment your peaceful garden but you don’t want something pumping out sound which looks like your dad’s subwoofer. Polk Audio thinks it has an answer to your prayers with its new Atrium outdoor speaker system, consisting of the Atrium Sat 30 satellite speaker and Atrium Sub 10 subwoofer, priced at around $180 and $330, respectively.

The Atrium Sat 30, according to Polk, looks like an outdoor light fixture in shape and style. It can be mounted in a variety of spaces, looking like it was made to fit into your garden. The Sat 10 subwoofer, meanwhile, resembles something like that of a plant stand or pedestal table. Both reportedly “are constructed from sealed, weatherproof designs,” meaning you should be able to enjoy them even in the pouring rain.

Olympus FE-Series digital camera updates go for entry level photographers

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Olympus FE-370

It truly is digital camera craziness this week with all of these new shooters flooding the market in time for the holidays. Another product announcement this week from Olympus comes in the form of two new FE-Series models – the FE-360 and FE-370, priced around $150 and $200, respectively.

The FE-360 and FE-370, both available now, are targeted towards entry-level shooters. Both offer eight-megapixels, image stabilization, face detection, shot previews and in-camera help guides, among other features. You can get full details after the jump.

Three new Canon digital cameras update product lines

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Canon the other day unveiled three new digital cameras, among others, which fill out further its A-series line as well as its SX-series of ultra-zoom cameras. These cameras include the new PowerShot A1000 IS and PowerShot A2000 IS as well as the PowerShot SX110 IS. Pricing is set at around $200, $250 and $300, respectively.

Canon says these new cameras offer new looks, robust feature sets and lighter body designs. All should be available by the end of September. You can read full details after the jump.

LaCie puts designer touch on new NAS device

Posted in NAS by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

LaCie Network Space

LaCie’s got itself a new designer external hard drive today which is networked for NAS duty. It is called Network Space and you’ll find this drive offering 500GB or 1TB of storage when it becomes available next month.

The LaCie Network Space, which starts pricing around $150, is the latest design for the company by Neil Poulton. It has a black mirror-polished finish, fanless operation and blue LED strip. LaCie says it is usable right from the box by just plugging into an Ethernet port.

IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Kit gets friendly with HDTV

Posted in Adapters by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Kit

IOGEAR has been on a tear of late with new connectivity products for your computer living experience. One of the latest is the Wireless USB to VGA Kit, priced around $230.

The IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Kit, according to IOGEAR, enables HD video streaming between a PC and TV or projector up to 720p in a home or office. It works from up to 30 feet away on a HDTV and lets one make use of the TV’s picture-in-picture feature to watch a show and look at a computer display at the same time.

Sony adds new GPS models to nav-u line

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Sony nav-u NV-U94T

Sony took the wraps today off an expanded line up of its nav-u personal navigation devices. These new models – the NV-U94T, NV-U84, NV-U74T and NV-U44 – price around $400, $350, $300 and $250 respectively and will be available in September.

Sony says new features of these four just added nav-u GPS units include more brand icons, search functionality and photo viewing features. The top dog of this group is the NV-U94T, adding “a photo viewer, audio/video player and stereo Bluetooth technology for streaming audio and making hands-free phone calls using compatible devices.” You can get full details on these models after the jump.

R2-D2 fridge keeps stuff cold as Hoth

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

R2-D2 fridge keeps stuff cold as HothThis R2-D2 compact fridge is hot as tatooine outside and cold as the ice planet Hoth inside, so it will impress your friends and keep your food fresh. It was made back in 2002 as a promotional item for an Attack of the Clones contest held at 7-11 Stores in Japan. Apparently only 1000 of these rare refrigerators were ever made, making it a hot and cool collectible at the same time.

Luckily for you, you can buy one from Toyeast for $1070. Of course, that is probably your grocery money so you won’t have anything to put in it. Empty or not, you’ll have your own astromech droid. Now you’ll just need an X-Wing to put him in.

Tangent Evergreen 17 touch screen computer for the green brigade

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on August 27th, 2008

Tangent Evergreen 17Many computer makers and experts believe that the future of computing will be touch screen devices. Some even feel that the mouse is the bottleneck for input to our current PCs. Several PC makers, including HP and other major PC firms, are already offering touch screen computers.

Tangent announced its new all-in-one touch screen computer called the Evergreen 17. The system uses a 17-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 1024. The computer uses a VIA Eden 1GHz fan-less processor, but can be optioned with a VIA C7 at 1.5GHz using a low-noise fan. Storage can be up to 160GB with a traditional HDD.