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BlueAnt unveils world’s first Bluetooth 2.1 voice recognition headset

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

BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth HeadsetBluetooth headsets are one of the most common accessories for many cell phone users. Many states require drivers to use hands free Bluetooth headsets or car kits. Mostly all the different brands of Bluetooth devices have the same features. BlueAnt has announced a new headset that adds something new to the common Bluetooth headset.

The headset is called the BlueAnt V1 with Advanced Voice Recognition. BlueAnt says that the V1 is the first headset produced to use the Bluetooth 2.1 specification. The headset uses BlueGenie Voice Interface to allow the user to control the headset and phone functions with their voice.

Aluratek external hard drive encrypts data and uses RFID

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

Aluratek Tornado Plus External Hard Drive with RFIDExternal hard drives are a great way to protect important data stored on your computer in the event of a computer crash. The bad part about external storage is that the drives are typically small and easy to steal. That means if the data on the drive is sensitive, you might want to encrypt the data.

The catch with encrypting data is that the data is only as safe as your password. Aluratek has introduced a new Tornado plus external hard drive that features RFID keys. The drive can’t be accessed and the data stored on the drive won’t be unencrypted without first swiping one of the two included RFID keys.

Navigon packs lots of features into 7200T GPS unit

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

Navigon 7200T

Navigon is unveiling its latest high end GPS unit just in time before it goes on sale in October. It is known as the 7200T and you’ll find it pricing around $450.

The Navigon 7200T sports a thin design and touchscreen interface. Key features of this GPS device include free real-time traffic updates, voice recognition which routes one to an address based upon saying it, 3D points of interest, 3D views with road signs and lane guidance for many highway interchanges and exits, lane maps with arrows and road geometry, Bluetooth speakerphone integration and POI data from Zagat.


Epson gets all stylish with new Artisan inkjet AIOs

Posted in Printers by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

Epson Artisan 800

Epson seems to feel adding some style to its new Artisan all-in-one inkjets will convince you to lay down cash to make one part of your home office. The new Artisan 800 and Artisan 700 are priced around $300 and $200, respectively.

The Artisan 800 and 700, both available in September, do look nice with their stylish piano black finishes. What is really interesting though is the mix of features. This is particularly true of the 800, which includes both Wi-Fi and faxing capabilities, in addition to being able to print, copy and scan at 4800 dpi resolution (48-bit color). It includes as well an automatic document feeder, 7.8-inch touch control panel and 3.5-inch LCD panel for viewing loaded photos from compatible memory cards.


NZXT Whisper gaming chassis offers quiet PC experience

Posted in Cases by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

NZXT Whisper

NZXT has itself a new full tower gaming chassis which sports noise dampening technology. It is called the Whisper and when it comes available next month it will cost you around $140.

The NZXT Whisper has 10mm noise dampening foam which pads both side panels and the top panel, among other noise reduction features. There’s space inside the chassis for nine hard drives and a total of six 5.25” bays for larger expansion cards. You’ll also find inside the Whisper a pre-drilled wire management system, screwless installation and four built-in fans.


New iLuv digital alarm clock sports dual iPod/iPhone docks

Posted in Clocks by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

iLuv iMM173

The folks at iLuv announced today a rather cool looking new dual dock alarm clock which works with the iPhone 3G. It’s called the iMM173 and it prices around $130, with expected availability next month.

The new iMM173 offers dual integrated universal docks for iPods and iPhones. One can choose and play either of the two docked players. There’s also auxiliary line input for audio devices with a 3.5mm jack. Other features include a special user interface on the LCD display, sound enhancement technology, FM radio and an included remote control.


Nikon rolls out anticipated D90 with HD video recording

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

Nikon D90

Nikon just launched its new D90 digital SLR, which has been highly anticipated for its ability to let photographers take great shots as well as record HD movie clips with sound. This 12.3-megapixel shooter will be available for around $1,000 for the body only or around $1,300 with an included AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

The D90 lets users record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) with sound at up to 24 frames per second. Users can record movie clips onto an inserted SD / SDHC card, created as Motion JPEG AVI files, and play them back on larger screens via HDMI output. Key camera features of this new Nikon camera include a three-inch display, a burst rate of up to 4.5 frames per second, an 11-point auto focus (AF) system tied to scene recognition and face detection technologies, typical battery life offering typically up to 850 shots and a playback function which lets users show their images in either four, nine or 72 thumbnail images.

Olympus Stylus 1040 is 0.65-inches of picture taking

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

Olympus Stylus 1040

Olympus debuted yesterday what it calls is its slimmest Stylus line digital camera to date. It is called the Stylus 1040 and it will cost around $200 when it surfaces in October.

The Stylus 1040 from Olympus is a 10-megapixel pocket shooter which measures 3.5- x 2.2- x 0.65-inches. Key features of this digital camera include a mode which automatically identifies what is in the camera’s sights and adjusts settings appropriately, face detection which tracks up to 16 faces, an in-camera panorama mode, digital image stablization, a 2.7-inch display and in-camera editing.


Verizon sneaks QWERTY messaging phone into line up

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

Verizon Blitz

Verizon recently slipped a new mobile phone into its line up with no fanfare which targets messaging hounds. It is called the Blitz and pricing is around $70 after discounts and such.

The Verizon Wireless Blitz offers up a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and compact design. The screen size is 2.2-inches while the built-in digital camera is 1.3-megapixels and can be accessed with a dedicated camera key. Other features include a hands-free speakerphone, a built-in music player, Bluetooth support and expandable memory up to 4GB via a microSD memory card slot.

Verizon [via MobileBurn]

Peugeot 888 is my future shape-shifting car

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Peugeot 888 is my future shape-shifting carIt’s claimed that the Peugeot 888 is the “personal vehicle for the future Metropolis.” I’d have to agree. Created by designer Oskar Johansen from Norway, the car has room for two and all of your luggage, but the best part is that it can shape-shift. The Peugeot 888 will lie flat on the highway for stability and aerodynamics. Once you hit the city, it sits up for easy parking and road sharing.

It also has green in mind for a bright eco-future, since it’s powered by electric motors in each wheel and lithium-ion batteries in the trunk. Oh, and it’s also covered with solar panels. So I think it qualifies as green for a good long while. The 888 is one of many entries in the Fifth Annual Peugeot Design Contest.

Wooden animal USB drives get no respect

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Wooden animal USB drives get no respectCould we really not come up with a better way to violate these animals via USB? Apparently not, and I have no better suggestions to offer as far as the placement of their uh, receptacle. Poor guys get no respect at all. Just living out USB life day after horrible day, like a having perpetual proctology exam as time slides toward infinity.

You can thank Japanese company Marubeni InfoTech. This is their line of wooden USB drives. Each features a 1GB storage capacity and you get five animals to choose from: dog, pig, elephant, hippopotamus and a swan, available in maple or walnut. They’ll cost you $73. Is there an organization for the ethical treatment of wood animals?

Shooting fire extinguisher concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Shooting fire extinguisher conceptIf fire extinguishers were more like Bazookas, I think more people would volunteer for the job. Fire AND shooting stuff? Hell yeah! Shooting fires out? Even better. This concept is modeled on a light-weight gun design and is loaded with CO2 cartridges with a laser guidance system, so you can hit the target in an emergency.

Just hit the alarm button to alert everybody else that there’s a fire and then pull the trigger and fire. It’s a great concept. Problem is, it’s so fun people would be starting fires just to put them out again. Just think, all those nerf gun hours you logged during your life could finally pay off.

Canon announces 2 new Selphy printers

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Canon announces 2 new Selphy printersCanon has two new Selphy compact photo printers, the Selphy ES3 and Selphy ES30. Both are nice and portable. The ES3 will come with 1GB of internal memory, a 3.5″ LCD display for navigation and preview and a 15-in-1 memory card reader.

The Selphy ES30 will feature a 3″ LCD display and a 15-in-1 memory card reader. Both include three all-new image effects (Modern Bright, Pinhole Camera and Nostalgic), reduced footprints and a fixed carry handle for easier portability. The handle gives it a bit of a child’s toy look, but what are you gonna do? The Selphy ES3 and Selphy ES30 will cost you $199.99 and $149.99 respectively. They have new photo printing options as well, like new Gold and Silver Easy Photo Packs.


A sneak peek at the Peek handheld

Posted in email by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

A sneak peek at the Peek handheldYou might remember the Peek handheld email device we showed you last week. It looks like a Blackberry and keeps it’s nose to the grindstone, doing only email, nothing but email and still more email for $20 a month.

It’s not going end up in the hands of most gadget lovers, but considering the demographic they are aiming for, it could do well. Laptop mag had themselves a peek at the device and are claiming that it’s simple to use. They really liked the soft keyboard and talk about how it can be tucked away anywhere thanks to it’s thinness, which ought to make grandma happy. Until she loses it.

MacPack: The ultimate back to school retro geek backpack

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

MacPack: The ultimate back to school retro geek backpack
Here’s something for old school Mac fans who need a little geek chic. The kind of geek chic that will throw your back out. Someone over at Instructables converted a 1988 Macintosh SE into a chiropractor’s dream. A chunky, spine dislodging MacPack. Basically you just hollow out a Mac and attach some straps. I’m sure you won’t stand out at all. And I can’t see anyone throwing rocks at you, trying to break the screen…