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Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory ever

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory everThe Wiimote Controller Pocket is probably the lamest excuse for a Wii accessory we’ve ever seen. This amazing device amounts to little more then a dressed up tissue box that says Wii on it. It’s available in 3 colors and of course the idea is that it can hold your Wiimote and nunchuk. And in it’s off hours, it doubles as a pen holder. At least the product description makes no bones about the fact that it’s lame:

“Anyone can fashion a similar pouch from an empty tissue box, a wonton soup container, a paper bag, or the cardboard box that your GA-KO Alarm Clock arrived in. Sure it won’t look as nice as Hori’s rendition but the functionality is the same and the cardboard box is free.”

Epson Releases MovieMate 55 Projector

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Epson Releases MovieMate 55 ProjectorEpson announced their latest addition to the MovieMate line up, the MovieMate 55. The 55 model will have the same WVGA (854 x 480) resolution as the 50 model, but with a brighter 1200 ANSI lumens. The MovieMate 55 will also have a built-in DVD player inside the projector, which will play standard DVDs and CDs. If you want HD quality you can connect an external player.

It’s able to display an image up to 150 inches, diagonally, from a projection distance of less than 15 feet, making it an ideal portable to take movie night with you wherever you go. It also sports 8 watt stereo speakers with Dolby 5.1 Digital DTS technology for the best sound possible. The MovieMate 55 is already available for purchase on the Epson website and will retail for $699.

Nixon R1G1 dial watch

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

Nixon R1G1 dial watchNixon Watches has unveiled their latest collection of analog watches, the fashionably and retro R1G1. The analog dial watch features a set of four mechanical hands to keep track of the time and date. Two hands rotate around the middle of the dial, one for seconds and the other for minutes. A pair of gauges that look like speedometers show the current hour and the day of the month. The R1G1 is available now in several different colors from $150-$200.

Rogue watch from Tokyoflash

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

Rogue watch from TokyoflashHere’s Tokyoflash’s newest hard to read and futuristic timepiece for those who love these hard-to-read-watches. With the LCD interface, the time can be read at a glance but it can also be illuminated with sci-fi green LEDs, so that when you touch the button, it resembles a glowing radar screen. It sports a solid stainless steel strap which can be adjusted.

So how do you read this one? The outer ring dots are the minutes, every fifth dot being slightly smaller to distinguish five minutes. The ring of large blocks represents rough minutes, the position of the gap indicating approximate minutes. The inner ring of blocks represents hours, the position of the gap in the ring showing the current hour as on a clock face. It will set you back $154.

Canon unveils the PowerShot E1 digital camera for teens

Posted in Cameras,Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2008

Canon PowerShot E1Teens and tweens don’t normally want to use the same gadgets and electronics that their parents do. The younger crowd wants bright and colorful gear that is easy to use. More and more companies are starting to target this group of younger users with products specifically designed to grab their attention.

Canon announced several new cameras today and one of the new cameras is the PowerShot E1. Canon says that it designed the E1 specifically for the teen and tween age group. The E1 is available in blue, white, and pink colors and has a rounded design.

Canon makes EOS 50D official

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2008

Canon EOS 50DOver the last week some specifications and information has been popping up around the web about the Canon 50D DSLR camera. The images were met with welcome by some and as expected when things are leaked early — some called the camera a hoax.

Canon officially announced its EOS 50D DSLR camera today. The camera features a 15.1-megapixel sensor, and a host of other items to make using a DSLR easier for new users. The camera uses Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor and has an expanded ISO range of ISO 100 to ISO 12800. Several dust reduction features are included.

Olympus SP-565 UZ offers 20x wide-angle zoom lens

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Olympus SP-565 UZ

Olympus is taking its powerful SP-570 UZ digital camera and slightly downsizing its dimensions to create the SP-565 UZ. This digital camera with a 20x wide-angle telephoto zoom lens (26-520mm equivalent) is priced around $400.

The SP-565 UZ, besides being smaller and lighter than its predecessor, also sports 10 million pixels, dual image stabilization, face detection of up to 16 faces, shadow adjustment technology and preview of shots on the camera’s LCD screen before taking the photo. This 10-megapixel shooter includes as well manual controls and some 33 different shooting modes. It will be available in October.

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New Jabra speakerphone broadcasts cell calls over FM radio

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Jabra SP700

GN Netcom, through its Jabra headset brand, announced today a new speakerphone for in-car use. It is called the Jabra SP700 and it prices around $100.

The Jabra SP700 transmits cell phone calls to a car’s FM radio for hands-free communications. One clips the speakerphone to a visor, connects it to the phone via Bluetooth and tunes FM radio to the frequency set on the speakerphone. On cars with RDS enabled stereos the caller’s phone number will be displayed and this device also hosts an audio feature that lets users know when the speakerphone status changes, announcing instructions such as ‘power off’, ‘the incoming caller’s number’ and ‘connected’ in a choice of ten languages. It is available now.

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ASUS offers four new perfumed laptops

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

ASUS offers four new perfumed laptopsWhile everyone else is trying to get your dollars by offering various colored laptops or laptops with art prints on them, Asus is taking it one step further by offering a dimension not of sight or sound, but smell. ASUS has a new line of fragrant laptops.

It gets better.(Or worse depending on your perspective) The fragrance will match the graphics, so that as you work the day away, you can trick your nose into thinking you are at the beach or something. It’s aimed more toward female users though, with four special edition laptops. Floral Blossom is pink and flowery, Musky Black sports graffiti art emits a…earthy musk; Morning Dew comes in pastel green and probably doesn’t emit Mountain Dew odor, while Aqua Ocean smells like the sea. Pretty strange. No price yet, but you’ll smell it coming.

PS3 wireless keypad available for pre-order

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Sony unveils wireless keypad attachment for the PS3Good news PS3 fans, the wireless keypad we told you about the other day is available for pre-order now at Amazon for $49.99. Where it states “This item will be released on November 30, 2008.”

The wireless keyboard even comes with a touchpad mode that allows for mouse input, which may be used in future game development. The QWERTY keypad snaps over the center of DualShock 3 and SIXAXIS controllers and aparently has it’s own Bluetooth connection and power source.

Batman alarm clock radio with Bat-Signal

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Batman alarm clock radio with Bat-SignalWe’ve covered our share of Batman related gadgets, some good, some bad. But lately gadget makers seem to have rediscovered a long lost love for the Bat-Signal. They’re putting it on everything as if it were just invented in the latest movies. This strange looking clock is no exception.

This Dark Knight themed alarm clock radio features an AM/FM tuner and will also let you project the Bat-signal on your wall or ceiling. Some other features: 12/24 Hour Mode Display Time, Alarm function with 8 different melodies and tones, Adjustable Snooze Timer, AM/FM Radio Band, 180-degree rotation arm for front or back projection, AC Adaptor (included) or 4 AAA Batteries (not included). For $19.99 it’s a bargain for the kid in you.

Assemble Your Own Pen is too much DIY

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Assemble Your Own Pen is too much DIYI thought that buying prepackaged goods was supposed to make life easier, but I guess I was wrong. However those who are completely obsessed with DIY will probably appreciate this and find it fun. The Falter 2D pen makes you work to have your pen and write with it.

The DIY assembly kit even comes with a flat piece of iron that you’ll fold into your pen holder. At $39, you could probably save yourself some trouble and just lift a pen from the next cubicle. Leave 5 bucks if you feel bad you’ll still be better off. Apparently the Falter is handmade in Italy. Just not completed. That’s up to you. Me, I have enough to do already.

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USB Webmail Notifier from Dream Cheeky

Posted in email by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

USB Webmail Notifier from Dream CheekyIf your current email notifier isn’t doing a good enough job, you might want to check this one out. It will inform you when you’ve got new mail by lighting up in blue, red or green. You can assign each of the colors a different email client and you’re all set.

It even tells you the capacity of unread emails by audible alerts. And of course it’s shaped like your standard snail mail envelope. The software will work with Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook Express and any POP3 programs. Dream Cheeky does the email authentication for you, so you may want to be extra careful for your privacy.

Xbox 360 dashboard update in November

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Xbox 360 dashboard update in NovemberMicrosoft has confirmed that the Fall Xbox 360 Dashboard Update will be arriving in November. I guess that’s still fall, but it’s pushing the limit. Previous updates have also been released in November so it’s not that unusual, and all the new features might have caused it to be delayed even more, so consider it a good thing that they have announced a date. In the meantime those sick of waiting for their avatars always have the Wii.

New iPods coming September 9th?

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Kevin Rose Diggs up new iPod nano designThere have been a ton of rumors about the new redesigned iPods. But wait, there’s more. MacRumors and Ars Technica are both saying that we’ll be seeing the new iPods on September 9th. No specific details, but new nanos are a part of it, along with a rumored subscription service and maybe even a new iPod touch at a new lower price. We’ll see.