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4th generation iPod nano case designs surface, maybe

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

4th generation iPod nano caseWe told you the other day about how Kevin Rose had some “news” that a new iPod nano is coming. A slimmer longer sexier device. Not exactly hard evidence, but there are some new developments.

These two case-related designs are supposedly destined for Apple’s next PMP. News is that Chinese accessory-maker Beelan has a silicon sleeve ready to ship through Alibaba, and iDealsChina has renders of the 4th gen nano as well as another case from an unknown Canadian company. Neither design can be confirmed what with the fact that they appeared on the heels of the Rose rumor, but who knows. What do you think?

R/C Star Trek Enterprise glider

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

R/C Star Trek Enterprise gliderAs far as I’m concerned the best Trek Vehicle ever is the Final Frontier bike, but this RC Enterprise glider sure looks like a ton of fun too. It took a long time, but we finally have a remote controlled Star Trek ship. For the most part, it’s just as graceful as the real deal and seeing the Enterprise soar through the air gets my geek blood boiling.

It’s made of foam and features a touch-control controller designed to look like the communicator from the original series. Check out the video below. The thing even flies after it took a hard landing and lost a nacelle. Also near the end the operator manages to make the smoothest landing the enterprise has ever seen on or off the movie screen. The Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 should arrive in May of 2009 and can now be pre-ordered for $79.99.

Chrome joypad from Dream Cheeky

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Chrome joypad from Dream CheekyIt’s odd but for some reason no one has made a chrome joypad until now. This isn’t just cheap plastic pretending to be chrome either, it’s made from metal. Some of the benefits of a chrome joypad include, but are not limited to: Checking your appearance and seeing if someone else has been using it because the left oily fingerprints behind.

It’s from China’s Dream Cheeky, who are no stranger to USB gadgets and gizmos. The controller sports an 8-way directional pad, four game buttons, start/select buttons and shoulder triggers. The back of the controller has a rubber covering, so you can get a good grip. Not sure if it’s Mac compatible, but it plugs into the USB port on any PC. No word on pricing yet.

Seek Portable search engine

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2008

Seek Portable search engineJukka Roitto has a concept device aptly named Seek, which will make navigating through unknown areas a breeze. The device straps onto your wrist like a watch and even doubles as a music player. Your wrist is a great place for your GPS after all since it’s always attached to you. Once again Sci-Fi predicts our future. How many times have you seen someone in a movie wearing this kind of thing on their wrist? Aside from GPS, I’m hoping it can also teleport you.

Kevin Rose Diggs up new iPod nano design

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2008

Kevin Rose Diggs up new iPod nano design
Kevin Rose of Digg and TechTV fame claims to have the skinny on the next iPod nano. He’s even got a picture of a thinner, longer iPod nano that’s a bit curvier. It fits perfectly with other rumors we’ve been hearing. We reported the possibility back in July.

Kevin is also saying that the iPod lineup will undergo large price cuts. The iPod touch will have some minor changes too, like a new 2.1 firmware update. How about a new iTunes 8.0? According to Rose’s sources, it will all happen “in the next 2-3 weeks.” Check out the video below.

Lexar FireFly jumps to 16GB storage size

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on August 22nd, 2008

Lexar Firefly

Lexar has gone and increased the storage capacity of its popular, and small, FireFly USB flash drive. You can now pick up a 16GB version for around $100.

The 16GB FireFly, like other FireFlies from Lexar, works both with PCs and Macs and is available in a red color. It is outfitted with a keychain hole for portability and features a protective cap and blue LED tail that blinks during data transfers. It also comes pre-loaded with a free 30-day trial of Dmailer V7 software, which enables you to backup and synchronize files, including Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.

Lexar

Quiksilver Ray watch is eco-friendly

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2008

Quiksilver Ray watch is eco-friendlyWell known surfing apparel company Quiksilver has a new watch called The Ray. It should last for many years since it’s an analog watch boasting a 27-jewel movement. The display unusual, making it different and attractive to many. You’ll either love it or hate it.

Another bonus for stylish hippies is that it leaves a minimal carbon footprint on the environment rather then a huge bigfoot print. It’s even shipped in eco-friendly packaging via sea instead of air, which reduces CO2 emissions. It’s a limited edition, with only be 1,000 available throughout the world, so be prepared to pay big money.

Mini USB Lightsabres for tiny duels

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2008

Mini USB Lightsabres for tiny duelsThe manufacturer claims that this $45 Star Wars USB Lightsabre is a lamp that connects to the USB port to charge up its battery and glows in the dark with a blue light, is “a lamp”. At 33 x 6cm, that’s not much of a lamp. It’s a toy, plain and simple. Jedis are shrunk down to tiny proportions and put into a ring for an all out death match, where they use these babies to slash each other to bits. I’m not entirely sold on the fact that such a small lightsaber can be fun for my desk, but since it glows and all, it must be true.

Chococlock makes you fat

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2008

Chococlock makes you fatIf you’re the type that spends $37 on a cuckoo clock that spits out a chocolate ball every hour, then chances are you’ve been to the Wonka factory and got kicked out for being the fat kid drinking from the chocolate lake. It dispenses a sweet diabetic causing treat every half hour and if you aren’t fast enough it will snatch it back.

But it’s also got a cheat button, for those with no willpower at all, that will deliver the treats anytime you want. Too bad it doesn’t dole out some insulin shots too. It’s much easier to just eat chocolate whenever you want, instead of relying on a small vending machine.

Sony Ericsson launches first handset for T-Mobile

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Shane McGlaun on August 22nd, 2008

Sony Ericsson TM506Sony Ericsson is struggling to gain market share in the mobile phone arena. Sony Ericsson has not enjoyed much success in the market and is out to grow its business. Launching cool handsets is one way to grow its market and another is to make its handsets available on more networks.

Sony Ericsson announced today that it is producing its first handset built specifically for the AWS spectrum 1700/2100 network that T-Mobile operates in America. The handset is the first from Sony Ericsson to support T-Mobile and is called the TM506. The TM506 connects to T-Mobile’s 3G network.

Sony XROSS FADE for the aspiring DJ

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on August 22nd, 2008

Sony XROSS FADESony is betting that there are people out there who really want to be a DJ. I’m not into mixing songs together and making mixed tapes, but I am sure there are many people out there who are into that. If you are such person and you have been looking for an easy way to play DJ — the Sony XROSS FADE is your ticket.

The XROSS FADE is a 450W stereo system aimed at the aspiring DJ. The system has DJ themed features including a cross-fader and monitor cue along with a built-in two-channel mixer. The features allow the user to check upcoming tracks with headphones to ensure they are cued properly before the songs play. The features can also be used to mix two songs together or fade into the next song. A USB recording function allows users to record mix sessions directly to a USB flash drive without the need for PC.

Sony goes multi-room with new iPod system

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on August 22nd, 2008

Sony S-AIRPLAYMulti-room audio is hot these days with more manufacturers than you can shake a stick at bringing wireless audio systems to market. Lots of competition is a good thing because it means a large variety of price points and models for music fans to choose from. Sony has launched a high-end music system designed specifically for the iPod that streams music wirelessly to different rooms of your home.

The system is called the Sony S-AIRPLAY and is a wireless multi-room solution that can transmit audio from the main docking station to its wireless speakers up to 164-feet away. The system includes one docking station and two S-AIR wireless speakers. The system can support up to 10 speakers simultaneously. In addition to the iPod dock — that also charges the iPod — the system features an AM/FM tuner.

Microsoft turns to Seinfeld to combat Get a Mac ads

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

Microsoft turns to Seinfeld to combat Get a Mac adsWhether you’re a Mac fan or not, I think we all get a chuckle out of the “Get a Mac” ads. And they must have converted many PC users. Now Microsoft is looking to give as good as they get, recruiting Jerry Seinfeld and of course Bill Gates to show you how magical Vista is. It’s a $300 million campaign that has $10 million set aside for “key celebrity pitchmen”.

The ads apparently focus on “Windows, Not Walls,” talking about the need to “break down barriers that prevent people and ideas from connecting.” It will no doubt involve the Mojave Experiment too, which is Microsofts version of candid camera, where Microsoft made unsuspecting users(Prejudiced against Vista) test a new product that was in fact Vista. They’ve got Seinfeld, why not get Kramer and George in on it too?

Muwi concept mower plays with it’s food

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

Muwi concept mower plays with it’s foodHave you ever wished you could do something useful with the grass your lawnmower collects in the bag? Apparently someone thought long and hard on that very issue. A few someones, like South Korean students Yong Hee Cho, Yuli Sung, Jee Won Lee and Seung Hee Son. The Muwi mower will take your yard trimmings and compact them into usable shapes like a seat or a grass ball your kids can throw around.

After it figures out the size and shape of your lawn, it will start munching grass by itself and excrete fun shapes. It’s your choice whether you want to clean up the shapes, seat on them or play with them. You might even want to toss them all in your neighbors yard. It’s kind of like having a robotic goat since it munches grass and leaves droppings.

OpenFrame Platform looks like an iPhone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

OpenFrame Platform looks like an iPhoneIf you’re a company that is still making landline phones, you have to come up with something that’s gonna make people want them. Like mimicking the iPhone for instance. Could be coincidence. Maybe. The OpenFrame Platform from OpenPeak sure looks a lot like Apples wonder phone. The frame is the center piece for the wireless phones.

They’ve been working on it for about a year and it should be available in early 2009, priced from $200 and $300, distributed by telecom service providers. I wonder if they’re also planning on providing cool apps so you can really get the whole experience of an iPhone for the home. I wonder if this could fly.