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Apple Walkpod is an iPod Walkman

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

Apple Walkpod is an iPod WalkmanI have no idea if this is a concept or some geek’s elaborate prank in order to get girls or something. It could be a modified cassette player, but somehow I doubt it. You would need a few AA batteries at least. All I know is that had the actual iPod and Walkman merged in the 80′s, this would be the result. I suppose it would download music off of itunes, and store it on it’s cassette hard drive. When that casette is full, insert another and begin again. Very bizarre, but a cool pic.

Samba de Amigo Wii Maracas

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

Samba de Amigo Wii MaracasSeems like a whole lot of Wii owners have been waiting for Samba de Amigo on the Wii, which was originally for the Dreamcast. Now Amazon has the first live shots of the maracas attachments for the Wiimote and nunchuck. What other color would you expect, if not a festive hot tamale red, making it just like the originals on the Dreamcast console.

Amazon is pre-selling them for $15 and they’ll be released on Sept. 23. These should make Wiimote shaking a new art form, which makes me wonder if there are any Pinata games in the works, cuz I’d like to beat something virtually with a stick and get some damn candy. If not, there should be.

The Wii gets some color, sort of

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

The Wii gets some color, sort ofIf there’s one thing you can say about the Wii, it’s that it is and always has been white. Back in the days when it was first called the “revolution” it seemed like we would be getting an assortment of colors, but alas, just plain old Wii white. That’s why it’s kind of shocking to see these.

While this may not be a lime or blood red Wii console, at least Nintendo is taking a baby step in the right direction with these pastel-colored Wiimote straps for Japan. You can get the whole pack for $10 or individually for afew bucks. No word if they’ll be coming our way soon.

Gisteq Explorer lets you chat, do GPS, roast marshmellows

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 21st, 2008

Gisteq Explorer

Gisteq is rolling out a handheld device for outdoor usage which combines several useful functions, including GPS and live communication. It’s called the Gisteq Explorer and, while available now, pricing information is not immediately clear.

The Explorer has, according to its maker, four functions. These include live communication within a group while it is connected to the FRM/GMRS 2-way radios, a speaker microphone enabling hands free from the radio when talking in the group, a GPS tracker and waypoint navigation. Also viewable through its LCD display are items such as a thermometer and compass.

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Speck pulls out rugged case for iPhone 3G

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 21st, 2008

Speck ToughSkin for 3G

Speck, which just the other day said it was shipping a new iPod 3G translucent hard shell case, is back today with a new rugged case for the same mobile. It’s called the ToughSkin for 3G and it prices around $35.

The ToughSkin for 3G offers up a treaded texture for extra grip and comfort, a rubberized skin with slightly thicker corners for protection and a hinged bottom that can be pulled back for docking while in the case. Included is a detachable holster and swivel belt-clip. It is available now.

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Kodak digital photo frame offers interactive border

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Nino Marchetti on August 21st, 2008

Kodak EasyShare P520 Digital Frame

Kodak’s latest digital picture frame is one sporting a touch sensitive control for navigating images. It is called the EasyShare P520 Digital Frame and it prices around $80.

The P520, on sale in September, is built around its five-inch screen. Chief among features is the “Quick Touch Border,” a function which lets you navigate stored photos with a touch or slide of your finger. Memory is expandable via the SD slot and one can also plug in a USB stick for photo viewing. Two color-coordinated interchangeable mattes – red and sliver – and photo management software are also included.

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Ply phone is Swiss Army knife of phones

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

Ply phone is Swiss Army knife of phonesThe Ply phone concept packs so many gadgets inside of it’s wood exterior, you expect to see the Swiss Army logo on it. Like it’s namesake plywood, it has layers and in each layer there resides a gadget, like a phone, game controller, photo printer, projector and more. Designer Hideo Kanbara is obviously a big fan of all-in-one. A prototype actually exists and can be seen at the KDDI Studio in Harajuku. When in Tokyo check it out. I think most of us would love to see something like this become a reality and this is probably what future phones will be like.

Kohler C3 Toilet Seat Bidet with remote

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

Kohler C3 Toilet Seat Bidet with remote
This kind of high tech toiletry has been popular for some time in Japan. Now Kohler is bringing it to the U.S. The Kohler C3 seems like a futuristic butt washing odyssey. I mean, a toilet seat that has it’s own remote? That’s right. Kohler’s bidet technology is built into a toilet seat that attaches to your existing toilet. What you get is a temperature controlled, aromatic cleansing that almost eliminates the need for toilet paper. Almost.

It’s very customizable and comes with two programmable presets that can accommodate two separate users of different sizes. Everything is controlled with a wireless remote that sports it’s own magnetic holder that keeps it on the wall. It should be noted that though it’s a receptacle for waste, it wont waste energy as the in-line heater warms the water on an as-needed basis. Another green bonus is that you will be using far less toilet paper, which will save a tree or two. What do you think? Ready for a high-tech ride on a magic seat? It will cost you $950.

Teen girls get Aly & AJ guitar controllers

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on August 21st, 2008

Aly & AJ Guitar ControllersWhen most people think of gamers, they think of guys. While that is fairly accurate, many girls also enjoy playing video games. One the most popular genres with the ladies are music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The plain and masculine guitar controllers typically available with the games can be a problem for the ladies. Thankfully girly controllers are available in the aftermarket.

PDP has announced that new guitar controllers compatible with both Rock Band and Guitar Hero will be available in mid-October for $69.99 each. The controllers were designed with cooperation from teen rock star’s Aly & AJ. The guitar designed by Aly features a heart and cross bone print in pink and brown.

LG and AT&T announce the new Invision handset

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on August 21st, 2008

Lg InvisionWe have all ended up somewhere at one time or another where we didn’t have anything to do and were bored to tears. If you have a nice smart phone, you have a few options from playing games and watching YouTube videos to listening to music. AT&T customers with the right handset can even watch TV.

LG Mobile Phones and AT&T announced a new handset called the LG Invision, which is now the smallest mobile TV capable handset in America. The phone measures 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide and is less than 1/2 inch thick. The clear screen allows TV fans to enjoy TV programming — including college football games — on networks like CBS Mobile, ESPN Mobile, Fox Mobile, and NBC2GO.

Logitech Speed Force Wireless racing wheel for Wii announced

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 21st, 2008

Logitech Speed Force WirelessThere’s no denying that playing the Nintendo Wii is very fun with its unique control method. The one thing I don’t like playing on the Wii is driving games. I don’t care for steering the vehicle with the Wii remote turned sideways. I have wished for a real steering wheel on more than one occasion and Logitech has finally made my wish come true.

Logitech has announced the first force feedback wheel ever for the Nintendo Wii. The racing wheel is called the Logitech Speed Force Wireless racing wheel and is licensed by Nintendo. The wheel is easy to set up and store thanks to one-piece design that does not use pedals. Controls for brake and throttle are located on the wheel. Logitech equipped the wheel with an expandable lap rest that allows you to play while sitting on a chair or couch.

Digital Bra stays on, sounds off

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

Digital Bra stays on, sounds offI’m really not sure what this proves, but if you modify a woman’s bra I’m there. Sarah Layne has created what she calls a “Digital Bra.” She wanted a bra that could send out feedback noises. Hey, after a few beers and coppin a feel, I would have given her some feedback. Am I right guys? Anyway, the noises couldn’t be heard until she touched the bra with the piezo disks. The fingers would have these piezo disks, which are microphones, attached and the bra speakers. Put them together and it creates strange sounds.(No. Not “Oh baby. Yeah that’s it”.)

The sounds may help you understand more about your body and you may just have a good time even if you don’t learn anything. Sarah used 2 amplifiers, 6 speakers, 2 piezo disks, netting, cloth material, plastic, cardboard and Velcro. She plans to create an updated version of the bra and some digital underwear to really spice things up. Like I said, I don’t know what it proves, except that Sarah likes to play herself like an instrument. You go girl.

iBasket washing machine of the future

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

iBasket washing machine of the futureWhether you have a washing machine in your home or go to the corner laundromat, doing wash is a royal pain. Especially for bloggers. I’ve had whole hours pass in the blink of an eye, sometimes whole days get eaten up in some black hole and so household chores pile up. The iBasket could really make life easier. The brainchild of Guopeng Liang, the iBasket was one of the Electrolux Design Lab ’08 finalists.

It is specifically designed to store and clean your soiled, smelly wearables easily. It’s programmed to go into a wash cycle once it reaches a ceratain weight. It even sports a built-in air refresh system removes odor, too. Once finished, the basket flashes some LEDs. We can only hope that it goes into production soon. This place is pretty messy.

The Swing: USB hubs get classy

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

The Swing: USB hub gets classyUSB hubs being the neccessity they are, it’s always nice to see one that looks like it could class up the joint. And this one really is a nice bit of architecture. They merged a Newton’s Cradle with a USB hub. The Boynq Swing gracefully suspends four USB cables underneath an arch. It just sits and waits and looks classy.

Aside from it’s awesome design, it’s pretty much your typical USB hub, sporting DC power for multiple high-powered USB devices and fuses to protect against power surges. It’s got a sweet look and I hope other hub designers are taking note. We’d like to see more like this.

Bluetooth cell phone Snowboard gloves

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

Bluetooth cell phone Snowboard glovesLet’s face it, it’s hard to take calls when snowboarding. You won’t have to worry anymore thanks to Swany’s g.cell, the first hands free cell phone ski and snowboarding gloves. You’ll be alerted to incoming calls with(Prepare yourself) vibrating wrist action.

Just tap the back of your hand to receive calls. Comes complete with charger included and it will give you 12 hours on standby/ 4 hours talk time. The speaker and mic are located in the palm and the thumb so you might look a little silly as you literally talk to the hand. Available this holiday season for $495. They might just be the most expensive glove ever.