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C-Quester lets you live in a yellow submarine

Posted in submarines by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

C-Quester lets you live in a yellow submarineOkay, so it looks more like a dark mustard. The C-Quester 2 and C-Quester 3 submersibles from U-Boat Worx are like a Smart Car for the ocean. They’ll be shown at the Monaco Yacht Show 2008. The two-person C-Quester 2 is designed to be a new toy for megayachts. In other words a plaything for the filthy rich. The three-person C-Quester 3 can be used by seaside hotels and resorts so guests can have some fun.

Each features a safety buoy, air conditioning, underwater communication, altimeter, sonar, and optional video cameras and tracking systems. The electric C-Questers can even dive up to a depth of 100 meters and they run on a Lithium-Ion battery. The first C-Quester 3 will be available at the end of this year with more scheduled for next spring. Unfortunately drivers have to be trained as a submersible pilot before using. And since there’s no four seater, you won’t see the Beatles while you’re out and about, but maybe a Blue Meanie or two.

Anna Konda: Firefighting snake robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Anna Konda: Firefighting snake robotThis fire fighting bot spits venom to put out fires. And by venom I mean harmless water. Anna Konda has been fitted with what amounts to a super soaker.

The slithering bot is 3 meters long, weighs in at 75 kilos, and has 20 joints, each with 33 degrees of movement. It shoots water sure, but it’s also powered by H2O. In each joint section there are hydraulic valves and cylinders that can handle 1450 psi of water pressure. Anna Konda is designed to be a fire fighting snake and high water pressure has the added advantage of making it stronger while keeping it’s components cool which is a bonus when fighting fires. In the future a bot like this will strangle you dead, but for now he’s looking to take Smokey The Bear’s job, by protecting us from fire while creeping us out. Video below.

Sweat Alarm alerts you to night time heat

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Sweat Alarm alerts you to night time heatThis odd device in the form of a fugly watch is for those who sweat a lot during a deep sleep. It’s worn on your wrist or ankle, usually with comments from your other half like, “What the hell is that?” or “How much of OUR money did it cost you strap that ugliness to your ankle?”. Which is followed by something being thrown at you and you sleeping on the couch.

The idea is that it vibrates and wakes you up when it detects you sweating during sleep. I guess it doesn’t occur to some people to sleep without blankets. And doesn’t your body naturally wake you when you are too hot? I’m calling BS on this device and if you buy it your wife should knee you in the nuts.

Stormtrooper Hoodie gets you into detention centers

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Stormtrooper Hoodie gets you into detention centersThe Stormtrooper hoodie is what you want to have on hand when rescuing Princesses from the Death Star. Imperial officers and Stormtroopers aren’t too bright so once you zip up the front mask part you’re good to go. They’ll probably just think the Emperor is phasing in softer armor.

It’s also available in Bobba Fett style. It’s great Halloween-ware. During the day it’s a casual geek hoodie, but come Halloween night just zip it up and get yourself some candy, no matter what your age. As long as they don’t ask to see your face, it’s all good.

Dell preloading computers with Iron Man

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Dell preloading computers with Iron ManWhen customizing your PC at Dell, you can now click on a $19 option called “Iron Man movie with bonus content?” Say what? We love Iron Man, but surely it’s full of evil DRM. It’s what Dell’s Global Consumer Group Director is calling Dell’s “slow immersion into content as a major piece of the puzzle in terms of what consumers want from a PC.”

The flick can be had on the Inspiron, Studio, or XPS laptop or desktop, playable on that machine or your choice of Windows Media Extender. Dell will soon offer more movie preloads and eventually a whole iTunes type of download store. The move is a gutsy one and could let them get to customers first, before Apple. Customers getting movies when they purchase their PC should give them an advantage.

Targus launches Mac line of accessories

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Targus launches Mac line of accessoriesTargus has launched its first line of Mac accessories, a bunch of stuff in stunning Wii white. There’s a $70 Bluetooth Laser Mouse, a $50 Wireless Mouse, and an $80 Bluetooth Presenter. Each features a touch-sensitive scroll button. On the presenter, it will switch to cursor control, while it will give you four-way scrolling on the mice.

If that’s not enough, there’s also a $50 USB file-transfer cable for direct file transfers between PCs and Macs, as well as a $30 four-port compact USB hub. Want more? How about MacBook and MacBook Pro privacy screens from $50 to $80, and a $50 dual-fan cooling pad. All can be had right now.

JVC’s new Everio concept HD camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

JVC’s new Everio concept HD camcorderJVC enters the HD pocket camcorder arena with something new at CEATEC today, with the Everio HD Memory Camera. This SDHC based concept camcorder is expected to be AVCHD ready with an HDMI port. You’ll notice that most of the buttons are conveniently situated within finger distance at the top of the device. There isn’t much info otherwise, but more details will be forthcoming.

USB Volcano is useless, no sacrifices, no virgins

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

USB Volcano is useless, no sacrifices, no virginsWe’ve seen our share of useless gadgets, no question about it. They don’t get more useless then the USB volcano. I mean, they could have done something cool with this. How about a little diorama with some ancient civilization dropping a virgin or two into the thing? What about making it a real lava spewer(Okay, nothing harmful that will melt flesh) that’s also a bank, where you have to feed it coins so it doesn’t go all Krakatoa all over your desk? Or what about having a tiny remote control robot in the case with the volcano that you can send in and get readings like a real science kind of deal?

But no. No, sadly this craptastic gadget is just a volcano with plastic lava beads that erupt out of the water-filled desktop toy. And you even have to provide the water. $18 if you are actually impressed.

New Nintendo hardware spotted in pedometer form

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

New Nintendo hardware spotted in pedometer formNintendo has stated that it doesn’t plan to release “a whole lot more” accessories for the Wii. Most of us take that to mean that there is at least something coming, but is this that something? The images come from some European trademark registry site with very little detail, but it’s some kind of pedometer.

Personally I’m hoping that this doesn’t count as one of the accessories they had in mind. Maybe it’s just a Wii-Fit add-on. That’s what we’re hoping, because we deserve something a bit neater then a pedometer. To release this thing in place of something cooler is…Well it’s evil…And lame. It just looks like a freakin’ box.

Feeding Nemo: Sega Toys’ handheld aquarium

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Feeding Nemo: Sega Toys’ handheld aquariumThis device looks like a Wiimote and an iPod collided at seaworld. It’s a toy that’s similar to the Tamogotchi toys, but in this case it features a fish in an aquarium that is displayed on the screen. Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to take care of it so that it survives. Your fish grows, but so does the world around it, giving you some interesting game options.

You can play using a dolphin or an angelfish and it even has three mini games you can play with your digital pet. If you love virtual fish, this device is good for all ages and may even teach kids how to care for a fish, though I doubt it. Keeping a real fish swimming takes more then button pushing.

Firefly introduces new kid friendly phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

Firefly glowPhoneWith everything kids have going on today, it’s often easier to get them a cell phone so you can keep in touch at all times. Even young kids age five and up use cell phones today. They are a great way for parents to know where the kids are, even if they are just down the street.

The catch is that kids don’t understand that using a cell phone too much or downloading things from the Internet can run up a bill significantly. You also have to worry that they could be subject to inappropriate calls from unknown users. Firefly has had a phone specifically made for kids on the market since 2006.

GPS Golf Guru goes color

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

GPS GolfGuru ColorI have never understood the appeal of golfing myself and have never been to a real golf course. I take my kids to play put-put on occasion and typically, my 7-year-old beats me. As close as I care to get to a real game of golf is on the Wii.

For those of you who like real golfing, a new GPS tool is now better equipped to improve your game. The gadget is called the GPS Golf Guru Color Guru and offers a color GPS screen that is 320 x 240 pixels. The device stores information on 300 courses and up to 30 features per hole.

ATI Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 introduced

Posted in ATI by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

ATI HD 4550In the world of consumer, video cards there are only two options when it comes to discrete video cards — NVIDIA and ATI. NVIDIA is the market leader in discrete video cards, but ATI is working hard to take that market share away.

ATI’s latest attempt at grabbing the gamer’s dollars is the ATI Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 video cards. ATI says the cards are based on the award winning 4800 series cards. The HD 4550 will retail starting from $55 and promises to play games that were unplayable at this price range before. The card features 512MB of RAM.

Critter Cruiser racetrack makes your Hamster dizzy

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Critter Cruiser racetrack makes your Hamster dizzyYou might remember when we told you about the Critter Cruiser awhile back. The hamster hot rod that you park your critter in so you can give him a ride, because it’s nice to get out of the cage once in a while. Well, now it comes with the Hamtrack, so your little gerbil friend can go round and round like a furry Nascar driver who’s not afraid to poop in his car, getting exercise the whole time.

The car works both with and without the track. The car is about $36, while the car and track set will cost you about $63. Maybe you can get some sponsors for your rat races and put little stickers on the car. I’m pretty sure we here at the ‘Brick would like a piece of that action.

SanDisk unveils 16GB microSD and M2 cards for mobiles

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

SanDisk 16GB microSD and M2 cardsWhen it comes to our mobile devices we all want more, more features, more performance, more speed, and especially more storage. Music phones today can hold thousands of songs, but mobile users are always on the lookout for more storage space.

SanDisk announced the largest capacity microSD and M2 format memory card you can get. Both formants are now available in 16GB capacities. The cards require mobile phones and MP3 players that support microSDHC or M2 formats.