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Craftsman Nextec Hammerhead Auto Hammer

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Craftsman Nextec Hammerhead Auto HammerThe name is a mouthful, but this tool is a long overdue upgrade to the traditional hammer. Without a single swing, it will drive up to 3.5-inch nails with just the pull of a trigger. It’s powered by a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery and works great in tight spaces.

The best part of course is that it’s a tool for the extremely lazy. Much like me, it nails at 2000 impacts/minute. Just ask the ladies. It also sports a retractable nail sleeve and magnetic head that makes it easy to operate one-handed.

Nokia N85 shows up on Amazon: $556 unlocked

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Nokia N85 shows up on Amazon: $556 unlockedThe Nokia N85 just dropped with a crazy price. At $556 this is one expensive phone, but Amazon is claiming that’s already been steeply discounted from an out of this world $1,200 “list price.” The phone is available to “buy” right now at Amazon.com, but there’s a 3 to 5 week ship time quoted, so we’re not sure yet if this is the first place where you’ll actually get the hotly-anticipated handset in the States, but if you like, you can give them your money right now. They don’t mind.

Tetris & Breakout piggy banks makes saving fun again

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Tetris & Breakout piggy banks makes saving fun againBack in the day it cost just one quarter to play your favorite arcade machine. Well, now you can play two Atari arcade classics for just one penny. They aren’t totally faithful to the original arcade machines, but hey it only costs a penny and you get to save that penny. A penny played is a penny earned.

Every coin you drop in starts a new game, which is much cooler then say, dropping your coins in a bank shaped like a pig. These aren’t easy to find outside of Japan, but Strapya World is taking pre-orders and they will ship them worldwide. They’ll cost you $39.90.

Optical Mouse doubles as a digital scale

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Optical Mouse doubles as a digital scaleHere’s a unique mouse. Probably good for drug dealers and those who like weighing really small objects. It’s a standard USB optical mouse, but it also flips open to reveal a digital scale. I’m not sure how much a quality drug scale will run you these days, but at $50, the Optical Mouse & Digital Scale will allow you to rip off your customers while at the same time read your favorite blogs. It should also hide the fact that you have a small drug scale, like during a raid.

The Digital Scale has a 500g (17.635oz) weight capacity with readability to .1g (0.005oz). So it’s for real small operations. There’s also an internal rechargeable battery if you want to use the scale without being hooked up to the USB cord.

Guy beats Guitar Hero 3 using drums

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

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This guy made this video to prove that he is better then you at Guitar Hero 3 using drumsticks. He has an advantage that you don’t. A custom midi controller designed to play as if you were drumming. He also obviously kicks ass playing the drums.

He’s obviously crazy. I’m pretty sure he’s animal from the Muppets, all shaved down and incognito. Amazing yes. Also amazingly nerdy. What else can you say?

Energy Sistem intros new PMPs

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Energy Sistem intros new PMPsEnergy Sistem released the 4040 Touch portable media player. It comes with some high-end features like a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, built-in microphone, FM tuner, and supports most audio and video file formats.

The Energy Sistem 4040 Touch is priced at €120. The company has also released the 5020 and 5021, which have no touchscreen and take the storage down to 4GB. These lower-end PMPs are priced at about €85.

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phones

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phonesMotorola has some new digital cordless phones, the D10 and D11. Both feature an innovative design that we haven’t really seen before. If the picture above is any indication it can turn the steam from your coffee into a weird hovering alien creature.

The D10 and D11 handsets are intelligent enough that they can adjust automatically to optimize output depending on how far they are from the base unit. In the intelligent ‘eco mode’, you can save on battery power and get longer talk time without sacrificing voice quality. The phone is eco-conscious because 20% of it is made from recycled material, which will help reduce your carbon footprint, which currently looks like Bigfoot on steroids.

BMW uses Microsoft Surface

Posted in Surface Computing by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Microsoft’s Surface technology has many uses, but one interesting way to use it is how it is being used by BMW. Here is a video that shows you how rich slobs can explore BMW cars with just their delicate and un-calloused fingers

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” being optimized with “BMW Product Navigator”. The touch screen system lets snooty BMW buyers configure their new car in a whole new interactive way. The exteriors and the interiors can be reviewed even before the car is purchased. That includes the color of the car.

New Hello Kitty netbook from Epson

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Hello Kitty netbook from EpsonJust days after the announcement of this Hello Kitty laptop, Epson Japan has rolled out their own Hello kitty netbook. You’ll only be able to get them in Japan, where they will be exclusively sold online starting December 10.

This HK notebook is based on Epson’s Endeavor NJ2150. Buyers can choose between a combo model at $1,200 and a “super-multi version” at $1,500. Both versions are available in two different designs. Those who for some reason don’t have enough Hello Kitty in their life will want to move to Japan immediately no doubt, just to get their hands on one.

Save electricity with dying flowers

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Save electricity with dying flowersSaving electricity in the home is a good thing. We all benefit. Cutting back on the power you waste can save plenty of money on the electric bill too. But we’re only human and could use a little reminder sometimes. A reminder that isn’t some treehugger starring in a PSA on TV.

The Wilting Flower from English designer Carl Smith will remind you. It’s a little known fact that people pay more attention to a flower then they do to a preaching hippie. Plus, the flower looks like it’s bathed. This little wilting flower changes from blue, to red, to yellow, to purple, then turns off, as our power demands increase. But as it changes, the petals slowly close and the flower keels over in its vase. In other words, you are a murdering bastard and it hopes you feel bad.

Harion Glass Speakers for $168,000

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Harion Glass Speakers for $168,000If you are looking to drop a ton of dough on speakers, it should probably be on speakers that you won’t drop and shatter in a million pieces. These Harion speakers are made of Heat-resistant glass and are pretty sweet looking despite their fragile nature. They’ll cost you $168,000.

You get a center speaker, a sub woofer, a couple of tweeters and mid-range speakers. It took three years, eight months and 23 subcontractors to dekiver a finished product. Which probably explains the cost. No word on what they sound like, but we have an idea. We’re guessing they sound like any other glass that’s ever hit the floor, followed by you weeping and wondering why, dear God, why did you have to pay so much for something so fragile?

Vertical Chess Board puts your game on the wall

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2008

Vertical Chess Board puts your game on the wallStraight Up Chess is an interesting new version of the standard chess board. The chess set comes framed in your choice of several different wood options and you hang it on your wall. The pieces are supported by shelves that move with the pieces. So, instead of sitting across from each other for hours on end, you can just “move a piece whenever you walk by”. It even includes a marker to remind you who made the last move. Pretty cool idea.

Boot and Glove Dryer

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2008

Boot and Glove DryerIf you’re spending much of your holidays in the snow or if you happen to fall in a lake, this boot and glove dryer might come in handy. The Pacific Outdoors Deluxe Boot and Glove Dryer supposedly dries your boots and gloves quietly, with efficient thermal convection that circulates warm air through your boots.

No word on how much power it sucks up, but nothing beats being able to wear some pre-heated and dry boots in the winter. The price is $44. As a bonus it looks like some strange booted and gloved creature with no head has just kicked the bucket right there on your floor.

Fujitsu-Siemens offers Lifebook4Life laptop replacement warranty

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

Fujitsu-Siemens offers Lifebook4Life laptop replacement warrantyFujistu-Siemens in the UK recently announced their Lifebooks4Life program, which entitles you to a new laptop of the same value (after they adjust 10 percent for inflation) every three years for the rest of your life. Of course, you’ll have to purchase a three year warranty with each new machine. That machine has to remain in warranty. That means, no mods, no cheap other name parts etc.

Even so, a new notebook every three years for the price of the warranty? Kind of life joining the notebook of the month club, except in this case it’s every three years. There’s got to be catch. Anyway, life is no fun unless you are free to mod, use cheap substandard parts, rip that tag off the mattress that tells you not to rip it and switch computer brands now and then.

T-Mobile G1 now available in wintry white

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

T-Mobile G1 now available in wintry whiteWe had word that it’s been showing up in mailboxes and in stores for a few days, but T-Mobile has just officially stated that the G1 is now available in white. So, now you have a snowy wintry choice along with the bronze and plain black. The price, hardware, and software remain the same. It’s just white. Vanilla if you will. Think a minty cool breeze white. A great gift for a…white wedding. And so on and so on. It’s T-Mobile’s new tightey whitey.