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Riiflex Weights for Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Riiflex Weights for Wii FitYou knew it had to happen. They actually intend to make us do serious exercise with this Wii-Fit thing. A patent-pending peripheral called “riiflex” will turn your Wiimotes into dumbells thanks to some 2lb and 5lb cases. The design is pretty interesting. These even feature a trigger port for access to all the Wiimote’s buttons.

They are available for preorder deposit. While the price is still undecided, they estimate that these weights will cost you around $30 per unit. I’m sure they are already planning a way to include the nunchuk. One question. Do serious weight-lifting meatheads even use the Wii?

Car Bluetooth speaker fits inside your steering wheel

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Car Bluetooth speaker fits inside your steering wheelIf your car isn’t new enough to have Bluetooth integration, this Steering Wheel Bluetooth Adapter may be the perfect solution. It fits around the inner part of a steering wheel with some options for size adjustment. For $63 the adapter sports a microphone and speakers for speakerphone, an LCD display for incoming callers, SD port for MP3s, USB and FM-out so you can play everything back through your car’s stereo.

There is a catch however, the adapter’s power source is your car’s cigarette lighter. You would be connecting your steering wheel to the lighter. Which could be a safety hazard. Unless it’s rechargeable. In that case don’t charge it while driving.

Sanyo debuts new Xacti digital camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Nino Marchetti on January 21st, 2009

Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti

Sanyo has a new line up of mixed form factor (horizontal, vertical) Dual Camera Xacti digital cameras it unveiled today. These models, including full HD 60fps units, waterproof HD models and compact HD cameras, will be available starting in March.

These new Sanyo cameras will range in price between around $200 and $600. These units will let consumers record both video and digital images to SD/SDHC cards and are said by Sanyo to be thumb operable for important functions. Separate video and photo buttons offer switch between digital recording modes.

Barbie Digital Nail Printer prints on your fingernails

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Barbie Digital Nail Printer prints on your fingernailsSorry guys. This one’s for the girls. The Barbie Digital Nail Printer is part of Mattel’s new line of products called “beautronics”. This Nail Printer is designed to print images directly onto your fingernails using thermal inkjet technology and specially-formulated cosmetic grade ink.

Just insert your finger into the machine and a digital camera inside transmits an image of your fingernail to the computer. With the included Barbie software you can select from 1000’s of image designs and see a preview of the image you choose superimposed on your nail so you see exactly what it would look like on your nail.

Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesome

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Half-Life 2 PC case mod looks pretty awesomeThis Half-Life 2 case mod is a real looker. It was created by “Geno” and was part of the “Beat This” case mod contest. What’s amazing about it, aside from it’s good looks, is that it was constructed in under two weeks… From scratch.

The custom PC is fitted with a water cooling system and three fans to keep the air circulation going and keep everything cool. It’s one of the coolest mods we’ve seen lately. His wife even got in on the action and helped with some of the modding. Which is probably a good thing, because during those two weeks that it took to build, he was also busy getting married and having a honeymoon.

Dz-Flex multi-screen monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Dz-Flex multi-screen monitorIf you have a multi-screen setup, chances are pretty good that you’re a computer geek. Somebody who spends more time in front of their computer then in real life.(Whatever that is) But do you have three screens? It may be time to take it to the next level with something like this Dx-Flex multi-screen monitor.

The Dx-Flex puts three screens together in one unit, allowing you to adjust them however you want. Tilt the outer screens inward if you’re looking for some side perspectives while playing a game. Or you can have the screens aligned straight across if you’re working on something gigantic.

SoundClip boosts your iPhone’s audio

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

SoundClip boosts your iPhone’s audioHere is a simple solution to a minor problem. On the iPhone 3G, we’re always covering up that single tiny speaker with our huge hands. That’s where SoundClip comes in, a $7.95 attachment that will give you a slight sound boost.

It’s not exactly an amplifier, but TenOneDesign says that it passively enhances the sound by a noticeable 10 decibels. It attaches to the iPhone’s dock connector and should serve as a good reminder to keep your meaty fingers away from it. It clips onto the USB cable you use to charge your device, so it won’t get lost.

Sprint intros 598U Mobile Broadband USB modem

Posted in Sprint by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Sprint intros 598U Mobile Broadband USB modemSprint just rolled out the Sierra Wireless Mobile Broadband USB Modem 598U complete with Sprint logo, offering users a compact and reliable mobile solution to connect to the Internet from anywhere. This is a EV-DO Rev. A-compatible device that boasts average download speeds of between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps, while upload speeds average 350 to 500 kbps.

The 598U is also compatible with EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology just in case you’re in an area where EV-DO Rev. A is unavailable. Some other features include an integrated GPS receiver and a microSDHC memory card slot (up to 32GB) for expansion. How much does it cost?

CrunchPad from TechCrunch prototype unveiled

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2009

CrunchPad PrototypeThose of us who work in the technology industry are used to writing stories about new products, testing new products and seeing early prototypes of gadgets before they debut. What isn’t common is for these prototype products to actually come from the same publications that write about them.

Michael Arrington from TechCrunch has been hard at work trying to bring a device called the CrunchPad to market. The CrunchPad is a tablet computer that runs on a Via Nano netbook CPU and has 1GB of RAM.

Circuit CityAdvantage service plans will be honored

Posted in circuit city by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2009

Circuit City LogoCircuit City has given up after a long time of posting losses and being unable to compete in the retail electronics market with competitors like Best Buy. The company has been slowly going under for a while now and things accelerated last year when the firm announced store closings around the country.

This week Circuit City announced that rather than selective store closings, it was closing all of its stores nationwide. That announcement means that there are some good deals on closeout products to be had and probably left many consumers who had bought gear at Circuit City and paid for extended warranties wondering about their purchases.

Patent issued for PC and PDA bastardization

Posted in patents by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2009

O2Micro LogoYou know just the other day I was using my notebook and thought to myself what I really wanted was for my notebook to work more like my PDA from 2002. Well, OK so maybe I wasn’t thinking that, PDA’s died out years ago.

That didn’t stop O2Micro from getting a patent for a new PC architecture that allows a PC to be integrated with a PDA architecture. O2Micro says the system would place a secondary screen on a notebook that could be used to access data PDA style.

Satellite captures images of inauguration from space

Posted in GeoEye by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2009

GeoEye-1 Satellite ImageIt is always very impressive to me when I see images taken by satellites from space of things happening on Earth. The biggest thing to happen here in the U.S. in a long time was yesterday’s inauguration of President Obama into office.

The GeoEye-1 Earth imaging satellite took the opportunity to shoot an image of the events as it passed over Washington D.C. 423 miles above the city in space. When it shot the image, the satellite was hurtling along at four miles per second.

KDDI 007 mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

KDDI 007 mobile phoneHardcore fans of James Bond have another piece of gear to add to their growing collection. Sure, you have the laptop, you also have the James Bond villain watches, but you don’t have this phone.

KDDI will release the limiited edition W63S cell phone with a special 007 Quantum of Solace design from AU. The handset is priced at €110 with a contract and features an internal 2.7 inch organic EL WQVGA display with an external 1.1 inch organic EL display, 100MB internal memory, 1Seg support, EZ FeliCa, and has a 3MP shooter.

Creative Tournament gaming headset HS-1100

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Creative Tournament gaming headset HS-1100Creative’s latest headset is designed for gaming competitions. The Creative Tournament Gaming Headset HS-1100 is the first USB headset to be powered by Sound Blaster X-Fi with Silencer technology. Creative’s Silencer is a breakthrough in voice technology that allows the user’s voice to be clearly heard by other gamers, because Silencer eliminates ambient background noise to provide improved voice quality. So feel free to crank up your tunes in the background, because Silencer will block out the noise. Also, no one on the other end will hear your mother yelling at your 30-something ass and telling you to get a job.

It features built-in dual microphones and advanced time-based algorithms. The Creative Tournament Gaming Headset HS-1100 will be available in Singapore from April 2009 at the suggested retail price of about $160 US.

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speaker

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speakerWireless speakers are great. They eliminate wires, which is always a plus. Who wants to look at wires? So what you’re left with are just the speakers. Well, thanks to this concept, the speakers will no longer be seen either. Why not build speakers right into your light bulbs? Two devices, become one.

The SoundBulb is a wireless speaker inside a functioning LED light bulb. No speakers, no wires. Just sound and light. It cuts it down to basics. Bluetooth gives them the ability to stream audio from most computers or cellphones. You could control the volume by twisting the bulb’s outer ring, while the on/off switch for the wireless receiver is on the side. The speakers get power directly from the socket.