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Massage your feet while you play Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Massage your feet while you play Wii FitWii-Fit can be a lot of hard work I suppose. It’s all about exercise after all. Your feet probably could do with a massage during that workout. These silicone covers were specially designed to cover the Wii Fit Balance Board, and it also doubles as an anti-slip mat(Clever BS) for those of you who sweat so profusely that you often slip on your own stinky excretions.

Amazon is carrying this thing for $9.99. All I can think about is how this thing deserves it’s own late-night info-mercial right next to the Sham-wow. I’m calling BS on all it’s claims and I dare you to spend $9.99 and prove me wrong. This is just a $10 piece of silicone.

The I-Turtle grooves to your tunes

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

The I-Turtle grooves to your tunesThe I-Turtle is here to chew bubble gum and dance to your tunes. And he’s all out of bubble gum. It works pretty much in the same way as its predecessor, the I-Dog. It acts as an external speaker for your digital audio player.

Sure, it will respond to your tunes by moving it’s body and bobbing its head, but the I-Turtle is deeper then that. It’s also capable of expressing a wide range of “emotions” through the blinking of lights on it’s shell. That’s all well and good, but what I really want is a turtle that will mimic the turtle from the Comcast commercials. Something I can take to the movie theater, so it can shush loud people with sayings like, “We got a real talker over here. A real talker”. That’s just me.

GPS Coin makes Harvey Dent’s day

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

GPS Coin makes Harvey Dent’s daySome people like having some spare change jingling around in their pockets. Some people hate coins. But a coin like this could bring out the Harvey Dent in all of us. It combines GPS with chance. It’s called the Inbi-Out and it’s a concept coin that can be flipped to add some spontaneity to your life.

Just like Two-face, flip the coin to decide your fate and where you should go next. Oh, looks like it’s Chinese food again. It gives you a 50/50 chance of where you should eat, drink, hang out, etc. It displays the final decision on a tiny embedded screen with GPS coordinates and directions.

Super Mario Land etched on an Eee PC

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

Super Mario Land etched on an Eee PCForget tattooing yourself up with robots. Tattoo your laptop instead. The guy who did this is obviously a big fan of Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. We have to give him some props here. The fact that he actually went to the trouble of laser-etching every level of the game in sequence across his Eee PC is sheer brilliance. It leaves us drooling and wanting to etch something, anything, real bad.

According to Chris, it’s creator, “Last night I laser-etched the top of my Eee PC with the complete level maps of Super Mario Land (on the Game Boy). Everything from the familiar layouts of 1-1 to the climactic battle with Tatanga in the clouds at the end of 4-3 is represented in the etching. This was made possible with the laser cutter at NYC Resistor in Brooklyn, where you can go to get your laptop etched too! I set the laser in raster mode at 70% speed and 40% power to achieve this look.”

DIY Grenade MP3 player is the bomb

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

DIY Grenade MP3 player is the bombObviously you shouldn’t try this at home. It’s not a real smart idea to start modding live grenades. This one was an inert hand grenade, therefore the creator still walks among us. Ingredients? 1 inert grenade, a 1GB Sansa MP3 player and a hacksaw. That’s all you need.

If this sort of lethal DIY project interests you, you can try your hand at making one. Just don’t lose your hand…er…arm. Torso. It looks like a fairly simple build and a basic description can be found in the link below if you want to have a look. This is one of those Field of Dreams deals. You know, “If you build it, they will come”. They, being the FBI, local police, Homeland Security etc.

Antec unveils new computer gaming case

Posted in Computer Cases by Nino Marchetti on January 20th, 2009

Antec Nine Hundred Two

Antec unveiled yesterday its latest high-performance gaming case for PC gamers. It is called the Nine Hundred Two and it prices around $165.

The Antec Nine Hundred Two is designed to better offer cooling for overclocked computer parts. These cooling options include a perforated front bezel for better air intake, a top-mounted 200mm Big Boy 200 exhaust fan with blue LED illumination, three 120mm fans and a fan mount on the window side panel for graphics card cooling.

Robot Ink: 20 awesome robot tattoos

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

Robot Ink: 20 awesome robot tattoosOver at Botropolis we have a compilation of awesome robot tattoos. If you’re gonna get some ink, consider getting something in the likeness of our future lords and masters. You never know, those who carry the mark of the bot may be spared on that future day of reckoning when the rest of us are all just charred corpses.

Tokyoflash Kisai Keisan LED watch is a beauty

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

Tokyoflash Kisai Keisan LED watch is a beautyThe creative folks over at Tokyoflash just revealed their latest digital watch and it’s pretty sexy if we do say so ourselves. The new Kisai Keisan watch uses a unique convex lens that magnifies the lighting effect from the LEDs behind the numbers in the watch face.

If you’re familiar with Tokyoflash watches, and I know you are, since you read the ‘Brick, you’ll know that reading the time will take some getting used to. To tell the time on this watch, just add the digits in each of the four vertical lines of numbers. The Keisan features an aluminum body and comes in silver (with orange or yellow leds), or black (with red or green LEDs).

Blazepro’s Wireless PS3 keypad: Cheaper than Sony’s

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Blazepro’s Wireless PS3 keypad: Cheaper than Sony’sSure, it may be squaresville compared to Sony’s very own Wireless keypad for the PS3, thanks to it’s boxy design, but it’s also 80% cheaper. It’s just $11 compared to the $50 you would have to shell out for Sony’s own Bluetooth Wireless Keypad.

There’s no mention of included rechargeables and Blazepro’s keypad communicates with the PS3 via a 2.4GHz USB dongle instead of using the PS3′s built-in Bluetooth. What do you expect from something called a “Wirless Keypad” on their site. It includes a “Leap-frequency communication solution” and is “strongly anti-jamming.” Oh man, I gotta have that.

“Shining” phone looks like the Agora

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

“Shining” phone looks like the AgoraWe don’t know what to make of this, but here’s the deal. A “Shining” phone (No, no pictures of Jack Nicholson on it saying HERE’S JOHNNY.) that looks almost exactly like the original version of the Kogan Agora Android phone just showed up on Alibaba with a three-day delivery time and a 100-unit wholesale price of $240.

Of course, the Agora was just delayed indefinitely or aborted depending on your point of view, so this could be nothing. It could just be contracting design and development out to Chinese manufacturers. Those are renders on the site, not actual pictures. Asian copies or no, it’s still a damn cool phone.

Albatron 22-inch multi-touch LCD coming in March

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

Albatron 22-inch multi-touch LCD coming in MarchAlbatron doesn’t waste any time. After Microsoft announced Windows 7 would natively support multi-touch displays, Albatron was one of the first to quickly create a prototype panel to take advantage of that functionality. Here we are, seven months later and the company is ready to let you buy one.

Of course, they are also using this opportunity to talk up their optical touch tech. It features sensors embedded in the bezel instead of the surface. Apparently this results in a brighter image with greater durability. Albatron is planning to release its 21.5-inch LCD in March. Details are scarce but we can tell you that the display will support 120Hz, with DVI and VGA inputs, and that it relays touch information to the PC via USB.

Executives in LCD Price Fixing Case Get Jail Time

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on January 20th, 2009

LG LCD TVWhen the global economy is down many Americans have less cash to spend and that means that luxury goods like TVs and notebooks don’t sell well. Still, some Americans buy these goods despite the poor economy and often that requires some time saving up cash.

Nothing will anger a consumer more than finding out after they part with their hard-earned cash that they were ripped off. Such was the case in 2008 when executives at some of the biggest LCD panel firms in the world pled guilty to price fixing in the LCD market.

Dell Offers Big SSDs for Small Price

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on January 20th, 2009

Dell XPS M1330I have a Dell XPS M1330 and when I ordered my laptop you could get a small 64GB SSD for around $1000 if memory serves. Like all things tech, as time goes by prices get cheaper and that holds true for the new SSD options Dell has on two of its notebooks.

Shoppers interested in the Dell XPS M1330 or XPS M1730 can add the new Samsung 256GB SSD to the notebooks at a bargain price (for a SSD anyway). The drive in question is the new MLC Samsung 256GB SSD.

Acer Unveils New SFF PC and 23-inch Display

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on January 20th, 2009

Generic Acer LCD (How About Some Freakin’ Pics Acer?)
So here we are, another day a couple more Acer product announcements sans photos. Thanks Acer for forcing me to use another generic photo for the story. Anyway, the products may be of interest to some of you out there who are shopping for a new LCD or a small form factor PC.

Acer has announced its 23-inch touch control LCD that boasts full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The display is called the Acer H233H bmid and sports a 75Mhz refresh rate, 5ms response time and a contrast ratio of 40000:1. Inputs include HDMI, DVI, and VGA with a MSRP of $229.99.

Logitech Announces Latest Quarterly Financials

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on January 20th, 2009

LogitechI have been using Logitech products for years now and I am particularly fond of the gaming peripherals and keyboards that the firm makes. I type everyday on a Logitech Illuminated keyboard and game with several Logitech products.

The firm announced its financials for Q3 fiscal 2009 and as you expect in the poor global economic climate, the numbers aren’t good. Logitech has posted sales for the quarter of $627 million, down 16% from the $744 in sales in fiscal 2008.