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CasaTools whips out touchscreen multi-room music server

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2009

CasaTools XL Music ServerHaving music in each room of your house is a great feature for music fans and fans of home automation. Many of the music servers that offer multi-room audio allow you to listen to different tracks and sources in each room.

CasaTools has announced its latest multi-room music server called the CasaTunes XL music Server. The system allows you to play music from multiple sources like your PC, iTunes, iPhone, AM/FM tuner and more. Each room can listen to their own songs and different sources.

Panasonic launches the TS1 rugged camera with AVCHD HD video capability

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2009

Panasonic Lumix TS1Panasonic unleashed a slew of new digital camera announcements yesterday. We covered one of them already, the FX580. Along with that camera also came several others, one of which gets an obligatory world’s first claim.

Panasonic claims the TS1 is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera that features AVCHD Lite HD video recording capability. The camera is built to withstand drops from five feet, dust and it is water resistant to 10 feet. That means you can shoot video and still shots underwater.

Measurement Gloves keep measurements at your fingertips

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Measurement Gloves keep measurements at your fingertipsSome things in life are tough. Like math. Measurements. These handy gloves will save you a ton of calculating, ensuring that you always have the proper figures “on hand”. They feature all sorts of measurements and angles allowing you to make measurements on the go.

They’re for the Bob Villa types who have the will, but lack the brain-power. Remember, measure twice, cut once. That’s the rule that comes in most handy. Sadly the purpose of these gloves are lost when you lose a finger or two in the band saw.

CameraBag: Instant iPhone photo processing

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

CameraBag: Instant iPhone photo processingNevercenter, (the company that is always on the left or right apparently) has a solution for all of you whose iPhone/iPod Touch photography skills are a bit crap. Just mask the picture with some filters and you’ll look like you know what you’re doing. Some may even think that you are an actual photographer.

Just pull up the picture in the CameraBag App, put in the effects and save. You’re done. There are seven filters that do different things. For instance, “Cinema” creates film-like widescreen stills, while “Mono” smoothly grades the photo from black to white. You can manipulate things further using the options menu.

Sanyo projector has two lamps for 24/7 operation

Posted in Projectors by Nino Marchetti on January 27th, 2009

Sanyo PLC-XTC50L

Sanyo rolled out today a new 3LCD projector for the educational and business markets which makes use of a dual lamp system which allows for 24/7 continuous operation. It is called the PLC-XTC50L and it will be available this month for around $7,500.

The Sanyo PLC-XTC50L features what is called the industry’s first lamp selection system. This function automatically selects one of two lamps to project from, and switches lamps based on user preference or preprogrammed settings. This system, and the dual lamps, offers up around 6,000 hours of projection, which is said to be twice as long as regular one lamp models.

Camera Lens Calendar keeps the date in focus

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Camera Lens Calendar keeps the date in focusHere’s a great conversation piece that any photographer should appreciate. Even non-photographers will want to keep track of the date with this Camera Lens Calendar. It beats those boring paper calendars. Just adjust the focus rings until the current day and date are aligned.

It’s from the mind of designer Sharad Haksar and believe it or not it’s already headed to stores, but there’s no info on price. I’m sure it will be a hit. Then he can make one that’s powered and snaps pics for visual reminders that you need on a calendar. It could display such pics on the camera side of the lens.

Prism 200 system lets you see through walls

Posted in Radar by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Prism 200 system lets you see through wallsThis cool new ultra wide band radar system was developed by UK based company Cambridge Consultants. Working like a pair of X-ray specs, it will let you see through walls. Sadly, only moving objects can be seen, but it can detect breathing movement and even a beating heart.

Happily, that should include bouncing breasts, you know, should someone be working out on the other side of the wall. I’d hate to miss them just because this system only sees moving objects. The software in Prism 200 allows the user to remotely observe the scene in a 3D view and you can do the usual rotate the room/building to whatever angle you like.

Panasonic DMC-FX580 is 12.1-megapixels of fun

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on January 27th, 2009

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX580

Panasonic launched today a number of new LUMIX digital cameras. One of these is the 12.1-megapixel DMC-FX580, priced around $400 and available in April.

The DMC-FX580 follows in the footsteps of the DMC-FX500, said Panasonic. Key features of this camera include a 25mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC lens with F2.8 brightness, a 5x optical zoom and a three-inch LCD which is touch sensitive for handling much of the control functions.

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhoneThe Lorex LNE 3003 Remote Surveillance Camera is Lorex’s most affordable connected camera at only $300. Obviously it’s WiFi enabled (802.11 b/g), and the LNE 3003 can stream VGA video in real time to your iPhone as well as other internet enabled mobile devices.

But is it worth it? Gearlog was kind enough to offer up a review, where they found the mobile phone interface difficult to use and hard to configure, due to the fact that the company does not provide a user friendly iPhone specific application. Other then that they seemed to like it on the desktop where it ran exceptionally well.

Power your notebook with some foot power

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

The idea behind this human powered laptop recharger is that you could get juice in the outdoors or in areas where you have no AC plugs. It’s called the YoGen MaxT and it can produce 50-60 watts, which is enough to power a notebook.

Those who are on the wimpy side are covered as the device has internal AA batteries that keep the power flowing while you rest your leg. It’s great for say, camping and hiking, when you take your notebook with you. The whole thing folds up for portability, making it convenient.

MobiBLU UFO audio player

Posted in Digital Audio by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

MobiBLU UFO audio playerIt doesn’t fly. Does not participate in cattle mutilation. There is no little grey man driving. This UFO dubbed the MobiBLU UFO, is a stylish looking audio player.

It does double duty as an MP3 player and a Bluetooth speaker/headset. Some specs include: Capacity at 2, 4, and 8GB, MP3, WMA, and Ogg, Built-in Speakers (2W), Bluetooth Support, Battery Life of 15 hours with headphones, and 5 hours with speakers. The design is different, that’s for sure.

Ruslan Kogan working on another Android device

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Ruslan Kogan working on another Android deviceWe weren’t sure what would happen to Ruslan Kogan’s dream of building his own Android phone after Google apparently told him the Agora’s design wasn’t up to it. We were a little bummed, to be honest. Well, there’s a new model in the pipeline, and according to Kogan, his company is in the process of redesigning and launching an improved Kogan Agora.

This new phone will overcome the app compatibility issues that kept the original model from launching. Who knows how long it will take, but judging by how quickly he was able to get the first one out, it may just be a few months.

Sonic the Hedgehog on the XBox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog on the XBox 360Case mods don’t always have to involve LEDS and intense design work. Sometimes it’s cool just to keep it simple and paint a pretty picture on it. Here, someone took Sonic the Hedgehog and painted him right onto this XBox 360.

This is the kind of limited edition that Microsoft needs to be putting out there. This kind of paint job just gives your console a life of it’s own. I can almost see this Xbox sliding down rails and collecting rings when the owner isn’t home. That explains why the console is so hot when no one is playing it.

Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Sub Woofer

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Sub WooferWires stink when it comes to having a bunch of audio equipment. That’s why Polk Audio is offering the PSWi225 Subwofer that uses 2.4Ghz wireless transmission to deliver a 40-180 Hz response from anywhere in the room.

Measuring 12 inch x 13 inch x 12 inch, the PSWi225 can be positioned wherever the bass response is most effective. The enclosure features a rugged Long-throw Dynamic Balance® co-polymer driver with Butyl Rubber surround for maximum performance and reliability. The Polk PSWi2255 will be released in March 2009 for $399.

Amazon Kindle 2 on the way?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Amazon Kindle 2 on the way?Amazon just announced a press conference at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum for Monday, February 9th. Hmmm. What could they possibly be rolling out at a library? A replacement for the Kindle? One that puts books between two hard coverings, on paper? Oh wait, that’s the old way.

Apparently the newest Kindle will be less angular than it’s predecessor, thinner and just a tad longer. One possibility that is being talked about is a larger-screen version for students. The new version should do away with some of the bugs that the first possessed, like accidental page turns for instance.