Archive for January, 2009

Verizon rolls out femtocell cellular signal extender

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on January 26th, 2009

Verizon Wireless Network Extender

Verizon Wireless today introduced a femtocell base station designed by Samsung which is for routing Verizon Wireless calls through a customer’s home broadband Internet connection. It is called the Verizon Wireless Network Extender and it retails for around $250.

The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is about the size of a wireless router box or small attache case, said Verizon. It uses femtocell technology to enhance wireless coverage inside homes where location, geography or structural conditions interfere with reception. It provides this enhanced coverage in an area up to 5,000 square feet.

New gaming laptop from MSI surfaces

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on January 26th, 2009

MSI GT627

MSI introduced today a new gaming laptop which is its first to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit. It is known as the MSI GT627.

The MSI GT627 makes use of the NVIDIA GPU to deliver what MSI says is well accelerated game physics and video conversion. This laptop runs at its heart, besides the GPU, an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor which can be overclocked. Screen size is 15.4-inches, while the hard drive is 320 GB.

Wii Pom Poms for cheerleading games

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Wii Pom Poms for cheerleading gamesI find the whole Wii peripheral phenomenon fascinating. It’s fun to see what they will come up with next. However, this might be taking things a tad too far. Wii Pom Poms. Of course, it’s for those cheerleading games for the Wii.

You know, Wee Cheer and All Star Cheer squad. Your daughter is probably not playing it as she’s too busy doing the real thing. Wii controllers just look wrong with pom poms attached. The Wii Pom Poms are from Hip Street and will attach to your Wii remote and Nunchuck. This may just be the worst Wii accessory ever.

Robot Money Box looks tough, stores money

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Robot Money Box looks tough, stores moneyIt makes sense to switch from the classic piggy bank to a robot, where guarding your money is concerned. Piggy banks can fall easily to any hammer and spill out their nickel and penny stuffed guts. A robot on the other hand won’t give up the dough so easy, but one downside is that it’s smart enough that it may even spend your dough on stuff it wants.

This cute looking but money-hungry robot money box can even talk to you, tell you the time and let you know how much money he is guarding inside his body. One cool feature is that you can set a target amount you want to save and he will tell you how close you are to your goal as if taunting you.

MacBook Mini concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

MacBook Mini conceptRumors of an Apple Netbook aside, we still don’t have one and likely will not for a good while. So designer Isamu Sanada decided to take it upon himself to try his hand at designing one. Obviously it has Apple good looks and portability. But it’s not quite there yet.

When folded, the MacBook Mini would measure 5.4-inches thick. Wow. That’s too thick. But the design is interesting. When fully expanded, the laptop will give you a keyboard, trackpad, 10-inch LED display, and 128GB SSD. Looks like there’s no optical drive either. And I would hope that the trackpad, cool as the design is, would fold under as well as over, because as it is, it’s going to get in the way.

Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personal

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Shark Fin ice cube mold: This time it’s personalScrew a bigger boat, I think we’re gonna need a bigger cup. This is one of the more clever ice cube molds that we’ve seen since Gin and Titonic. You can feel the tension. Hear the famous shark music as you sip, always wondering if your next sip will be the one that upsets the shark in your glass.

At first glance they look like they would topple over when you put them in your drink, but if you look at the pic, you’ll see that under the fin is a sturdy base of ice that will keep everything fin-up. This may be the coolest ice cube tray thing yet.

Tiny vintage Arcade & Pinball machines

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Tiny vintage Arcade & Pinball machinesCheck out these awesome retro arcade and pinball machines. They’re made for your O scale railroad setup, because let’s be honest, most of your setup is outdated and could use a little gaming flare. The rest of us can use them to decorate our desks.

J & C Studios makes them and each 1.75″ tall game cabinet is a snap to put together. Really, they snap together from laser-cut black styrene, and even feature a place to put an LED bulb behind the screen so it can light up. They also offer decal kits for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, Zaxxon, Phoenix and Defender.

AT&T offers details on its first 3G femtocell

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2009

AT&T 3G MicroCellWe heard a lot about femtocells last year. A femtocell is a device that allows your cellular phone to connect to the Internet for calls to provide better coverage indoors. So far there have been a few of these femtocells launched.

AT&T has offered details on its first 3G femtocell it is calling the AT&T 3G MicroCell. The MicroCell requires a broadband Internet connection and will support up to 10 3G cell phones in a home or small office. Up to four simultaneous voice or data users are supported at once.

Walmart offers deals on HDTVs for Super Bowl

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2009

Samsung 32-inch HDTVLast weekend may have been rough on football fans that have spent the last few months feasting on the glut of weekend football games. The last big game for the season will be played next weekend and it’s the big game — the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is a big deal to many sports fans and means that each year many football fans go all out on parties to watch the big game. Usually these parties center on lots of food and a big screen TV to watch the action.

Last.fm offers Android platform compatibility

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2009

Last.fm Android ApplicationUsers of the T-Mobile G1 that have been hoping for some streaming radio action on their open source Google-powered device can rest easier now. Last.fm has announced that it is now offering its on-the-go music application on the Android platform.

The Last.fm application is available now on the Android Market. Features of the application include up-to-date concert information, streaming radio stations, personalized streaming radio, the ability to find similar artists and genre-specific radio streaming.

Sony PSPs in carnival colors for Japan

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2009

Sony PSP Carnival ColorsI have a couple PSPs lying around my house and both of them are boring, shiny black devices. Sure, you can get silver PSP here in the states, but that’s not really any better than black. What I really want is a PSP with a bright color like Nintendo offers with its DS portable.

Sony is offering portable gamers in Japan the option of four new and very bright colors for their gaming enjoyment. The bright shades are called Carnival colors and the machines can be had in blue, red, green, and yellow.

Fast Finger Keyboard keeps letters in order

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Fast Finger Keyboard keeps letters in orderMost of us are happy with a nice QWERTY keyboard. Why not have a keyboard that has the ABC’s one letter after each other the way nature intended? The Fast Finger Keyboard is exactly that keyboard. There are three ways to use it. If you are just learning typing, the keys are layed out on the keyboard in alphabetical order. Just press the ‘ABC’ button and the keys will type in that order.

But if you are ready to take it to the next level, you can use it as a normal QWERTY keyboard. The letters are layed out on the keyboard under the ABC keys in red. The other thing this keyboard does is when the ‘F’ key is pushed, IM abbreviations are available with the function keys. “CYA”, “LOL”, and “BTW” etc.

TapeLink converts cassette tapes to MP3

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

TapeLink converts cassette tapes to MP3Let’s say you still have a huge library of cassette tapes for some reason. Maybe you just hate to part with them. Maybe you’re cheap and treat yard sales like your own private iTunes. Whatever. Here’s a quick way to digitize those old tapes into MP3 formats.

It’s the TapeLink from Alesis. The recorder will do more then just make a copy. It will virtually remove all hissing or other abnormalities in sound quality and convert them to MP3’s. Just plug it into the USB cable on your Mac or PC and you’re good to go. The bundled EZ Tape Converter makes transfer easy and convenient. The files can then be retrieved via USB on your computer to store on any device you want.

Trebuchet Toaster launches bread across the room

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Trebuchet Toaster flings your bread across the roomThis toaster is part of Ivo Vos’s ‘Brunch’ collection. It’s a toast catapult or trebuchet. One cool feature is that it lets you calibrate the force and angle of your toast’s trajectory. Presumably so that you can have a plate all set up in the right place. It’s one of many prototypes for kitchen equipment from the Dutch designer.

It’s all about precision. In fact, the project is intended to be a statement on perfection, precision, and order. But the important thing is this: This toaster launches your damn toast. And that’s awesome. I’m guessing we won’t see it come to market for awhile, which is a shame. Toasters were meant to function in such ways.

LED Undies are scary, light up

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

LED Undies are scary, light upLED-embedded undergarments are bizarre. Maybe even creepy. I mean, look at the pic. It looks like you have an evil other-worldly creature living in your nether regions. Do you really want that thing staring at you? But hey, maybe you like that sort of thing in the bedroom. Who am I to judge?

I guess LED undies are only limited by your perverse imagination. At Enlighted, you can get LED g-strings, panties, even hot pants. If it’s not freakish enough for you, they will make a custom piece for you, with lights and patterns of your choice. Perfect for acting out Sci-Fi fantasies. Just don’t ever talk about it outside of the bedroom. Please.