Archive for January, 2009

iMo is like a tiny Apple car

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

iMo is like a tiny Apple carYou have your iPhone, iMac and your iPod, but you’re really looking forward to the next iProduct. What we have here is a car that’s based on the popular brand. The iMo. This little pod of a car consists of very few parts, making it a simple and reliable mode of geek transport.

It’s powered by electricity and charges itself through a socket at the back or by using electric induction from the floor, when available. It even boasts an artificial intelligence system, soft wheel and soft seat technology, even Segway gyroscopic technology, which is why you only see two wheels. The parts are fully recyclable as well.

Gold-plated Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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

Gold-plated Mercedes-Benz C63 AMGIt’s nice to know that some people are having some fun living it up in this recession, while the rest of us count and sort our pennies. This is a gold-mirror-finish Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG from the Bling on Wheels Show, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. It’s just plain crazy like everything else in Dubai.

If you drive this thing during the day, everyone will know where you are thanks to the trail of innocent onlookers who were blinded by the light bouncing off it. No word on how much it cost the owner to completely bling this thing out.

Gateway ZX2300: An 18.5-inch all-in-one PC

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

Gateway ZX2300: An 18.5-inch all-in-one PCWe’ve been seeing all-in-one PCs more often lately. The latest is this 18.5-incher, the ZX2300 from Gateway, which should be available in Taiwan soon. The system is powered by an AMD Athlon 2650e CPU that runs on Windows XP Home, and supports 1GB RAM and a modest 160GB hard drive. LCD screen resolution is 1366 x 768.

The 18.5-inch display will give you a 16:9 aspect ratio. The ZX2300 also features Wi-Fi, webcam and a 16X LightScribe DVD burner. The PC will sell for about $530. No word on exactly when it will drop, but those in Taiwan will have a first crack at it.

Yes or No Watch decides for you

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

Yes or No Watch decides for youWe’ve seen plenty of overly complicated watches with tons of features and all kinds of bells and whistles. This watch on the other hand, like the GPS coin, keeps it real simple. Yes or no.

The idea is that it will help you make all of those hard decisions in life. As the precious seconds of your life tick by, the words “yes” and “no” are alternately displayed. When you need to make a decision, just look at your watch for the answer. Maybe you could flip your GPS coin and turn to this watch for two out of three.

Jolicloud: A new OS that your netbook will love

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

Jolicloud: A new OS that your netbook will loveCheck out that pic. This is an OS that could find it’s way onto your netbook very soon. Tariq Krim created this Jolicloud operating system, which is an OS designed specifically for netbooks. As we all know, netbooks are fitted with underpowered CPUs and not nearly enough RAM. That calls for a new kind of OS that will make things easier under those conditions.

Jolicloud is basically a modified version of Linux that will give you faster boot times compared to other Operating Systems, and as you might expect from the pic, it seems to be all about icon-based navigation. There isn’t a ton of info at the moment, but it looks promising.

Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Compulab Exeda

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Compulab ExedaRemember the Compulab Exeda? It sports a great design and can support multiple operating systems like Android and Windows Mobile, which is a rare treat. We like it more everytime we see it. It’s making news again because it has been seen running Windows Mobile 6.5. You can spot the upcoming OS because of the hexagonal buttons that are easier to use compared to Windows Mobile 6.1.

According to the company, this is an alpha build of the OS, and word is that it takes full advantage of 6.5′s inertial scrolling as well as other touch improvements. So, you get a phone that can run on either OS, that also has an Ethernet port, and both left/right click buttons. What’s not to like?

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a time

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2009

Quiksnap ice tray gives you one cube at a timeSometimes you come across an idea that’s so simple, you wonder why you never thought of it. Or why no one else has until now. This one is a great and simple idea. An ice cube tray that dispenses one ice cube at a time. It’s called the Quicksnap and we’re not the only ones who think it’s a good idea.

It’s a finalist in the Royal College of the Arts design contest, and will be available later this year for single cube action at all your parties. A simple push of the green button and the cube just pops out. So, if you absolutely need to water down those drinks, but want a single cube so as not to water it down too much, you have an easy way to do it.

Lego Digital Box shows 3D models

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2009

Lego Digital Box makes 3D modelsLego is awesome, but the sets can be mighty expensive. Some of them will cost you a few hundred bucks. Sometimes it might be nice to actually see what the completed model looks like before you drop a huge wad of dough on it. Augmented reality to the rescue. Metaio, a Germany company has come up with a system that lets you hold the box in front of the screen, then shows you what that model will look like completed. If only we had had this when we were kids.

It’s the only one in existence at the moment, but if Lego is smart, you and I will be seeing these Digital Boxes in stores worldwide. It would really help sales. Plus, after a while they could update it and show you what other things you could build with that same kit.

Bluetribe Bluetooth 2.1 headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

Bluetribe Bluetooth 2.1 headphonesBluetribe is a new pair of Bluetooth 2.1 headphones with a distinctly unique look from Sigma-Apo of Japan. It will sell with ear pads designed to fit most ears. Fans of Battlestar Galactica will like these right away, as the hexagon shape looks straight from the show. We’re not sure whether these will appeal to non BSG geeks or not, but they are different and retro.

The headphones can operate wirelessly with your iPod for up to 8 hours. They should be available at the end of this month for about 9,980 yen or $112. Looks like these may be a Japan-only deal though.

iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM records

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM recordsNow here’s a case for your iPod that is actually interesting and looks unique. These cases are made from old 45s, with a plexiglass window and a cork liner. You have to love this merging of the old format with the new. It just makes sense. And looks damn good.

I love how you can line up the record label in various ways and the center hole of the record is lined up with the iPod’s scroll wheel of course. These awesome cases were made by Contexture Design, but sadly they are completely sold out of the 45 cases right now. You can see why.

Endo Magnets hang up to 1-lb objects on your fridge

Posted in Magnets by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

Endo Magnets hang up to 1-lb objects on your fridgeIf you’ve ever experienced your share of weak magnets, you can appreciate a good strong magnet. Ever had a magnet on your fridge holding a sheet of paper that is so weak, that you walk by and both magnet and paper fall to the floor? Or a magnet that won’t even fix two or three pieces of paper to the fridge? It’s those little annoyances that we could all do without.

These Endo magnet clips will do the job. Hell, if you want to put a heavy shoe on your fridge, you can. And it will stay. In fact, they can bear a load of 1 LB. Holds 20 sheets of paper. You could even hang up some of your gadgets and keep them organized. Just clip them in place. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to be hanging shoes on your fridge, but it’s nice to know you can.

Dell ships new 22-inch widescreen display

Posted in Displays by Nino Marchetti on January 23rd, 2009

Dell 2209WA

Dell has quietly taken the wraps off a new 22-inch display said to have very solid color representation for its display size. It is called the 2209WA and prices around $300.

The Dell 2209WA is a 22-inch widescreen flat panel monitor, said Dell, which makes use of something called TrueColor to garner “deeper, more vibrant reds, greens and blues.” It offers 1680 x 1050 resolution, 300 cd/m² brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time and a vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees.

USB bookmark nerd glasses

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

USB nerd glassesLooks like the good old nerd glasses are back. They never left really. Worn by the likes of Buddy Holly in years past and every other hipster in the present, nerd glasses are all the rage. Among nerds. Here they are in a new form. Beginning in March, this 2-mm thin 2GB USB bookmark can be purchased for $29.

Bullies might have to change their taunt of “Four eyes” to “Four eyes, two gigs”. These will likely fly off the virtual shelves as everyone loves nerdy stuff. But, a bookmark? Really? What the hell. You saw what dork specs did for Superman. They fooled everybody into thinking he and Clark Kent were different people. Of course there’s always the chance that people in Metropolis were just plain stupid too.

Parrot showcases deluxe iPod/iPhone wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 23rd, 2009

Zikmu

Parrot recently teamed with designer Philippe Starck to unveil some stylish and rather pricey wireless iPod speakers. These speakers are known as Zikmu and they will price around $1,500 when they become available this spring.

The Zikmu set of wireless speakers make use of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. Bluetooth is used for both wireless audio transfer between speakers as well as audio streaming from compatible devices using A2DP stereo wireless technology. Wi-Fi allows one to wirelessly stream audio from a user’s PC or Mac.

Lowrance intros three GPS units

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

Lowrance intros three GPS unitsMost of us will probably never need a GPS system outside of our car, but those who are more adventurous will find Lowrance’s new GPS units useful. The trio goes by the names of Outback, Safari, and Sierra.

Each features a 2.7-inch LCD and a microSD card slot, plus all of the usual outdoor-friendly GPS specs. Even a barometric altimeter and a 3D electronic compass on the more expensive models. The Sierra includes street maps using maps from NAVTEQ. They’ll be available in May for between $230 and $550.