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Video of Philips’ Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

We first told you about Philips’ Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV last month. Well, they got all official with a site launch and a nifty new video. It does away with the usual 16:9 format for a 21:9 one instead, letting you watch movies the way they were meant to be seen.

The TV is 56 inches diagonal and features Ambilight technology around the borders for a more immersive experience. It’s a bit strange at first, but movies will look really awesome on it.

Weather Mate: Portable emergency weather info

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Weather Mate: Portable emergency weather infoThis one is a great device for the adventurer, whether you are on the high seas, trekking through swampland, or in the jungle. Bear Grylls will definitely want to get one of these. It’s called the Weather Mate and comes from designer Samuel Jones. It’s an emergency weather radio that will automatically notify you of a flood, high winds, storms, tornadoes and other weather conditions that can potentially harm you.

The device is easy-to-navigate and though it looks alien, features a 6-LED flashlight, a full spectrum of NOAA weather frequencies, LCD Screen, circuit board, radio receiver and a speaker. It can be powered by a battery or it can run off of the dynamo by winding the rear crank handle.

Acer Ferrari 1200 laptop

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Acer Ferrari 1200 laptopLooks like Acer’s Ferrari Laptop just got an upgrade. The brand new Ferrari 1200 features the newer AMD ultra processor Turion X2. Acer decided to keep the carbon fiber and it still has the backlit LED display like the previous Ferrari 1000. You’ll get 4GB of DDR2 memory too. While Acer isn’t saying much about the specs of the 1200, we know it has a webcam and bluetooth based VoIP for internet telephony.

No word on price yet, but it’s available in the UK. Then in the US and rest of the world at some point. Hey, if you are lucky enough to drive the car, why not? Or maybe this is as close as you will get to a Ferrari. Either way, it’s all good.

Start your day right, with a smashed clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Start your day right, with a smashed clockOut of all of the gadgets that we own, alarm clocks are our least favorite. They are probably the most hated gadget period. Anything that wakes you from your peaceful slumber on a daily basis deserves to be smashed, if not thrown out the window to be run over by a dump truck.

That’s the idea behind the Smash Clock. To turn off the Smash Clock’s alarm, there’s no fumbling required to find the right button. Just punch it. The top is nice and soft. By punching it aggressively, you wake up more fully, not to mention the fact that you’ve gotten some aggression out of your system first thing.

Ugly body mod = 95 MPG

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Ugly body mod = 95 MPGFirst off, don’t believe anything you hear from a car company. We all know that it’s possible to have amazingly efficient cars. Let’s face it, it’s not in their best interest to give us great cars. There’s less repeat business if you build a more perfect product. Less parts to sell when they fail. So, it’s up to you and me to mod our vehicles to improve our MPG.

That’s what one man did with this amazing and amazingly fugly mod. Mike Turner of South Carolina spent just $400 to create some aerodynamic mods that lowered his Civic’s drag to 1.7. To put that into perspective, that’s about half of most new cars. It supposedly gives him 95 miles per gallon at 65 miles per hour.

Phone Booth Aquarium is how Aquaman changes costume

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Phone Booth Aquarium is how Aquaman changes costumeWhat a confusing world this has become for the modern day Superman. It used to be he could change into his Superhero outfit in any old phone booth. But in many areas phone booths are to be found less and less. That explains why you never see Superman right? So, along comes this here Phone Booth Aquarium, adding insult to injury, as Aquaman now has a place where he can make a quick change.

Okay, it’s not Aquaman’s. It’s from artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino, who decided to do something special for the Lyon Light Festival in France. That’s right, they turned an unused phone booth into an aquarium. It makes for an interesting tourist attraction.

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone Flash

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashOnce thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has revealed that Apple and Adobe are working together on making Flash a reality on the iPhone. It seems like they’re not going for the watered-down Flash Lite, but it’s also uncertain if we’ll get a full on Hulu-friendly version. No word on when it will be ready.

They’re calling it a “hard technical challenge” and explain that that’s why they are collaborating. Not sure what hurdles they have to overcome, but Narayen is pleased with the progress.

Trek up your desk with this 3 in 1 speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Trek up your desk with this 3 in 1 speakerBack in October we told you about this cool looking retro speaker that sports Star Trek looks and gives you 3 gadgets in one. Speaker, 4 USB ports, and a clock. We had a chance to check one out in person recently. The good news is that it looks just as awesomely Trek in person. The design is really cool and you can easily see this on the set of the original Star Trek.

As soon as you power it up, the one thing that hits you is how bright the LED lights are. Blindingly bright. Almost annoyingly so. It will bother some people, while others won’t mind, since having a good looking hub on your desk is the trade-off. The lights do make it look more Sci-Fi if you have that kind of decor. The clock is pretty cool. No problems there. And as a hub it does it’s job.

Where no hamster has gone before

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Where no hamster has gone beforeHamsters are like people. Most are lazy and just sit around eating. Some enjoy the simple pleasures of a wheel, so they can stay trim. Then there are those select few who dare to dream and have “the right stuff”.

To paraphrase Kennedy, “We choose to put a hamster in a rocket before this decade is out, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” So, make your hamster a national hero by buying him this Hamster Rocket Ship Funhouse so it thinks that it’s part of NASA. Just leave him in there for a while and change the scenery in front of the widow. He’ll never know. Then when he comes back to Earth, you can give him a parade in one of these.