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EyeClops Mini Projector details announced

Posted in Jakks Pacific by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

EyeClops Mini ProjectorWe talked a bit about the EyeClops Mini Projector earlier this month. You may recognize the EyeClops name as a line of high-tech toys for older kids that includes a cool set of night vision goggles and a microscope.

When we first spoke of the projector, the pricing was stated at under $100. Today Jakks Pacific announced the official pricing of the projector of $99.99, a whole penny under $100. Jakks is still not giving us a specific launch date for the projector.

Trimble Yuma rugged computer announced

Posted in Trimble by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

Trimble Yuma ComputerIn many places a normal computer simply can’t survive. Places like a construction site or in wet or humid environments. Trimble has a line of rugged computers though that are designed for outdoors use in a work environment where the normal laptop couldn’t survive.

The new Yuma computer is rugged and has an ingress protection rating of 67, which breaks down to a 6 for dust and 7 for protection against water. Trimble says the computer can be submerged in up to 1m of water and still work. The machine is also protected against shock so it can be dropped without exploding like your typical laptop.

Dual external USB SATA drive dock

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Dual external USB SATA drive dockThis one is yet another useful gadget from the folks over at Thinkgeek. The Dual External USB SATA Drive Dock allows you to dock two SATA hard drives, either 2.5″ or 3.5″ HDD’s with your PC or MAC, via USB or eSATA.

Some specs: Connects to one or two 2.5″ or 3.5″ internal SATA hard drives, USB or eSATA connectivity, Plug and Play, Transfer rates up to 480Mbps with USB 2.0, Transfer rates up to 3Gb/s with eSATA. The device is available for $79.99.

Alien CD rack, because UFOs have CD players

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Alien CD rack, because UFOs are powered by CDsIt’s not all abducting cows and humans. Aliens love music on outdated media. This may be because UFOs are only outfitted with Cd players or it may be that UFOs actually use CDs for fuel. Who can say?

But get yourself one of these decoy alien CD racks and it will keep your CDs safe. Any thieving grey bastard who aims to steal your tunes will think another of his kind has gotten there first and head to the next house. This keeps your tunes safe and anal probes far away from you.

Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UK

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UKWe’ve been following this one for you for awhile now. And why wouldn’t we? Philip’s 52 inch LCD has us drooling. Now we have some price info to drop on ya, along with a June release in the UK.

The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you £3535/$5044. It’s slightly expensive in cost per viewing inch, but it does offer a true anamorphic widescreen aspect. Now all we have to do on this side of the pond is wait.

AT-AT Boombox destroys the rebellion with sound

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

AT-AT Boombox destroys the rebellion with soundWhile the AT-AT boombox is easily stopped by a headphones cord wrapped around the legs, it will destroy the morale of any rebels within earshot. Hoth bases easily fall to this beast when it’s cranking some Barry Manillow or Yanni.

This thing not only looks like an AT-AT Walker from the Star Wars movies, it actually functions as a boombox, complete with tape deck, speakers, and antennas.

D-Link’s D-Life web-based home surveillance cameras

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

D-Link’s D-Life web-based home surveillance camerasD-Link’s D-Life Web-Based Home Surveillance Cameras are making the rounds again. We first told you about them way back in July. Monitor any room in your house from anywhere over the Internet with these D-Life Web-based home surveillance cameras.

The D-Life is actually three products, the DHA-390 Surveillance Camera Starter Kit, an internet camera that connects to home network, the DHA-310 Expansion Kit and the DHA-330 video player, which is an internet camera viewer for monitoring all D-Life cameras connected to the network.

The Oboe Robot can help with life after death

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

The Oboe Robot can help with life after deathWe humans are not immortal, so it’s important that we live on somehow after our bodies turn to worm food. As usual, the Japanese can help in their usual creepy way.

‘Oboe’ is designed to hang out with the elderly, so that it can absorb knowledge, experiences and, well everything that reminds you of your loved ones before they die. This way as much of their “essence” as possible will live on. You can see how the future might play out with “Oboe”. We continue to live, in a sense, in robot form.

New Wii accessories from Nyko

Posted in Nyko by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

New Wii accessories from NykoNyko has unveiled new accessory packs for their Wand 3rd-Party Wiimote. You can get the Wand Action Pak and the the Wand Core Pak. The Wand Action Pak includes a Wand Wiimote and Pistol Grip. The new pistol grip has a digital connection to the remote instead of the usual mechanical connection to a button. It’s Trans-Port so they claim it will reduce wear and tear. There is also a switch on the bottom of the grip that can flip the A and B buttons for use in different games. That’s probbly the best part.

The Wand Core Pak includes a Wand and a wired Kama, Nyko’s own version of the Nunchuck. The Kama has vibration and connects to the Wand with a 4 foot cord. The Wand Action pack will be available for $49.99 in June, while the Wand Core Pack should be available also in June for $49.99.

Portable Toaster makes burning your hand easy

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Portable Toaster makes burning your hand easyAs far as innovative toasters go, I’ll stick with the VHS toaster over this butter-knife type deal. At least with that one I wont accidentally toast my hand in the morning.

It’s a design concept by Kim Been that looks like a knife but is really a handheld toaster. All you need to do is run it across the bread until it’s toasted to your liking. An animated graphic shows you how you are doing, which your you should be able to see with your own eyes.

Phone controlled street lights save energy

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

On Call Street Lights save energySomething interesting is happening in Germany and for once it has nothing to do with David Hasselhoff. It has to do with the fact that municipal budgets are tight. Many towns throughout the world are turning off street lights at night to save money. Saving money and electricity is awesome. But we need light when we need light. Like when old ladies are walking home.

So some German towns seem to have found a solution. Their lighting grids have been modified with a system called Dial4Light. That means that residents can use their cellphones to turn on the lights street by street. When 15 minutes passes, a timer turns the street dark again. That means less wasted energy and residents still have light.

Sony wireless SingStar microphones

Posted in Microphone by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Sony wireless SingStar microphonesSony just introduced a new bunch of wireless SingStar microphones that are touted as being “easy to pass around”. Apparently one of the selling points is that they are lead-free, which is good for the environment. The voices that you will hear on these mics? Not so good for the environment.

They’ll be available in UK stores this March 20th, so you’ll want to get these when you pick up the SingStar Pop Edition for PS3 this April. The new wireless SingStar microphones are compatible with PS2 and PS3 consoles.

Tesla coils perform the Doctor Who theme

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

When you get two nerd things in one, the result is always awesome. Tesla coils are cool. Tesla coils in a Doctor Who episode is cool. Tesla coils playing the Doctor Who theme is completely nerdgasmic.

ArcAttack uses a unique DJ system combined with the Tesla coils to put on a music show with lightning bolts and synthesizer sounds. I ask you fellow geeks, have you ever heard anything so beautiful?

Creative intros MovieWorks HD iPod dock

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Creative intros MovieWorks HD iPod dockIt’s been awhile since creative has introduced a new iPod dock. At CES 2008, Creative unveiled a new HD docking station for iPods called the Xdock HD. It was capable of outputting video in 1080 and sending X-Fi quality sound to other wireless receivers around your house. We never heard anything official about it since.Now they’ve quietly released a fresh one in the Cambridge Soundworks line called MovieWorks HD. It appears to be the exact same device.

It does the usual, outputting iPod video and audio via HDMI onto your TV or sound system. According to Creative, this is the only one with it’s Xtreme Fidelity, X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology.

EA Sports Active for the Wii

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2009

EA Sports Active for the WiiElectronic Arts wants to have more Wii cred, so they are unveiling the new EA Sports Active exercise package, and they hope that it soars past the Wii Fit as the best-selling fitness title on the console. EA claims that you will benefit from a more serious workout with Sports Active compared to Wii Fit.

EA’s exercise routine will focus on cardio and strength improvement challenges, and can be played by a single person or as a group. There’s also a new peripheral. A specially designed leg strap that will hold the Nunchuk while you hold the Wiimote in your hand. This lets the software track both upper and lower body movement with more accuracy.