Archive for March, 2009

USB-Powered fan made from CDs

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

USB-Powered fan made from CDsThis is pretty awesome in a Macguyver sort of way. Using a motor, USB cable, two compact discs and a paper or plastic tube, Instructables user msolek creates a sweet little USB powered fan. This is a pretty simple project and the parts are all inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to make one yourself.

To build your very own USB-powered fan, you’ll need: a motor, USB port (max. 2.5W), two compact discs, a USB cable, paper or a plastic tube. Then, just cut up the disc, prep the USB cable, and put everything together.

Star Trek line of Urns and Caskets

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Star Trek line of Urns and CasketsWe knew about the coffin that looks like a photon torpedo, but the urns are new to us. You can now feel free to die and STILL pretend you are in the Trek universe. At long last the caskets will be available in early 2009, so that all your friends can get in costume and stand over it, reciting classic lines from ST II.

But that’s not all. Monuments and vaults will also be available soon from the company. They are really working hard to profit from cold geek death. Maybe their next trick will be tricking out your corpse in all kinds of Borg gear. That I can get behind.

Sony W-Series Walkman MP3 player now in pink

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Sony W-Series Walkman MP3 player now in pink Everything is coming up Pink lately to appeal to the ladies. That’s why Sony is releasing their W series walkman MP3 players in pink.

The W Series Walkman MP3 Player is an all in one MP3 player and headphones combo that lets you jog and do all of the other stuff you do without having to worry about wires other than the one around your head. The W Series Walkman MP3 Player retails for $70.

Is this what the next iPhone will look like?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Is this what the next iPhone will look like?In all likelihood, yes. A new iPhone is expected to hit this summer, but the big question is, just how much are they going to change the design? Will it be dramatic or subtle? This concept is most likely what we will see. A subtle change in look, while slimming it down to a sexier body. It already has you drooling doesn’t it?

After all, Apple isn’t about to make any radical changes on a device that obviously “ain’t broke”. They’ll change it just enough so that loyal fans will upgrade to replace their current models. It’s what Apple does best. Probably won’t up the specs a whole lot.

Acer Hornet specs leak

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Acer Hornet specs leakRemember that hot Acer Hornet nettop we heard about a few months back? There’s some more info and if things are as they appear, it could be a super awesome cheap HTPC. It supports 1080p video playback over HDMI and the “Media Center” version will come with a Wii-type remote for gaming and media control.

Specs seem decent for the $149-$299 price range. The low end model appears to have an Atom N230 with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB drive preloaded with Vista Home Basic. On the higher end you get 2GB of RAM, a 160GB drive, and a “Boxshell” quickboot OS in addition to Vista Home Premium.

HP tests laptops running Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

AndroidAccording to the WSJ, HP is looking at what Netbooks can do running Android, the operating system that Google created for mobile phones. It’s been confirmed by HP’s VP Satjiv Chahil. Whether or not this will become an actual product, no one knows.

If HP released some netbooks running Android, it would be a whole new a new battle between the Internet giant and Microsoft.

Fugly sweaters make your laptop look like Bill Cosby

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Fugly sweaters make your laptop look like Bill CosbyI personally can’t imagine wrapping any laptop in something this fugly. But maybe the Cos is making a comeback or something. These are one size fits all and will cost you $20 each. That way, you and your little dog and your laptop can all wear the same sweater.

Here’s an idea. If you feel the need to dress up your laptop in a shirt, why not take one of your own(Hopefully much cooler) and slide it on. The cost? Zero.

Game-800 pocket emulator

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Game-800 pocket emulatorThis media player does it all. It will crank out music, videos and pictures, but it’ll also play your favorite old school video games. The device features a 320×240 LCD screen and has a software emulator on board that lets it play NES, Famicom, GameBoy, GameBoy Color and Sega Mega Drive games.

There’s even a text-to-speech eBook reader that can read any TXT file out loud in Chinese or English. Oh and a handy digital camera too, which must be low quality. You’ll get 4GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 8GB total using an SD memory card.

Garbage Can keeps your trash chilled so it won’t stink

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Garbage Can keeps your trash chilled so it won't stinkDeath and taxes aren’t the only certainties in life. Another one is that garbage does and always will stink. It’s all that organic stuff, like banana peels, coffee grounds, apple cores and stuff. At room temperature, it’s just a stink factory. But if you freeze it…

Now you’re seeing the brilliance of this concept. The Minus Frozen Garbage Container is designed to keep the smell down by keeping your garbage at below-freezing points, where they don’t rot. There’s always the option of perfumed bags, or taking your trash out more, but screw that. Freezing stuff is better.

Greenpeace not happy with HP, Lenovo, and Dell

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Greenpeace not happy with HP, Lenovo, and DellIn previous reports from Greenpeace, HP, Lenovo, and Dell haven’t done very badly, but the trio has failed to meet Greenpeaces expectations this time. They made promises they could not keep. All three had promised to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants in their products by the end of this year, but now they will apparently not be able to meet that deadline.

The only one to offer up a new deadline is Lenovo, who says they will now do it by the end of 2010. On the other end of the spectrum, Philips has jumped from 15th place to 4th, largely due to new recycling initiatives.

Implantable GPS tracking now available in the US

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Implantable GPS tracking now available in the USThis could be an April Fools joke, but we know it’s coming anyway. A company named Voss & Mauser is claiming that they have a new GPS implant tracker that can be directly implanted into the skin and that it’s now available in the states.

Our tipster states “Many parents and governments across this planet have been demanding for a GPS Tracker device that can be embedded directly into the skin and cannot be removed or noticed by them. Follow the tracked person’s exact satellite location on any computer with Internet, no matter where they are in the world.” Yeah, I’m sure it’s a dream that many people share, while others cringe.

Gadget cruelty: Turtle USB hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Gadget cruelty: Turtle USB hubIs there anything sadder than an animal impaled with a bunch of usb sticks? I think not. It looks like gadget roadkill on your desk. Like some mad scientist doing weird experiments. Put this turtle next to the mutant cow usb hub and things look even creepier.

All they need is a robot roadkill collector to wheel up and collect these corpses and the set is complete. This hub sports 4 USB 2.0 ports, and even has a place for you to store your paperclips and loose change. Only $13.99.

LEGO movie theater with working projector

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

LEGO movie theater with working projectorThis tiny LEGO movie theater is awesome. It actually features a working, very tiny movie projector. The projector works at 24 fps, so it may not be good picture quality, but Lego minifigs have a different eyesight than you have. It’s nicely detailed. Even the seats are numbered. Make sure you check out the video below.

The builder, Ricardo M. Oliv, did an awesome job. Now all he needs is full length movies and he can sell tickets to other geeks who can sit their minifigs in the seats with a miniature popcorn and soda.

Ping Pong dining table

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Ping Pong dining tableThe Ping Pong dining table is two tables in one. Forget dinner and a movie, treat your date to some dinner and a game of Ping Pong. You know how much use you get out of your dinner table? Hardly any, when it isn’t dinner time. It’s a one trick pony. A waste of space. But this table pulls double duty.

When you aren’t eating, you are always up for a game of Ping Pong, right? Damn straight skippy. Now you can play Ping Pong any time you like…Except during dinner, unless you want a really interesting game.

Sony PlayStation 2 $99.99 starting tomorrow

Posted in PS2 by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Sony updates the PS2 in Japan removing power brickIt’s official. Starting tomorrow you can get the aged Playstation 2 for just $99.99. Just like we told you yesterday. So stop denying yourself and go play some of those old games you’ve been missing out on.

Good news. Unless it’s Sony’s idea of an April Fools prank. Probably their way of bolstering the numbers this fiscal year. Who cares, we all win.