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ECG watch clues you in on your impending heart attack

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

ECG watch clues you in on your impending heart attackSadly this watch has no display showing your heartbeat. It’s just a watch with yet another cool way to display the time. The upper spike in the chart shows the hour, the downward spike points to the minute. That’s about it.

But I’m thinking they can magically combine this watch with the ECG watch and just maybe the result would be a watch that displays a day and date when your doctor should be hand with some electric paddles.

Coby’s MP600: A $20 Nano competitor

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Coby’s MP600: A $20 Nano competitorCoby’s MP600 Video MP3 Player takes some obvious inspiration from the iPod Nano. It features a 1.44″ LCD screen that will play back all of your MTV video files, JPG photos, read text files as well as MP3 and WMA files. You’ll also get FM radio.

The best part is that they didn’t clone the price, which is just over $20 for the 2GB version. The 4GB version will cost you $29.99. So if you’re looking for a cheap alternative for the Nano, you might want to check it out.

New Microsoft ad cuts to the heart of the issue

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Video: Laptop Hunters $1000 – Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion
The ongoing war between Microsoft & Apple continues. In this new ad, Microsoft exploits Apple’s Achilles heel, being outrageously overpriced. It’s a brilliant ad that hits them right where it hurts. Because it’s true.

The ad shows a customer looking for a laptop for under a $1000. She searches both the Apple store and a conventional electronics store and finally settles on an HP laptop for under $700. Unlike their previous ads, this one works because it actually speaks to the consumer, and what matters to them. Getting a decent computer for a fair price.

Piezoelectric Nanowires could power your future iPod with blood

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Piezoelectric NanowiresA world where gadgets are powered by blood? It could happen sooner then you think. It won’t be long until our gadgets are full fledged living entities soon after that. Maybe. In a not too distant future Piezoelectric nanowires may reside in our blood vessels. They would use the energy created by blood flow to power gadgets. Stuff like pacemakers, iPods, anything designers can dream up really.

It sounds pretty amazing, but the reality is that it may cause some sort of new diseases in our bodies or make us more susceptible to them. These things never work out the way you think. If it happens at all, it won’t be for a long long time hopefully.

New Mac Mini?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

New Mac Mini?We have no idea if this is a for real new Mac Mini or just someone’s wishful thinking. All we know is that we really really want it to be true. Could be a concept, a leak, or just a fake. Regardless, it is a thing of beauty. According to a 9to5 reader, this image came from the inside of a Russian magazine.

We don’t speak Russian, so we have no idea what it says. If you can decipher it, let us know. It’s probably fake, because it looks TOO beautiful and the specs are too good as well.

The Hotelicopter: World’s first flying hotel

Posted in Aircraft by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

The Hotelicopter: World's First Flying HotelSince 2004, the Hotelicopter project has been underway. So for 5 years they’ve been working on modifying a Soviet-made Mil V-12 into the “world’s biggest helicopter” and at the same time, the “world’s first flying hotel. It’s an amazing piece of work, like a double-decker bus for the skies.

It’s the ultimate in luxury air travel, with private entertainment systems and room service. Plus you get extras like spa treatments, yoga classes, gaming and a tea garden. To give you some idea of it’s size, check out the specs below.

Honda builds giant LED display out of Insights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Honda builds giant LED display out of InsightsForget Samsung’s viral marketing ad with LEDs strapped to a bunch of sheep. Honda has gone all out, showing off its new Insight by turning their LED headlights into a gigantic animated Lite-Brite for an upcoming commercial. The commercial is called “Let it Shine,” and you can watch it below.

The Insight can cruise on electric power alone but not accelerate, so it isn’t technically a hybrid. The Insight’s main selling point is the price, starting under $20,000.

Spotlight 12V Rechargeable LED Flashlight Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2009

Spotlight 12V rechargeable LED flashlightThe tough guys over at Spotlight were nice enough to send us a few samples of their their small rechargeable 12V flashlight to try out for ourselves we have to admit that we were impressed. Now, the Spotlight has but only a couple features and is no new radical cutting-edge technology but we would consider it a gadget nonetheless. Also, its refreshing to see a very simple and useful gadget come across the desk from time to time.

The Spotlight is just like it sounds; it’s a small flashlight measuring a mere 2 inches and weighing in at a svelte 1.8 ounces. What makes this little guy so handy is it’s small size which is by no coincidence the same size as many automotive outlets. The flashlight alone fit in 4 of the 6 different car outlets we tried and emits a glowing red light to let you know it’s charging. For those outlets that don’t quite fit, Spotlight provides a small length adapter and a Super Socket adapter (separately) to allow it to fit just about any vehicle.

Hands on with WickedLasers Spyder II GX

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2009

WickedLasers Spyder II GXWe’ve gotten our hands on some pretty cool and powerful lasers in the past, but never one of quite this magnitude. If you were wondering if there really is a difference between laser pointers, or if there is a difference between a $300 laser and a $1700 laser; well we’re here to tell you that there is.

From the time we opened the box of the Spyder II GX we could tell that this one meant business. The Spyder II is another green laser with a beam that can be seen from miles and miles away, literally. It’s powered by a special single LI-ION 18650 rechargeable battery (the device comes with 2 of them and a charger) and is housed in a military grade, water resistant case. It operates by a rubber toggle switch in the back that keeps it on until you press it again, unlike the Elite Series which requires you to hold it to keep the laser on.

Orange will sell Apple laptops

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2009

Orange will sell Apple laptopsReports are surfacing out of the UK that Orange and Apple are in the final stages of negotiations for a deal where Orange would be offering subsidized MacBooks to those willing to sign a two-year mobile broadband contract. The MacBooks wouldn’t be free, but there is speculation that they could be as little as $560. Currently Orange is asking for £350 for a Toshiba laptop on a similar deal, so it is possible.

According to Mobile Today, both parties have been testing Orange’s mobile broadband dongles with the MacBooks, and supposedly Orange has already made a “volume commitment” with Apple.

LG presentation shows off fake TV advancements

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2009

Just your typical viral marketing ad. What’s interesting about this one is that it shows off a bunch of TV Advancements during an LG presentation. The first one replaces all swear words with baby laughter, while a “Happy Time” feature detects when a program is too sad for you and replaces the image on screen with images of cute puppies or kittens.

The last one is the Family Time feature that turns any adult themed scene into a cartoon, which would make porn something entirely different.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

The end is nearAs usual, we covered our share of robots over at Botropolis. Some cute, some creepy. They sure aren’t quiet about their presence or their impending killing of us, which is why we have so much to bring your way. Here’s just some of what we covered this week:

Primordial Duel T-Shirt: Robots and monsters battle on a T-shirt.

Carebot: This nurse-bot for the elderly seems awfully controlling…

1/8 Scale ASIMO Action Figure: You can haz Asimo too.

Cardboard robot hits the street: The End Is Near

Robot scratching a cow’s itch: A little lower please.

Cindy Crawford: Robot hygiene.

NSFW: Worst Robot Sword Fight Ever

Hands on: Griffin iTrip Auto Universal FM Transmitter

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Hands on: Griffin iTrip Auto Universal FM TransmitterThe iTrip is a pretty simple device. The idea is that you plug one end into your car cigarette lighter socket and the other into the earphone jack of your MP3 player, replacing your car radio with the soothing sounds of your own music collection playing through FM radio.

It’s just that simple. Just plug it in and find a frequency where you hear only static. You’ll get better results if you find one that has some neighboring frequencies with static. Then use the + or – buttons to tune your MP3 player to the same frequency. Just like that your player has replaced your car radio.

Nanovision USB Mimo Monitors are sexy

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Nanovision USB Mimo Monitors are sexyUK car customization shop Carcomputer has uploaded some information and images of what may be the next generation of the Nanovision USB-driven Mimo monitor. The specifications look like they are the same as its predecessor, featuring a 7″ LED-backlit display at 800 x 480 resolution, but the newly designed case makes it stand out from the crowd.

You won’t have to worry about chunky and cheap-looking glossy plastic anymore, as these are slender matte black and silver. Plus they can collapsible and be stowed away in a bag so that your panel will stay scratch-free while traveling.

OCZ Throttle 32GB flash drive review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

oczthrottle-1Back in the early days of the computer if you needed to carry data files with you from one machine to the other you used floppy discs. The floppy gave way to the CD and DVD as a method for moving files form one computer to another and taking data with you on the road. As those methods became a paid for computer users, a new type of storage device emerged — the flash drive.

Today flash drives can be used for all sorts of things form backing up data from your computer to carrying files with you from desk to desk or office to office. The flash drive is growing in capacity, but with the majority of flash drives using USB they aren’t growing in performance much.