Archive for March, 2009

Clairvoyant watch for the rich & foolish

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

Clairvoyant watch for the rich & foolishRemember mood rings? Even if you aren’t old enough, you’ve heard about them. Yeah, this is like that, only geared toward rich idiots. This watch is timekeeping merged with fortune telling. Swiss watchmaker Borgeaud has gone all superstitious and teamed up with Indian fortune tellers to craft a watch that will foresee the future.

Whenever things are about to take a turn for the worse in your life, that kidney-shaped section on the watch will turn brown. (Many people do this same voodoo with their underwear. Though unknowingly) The Borgeaud site states that “the watch automatically displays a daily 90-minute period called the Raju Kaal, which is believed to be a terrible time to make important decisions or start new projects.” Once the dark forces have left, the watch will then return to its normal color.

iLuv announces new 3rd Gen iPod Shuffle cases

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

iLuv announces new 3rd Gen iPod Shuffle casesYou just bought the new iPod Shuffle huh? Maybe that voice-over hasn’t gotten annoying yet and you still care for it. You don’t want it to get scratched up, before you toss it on the freeway once you’ve had enough. iLuv just announced their new iPod shuffle cases. Think of them as stylish jackets for that little talking voice in your device.

The iLuv Shuffle cases come in different colors, so you can play dress up in white, pink, blue or black from the four pack of silicone cases. Also clear and tinted black cases in the two pack.

Toshiba tests phone-controlled billboard game

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Toshiba tests phone-controlled billboard gameTo promote their various laptops and showcase their digital sign technology that uses real-time data over the Internet, Toshiba tested an interactive digital billboard in Tokyo last weekend. YouTube users and passers-by with mobile phones were able to play video games against each other and take a short break from the rigors of city life.

The games were played on a digital billboard above the entrance to the Yodobashi Camera superstore in Akihabara. The games are basically mini-games and involve up to six players in a 90-second race to paint squares on a grid and hunt for Toshiba’s cute and cuddly Pala-Chan mascot. Mobile phone players used their number keys to control the game, while YouTube players on computers used the arrow keys on their keyboards. Videos below.

Wireless X12 stun gun paralyzes targets from 88 feet away

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Wireless X12 stun gun paralyzes targets from 88 feet awayThere’s a new stun gun in town. It’s name is the X12. It will stop you stone cold. The X12 stun gun was launched at the Global Security Asia 2009 event on Thursday and all kinds of law enforcement agencies want in. The X12 fires a jolt wirelessly through the air and can even cut through clothing to paralyze a perpetrator up to 88 feet away.

The product will be available in June, so criminals better shape up by then as geting hit with this thing doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. Sure, they say “It can penetrate clothing and transmit electrical impulses, causing the body to be temporarily paralysed, unlike conventional stun guns which causes immobility by causing pain.” But our guess is it has to hurt to be effective.

Nintendo launches Wii system menu 4.0

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Nintendo launches Wii system menu 4.0At long last Nintendo is finally doing something about storage. Finally. You can back up titles to SD and now games can be played straight from the cards. The SD Card Menu can be accessed from the Wii System Menu 4.0. That’s the new update that we are getting right now.

It lets the Wii work with memory cards larger than 2GB, maxing out at 32GB. Nintendo is also launching the new Virtual Console Arcade, that gives you all the old arcade titles on the Wii.

Nokia’s song-inspired Bluetooth headset designs

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Nokia' song-inspired Bluetooth headset designsNokia’s Music Almighty headset design competition attracted 6,000 entrants, and Nokia is showing off the five winning designs, which have been manufactured as fully-functional one of a kind headsets. The rules were that all of the headsets had to be inspired by a song.

So naturally that inspired a wide range of designs, like the Daft Punk “Robot Rock” set above, which we like the best. It was inspired by Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” and was designed by G. Smith. Pretty clever competition.

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next year

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next yearInitially unveiled back in September of last year, the “Gametrak Freedom” motion controller for Xbox 360 and the PS3 returns after a makeover. It’s currently on display at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

It should be available this fall for the Xbox 360, the PS3 version will likely follow next year. The Freedom obviously closely resembles the Nintendo Wii remote. In fact, it just looks like a bad knockoff. It will ship with a USB-port base station connected to two wands that sit on either side of your TV. Unlike the Wii remote, the Freedom won’t require line-of-sight. Instead it will use “ultrasonic 3D positioning” to relay the remote’s position via pulses.

Arduinocaster MIDI keytar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Future guitarInstrument-mods are nothing new around here. We got your Steampunk, your equipment that measures how hard you rock, even a guitar that plays Atari games. All pretty cool.

But the Arduinocaster has a unique look that separates it from the pack. It’s an Arduino-based MIDI instrument that uses switches and LEDs to control the “strings,” and an opto reflective switch for strumming. Check it out in the video below.

Microsoft unveils blue-tinted Xbox 360, for developers only

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Microsoft unveils blue-tinted Xbox 360, for developers onlyWell hello hotness. What’s not to love about the new Xbox 360 dev kit unveiled at this week’s Game Developers Conference and due out in the summer? It’s ultra-sexy with its sleek black-and-blue tint finish and stylish etchings. It also features 1GB of RAM, twice what is found in the retail model.

Sadly, no matter how much drool pools up on your desktop, this hardware is only for those who make the games. But maybe they will take pity on us and offer one up to the masses soon.

HP intros new Pavilion Elite m9600 desktops, widescreen monitors

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

HP intros new Pavilion Elite m9600 desktops, widescreen monitorsHP just debuted its new Pavilion Elite m9600 series with Core i7 processors. HP gives you a decent amount of power for the price. The base configuration gets you a Core i7 920 2.66Ghz processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GS graphics and a DVD burner, all for $950.

You can kick that up to a Core i7 940 2.93GHz processor, 12GB of RAM, a couple of 1TB hard drives, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics and a Blu-ray burner. HP also has four new 16:9 monitors, the 18.5-inch w1858, 20-inch 2009m, 21.5-inch 2159m and 23-inch w2338h. The latter two include HDMI inputs, and the prices range from $170 to $300.

NASA and Microsoft offer space images to public

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2009

wwtelescope-sbI have spent many summer nights in the back yard looking at the stars with my kids. They particularly like to look through the telescope and see the moon and other planets up close. If you don’t have a telescope or live in a city where there is too much light, Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope is a great alternative.

Microsoft and NASA have announced that the two firms will be working together to provide NASA images and data to the public under the Space Act Agreement. The firms will work together to develop the technology and infrastructure needed to offer the most interesting NASA content via Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS devices debut

Posted in Seagate by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2009

seagateblackarmor-sbExternal storage is particularly important in the business world where the loss of data can mean the loss of significant money or important records that can’t be replaced. For that reason businesses often spend lots of money on external storage solutions. Seagate has announced new NAS devices that are more affordable than the average solution.

The new products are in the BlackArmor line and include the NAS 440 and NAS 420 storage servers, which can support up to 8TB each. Both of the devices are four bay, hot swappable units that offer a centralized way to backup and secure data in a business or home. The NAS 420 ships with two drives installed with 2TB of total capacity. The NAS 440 comes with four drives installed and capacities up to 8TB.

QNAP unveils world’s first single and dual bay iSCSI NAS devices

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2009

qnapts-119219-sbAnyone who creates media in the home or office from home movies or professional video needs storage that keeps the video safe and secure. The problem with some external storage solutions is that the devices are too slow to stream the video and writing large files to the devices can take a long time.

QNAP has announced what it claims to be the world’s first iSCSI NAS devices with single and dual bays. The interface offers improved performance compared to many external solutions on the market. The TS-119 is a single bay NAS device while the TS-219 is a dual bay device. Both use a 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB DDR2 RAM and up to 8 iSCSI devices can be daisy chained.

Canon announces EOS Rebel T1i DSLR

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2009

canont1i-sbFor a long time the most important feature that was lacking form DSLR cameras in all price ranges was the ability to record video. Last year that all began to change with several high-end DSLR cameras launching that offered the ability to record HD video, including the Nikon D90.

Today Canon announced a new entry-level DSLR called the Canon Rebel T1i DSLR that is capable of recording full HD video directly to class 6 or faster SD and SDHC memory cards. Video recorded with the camera can be in 720p 30 fps or 1080p at 20 fps. Standard def video can be recorded as well.

Target Toss Pro video game: Lawn Darts minus the resulting death

Posted in Sports by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Target Toss Pro video gameWhen I was growing up, people used to play with lawn darts all the time. Sadly those people are no longer with us as the game often resulted in various injuries and death. They outlawed the game, which was probably a good idea.

Well, the game isn’t outlawed anymore. Incredible Technologies, the makers of PowerPutt Mini Golf, have a video version of Lawn Darts that should be much safer than the original version. It even has a Raw Talk feature with adult profanity, for those missed shots. Video below.