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Photonic Disrupter Laser Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on June 29th, 2009

Photonic Disrupter Laser From Wicked LasersWe’ve seen some pretty cool lasers come across our desks in the past so it’s always refreshing to see a unique twist like what we have with the Photonic Disrupter. The folks at Wicked Lasers have taken an already powerful 100mW laser and modded it into non-lethal, “Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator”, (TALI for short) weapon.

The main feature that makes the Photonic Disrupter different from other 100mW lasers is its adjustable lens, allowing you to create a broad or very focused non-lethal beam of green light. The intent of the laser is for military and law enforcement use in dark or low-light situations, allowing the wielder of the light to temporarily blind and overwhelm the senses of the other person.

E-blue Bluetooth iPhone speaker

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

E-blue Bluetooth iPhone speakerThe E-blue Bluetooth iPhone Speaker is a pretty useful accessory for your iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS. It features a titanium drive unit and connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth A2DP. The E-blue Bluetooth iPhone Speaker measures 61 x 61 x 121mm and has a built in rechargeable battery. It will pump out a total of 4W.

Some specs include: Magnetic Shield, Built-in rechargable battery that can charge from any USB port, Battery Life: 8 hrs, Bluetooth Support profile: A2DP, Button: Power on & Connect / Power off / Volume Up / Volume Down, Distance: 10M, Driver Unit: Titanium Dome (1.5 inch), Power Rating: 4W, Power: 500mA, Dimensions: 61 (L) x 61 (W) x 121 (D) mm (approx.)

GeeksPhone launches The One Android Phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

GeeksPhone launches The One Android PhoneIf you live in Spain and are looking for a new Android phone, here’s some good news. Very soon GeeksPhone will launch their first Android phone for the Spanish market. The phone goes by the overly dramatic name of “The One”.

The smartphone is equipped with a 625MHz PXA310 processor, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a front-facing camera, microSD card slot, AGPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Android 1.5 Cupcake OS and supports quad-band EDGE/HSDPA connectivity.

Samsung releases four new handsets

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Samsung releases four new handsetsSamsung has just released not one or two, but four new handsetsin its mid-range phones series. The phones in question are the Samsung S6700, C5510, M2510 and M2310.

The M2310 comes with a sad VGA camera and the M2510 features a sad 1.3MP camera. Both have dedicated music controls. The Samsung C5510 is a dual band 3G handset that features a 2MP camera with fixed focus, and a 16GB storage capacity. While the Samsung S6700 is a slider with HSDPA, GPS, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash, and 120MB of storage space.

Razer Megalodon headphones with 7.1 surround

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Razer Megalodon headphones with 7.1 surroundRazer’s new Megaladon headphones must be awesome since they are named after an extinct humongous shark. They are. Headphones this badass have to be named for a monster. These babies actually emulate a 7.1 surround sound system.

They also come with a remote for adjusting the volume and a mouthpiece to use while gaming, which is what they are made for. They go on sale for $150 tomorrow. If you’re in the market for serious headphones, these are worth a serious look.

SonyStyle intros VAIO Signature Collection

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

SonyStyle intros VAIO Signature CollectionSony products just got more stylish with the Vaio Signature collection. The collection comes in a variety of designs to please just about any taste. You can get options like a Vaio in Crocodile skin, or a higher end Vaio P with a 256GB SSD and 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor.

The one above is the Kaleidoscope Vaio Z, which looks pretty trippy if that’s your style.There’s also a VAIO TT dressed in Electric Blue. These models are limited in availability, so if you want one, you better hurry.

Epson producing world’s smallest LCD panel

Posted in Epson by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Epson producing world's smallest LCD panelEpson is claiming another first with this world’s smallest LCD panel and they’ve started volume production of these tiny guys. The XGA HTPS-TFT Liquid Crystal Panel was specially designed for 3LCD data projectors and are up to 23% smaller in size than its predecessor, using a 0.55″ display panel.

The tiny panel can display a natural XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution, targeting projectors which can display up to 2600 ANSI lumens. Epson isn’t resting easy with this achievement though. They even have plans to push the envelope to create higher resolutions for the panels.

HTC Hero pre-order at Amazon UK

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

HTC Hero pre-order at Amazon UKAmazon.co.uk is now offering the HTC Hero for pre-order. The Android handset has been listed to retail for £429.99 each. July 15th is the expected shipping date, but nothing is certain so don’t be surprised if the date changes.

At £429.99, that’s a pretty heavy price tag. Converted, we’re talking about $700 or more. Anyone going to bite at that price? They say it will be dispatched and sold by Amazon.co.uk themselves, so we don’t know whether other retailers and the carriers themselves will offer it earlier or later than that date.

Vacuum tube chess set

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Vacuum tube chess setThis just may be the most awesome and nerdiest chess set ever. You’re looking at Paul Fryer’s Vacuum Tube Chess set. It’s one of only seven made. The pieces actually light up when they’re plugged in to the board.

How cool is that? The only thing that sucks is that you would need to replace blown tubes from time to time, but we don’t care. We just wanna play chess with Vacuum tubes that really light up.

Comcast launches High-Speed 2go WiMax service tomorrow in Portland, other cities to follow

Posted in WiMAX by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Comcast launches High-Speed 2go WiMax service tomorrow in Portland, other cities to followCitizens of Portland are about to get a first shot at Comcast’s High-Speed 2go service. Based on Clearwire’s WiMAX service, Comcast High-Speed 2go is available in what they are calling a “Fast Pack Metro” bundle which includes home internet service, a WiFi router and the WiMAX for $50 a month, with another $20 tacking on nationwide Sprint 3G (along with the appropriate 3G / WiMAX combo card).

Existing Triple Play customers need not worry. They can add the WiMAX by itself for $30. Comcast plans to launch a similar service in Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia before the end of 2009.

Cute Penguin robot wants to be your Facebook companion

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Cute Penguin robot wants to be your Facebook companionPierre Bureau, the founder and CEO of Arimaz in Switzerland, recently showed off a demo of a prototype of a cute penguin robot that his company is planning to begin selling in September for $99. It’s called MyDeskFriend. The idea is that this Penguin is a small companion for your desk.

It comes with a docking station which is hooked up to your PC. You can interact with the robot in a bunch of ways. It can follow your finger and will even detect the edges of the your desk so that it doesn’t fall off, thanks to 5 infrared sensors. It also has an accelerometer, so it knows when it’s being touched or shaken. The eyes will even change color depending on it’s mood. If you shake it too much, it’s eyes will turn red because you’ve made it mad. You can even connect it with your Facebook profile for the ultimate in dorky behavior.

ASUS outs USB 2.0 Blu-ray drive

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

ASUS outs USB 2.0 Blu-ray driveASUS has taken a fairly basic USB Blu-ray drive and given it a high-gloss makeover. The SBC-04B1S-U isn’t gonna wow you with 4.8x maximum Blu-ray disc reading, 8x DVD burning, a USB 2.0 connection, and Windows compatibility.

The bright blue ‘X’ on the unit flashes and has a dedicated app to control brightness. My main concern with this X is that it might attract government agents looking to give Fox Mulder some deepthroat-like info.

Funko Star Wars 2GB USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Funko Star Wars 2GB USB Flash DrivesThese are not a set of new Mimobots. They are figurine like USB flash drives from Funko that make Star Wars characters adorable. Specifically Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, and the Stormtrooper.

These 2GB USB flash drives come with no pre-loaded content which is fine, because you are buying them for cuteness alone. The packaging says that this is Series 1. So there should be more coming soon. They’ll be available at Entertainment Earth in October for $24.99

LG converts container ship into a huge advertisement for eco-friendly fridge

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

LG converts container ship into a huge advertisement for eco-friendly fridgeIn a great bit of marketing, LG is attempting to lure consumers toward its latest energy efficient refrigerator with an unusual launch. The company has designed a 70-meter long container ship disguised as their new refrigerator.

The football field sized ship/refrigerator sailed up the Seine from Le Havre to Paris between June 22 and June 25. The company brags that the refrigerator consumes low power, though we aren’t confident that the worldwide launch of this new LG side-by-side refrigerator was anywhere near environmentally-friendly. But it is clever.

24kt Gold Blackberry Bold 9000

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

24kt Gold Blackberry Bold 9000If the Curve doesn’t do it for you, you can always go Bold. The folks at Computer Choppers are offering their latest 24kt Gold Blackberry Bold 9000. This baby is priced at $940 and is a blinged out version of BlackBerry Bold.

Perfect for bankers and Wall Street dudes who want to show off. It’s gold plated, with a black leather back. The first deliveries being made in two weeks if you can’t live without this flashy BB.