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iPhone 3GS dropped in the pool, still works

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

iPhone 3GS dropped in the pool, still worksWe don’t know if this is a hoax or not, but the story goes like this. Some dude was recording with his new iPhone 3GS poolside. Then he drops it into the pool. Lucky for him, he was able to get it out quickly and fortunately it is still working.

We don’t advise that you try this at home. We don’t know what kind of lifespan the gadget can expect from here on out, but it obviously lasted long enough to upload the video or transfer it to a computer. Check out the video below.

Virtual personal trainer texts obese kids

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

Virtual personal trainer texts obese kidsResearchers from the University of Southern California want to use cellphones to help the obese shed weight. The idea is to hook up obese kids to a “mobile body network,” consisting of a device to measure the skin’s electrical conductivity along with a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, blood glucose reader and GPS for location, and connecting it with a battery sensor on the child’s body.

The system uses a Smartphone to send the collected behavioral data to the university’s computers, where it is then figures out what the information means. If your kid is laying around, text messages will be shot his way to get him to do get off his ass and do something.

LED clock eats bugs and converts them into energy

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

LED clock eats bugs and converts them into energyThis LED clock from British designers Jimmy Loizeau and James Auger is a morbid flycatcher and a timepiece in one. Think of it like a clock with spider sensibilities. It harvests insects on a sticky roller that’s covered in flypaper, then drops the corpses into a microbial fuel cell.

The dead bug is digested by the bacteria inside, and the chemical changes power the clock. Pretty neat and disgusting.

Belkin introduces comfort mice

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Belkin introduces comfort miceBelkin has unveiled a new line of comfort mice which feature a new design that’s supposed to maximize comfort while you work. It also has an all terrain optical engine so you can use the mouse on any surface. The mice will be available in wireless, Bluetooth and retractable USB versions.

The Bluetooth version will be available in Black and White for $49.99 and the wireless version comes with 2 AA batteries which will be available in fuchsia, black, blue and red for $29.99. The retractable version is $19.99 and they have the same colors as the battery versions.

Bluray soundbar with iPhone dock from Philips

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Bluray soundbar with iPhone dock from PhilipsPhilips has announced its expanded home theater lineup for 2009, with the HTS8160B Soundbar. The compact home theater setup includes a Blu-ray disc player with DVD and CD playback support, built-in speakers and a separate subwoofer.

The soundbar also supports Dolby True HD audio format and 7.1 channel surround sound. You’ll also get an iPod/iPhone dock and a touchscreen remote control. It will cost you around $1,500 and is currently available in Singapore. We don’t know if or when it will hit North America.

Motorcycle has the largest sidecar ever

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Motorcycle has the largest sidecar everYou’ve seen motorcycle sidecars, but you’ve probably never seen anything like this. It’s called the “Snaefell” and it’s the work of Francois Knorreck. This beautiful monstrosity took him 10 years and over $20,000 to complete.

And it is totally unique. The motorcycle is a Laverda, and the car is cannibalized from several different vehicles. This is a sidecar that’s all about style and comfort. If you have to ride in a sidecar this is what you want to use.

Acer H235H LCD display

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Acer H235H LCD displayAcer released its latest LCD display, the H235H monitor. The H235H offers cinematic quality in a sleek design. It’s available starting next month and the 23″ LCD display features the following specs for all of your entertainment needs.

23” widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 resolution (Full HD 1080p support), Inputs: 1xVGA, 1xDVI w/HDCP, 1xHDMI, 2ms response time, 300 cd/m2brightness, 100,000:1 Max (ACM) contrast ratio, 160(H)/160 (V) viewing angle, 16.7M color depth, Built-in stereo speakers, Vista Premium Certified, Full HD Ready via HDMI with HDCP, ACM & ADM, Energy Star Compliant, 100mm VESA mount compatible.

Elevating wheelchair concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Elevating wheelchair conceptHere’s a design that should help those who have trouble getting around. The design is smart. In fact the Elevating Wheelchair concept is smart enough to go from sitting and standing like a transformer.

The electric-powered wheelchair could also serve as a vehicular concept at some point in the far future, but for now we would be happy to see the disabled using this in the real world. It would give them more mobility and independence.

Free BlackBerry 9000 Michael Jackson theme

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Free BlackBerry 9000 Michael Jackson themeMillions around the world are grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of the King of Pop. If you’re one of millions of fans in mourning, here’s something for your BlackBerry.

It’s a free theme for the BlackBerry 9000 created by a fan. It features the king of pop in classic poses. Why not spruce up your BlackBerry 9000 with the original Moonwalker? He was a great dancer, a great singer and an accomplished weirdo.

Zune HD: $249 and $280 in September?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Zune HD to comes in 16/32GB sizes, September 8?According to an alleged “software engineer” on the Zune team, the 16GB Zune HD should cost between $249 and $280 this September (a date that lines up with previous rumors.)

There are a lot of interesting rumors in the interview, like the fact that Microsoft is thinking about not only 16/32GB models but a 64GB Zune HD too. We have no idea what the price would be for that one.

PS3, Xbox 360 price drops coming this fall?

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

PS3, Xbox 360 price drops coming this fall?One of Ars Technica’s sources says that the Xbox 360 lineup will see price shifts this fall. They also confirm that the PS3 Slim is still on the way. In September the Xbox 360 Pro (Priced at 60GB, $299) will be replaced by the Elite (Priced at 120GB for $399). On one hand, the Xbox is getting a price cut. On the other, the 360 doesn’t sound like it’s getting cheaper with a lower entry level price.

You’ll also be happy to know that ars has also restated their claim that a PS3 Slim will arrive this fall along with price drops “on the hardware that’s out now.”

The Intelligent Hose curbs waste

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

The Intelligent Hose curbs wasteWhat do washing the car, watering plants, and wet T-shirt contests have in common? That was a trick question. You probably answered that they all waste water, but only the first two are a waste of water, wet T-shirt contests are understandable. But they all do add up to a large utility bill. That’s why this intelligent hose concept has a consumption meter.

It will measure your consumption and look futuristic doing it. With the Intelligent Hose, you can spray away on your cars, plants and boobies, safe in the knowledge that you will save money.

Twitter device tweets your heartbeat to your followers

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Twitter device tweets your heartbeatIf you’ve done the whole tweeting every time your unborn child kicks, perhaps it’s time for something a bit creepier. This device will give your Twitter followers a live feed of your heartbeat, including “pre-recorded” messages to announce your death should you shuffle off this mortal coil.

This DIY project is open source and will send the news of your heart directly to the internet. That way should you stop supporting the Iranian revolution, we will all know why. It was probably one too many cheetos and the terrible let-down of a Transformers movie that was too much for your soul to take.

BeamBox MiLi Evolution Mini Power Projector for iPhone, iPod touch

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

BeamBox MiLi Evolution Mini Power Projector for iPhone, iPod touchPocket projectors are the latest “big” small thing. They’re everywhere. Now Beambox has teamed up with MiLi on this latest version. The MiLi Evolution Mini Power Projector works with your iPhone or iPod touch, docking it into the unit which then acts as projector and charger in one device.

The LCOS projector has 10 lumens of brightness for VGA projection of an image from 3 up to 70 inches. Expect it to cost you about $255 when it’s released around the end of July. This is one of the more interesting mini projectors that we’ve seen recently.

Sprint launching BlackBerry Tour on July 20th?

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

BlackBerry Tour announced: $199.99 this summerA few weeks ago, we knew that the highly anticipated BlackBerry Tour for Sprint was on the way and coming very soon. The only release date we had was “later this summer”. Now we have some inside news from insiders at Inside Sprint.

According to them, the Tour will be available on July 20th. It might be a good idea to mark your calendars and save up your $199.99. We think the date seems right. They wouldn’t want to wit much longer to unleash this one.