Archive for August, 2009

Cigarette shaped lighter

Posted in Lighters by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Cigarette shaped lighterLighters are so bulky. They don’t match your cigarettes at all. At least they didn’t. Now they do. At least this one does. It’s a refillable butane lighter in the shape of a cigarette. Wow people at parties as you light a cigarette with a cigarette.

The obvious advantage here is that this lighter will fit easily into your pack of cigarettes. It’s only $1.50, so you could buy several and impress all of your friends. Assuming they are easily impressed by such things.

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with love

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Steampunk Phone comes from Russia with loveWe’ve seen our share of steampunk round these parts. I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen an actual steampunk phone though. Check this beauty out. If I didn’t know this was a phone, I might think it was some kind of miniature sub looking at it from the back.

It hails from Russia, and is loaded with all kinds of Steampunk goodness. Look at all of that detail in front. It’s as if Jules Verne took up Steve Jobs’ role a few centuries early. There isn’t much info on it, but the picture speaks loud and clear.

Iiyama ProLite E1906S-B 19 inch LCD monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

iiyamaIiyama has introduced another eco-friendly LCD monitor, the ProLite E1906S-B. This 19-inch LCD monitor is all about the energy efficient display, reducing power consumption by nearly 35.9% compared to regular panels.

The monitor supports a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, a 5ms response time, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, two 1W speakers and D-Sub as well as DVI connections. The ProLite E1906S-B is green, so will require $208 worth of green from you.

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakers

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakersHere’s a cool USB keyboard that looks awesome. It’s the 400-SKB005 from Sanwa. What sets it apart from your boring regular keyboard is that this keyboard comes with built-in dual 1.5w stereo speakers. It also features blue LED backlighting, for those who type in the dark.

The Sanwa 400-SKB005 is available now in Japan for 7,980 Yen, which is about $84. No word if this will show up outside of Japan, but don’t get your hopes up. This 109 key keyboard just looks cool. The speakers are a bonus.

Onkyo announces two Windows 7 ready amplifiers

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Onkyo announces two Windows 7 ready amplifiersOnkyo Japan has announced the TX-NA5007 and TX-NA1007, the company’s first Windows 7 ready amplifiers. The TX-NA5007 (200x9ch) and the TX-NA1007 (180Wx9ch) are both sexy in black and also DLNA compliant. Both support Dolby NR Professional Logic IIz, , Dolby NR TrueHD, DTS-HD Mater and playback of WAV (linear PCM)/WMA (DRM)/WMA Lossless/MP3/AAC/FLAC/Ogg Vorbis formats.

Both the models have plenty of HDMI ports. You’ll find 8 on one and 6 on the other, along with 2 outputs. They should hit Japanese stores by September 11.

Tangle-free headphones zip together like a ziplock

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009


Necessity is the mother of invention. This one was sorely needed. How many times have you had to deal with tangled headphones? I hear ya, too many. Lee Washington was sick of tangled headphone wires, so he did something about it.

He created a way for the two wires to stick to each other when not in use, sort of like how a ziplock bag works. When the headphones are not in use, you can just zip them together. It’s the little things like this that make our lives so much easier.

IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headset

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headsetThe IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headset is pretty unique and pretty neat too. Corporations will probably love this as it uses a corporate ID along with a Bluetooth headset. The device offers talk time of up to 40 hours and standby time of 600 hours.

The IQUA will also give you vibration alert if you want to keep things on the quiet and can handle VoIP calls and 3-way conference calls. You’ll know if the Bluetooth connection is active thanks to some multi-colored LEDs which also indicate current call status and low battery.

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birds

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Bird Identiflyer enjoys clever wordplay, birdsMost humans out there who really love birds probably have some bird related knowledge and can identify birds by their songs. But maybe you are a novice bird enthusiast who hasn’t yet learned to identify them by sound. Well, the Bird Identiflyer can help.

The Bird Identiflyer can quickly identify bird songs with just the press of a button. It will help you to identify 120 birds and even 10 frogs by their songs and colors. You can search by region, color, habitat or alphabetically. Select the bird, then press a button to hear its song.

Spend and save coin bank

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Spend and save coin bankThe Spend and save coin bank turns saving money into an exciting game. Either way, it’s a win/win, whether it goes into savings or spending money. Obviously the spending tray is much smaller. This bank “deflects, and randomly deposits coins” while simultaneously looking like tupperware.

Much like a casino, the real winner is the bank. Or the folks who make it, anyway, since you are going to shell out $19.99 for it, use it for a few days, then get bored. But hey, it’s a fun idea.

JVC HP-S560 and HP-S360 headphones

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

JVC HP-S560 and HP-S360 headphonesJVC has just announced its HP-S560 (10Hz to 25kHz) and HP-S360 (10Hz to 24kHz) headphones that boast 32O impedance and 112dB/1mw output for superior audio quality. Both models feature the specially developed “Dual Protection Structure” on their driver units which suppresses unnecessary resonances.

Both will be available in Japan sometime between September and November. We don’t have any info on how much they will cost, and whether they will be available outside of Japan. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Revo IKON iPhone dock with DAB radio

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Revo IKON iPhone dock with DAB radioRevo has a new radio dock, the IKON, with DAB+ radio and Internet radio. It also functions as an iPhone/iPod dock and features media sharing capability from both Macs and PCs over a local Ethernet or Wi-Fi network. What really sets it apart is the 3.5″ touchscreen display, which offers a much better interface and will show off the usual info like album art and song data.

The bookshelf-sized stereo also provides FM radio and an aux-in jack for alternative sources. The Revo IKON also sports flat-panel NXT speakers with 30W of power. It’s set to arrive in the UK for £280. After that the IKON will ship worldwide in October.

ASUS uBoom USB Sound-bar Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

ASUS uBoom USB Sound-bar SpeakersAsus has unveiled its first ever multimedia speaker series. The uBoom and uBoom Q soundbar speakers will deliver high fidelity audio and bass through a maze-like reflex port, which is then channeled through speakers specially designed to be positioned within the audio sweet-spot of most rooms.

Both models have USB 2.0 connectivity for audio output along with an interesting design that lets you “dock” your notebook, with the 2.1 notebook speaker able to pump out 24W of audio power.

HP Wireless Comfort Mouse gets style

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

HP Wireless Comfort Mouse gets styleLooks like you have another choice when it comes to a stylish mouse. HP is rolling out their new Comfort mice with new and updated designs aimed at younger users. The HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse in Red sports a flowery design and a special sculpted fit for maximum comfort. It also features a 4-way tilt scroll wheel and a few programmable buttons.

The HP Wireless Comfort Mouse HDX has similar features, but with a blue design. While the HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse in Expresso boasts a modern black design with white circles. They will cost you from $14.99 to $49.99 depending on the design.

Brick Pic: DJ HERO on Nintendo Game & Watch

Posted in Brick Pic by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

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This is how DJ HERO would have looked on Nintendo’s Game & Watch.

Paul Frank Skullcandy headphones and earphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Paul Frank Skullcandy headphones and earphonesIf you have a Paul Frank iPod case, you might want to think about matching it up with a pair of these Paul Frank headphones and earphones. The way we see it, there’s either Paul Frank and his monkey, or Hello Kitty. Which side are you on?

Paul Frank and Skullcandy have teamed up for this artists series of headphones and earphones featuring Paul Frank’s Julius and Scruvy characters. They are available in different funky colors and shapes. The prices range from $21.95 to $54.95.