Archive for 2009

Audi Traveling Shaver concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Normally we don’t think of shavers as being beautifully designed, but this concept shaver from Audi sure looks sweet. It’s enough to make you shave all day long even if you aren’t covered in hair like a Sasquatch.

For now this is just a concept, but if artist Poling Huang ever gets it done for real, Audi lovers will be well groomed indeed. Just look at that beautiful sheen and shape. Looks like all it’s missing are the wheels.

Purse Lights help women find gadgets in the dark

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Seems like whenever gadget makers offer women new products, it either involves make-up, the color pink or something for their purse. Well, this one covers all of those bases. Purse Lights are powerful LED lights that can help you find your pink gadgets hidden at the bottom of your purse…In the dark.

Just press the button and you’ll be able to find whatever you are looking for. Seems we’ve heard of this before, when it was called a flashlight. Of course it comes in stylish designs such as zebra, leopard, chrome, and black. And yeah, pink too.

DreamBook Light U11 Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

The DreamBook Light U11 sounds like a notebook that will transport you to Narnia or some other fairy tale, but it’s actually a more down to Earth notebook from Pioneer Computers in Australia. The company is known for producing products with innovative technology and stunning performance down under.

The DreamBook Light U11 is an 11.6 inch ultra portable and light weight notebook that features an an Intel dual core SU2300 or SU4100 processor. The processors work together with up to 4 GB of memory. Some other features include Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel Webcam and VGA and HDMI outputs.

Digital Video Camcorder with optical telescope lens

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

What we have here is a cheap video camera from Chinavision with a huge-ass telescopic lens. That’s an 8x optical zoom. The camera is a 30fps digicam that shoots in MPEG4 and stores it onto an SD card. It will also shoot 12 megapixel stills, sports a built in flash and a 3″ TFT flip-out screen.

The camera doesn’t come with a native optical zoom but has a 4x digital zoom and a macro focus mode. Just look at the lens. It won’t fit in your pocket, that’s for sure.

USB powered mini speaker is retro-modern

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Check out this portable speaker from Japan, the UMAZONe. This USB 2.0 powered speaker will deliver 0.35W × 2ch output though a 38mm diameter speaker unit on the bottom. It’s designed as a vacuum tube amplifier with LED flashing lights for a classic and at the same time modern look.

It’s compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7. The UMAZONe speaker is priced at about $25 and comes in Silver and Black. We’ve seen far worse looking little speakers and you can never go wrong with vacuum tubes.

Q-TV2 Speakers put stereo speakers and a subwoofer behind your HDTV

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

We don’t know for sure if the sound on this thing is awesome or sucky, but we love the design in which Q Acoustics hides a complete speaker system behind your flat panel TV. The setup works with TVs between 30 and 42 inches and attaches to an existing frame. It will even work with your TV sitting on a stand.

Right now it’s only available in Europe for $500. Sure it’s pricey but it gets the speakers out of the way and chances are it’s better than the speakers built into your TV.

Xbox 360 laptop sports retro style

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Xbox 360 laptop? Normally when you hear about such a thing you think Ben Heck. Amazingly enough, this is the work of someone else. It is the creation of CollinE from Ben’s forums.

We love the red and black color scheme and the giant X on the top lid. This 360 stays true to the original console in most respects, even the “wind tunnel” noise generated by Collin’s five fans. If you want to try your hand at this, a video tour of the hardware is available.

Airtrax re-invents the wheel, makes it omnidirectional

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

You can’t re-invent the wheel. Or can you? Airtrax has done just that, with omnidirectional wheels that actually work. The new wheels will target industrial vehicles, where all of that rolling forward, back, sideways and diagonally will come in handy.

Who knows, maybe we will see these on passenger cars eventually. Sure would help with getting stuck in the snow.

Amazon sold more Kindle books than physical books this Christmas

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle broke an important record on Xmas. On Christmas, the company sold more Kindle books than physical books. Yes, they did have a huge push for the holiday. Many people got a Kindle for Christmas and ordered a bunch of eBooks. But it’s still impressive.

The question is can they maintain this momentum? Were it not for a huge banner on their front page for the last week, begging you to buy the Kindle in time for Christmas, sales would not have been so sweet. So we aren’t sure that they can maintain strong sales, but who knows.

iToos M6HD PMP with 1080i

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

The iToos M6HD PMP is capable of outputing 1080i via HDMI and the price is certainly right. It features a 4.3-inch TFT screen with 1360 x 768 resolution, 4GB of internal memory which is upgradeable via memory card, and the usual support for a bunch of codecs, including FLAC audio and H.264 video.

The retail price is just $58.50, but right now the only known online retailer selling it is Ownta for $87. Hopefully it will show up elsewhere for closer to $58.50.

Creative Gigaworks HD50i speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2009

The Creative Gigaworks HD50i speaker system aims to deliver maximum stereo impact on your desktop thanks to Creative’s High Definition Driver technology, the Titanium Super Tweeter, and BasXPort technology.

They look pretty good for their size. The front knob will adjust volume/power, and a blue LED lets you know when the speakers are powered up. And of course you can dock your iPod and enjoy all of your favorite tunes. The Creative Gigaworks HD50i speakers will cost you $169.99 and comes with a remote controller.

Coffeemaker, Mac mini and subwoofer gets shoved into an iMac DV case

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2009

This is quite a site to behold. It’s a functional Mac mini, JBL Spot subwoofer and WMF1 coffeemaker shoved into a defunct iMac DV case. And it’s called the iMac CS. It’s bizarre, yet beautiful, like a gift from the Apple store in heaven. Klaus Diebel has done an amazing job.

Yes it’s a coffee-making media server with its own sound system. A custom version will cost you about €300 (or $431), but you can probably build your own for less money.

Averatec releases Christmas Edition Netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2009

Averatec has announced their latest special edition netbook. The HS-105 Christmas edition. The netbook features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 2GB of RAM, and an Intel 945GSE.

Some other features include a 10.1-inch LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution and LED Backlight, a 160GB or 250GB HDD, WiFi, and a 1.3MP webcam for video conferencing. No info on pricing or availability just yet, which is odd for this Christmas edition.

Seiko updates their PyramidTalk clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2009

Older readers might remember the PyramidTalk clock which verbally announced the time and other information. Seiko was selling the clock in the 80′s and people loved it. Well, now consumers in Japan can get an updated version.

Just press the top of the PyramidTalk once to hear what time it is and a blue LED light will come on. If you press it twice, the radio wave clock will verbally tell you the date, temperature and humidity and it’s also an alarm clock.

DoDoNa S-100 MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2009

The DoDoNa S-100 MP3 player is a cube with some old school iPod controls and some buttons on top. It comes in your choice of black, white, yellow and green.

The S-100 features a 1.1″ OLED display capable of 96 x 96 resolution, an integrated loudspeaker, 4GB of internal memory, FM radio and it supports MP3, WMA, OGG and FLAC file formats. The S-100 will deliver 15 hours of audio playback using headphones and 8 hours through its speaker.