Archive for 2009

HP responds to ‘racist webcam’ claim

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Remember that video of Desi and Wanda from the other day? The video made it look like the HP MediaSmart PC with facial recognition doesn’t work with black people. Well, HP has responded. They blame bad lighting for the PC not being able to follow Desi’s face.

The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty “seeing” contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.

Fleximus camera for those hard to reach places

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Designer Art Lebedev apparently likes to take pictures of things that are not easily accessible. And so his new design concept called Fleximus, was born.

There’s a lens on one end and a compact peephole viewfinder on the other. Need a larger peephole? Just snap on Art’s larger viewscreen to give you a better look at things. We suppose it’s a good spy cam if you don’t need to be very stealthy. Maybe you can look through keyholes, from around a corner.

LG GS200 comes packs loud sound, low price

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Are you in the market for a simple and affordable phone? Have a look at the LG GS200. At the moment it’s only available in Russia for just 3900 rubles or $130, but it should be hitting other countries soon.

The LG GS200 features an FM radio, music player, Bluetooth, 2-inch 176 x 220 pixel display, 1.3-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot. Sure it isn’t high-end, but for the price it’s not too bad. What do you think?

New keyboard modded to look old

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

We have no idea why someone would mod a new wireless keyboard into the old looking one you see above. It must be a sickness or a dutch thing since this was created by a Dutch guy.

He took a Logitech Wireless Wii keyboard apart, mapped the key codes and did some soldering to make it all happen. But why? I guess I’m just not all that nostalgic about old keyboards. What do you guys think? Do you prefer this, or a new keyboard?

Wooden Cannon USB speaker

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

You just don’t see the ole cannon as much these days, what with our machine guns and killer robot drones, but if you have a special place in your heart for the cannon, then check this out. It’s a wood USB speaker. In the shape of a cannon.

The Wooden Cannon USB Speaker plugs into your computer via the USB port and has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which allows it to work with other MP3 players. The speakers will deliver 2.5W + 2.5W output. So how much is a wooden cannon USB speaker? Only $22.

Yamaha YHT-S400 sound bar

Posted in Yamaha by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Yamaha’s YHT-S400 sound bar is an impressive 31″ in length and stands only 2″ high. Looks pretty stylish for being so long. It features an integrated subwoofer inside the receiver making it pretty perfect for your apartment.

It also helps you save some space in your living room. The Yamaha YHT-S400 also includes UniVolume which ensures that your volume level stays consistent even when you change channels. So how much will this one cost? About $599.95.

Hello Kitty 12.1 megapixel camera

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Here’s yet another Hello Kitty camera to celebrate the cats 35th anniversary. Can you believe this kitty has been with us for 35 years? This isn’t the first 12.1 megapixel Casio digicam we’ve seen for Hello Kitty either.

This limited edition, is a Korea exclusive. The Casio EX-Z90 features all the same features as the regular one, including 3X optical zoom, auto-detect and “Intelligent” autofocus. It will cost you around $300 and it doesn’t get any pinker.

Apple Store offers next day delivery

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

The Apple store is in a gift giving mood. Their gift to you? Not great prices, but a nice offer for those who are too busy to buy presents. The Apple store is offering free next-day delivery with no minimum order.

With this deal, you can shop as late as 1pm on Dec 23rd, and still receive your order before Christmas. Of course custom configurations will take longer and probably won’t ship on time. Great for those who are too busy to shop around.

Insignia Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Photo Display

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Everybody hates alarm clocks. So most of us wouldn’t pay $49.99 for an alarm clock. But what if it had the ability to display pictures, a media card reader and 128MB of internal memory? That might be worth the money.

The Insignia Dual Alarm Clock Radio does just that while still keeping up with its alarm clock duties. It will display digital pictures on its 3.5-inch display. The only thing missing is an audio-in jack to turn it into a speaker. That would have really sold me.

Asus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Move over Roomba, there’s a new robo-vac in town. Asus wants a piece of this market as well. The ECleaner robot sports a 6000-hour UV light that also helps disinfect your floor and comes with a slot that can be used for spreading the smelly fragrance of your choice.

It can even be controlled using a remote control and will be battery powered. Look for the ECleaner to be available in China and Taiwan before 2010 for about $150.

Art Lebedev’s Transparentius makes roads safer

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Transparentius is a simple and great idea. Just put a camera on the front of a large truck, then project that image onto the back of the truck. This makes the truck “transparent” for the driver behind, who now has much more information about what lies on the road ahead.

If you know what’s coming, you won’t get flattened like a pancake on the road when you try to pass. We don’t know how the rear projection is achieved or how sunlight glare factors in, but Art Lebedev usually has it all thought out. The real question is, how expensive would this be?

Star Wars wine stoppers

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

May the force be with you as well as fresh wine. Any wine drinking geek worth his puny weight in galactic credits needs himself a cool Star Wars Wine Stopper. These fun Star Wars Wine Stoppers include R2-D2, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and even a stormtrooper.

Who knows more about stopping wine than these guys? C’mon the original trilogy stopped you from dating girls, now it’s characters will stop your wine. If you want one, they are available for $12.00 each over at Etsy.

Gingerbread Star Trek Enterprise

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

Tis the season for all manner of geeky desserts. We’ve seen our share around here, whether they be Star Wars or Star Trek. All are delicious if not nutritious.

Here we have the Star Trek Enterprise made of gingerbread. Apparently it lacks the necessary propulsion to keep it upright and so is kept afloat by several glasses beneath. I would love to take the first bite and cause a hull breach.

I-T Click finger mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

The mouse has gone anorexic. I mean look at this thing. You can barely get a finger on it. Somebody better plug that guy into the USB port and let it eat. This one is called the I-T Click Click 2 and yes, it’s controlled with a finger and a thumb.

We aren’t sure how comfortable that would be, but we imagine that it’s like a constant pinch without anyone yelping. The I-T Click Click 2 features an 800dpi optic sensor. Those in Japan can purchase this thin mouse for 1980 Yen or $21.

Looftlighter starts fires with hot air

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

This may look like a curling iron, but if you wind your hair up in this thing it’s likely to disintegrate in a fiery poof. Basically the Looftlighter is a handy way to light fires without using fire or even lighter fluid. What it does is blast out hot air at temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that’s a fire.

At $80, it seems expensive, but it should save you money in lighter fluid over time. Heck, it just makes things easier if you start a lot of fires in your fireplace. Just don’t mistake this for your hair dryer.