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Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray Hands-on Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2010

Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray ReviewToday we were able to try out the Samsung BD-C6500 1080p Blu-ray player, one of Samsung’s latest line of players featuring high-definition video along with the Samsung Internet@TV. The new players do a good job of grasping onto the future of digital media by bring internet connectivity into the player and directly into your TV.

The BD-C6500 player features the ability to playback full Blu-ray 1080p HD video along with Dolby Digital sound and output it through HDMI, S-Video, Optical and 7.1 analog audio. What’s really interesting about this player however is it’s integration to the internet and online media.

Zumreed Dreams Square Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Zumreed Dreams Square headphones feature a frequency response of 20-20,000Hz with 32Ohm of impedance, and a 3.5mm gold-plated stereo mini plug, plus they look nice and retro, even if they are square. They weigh 210grams, combining a simple leather headband with square earpads.

They come in six different colors for just $69.99. If you are looking for smething different in a pair of headphones, the Zumreed Dreams Square headphones are worth a shot for casual listening.

Cleankeys Touch germ-free keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Do you type with toilet paper on your fingers because you are afraid of germs on the keyboard? Are you constantly spraying it with disinfectant? Worry no longer. Cleankeys has unveiled the new germ-free computer keyboard with a completely 100% touch sensitive interface. That eliminates all of the nooks and crannies that germs and harmful bacteria like to hide in.

The average keyboard has 3,295 germs per square inch, in case you were wondering. Toilet seats have about 49 germs per square inch. In comparison, the Cleankeys touch sensitive keyboard has just 33 germs per square inch.

Alien sculpture made from 1,200 lbs of motorcycle steel

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

There are few things scarier than the Aliens from Alien, even when they are made from steel. This is the work of three artists from the Irish company RoboSteel, who gathered 4,000 pieces of steel and then welded together this “Alien Queen”.

This 8-foot sculpture would be even scarier than the one in Ridley Scott’s film, because it’s right there in your face. What’s not scary is that it is green. 90% of the Alien’s 1,200 pounds of parts are recycled from Yamaha motorcycles.

ezGear unveils a Traveling Surge Protector

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

With airlines charging you for everything, traveling can be a real hassle. You don’t want to take any additional luggage that you don’t have to. You’ll want to pack the ezGear Surge2Go portable power strip though, as it gives you three outlets with enough space between each for larger plugs.

It also has a built-in surge protector that shields your devices from power surges. An LED indicator lets you know that everything is working as it should.

XCM Cyberchrome PS3 case

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Want a new look for your PS3? Anything beats the usual black, but the XCM Cyberchrome PS3 case makes your console look extra sexy. Check out that shiny chrome exterior. Hey, it will match your vintage toaster and let you admire yourself while playing games.

It will cost you $70, but at least your PS3 will stand out from the crowd. Maybe blind you when the light shines into your dark gaming abode, after an all night gaming session.

Weigh to go luggage scale

Posted in Scales by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Remember the escale luggage scale? Well, here’s another scale that will help you avoid unnecessary fees at the airport. The device makes it easy to make sure that you don’t go over the weight limit and get charged.

The Weigh to go unit features Velcro straps and a lockable steel carabineer that prevents others from stealing it too. Weigh to go retails for $33, and will give you a reading of your luggage’s weight in both kgs or pounds after you lift it for a total of 5 seconds.

Wii laptop casemod

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Sure the Wii is cool with it’s motion control and Mii characters, but it isn’t exactly easy to carry with you. However, it is for this talented casemodder. Modder OMGPedoBear worked on this project for 3 months and the end result is a portable Wii laptop.

He created it from expanded PVC sheets, and put a 17″ LCD monitor in the lid. Games are loaded by placing the Wii DVD upside-down in the front-loading tray. There are also a couple of extra fans to deal with the heat.

LG’s 15-inch 15EL9500 OLED TV heads for Europe

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

We know that you’ve been waiting for LG’s new OLED television, with it’s 3mm-thick display, and you won’t have to wait much longer. It sports a 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 0.001ms response time. It’s sexy on the inside and sexy on the outside.

LG has announced that the 15-inch OLED panel will hit Europe this May and the US in the summer. Those with lots of disposable cash can pick it up for €1,999 (or $2,725). It ain’t cheap, but you already knew that.

Haleron iLet Mini HAL Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

If you have decided against the iPad due to it’s price and the Joo Joo just isn’t doing it for you, then maybe the 7″ iLet Mini HAL might be the tablet for you. It sports a 600MHz VIA CPU and a 7″ touch screen with 2GB of flash memory and the Android 1.6 OS.

Those specs aren’t great, but hey at least it’s an affordable tablet at $199. And that storage is expandable via SD card and the OS is upgradable anyway. Some other features include Wi-Fi, 128MB of RAM, a USB port, and a 16 hour battery life.

Prototype Windows Phone 7 Series Smartphone from LG

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Aaron Woodman, the director of consumer experiences for Microsoft’s mobile division, showed off a prototype of LG’s Windows Phone 7 Series phone over at Engadget. We don’t have many details, but we do know that it’s a QWERTY slider that’s just a tad thicker than the iPhone, with a 5MP camera, and six hardware buttons.

Woodman wouldn’t confirm or deny if Windows Phone 7 Series would support Mac OS, but he mentioned that they are currently discussing it at least. A windows phone supporting Mac OS? Maybe. Sounds like crazy talk.

Nexus One Coming to Verizon in March

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2010

Google Nexus One coming to VerizonThe folks over at Neowin are stating an anonymous contact inside Google has provided them a tip that the Nexus One will be coming to Verizon on March 23rd. Google originally launched their first handset back in January from themselves only for $529, and very shortly after with T-Mobile for $179 with a 2-year contract.

When the Nexus One was launched the Google website stated it would be coming to the Verizon network sometime this spring but did not give an exact date. These rumors give it an exact date to coincide with the International CTIA wireless show in the United States, however pricing have not yet been provided.

OtterBox releases cases for HTC Droid Eris

Posted in Otterbox by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2010

Otterbox case for Droid ErisOtterbox has released a couple of new protective cases for your HTC Droid Eris phone, adding to their Commuter and Impact series of cases.

OtterBox’s Commuter series case (on the right in the above photo) for the HTC Droid Eris provides 3 layers of protection with a screen protector, silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell. The Impact series, like it sounds, is a little more padded to provide protection from impacts to the device and has a couple layers including a screen protector and molded shell.

i-tab electronic songbook

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2010

Musicians will love this. The i-tab comes with a 5″ touchscreen display that will display and scroll through chords and lyrics in perfect synchronization as you are playing. Think of it as a music teleprompter for the guitar.

The device has 4GB of internal storage space, which should hold thousands of tabs that you can purchase and downloaded from the i-tab online Tab Store. There are 5,000 tabs available right now, with around 500 being added weekly.

Twitter-enabled LED table

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2010

Looks like a Lite-Brite table, but it is so much more. Instead of the usual, controlling a device via Twitter, or just displaying and reading tweets out loud, this LED does something different. It uses the tweeting masses to generate patterns of light on the table in an artistic way.

This is accomplished by using a hashtag and a specific format for entering colors and coordinates, which first are sent to a MacBook Pro and then transmitted to the table over Bluetooth. There’s even a live USTREAM feed that lets you see the results of your tweet.