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GoBandit HD GPS camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

The GoBandit HD GPS camcorder offers 720p HD video recording capability, is waterproof and comes with a lens that rotates. It also has built-in GPS which shows your current and maximum speed as well as altitude on a 3D map. Pretty neat.

If you like you can attach it to a helmet, goggles or other equipment. It weighs just 145 grams. Great for those with an active lifestye. The GoBandit HD GPS camcorder will retail for about $400 when it becomes available.

Play Origami MP3 player

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

Everyone’s MP3 player of choice may be the iPod, but every now and then we do see something different in a concept, which we would like to own. The Play MP3 player doesn’t have a touchscreen or buttons. Instead it works by doing origami.

Fold the player in half to play. If you want to rewind, just slide one of the pieces. Sure it isn’t practical, but Origami fans should love it. Still, we don’t expect to see this one anytime soon.

Two PS3 Slim models hit the FCC

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

Some of you are no doubt still using that bulky, loud and power hungry, original PS3. Maybe the Slim didn’t get your attention. Well, Sony is still hoping that you want something in a slim according to FCC documents.

The two documents don’t go into detail about any of the changes, but it looks like these two models are physically similar to the current Slims that are already available. They sport Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi but that’s about all we know.

Bioserie iPhone cases are made from plants

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

We’ve seen so many iPhone cases, we didn’t think there could possibly be anything new under the sun. But there is, and under the sun is correct since the Bioserie iPhone Case is made from Bioplastic, which is made from 100% plants.

Now that’s a green iPhone case. The Bioserie iPhone Case will be available in a bunch of colors, including green, blue, black and a few others, and it also has a leaf like design on it.

eScale Luggage Scale

Posted in Scales by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

With so many travel rules on airplanes and other hassles, it’s amazing that people still fly at all. But the Heys USA eScale Luggage Scale will at least help take the guesswork out of how much your luggage weighs. The eScale Luggage Scale is a small digital luggage scale that will help you avoid an airline’s overweight fees.

It’s ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand and be comfortable to use, with an easy-to-read display. It even comes with a 1 year warranty.

VTech FLiP animated e-Reader for children

Posted in VTech by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

VTech has introduced the world’s first animated e-Reader for kids called the FLiP. The portable device sports a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, built-in dictionary, a QWERTY touch keyboard and is a fun way for kids to learn through stories, watching and learning.

Your kid will be able to learn with their color cartoon character friends, play interactive reading games and view the story dictionary, while pretending that they have a big person gadget.

Lowest temp Olympic torch ever is made by jetmaker Bombardier

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Yes, the Olympic torch is cool, as in it looks pretty neat. But it’s also cool in regards to temperature as well. The torch of the 2010 Winter Games has been carried all over Greece and Canada since October 30, 2009 and gets to be the coolest one ever used thanks to a fuel mixture of propane and isobutane.

It was designed by design director Leo Obstbaum and built by jetmaker and high-speed train manufacturer Bombardier. In all there were 12,000 torches hand-assembled in Montréal, one for each carrier. It looks classy and futuristic, not just some stick that’s on fire.

Glow in the dark toilet paper

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Or as we like to call these glowing rolls: Light wipes. We told you about glow in the dark tp back in August, but since the blogosphere seems to think this is a new thing, and since you may not have seen this before, we thought we would revisit this amazing development in luminescent wiping technology.

It’s great if you are wiping your crack in the dark, sure. But during a power outage it can actually help you find your toilet. Surely it’s safe to wipe with something that glows like radiation.

Vintage 8-track transformed into an iPod dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

I love Vintage radios and 8-Tracks. Many just have a retro design that can’t be beat. The kind of style that no one is delivering today. The only thing better than a well designed vintage 8-Track player would be one that was modified as an iPod dock.

That’s exactly what we have here. This instructable shows you how to do it. Clearing out an 8-Track’s guts to to hold the contents of an iPod dock isn’t all that hard. The most important thing is that you start off with a great vintage device.

Sharkoon launches SATA QuickPort Duo USB 3.0 docking station

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

It’s nice to finally see a steady flow of USB 3.0 devices hitting the market. The latest is from Sharkoon Technologies. The SATA QuickPort Duo USB 3.0 docking station. It will hold a few SATA hard drives/SSDs, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. It holds 2.5” and 3.5” SATA hard drives and SSDs.

While not much to look at, it sure will come in handy for backing up data. The device includes two USB 3.0 ports and retails for 59.90 Euros if you’re want to pick one up.

Huawei E398 triple-mode LTE modem

Posted in Modems by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Huawei‘s E398 triple-mode modem is the first triple-mode LTE modem in the world that is compatible with all three major network standards: LTE, UMTS and GSM. It will give you high speed LTE access and allow you to switch over to UMTS or GSM without a problem when LTE is not available.

The E398 is also specially designed to address requirements for operators to introduce commercial LTE services with flexible evolution roadmaps. Look for it to hit Sweden initially from Net4Mobility.

Spying school district turned on webcams 42 times, FBI gets involved

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Remember that PA school district that was caught spying on kids at home? Well, according to the Washington Post, the school district has admitted to remotely activating those laptop webcams forty-two times over 2 years. (You have to wonder how many times they didn’t admit to.)

So now the FBI is involved and would like to determine if the school district violated any wiretapping or computer-privacy laws. Should be an easy call. Remember the school district claims that the remote activation of webcams was simply to recover stolen laptops, but the incident came to light when they tried to punish a student, using a webcam shot taken while the student was at home as evidence. The only thing stolen here was privacy.

Metal Gear Arcade’s head-tracking 3D glasses

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Craving some new arcade gaming head gear? How about this fashionable new “Metal Gear Arcade” head gear? The arcade game is based on Metal Gear Online and the head gear adds 3D and head-tracking. There’s also a gun controller and to complete the experience, the sit down arcade cabinets even pump out 5.1 sound.

This new arcade version of the game will be ready to play at the AUO Expo in Japan this week. We aren’t sure when you will be able to buy and wear this head-gear yourself though.

Sharp JD-4C1CL/CW Cordless Phone with Photo Frame

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2010

Sharp is still trying to make the landline hip. They’ve kinda succeeded with this one. The new JD-4C1CL/CW is basically a typical cordless phone, but the docking station features a 4.3-inch digital photo frame and 64MB of internal storage space.

And it looks decent. Even stylish. We don’t have much more info right now, but we can tell you that it will ship in brown, red and white in April. We also don’t have a price. We do know that we like it.

HP V1020h Pocketcam just $109

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2010

HP has announced the new V1020h, which records at 720p and is a SDHC card-reading pocketcam. It also sports a built-in USB plug and an HDMI port to preview media at native resolution. But the best feature is that it costs just $109.

We don’t have much info on the V1020h’s specs yet though, but at that price it’s already looking like a great deal. Hopefully you like that purple color. If so, it will hit shelves this summer.