Archive for February, 2010

Sony’s first 3D receiver for $500

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

3D is a real pain in the ass. First, all of this new fancy 3D equipment is costing you a lot. But it’s not just the price. Your receivers can’t pass 3D signals because they aren’t equipped with HDMI 1.4. Here’s some more bad news. Only one of Sony’s 4 new receivers supports 3D.

The 7.1 channel, 110W STR-DN1010 will be Sony’s “affordable” 3D receiver. It will cost you $500 when it becomes available this June. It’s the first to support HDMI 1.4 3D pass-through technology over 4 HDMI ports.

GorillaPod goes magnetic

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

GorillaPod, the very useful bendy tripod has just announced its newest version: GorillaPod Magnetic. This version has magnets on its feet, allowing it to attach to just about any magnetic surface and do it’s duty.

It still works without sticking to a surface, of course, if you want to use it that way. But it’s much more versatile with it’s new ability. Expect it to be available in April for all of your odd tripod needs.

Wacom adds new interactive pen displays for medical industry

Posted in Displays by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

Most people who are familiar with the Wacom name think of the line of consumer and artist focused graphics tablets that let users draw or write directly on their computer screen. Wacom also has a full line of pen-enabled displays that are aimed at use in medical and other markets.

Wacom has added a pair of new pen enabled displays to its line called the DTU-2231 and the DTU-1631. The 2231 is a 21.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 that is designed for use in medical fields like radiology and other medical professions. The screen lets doctors make notes directly on images and highlight areas for review by other health pros.

Radeon HD 5830 video card may debut next week

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

Another rumor has popped up online that has AMD set to launch a new video card soon. The card in question is the Radeon HD 5830, which was said to be delayed not long ago. The new card is reportedly set to debut on February 25.

The card will have 1280 stream processors, 750MHz core, and 1GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 4000MHz according to reports. Pricing is unknown for the 5830. AMD is also supposedly going to unveil a new version of the HD5870 called the Eyefinity 6 edition after CeBIT.

MacBook update rumors circulate

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

he fountain of Apple rumors never runs dry. Almost as soon as rumors about a new Apple product turn out to be true when products are unveiled, rumors about the next version of the same product start. It’s a vicious cycle. The latest rumor has updates for MacBook Pro notebooks coming soon.

Rumors are popping up all over the place that the line will get unspecified updates. It has been a while since the MacBook Pro range was updated, so updates are sure to be coming soon. These rumors point to March 14 for the updates to land.

iiView Vpad tablet is a netbook on the inside

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

Last year the product category everyone wanted to get in on was eReaders. Now we have eReaders from just about every company capable of producing them. This year the big category everyone wants in on appears to be the tablet market. We can thank the iPad for that.

The latest tablet to be unveiled is the iiView Vpad that is more like a netbook without a keyboard than the iPad. The machine runs an Intel Atom processor and Windows. It has USB ports, Ethernet, and VGA out as well as a memory card reader. The screen is a 10.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600.

Leech Plug unplugs itself when its finished charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s something that’s good for the environment and will save you money. We all know that our devices continue to cost us money even when the device connected to a power outlet is turned off or fully charged, but it’s a pain to keep unplugging these things.

The Leech Plug will help with this situation. It works like an actual leech, when the device is fully charged, this power adapter is smart enough to disconnect itself. It does this using a timer circuit and electromechanics that allow it to detach itself once fully charged.

Kindle for BlackBerry e-reader app now available

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Amazon is now adding BlackBerrys to the list of Kindle-compatible devices, while reminding us that it’s working on Mac and iPad versions of the software. The app is a free download for Americans and offers the same functionality as the PC and iPhone versions.

There’s also an in-app book store and you can create bookmarks and view annotations from other portable Kindle readers. Better go download it and get your reading on you digital bookworms.

Sound Scrape concept projects images to match your music

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Music visualizations can be cool to watch, but the Sound Scape concept takes it to a another level, using a built-in LED projector to delievr those visuals, which will match the music that is being played.

It’s limited though since it’s all based on nature. Don’t expect to see a gangsta movie when you’re playing rap. You’ll get something soothing instead. Like fluffy clouds and water. The controller can change tracks or volume of course, but it is just a concept for the moment.

Infinitec infinite USB memory device

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Infinitec’s new flash drive is one pretty unique flash drive. It’s a USB stick that packs an 802.11n module which can create an ad hoc network through any device’s USB port. Even though it looks like just a flash drive. Put simply, it will let you stream media to devices that don’t like you streaming media.

For example, inserted in a DVD player, you don’t have to worry about the player’s supported network standards or your PC’s sharing settings. All you have to do is set the Infinitec stick anywhere from 1GB to 1TB+, then load MPEG4s right from the stick, streamed from your PC which is loaded with accompanying software. It will work with anything with a USB port, including game consoles.

Energy-recycling artificial foot

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Meanwhile in prosthetic foot news, a new prosthetic foot has been developed and detailed in a PLoS-One paper by Steven H. Collins (Department of Bio-mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology) and Arthur D. Kuo (Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan).

This latest artificial foot uses a micro controller to operate a device in the foot which stores energy from the down step and then releases it on the up step, thereby mimicking the natural movement of a human ankle. So it’s an authentic fake foot. Or at least as authentic as a fake foot can be.

LG introduces Skinny Frame PDP TVs

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

LG has just launched a range of new plasma display projection (PDP) televisions in Korea, the X Canvas 60” 60PK550 and 50” 50PK550, 2 PDP TVs with a 600Mhz panel and a 25mm thin edge around the screens. The new displays are much brighter and twice as clear the older versions according to LG.

Both televisions feature an upgraded voice system and light sensors that automatically adjust brightness and energy efficiency, which should help you save up to 60% on power consumption.

Luxa2 M4 Laptop Cooler with Swarovski crystals and polished aluminium

Posted in Coolers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

So laptop manufacturers should really be making their products good enough so that you don’t need to buy a separate cooler, but since we live in an imperfect world, we still need to buy them. And if you are the type that loves Gucchi, Prada and needs everything decked out in crystals and sparkle this would be your laptop cooler of choice.

This Luxa2 M4 Laptop Cooler is USB powered and will cost you just $49.99. It may not say Fendi, Prada or Gucchi, but it does have Swarovski crystals.

Superplexus ultimate 3D puzzle drives me crazy just looking at it

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

If you’re looking for a puzzle game that makes Rubik’s cube seem easy, this is for you brainiac. The Superplexus is a 36 inch diameter sphere that holds a 300 foot long maze track around which you have to guide a wooden marble.

Sure that sounds like fun, but you can imagine the frustration. The first frustration will be the price. $30,000. The true puzzle here is how you will come up with the money and why you would want to spend thirty grand on this thing.

Yale students invent Spokeless Bicycle Wheel

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Several students from Yale University have created a bicycle wheel that does away with the spokes entirely. Pretty awesome. All of our future bicycles will probably look like this one. They should all be patting themselves on the back.

But I’m sad to see the spokes go. Where will we put our baseball cards so we can make that weird noise? It also leaves less room for reflectors. If only bicycle spokes had had a spokes-person, perhaps they wouldn’t now be facing extinction.