Archive for February, 2010

Two way toothpaste solves an age old problem

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

Putting caps on both sides of a toothpaste tube should have been done a long time ago. Two Way Toothpaste. Get it? Why it hasn’t been thought of before, we have no idea, but we’re glad that it’s finally here. It’s just a concept right now, but you know that some company will run with this one.

Now if this tube could have some actual working toothpaste inside that actually makes dental visits obsolete, then it would be perfect. If any of it actually worked, dentists would be out of a job.

Quiet down loud commercials with the MyVolume adapter

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

Loud commercials suck. So do the people who create them. I recently adjusted the settings on my HDTV to auto-adjust these loudmouth ads, but a few months later, they came back, having found a way around my TV settings. Finally there’s an easy way to quiet them down. A way that will hopefully work for good.

SRS Labs’ MyVolume adapter, is a $99 plug-and-play box that connects to your cable or satellite box via HDMI. Plug it in, and just like that, everything is leveled out to the same volume. The guys over at Dvice recently had some ears-on time with the gadget and it seems to do the trick.

Xbox 360 hard drives get colorful

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Your standard Xbox 360 isn’t exactly a rainbow of colors, but this could help. These Xbox 360 hard drive shells replace your drive’s boring gray shell and add some pizazz to your console. Each includes a bright set of LEDs under the surface, which illuminates when touched.

Apparently all the LEDs are red, so depending on the color you choose, it may or may not look weird. They’re available in blue, green, yellow, pink , clear and smoky black for just $18.91.

Next Nintendo DS may get tilt controls

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

The DS2 development kit is in the hands of a few select companies, the hardware as well. And according to one developer, Nintendo says that the DS2 was the first version, not the final version, nevertheless he’s impressed. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s genuinely the best thing I think I’ve ever worked with. I can tell you that it’s got a ’tilt’ function that’s not dissimilar to iPhone, but does a lot more. We know that The Pokemon Company are getting special attention with it.

Novero Lexington Bluetooth headset is for dudes

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

MWC is always a hotbed of new products ranging from hardware and components to handsets and accessories for mobile phones. This year a bunch of accessories have been seen including the latest Bluetooth headset from Novero that is aimed at men.

The headset is called the Lexington and has an understated black with brushed steel design. The device has a stainless steel clip to connect it to a shirt pocket when not in use. Novero ships the Lexington with a charging carry case.

Adesso WKB-4200UB keyboard unveiled

Posted in Keyboards by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

You can’t use most computers without a keyboard and mouse. This is a problem for those who work in a small space or HTPC users who sit on the couch and might not have a surface for mousing. Adesso has unveiled a new keyboard that combines two input devices to save space.

The WKB-4200UB is a wireless keyboard with 2.4GHz connectivity and 30-foot range. It has 12 channels it can change through for best signal strength. The number pad of the keyboard is replaced with a track pad.

iRobot delivers its 3,000th PackBot

Posted in iRobot by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

Robots are a big deal around here and we are all anxiously waiting for the day when robots will clean the house, mow the lawn, and cook for us so we can spend more time on video games and Facebook. There are some robots already available like the iRobot vacuum cleaners for homes and some robots for law enforcement and military use.

One of the most common robots in the military is the iRobot PackBot. iRobot has announced that it has shipped its 3,000th PackBot since the device was introduced in 2007. The PackBot has tank treads and an articulating arm with a camera to show the remote driver what is going on.

Sonim XP2 Spirit 3G phone abused at MWC

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

One of the most embarrassing things I have seen happen to a manufacturer at CES happened this year when Sonim challenged people to break its indestructible X3 handset. One guy from BBC succeeded, thwarting all claims of being indestructible. Sonim is showing off its new XP2 Spirit at MWC and letting people beat the thing up.

This time around, the handset is called “nearly unbreakable” and people are beating the device up pretty good with a tool belt featuring nails, wood, sand paper, and other torturous devices for which to work on the smartphone with. The handset is the firms first 3G offering.

Panasonic reveals BDT300 3D Blu-ray player

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Panasonic is releasing the new DMP-BDT300. The 3D Blu-ray player uses the company’s UniPhier LSI chip which allows output of Full HD images of 1080p quality in the frame-sequential method. You simply need a pair of active shutter glasses and a 3D-ready TV and you are good to go.

The DMP-BDT300 will also upscale your DVDs. Some other features include DLNA support, USB, SD memory card slot and support for JPEG, DivX Plus HD, MP3, AVCHD, MPEG2 and JPEG content.

X-TUBE DTS USB dongle now available in Japan

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

The X-Tube AS301DTS is an interesting little device. A fake looking vacuum tube USB dongle that lets you enjoy DTS surround sound right on your laptop. It’s powered by a VIA VT1610 chipset and is compatible with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

If you want to get the full DTS effects, you’ll want to use a pair of AH-516 headphones though. Otherwise why bother? The X-Tube AS301DTS will cost you around $44.

Huawei unveils 3G Soccer ball dongle

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

Huawei is offering up something that Soccer fans will love. The device above is not just a speaker in the shape of an orb, it’s a football dongle from Huawei designed to celebrate the upcoming FIFA World Cup soccer event.

A 3G broadband dongle to be precise. It works with Windows 7, Linux and Mac. We don’t have any info on price just yet, but maybe more info will be revealed when the World Cup hits South Africa. Serious Soccer fans will want to keep an eye out for this one.

Lenovo ThinkPad X201 details leaked

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

More details on the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 line have leaked out. The 12″ ultraportable device has some major changes made within and some subtle changes outside. The standard model features a dual-core 2.66GHz Core i7 processor. The slimline X201 will have the low-voltage 2.13GHz i7 as its best option.

Both models will come with a 2-megapixel webcam, your choice of a trackpad and a docking station as well. We don’t know when the new ThinkPad will make its appearance, but stay tuned. We should know more soon.

EIZO’s new 22-Inch LCD Monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

If you are in the market for a new 22 incher, this may be the monitor for you. EIZO’s new 22-inch LCD monitor is part of its ColorEdge range and goes by the snappy name of “CG223W”. Thankfully the specs are better than the generic name.

The widescreen monitor uses a vertical alignment panel that delivers a 1680 x 1050 native resolution. Some other specs include a 6ms response time, 950:1 contrast ratio, 270 cd/m2 brightness and it will cover 95% of the Adobe RGB color spectrum. It also offers DisplayPort and dual DVI-I inputs.

Star Wars speakers that look like lamps

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Meet cylinder-head Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. No they aren’t lamps, despite those heads, they are actually speakers…We aren’t sure why they have the lamp head. We only know that these things are a real disturbance in the force.

Just plug in your mp3 player and play your tunes, while pondering over those huge heads. They don’t even have alarm clocks. I think now we have officially seen everything Star Wars. Hey, they also have round bellies. That ain’t right.

Aleratec’s 1:1 HDD PortaCruiser portable Hard Disk Drive duplicator

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Sure this isn’t the most attractive or exciting device ever, but in terms of practicality, it’s pretty cool. Aleratec’s 1:1 HDD PortaCruiser Lightweight and Portable Hard Disk Drive Duplicator lets you easily clone 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard drives for backing up your data.

It also functions as a Dual Disk RAID Controller so you can attach two hard drives to it, connect it to a USB 2.0 port and use it as external storage. The 2-line LCD display makes things even easier. And it weighs only 8 ounces, so you can carry it with you.