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Sony unveils special edition Billabong VAIO W netbook

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Sony’s VAIO W netbook is one of the most expensive in it’s class, so you can be excused for not picking one up, but this may just entice you to do so. This limited edition VAIO W has been announced in Australia, designed in a partnership with Billabong.

So if dripping paints and lime are your thing, this one should ship Down Under next month. The 10.1-inch machine features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1,366 x 768 resolution panel, Windows 7 Starter and a GPU that won’t do 1080p.

Samsung shows off 19-inch transparent AMOLED display

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Samsung has another world’s first on it’s hands. This time a 19-inch transparent AMOLED display, taking the technology up a few notches from the 14-inch model they were showing off at CES in January. The company has now achieved a 30 percent transparency on its designs, and so they have some big ideas on how they want to use the technology.

Samsung sees it used in storefront advertising, just like in the sci-fi movies, HUDs for helmets and even car windshields.

Eken M003 Android MID

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Eken’s M003 Android powered tablet is a follow up to their previously released M001 device and has now started shipping. It’s available for about $230. Some features include: Android 1.6 OS, 600MHz VIA processor, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 128MB RAM, and an SD card slot for up to 32GB storage.

The Eken M003 also sports an 8 inch touchscreen display with icon or menu drag features and auto rotation, a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and even stereo speakers. It’s available in pink, black or white. The bezel is a tad large, but it looks like a nice affordable iPad aternative.

ASUS PA246Q Professional LCD Monitor

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Check out this unusual looking monitor from Asus. It was designed specifically for graphic designers and photographers. The ASUS PA246Q professional display uses the P-IPS panel to deliver an ultra-wide viewing angle.

This professional LCD monitor is also optimized for color accuracy and Adobe RGB color space to deliver the most precise color reproduction. Professional photographers need accurate color more then the rest of us after all.

Tokyoflash Gridlock watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Tokyoflash, makers of high-end nerdware, have yet another futuristic watch. The Gridlock watch features an asymmetrical design with a curved, brushed metal case, a black screen and an orange interface. I know, you have the usual question. How the hell do you read this one?

Well, the hours are displayed on the left in highlighted squares, while the minutes on the right in digits. It’s not nearly as tough to read as some of their other watches, but just as good looking.

MIT student develops colorful 3D gloves for better gesture based applications

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Gesture based technology just got a whole lot more colorful thanks to this MIT student’s ultra colorful Lycra gloves. Robert Wang and his faculty adviser Jovan Popovićt are the designers of this colorful project. The color sections on the gloves allow for a full range of hand gestures to be recognized by the computer system.

It also helps the system better recognize your hands as 3D shapes. A Webcam is used to capture the gloves, while software recognizes and translates the color patterns and compares the patterns to a database of hand gestures. After finding a match, it generates a virtual 3-D model.

The Star Trek crew beams into Microsoft offices

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

To boldly go where no man has gone before…And occasionally beam into Microsoft. Microsoft has an amazing Star Trek sculpture in the lobby of their Studio D office, that continually gives the appearance that Kirk, Spock and the rest are materializing. How cool is that?

The illusion is simple. Beads.The installation was inspired by the classic 1967 episode “Mirror, Mirror,” and was created by Devorah Sperber, an artist known for creating illusions using unconventional materials. This artwork is made up of spools, chenille stems, and semi-translucent beads.

Money Counter and Counterfeit Note Detector

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

You know how it is. You’ve sold a ton of dope or just unloaded a huge shipment of guns, or maybe you’re just a millionaire who doesn’t trust banks and you keep your cash piled high in a secret room. You need to count all of those greenbacks.

Use this Multi-Cash counter & counterfeit detector for counting your multiple currencies. It comes with an onboard OLED count display and a detachable LCD display for customers, and built in UV, Metal and Thread detection for added security.

flOw wireless speaker concept shakes up your music

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

It’s just a concept at the moment, but David Boyce’s flOw has a lot of potential. The five-speaker set can be arranged into an iPod docking station, but unlike other docks, any of the speakers can be taken somewhere else while the music follows wirelessly.

The real interesting part is that each ball has integrated gesture sensors and accelerometers, allowing you to turn down the volume by turning it over or you can switch tracks simply by shaking the speaker. Shake it lightly and you get a soft jam, shake it hard and you get Heavy Metal.

White next-gen iPhone now spotted

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

So we saw the white front plate earlier this month and now Chinese site Apple.pro has some shots of what it claims to be the white next-gen iPhone, fully assembled and laying next to the black model we’ve seen many times. You can almost hear the sweet sounds of them singing Ebony and Ivory. Touching.

Mythbusters style, we’re calling this rumor confirmed. Now all you need to do is choose which color you want, back-in-black or Wazz-up white? Choose wisely.

11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver with actual screwdriver feature

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Every timelord needs tools. Especially if you’re into DIY projects. This diecast illuminating screwdriver with sounds is based on the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. But it’s not just a good looking replica.

It actually functions as a real screwdriver and comes with assorted reversible bits. You can pre-order it now and it should ship this August. Just don’t expect it to open any doors magically with sonic power.

Velcro makes the iPad even more versatile

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

This is the kind of forehead slappin duh innovation that we love to see around here. It’s so simple, we wish we had thought of it. When you attach velcro to your shiny new iPad, it turns Apple’s portable tablet into a wall-mountable hands-free display, but that’s not all.

With velcro there are probably hundreds of new ways to use the iPad. How about as a GPS unit mounted on your motorcycle’s gas tank? Risky for your iPad, but it works. Jesse Rosten demonstrates some interesting uses of velcro in the below video.

Lenovo releases IdeaCentre A300

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2010

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 that we mentioned back in April is now available. The all-in-one has shown up at LogicBuy for $679.15 with free shipping.

Some features include a 2.2GHz Intel Pentium T4400 Dual-core CPU with 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 21.5-inch 1080p LCD, 320GB hard disk drive, Intel GMA X4500 graphics with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.

PayPal offers in-app payments for Android

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2010

PayPal just launched its Mobile Payments Library for the Android OS, allowing developers to include in-app payments into their software without having to worry about keeping customers’ personal financial information secure. This means that soon you’ll be able to make PayPal transactions on your Android device without having to leave the application that you’re using.

This is pretty convenient for Android users. You can even purchase a pizza using PayPal as illustrated in the image above. But does this in-app PayPal payment method violate the Android Market Content Policy for Developers? It states that “developers should only charge for applications and downloads from Android Market through the Market’s Payment Processor”.

New Google Doodle is a playable Pac-Man game

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2010

This made my day. This weekend’s Google doodle, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, is the best yet. The image is actually a playable 256-level Pac-Man game. Crazy right? Yes. And completely awesome.

It has all the elements of the original game. Just hit the “insert coin” button and you can even play 2 player mode with the WASD keys on your keyboard. Go play now. I can’t wait to see what else Google is planning for their Google Doodle.