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Mathmos Blob and Flow Touch Sensitive Light Pets

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

Check out these Mathmos Blob and Flow Touch Sensitive Light Pets. The eyes of the creature light up each time you touch it. Wanna wake up your pet? Just fondle it and it will wake up. You can also make it wink, go a little crazy or put it back to sleep.

They come in blue-eyed Blob and feisty Flow models and are powered by USB or through an adapter. Kinda cute, but also creepy. Those in the UK can pick one up for £35. But really, don’t you have anything better to do?

Hungry Batteries concept get thin as they get drained

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

This interesting concept will let you know visually when your batteries are low. Designer Mac Funamizu came up with the Hungry Batteries concept that has the batteries physically slim down more as they hold less charge.

Great idea, but it’s cheaper to just include one of those strips that can tell how much juice is left. If our gadgets also shrank, this would be great. No idea what they are made of or how long they would last.

Popbox is the first set-top box to support RealD 3D

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2010

Popbox is the first entry-level media streamer and set top box to offer RealD 3D support, allowing you to enjoy 3D from the comfort of your living room. Broadcasting a 3D signal is as simple as sending the signal through a standard HDMI cable, but RealD will do it side-by-side, using circular-polarized light.

You might want to check to make sure your TV is capable of this kind of performance. No matter what Popbox model you own, it should be able to stream RealD content though.

Some HP Envy 15 units shipping with Display and Webcam issues

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

The HP forums are going crazy over the popular Envy 15, because some buyers are receiving models with screens that randomly go blank and/or webcams that only show full color under fluorescent light.

Looks like HP is on it though, offering a full refund or repair. However according to one user, two trips back to HP could not fix his laptop’s webcam. It isn’t all HP Envy units, but 20 pages of complaints on the HP Envy Forum means that something is clearly wrong.

Adesso offers mechanical key gaming keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2010

Gaming keyboards are one of the peripherals that can make your gaming sessions more enjoyable. Most gamers like keys that have lots of tactile feedback and click nicely. Adesso has a new gaming keyboard that will make this sort of gamer very happy.

The keyboard is the MKB-135B and it is available for $99.99. The full-size 104 key keyboard has mechanical keys that click audibly when pressed and promises great typing feel.

Motion Computing debuts two new rugged tablets

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2010

Motion Computing has been making rugged tablet computers for a long time. The company’s machines find their way into medical facilities and the work vehicles for field service folks.

The company has announced two new rugged tablets today that share most of the same features. The machines are the C5v and the F5v. Both have hot swappable batteries, a 160GB HDD, and up to 4GB of RAM.

Samsung breaks dodgeball world record to celebrate Reality handset launch

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2010

Dodgeball – never was a word uttered by a middle school coach that thrilled some and terrified others at the same time. This is the game coaches use to weed out the weak as they sat around laughing while the kids that throw really hard aim for the testicles of the fat slow kid.

I thought once adulthood came around dodgeball was something you didn’t play again, but Samsung has proven that wrong by holding a massive game and setting a Guinness World Record to celebrate the Verizon launch of the Reality mobile phone. The record breaking game had 712 players and 600 balls.

Apple selling more iPads than Macs

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

There’s no question that Apple is selling tons of iPads. To the tune of more than 200,000 iPads per week. According to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, sales of the device have outpaced those of the Mac in the United States and are now closing in on those of the iPhone 3GS.

200,000 iPads compared to 110,000 Macs. The iPhone does 246,000 per week. These are just analyst estimates, but they are probably in the ballpark. If accurate, this is a heck of a milestone for Apple.

Best Buy offers bundle for grads

Posted in Best Buy by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2010

When it comes to high school graduation, most grads don’t want the sort of things that you would get on the average birthday. They want big-ticket items like computers, cars, and game consoles. Best Buy has a new bundle that gives the grad exactly what they want and saves the parent money.

The bundle includes an Xbox 360 Arcade game console and a notebook computer. The Xbox 360 Arcade is the same old console we already know about. There are two notebook options with the same hardware.

Forever White Teeth Whitening Headset

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

For those of you striving to look like something out of a dental horror movie, there’s the Beaming White’s Forever White Teeth Whitening Headset. You get a music headset that can be connected to your iPod or computer, allowing you to be distracted by music as you creep out everyone around you.

The device uses blue LEDs that are on the same wavelengths as professional teeth whitening machines, promising whiter teeth in about an hour. Comes with headset with a 2.5w blue LED light, a battery pack, hydrogen peroxide gel, a check retractor and a carrying case.

Westinghouse unveils affordable LED TVs

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

In the market for a new LED TV? Westinghouse just introduced several affordable LED HDTVs, priced for those on a budget. They measure just 1-inch at the edges. There is a downside though.

It doesn’t support HDMI 1.4a, which means no 3D support for you. Models up to the 42-inch model are Energy Star 5.0 compliant, while certain models also support being hung up using a wall hanger, instead of a specialized mount.

HP says that cows could power server farms

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

The folks over at HP have a special place in their hearts for cow manure. And I’m not talking about their press releases. Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Seriously, HP is into dairy cows now in a big way. They think that they could turn manure into fuel and use it effectively.

With the right equipment, methane can be extracted from the manure and since the average cow makes enough waste per day to power a 100-watt light bulb, if they had 10,000 cows…That’s enough fuel to generate a one-megawatt data center.

YouTube and Yahoo pillows

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Are you a fan of Youtube? Of course you are. It’s full of cute kitties and humans being hit in the crotch and whatnot. What about Yahoo? Well, then these pillows might be for you.

Rest your head on the web with these geek pillows from etsy. These handmade fleece pillows measure about 12″x12″ and are filled with 100% polyester fiberfill, not videos and photos from your account.

Google TV combines TV, Android and…everything else

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Google is finally launching Google TV, which brings regular TV and web video to your TV. Plus, Android apps. Should be very powerful, given those factors. Google says that there’s the web, which lives on your laptop and your phone, and the TV world, which lives on your TV.

Google wants to incorporate both of those worlds into “a single seamless experience.” They want to give you the same experience at home on your TV as you get on your computer. A Google search box lets you search and find results from your TV and from the web. If you select the TV channel it goes to your TV channel. Pretty straightforward.

Japan to broadcast 2022 World Cup in 3D holograms

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

3D is nothing compared to holograms. R2-D2 knew it way back in 1977 when he broadcast Leia’s message to Obi-Wan and the rest of us are just catching on. Now Japan wants to broadcast 3D holograms to stadiums all over the world for the 2022 World Cup.

They claim they will able to capture the action with 200 3D HD cameras at each game while microphones under the field would record the sound. They also assume the technology would be available for projecting 3D holograms onto the field itself, making it seem like you were watching the game in person.