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Sanyo and NTT DoCoMo release the Gorilla Plus PND

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

The Gorilla Plus is the latest portable navigator from Sanyo and NTT DoCoMo. It features a 5-inch LED backlight touchscreen display with 8GB of internal memory, real-time traffic information and the latest Map update.

It will also deliver more information ranging from accommodations to restaurant recommendations but that will cost you 315 Yen (or $3) to get access. The Gorilla Plus also lets you upload Point Of Interest (POI) and other useful information from your PC to your PND using an SD card.

Sharp announces Galapagos e-reading tablets

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Sharp missed out on the Tablet wars and are instead focusing on an eBook reader. Their new Galapagos e-reading tablets will hit stores in December and there are two models available. One has a 5.5-inch LCD screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution while the second is larger with a 10.8-inch display featuring a 1366 x 800 pixel resolution.

They also have a track ball for navigation that you can use like a PC mouse and can flip the pages. Both are loaded with Wi-Fi and are heading to the Japanese market. Hopefully they will hit the US soon as well.

Sony SMP-N100 network media player

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Sony has just introduced the SMP-N100 network media player in the UK. It will allow you to access Bravia Internet video, using Wi-Fi and DLNA support. This makes it similar to Apple TV, allowing you to stream content via Wi-Fi throughout your home from the Sony SMP-N100 directly.

You can access YouTube, the BBC iPlayer and Demand Five, and films. Content Noise Reduction is built in to improve the quality of streamed video. It will hit the UK market next month for about £120.

Verizon Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition arrives September 30 for $249

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Verizon has just announced that it will be charging $249 for the R2-D2 Limited Edition, with a $100 mail-in rebate on contract, which means that you’ll actually be paying $350 up front. For that money, you also get a Star Wars-themed dock and a box custom-designed to look like carbonite.

You’ll also get a variety of custom live wallpapers, sounds, photos, widgets, and a “binoculars app,” which is probably a digital zoom tool. There’s no mention of whether this features the rumored 1.2GHz processor from the Droid 2 World Edition.

Sanyo QuaDrive PLC-HF10000L projector is crazy bright and costs more than two Kia’s

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

Sanyo has a number of projectors on the market with some of them for home users and others for larger settings. The most recent projector for the company for large venues is the massive PLC-HF10000L with QuaDrive technology.

The QuaDrive tech adds a yellow element to the red, green, and blue that are inside the typical 3LCD projector. The yellow source allows for more colors and better picture quality. The projector supports 1080p resolution with a max resolution of 2048 x 1080.

Robot hand with space glove designed for NASA hits eBay

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

People put some weird stuff on eBay and some of the stranger items are fake. If you are a loaded geek that likes space and robots, you need to head over to eBay and bid on an authentic robot hand developed for NASA.

The hand was made on a contract for NASA along with another prototype, it and the one on auction are the only two ever made. The hand was built by Mark Rosheim in the 90′s and wears a custom-made glove constructed by the firm that makes space suits for NASA.

Order in Chaos clock is hard to read and cool at the same time

Posted in Clocks by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

We have seen our share of strange clocks around there and typically, when we are talking timepieces they are wristwatches from Tokyoflash or some similar purveyor of odd watches. This wall clock is from a designer that was looking to make a statement about the order in chaos.

The clock has the numbers you expect to see around the clock face, but those numbers are broken into bits. As the hour gets closer, the numbers slowly take more from until you can read them. The single hand in the center of the clock is for minutes.

Nagisa Phone concept looks like a surfboard

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Mac Funamizu has designed a smartphone concept called the Nagisa Phone. It looks like a surfboard with a dented looking keypad. The other stand out feature is a display that literally “turns around the bend”.

Nagisa means beach in Japanese. This would be an awesome stylish phone, but sadly we don’t expect it to hit the market anytime soon though. It’s a great design.

Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 7 devices on October 21?

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

According to Neowin, Microsoft will launch a wide range of Windows Phone 7 devices on October 21. If this info is accurate, Microsoft will hold several launch events worldwide on October 21 to introduce its latest Windows Phone 7 handsets. The company is also planning to hold an open house event in New York City on October 11 where it plans to show off some of the new devices.

Devices will hit retail shelves on October 21 in the UK, France, Germany Italy and Spain. It’s unknown if these devices will be available in the United States on October 21.

Segway company owner dies, drives Segway off a cliff

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

The current owner of Segway died yesterday after he rode off a cliff and into a river in England. They found Jimi Heselden’s body yesterday at 11.40am yesterday by the River Wharfe in North Yorkshire, with his X2 Adventure with him.

Jimi was 62. Police think it was just a weird accident. The man was worth $262m though. And Segways don’t go so fast that he wouldn’t see the cliff coming. Well, however it happened, it’s a sad turn of events.

German paper claims 3Ds will launch on November 11

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

A German newspaper has published a rumor that it dug up claiming that the Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan on November 11. The 3DS is the latest portable gaming console from Nintendo and will support 3D gaming with no glasses required.

The German paper, Blid, also claims that the 3DS will hit Europe in the spring of 2011. The story offered no insights into a launch date for the US. The publication also listed several video games that it claims are launch titles for the portable console.

Sony updates VAIO E, F, L with new CPUs, graphics

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Sony has upgraded PC lineup with some speed and option upgrades across some models. The VAIO E series gets most of the updates: options for the faster 2.66GHz Core i5 580M and 2.53GHz Core i5 460M, and a new 2GHz Pentium dual-core option for build-to-order models.

The EA and EB now have options for Mobility Radeon HD 5650 video and 1080p displays, while every E series gets purple as a color choice. The VAIO F gets a visual performance upgrade with the newer GeForce GT 425M and a single USB 3.0 port.

Latest Tokyoflash watch concept will leave you cross-eyed

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

So what time is it? Can you tell from that image? I can’t. But if you focus you just might see the time. It’s 5:36. With this watch time is read and hidden by an optical illusion. Now I see it. Thanks for hurting my eyes.

If for some reason you can’t see it, there’s a button on the side that turns off the illusion and displays just the numbers. Pretty cool, even if it is a pain to see.

Sony’s boom beverage speaker now available to Americans

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Japanese commuters have been able to get Sony Japan’s SRS-V500IP for awhile, but us yanks have had to do without. Not anymore. Audiocubes.com has brought it to the US. It’s an iPod friendly version of the RDP-NWV500 sound mug. It’s also available in black, orange, and pink, and has the same Circle Sound Stage speaker system for a full 360 degrees.

A 3.5mm audio jack is thrown in to connect to other devices as well. It’s priced at $240.

Star Wars Lightsaber Pens

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

If you use pens a lot, instead of typing away at a keyboard, you should have something special to write with. If you are a geek, then this is it. Feel the power of the force flow through you as you sign important documents.

As the tone of your letter or document changes, switch from light to dark side colors. These lightsaber pens are available in green, red and blue and come in their own collectible tin. Only $19.99.