Archive for October, 2010

Sharp Aquos BD-AV07 Ultra Slim 3D BD Recorder

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

The latest ultra slim 3D Blu-ray recorder from Sharp measures just 35mm thick. The Sharp Aquos BD-AV07 sports a digital TV tuner and supports BD-RE, BD-R as well as BD XL disks.

This BD recorder also supports Japanese VOD internet services. Sharp will release the Sharp Aquos BD-AV07 in December for about 85,000 Yen or around $1,047. If you like thin and don’t mind the price, then pick one up this holiday season.

Xbox Live Silver to be called ‘Xbox Live Free Membership’

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

It’s all in the name. Microsoft is renaming its free Xbox Live Silver service to “Xbox Live Free Membership,” according to a tweet from European community manager Graeme Boyd. Anything with free in the name does sound better to the ear. This comes alongside the refreshed Xbox.com and the Xbox Live Gold price hike, as part of an apparent pre-Kinect relaunch of the Xbox’s online presence.

The new name no longer emphasizes Silver’s status as subordinate to Gold, but instead highlights the advantage of that level of membership being free. In a followup tweet, Boyd clarified that the feature set for Silver won’t change.

Samsung develops Portable X-ray Detector

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Samsung has announced a portable X-ray Detector that will allow X-ray images to be taken more accurately. The X-ray Detector is attached to a monitor that will convert the captured X-ray image directly onto the screen.

They say that this solution is less harmful than typical X-ray machines and that it will give a more accurate diagnosis. Samsung claims that the device will be less trouble for patients who suffer from severe musculoskeletal pain. It’s a nice advance in the X-ray world.

Samsung Jot concept with old-fashioned rotary dial

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

While we mostly look forward, some tech designers look to the past for inspiration. This “Jot” concept phone design for Samsung incorporates a rotary dial, along with a capacitive OLED display and a removable stylus.

It’s allows users to make phone calls using the rotary dial while the stylus is used for writing messages. We love the retro look, but who is seriously going to dial using that rotary dial? And it isn’t exactly pocket friendly either.

Netflix could offer DVD-less plan this year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

While announcing the company’s Q4 financial results, CEO Reed Hastings called his Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail.” There was also an indication that a streaming only plan for US customers, mirroring its offering in Canada, is currently in limited testing.

This could become widely available later in the fourth quarter of this year, when “pure streaming” could become the core package for Netflix, while DVDs might require a premium service charge like Blu-ray does now. If the price ends u being reasonable, this is awesome news.

Nintendo Wii Remote Plus just $39, included in new red bundle

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Looks like things have gotten more official on the American release of the Wii Remote Plus. The controller takes the MotionPlus attachment and bundles it right into a normal looking Wiimote. It will cost $39.99. The new model will also be included in a new red Wii bundle.

With the included copy of New Super Mario Bros it will cost you $199. Also the new 25th Anniversary red DSi XL bundle Nintendo announced last month is official too, at $179. All three launch in a few weeks, on November 7.

Samsung adds prescription lens option to active shutter 3D glasses

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

In an effort to stand out from other 3D offerings and entice you to buy a new 3D TV, Samsung is the first major manufacturer to offer a prescription version of their 3D glasses in Korea. The SSG-R2200 models are similar to the company’s other active shutter 3D glasses, but they’re made to order from an optometrist.

This way you will actually be able to see that glourious or not so glorious 3D. These should be available in the US eventually. No word on pricing yet, but hopefully it won’t be too much.

Dyson DC23 Animal Canister Vac climbs steps

Posted in Dyson by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

The latest addition to the Dyson family is the Dyson DC23 Animal Canister Vacuum. This one features level 3 root technology. The DC23 Animal will suck up all of your pet hair and clean your couches and carpeting, while coming with a bunch of handy accessories.

You get a stair tool, a brush tool, a crevice tool, and a hard floor tool. And as a bonus, the DC23 can climb steps, making it easier to clean stairs compared to more traditional vacuums. It will cost you $399 for that privilege however.

Sony RM-KZ1 remote control for kids

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

If your little rugrat starts throwing around the standard remote control that comes with your TV, it’s not a big deal. But what if you own a more sophisticated universal remote with a full touchscreen display? You don’t want the kids destroying that one.

Sony is here to help. The RM-KZ1 universal remote control was specially designed and built from the ground up for kids. It’s splash proof and features a locked down battery and programming compartments, you also have a “volume limiting” feature which locks the volume in place.

Apple unveils iLife 11

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

As expected Apple has announced its latest iLife ’11. iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand have all been updated. iMovie ’11 will introduce audio editing options as well as one step effects. The People Finder function makes it easier to identify individuals in movie clips, and is a good tool for budding movie makers.

Apple has also thrown in FlexTime, Groove Matching, additional guitar and amp effects, new piano and guitar lessons and other improvements to make the software more usable than before.

Marshall teases new headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

We don’t know much about these new headphones from Marshall, but we do know that they’ll be available on November 15 and that they’re apparently perfect for hipster graffiti artists.

Maybe tattoo artists as well. The packaging alone makes these tempting and the name Marshall certainly carries a lot of weight. At any rate, all will be revealed soon. Hopefully the price won’t keep them too far out of reach. We definitely like what we see so far.

Boxee Box ships November 10th

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

Well, now it is confirmed that the D-Link Boxee Box will begin shipping on November 10th. It will come pre-loaded with Boxee 1.0 to get you started. If you placed a pre-order with Amazon, you could receive your Box as early as November 11th.

The rest of the Boxes should start arriving in stores on November 17th. Just goes to show you that sometimes it pays to place an Amazon pre-order instead.

Verykool R80 Rugged Survival Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

Rugged phones are usually more rugged than pretty, since they are made to survive harsh conditions. But here’s the exception. A company called Verykool has a new rugged phone called the R80 that looks attractive. The phone is a quad band device supporting 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and it uses GPRS class 12 technology.

Some other features include a 2.4-inch screen and it has a screen on the back that is a 1-inch OLED. There’s also Bluetooth, USB tethering, and PC sync capability as well as a 2MP camera and four hours of talk time and ten days on standby.

Tron inspired LED Watch from Tokyoflash

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

The guys over at Tokyoflash never stop designing cool new watches. The latest one is part of their concept series, and it was designed by Scott from the UK. And we hope they put this one into production very soon, since it looks awesome.

The two rings (based on a Tron Disc) represent the minutes and the hours. The break in the ring represents the time in a normal clock face layout. We hope that they make this tron inspired LED watch asap.

2001: A Space Odyssey Monolith Action Figure

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

This may be the coolest action figure ever and it isn’t a man, a robot or an alien. It’s the 2001: A Space Odyssey Monolith action figure. A perfect scale model of the original monolith from the 60′s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Zero points of articulation, but it kicks the ass of all other figures. You can now own your very own non-posable 2001: A Space Odyssey Monolith action figure for just $12.99 from ThinkGeek. Pose some monkeys around it or have some astronauts dig it up on the moon’s surface.