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Pac Man Arcade Cocktail Table

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

We could all use a retro arcade table that will also entertain our guests and this one is pretty awesome. The Pac Man Arcade Machine Cocktail Table comes with 13 classic arcade games, which include Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally X, Mappy, Xevious, Galaxian, Pac-mania, Rolling Thunder, Bosconian, Dragon Spirit and Galaga 88 and Dig Dug.

Those are some classics. And if you want to make some money, just charge them .25 to play each game. Though that might be a good way to make sure these guests never come back.

Sonic the Hedgehog motion-controlled mini sega genesis console

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

This compact game console is shaped like Sonic the Hedgehog’s spiky blue head and plays some classic 16-bit SEGA Genesis games and even comes with Wii-like motion controllers. They are trying super hard here to get your money and they are going to have to try harder if they want mine.

Despite the “110+” claim, the system comes with a total of 40 games. There are 15 classic licensed games, 7 “interactive sports games”, and 18 “arcade games”. The system ships with a pair of wireless controllers, which look like they have traditional D-pads and also motion control.

Star Trek home automation system is awesome

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

Star Trek nerds everywhere will be telling their number one’s to make it so, while doing number two in their pants after seeing this. This might be the coolest home automation center ever. Obviously it was created by a serious Trekkie.

It’s custom-built to be just like Star Trek’s LCARS user interface. Sadly, the rest of his house doesn’t look like the Enterprise, so he probably spends all of his time in this one room, which may or may not include a fish named Livingston.

Best Buy offers free GPS with iPod touch, free smartphones

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

Best Buy today has kicked off a post-Thanksgiving sale with a heavy emphasis on iPods. If you buy an 8GB fourth-generation iPod touch, you get a free GPS unit from the store’s in-house Insignia brand. Other iPods are also on sale, ranging from $5 for a fourth-generation iPod shuffle to $10 off new iPod nanos and $15 off the iPod classic.

It’s a good day to buy an iPod it seems. Zune too. If you want a Zune HD, you can also get a deal, as those who buy the 16GB or 32GB models can get a Zune HD AV Dock for free.

Wire spring tires win R&D award

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

These super strong wire tires are made of woven wire. There’s no air. Just layers and layers of springs designed to withstand the most extreme environments possible. NASA and Goodyear have teamed up to build these ultimate off-road tires.

They can withstand impacts and survive them much better than your average inflated rubber tire. Since the material is made of springs, it also contours itself according to the terrain, giving you excellent traction. Plus they look neat and shiny.

Microsoft patent would let touchscreens make real keyboards

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

A new patent from Microsoft has been spotted and it could lead to touchscreens that could change shape to create keyboards and other tactile objects where none exist. It is called a technique for a “light-induced shape-memory polymer display screen”.

It can send ultraviolet light to a plastic layer above each pixel, changing its topography. Varying UV wavelengths would serve to make different parts hard or soft, creating bumps and ridges that could feel like a real surface with actual keys. This design could be used with projectors, though it might not be limited to projectors.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 gets Android 2.1

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2010

Sony Ericsson has started the first wave of Android 2.1 upgrades for the Xperia X8. Some of the mid-range smartphones will get the upgrades today and this should be followed by a “gradual” rollout to every carrier and country that supports the X8. We don’t have a solid timeframe since it depends on approvals from each carrier.

Some additional Xperia X10s are also getting the upgrade. The X8 updates are the same as for the X10 mini and mini pro, which didn’t get the full-size X10′s 720p video recording but did add support for media sharing with TVs, new versions of Sony Ericsson’s custom Mediaspace and Timespace layers, and the updated app and compatibility support inherent to Android 2.1.

Tokyoflash Kisai RPM watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2010

Tokyoflash has released its latest watch design, the Kisai RPM. This is the first concept to become a reality from the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog and it is based on an idea from a Tokyoflash fan from the UK, James Fursedon.

The Tokyoflash Kisai RPM is easy to read, unlike some of their watches. The hours are shown on the inner ring, while five minute intervals are shown on the outer ring. Four single minutes are positioned at the top of the display along side the AM/PM indicator. Lights showing the current time will flash for several seconds to make it easier to read.

Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel medium format camera priced at €13,990

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2010

The premium for that Ferrari badge on Hasselblad’s Ferrari-branded H4D is about €7,500 (maybe more). And now Hasselblad has just revealed another variant of the H4D-40, with the Stainless Steel edition.

This edition offers a more classic theme with the usual limited run. Only 100 will be produced, each costing €13,990 (or $18,497) without a lens or €14,990 ($19,809) with the HC 2.8/80 mm. It’s just a tad more affordable than the Ferrari version.

Acer AZ3750-A34D all-in-one PC

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2010

The Acer AZ3750-A34D all-in-one PC is pretty damn sexy, with a 21.5-inch LCD, a 3.2GHz Core i3-550 processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB (7200RPM) SATA hard drive, multi-format card reader, DVD burner and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.

There’s also a gigabit Ethernet port, a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), eight USB 2.0 ports and a bundled mouse and keyboard. It will cost you ¥69,800 (or $832). Acer is making AIOs look good.

Woow Digital The One tablet to ship with Tegra 2, Gingerbread

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

Want a powerful tablet? Woow Digital is reportedly planning to offer something a little more powerful in a tablet. The company is planning to launch a 10-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display Android tablet in December that will feature a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WCDMA 3G and it will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It’s scheduled to launch in Japan for around $500 and will be available in other regions including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe soon after. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for this one.

Playboy 250GB Hard Drive ships with vintage issues

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

We’ve seen magazine companies bundle content with hard drive purchases in the past. Remember the National Geographic external hard drive? Well now we have a bundle that’s a little more adult oriented.

The Playboy $300 250GB hard drive contains every single issue of the magazine dating back to 1953. That’s a lot of boobs and airbrushing for sure. $300 is expensive for a hard drive, sure, but you’re really paying for the boobs.

Nokia X7-00 with four speakers spotted on video

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

The unannounced Nokia X7-00 has been caught on video, where it shows off a sleek body, a nice shape and four speakers. The display looks like it is 4-incher and it’s powered by the latest version of Symbian OS.

Pictures of the back of the phone suggest that the camera will be an 8-megapixel camera and the video shows it playing Need for Speed without any problems.

iPad 2 details surface

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

Digitimes is reporting that Apple will be adding five new features to the iPad 2. These include video chat, a thinner glass panel for better portability, a USB port, new display technology and 3-axis gyroscopes. The video chat we’re talking about is likely FaceTime, so that means that the camera feature will be hitting the iPad.

The improved display could be Apple’s Retina Display. The USB port would be very welcomed by everyone. We’ll have to see how this rumor pans out. It does all make sense, but that doesn’t mean it’s true.

Hasselblad’s Ferrari H4D camera now available for €21,499

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

Hasselblad’s Ferrari-branded H4D medium format camera is now shipping to the wealthy among us. This is basically just an H4D with a Ferrari makeover. Not that that justifies the price.

Just 499 of these are available today. That’s how many insane rich folks they think might buy one. Each one costs €21,499 ($28,425) + tax.