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YouTube to support 3D mobile uploads

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

YouTube and LG has announced that it will start accepting mobile uploads in 3D, allowing users to share 3D videos. LG’s Optimus 3D will be the first to have the option, with its glasses-free display, allowing it to support much of the 3D content that it records.

We don’t have any specific details, but it should mean that any device with stereoscopic 3D should support it too. This move will allow amateur 3D video to be easily spread and distributed via Youtube for us all to see.

Anatomy model sleeping bag

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

We’ve seen plenty of neat sleeping bags here at the Brick, but this is one I wouldn’t take camping. This thing is sure to attract animals, who think they can see your insides and pick your bones clean. Use it at your own risk.

The anatomy model sleeping bag is now available for sale. Maybe young doctors in love can get a pair and geek out, naming all the organs to each other at night. We say it’s just gross.

New slim notebooks to arrive soon, looking for MacBook Air

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

Apple’s MacBook Air is still enjoying being the slimmest notebook around, since the Dell Adamo has been axed. Soon it will have some competition though since Acer, Asus and Lenovo are all planning to launch new ultra-thin notebooks in the second quarter of 2011 and they will feature components that are more competitive than Apple’s MacBook Air.

That means that they can sell them at a lower price. Acer will release its new Timeline notebooks, Asus will has its U-series slim models and Lenovo is offering new ultra-thin models of its IdeaPad. The prices on these notebooks should be below $1,000.

A vending machine for golf lessons

Posted in Golf by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The RoboPutt is a high tech vending machine that will give you five minute swinging lessons for $5. That’s a dollar a minute, so I hope it works. It uses the DiGi, a small square device attached to the golf club. The DiGi measure your swing and then the information is inputted on the RoboPutt.

Then the RoboPutt goes through the motions of a perfect swing, moving the club the proper way and “teaching” you how to do it right. RoboPutt is made for pro golf clubs and other places that are golf-related. Cutom variants will also be sold to select customers for steep prices. Hopefully it works for the price.

Did Walmart sell a Georgia man a fake iPad?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

This story smells a bit fishy, but a Georgia man claims that a local Walmart sold him a fake iPad, and now the store is refusing to give him a refund.

The iPad shown in the video below is obviously one of those fake display models Walmart uses to trick thieves, but how did Ken Lamal end up with this in his box instead of a new authentic iPad? That’s the question. This story just doesn’t sound right though. In the video, the reporter takes it to an Apple tech to confirm that it isn’t the real thing. I mean, come on. You should know better. The tech says that it’s probably a “brick in the box” return, meaning that a customer bought an iPad, then substituted the display model for the real thing and returned it for a refund.

Sony Ericsson unveils the Xperia neo

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

Sony Ericsson has unveiled another addition to the Xperia line in the Xperia neo. This one is ergonomically designed to “fit perfectly in the user’s hand”. Not to qoute Neo from the Matrix and say “Whoa”. Taking photographs with it is said to be super easy.

It features Exmore R technology for perfect pictures in any condition you find yourself in. It also has a reality display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine and HDMI output. Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is running the show and you get access to over 100,000 apps from the Android Market. The phone comes preloaded with the usual Google services that you know and love. Nothing on price yet, but we know that the Xperia neo will be available at the end of Q1.

Powertrekk will charge your gadgets anywhere

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The Powertrekk is a bit of an ugly device, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in usefulness. It’s a great gadget charger for any possible gadget as long as that gadget has a USB port. Powertrekk is designed for the outdoors, which is why it has a hydrogen fuel cell coupled with a battery pack.

In fact, both can charge each other, meaning that it can juice up a lot of your gadgets. Which makes it perfect for both travel or adventure. You will always have juice with this gadget.

Cisco to Release Digi-Piggy Piggy Bank

Posted in Cisco by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The piggy bank is as old as money itself. The latest incarnation is the Digi-Piggy, which will tell you exactly how much is kept inside it. It keeps count via a digital readout on its snout. It will keep track of American coins and only coins, no paper money.

The Digi-Piggy will arrive in the third quarter of 2011 and will be available in all major retail outlets. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order it now. Seems like a great update to the old piggy bank.

iRU AIO All-In-One Desktop PC

Posted in Desktop PCs by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

Russian-based iRU has introduced their latest all-in-one desktop PC, the iRU AIO. This All-In-One is powered by either a 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-370 or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460 processor and will save some space on your desktop.

It features a 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, an integrated graphics card (Core i3-370), a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G310 graphics card (Core i5-460), up to 4GB RAM, up to 1TB hard drive, a webcam, a DVD writer and it runs either Windows 7 or MeeGo OS.

TV Remote Control Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

Hammacher has started offering this retro looking Television Remote Control Watch. It’s a universal remote control in a tiny compact package. It has six buttons on the bezel for essential functions like volume, power, channel up/down, play/rewind/fast forward.

It will control televisions, DVDs, or most other devices that use infrared signals. It also works as a normal digital watch with an alarm and a chronograph, but that’s not why you would buy it. The Television Remote Control Watch will cost you $99.95.

LG Optimus 3D gets official

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

LG’s first 3D phone, the LG Optimus 3D will make its stage debut at the Mobile World Congress. The world’s first full 3D experience phone will allow you to view and create 3D content that can be immediately viewed on the phone’s glasses-free 3D display.

The phone features a 1GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor, a dual-lens camera to record content in 3D, and a 4.3″ (800 × 480) touchscreen that can display glasses-free 3D, HDMI output, and DLNA support. We will be learning more over the next few days.

LG Optimus Pad to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The LG Optimus Pad is LG’s latest venture into Honeycomb tablets. Unofficially it’s known as the “G-Slate” for Europe and both tablets share most of the same specs. It features a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, an 8.9″ display (1280 x 768), and full 1080p HD video decoding.

There’s also Android 3.0, a 3D rear camera for capturing 3D to be displayed on a 3D HDTV or with YouTube 3D, a front facing camera for video calling, 32GB of storage, a 6,400mAh battery, and full support for Adobe Flash. It will be shown during Mobile World Congress.

LG Optimus Black to be shown at MWC

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

The LG Optimus Black first appeared at CES earlier this year and will now be shown off at the Mobile World Congress. It already has over 2 million pre-orders all over the world. It features a 4″ NOVA display that is energy saving without sacrificing its readability under any lighting condition.

There’s also a special Gesture UI, WiFi Direct and a 2 megapixel front facing camera, Android 2.2 and a 1,500mAh battery. A range of special-edition LG Optimus Black designs from the Keith Haring Foundation will be on display at MWC. We should have more details over the next few days.

HTC Tattoo found in tub of butter!

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

Who knew there was a surprise inside when you buy butter? The story here is that someone bought Norwegian butter, got down to the bottom and found an Android-powered Tattoo phone at the bottom.

It could be a hoax. Maybe someone is just trying to get attention. Butter us up. Then again, maybe there is a butter factory guy missing a phone. You would think he would have called his phone at some point though. Anyway, we’ve never seen a phone packed in butter. Until now.

Google wants to plan your wedding

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2011

Google has seemingly invaded every aspect of our lives and now it has rolled out a site to help you create your own wedding, edit photos and plan the wedding using Google’s tools, like Sites, Docs and Picnik.

Google teamed up with wedding planner Michelle Rago for the templates. She also provides tips for the couple. There’s also a wedding sweepstakes for $25,000 and the chance to get Rago help plan your wedding. Sounds crazy. Would you use this?