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Revolver Camera shoots a bullet, takes a picture

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Photographers who also like to shoot guns will love this weapon. This weapon fires bullets and takes pictures at the same time. It was apparently used in 1938 in New York. The gun is a Colt 38 and it had a tiny camera attached to it that was controlled by the trigger.

We don’t have much more information than that, but it’s impressive. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to be in these pictures. Good thing nobody else got their hands on it. I can easily imagine some whack job firing away at people and posting the pics online. Yeah, this is not a good combination here.

Geniatech Android TV Set Top Box

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Geniatech has released a new Android TV set top box. It packs in Google Android 2.2 Froyo, an Amlogic 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU, 512MB of RAM and a USB port for connecting an external hard drive. You also get 2GB of internal storage and it has a memory card slot for up to 32GB.

This set top box connects to your LAN via WiFi or Ethernet and delivers digital TV, internet TV, a web browser, a music player, IM and SMS apps. You also get access to the Android Market, so you can download additional apps. Nothing on pricing yet, but hopefully we will know soon.

World’s largest NES Controller actually works, if you are a giant

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Humans love to make things bigger and better. Sometimes we make things too big for our own good. Like this giant NES controller that actually works. The only problem is that you need several people to reach all of the buttons, so any game you play will be over quickly.

This one comes from a student at Dutch University, who is responsible for the creation of this monstrous controller. It is now the world’s biggest NES controller, having outdone all others. This Nintendo controller is 30 times larger than the original remote. Players stand on the buttons to activate them. It’s 12 x 5 feet.

Is this an early look at the Wii 2?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Alright Nintendo fans. Sit down. Relax. Grab a Mario stuffed animal or something. This is bound to excite you. We have some potential news for you about the upcoming Wii 2. This is supposedly a video shot by a sneaky developer that gives us a rough look at what we can expect from the console.

We will know for sure what the Wii 2 is all about in a few weeks at E3, but for now hit the video. The controller looks like they slapped a screen on a GameCube controller. The console looks pretty typical of what you would expect. Something that looks like a docking station for the controller can be seen at the end. It all seems pretty legit. What do you think?

NEC finally shipping LifeTouch W tablet soon

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

We first saw it at CES this year and now the dual 7-inch screen Android tablet from NEC is finally ready to ship. In Japan. NEC has announced that it now has a new name, the LifeTouch W, and it should arrive sometime next month. It offers Android 2.2 Froyo and access to the Android Market.

Other features include two 7″ TFT LCD displays at 600 × 800 resolution, an ARM Cortex A8 processor, 384MB RAM, 1GB ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 support, a 3-megapixel camera, USB 2.0, an SDHC memory card slot, GPS and you can expect up to 5 hours of battery life. That’s not much, but those two screens do eat up battery life after all.

Wireless iPhone 4 alarm dock does nothing, but looks good doing it

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

See that alarm dock for your iPhone 4? It does nothing at all. Just holds your iPhone 4 and gives it a place to call home while you sleep or do other things. Just sits there like… Well, like a lump of wood. It comes from designer Jonas Damon and is made from beautiful beach wood.

Your iPhone is going to act as your alarm clock either way right? Might as well give it a decent spot to sit in and class up your place. It won’t charge your device, won’t pump out awesome sound, but it does come with a free app to turn your iPhone into one of those clocks with the flipping numbers.

Hacked Kinect used to make 360 Snowglobe display

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Flatscreen displays are so last decade. Taking a hint from the shape of our own planet perhaps, some students from Queens University have created a snowglobe display. They hacked a 3D HD projector, two Kinect sensors, and a hemispherical mirror inside of an acrylic sphere, to create “Project Snowglobe”.

The result is an almost holographic display with a 360-degree view of a digital subject. The object isn’t really projected in 3D, but follows the movements of a single person, rotating and shifting position with the viewer. You can still gesture to control various aspects of the object as well.

Tron lightcycle case mod is awesome

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Feast your eyes on this Tron case mod. It looks like it could just zip away from your desktop, leaving only a trail of light behind it. Bods Mods has just completed this 40-inch long lightcycle PC and unleashed it on the world. Or the grid. Whatever.

It features an ATX motherboard, liquid cooling, and blue light aplenty. It was created using SketchUp, Google’s 3D modeling app. After that it was a lot of foam shaping and Dremel work. The detail is simply stunning. Bods Mods has entered this case in Cooler Master’s 2011 Case Mod Competition.

Amazon lets you trade-in electronics

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Do you have some spare gadgets laying around? An old GPS, maybe an old Zune or camera? Why not trade them in for a gift card. Several stores offer this already, but now Amazon is joining them by adding electronics as their latest category for trade-ins.

All you need to do is choose from the 2,550 items currently recognized and describe the condition of the gadget and Amazon will let you know how much credit it can give you along with a prepaid shipping label. It beats throwing it away right?

Mophie Juice Pack Plus now with universal iPhone 4 support

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on May 19th, 2011

Mophie has just outed the Juice Pack Plus external battery case for the iPhone 4. The 2,000mAh battery more than doubles the iPhone 4′s life and is the largest-capacity and the first to work with both GSM and CDMA iPhone 4s. It’s made of durable rubber and don’t worry about it bulking up your iPhone too much, it adds just 1mm to the thickness of Mophie’s Juice Pack Air case.

To celebrate the launch, a special edition of the case in purple is being released. Only 3,000 will be made. Other colors available include all black or black with cyan, magenta or yellow banding.

Motorola Xoom Gets Overclocked To 1.6GHz

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

Overclocking is the computer geek equivalent to souping up a Hot-Rod. Both go fast, but in different ways. A few months back we heard that the new Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet had been overclocked to 1.5GHz, and now someone has broke that threshold, with a speed of 1.6GHz.

The guys over at the XDA are the ones who did it. They have managed to get the Xoom’s processor up to 1.6GHz and guess what. That extra clock speed helped the Xoom score over 4000 in the Quadrant benchmark app, compared to around 1500 in the Xoom with its standard clock speed. Yeah. Not a bad boost at all.

Cooler Master NotePal LapAir keeps your notebook cool

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

When you use your notebook directly on your lap, things can get hot. You can always get a notebook cooler, but most aren’t made for use on your lap and they are often bulky and uncomfortable. Well Cooler Master is here to solve your problems and keep your lap cool enough so that you can still bear children.

Their new notebook cooler called the NotePal LapAir is specifically designed for use in your lap. It features a soft sponge mat on the bottom for comfort and you can use it on a desk or table too. Other handy features include some cable management grooves, it is powered from your USB port and also has a second USB port.

Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 All-In-One Desktop PC Available Soon

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

Lenovo now has the new IdeaCentre B520 all-in-one desktop PC listed on their product page as ‘Coming Soon’. Hopefully they really mean it as in very soon. This All-In-One features a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD frameless display with optional 3D Vision support.

Other features include a 2nd generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor, Intel HD 3000 integrated or NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics, up to 16GB DDR3 RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive, a 32GB SSD, a High-Sense webcam, DVD/Blu-ray drive, a 7-in-1 card reader, integrated TV tuner, WiFi, Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and it comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Sharp’s new AQUOS PHONE IS11SH 3D capable phone for Japanese females

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

Sharp’s new AQUOS PHONE IS11SH is a female friendly phone capable of 3D graphics. The phone runs on Android 2.3 OS and has a 3.7-inch 960 x 540 pixel display, an 8.5 megapixel CMOS camera, mobile wallet service, mobile TV, and infrared data transmission.

The image tells the whole story. This one is targeted at young Japanese women. There is also a slide-out keypad, making typing those texts a lot easier. As a male, I just want to take this oppotunity to say “Ewww”.

Sony PlayStation Network hacked again

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

This is getting ridiculous. A month ago you might have said that PSN stood for Pretty Safe Network, now it seems more like Pretty S**T Network. PSN had only just gotten back online when hackers breached it once more with a vulnerability having to do with the system’s password reset. This whole situation is crazy. They should have had some sort of plan in place for a total system meltdown in the first place.

I say we all get an extra 2 “Welcome back” games for this. If they ever get things straightened out, we may even get a full gaming session in which we can play them before it crashes again.