Archive for July, 2011

OMA Monarch Speaker System

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

When your speakers look like beautiful butterflies, your sound will fly to new heights. Oswald’s Mill Audio has released just that in a new two-way speaker. The OMA Monarch Speaker System is two 15-inch woofers in a unique enclosure that deliver outstanding bass even when using the smallest of tube amplifiers.

The wings work. They actually help to load the woofers to deliver better sound. The Monarch is available in several wood types and finishes, but there is no word on pricing yet.

Ideum MT-55 Platform Multitouch Table

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

The Ideum MT-55 Platform is a 55-inch LED LCD multitouch table that comes with an integrated solid-state computer built in. The 55-inch (1920×1080) HD display delivers a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, while the optical multitouch system supports 32 simultaneous touch points so that two people can operate it.

The computer inside is powered by a 2.66GHz Intel Hyper-Threaded Dual Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet connectivity and multiple HDMI outputs. The Ideum MT-55 Platform Multitouch Table is just $17,950 with two-year warranty. Assuming you have it.

Make Star Wars Pancakes

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

Pancakes are awesome. When they are shaped like Star Wars characters they are even better. Now you can get two sets of molds, one with a bunch of vehicles, the other Star Wars heroes and villains. So now you can enjoy your pancakes on both the light and dark side of the force.

What could be better than dining on a Stormtrooper head or a Tie-Fighter? Not much, but then we are hardcore geeks. They range from $9.95 a set to $19.95. May the force be with your breakfast.

Takara Tomy Digital Camera for toddlers

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

Your kid wants to be just like you and do grown up stuff, so naturally they want a camera, but there is no way you are handing over your expensive camera to a baby. So why not give them something designed for the age group?

Takara Tomy’s “First Digital Camera” sports a 1.44-inch LCD used for playback and even has a self-timer and an image sensor of 3 megapixels so they can get shots of their drooling playmates and stuff. It is able to take up to 99 photos and will cost you $110.

Versetta iPad cases

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

Versetta’s line of iPad cases are supposed to be handbags and cases that deliver form and fashion. According to them at least. The image above just looks like an older woman’s purse with an iPad screen in it. Oh well, you can’t always have a fashionable bag if you also want to tote your iPad.

The company has two separate lines for these pouches, one for professionals and one for ladies. Both versions allow you to access your iPad, ports and everything, without removing it from the case.

Archos G9 tablets priced

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

Still thinking about an Android 3.1 tablet? This may sway you toward Archos. Back in June, Archos revealed two new G9 models: the 8-inch 80 and the 10-inch 101. And now pricing has been revealed for their September release.

The smaller will start at $299.99 and the larger at $369.99 for the 8GB base models. 250GB options are also available for both, boasting Seagate’s 7mm Momentus Thin HDD technology, for those who need a large storage option. So, who wants one?

Amazon intros textbook rentals for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

We all love to save money and here’s a great new way to save on textbooks. Students can already save a few bucks by getting a digital version of a textbook over a hardcover, and they can now save even more thanks to Amazon.

The company has announced textbook rentals for Kindle, which will let students save “up to 80 percent” off the list price of textbooks. That discount varies depending on the rental period, which can be anywhere from 30 to 360 days. The option is already available on “tens of thousands” of textbooks from several publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Your annotations will even be saved after the rental has expired, and will be accessible at any time on the Kindle website.

Amazon Sells ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 7-inch Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Amazon is now selling the ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 for just $230. The device features a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 512MB of RAM, an HDMI port with 1080p playback and a stylus for input.

That’s not all. The new Android Froyo tablet also features a 7-inch (800×400) touchscreen display, 8GB of storage space, a built-in microSD card slot for storage expansion and a front-facing camera for your video chat needs.

MagicTile Marathon 10-inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

EAFT is set to release the Magictile Marathon tablet for the India market. The device features a 10.1-inch (1024×600) display, a 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, 512MB of RAM and the Google Android 2.2 Froyo OS.

The MagicTile Marathon supports 3G, has a 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1080p video playback via HDMI output. The rechargeable battery delivers up to 8-hours of use. It comes with a 16GB microSD card to get you started. It will cost you Rs. 29,990 or about $675.

PS4 Concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

The PlayStation 3 isn’t on it’s way out yet, but we all know that Sony is working on a PS4. We just don’t know when it will arrive. Whenever it does, we hope that it has some of the style found in this concept PS4.

This PS4 concept would be made from 60% recyclable materials, magnesium alloy and carbon, and use zero watts of power on standby. This is achieved with a switch that will turn the power off from the outlet every half hour, drawing power from its rechargeable battery for about five minutes to keep it going.

Telikin Touchscreen Computer For Grandma

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Telikin Touchscreen Computer For GrandmaThe Telikin Touchscreen PC is a new touchscreen PC designed for less tech savvy seniors. In other words, older people. It’s basically an Asus all-in-one PC repackaged with super easy to use, touch based software. Grandma should find this one easier to use. We hope.

Old people sometimes have trouble with things like viruses, firewalls, etc, so Telikin is designed to work out of the box with minimum setup. It comes with Video Chat, Photo Sharing, Email, Calendar, News, Weather, Address Book Web Browsing software and even games like solitaire, blackjack, memory, majong, and photo scramble. The U.I. organizes all of the features into an easy interface.

Pandora ditches Flash for HTML5

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Pandora has announced that it now has over 100 million users, and that soon the site will begin rolling out a new design. It will look nicer and also work better. Pandora will begin to use HTML5 on the front-end, which they say should create “a much faster experience.”

The site’s UI will look like a combination of iTunes and Facebook and the controls will appear centered in a top control bar.

Samsung Galaxy S II / Galaxy Within for Sprint spotted?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Many believe that Sprint and other US carriers are preparing releases of branded handsets based on the Galaxy S II, Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy S. Now some new shots seem to support this rumor. One shows the textured back of a device bearing both Sprint and Samsung logos along with an 8 megapixel camera.

The texture and camera are similar to what we’re expecting from S II-based models, so it makes sense. It might be called the Galaxy Within when it launches within days or weeks. It will probably be marketed as a high-end alternative to the EVO 3D that swaps 3D support for Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display tech.

Android trash can robot

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

We aren’t sure what it is about the Android robot, but he’s just so adorable. Even as a trash can. You could probably build your own if you have a spare trash can. This one was made by a Taiwanese guy who loves Android.

It has LED eyes, movable “arms” and “legs” and you can control it with a remote, and rotate the joystick to spin it 360 degrees. Hopefully we won’t see an army of these on our streets anytime soon.

Aquapulse heart rate monitor ships

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Despite the fact that it took two full years to go from announced to shipped status, Finis’ Aquapulse is now finally shipping. It’s a head-mounted device that uses an Infrared sensor to monitor your heart rate via your earlobe.

You get the rate in real time through bone conduction technology. Pretty interesting technology, for the health conscious. It will even go underwater for swimmers. It will cost you $149.99. Hey it’s the hardest working muscle in your body. It’s worth it right?