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Mario Kart gets the slot car treatment

Posted in Nintendo,Toys by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Mario Kart Slot Car Set

Now you can play Mario Kart in the real world away from your screen and in slot car form. The set includes 2 cars, a transformer, straights, curves, narrowing set, 2 hand controllers, guardrails and spare contact brushes, guide keels plus a track link.

Race Mario’s B-Dasher against Wario’s Brute on twenty feet of track. This should be a fun way to enjoy the classic game in a whole different way. I can only assume that more cars are forthcoming, since racing Mario against Wario could get boring after awhile. Some of us prefer Toad’s well balanced ride. This is a great fun concept. I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to bring it to market.

Review: The Eco Media player

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

The Eco Media player

I got my Eco Media Player about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been checking out it’s various functions. The device has several features like a video player, music player, fm radio, LED torch, photo viewer, hi-fi recorder, memo recorder, data storage device and a mobile phone charger. You charge the device via USB, but if you don’t have a computer nearby it can be hand cranked to recharge the juice via a fold-out handle on the rear.

They claim that 40 minutes of audio play requires only one minute of self powering. Actually when I put that to the test I got a whole lot more. Closer to 2 hours. I don’t know if that is typical or not, but I let the battery deplete to nothing before I wound it. So that was a plus. I loaded a few videos and the conversion software is pretty effortless. The quality of the video is surprisingly crisp and clean for the small 1.8″ color screen. No complaints there.

Design Town vintage style radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Design Town vintage style radio

Keeping with the trend of making new things look old, Design Town’s new radio sports a look that would be at home in any 1950′s diner aka Greasy Spoon. This is the radio to sling hash to. It even has a handle on it like the one on that lunchbox you had when you were a kid and a telescopic antenna. Retro knobs adjust the volume, frequency and switching between the AM and FM bands.

I love retro looking devices that are new, but I do have to say that slapping the words “Vintage Radio” tends to ruin it somewhat. They probably should have put in a CD player at the very least, but I guess some people just like radio. This one comes in sky blue and pink. it will cost you $15.

Blow on an ornament, turn off your Christmas tree

Posted in Holiday,Home by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Santa Magic Blowout Ornament

How many times have you wished that you could turn off all of the lights on your Christmas tree just by blowing on an ornament? Surely I’m not the only one. Well, my prayers at least, have been answered. In years past, you had to unplug the extension cord from the wall or flick the switch to off. For some people that’s alot of work.

Enter the Santa Magic Blowout Ornament. Once you have Santa wired into your lighting system, just blow into the ornament to turn off all the tree lights. To turn them on again just push the button on the chimney. I know, it’s one of those gadgets that on one hand is lame, but then again it does make it easier to turn your lights off.

Ion Dual rips cassettes to CD or mp3

Posted in MP3,music by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Ion Dual Ripping Cassette Deck

We’ve covered devices before that will update your old-school cassettes to digital, like the plusdeckEX. The plusdeckEX even has a great retro look, but the Ion Dual Ripping Cassette Deck with USB Output beats it hands down for an authentic 80′s design. This dual-ripping tape deck transforms your old cassette tapes into digital files, so you can listen to them on your MP3 or CD player. You won’t have to worry about those old tapes wearing out from years of play.

The device is compatible with both PCs and Macs and even features normal and high speed dubbing for cassette to MP3 conversion. I understand if you don’t want to admit to still using your old cassette tapes, but it’s time to get one of these and upgrade. Haven’t you lived with your horrible secret long enough?

Animated tree face for a creepy Christmas

Posted in Home,Humor by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Animated tree face

The idea behind the Animated Tree Face is to attach it to your tree with the provided ties and let it entertain all of your friends. This thing looks like somebody cross-bred E.T. with a Chia pet. Your guests won’t know whether to be more scared of you or the Extra-Terrestrial that has taken your tree hostage. I just can’t see an enjoyable and delightful evening with this thing peering out at me, but to each his own.

If you set it to motion activation, it will tell one of 6 hilarious holiday jokes that it knows, or it will sing one of 3 song parodies. Or, if you really want to be remembered for many years to come as a total dork, you can use the included microphone to make it talk and sing with your voice. The mouth and eyes move and flash whenever it talks and sings.

Oberon LED watch from Tokyoflash

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Oberon LED watch from Tokyoflash

The Oberon LED watch is certainly easy on the eyes. It’s like wearing a small starfield on your wrist. Any watch that looks like it has stars on the face catches my attention right away. It looks very stealthy with it’s white LED display and streamlined black stainless steel body and strap. The outer ring of lights tell you the hour, the next ring is for single minutes, and the third shows minutes in groups of tens.

You can read the date in the same way. It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it. Aside from looking awesome, it’s water-resistant down to 50 meters. The price is about $135.

The Jay Turser shark guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

The Jay Turser shark guitar

You’ve heard of card sharks and loan sharks.(Hopefully you don’t know the latter very well.) How about a Guitar Shark? The Jay Turser Shark Guitar is a fairly unique hand painted shark shaped guitar that would make any amateur want to play. It would even be perfect and maybe way over the top to have a shark guitar if you play your gigs on a beach.

It’s designed for young players of course and includes a strap and gig bag. This shark measures 37-3/4″ in length. A unique instrument like this is a great way to start that future rocker’s career. Years down the road, you’ll be wondering why his songs all seem to all involve fish. The amp is powered by a 9V battery so the guitar can be played anywhere.

Industrial style gear clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Industrial style gear clock

I love looking at the gears on old timepieces, so I can immediately appreciate this industrial style clock. It’s a simplification of the idea of course, but that’s what makes it neat. It could proudly sit on any mantle and await those magic words uttered by your friends, “Hey, what’s that?”. It’s innovative design of course. Gears are cool. Ask anyone.

In silver and black, it has a fantastic modern look. As you might expect, the gears go around and around while displaying every hour, minute and second of the day. More moving parts would be great, but there’s something to be said for simplicity.

Kenwood lets you have tunes with your toast

Posted in Home,Kenwood,Radio by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Kenwood Radio Toaster

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not crank up the radio and get your day started right. The retro Sci-Fi stylings of Kenwood’s radio/toaster will add some pizazz to your decor.

You might think that despite it’s good looks and presumably great sound, inside it’s just a few wires being heated up, like any other toaster. Nope. It has an electronic temperature sensor that monitors temperature and adjusts toast timing so you get consistent toasting, time after time. It’s nicely sized as well, measuring 11 x 8.7 x 6.3 inches

Apple remotes from Sony

Posted in Concepts,Remotes,Sony by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Apple remotes from Sony

These will definately add some style to your home. At first, these apple remotes seem to be on the silly side, but they are a pretty interesting take on remotes, with some interesting features. This concept device is brought to you by Jason Roebuck. They certainly beat standard remotes as far as being eye pleasing. When in their charging station or cradle, or “bowl” if you like, they’ll blend in with their surroundings.

Each member of the house can have their own personal remote, programmed to their specific likes. Want to lower the volume? The device is motion sensitive. Just rotate it left. Rotate it right to raise the volume. When they are not being used, just sit them in the charging station.

Solar powered Bible speaks

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Solar powered Bible speaks

No, you won’t hear the biblical voice of NRA spokesman Chuck Heston or Ned Flanders for that matter, but this solar powered Bible will read the entire bible to you. In a human voice no less. If God had waited a few centuries to give Moses the 10 commandments, instead of stone tablets, they would have looked like this device. But I digress.

You can jump from book to book, or chapter to chapter just by pressing a button. You will never be without the good book again. It gives you 10 hours of preachiness when fully charged and recharges via the sun, a lamp, or a 9 volt DC adapter. It’s only 4 1/2″ x 2″ x 1″ thick. I don’t know if it will get you into heaven, but let’s face it, it can’t hurt. We all have to score points with the big guy.

Etiquette Checker keeps booze breath in check

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Etiquette Checker keeps booze breath in check

Say you have just had a liquid lunch and you’re on your way to that important meeting. Hopefully you’re on a bike, because you probably shouldn’t be driving. Though that’s another story. Wouldn’t it be great if you had some way of gauging whether your breath was capable of instantly pickling those who get to close to you?

That’s where the Etiquette Checker comes in. It’s a breathalyser that will let you know just how tanked you are. Simply breathe into it to get a readout of just how horrible your breath is on a scale from 1 to 6. The very fact that you need the Etiquette Checker should probably tell you that you have a drinking problem, but again that’s another story. At least you’ll have an edge and be able to take care of that breath. Hopefully you’ll put your best face forward and be able to hide the fact that you’ve been drinking girlly drinks.

Star Wars joysticks put the force in your hands

Posted in Games,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

Star Wars joysticks

These Star Wars Plug and Play joysticks come loaded with games inside, and geek detail on the outside. Your choice of Darth Vader or the Millenium Falcon. The Darth Vader Joystick comes with 5 games and is the more expensive of the pair at $30. I imagine it must look like you are strangling Vader in your hands as you play games like Coruscant Attack, Grievous Onslaught, Droid Invasion, Gunship Battle and Utapu Chase.

And the Millennium Falcon version has an actual joystick and is only $15. What the Falcon isn’t as cool as Darth Vader? Maybe it’s just that joysticks are outdated. This one includes four different games: Assault on Hoth, Red Leader, Battle of Endor and Lightsaber Duel.

Transcend StoreJet: move data with no computer

Posted in Backup Solutions,Storage by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2007

Transcend StoreJet OTG

With the Transcend StoreJet OTG and it’s OLED display, you can manage what you’ve got on it, and even interface with computer peripherals with…no computer. Transfer data to and from flash drives, digital cameras or MP3 players without having to boot up the PC. Just hook it up to StoreJet and you’re good to go. The device is just 1.8 inches thick, so it’s ultra portable.

This is a real time-saver. It will save energy too, by not having to boot up everytime you need to move data. Basically, it bridges the gap between your PC and your mobile devices. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see more products like it. It holds 30 GB and will cost you $200.