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Infrared heated pants for the cold season

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

The Far Infrared Heated Cargo Pants

There is a reason that the guy in the pic has his hand in his pocket. It’s because he has warm pants. The Far Infrared Heated Cargo Pants will give you four hours of warmth, which is a precious commodity as the weather gets colder. They accomplish this with a low-power infrared transmitted through a lightweight and flexible carbon fiber mesh that’s sewn into the fabric.

Don’t worry, the heating elements are located in the front thighs and waist, not in any more sensitive areas. They claim that it will keep the entire lower body not just in heat, but in radiant heat. How’s that for a pair of pants? 65% cotton and 35% polyester blend shell with a 100% polyester fleece lining.

Nintendo DS Lite bundles in rose & gold

Posted in Nintendo,Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

Nintendo DS Lite bundles in rose & gold

2 great new bundles from Nintendo. Looks like they are taking the boy/girl route here. For the boys, the Gold model comes with Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and sports a special Triforce logo on the DS. For the girls(presumably), the Metallic Rose model gives you Nintendogs and adds a paw print in place of the Zelda logo.

Other then the colors and logos being new, you’ll get the same old DS Lite you know and love. If you are a fan of repackaged Nintendo handhelds that have had a repaint, you can pick one up for about $130.

The Soladey Ionic no toothpaste toothbrush

Posted in Health,Healthcare,Home by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

The Soladey Ionic no toothpaste toothbrush

Now here’s an interesting new concept in dental care. Throw out the paste. Instead of using toothpaste, the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush uses energy created from light.(fluorescent tube, light bulb or the good old sun) It converts light into negative ions which when mixed with saliva and water can clean the bacteria from your teeth. This is all thanks to a titanium ionic conducting rod which creates the negative ions. It kills the bacteria and gets rid of bad breath.

I hear ya. What about that minty fresh feeling? Well, I suppose you could keep a tube of toothpaste around just to satisfy your strange craving. Or maybe they could make the bristles on this new brush have a minty flavor.

Evergreen DN-DRK72 repairs CDs & DVDs

Posted in DVD,Home,music by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

Evergreen DN-DRK72

The Evergreen DN-DRK72 wants to repair your CDs and DVDs. Just put the disk in the device and it does all the work. The disc that comes out is supposedly as good as when you bought it. Let’s face it, some of us still use our discs from time to time and if it has been well loved, chances are it’s also full of scratches. We probably should take better care of our things, but thanks to devices like this, we don’t have to.

No word on pricing or availability yet. Also no word on how many times it could potentially repair a disc. I am assuming this works by filling in the the scratches using heat and liquid.

This is not your grandmother’s sewing machine

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2007

The BelOga Sewing Machine

It’s good to know that someone out there has updated one of mankind’s original gadgets, the sewing machine. Crafters and grandmothers everywhere will rejoice. Kristine Bruckner designed this sewing machine, named the belOga, to be high on design and to be efficient. It’s a success on both counts.

Anyone who has ever tried to thread a sewing machine knows what a chore it can be. Well, with this machine, just drop the spool of thread in and it threads itself. Hey, for sewing that’s huge!(Not that I sew. Honestly…I just know people who do.) The machine also sports a screen that will actually show you what the stitch will look like in advance. That will stop mistakes from happening and save alot of time.

Tis the season for Santa iPod speakers

Posted in iPod,iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2007

Santa iPod speakers

With the holiday season fast approaching, we see more and more products of a Christmas theme. Sometimes they are cool, sometimes they are silly. In this case, I suppose it will go with your Christmas decor as well as your reindeer sweater.

Listen to your favorite tunes as if Santa is singing directly to you.(Now that I think of it, if you are the type to stalk Santa like some celebrity, this will fuel your obsession to new heights.) And, it’s bound to look funny if you play heavy metal or some other completely un-seasonal music, all the while imagining these santas rocking out.

Motion sensing air speaker dock does it all

Posted in MP3,Radio,Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2007

Motion sensing air speaker

These speakers/moodlight/FM radio are simply way too cool to behold. They remind me of the Easter Island stone heads, you know, if aliens had mated with robots and then made art. For a dock, it really does do quite alot.

Raise and lower the volume by simply waving your hand across the infrared sensor. You can tune the radio by the same means. No need to press any buttons. Of course you can plug your mp3 player into it, or turn on the radio. If you get really bored you watch the pretty mood light glow.

Sega Genesis portable leaves much to be desired

Posted in Games,Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2007

Tec Toy Portable Sega Genesis

Many gamers still believe that the Sega Genesis was the best video game console ever, thanks to classics like Sonic. Apparently, Tec Toy has some Genesis love of it’s own, so they shrank it and made it fairly pocket-sized. Great concept. I would own it. The retail price will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $100, but is only going to be available to Brazilians. They should be hitting the UK as imports in early 2008, though.

The device comes pre-loaded with 20 classic games like Ecco, Sonic & Knuckles, Alex Kidd and Golden Axe. The problem is that you can’t download any extra games. You are just stuck with those 20 games. To make matters even stranger, it is powered by 3 AAA batteries, which you would be replacing like crazy.

Portable hard drives get paranoid

Posted in Hard Drives,Security by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2007

“Cutie Bio”

There’s been alot of news lately about hard drive security and data protection. A new portable hard drive enclosure from Sarotech, adds another layer of security. It’s called the “Cutie Bio” and I think it has watched one too many spy movies. They’ve integrated a fingerprint scanner into an external USB 2.0 device. Just like James Bond, you can access your data with a simple swipe of your finger. Then once it’s no longer connected to the PC, the information becomes encrypted gibberish.

It’s not a bad deal, at $58.55. The only drawback here is that it works solely on Windows machines, leaving Mac owners out in the cold. They do have one that is Mac compatible and Linux-friendly, which uses the more expensive 1.8-inch drives, but availability is yet to be announced.

Maxtor & Sentry Group create fire resistant drives

Posted in External Hard Drives,Hard Drives,Security by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2007

Fire resistant hard drives

Information is a precious and delicate thing. Which is why we humans have a hard candy shell wrapped around our brain. If our gooey info-centers were just exposed on top of our heads, we would be in big trouble. And it’s not like you can back up grey matter.

Luckily hard drives can be backed up, though truthfully not very many people actually do it. Let’s say you back up all of that precious data onto an external hard drive. Good job! You are now on the road to information safety. But wait…What if your house burns down? Or you get flooded? Nothing you can do about those acts of God right? Wrong. Thanks to Maxtor teaming up with Sentry Group, you can now have a drive that is both fire resistant and waterproof. These drives can withstand 1550F degrees for about a half hour as well as spend up to a day submerged in water.

The Christmas ornament goes digital

Posted in Digital Imaging by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2007

USB Santa’s Slide Show Ornament

It was only a matter of time. In some distant future we may even have a tree full of programmable hologram ornaments. Right now there is the new USB Santa’s Slide Show Ornament. It displays up to 50 photos on a 1.5 inch color LCD screen in a red ornament. It can either be mounted on a Christmas tree or displayed on a small stand. Connect it to your PC with the usb cord and transfer photos directly into the ornament.

You aren’t limited to just displaying a single frozen image either. Create amazing slideshows. Imagine a slideshow of previous Christmas images to thrill Grandma.

The Tetris & Pong watch keeps you addicted

Posted in Games,Watches by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2007

The Tetris & Pong watch

Anyone who has ever played Tetris and become totally absorbed in the experience knows that when you stop playing, those shapes can be seen in your mind’s eye for some time afterward. You can either quit cold turkey, or you can find a convenient way to play even more when there is no game console in front of you.

That’s where the Tetris watch comes in. It is Tetris in watch form and will keep any Tetris fanatic happily addicted when they should be getting work done. Why they even bother to put the time on, I have no idea. Time means nothing when you are in Tetris-land.

Shaken not stirred: Martini from a machine

Posted in Home,Kitchen by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2007

Martini from a machine

Finally the bartender won’t care when James Bond walks up to the bar all suave and delivers his classic line, “Shaken not stirred”. The bartender will just mix the ingredients and put them in this machine, while Bond waits. This cocktail serving machine is called “The Perfect Temperature Martini Maker” and is billed as a digital appliance that can shake or stir its stainless steel tumbler “until it reaches the optimal drinking temperature of 34 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring perfect homemade martinis at the touch of a button.”

It’s still up to the human to mix the ingredients, so if anything does go wrong, you are solely to blame. The 20-oz. shaker gives you enough room to make two martinis.

Visual desktop charger concept radiates light

Posted in Chargers,Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2007

Visual desktop charger concept

Most desktop chargers suffer from a case of severe ugliness. That’s where this one differs, with a brilliant endearing design by Sun Kyung Kim. It simulates the visual experience of ripples within a bird bath. Sun’s thinking is that humans like to have visual indicators for all things, mobile devices are no exception. Most chargers do not give you any visual indication of charge status, whereas this one will show you radiating rings of light that the indicate the charge status. To top it off, the thirsty birds on the edge glow once the rings of light reach them.

No word yet on when it might be available or pricing, assuming that it ever gets manufactured.

Dock your iPod in Vestalife’s ladybug

Posted in iPod,iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2007

Vestalife’s ladybug iPod dock

This is one of the neater iPod docks that I have seen. The Vestalife ladybug iPod dock is not just another boring place to park your iPod. It has a digital amplifier, built-in-subwoofer for extra bass, and a cool remote that resembles an iPod. It comes in a nice shiny red or gray finish and yes it resembles a ladybug. Especially when open. When closed it just plain looks cool. This is an iPod dock that’s all about style.

Of course, it also charges the iPod and can run on AC or battery. Another plus is the USB port that has been integrated to sync your iPod when it sits in the speaker.