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Scene It! for Xbox 360 has big button controllers

Posted in Controllers,Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Scene It! for Xbox 360 features big button controllers

The first thing you’ll notice is that these controllers look like some sort of cartoon thermometers or maybe some weird electronic Candyland Game accessory. These big buttoned Xbox 360 controllers are strange to say the least. They come bundled with the new Scene It! game.

The big buttons are colored the same as the standard four buttons from the Xbox 360 controllers, just vertically aligned below the big button. The large button is for that game show moment when you slam the button and submit the right answer, cuing loud music and confetti raining down on you. It also has the Xbox gem and a “Start” and “Back” button on each controller. You get all 4 controllers with the $60 game.

Sony develops holographic disks to store 500GB

Posted in News,Sony,Storage by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Sony develops holographic disks to store 500GB

Data storage news just keeps moving forward. Sony has announced that it will release a multi-layer optical disk that can store over 500GB data.

They are working on it now and the holographic recording technology will have seven layers, producing standard-sized disks with the ability to store 500GB of data of any kind, from HD Video to computer data. They expect the holographic disk to be available sometime in the next 3 years. They are using their “Micro-Reflector” method in order to write to seven layers per disk. Memory density per layer is 1.2 GB and the maximum error rate is 4.1 × 10-4.

Turn any surface into a speaker with IceKube

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Turn any surface into a speaker with IceKube

When is a speaker not a speaker? When that speaker is the IceKube from Icetech. You see, the IceKube speaker itself is not a speaker. It will turn any flat surface that you put it on into a speaker, through vibration. Just put it on a table, computer desk, anywhere.

And it is small enough that you can carry it around. When you suddenly get the urge to listen to some music, just set it down and get to vibrating that surface. It will turn any surface into an acoustic speaker system. As is the case with many of the objects that we report on, this will impress your friends and members of the opposite sex.

Jensen NVX3000PC in-car PC

Posted in Automotive,Computer Components,PCs by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Jensen NVX3000PC in-car PC

The computers in cars that most people talk about have to do with the drivetrain or GPS etc. Those can’t browse the web or allow you to edit documents the way a desktop PC can. Jensen thinks it has the answer with it’s NVX3000PC, which is on show at SEMA 2007.

The device is portable of course and features a 7″ touch screen and Windows Vista operating system. Inside, it has a 30GB Hard Drive, integrated Wi-Fi modem, and a 1GHz Via processor. You can even connect it to Desktop or Notebooks with a sync port cable, which is nice. As you might expect, it comes with a built-in GPS system of it’s own. You can even play audio for navigation and music files either through it’s own speaker or streamed to the car’s speakers, because it has an integrated FM transmitter.

Battery Caddy: enemy of junk drawers everywhere

Posted in Batteries,Storage by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

The Battery Caddy

Sometimes the most ingenious solutions are the simplest. Anyone who has a junk drawer can immediately appreciate the Battery Caddy in all it’s simplistic glory. My own junk drawer is practically overflowing with batteries of various sizes. Well, now I have an easy way to organize them before they lose their juice and are disposed of.

These were originally designed for Pilots to carry batteries in their flight bag in a convenient manner. The caddies have flexible teeth so the battery won’t fall out, even if it is tossed around a bit and they even protect the terminals on each end of the batteries.

Papercut: plug & call emergency landline phone

Posted in Concepts,Emergency Equipment by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

Priestman Goode’s disposable phone, Post A Phone

This new concept from Industrial design company Priestman Goode is essentially a cardboard disposable phone, called the Post A Phone. What you get is a 4mm (0.16 inch) thick cardboard landline handset that pops out from a backing board. That’s it. It’s ready to plug and make calls.

The whole thing can fit in an envelope. Say a cell phone customer loses their phone. This can be mailed right out to them. Environmentally speaking, it’s cardboard so it won’t hurt the environment.

MusicPal wireless internet radio

Posted in Internet Appliances,MP3,Radio by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

MusicPal wireless internet radio

Let’s face it, Terrestrial radio is nearly dead. That means it’s time to replace that old AM/FM device that you have. The MusicPal wireless Internet radio and MP3 player looks like a good choice. It also has some advantages over other wireless radio devices. For one thing, it’s smaller then many of it’s competitors, no extra hardware is required and it doesn’t require a computer to operate either. It even goes so far as to display some of your favorite RSS feeds.

The Musicpal comes programmed with a library of more than 5,000 Internet radio stations, but if you still like your MP3s, it can stream them directly from a home network. Did I mention that it also has an alarm clock? At $150 you get your money’s worth.

Dr. Pepper advertising game for iPhone

Posted in Games,iPhone,News by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

Dr. Pepper advertising game for iPhone

The latest in mixing advertising with games will take place on the iPhone Safari browser. The game is called Matchcaps and was specially designed for the browser.

The game will allow Dr. Pepper to interact with their consumers no matter where they are and at any time, through the iPhone. The game was developed by Imaginuity New Media, and based on the “match three” format that has been a hit with online gaming fans for years. They are expecting more games for the iPhone from February onward since Apple expects to distribute kits developers by then.

Expect more Dr. Pepper sales, followed by cooler games.

CB Handset for your mobile phone keeps you truckin’

Posted in Mobile Accessories,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

Taito CB Handset for your mobile phone

Those of us old enough to remember the 70′s remember the CB craze. Slang like “Keep On Trucking” or “10-4 Good buddy” come to mind. Those were the days when you could turn on the CB and broadcast your “20″ to anyone who cared. As long as you kept the bugs off your glass and the “bears” off your tail, you were ok.

Taito’s new mobile handset is sure to help you relive those days, or at the very least pretend you are Burt Reynolds in the Smokey and the Bandit movie. Sure people will look at you strange, but if it becomes a trend, well then it “looks like we got us a convoy”.

Stealth aircraft mouse with LED lights

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

Stealth aircraft mouse with LED lightsBogie spotted at 6 O’Clock. Target locked. You aren’t likely to see another mouse this cool. It’s modeled to look like some sort of Stealth Fighter and it even sports colored LED lights. It only has an 800dpi optical sensor, but it makes up for that in style. I question the comfort factor, but it’s a nice piece of eye candy regardless. It comes in a white version as well, but black makes it look all stealthy.

So put some aviation action on your desktop. Make plane noises as you surf. Be the Top Gun of your computer. No info seems to be available regarding price, but if I were you I would make like Area 51 and hide one away for Christmas. If anyone asks, deny everything!

Radioactive Danger watch is fun

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

Active Reactor from TokyoFlashThis unique new watch from TokyoFlash is called the Active Reactor. While it might be a bit challenging trying to figure out the time, it puts a little fun into your day. I wouldn’t advise showing it off at the airport, lest they believe something is “armed” and attached to your wrist.

It will impress your friends though. And telling time with the interface can be done with a little brain power. Simply add up the various light sequences: 20 plus 10 plus 2 = 32 minutes. The Red Warning light marks 6 hours and the Danger gauge marks the other 6 hours.

NoPoPo: the urine powered batteries

Posted in Batteries,Humor by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2007

the urine powered batteriesIf you are looking for a more environmentally friendly battery, urine luck. NoPoPo batteries are powered by urine. I can only assume that the name NoPoPo has to do with the fact that PoPo isn’t used, where as PeePee is.

Beer drinkers everywhere should never have to buy AA or AAA batteries again. Well, Duracells are more sanitary I suppose. The batteries come with a plastic pipette(like an eye dropper) that allows the user to inject urine into the battery chamber.

Wii Soft Sport kit from dreamGear

Posted in Controllers,Nintendo,Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2007

Wii Soft Sport kit from dreamGearThe remote extensions in these Wii accessories from dreamGear are made from a “soft and safe material”. In other words, you can get into the game and still have a working TV when you’re done playing.

Just announced, the kit includes a soft foam bat, golf club, and tennis racket, plus a few bonus items. The bonuses are a Wii fan to keep your system cool and a Wii remote glove for a better grip.

Programmable food dish will be your pet’s best friend

Posted in Home,Pets by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2007

Programmable food dish will be your pet’s best friendNot only will this programmable pet dish look cooler then the one you are using, it will also feed your pet up to four meals at programmable times, all by itself. Perfect for the pet owner on the go. Anyone who has been late getting home and feeling guilty that their pet will eat late, can now rest easy.

It operates with a simple digital programmable timer that opens the food tray at selected times. You record your voice, so that when the dish opens, your pet hears you calling it and then chows down. Your pet will think that you spend half your time as a disembodied voice, but that’s ok.

Casio USB label mouse prints

Posted in Casio,Mouse,Printers by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2007

Casio USB label mouse.In a way, the Casio USB label mouse from Brando looks like an updated fortune cookie. It’s a pretty innovative doubling up of 2 products. Just print labels directly from your mouse.

This is probably for those people that need to label everything with their name on it. There is a drawback however. The thermal roll paper isn’t cheap. It retails for $14 for a pack of 3. Ouch! The mouse itself costs $29. But you really can’t put a price on cool. It might save your desktop from Post-It overload.