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Facebook launches app for Blackberries

Posted in BlackBerry,Facebook,RIM by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2007

The new Facebook application from RIMThe new Facebook application from RIM will send out a ping with new notifications and messages and also allow you to scroll through them just like you do in regular email. Plus, the photo upload tool is integrated into the camera and photo software.

You can pretty much do almost anything you can on Facebook, thanks to the onscreen icons. With a touch of your finger, you will be able to invite people to join Facebook and accept new friend requests. Just like that it’s done. No adding them later after you’ve gotten home and forgotten everything. Of course you can also poke someone and write on a Wall.

Halo the UV germ killing vacuum

Posted in Health,Home,Vacuum by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2007

The Halo line of UV vacuum cleanersNo, not a Halo inspired vacuum cleaner, with scenes from the game all over it. The Halo line of UV vacuum cleaners actually uses UV-C(a spectrum of ultraviolet light) to kill germs, dust mites, and bacteria that live in your carpet. This way, you won’t have to use harsh chemicals to have a cleaner living space. That’s good for you and the environment.

Of course it will still suck. Well, I hope it doesn’t suck. What I mean is, it will still suck up all the other filth in your carpet as well as zapping germs. Pretty interesting concept. This technology is apparently showing up in a lot of other new products as well. The war on filth just got some new artillery.

Manual Tetris keeping it real

Posted in Games,Toys by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2007

They are calling it Tetris Tower 3-D.While you weren’t looking Tetris has been reborn. It has now jumped from the video game realm into reality. Basically, they took the concept of Connect Four and applied a Tetris theme. They are calling it Tetris Tower 3-D. Simple, yet ingenious.

They seem to be in rather short supply, but they can be found. You can get one on Amazon(And they only seem to have one at this moment.) for $49.99.

This is a great gift for kids who play too many video games. When your parents tell you to get your head out of that video game, you can play this one in reality and still get your fix. “But Mom, this isn’t a video game.” Mom knows it is…Or was. At this point mom will be confused and move on to other things.

[Gadgets-Weblog] VIA [Akihabaranews]

Transforming cellphone mod is work of art

Posted in Hacks,Motorola,Robots,ROKR by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2007

Motorola MOTOROKR E6 case modThe recent buzz from the Transformers movie may have died down, but all of the various products, hacks and mods that it inspired will be with us for a long time to come. In fact, future archaeologists will dig some of this stuff up a thousand years from now and swear up and down that we worshiped Optimus Prime. One example of coolness inspired by this craze is this case mod of the Motorola MOTOROKR E6. Now, this is what cellphones should aspire to.

The down side is that it renders the phone completely unusable. Then again, when you have something this cool, you won’t care. Pay attention cellphone manufacturers. This is what we want. Robots in our ears. You can market them as “The Transformer Phone: More Then Meets The Ear…”

Guide Pro watch for the high-tech sportsmen

Posted in Outdoors,Watches by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2007

Guide Pro series of watches from OrigoSportsmen and adventurers love tech. Especially fishermen, when they haven’t had a nibble or bite all day. It can mean the difference between being bored to tears and catching that fish of legendary size. The Guide Pro series of watches from Origo can help. They use temperature and pressure sensors to read and analyze atmospheric data, so that you know when it’s the best time to fish or hunt. That way you are more productive and can spend more time doing other things.

Of course, it can also forecast weather using these functions. That’s not all it can do. The watch has an altimeter too, which has an accuracy of about 12 inches. It can graph your ascent or descent over 8 hours. But wait, there’s more. How about a compass? Yes, it has a compass, as well as other typical watch functions. No pricing available yet.

Holy mp3 player for soul saving sound

Posted in MP3,Radio by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2007

The “Cross MP3 Player,” comes in 3 different memory sizes.If you have ever wanted to combine your faith with technology, then you might want to look into what Chinese wholesaler, Chinavision has up their religious sleeve. The “Cross MP3 Player,” comes in 3 different memory sizes. 1GB, 2GB and 4GB from $22.47 to $48.14.

Priests everywhere now have a piece of technology that doesn’t have sin written all over it. Think about it. If you pull one of these things out during a sermon, your cool factor goes up accordingly. Plus, it makes the word you are preaching so much cooler. Let’s face it, you have to convert the youth. Not just religion-wise, but away from those products that depict that Apple with the bite taken out of it. (It was Eve’s fault.)

Japanese dress camouflages you against crime

Posted in Apparel,Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2007

Designed by Aya Tsukioka, it makes you a human transformer.The Japanese are constantly innovative and inventive. They are basically tech Gods. And yet sometimes the concepts that they come up with come off as just a bit silly. Take this anti-rape/crime dress for example. Designed by Aya Tsukioka, it makes you a human transformer.

At the first hint of crime, simply perform some fancy clothing magic and disguise yourself as a Vending machine. Another option, if vending machines aren’t your style, is the Manhole Bag. Not a great name for a product that’s geared toward women in danger, I know. The Manhole Bag converts a handbag into what is supposed to be a sewer cover. It claims to even keep your valuables safe inside while in this mode.

Silly or inventive? I say both. But I also have to say that I wouldn’t want my life to depend on it. Your attacker would need to have some serious bad eyesight and depth perception to miss snatching you up. It does have a certain coolness factor though.

Levelhead puts a new spin on video games

Posted in Games,Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2007

It’s a new interactive cube game called levelHead.This game cube will actually fit in your pocket. It’s a new interactive cube game called levelHead. The technology is fairly simple. Software is used to detect the cube’s motion and a set of digital cameras then display the appropriate image, depending on your response. Currently, it is still being worked on. As it stands now, the players job is to guide a wandering silhouette through this amazing new cube world. For instance, if you move the cube left, the person will walk left. The goal is to direct him to the exit of the virtual world inside. You can check out a video of the game after the jump.

The Robo Hopper puts Asimo in the air

Posted in R/C Toys,Robots,Toys by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2007

Kyosho’s Robo Hopper stands about 6-inches tall and looks an awful lot like Asimo.Look. Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Asimo?

If you are like me, you love robots. And like me you have probably wished that little robots were flying around you in the air at all times. You probably also love Asimo, Honda’s robot. Well, my friends, a dream has now come true that combines all of those things. I for one, am very happy.

Kyosho’s Robo Hopper stands about 6-inches tall and looks an awful lot like Asimo. You can operate him like any other remote controlled helicopter, scaring humans everywhere into thinking that robots are taking over the world with tiny air vehicles.

Have your very own USB greenhouse

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2007

Brando’s greenhouse has a USB-powered (And egg shaped) case that uses a growth light to stimulate plants.Do you have a green thumb? Or are you a homicidal gardener? It won’t matter anymore, thanks to Brando’s USB greenhouse. You will never have to feel bad again as you watch plants grow before your eyes.

Combining nature with technology, Brando’s greenhouse has a USB-powered (And egg shaped) case that uses a growth light to stimulate plants. Since it is a mostly hands-off process, you’ll soon forget about your previous plant track record. The device will monitor moisture and remind you when you need to water your thriving plant friend. Comes with software, Marigold seeds, and artificial soil.

R2-D2 speakers make your computer geek-chic

Posted in Speakers,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2007

Star Wars speakers from TaitoI know, I know. The world doesn’t need yet another R2-D2 product right? Wrong. I’m not sure why, but these Star Wars speakers from Taito make the geek in me very happy. Though, I’m not sure why they felt the need to put the speakers just under the head, making it look like R2 is decapitated. Even so, this will go well with the rest of your Star Wars themed life. You know, the bedsheets, posters, action figure dioramas, lunch boxes and that shirt you’re wearing.

They stand 4.72″ tall. You get one in blue and one in red, though the color combo seems like an odd choice. You won’t even sense that much of a disturbance in the force, paying $40 for this droid pair. Let’s face it, this won’t get you many dates, but you’ll have geek bragging rights among your friends. And if they make a C3P0 version, R2 won’t be lonely for long.

Google Health to come next year

Posted in Google,Health,Healthcare,News by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2007

Google Health will be available sometime early next year.The internet giant is never content to sit back and let anyone else take a large piece of the pie. Hey, that’s how they got so rich! That’s why they are following Microsoft’s lead where health and medical records are concerned. They plan to roll out Google Health sometime early next year if they keep to their schedule.

It makes sense since users all begin at the Google page to search for health and medical information anyway. So they will be applying Google’s expertise in indexing, searching, and managing vast amounts of information to the idea. It also doesn’t hurt that they will have the health industry targeted with their Adwords program. If Google’s history has shown us anything, it should be a huge success and give the giant still more dominance in the industry.

AU Optronics delivers anorexic mobile display

Posted in Displays,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2007

AU Optronics has world’s thinnest 1.9-inch mobile device panelAU Optronics must be following in the footsteps of the fashion industry. Their displays keep getting thinner and thinner as they improve on the design. Back in June, they developed a screen with a sub-one-millimeter border and now they are at it again, claiming that they have the “world’s thinnest 1.9-inch mobile device panel” at 0.69-millimeters. To give you a visual frame of reference, they describe it as being “13-percent slimmer than a credit card.”

When they say thin, they mean it. Apparently that measurement does not include a protective covering. It only weighs 2.2-grams and has a brightness of 400 nits. The display is also said to have superior anti-glare properties and retain proper image color saturation and can be easily seen under sunlight.

Hug Shirt sends love through your cellphone

Posted in Apparel,Services by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2007

The hug shirt reproduces hugs electronically via your cellphone.Everybody needs a hug sometimes. Love makes the world go round after all. But in this high-tech digital age, we barely have time to eat, sleep and enjoy our favorite blogs. Needless to say, hugs have suffered. They don’t enjoy the same care free social prominence they once did. Somehow, hippies and teenage girls have gotten through these trying times of limited embrace. At last, they can rest easy.

Now you can buy yourself a hug shirt and reproduce hugs electronically via your cellphone. The designers at CuteCircuit actually held several hugging sessions in order to map out the most crucial hugging intensity points. As it turns out, those points include the upper arms, upper back, waistline, neck, shoulders, and hips. (NOT some of the areas that us guys like to think are included.)

Sony takes photo albums high tech

Posted in Media Servers,Sony,Storage by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2007

Sony’s HDMS-S1D let’s you store and relive Photo memories.Do you take way too many family pictures? Do you have photos in old shoe boxes and look at them far more then you should? Well, stop living in the past, flipping through that old bulky photo album. Now you have a big black box to imprison all of those cherished memories in, so they can survive for all eternity.

Officially making photo albums a thing of the past, and practically laughing at their out-datedness, Sony’s HDMS-S1D let’s you store and relive those memories. Thanks to Sony’s x-Pict Story HD(with face recognition), you can even add a soundtrack or have strange dream sequence fades between images. It will organize all of your images and let you share photos with slideshow and scrapbook-style displays.