Author Archive

Western Digital breaks hard drive density record

Posted in Hard Drives,News,Storage,Western Digital by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2007

Western Digital announced that it broke a record for hard drive density.This week the news seems to be all about hard drive manufacturers pushing the limits and getting big results. Today Western Digital announced that it broke a record for hard drive density. They accomplished the milestone by using their own perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)/tunneling magneto-resistive (TuMR) technology, and achieved 520 Gb/in2 areal density in a demonstration. Why is this important? Because, this is the highest density ever reached using continuous media. It produces a 3.5-inch hard drive that stores 640 GB per platter as well as single hard drive capacities as large as 3 TB. If you are doing the math, that’s more than double today’s max of 200 GB per square inch.

Following an earlier demonstration in California, they announced the news this week at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo. As usual you won’t be able to get one overnight.(Though that would be nice.) They estimate a release date sometime in 2010.

Nissan NV200 brings the office to you

Posted in Automotive,Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2007

The Nissan NV200 concept vehicle gets you from your home to the office in under 10 seconds flat.The Nissan NV200 concept vehicle gets you from your home to the office in under 10 seconds flat. That’s because your entire office IS the van. Instead of driving to work, you will instead, drive your work everywhere. It’s obviously designed for those people that work literally, all over the map. The entire back end of the van slides out, which gives you a nice roomy office inside, while exposing the exterior storage areas that are fully customizable.

For the 2007 Tokyo Motor show, they decked it out as if it belonged to an ocean photographer, complete with the storage area full of various tools of that trade. They even put in an editing station and a remote control panel for a spider camera. I think I’ve found my new office. Next time you read me, I’ll be on the road…

Be your own detective with NEC’s DNA analyzer

Posted in Healthcare,NEC by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2007

NEC DNA analyzer in a briefcase

The portability aspect of this half meter wide briefcase is debatable, but what’s inside is what makes it cool, in a CSI kind of way. NEC is calling it the first portable DNA analyser. That’s right, now it’s official. Anybody who has watched even one hour of crime-time television can be their own detective and solve murders.

The briefcase can be used for all 5 stages that make up the DNA analysis process. It is also a real time saver if you only plan on being a part time crime solver, since it can fully analyze DNA within only 25 minutes.

It’s heading for full production in 2008. Ok, so this is mainly marketed to law enforcement, but we all know that in the future regular folks like us will have them too. For now, this could really help law enforcement by providing quick …

Nintendo Wii clone in China is named Vii

Posted in Nintendo,Wii by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2007

Nintendo Wii clone from China named ViiChina’s clone of the Wii obviously does not have the same quality control that the Wii does. Just look at it. Now known as the Vii, this high tech knock off will cost less because of it. It is a complete clone of the console and the remote.

I know. Made in China right? Aren’t they the guys that just tried to poison us through the toy trade, among other things? Well, yeah. But we are talking a Vii here. What’s a little lead floating through the air and contaminating your room? As long as some form of Wii is available to you, who cares right?

Yamaha bike distracts you with the web

Posted in Automotive,Concepts,Personal Transport,Yamaha by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2007

Aside from distracting you with the wonders of the web, the bike can be easily turned on and off using specific cell phones.Some things are meant to be. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Ben and Jerry, Brad and Angelina. And now apparently, biking while surfing the web. I’m talking about the Bobby prototype electric bike from Yamaha motors. Pedestrians will never know what hit them, while you read your favorite blog. Aside from distracting you with the wonders of the web, the bike can be easily turned on and off using specific cell phones.

Some other features you can use when you are no longer impressed with having the web on 2 wheels are: a collapsible seat, fold-in rear wheel, handlebars and footrests making the bike a breeze to store.

Google GPhone may be cheap and sport a Gbutton

Posted in Google,Google Phone,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2007

They want texters in the habit of going to their vast database to get the answers they seek. The secret to competing with the iPhone may just be a low price/low tech approach. Last week, Google acquired and got all social with the Finnish start-up Jaiku, holder of key Short Message Service patents. And though Google isn’t talking, we know they want advertisers to sponsor Google search results on mobile devices just like on Internet-connected PCs.

Jaiku is of course, key to their strategy. In addition, they also acquired the mobile social network Zingku and expanded “Google SMS,” which is a free service that sends answers to texters with questions.

Samsung cellphone powered by water

Posted in Samsung,Science by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2007

When the phone powers on, metal and water in the phone react and  produce hydrogen gas which powers the cellphone.Samsung has actually developed a water powered cellphone. A micro fuel cell and hydrogen generator make it possible. They will be capable of powering all kinds of small electronics, in this case cellphones, for 10 hours on nothing but old fashioned H2O.

When the phone powers on, metal and water in the phone react and produce hydrogen gas. They envision beginning with hydrogen cartridges that would have to be changed roughly every four days, if you use the phone for four hours a day. After that, their plan is to improve on the design until all you need to do is squirt some water in your phone and you are ready.

Elektra espresso machines shine like bling

Posted in Home,Kitchen by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2007

These Mini Verticale Elektra espresso makers are pure eye candy, and sport a beautiful steampunk design.Nothing wrong with mixing a little bling with your espresso. These Mini Verticale Elektra espresso makers are pure eye candy, and sport a beautiful steampunk design. The shiny caffeine demons will literally smack down every other appliance in your kitchen, and make them worship at their metal feet, just by their mere presence.

They are actually a scaled down version of the very large machines used in coffee houses and cafes in Europe. And though they might not be the most practical espresso maker you could have in your kitchen, they certainly make a statement. The Mini Verticale comes in metal, copper and brass finish.

iPod touch now runs iPhone applications

Posted in iPhone,iPod,iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2007

Ipod Touch users everywhere are rejoicing. Well, until apple decides to brick them at least.Those of you still following this saga will be happy to know that the hackers who have been dismantling the iPod touch have apparently now decrypted the ramdisk and installed applications. That means your iPod Touch can do all kinds of nifty things, like run mail, Google Maps, and many other 3rd party apps.

Ipod Touch users everywhere are rejoicing. Well, until apple decides to brick them at least. Also, it remains to be seen how well these apps truly run. It’s a fascinating technological and cultural event at any rate, as devices get hacked, bricked and hacked again in an endless circle. I say just cut out the middle man and let these guys work for Apple.

Is a golden Zelda DS Lite in your future?

Posted in Nintendo,Nintendo DS,Rumors by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2007

Rumor is that the Shiny golden DS Lite you see in the lower left of the picture may be headed for retail store shelves soon.It sure is looking that way. Rumor is that the Shiny golden DS Lite you see in the lower left of the picture may be headed for retail store shelves soon. That shouldn’t be a big surprise since we are entering into the holiday season. Plus, Nintendo marketing knows that we like shiny objects. Shiny gold objects, especially. Seriously, we aren’t that hard to please.

The above photograph is believed to have been taken at the Nintendo World Store when “Phantom Hourglass” launched. To make things even more interesting, Engadget is claiming that a certain individual is saying that his company has received orders from Nintendo to design graphics for a “BOX, SYST GOLD W/ZELDA: HOUR USG.” Who knows if this is all true. And if it is true, it could just be a limited run for a contest. But since Santa is coming soon, I’m betting an official announcement from Nintendo will proceed him.

Add color to your music with Planets speakers

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2007

Planets Speakers

It’s about time speaker makers started adding a little color and design to their products. These German engineered speakers from Urban Fidelity(Sounds like an insurance firm, I know) come in some nice neon colors. Those orbs at the top are not just for show either. Yes, they look ultra cool, but the spheres actually create an omni-directional spread of sound.

They are designed to bring 360-degrees of sound to your home theater and in general make you look really cool to your friends.

Toyota I-Real one-ups the Segway

Posted in Cars,Concepts,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2007

Toyota I-RealThe segway is just a scooter compared to this. Toyota has a new concept car called the I-Real. Aside from “Minority Report” futuristic good looks, it’s made of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic and even sports operating controls in the side arm rests, rather then using an outdated device known as the steering wheel.

Apparently it can reach speeds up to 18.6 miles per hour. And just like any futuristic vehicle should, it goes from an upright position to a reclined position when it hits High-Speed Mode. At the moment it remains just a concept, so for now the Segway is safe. But it’s days may just be numbered.

Kone vacuums make a decorative statement

Posted in Home,Vacuum by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2007

Kone vacuums are stylish and cone shaped

Most vacuums are big. Some are ugly. Many are big AND ugly. The Kone is neither. This cordless handheld vacuum is sleek and metallic, with a great modern look. In fact, one of the best things about it, is that it will go with just about anybody’s decor. Created by designer Karim Rashid, these have been selling for just over a year and getting good reviews. They originally sold for $60, but today you can get one for around $39.99. Comes in 5 colors. Not all appliances have to be eye soars.

Cut butter better with Precise Butter Cutter

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2007

Precise Butter CutterThat’s a mouthful. You know the lines on the butter wrapper that you never pay attention to? Well, they are important. Just ask the baker in your home? Sure, you enjoy the taste of butter, but have you ever stopped to think about what goes into measuring it out just right, so you don’t suffer a stroke while eating your muffins? As it stands now, (since the actual stick of butter itself is not marked) you have to cut butter with the wrapper on.

Darth Vader PSP-2000 hits shelves today

Posted in PSP,Sci-Fi,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2007

Darth Vader Sony PSP 2000If your old PSP wasn’t slim enough or white enough, or if you like Darth Vader slapped onto consumer products, then by all means rush out and get this limited edition PSP. It’s scheduled to hit store shelves today and is part of a $199 bundle, which includes Star Wars Battlefront.

This makes great bling for geeks. I sense many sales. The force is strong in this one. PSP fans and Star Wars fans alike can thank God they have Vader. You know…Since Jar Jar didn’t quite take off. Thanks to the original trilogy, there are plenty of images to adhere to items for years to come.