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Make Your iPod Videos Big With the iFlip

Posted in Digital Video,iPod,Memorex by Darrin Olson on September 24th, 2006

Memorex iFlip

Being able to watch movies on your iPod video is awesome, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to watch those movies on a little bigger screen, or if you want to entertain more than one person at once, the small screen on the iPod is sometimes difficult for two people to watch at the same time.

The Memorex iFlip allows you to take the video on your iPod from a 2.5″ screen up to the 8.4″ screen on the iFlip. The resolution stays the same, which looks incredible on the iPod, but can be a little bit “pixelated” on the iFlip, but it does give you the wide screen aspect ratio.

The Memorex iFlip is portable and can run up to 5 hours on it’s battery, which is great for watching on a plane or on the road, and has a 75 degree horizontal viewing angel …

TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 For Your Handheld

Posted in GPS,Mobile Phones,PDAs,Software,TomTom by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2006

TomTom Navigator 6TomTom Navigator 6 is a software and hardware package that you can use with your existing smartphone or PDA. At first glance it may look as though this is another TomTom GPS device, but it is actually the navigational software and a wireless GPS receiver to integrate with your existing phone or PDA.
The software comes preloaded on a mini SD memory card with your country map and cross border navigation to anywhere in Europe. The wireless Bluetooth GPS receiver is the only actual significant piece of hardware. This is a pretty small device, but in some cases it may be actually bigger than your smart device your hooking it up to. This is to receive the GPS signal and transfer it to your handheld device. A car and A/C adapter also come with the TomTom Navigator 6 software.
This software comes …

IRIVER CLIX

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,iRiver by Darrin Olson on September 21st, 2006

iRiver Clix The iRiver clix is an awesome little multimedia player that has a very easy to use interface and is able to play music, videos, photos and text. You can use it to listen to the radio, as an alarm clock, it’s small enough to hide in your hand and still has a 2.2″ viewing screen.

It has 2G of storage, which lately is a little on the lite side with similar devices, but aside from that and needing to touch the screen a lot with your fingers (comes with a cleaning cloth), the iRiver Clix is a smooth gadget.

The Clix is compatible with the Windows Plays For Sure subscription service and transfers data with USB. The battery lasts up to 25 hours, which could last longer than your media and is quite the opposite compared to many similar media players with more memory than …

Toshiba Gigabeat MES60VK

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Gigabeat,Toshiba by Darrin Olson on September 21st, 2006

Gigabeat

The Gigabeat web site alone makes me like this gadget. They have done a good job building a nice interactive Flash site, and of course it has music with an awesome beat, which brings us to the MES60VK Gigabeat multimedia device.

The Gigabeat MES60VK version from Toshiba has a 60GB drive to hold your music, video, TV shows, movies and pictures. You can transfer video through the Windows Media Player, buy movies for the Gigabeat at Vongo, and get music with Microsoft’s Plays For Sure. Al of this is accessible to you through an easy to use navigation control and a 2.4 inch color panel. The only thing that would make this a little cooler is if you could record audio and/or video with it, but at least in this version you cannot.

The battery in the Gigabeat will allow you to play music up to 12 …

Recharge Batteries with Your USB – No Cables

Posted in USB by Darrin Olson on September 20th, 2006

USBCell Rechargeable USB Batteries

OK, so I use wireless mouse, and about every 6 months or so it starts getting flaky and I realize that I need new batteries. Of course I do not have any spare ones because I loaned the other two spare I had from my 4 pack battery purchase to the guy in the cube across from me for his MP3 player; and no, he does not have any spare batteries now either.

If only I could have recharged the batteries that I have without having some bulky battery recharging station thing that I had to buy and keep in my drawer or something….

Well, for me the picture here says it all: USB rechargeable batteries.

No wires, no charging station, no running to the store for batteries (provided I remember to charge them periodically). You can also charge these USB batteries in a approved nickel …

Motorola Flattens Out with the Q

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola,PDAs,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on September 20th, 2006

MOTO Q

Motorola has gone anorexic with the Moto Q SmartPhone. This is a super thin lightweight smart phone that was slightly spread out when it was flattened to allow for a full QWERTY keyboard and a thumb wheel for easy navigation.

The Moto Q runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with full email integration to sync up all your messages. It has connectivity via Bluetooth and a mini USB connection and works with a variety of Motorola Bluetooth headsets. I also see infrared and 3G internet as wireless ports to the world, but I’m not seeing WiFi. If you are in a city I don’t think this will be a problem, but WiFi is nice to have. Hopefully you are not roaming too close to nowhere either, since analog roaming isn’t making the list.

The Motorola Moto Q has a 1.3 Megapixel camera, and …

Walkman Has Come a Long Way

Posted in Mobile Phones,Sony,Walkman by Darrin Olson on September 19th, 2006

Sony W950i Walkman with Original WalkmanThe Walkman really come a long way, and the contrast in neat to see with this new Sony W950i Walkman compared to the original Walkman of 1979.

The W950i Walkman is a mobile phone that will be released in the near future with an music player and a nice big touchscreen with big buttons to make navigation easy. (The original Walkman had big buttons, too.)

The W950i comes with 4 Gig of flash memory to store lots of music files, and uses 3G for fast web browsing with the Opera 8 browser. The new Walkman also supports streaming video, email, handwriting recognition, sound recorder, 3D games and picks up FM radio.

The W950i is one of a few phones that will be coming out from Sony Ericsson in the coming months. Other phones include the W850i which is a slider-design, the Z610i

Hot Girl Robot vs PC BOT

Posted in PCs,Robots by Darrin Olson on September 18th, 2006

Hot Girl RobotWhite Box 914 PC BotAlthough I think that a robot shaped like the top one might have been a better choice for White Box Robotics to use for the injection moldings template for their robots, I think the 914 PC-Bot they ended up with is not too bad looking, in a Star Wars kind of way.

The 914 PC-BOT (the one in white) is a 21″ tall XP Home PC with a number of other features and an API to allow you to develop against it for a wide range of custom behaviors to make your bot a little more life-like, such as navigation, speech recognition and some artificial intelligence algorithms.

The White Box 914 runs on batteries to power the two wheel drive train and the Mini-ITX driven PC. IT comes with a Gig of RAM, 40 Gig hard drive, …

Motorola MOTOKRZR

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on September 18th, 2006

MOTOKRZR No, this isn’t the RAZR, it’s the KRZR – the MOTOKRZR mobile phone from Motorola. This is the sleekest of the Motorola clam shell type phones, yet. It is definitely targeting those looking for the latest in style and design at only 16m thick and 3.6 ounces.

The Motorola KRZR has a 2MP camera with 8x zoom as well as video capture and playback right on the phone. You can also use the KRZR phone to play your MP3′s and listen to through your Bluetooth headset, and store extra pictures, songs and video on a removable MicroSD card that you can use in the phone.

The phone has Quad Band functionality for world use, EDGE for high speed web and Screen 3 technology to be able to get the latest in news and entertainment.

Of course the MOTOKRZR also comes with all of the familiar features …

JVC Everio G Series Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,JVC by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

JVC Everio G SeriesI think JVC has reached a mile marker here with the media for digital video recording. I remember my dad with a camcorder that took the full size VHS tapes (he still uses it), and then they went to the smaller tapes so the camera could have a smaller profile and you could still get a decent amount of recording time.

After tapes there was some time there were it could have went anywhere. The most popular seemed to be using flash memory or lately using small DVD’s that were burned inside the camcorder on the fly. Both of these options were good, but I think the JVC Everio G series camcorders (GZ-MG50 pictured) have gotten it figured out.

The Everio camcorders do not have a tape or a DVD disc spinning inside them. They have a hard drive that can be up to …

Archos 604 Portable Video Player

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Television by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

Archos 604 Portable Video Player
The Archos 604 is a portable multimedia player for all standard video formats in a full DVD resolution, including MPEG-4 ASP, WMV (and protected WMV) as well as MPEG-2 and VOB with a software plug in.

The Archos 604 has a 30G hard drive to store up to 130 hours of encoded video. The screen is a 4.3″ wide screen, which gives quite a bit more view that most portable video players out there. You can view them right on the screen, or output them to a full size television and still view them in DVD quality. Once uploaded you can use features to play the video, video editing and video bookmarking right on the player.

There is an optional DVR station for the Archos 604 that seems to almost be must to get all the benefits from this super thin player. You …

Surf in Your Living Room with the iJoy Board

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,Home by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2006

iJoy BoardThe iJoy board is a balance training gadget that you can use to simulate surfing, skate boarding or snow boarding inside your own living room.

The iJoy Board has a non-slip platform that you stand on and an infrared remote that allows you to control turning it on and the speed setting. Adjust it between 3 different speeds and practice maintaining your balance while it tips different directions to simulate different board sports.

The iJoy is about 30″ long, 10″ high and 14 ” wide, weighs just under 50 pounds and runs on electricity from a standard wall outlet.

Current suggested retail is just under $450 USD.

iJoy Board [InterHealth]

Canon Powershot SD40 ELPH

Posted in Canon,Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2006

PowerShot SD40 ELPH

The new Powershot SD40 ELPH is the fashion end of the new line of cameras that have recently come out from Canon. This version of the ELPH is upgraded to 7.1 megapixel from it’s 5.0 megapixel predecessor, the SD30.

It’s slim and handy at less than an inch thick, looks sleek in 4 available styles and is easy to use. It has a 1.8 inch backlit LCD monitor and comes with a handy station that is used to charge the SD40 ELPH camera as well as to upload pictures through a USB connection or direct printing. It also comes with a remote control to run the camera options remotely.

Did you know that Canon had a camera museum?

Press Release [Canon]

Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

Posted in Keyboards,Microsoft,Mouse by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2006

Wireless Desktop 8000Microsoft has come out with the their newest Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 to be available in time to have for the Microsoft Vista full release. Microsoft says the new keyboard and mouse have additional features to help have even more control over your computer from the keyboard and mouse. Of course, this raises a question in my head about how I was controlling my computer before? It seems like I was pretty much use the keyboard and mouse…

Well, there are a few nice accessories and shortcut buttons (some of which are specifically for Windows Vista) that I guess can add some more control from the general keyboard area, both through software and hardware.

The Entertainment Desktop 8000 is wireless and connects via Bluetooth which allows you to be up to 30 feet away.
These are rechargeable. This is nice because one of the bigger …

Nintendo Wii

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2006

Nintendo Wii
Nintendo is gearing up for the holiday seasons with this new Nintendo Wii (pronounced ‘we’). It is expected to be available in the US November 19th (right after Sony’s PS3 comes out) and available in Japan in early December.
In this version Nintendo seems to be targeting a little bit younger audience (which is line with it’s recent campaign to have Nintendo toys in Happy Meals). It sounds like it’s intention is to not compete directly with the PS3 or Xbox, but to less sophisticated gamers.
The controllers will connect through wireless Bluetooth and have a motion sensor along with the common unitive features. There is also a remote “Nunchuk” style remote that works with motion by waving it like a wand.
The Nintendo Wii is going to be a little different in that it is doing more to integrate gaming and the device with the …