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Fiskar 88 headphone amplifier concept

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on March 10th, 2011

Fiskar’s 88 headphone amplifier is designed by Edouard Urcadez. It features a unique and sexy form factor, large volume / tone knobs, and a variety of rear outputs. There’s no specifications since it is just a concept, but we don’t care what it’s packing. We just want one.

We can only hope that it actually gets made in real life. It’s too awesome looking not to make a reality. What do you think? Should they offer this one to the public? Or not?

NES Cartridge Flash Drive with Console USB Port

Posted in DIY by Reuben Drake on March 9th, 2011

We’ve seen the NES modded into many different things and we’ve seen even seen NES cartridges used as cases for external hard drives, but this mod is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Ed Lewis created this NES cartridge flash drive with a NES console USB port. That’s right, there’s only one USB connector inside that console.

To make one yourself, all you need to do is open up the cartridge, take out the board and make a gap for a flash drive, then glue it inside. Then open up the console, cut a hole in the middle of the cartridge connector for the flash drive to slide in, and another hole at the back of the console for a USB cable.

ViewSonic’s Android/Windows 7 ViewPad 10 tablet now shipping

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on March 8th, 2011

It took awhile, but ViewSonic’s dual-booting ViewPad 10 is finally coming to America. The dual booting Android 1.6 + Windows 7 tablet features a 10.1-inch touchpanel (1024 x 600), 1.66GHz Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

There’s also a microSD slot and a copy of Windows Home 7 Premium (with a 16GB SSD) or Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD). It will cost you $599 and $679. That’s too bad about the ancient version of Android on board.

Veho Mimi all-in-one HTPC controller looks like a gamepad

Posted in Home Theater by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2011

Is your home theater still using the old mouse and keyboard combo? Well Veho has announced the “Mimi wifi Keyboard & Air Mouse with game controller.” It looks like an Xbox 360 gamepad controller, but this one has everything you want in an all-in-one computer-controller.

It features a motion sensor to control the mouse, separate buttons for left and right clicking and a range of about 33 feet. It’s compatible with both Windows and Mac via a USB dongle, but the customizable buttons will only work on a Microsoft OS machine. It will cost you about 150 dollars (or £90).

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace returns to theaters in 3D February 12, 2012

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on March 4th, 2011

Perhaps the Mayan calendar was right. Maybe the world will end in 2012. Maybe it should end if we feel we need to pair a crappy prequel with crappy 3D. The new 3D-converted editions of each movie are on the way, withThe Phantom Menace officially returning next year on February 12th.

The effects people at Fox, Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic think the visuals of each movie would be good in 3D. Lucas thinks you’ll pay for the privilege of another reworked series. Again. We can’t wait to see Jar Jar slip and juggle fruit in 3D. You?

Elfoid human-shaped phone from Japan is creepy

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 4th, 2011

The Telenoid R1 just got creepier. Elfoid was developed at Osaka University and with help from NTT DoCoMo and looks just like the Telenoid, even does pretty much the same thing, which is: giving you a human-like silhouette to talk to. At least this one can go in your pocket.

It tickles you when it rings, alerting you to the call. Just talk into its belly and it speaks to you, playing the voice of whoever’s on the line. It also moves and gestures as if you’re actually holding the person you’re conversing with. Weird.

The crystal ball gets updated for the 21st century

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on March 1st, 2011

I see the future of the crystal ball…It is hazy…No wait. Here it is. This 3.9″ crystal ball displays a hologram type of image inside, so it would be perfect to display a company’s advertisement, but pricey.

We’re talking over the $4,000 mark. Just connect it to a DVD or video player to project footage into a new magical dimension. It can also be enjoyed at home if you are wealthy enough. Wow your friends with films, music videos and games in a whole new way. Or heck, just use it in your palm reading business.

OnLive offering free MicroConsole when you buy Homefront game

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on February 27th, 2011

If you were thinking about buying a $99 OnLive Game System, here’s some good news for you. If you pre-order THQ’s Homefront on OnLive for $50, you’ll get a voucher for a free MicroConsole and a free game. Not too shabby of a deal.

The deal runs through March 14th, and just so you know, supplies are limited, shipping costs extra, and you won’t actually receive the hardware until after the deal expires. It might not be a good sign for the company that it has to give away it’s console with this deal at such an early stage in it’s life, but either way you win.

AOC Aire Black LED Monitor is thin and cheap

Posted in monitors by Reuben Drake on February 24th, 2011

AOC offers all kinds of lower priced TVs and displays and now their latest has surfaced. It’s called the AireLED Series. One of the more noteworthy features of these new LED displays is the fact that they are very thin at just 12.7mm thick.

The screens come in 20-inch (e2043Fk, $129), 22-inch (e2243Fwk, $149) and 23-inch (e2343Fk, $179) versions and will be available online and in stores like Best Buy and Radio Shack. All of the monitors share the same features which are 50M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 5MS response time, and DVI-D with HDCP.

Star Trek Bathrobes

Posted in Apparel by Reuben Drake on February 23rd, 2011

I’m not one for robes,but if I did wear them, I would definitely own this. These terrycloth robes were never seen on the show, but they should have been. They look geek-a-licious. These robes are available in both Command Yellow and Science officer Blue.

They even and have the appropriate rank and insignias. They’re available from ThinkGeek for $49.99. They look very comfortable and very geeky. Just don’t wear these when you go out. Please. For your own sake.

New MacBook Pros may get SSD booting, large trackpads

Posted in MacBook by Reuben Drake on February 21st, 2011

Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro update could take some cues from the new MacBook Air. They wouldn’t use SSD-only storage but would get an 8GB or 16GB boot drive for the OS either way. This move would let the MacBook Pros get the quick boot and fast resume support of the Air without sacrificing anything in storage.

They may also be getting larger trackpads than the ones available today. They may also get lighter, by as much as half a pound on average, but we don’t know how this would be accomplished.

Rubik’s Brain Cube

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on February 18th, 2011

Nothing challenges your brain like a Rubik’s cube puzzle. Matching the colors on each side can be both frustrating and rewarding when you finally do it. Making it all one color would be harder. Say, a brainy pink. Then add some actual brain details and this becomes an extra challenging puzzle.

Not only would this be hard, but you are constantly reminded of your brain, which is struggling. This design comes from Jason Freeny. It may be the grossest puzzle ever. Hopefully the texture isn’t all squishy and wet. Great puzzle for mad scientists.

Redbox planning subscription streaming movie service

Posted in movies by Reuben Drake on February 17th, 2011

President of Redbox, Mitch Lowe told analysts that its upcoming online movie service would be subscription-based like Netflix and Hulu Plus instead of charging for each movie like others including iTunes, Zune or Amazon.

Users would pay a monthly fee to stream to devices and access discs at kiosks. Redbox will have a partner in the service and the Seattle Times is thinking that it is Walmart Vudu and Amazon. So if you are a Redbox fan, this is good news.

Panasonic to debut its first 3D LED TV

Posted in HDTV by Reuben Drake on February 15th, 2011

Panasonic is offering a new range of 3D LED TVs for the UK market, as the DT30 series. The line consists of 32″ and 37″ models, with the 32″ model being the TX-L37DT30. The 37 incher is the TX-L37DT30. Both feature IPS panels for a superior viewing angle, better motion response, and Intelligent Frame Creation for better 3D images.

Some other features that these models also offer are: Viera Connect Internet access and pre-loaded apps for access to services like Twitter, Facebook and Skype, Wi-Fi, DLNA support, four HDMI ports, three USB ports and VGA input.

Android App Inventor Lets You Build Your Own App

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on July 12th, 2010

Android App InventorIf you’ve always wanted to make your own applications to use on your Android phone but have never had the time or interest to learn all of that programming syntax, this just might be your chance. Google has announced the beta of the App Inventor for Android, a visual programming tool for creating mobile phone applications on Android devices.

Google says that no programming knowledge is necessary and you can begin building apps within minutes of getting started with the software. App Inventor uses a block-editing tool developed at MIT and tested at educational institutions around the country for the past year.