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USB RC Car Controlled From Your PC

Posted in Toys,USB by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

USB RC Car is powered from your PC through a USB connection and is driven remotelyAt first glance this noisy little car powered by USB doesn’t seem that interesting, but much to our surprise it’s actually kind of cool. The USB RC Car is an actual radio controlled car that gives about 5 minutes of remote controlled drive time with a 10 minute charge.

The car comes with a small garage complete with a door that closes which houses the car when it’s not in use and also acts as the charger and the wireless transmitter. The garage connects to a Windows XP or 2000 computer through a 4 foot USB cable and transmits 6-way directional signals from an on-screen graphical interface that’s controlled with the keyboard.

Transparent Toaster Concept

Posted in Concepts,Kitchen by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

Transparent Toaster ConceptMaybe it’s because many of us geeks heated up wires with electricity to create a make-shift toaster as our 5th grade science project, or possibly it’s that toast is one of the tried and true breakfast foods that we have trouble screwing up? Whatever the reason toasters seem to be a popular item with gadget lovers everywhere, despite a limited variety of designs available to consumers.

When we saw this transparent toaster concept we couldn’t help but share. It uses heated glass to burn a single piece of bread in plain view right before your eyes, eliminating all guessing as to what setting your toaster needs today to get it just right. How to clean it and where the crumbs go and how you get your toast out of it may still have to be worked out, but we’d be one of the first few in line to give it a try.

Waterproof mDrive Flash Drive from Gidis

Posted in Flash Memory,USB,Waterproof by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

Waterproof Mdrive USB flash drive from GidisWaterproof electronic devices just always seem kind of cool for some reason. Anytime you can take some electronic gadget under water and it still works, even when there is no need, automatically moves it up the “cool” list a few points.

A good example is the mDrive waterproof USB Flash drive from Gidis. The slim drive comes packaged in a CD jewel case with a smooth looking black and red Taegeuk design, but what’s most noteworthy is that its waterproof. We’re not sure just how many things you’re going to be able to actually plug this thing into when your under water but when a device comes along with a functional, underwater USB port, Gidis will be ready. Then again, this of course could be handy right after you’ve downloaded the secret documents onto it while on your secret spy reconnaissance mission, and then have to dive into the ocean in a narrow escape.

U-Suit Case for Non-Existent iPod?

Posted in iPod Accessories,iPod Nano,Rumors by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

iPod case manufacturer releases case for new video iPod before its announcedAccording to iLounge, a manufacturer named Uniea that makes cases for Apple products such as iPods and MacBook’s has now released a U-Suit branded case for an iPod that has not been announced yet..

The advertisement says the case is designed for the “New iPod” and bears the short, fat design that we’ve seen in a number of the rumored pictures. According to the report, the case “features a soft leather exterior, hard plastic interior with scratch-resistant inner lining, and a front hole sized for a roughly 2.3-inch screen and iPod nano-sized Click Wheel.” Maybe that screen won’t be too small to watch video’s on?

New Video iPod Nano Enhanced Rumor Pic

Posted in Apple,iPod Nano,Rumors by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

New “fatter” looking iPod Nano videoWe’ve seen a few different grainy photos of what might be a new video iPod Nano from Apple floating around the web, but here is the best quality one yet. We’re still chalking this one up to the “rumors” list but this photo fits the bill from what we’ve heard so far; appearing shorter with a small video screen that frankly may be just too small to watch videos on, anyway.

There’s a very good chance that this is the result of some skilled Photoshop work based on a hand holding the current Nano but either way I don’t think we’re going to have to wait long to find out as Jobs and the rest of Apple are still gearing up for some “The Beat Goes On” announcement on Wednesday. Keep watching…

iRiver Launches the Siren DP250

Posted in iRiver,Media Players,Siren by Reuben Drake on September 1st, 2007

Siren DP250 media player from iRiveriRiver has announced the launch of the DP250, its first MP3 player through recently acquired Siren. The player is branded as a Siren product but definitely has taken on the iRiver look. The Siren DP250 is a somewhat smaller MP3 player measuring 102mm x 30.5mm x 12.7mm. The DAP will launch in Japan September 7 in 1GB and 2GB capacities for $85 and $120, respectively.

Venturer Entry-Level HD DVD Player

Posted in HD DVD,HD-DVD Player by Reuben Drake on August 30th, 2007

Venturer SHD7000 HD-DVD playerVenturer Electronics has announced a simple, entry-level HD DVD player expected to ship in the coming months to consumers in North America. The Venturer SHD7000 features 1080i video output through and HDMI connection along with Dolby TrueHD sound to round out the home theater experience.

Also included in this player is a built-in Ethernet connectionwhich allows access to the internet to download bonus features from the studios and can sometimes unlock pre-recorded content available on the discs. The player will also upconvert regular DVD’s through the HDMI connection.

HDD Connection Convenience

Posted in Adapters,Hard Drives,USB by Reuben Drake on August 30th, 2007

Tripp Lite U238-000 USB 2.0 SATA/IDE Combo Adapter connects hard drives to your PC externally through USBEven though the size of hard drives are continually increasing so does the media that you store on them, requiring you keep buying more drives and bigger capacities to store all of your awesome-quality high-def content. A real pain however is having to go through the process of powering down your computer, opening up the case and connecting one of these new hard drives just so you can format it or transfer some data to it. Also, I’ve found that sometimes there just isn’t another SATA or IDE connection available once I get the case cracked open.

The folks at Tripp Lite have made this a whole lot easier with this set of cables designed to let you connect your SATA or IDE drive external through a simple USB 2.0 adapter. The U238-000 USB 2.0 SATA/IDE Combo Adapter allows for individual or simultaneous connection to a drive to configure it or transfer data without having to install it, turning any internal hard drive into an external USB storage device.

Stapleless Stapler

Posted in Office Gadgets by Reuben Drake on August 29th, 2007

Stapler that cuts and tucks a flap of the paper instead of using an actual stapleMost offices find it hard to go completely paperless, but with this stapler you can at least go stapleless, ridding yourself of the need to rip off the corner or remove the staple from your papers before throwing them in the handy blue paper-recycling trash can. Just think of the money you might save on staple removers alone?

The Staple Free Stapler quickly and efficiently cuts a little flap in up to 5 sheets of paper together, folding the flap over on itself and putting it in a little resulting pocket which in turn meets the intended need of hold the papers uniformly together. The stapleless stapler comes in colors of black, blue and clear (smoke), retailing for a measly $5.99.

Staple Free Stapler

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LG’s Slim Portable, USB powered DVD burner

Posted in Burner,DVD,LG,USB by Reuben Drake on August 29th, 2007

LG Slim DVD burner GSA-E50N and GSA-E50L are USB poweredLG has a new non-high def DVD burner that should hit the market within days, sporting a very slim and portable design. The LG Slim DVD burner is completely USB powered requiring no additional cables to run, helping you to conveniently burn discs and drain the battery from your notebook when you’re on the go.

The device measures only .84 inches thick and weighs less than a pound making it very portable, housing the ability to burn DVD+R / RW, DVD-R / RW, and DVD-RAM discs as fast as 8x. LG has two models of this slim burner coming out; the GSA-E50N will retail for about $122 and is the standard model. For $136 you can treat yourself to the GSA-E50L which adds LightScribe to the feature set, using the same DVD burning laser to let you burn labels …

SanDisk Cruzer Micro up to 8GB

Posted in Flash Memory,SanDisk,USB by Reuben Drake on August 29th, 2007

SanDisk Cruzer micro USB flash drive now comes in 8GB capacitySanDisk has announced a doubling of the drive capacity of their SanDisk Cruzer Micro flash drive, brining the total capacity to 8 Gigabytes from the previous maximum of 4GB.

This capacity equates to around 1,600 high res photos or 2,000 songs on this single, 2-inch long, half an ounce USB Flash drive. The drive, like the previous Cruzer’s, features the retractable USB connector so there is no cap needed and more importantly no cap to loose. The connector retracts into the drive when not in use. When connecting and transferring data the sliding switch lights up to indicate its in use.

We should expect to see the new 8GB SanDisk Cruzer around mid-September world-wide, retailing for around $129.99. Of course if you like the drive but don’t think you need quite all of the 8GB’s (yet), you can …

Panasonic D-Snap Player Adds Bluetooth

Posted in Bluetooth,Media Players,MP3,Panasonic by Reuben Drake on August 29th, 2007

Panasonic D-Snap media player now also has Bluetooth 2.0As you might notice by the additional little logo on the front, Panasonic has upgraded its D-Snap MP3 player to now include Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. The new D-Snap SV-SD950N has also added a couple buttons on the front to let its player hook up wirelessly with your Bluetooth phone, hands-free car unit or a Bluetooth stereo headset.

Aside from the added connectivity the D-Snap appears to be the same, still featuring its special noise canceling and comes packaged with a 1GB SD card. The only other changes, which are not quite as cool, are a decreased battery life due to the Bluetooth running and an increased price. The D-Snap SV-SD950N is expected to hit shelves in Japan on September 21.

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mi VDO FX DV Cam Captures and Edits Video on the Spot

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging,Digital Video by Reuben Drake on August 28th, 2007

mi VDO FX DV Cam lets you record pictures and video that you can edit with visual effects and musicThis unique looking mobile phone-like device is actually not any type of phone at all but is a small DV cam that lets you take photos and record video that you can edit right on the spot.

The mi VDO FX DV Cam sets itself apart from other similar devices through its ability to edit recorded video and add in 3 special FX style modes and up to 18 different visual effects to the footage. You can also add music to your video right on the device. It will even let you record music through a line-in from your MP3 player while recording the video, giving you an instant YouTube worthy clip without using your computer.

The camera retails for around $99 and features a 1.5″ color display, a …

New Creative Zen Leaked on Amazon

Posted in Creative,Media Players by Reuben Drake on August 28th, 2007

Creative ZenAmazon has released some early photos and specs of the new Creative Zen shortly before the IFA in Berlin which starts in a few days. The listing is pricing it very reasonably at $149, $199 and $299 for the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. It’s available for pre-order now and they aren’t saying quite yet when it will actually ship.

The new Zen so far looks like it’s only available in black and is touted as a credit card sized MP3 player that supports playing music, video, viewing photos and picking up FM radio. The display consists of a 2.5″ TFT supporting 16.7 million colors and the internal memory is expandable through an available SD card slot. The Creative Zen looks pretty sharp and at this price will no doubt make its own thin space in the market and many pockets in the coming months….

Nokia Intros the 500 Auto Navigation

Posted in GPS,Nokia by Reuben Drake on August 27th, 2007

Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is Nokia’s first dedicated personal in-car navigation GPS systemToday Nokia announced the introduction of its first dedicated in-car personal navigation device called the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation. The 500 utilizes Nokia Maps to provide turn-by-turn, spoken directions, integrated hands free Bluetooth calling and the ability to listen and view multimedia.

The navigation software provides spoken directions which can be enhanced through an on-board FM transmitter and sent through your car stereo. The directions also include the spoken street and city names and the system can identifying points of interest along your route.

These points of interest can then be called directly through your Bluetooth-enabled phone connected to the 500 Auto Navigation, or you can get directions to addresses stored in your phones contacts. The GPS device also has a Traffic Message Channel service which provides a real-time overlay of traffic upcoming on your route …