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Sony Go!Explore GPS for PSP

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

Sony Go!Explore GPS nav for Sony PSPSony has announced that they’re going to start offering Go!Explore, a new GPS navigation system add-on for their handheld PSP game console starting this holiday season. This is great news for those living in UK/Ireland, Iberia, France, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, and Scandinavia where they will initially have maps available, but the rest of the world is going to have to wait a little longer.

The system includes a some GPS receiver hardware that will mount on the top of the PSP and UMD based software for the maps. The navigation software is provided by NavNGo and the maps will be from TeleAtlas providing navigation along with 3D city and landmark rendering on the PSP.

Go!Explore will come in languages of English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and will support updating the POI via WiFi.

via TrendyGadget

Tempo wireless external recycle bin

Posted in Concepts,Storage by Reuben Drake on August 27th, 2007

Tempo wireless external trash can stores deleted files on hard driveThe idea behind this conceptual design is to provide an additional “safety net” of storage for your computers deleted items. The Tempo is an external 250GB (the site indicated Gb, but we’re guessing they meant bytes for this to be practical) hard drive that connects to your PC or Mac via Bluetooth and monitors your deleted items. Each time you delete files from your computer they are stored on the Tempo trash drive where they can be recovered if needed, providing you another layer of recovery for those accidentally deleted items.

The device itself is shaped like a little trash can that can sit on your desk withing Bluetooth range of your computer to wireless transfer the files. LED indicators on the Tempo drive light from the bottom up indicating at a glance how full the …

Trekstor i.Beat blaxx

Posted in Media Players,TrekStor by Reuben Drake on August 24th, 2007

Trekstor i.Beat blaxxTrekstor is gearing up to show off some new media players at the IFA show in Berlin in about a week with one of the more impressive ones being the i.Beat blaxx. Measuring only 34mm tall and 8mm thin, this sleek looking player sports a 1.3″ TFT color display at 128 x 160 resolution, provides up to 15 hours of continuous playback from one charge and comes in capacities of either 2 or 4GB. The blaxx supports some standard audio file types including MP3, WMA, Ogg, and WAV as well as SMV video. It also has a built-in FM tuner, line in recording and transfers files via USB. You can get the i.Beat blaxx for 119.99 (2GB) or 149.99 (4GB) and both come with Sennheiser earphones.

i.Beat blaxx via DAPreview

UPDATE: German based Trekstor has announced that they are changing the name of …

New video iPod Nano rumors might be real

Posted in iPod,iPod Nano,News,Rumors by Reuben Drake on August 23rd, 2007

new video iPod Nano leaked photos showing wide-screen and wide body iPodEarlier this week 9to5Mac posted some spy pics of what the new iPod Nano from Apple might look like and we, like many others, were not very impressed.

The new video Nano’s appeared to be a bit wider than previous models allowing for a small and wide video screen. The colors also appeared to be new. The spy photos are of the classic, rumor-enforcing poor quality but some colors could be recognized including light green, light blue and maybe a cranberry color along with 2 others that are said to be available when it’s released. The new Nano’s will come in 4GB and 8GB capacities and will have video capability.

video iPod Nano mockup designToday Gizmodo published a mock-up rendering of its own of the new video iPod Nano showing the same fatter, …

Half a Portion Mirror

Posted in Home by Reuben Drake on August 23rd, 2007

Half a portion mirror has half a dinner plate mounted on the mirror for visual effectThis “Half a Portion” mirror design by Jette Scheib and Neels Kattentidt brings an interesting visual effect and likely conversation to any room it’s in.

It consists of only one half of a white porcelain dinner plate mounted on mirror. The plate can be used a small shelf and when viewed it gives appears as an entire plate floating in mid-air. The piece retails for a little under $200.

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Suissa Shadow Wooden External Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Suissa,USB by Reuben Drake on August 22nd, 2007

Suissa Computers Shadow Wooden External Hard DriveIt seems like lately we’ve been seeing more and more gadgets being made out of wood; adding to the list is the Shadow external hard drive from Suissa Computers. The Shadow comes in a round wooden enclosure made from Maple in three different styles called the Silver, Natural and the Shadow Glass shown here.

Each enclosure contains a USB 2.0 connection to a 750GB hard drive housed inside. The box also has 4 USB ports and jacks for audio out and a microphone. The Suissa Shadow drives are designed to give you a functional external hard drive that breaks the mold of standard metal and plastic enclosures along with additional convenient ports that you can access within arms reach (since you will likely have this art-like piece sitting on your desk). The Shadow Glass pictured here has a glass-top finish and …

USB desk lamp changes colors the faster you type

Posted in Lamps,Office Gadgets,USB by Reuben Drake on August 20th, 2007

USB desk lamp changes colors the faster your typeAlthough it makes me shudder every time, when I see this lamp I envision a multitude of these little things mounted on the walls of programmer cube farms so managers can make sure the keyboards are always going. Due to this I think this lamp is just a horrible invention. Of course, I’m sure it can be used for purposes of good as well, and with a little therapy I can probably get there.

Stick Sound FM radio

Posted in Radio by Reuben Drake on August 20th, 2007

Lexan Audio Stick Sound simple FM radioThose searching for the simplest of gadgets may have found their query in the FM radio department with the Stick Sound from Lexon Audio. This 9 x 9 x 10.3 cm box has a single “joy stick” on top that covers the complete operation of the radio including on/off, volume control and tuning in stations. When the radio is powered on a blue light on the base of the device (everyone likes a glowing blue light) indicates its status.

Although not listed we presume there must also be a speaker and batteries on the inside to power the gadget amidst all the simpleness on the outside. The device is constructed of aluminum and comes in colors of blue or white, running about $40 from Singulier.

via GeekAlerts

Crosely Red “Hotline” Desk Phone

Posted in Office Gadgets by Reuben Drake on August 19th, 2007

Crosley 302 Red desk phone hotlineNow you can have your most important calls come through this red Crosley 302 “hotline” desk phone, designed to look like the original phone released back in 1937. The phone has the rotary dial look on its face which are actually push-buttons so you can still navigate all those wonderful IVR‘s.

It also features flash, redial, a ringer volume on/off switch, a tone/pulse switch and a handset volume control. You can get your own Crosley hotline phone at Target for $49.99.

Homer Simpson Head Radio

Posted in Radio,Simpsons by Reuben Drake on August 18th, 2007

Homer Simpson head radioThe Simpsons merchandising marches on strong with this Homer Head Radio from the SimpsonsShop. It really has no special features other than being a standard AM/FM receiver with built-in speakers. (We were hoping for some sort of Homer sounds clips.)

The Homer radio measures 9.75” X 6” X 5.5” and runs off of 2 AA batteries, making a great addition to ultimate Simpsons fan collection. The Homer Simpson Head Radio is priced at $29.99.


Escape key escaping

Posted in Humor,Keyboards by Reuben Drake on August 18th, 2007

Escape key photo of key with legs escapingThis just made us chuckle…yes we’re geeks.

digg via OhGizmo

Sony PSP 2000 Available for Pre-Order

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on August 17th, 2007

Sony PSP 2000 available for pre-orderIf you’ve been holding out on buying a PSP because you’re waiting on the new slimmer PSP 2000, it’s now finally available for pre-order through Amazon.com. In case you missed it, Sony officially announced in July that they would be coming out with a new slimmer and lighter PSP adding on some new features including a new video out port, the ability to charge through USB and faster loading of games.

The PSP 2000 is going for $169.99 on Amazon and will ship on September 10.

Digix 1GB USB Ballpoint Pen

Posted in Flash Memory,Pens by Reuben Drake on August 17th, 2007

Digix USB ballpoint pen with 1GB of storageAvailable in colors of black, pearl blue, red, and silver, the Korean company DIGIX has released a ballpoint pen that also houses a USB flash drive. The pen measures 6.1×0.5×0.5 inches and has 1GB of storage capacity. Simply remove the cap from the back of the pen to expose the USB 2.0 compatible plug.

via Aving

iS2 Waterproof iPod Shuffle Case

Posted in iPod Accessories,Waterproof by Reuben Drake on August 14th, 2007

iS2 waterproof iPod Shuffle case from H20 AudioFor about $250 you can get a modified 2nd generation iPod shuffle with the waterproofing built in but that doesn’t help you if already have a Shuffle that you want to take in the pool.

For this situation you can hook yourself up with this iS2 waterproof case from H20 Audio. The case goes for $39.95 and will keep the Shuffle running at depths up to 10 feet.

The price isn’t really too bad but in order for this case to actually keep the water out it has to be paired with a set of H2O Audio Waterproof Headphones which will run you another $39.95. The water tight case allows operation of the iPod through the case and also comes with a lightweight armband.

The iS2 is available for pre-order right now and will start shipping on August 25.

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Battery Powered Desktop Air Conditioner

Posted in Coolers,Office Gadgets by Reuben Drake on August 10th, 2007

Battery powered Desktop Air conditionerThis 10.5-inch-tall device is made for those that feel the office temperature is just a little too warm for comfort. The desktop Air Conditioner works quietly and runs off of 2 D batteries or a 3V DC power adapter (that you must provide yourself).

The cooling mechanism is a little less high-tech than you might initially think and really comes down to the equivalent of placing some ice in front of a desk fan. Although the Desktop air conditioner has a condensation catch tray it has no mechanical condenser. The company packages a water bottle along with the cooling gadget that you are to fill with water and freeze. Once frozen you can place your cold water bottle in the air conditioner which passes air over it and onto you.

Personally I think you might get better results by just sitting on your frozen …