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Casio USB Label Printer

Posted in Casio,Office Gadgets,Printers,USB by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

Casio egg-shaped USB label printerBrando has an interesting looking USB powered label printer which is kinda’ cool in itself, but they had to take it a step further and make the device egg-shaped. The Casio USB label printer, like it sounds, is powered by the USB connection from your computer and comes with some driver software to allow you to print out your own self-stick labels.

You can print in any TrueType font from your computer as the device uses a thermal printer head to create the your custom labels. The egg-shaped printing gadget is 79mm tall including the little stand its on and is a nice change in color and shape from most of the peripherals on a persons desk. The Casio USB label printer runs $29 from Brando.

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In-Car GPS Jammer

Posted in Automotive,GPS by Reuben Drake on July 31st, 2007

GPS Jammer for use in your car to block GPS tracking devicesThis little gadget simply plugs into the cigarette lighter of your car and immediately starts blocking any GPS tracking device signal in a 2-4 meter coverage area, which should cover most passenger cars. The device works as a hack to stop anyone from using GPS to keep track of where you are or where you’ve been.

The GPS jammer jams signals in a broadcasting range of 1450 to 1600Mhz with 200mW of jamming power, powered only by the 12V adapter from your car. The device may not be legal to use in all countries but should be available for sale from Chinavasion in the near future.

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Brando Chromatic USB Hub

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 30th, 2007

Chromatic USB Hub from BrandoBrando has unveiled a new colorful and unique design for a four-port USB hub. The square (comes in circles, too) chromatic USB hub is USB 2.0 compatible and provides you with 3 additional ports through colorful squares that can make various shapes.

The square blocks are connected together and offer ports at alternating ends to provide additional room to plug in your USB gadgets. The blocks can be shaped in a variety of positions or simply stacked together to keep them neat. If nothing else the chromatic USB hub can add a little color to your desk filled with Paraphernalia of black, gray and silver.

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Waterproof MP4 Video Player

Posted in Media Players,Waterproof by Reuben Drake on July 30th, 2007

Waterproof MP4 video playerWe’ve seen a number of waterproof MP3 players come across our desks but a waterproof video player has been a little harder to come by. Chinavasion now has a Waterproof MP4 player (for lack of a better name) on the way that allows you to watch your videos in the tub, pool, lake or any other body of water you would like and keeps the video playing up to 3 meters under.

The LCD is a little on the small side at 1.8″ with a resolution of only 128×128. But in an effort to keep our glass half-full, the modest 1GB of memory can probably hold a decent amount of video at this resolution. Not only can you watch underwater but the Waterproof video player also comes with waterproof earphones to listen, too.

It also comes packaged with an armband and neckstrap, and …

Climate Controlled Pet Carrier

Posted in Pets by Reuben Drake on July 30th, 2007

Komfort Pets climate controlled pet carrierTraveling with your pet can often be an uncomfortable experience for both of you, and when you dog or cat is kept in a small carrier it’s tough for them to move around to keep warm or find a cooler spot to lay when its hot.

Komfort Pets has a solution to this problem with the Komfort Pets Carrier that can both heat and cool your pet when inside. You simply set the desired temperature on the LCD panel on the front of the carrier and it figures out if needs to turn on the heat or the air conditioning to maintain an comfortable temperature at all times.

The pet carrier can be powered from a standard 110 volt outlet or through a 12 volt adapter in your car and comes with all the cords necessary to do both. The carriers also come in …

Think you’re good at pronouncing stuff?

Posted in Humor by Reuben Drake on July 29th, 2007

LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochTry the pronunciation of “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch” on for size. Imagine having to ask directions to this place in Wales. It probably makes more sense to the local Welsh speaking community and hails as the “longest officially recognised place name in the United Kingdom and one of the longest in the world”. The sign pictured has the pronunciation below the name for any english speaking individuals.

The name has 58 letters in it, or 51 letters if you’re using the Welsh alphabet.

Martini Lamp

Posted in Lamps by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Martini LampAdd some James Bond like sophistication to your wet bar or desk with this Martini Lamp. The lamp is 10″ tall and built out of a nickel-plated frame shaped like a martini glass. Inside sits an oversized olive containing a red bulb as the pimento to create a subtle red glow. It runs off of a DC adapter or two AAA batteries and goes for $21.95.

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Lazer Trip Wire

Posted in Security,Spy Gear by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Lazer Trip Wire to protect your areaWith these Lazer Trip Wires you can set up an invisible perimeter to alert your of any unwanted invasions of your “space”. The devices don’t actually use real laser beams (hence the spelling ‘lazer’), but use infrared beams to create an invisible trip wire that sets off an alarm when anyone crosses it.

The kit comes with three devices, one main and two secondary units that each send and detect a beam. You can set up two that point at each other or all three or more to create a perimeter. Each has an adjustment to compensate for the ambient light and once armed a voice indicates “System Armed”. When any of the infrared beams are broken an audible alarm is triggered alerting you of the security breach.

The Lazer Trip Wire kit also comes with a misting bottle that you can use …

Apple Multimedia Data Transfer Patent

Posted in Apple,Legal by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Apple patent for multimedia transferAnother patent from Apple was recently published through the USPTO showing a type of text-to-voice system entitled “Multimedia data transfer for a personal communication device”.

The patent describes a system for transferring data between mobile, personal communication devices such as phones, walkie talkies or maybe even iPhone nano’s. According to Macnn the system would lend itself nicely to those with visual impairments since it transfers text between devices and the receiving device could then read the text aloud through a speaker.

A notable difference between this system and and traditional texting data transfers is that this does not use a traditional protocol or intermediary server to handle the messaging. Instead it transfers the data directly between the devices through standard audio communication channels.

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MainNav MH350

Posted in GPS by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

MainNav MH350 GPS navigation systemThe MainNav MH350 uses a 3.5″ touchscreen at 320×240 with large buttons to make the menu navigation simple with a stylus included so you don’t get your finger smudges all over the screen.

It uses SiRF Star III with a flip antenna in the back and a mono loudspeaker for voice directions or you can connect headphones to keep the conversation just between you and MH350.

The device runs off of a Samsung 2410 processor at 266MHz with 32MB ROM and only 64MB of internal RAM, but has a SD/MMC card slot to expand the memory and add maps. You can also connect to a computer and transfer your data via USB 1.1. The GPS measures 117mm wide and weighs 175 grams, but no word on price yet available on this one.

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YouTube AntiPiracy Tool By September

Posted in Google,News,Security,YouTube by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Google to have Youtube antipiracy tool for videos out by SeptemberGoogle may have an antipiracy tool for the YouTube video sharing site as soon as September according to a statement Friday by an attorney for Google. During a hearing in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google last March a Google attorney stated that they are currently working on some type of video recognition technology.

The new technology should be able to create a unique identification on each video, similar to the uniqueness of a fingerprint, that owners of the videos can place on their media. In the event that anyone would upload a copyrighted video on to YouTube the site would be able to automatically recognize and remove it within minutes of its upload. According to the attorney’s statement to the judge Google hopes to have this technology in place this fall and could …

Mobileform Hide-a-Bunk-Bed

Posted in Furniture,Home by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2007

MobileForm sofa converts to a bunk bedHaving a simple, uncomfortable hide-a-bed in your living room is great for the occasional guest but is paled in the realm of coolness compared to this convertible bunk-bed from Mobileform.

The furniture is designed so that in one simple, easy movement it will convert from a sofa to a double-decker bunk bed, complete with a ladder and a safety rail all incorporated into the transformer-like system. Modern life-style furniture like this doesn’t come cheap however. The doc sofa/bunk bed retails for $6,840.00 plus shipment from Italy and is available in multiple fabric colors aside from this fancy orange.

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Mobileform doc sofa/bunk bed in transition of converting from a sofa to a bunk bed

New iMac Keyboard?

Posted in iMac,Keyboards,Rumors by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2007

sneak peak at what might be the new iMac KeyboardIs this a picture of a new keyboard from Apple that will come with the new iMac? The folks over at Engadget received a tip and this looks like it could be legit. It has the same brushed aluminum finish as we are expecting with the new iMac and it’s certainly as thin as we would like to see as one of the photos holds up a ruler showing the keys sticking up to just slightly over one millimeter.

The rumor came from a message board where someone had a number of these supposed new iMac keyboards for sale for just over $150 each. Since then most of the pictures have been taken down.

As Engadget pointed out, there isn’t an Apple logo on the command key which seems odd, but if this isn’t the real …

Carabiner MP3 Player

Posted in MP3,Outdoors,Radio by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2007

Carabiner MP3 player and radioThis carabiner-style MP3 player and radio tuner from Highgear sports a special clip that allows you to attach your MP3 player to just about anything with the assurance that its going to stay there, whether it be your belt loop, back pack or along outdoors with your climbing gear. A little rain won’t hurt you either with its splashproof design.

The entire player with clip measures 5.5″ long and has 512MB of internal storage that can be transferred to and from via USB. It supports MP3, WMA and ADPCM file formats as well as plays the radio with a built-in FM tuner. You can have it remember up to 12 preset stations and tweak the sound with an on-board equalizer. The carabiner mp3 player comes with a battery included out of the box and retails for $49.99.

Mr. P Tape Dispenser

Posted in Office Gadgets by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2007

Mr. P tape dispenser dispenses tape from his mouthThe Mr. P tape dispenser has got to be the strangest and most interesting tape dispenser we’ve seen at the Brick. Your own personal unidirectional bonding strip dispenses from his mouth like a long tongue and tears off on his serrated toes.

In all honestly the dispenser stresses me out a little bit because Mr. P has been holding that sit-up crunch for a long time and his abs have to be close to giving out. When the tape runs out Mr. P’s head will split so you can refill it with another roll. The Mr. P tape dispensers go for $25 each.

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