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Keyspan Presentation Remote

Posted in Keyspan,Remotes by Reuben Drake on July 18th, 2007

Keyspan presentation remoteIt’s hard to get real excited about a presentation remote but they are definitely a must if you do any type of projected presentations through a notebook, and this looks like one of the better ones. The remote uses RF to wirelessly connect from up to 100 feet away so you’re not having to walk back next to your laptop every time you need to change a slide. It also features mouse and volume control, a laser pointer, a button to turn off the display to bring the attention away from the scree when needed and you can power the thing off when you’re not using it to save on the AAA batteries. One really nice added feature is that the little USB RF receiver fits into the end of the remote when not in use so you can always find it when you need …

Hello Kitty Emergency Gadget

Posted in Emergency Equipment,Hello Kitty by Reuben Drake on July 18th, 2007

Hello Kitty Emergency GadgetHow cruel the irony of being in an emergency situation only to be saved by a Hello Kitty gadget. For Hello Kitty fans it probably couldn’t be any better, but many of the rest of us would probably rather take our chances.

This Hello Kitty electronic emergency kit contains a number of features that might actually help you out of a jam. With an apparent internal battery the device has an adapter to power your cell phone, LED flashlight, AM/FM radio, a wind-up hazard siren and of course a compass. It also has a connection on the side where you can plug in a 9-volt battery to power it up.

I can just picture the headlines now: “Man survives disaster – saved by Hello Kitty”.

KittyHell via Engadget

Zune DRM Cracked

Posted in Hacks,News,Zune by Reuben Drake on July 17th, 2007

Zune DRM cracked by FairUse4WMFairUse4WM has been fairly well known for its ability to the Windows Media DRM and with its latest version 1.3 it boasts to be able to completely remove the digital rights management restrictions from songs purchased from the Zune Marketplace; a feat to which it was previously unsuccessful.

This, like most of these situations, will likely be short lived. Microsoft is undoubtedly already well on there way with a new version of software for the Zune to combat the latest FairUse4WM version. But, until then you can use this to release your songs from the DRM clutches. If you’re too late for this version you’ll likely get another chance, that is until Microsoft figures out who the heck “viodentia”, (the FairUse4WM author) is.

via Electronista

Simpsons Movie Soundtrack in a Donut Case

Posted in Simpsons by Reuben Drake on July 17th, 2007

Simpsons Limited Edition Soundtrack in a donut caseFox is putting out this limited edition soundtrack for the upcoming Simpsons movie with the disc housed in a pink frosted plastic donut that would meet approval (and likely be eaten) by Homer himself. The disc contains the complete soundtrack of the move composed by Hans Zimmer, and is available for pre-order now through Amazon for $22.99. The donut-encased Simpsons movie soundtrack will ship on July 31st.

Cyberman Shower Radio

Posted in Radio,Shower,Waterproof by Reuben Drake on July 16th, 2007

Cyberman shower radio from Dr. Who has AM and FMAny real Dr. Who fan would have trouble passing up the chance to have this Cyberman shower radio’s cold stare with you each morning. The head picks up AM and FM signals and has a pretty blue glow in its mouth when tuning in stations. The eyes will even light up when switching between AM and FM, and it sports some control knobs that are well-hidden into the design of the replica.

The Cyberman Shower Radio runs on 3 AAA batteries and can grace your bath for about $37.

Gobaz via UberReview

Life-Size Elvis Presley Singing Robot Head

Posted in Robots,WowWee by Reuben Drake on July 16th, 2007

Elvis Presley singing robot bust is life-sizeYou may remember seeing this slightly disturbing animatronic robot of Elvis Presley from WowWee shown off at CES 2007, and now you can get your own to take home and sing with ’till your tender hearts’ content. You won’t be seeing any Blue Suede Shoes though since this singing robot is only a life-size bust replica of Elvis Presley and comes complete with microphone, which is actually a wireless IR remote control.

Using the microphone remote you can control the Elvis robot in four different modes. The “Alive” mode is for conversation, “Monologue” will have Elvis tell you stories, the “Song” mode will bring on one of eight songs and of course our favorite “Sing Along” lets you sing with the King, karaoke-style (you’ll need your own mic). Be sure to check out the video below.

USB Powered Vacuum Cleaner

Posted in USB,Vacuum by Reuben Drake on July 15th, 2007

USB powered vacuum cleanerWhen it’s time to do a little cleaning around the cubical on your annual office clean-out day or just when things are getting a little too messy you can pull out this handy little USB powered vacuum cleaner and go to work. It’s completely USB powered and plenty small enough to fit in just about any desk drawer. The end looks like some type of crevice tool to get narrow spaces and corners and it comes with a brush attachment to get all those crumbs and dust out of your keyboard.

This could also be handy to clean the dust out of your computer case as a nice alternative to the can of compressed air that shoots dust everywhere. You can pick yourself up a little USB vacuum cleaner at FunUSB for $12.

Beatles Yellow Submarine iPod

Posted in Apple,iPod,Rumors by Reuben Drake on July 15th, 2007

Beatles Yellow Submarine iPodNow that the the dust is settling a little bit from the iPhone launch it looks like it’s time to ramp up the rumor mills again around the the Beatles and the potential of a special, limited edition version of the Apple iPod. Pictured here is a mocked up version of what a Beatles Yellow Submarine iPod just might look like from TechDigest. It sports simply a bright yellow-submarine color and comes pre-loaded with every Beatles album ever made.

This special edition iPod has been rumored for quite a while now and we really like the idea (and TechDigest’s rendition). The talk is that this yellow iPod would be launched at the same time that the Beatles songs go on sale through iTunes. It also potentially could be available for only a month while iTunes has the Beatles albums and it’s competition does …

Brando USB Can Cooler/Warmer

Posted in Coolers,USB by Reuben Drake on July 14th, 2007

USB can cooler and warmer from BrandoIt appears that finding a good and efficient cooling mechanism for a single canned beverage at your desk is a little hard to come by. We’ve seen the little USB Mini Fridge and that little “cold plate“, but neither can get anything real cold, real fast.

This USB Can Cooler and Warmer from Brando looks like a noble attempt but its unclear just how good of a job of warming or cooling it really does. It’s completely USB powered which is nice and it can warm things up to what appears to be 65 degrees, which really isn’t too warm, unless that means 65 degrees above the room temp. Same with the cooling which says it can drop the temp of your can up to 20 degrees below the room temperature, so if its 85 in your room again we’re …

iPhone Custom Ringtones Hack

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2007

iPhone custom ringtone hackIt looks like some folks have found a way to add custom ringtones to your iPhone by following some steps and using a couple programs called jailbreak and iPhoneInterface. Currently the steps only work for those that are using Intel Mac’s but from the description it probably won’t be long until someone makes an interface to broaden the reach.

The instructions are listed over at HackiPhone and involves a lengthy 23 step process. The steps involve backing up and restoring your iPhone from iTunes and they have a few warnings before you start that stating that this process could totally brick your iPhone if it doesn’t work out. (They are considerate hackers.) Once your done you must also be sure you added all the ringtones you wanted or you’ll need to follow all the steps again to add more.

If you want custom ringtones for …

Avatar Machine – See Yourself in 3rd Person

Posted in Games,Humor by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2007

Avatar MachineHere’s something pretty interesting we stumbled on yesterday over at Wonderland. This Avatar Machine is actually designed as an art project inspired by World of Warcraft gaming, and consists of the game “player” dressed up in a complete avatar suit wearing a headset and a camera mounted behind them.

The setup allows the person wearing the suit to see a 3rd person perspective of themselves from the camera behind them, through a video screen mounted inside the headset. They can then walk around in real space viewing themselves as if in a game. Get a bunch of real-life people together playing a game with suits like this with the ability to toggle views might be pretty fun. Check out the video of using the suit after the jump, it’s worth watching:

Wii Zapper Game Controller… Holder

Posted in Accessories,Nintendo,Wii by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2007

Wii Zapper The Wii Balance Board might have gotten the biggest show but it certainly wasn’t the only cool thing Nintendo unveiled today. The Wii Zapper is a controller accessory that holds both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk to make somewhat of an elaborate automatic weapon to use in game play. The sounds of on-screen battle can even be heard through the speaker on the Wii Remote.

Nintendo says the Wii Zapper name hasn’t been decided for sure, but the design is pretty much done. Planning on hitting shelves later this year, the Wii gun holder will be packaged with games from Nintendo that take advantage of the multi-controller configuration. According to Nintendo when launched the configuration will also work with Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Ghost Squad and the new, upcoming Medal Of Honor.

Accessory Page

Wenger Swiss Business Tool

Posted in Office Gadgets,Wenger by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2007

Wenger Swiss Business ToolMost office settings may frown on bringing a Swiss Army knife into work, even if it does have a lot of handy tools on it that you may use in the office about once every 30-40 days. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go without a fine crafted Wenger tool at work though.

The company has recently come out with the Wenger Swiss Business Tool that combines a lot of the more common tools needed at your desk in a compact design with familiar levers you’re used to seeing from the Wenger Swiss Army tools. The pictured business tool here contains a flat-clinch stapler, hole punch, staple remover, high performance scissors, optical gauge, nail file, and a nail cleaner, but no knife.

The Swiss Business Tool retails for $100, and for another $15 you can get a custom fit case. For $110 you …

Motz Music Box (A Paper Box)

Posted in Media Players by Reuben Drake on July 9th, 2007

Motz Paper Music BoxMaybe they’re trying to go along with the open source movement or maybe they just ran out of creative ideas, but the folks that made this DAP decided to keep the situation simple and leave it up to the owners to put the player in whatever they want.

The Motz Music Box actual comes in a small stiff paper box with the player inside and has a controller and port protruding through some well-placed holes. On the bottom is a standard headphone jack that doubles as a USB connection adapter to transfer files onto the flimsy-looking device. On the back is a joystick type controller that moves the tracks forward and back and controls the volume by pressing up or down.

The music box houses 256MB of internal memory and supports MP3, OGG and WMA files. It measures a mere, not quite square 28mm x …

Refrigerator Tote Bag

Posted in Coolers by Reuben Drake on July 9th, 2007

CarryCool Tote Bag refrigerates its contentsAn insulated bag to carry your beers or soda in when you’re out and about is an economical and handy way to go, but there’s always a time limit on how long things are going to stay cool. This CarryCool tote bag, although maybe lacking in style little, makes up for its looks with a built in, powered, small refrigeration unit. Plug the CarryCool into the lighter socket of your automobile and it will keep the contents cool for as long as you need, or at least until your car battery goes dead.

The thing that this refrigerator bag doesn’t compensate for is price. Conveniences of this type certainly don’t come cheap and will run you a “cool” $155.

Product Page via RedFerret