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Pinnacle PCTV HD Stick

Posted in HDTV,USB by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2007

Pinnacle PCTV HD StickThis PCTV HD Stick from Pinnacle lets you turn your PC into a television monitor and DVR with a small, simple device. This portable TV tuner interfaces with your PC through a USB 2.0 connection and has a small antenna to pick up standard broadcasted stations and over-the-air HD stations in your area and lets you view and record them on your computer.

The PCTV HD Stick picks up analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) broadcast signals, runs for $100 and is available for pre-order now through Pinnacle.

Lock Alarm Screams at 100 Decibels

Posted in Security by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2007

Lock Alarm sounds at 100 decibals to thwart thievesThis Lock Alarm from Skymall comes with a 24 inch cable and will alarm with a shrill of 100 decibels if tampered with. Use the cable and combination lock to secure your bike, laptop or briefcase and if the lock is tampered with or the cable is cut and a sound equivalent to the loudness of a jackhammer will bring some attention.

The Lock Alarm also has a motion sensor that can be set to go off with any movement. A short time delay lets you open the lock with the combination before the alarm sounds, but if you get it wrong a couple times get ready to cover your ears. It runs on batteries (which can only be removed when unlocked) and it retails for just under $25. While the cable is nice on this one, we’re …

Electronic Rock, Paper, Scissors Forgoes Strategy

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2007

Electronic Rock Paper Scissors gadgetEvery respectable Rock, Paper Scissors player knows that the game is all about strategy and has little to do with luck. With this lazy-mans version of the game for the electronic age the strategy is completely taken out of the equation and your left to complete chance in order to win your day to day conflicts.

By pressing the button on the keychain it will randomly light a display one of three (the product page says four, but I’m not sure what the fourth would be) images to indicate the choice of rock, paper or scissors. they come in pairs for $8.89 since you really need two of them to keep you on the same level. This revolutionary breakthrough in the age old game does bring forth the new possibility of playing the game by yourself, however.

via OhGizmo

Three in One Cigarette Lighter Adapter, USB Port

Posted in Automotive,Chargers,USB by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2007

3 in 1 car adapter has 3 cigarette lighter adapters and a usb portToo many gadgets and too few sockets. Wait a minute, what am I saying? I guess you can really never have too many gadgets, but when you’re out traveling this summer you can avoid having to take turns charging stuff up with this 3-in-1 car adapter from Brando. It turns a single cigarette lighter adapter into 3, plus it adds a single USB port to charge up some other accessory that you don’t have a car adapter for, all for $20.

Thunderstorm Detector From 75 Miles

Posted in Weather Meters by Reuben Drake on June 13th, 2007

Thunderstorm detector can detect storms from 75 miles awayWorking on the antenna on your roof, fishing on a large lake in a small boat or hanging out on top of your local water tower are all places that you probably don’t want to get caught unexpectedly in a thunderstorm. This thunderstorm detector can pick up lightening from up to 75 miles away by detecting “the low-frequency radio signals, or sferics, emitted by lightning as they travel through the earths ionosphere.”, according to the catalog page at Hammacher Schlemmer.

Not only does it tell you if it detects lightning, but it will tell you how far away a storm front is, whether or not its heading your way and how soon it will get there. The device is small – only 6.5 inches tall and runs up to 90 hours on a 9 volt battery. When storms …

Security Flaws Found in Safari for Windows

Posted in Browsers,Safari,Windows by Reuben Drake on June 12th, 2007

Bugs found on Safari web browser for windows within hours of launchYesterday among a number of other announcements Steve Jobs unveiled the release of the Safari web browser for Windows as a public beta version. The browser had previously only been available for the Mac. If you were one of the likely thousands like me that downloaded the browser to try out on a Windows box, you may want to be careful with it for a little longer.

Within only a few hours, (some within a few minutes) of its release as many as six bugs were found in the browser were found and reported by independent researchers. The flaws included memory corruption errors and denial of service crash’s. All three of the reports were on Windows based versions of the Safari browser, but it was neither confirmed nor denied if these same flaws existed in the …

Make Digital Photos from Slides and Negatives

Posted in Digital Imaging by Reuben Drake on June 11th, 2007

This gadget converts photo slides and negatives to digital picturesRemember when you had to take your film roll to the local Fotomat to get it developed? They would come back in an envelope with the negatives in the bottom just in case you needed to get the pictures developed again someday.

This device, apply named The Slide And Negative To Digital Picture Converter will scan those old 35mm negatives as well as slides and convert them into digital photos through your computer. Plug this converter into your USB port and use the included software to convert all of those pictures of you when you were even geekier than you are now into timeless digital photos.

It can scan up to 1829 dpi and uses a 5MP CMOS sensor to capture your slides or negatives.

Hammacher via CoolestGadgets

Beatmix Bumblebee Speaker

Posted in Speakers,Transformers by Reuben Drake on June 10th, 2007

Beatmix Bumblebee Speaker for iPod moves and flashes lightsSimilar to gadgets like the iDog, iFish and the I-CY Penguin, Sharper Image has moving and flashing robot, Transformers-style with the Beatmix Bumblebee Speaker. Connect the Beatmix Bumblebee to your iPod or other MP3 player and it moves its arms, flaps its wings and its eyes lights up bright. It also plays some music back to you distinctive of sounds from the Transformers movie.

Bumblebee is one of the main characters in the 2007 Transformers movie set to premier July 4th. This “dancing” speaker stands about 10″ tall, runs on batteries and goes for $59.99.

Hard Drive Desk Clock

Posted in Clocks,Hard Drives by Reuben Drake on June 9th, 2007

Hard drive desk clock is a hard disk drive converted into a working clockMaking good use of bricked drives, Etsy has desk clocks created from real computer hard drives that are obsolete. They combined a real working Quartz clock and made a desk clock for the uber-geek. Remove the base and you can even hang it on the wall.

via TechEBlog

Responder SST remote starts your car from a mile away

Posted in Automotive,Remotes by Reuben Drake on June 8th, 2007

Responder SST remote car starter is two-way and works from a mile awayRemote car starters are nothing new, and we’ve even seen some two-way communication key fobs before that are not to shabby, but we’ve never seen one with the range that the Responder SST has.

This remote car starter is actually a two-way transceiver device that not only sends signals to your vehicle to telling it to start or lock the doors, but communication is sent back to the key fob remote with the status of the vehicle. The remote will let you know if the doors are locked, the vehicles security system is armed, if it’s running and will even alert you if the alarm is triggered.

The big kicker with the Responder SST is that it does all this from up to a mile away. On a cold day you can start your car …

Earlarm Ear Alarm Clock

Posted in Clocks by Reuben Drake on June 7th, 2007

EarAlarm ear alarm clockThis Earlarm is a pretty cool idea. It’s a tiny alarm clock that clips onto your ear and get be set to provide a personal notification at the pre-set time.

The functionality is nothing special. You set the time you want it to go off and it does, but the design allows it to be discrete and out of the way. The alarm is directly in your ear so no one else hears it and can be used for times when you need to be reminded of things but might not be wearing a watch or are near an alarm, such as traveling on mass transit or studying at the library.

Having this device wake you up in the morning without waking up others, like in a dorm room, would be another cool application although the Earlarm looks like it may be a little difficult to …

Audiovox’s $20 MP3 player – MP6512

Posted in MP3 by Reuben Drake on June 6th, 2007

Audiovox MP6512 512MB MP3 PlayerAudiovox has an affordable MP3 player with a 512MB capacity for only $19.99, losing the frills found in many of the latest media players and providing bare-bones portable tunes.

The Audiovox MP6512 supports MP3 and WMA (and protected WMA) files, has a nice OLED display that shows the track playing, and a fairly small case measuring 2.4 inches long and .8 inches thick.

Transfer the music files via a USB connection to your computer, and I guess I was a little off with the bare-bones comment. The MP6512 does have an built-in equalizer with presets for rock, jazz, classic, and pop.

Throw in 10 more dollars and you can get a 1GB version with an FM tuner with the MP6610FM.

via ChipChick

16 Port USB Hub

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on June 6th, 2007

16 port USB hub connects multiple USB devices to up to two computersWith all the peripheral USB devices around today that you can connect to your computer, there just never seems to be enough USB ports to go around. Here is a highly unattractive but functional USB hub that has 16 ports to connect your USB peripherals to your computer.

Not only can you connect many devices, but the USB hub has two ports which connect up to two different computers. A selector switch lets you choose to connect the hub to “PC A” or “PC B”.

The hub is USB 2.0 compatible and retails for $24.17 USD.

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Two-legged Robot Chair – Hubo FX-1

Posted in Robots by Reuben Drake on June 5th, 2007

Hubo FX-1 chair robot that walks on two legs while your sitting in itWe write about robots quite a bit here on the ‘Brick because, well, robots are cool. And like everything else some robots are cooler than others. The Hubo FX-1 two-legged chair robot ranks right up there towards the top with us.

This ‘bot is a chair with two legs controlled by a joystick that lets you walk around while seated. The video shows someone sitting in it to control it walking forward, backward, side to side and turning. Currently it appears to be tethered for power but most likely the intention would be to have it run on batteries.

The real question would be whether or not this walking chairbot can handle rough terrains and stairs. If not, and I’m no robot designer mind you, it might make sense to design a powered chair with, …

FLACTRON Re-nano titanium case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on June 5th, 2007

FLACTRON Re-nano ipod case made of titaniumYou might think a case made of titanium for your iPod nano seems silly until it takes a bullet for you in your next gun fight, and I’m sure that’s what the makers of the FLACTRON Re-nano were thinking, too.

This case fits your iPod nano snugly and safely protecting it from any harm due to dropping, throwing, stomping or medium sized explosions. The controls are still exposed along with the screen and ports so normal operation is possible, and pretty much negates the protection features, but it looks so clean and shiny.

This titanium nano case runs about $818 according to Engadget, but hey, you can’t put a price your safety. If this one seems too pricey you can maybe try to get a replica of this bullet proof iPod case.