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Wii hard drive rumors continue

Posted in Nintendo,Wii by Reuben Drake on June 4th, 2007

Rumors of Nintendo Wii getting a hard drive to support larger games continue, despite Nintendo’s denialRumors continue about the possibility of the Nintendo Wii getting a hard drive, despite Nintendo denying any such claims.

The latest crop of speculation was roused by talks of new Neo Geo game titles coming to the Wii game console which require as much as 330MB of space on the mere 512MB of space available with the console. ComputerandVideoGames.com is also talking of rumors that Nintendo may make an announcement of said hardware to increase the Wii storage capacity at the next E3 show.

The Xbox 360 and Sony PS3, Wii’s competition in the current generation game consoles, both utilize hard drives for storing games and other multimedia files, and speculation of the Wii getting one has been around since shortly after its launch. We’ll keep watching for some type of solid indication, but …

i-Wrist Free Talker

Posted in Two-way Radios,Watches by Reuben Drake on June 3rd, 2007

i-Wrist Free Talker Two-way radioSure, just because it has the ‘i’ prefix on it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a device that’s jumping on the iPod accessory bandwagon, and it’s sad that it makes us cringe with the thought that this is something marketed with some obscure, remote integration to the famed MP3 player.

Luckily that is not the case here, and the i-Wrist Free Talker is most likely got its name due to it’s personal use on your wrist. This walkie-talkie from Vavolo has a small design, almost small enough to look like a slightly over-sized wrist watch. Aside from telling the time, (yes it does have a time display) it’s main purpose is that of a two-way radio.

The i-Wrist supports communication through 22 different channels from up to just a little over 1.5 miles away. Probably the most interesting feature on this walkie talkie is …

Hello Kitty Body Fat Monitor/Scale

Posted in Health,Hello Kitty,Scales,Tanita by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2007

Hello Kitty Body Fat Monitor/ BF-071-KT ScaleOf all the rooms in your house that could suffer from a lack of Hello Kitty paraphernalia, you can rest assured that Hello Kitty can help it from being your bathroom. Tanita manufactures a wide range of quality scales and body composition monitors and it looks as if they’ve got a Hello Kitty branded version as well.

The Hello Kitty Body Fat Monitor (model BF-071-KT) shown here uses bioelectric impedance analysis when stepping onto the pads to measure what percentage of your body is made up of fat, and of course it also measures your weight. Aside from body fat monitors being kind of cool, the scale itself is not anything special compared to the Hello Kitty health-conscious “An apple a day..” slogan that you get to look down at every morning.

The Hello Kitty body fat monitor runs about $49, …

Simple, one-piece multi-port power inverter

Posted in Accessories,Automotive,USB by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2007

multi-port power inverter converts power for you car from cigarette lighter socket to a 110 volt outlet and two usb portsThis looks like one handy gadget to have in your car. It’s a one-piece 4-port power inverter that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket and provides a 110 volt AC outlet, two USB ports and a cigarette lighter socket.

The USB ports would be incredible convenient in order to power devices such as an iPod or a PDA, and of course you can plug in your laptop or any other device to charge in the 110 volt outlet. The 4-port inverter has circuit protection to prevent damage to your electronic gadgets due to power surges and it will automatically shutdown if it overheats or senses your car battery is getting to low.

The compact design of this power inverter is nice, and the USB ports are a great …

Digital Photo Wallet

Posted in Digital Imaging by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2007

Digital Photo WalletAt the risk of having a wallet that rivals the likes of George Costanza’s, Brookstone has a version that holds a small digital picture frame inside so you can carry around multiple pictures of your loved ones, 21st century style.

The Digital Photo Wallet is pretty much like any other leather bi-fold wallet except that it has a spot for a digital picture frame which can hold up to 50 digital photos inside your wallet. The picture frame shows photos on a 1.4″ LCD screen and the whole thing can be taken out of its place in the wallet to view or to connect to your computer through a USB connection in order to transfer files.

There’s also an included internal battery that recharges through the USB cable so there isn’t the need to buy or replace batteries. As a great Father’s Day gadget this Digital …

Xbox 360 firmware hack prevents banning consoles

Posted in Hacks,News,Xbox 360 by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2007

iXtreme firmware change for the Xbox 360 prevents Microsoft from banning moded consolesA couple of weeks ago Microsoft started banning mod’d Xbox 360 game consoles from Xbox Live (just the consoles, not the user accounts). The modified consoles were able to play copies of games which Microsoft felt was not fair to everyone. Due to this Microsoft started detecting the game consoles when users would log on, and banning them from Xbox Live when found.

Now, in just a matter of days the hacker community has volleyed back to Microsoft with firmware called called iXtreme Firmware 1.0 which when installed will prevent Microsoft from detecting the modified game console and hence avoid any potential banning. I’m sure it’ll now just be just a matter of time until Microsoft retaliates. Game on!

Source: Xbox360FanBoy

Lego USB Flash Drive

Posted in Flash Memory,USB by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2007

Lego USB Flash Drive from ZipZipUSB flash drives come in all shapes and sized these days, and not even a lego brick can escape it.

A Australian company called Zip Zip has created a 1GB USB flash memory thumb drive out of small Lego bricks just to add a little fun to you data storage needs.

This design makes me wonder if you could stack these bricks together, and something that would be really cool is if by stacking them you could expand the memory. But for now I think they are just regular Lego bricks with a flash drive built in.

The Lego USB flash drive comes in six colors of yellow, blue, red, white, black and green and retails for just under $49 ($59 AUD).

ZipZip via Giz

Twilight Sleep Therapy System with Mini Ultra Blue Light

Posted in Health,Sleep by Reuben Drake on May 30th, 2007

Twilight sleep therapy system using mini ultra blue lightThe Discovery Channel store advertises this special blue light as a natural remedy to help you go to sleep at night. The Twilight blue light therapy sleep system exposes your body to the soothing powers of blue light in order to re-calibrate a persons Circadian rhythm, that is if you truly want your rhythm re-calibrated.

Turn on the Twilight Mini blue light about 30 to 60 minutes before you hit the sack and the translucent lens will deliver to you the right amount of UV-free light for a total of up to 10,000 hours from one bulb. The Twilight blue light promises to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly once you do, all for the un-cheap price of $89.95.

Discovery via Red Ferret

BlackBerry Curve Available May 31st, $199

Posted in AT&T,BlackBerry,Curve,News,RIM by Reuben Drake on May 30th, 2007

BlackBerry Curve available May 31 from At&THere’s another release that just made it within its announced time constraints, launching on the last of the month. RIM and AT&T have announced the official release of the BlackBerry Curve, available through AT&T starting tomorrow, May 31st for a price of $199 with a two year contract and a mail in rebate, of course.

The BlackBerry Curve is the latest, smallest and lightest BlackBerry smart phone with a full QWERTY keyboard that RIM has produced. In fact, AT&T (through a predecessor company) was the first carrier to introduce a BlackBerry wireless solution back in ’99 and is now the first with the Curve. The features available in this phone combined with the price is almost enough to make a guy want to switch carriers.

Press Release

Un-moddable Wii’s Selling in Japan

Posted in Hacks,News,Wii by Reuben Drake on May 29th, 2007

Nintendo Wii’s being sold in Japan with removed options for Mod chipsIf you are thinking about buying a Nintendo Wii in the near future you may want to do it soon so you’ll still have the option of installing mod chip hacks like the Wiinja on your game console.

According to WiiNews the newest consoles that are currently being sold in Japan (Wii NTSC-J) have the pins physically cut off where the current mod chips connect. The US versions are still coming with the pins in tact but it’s probably just a matter of time.

These mods allow owners of the Nintendo Wii game console to modify the device so that it will play backup games that will boot directly from the device. This change doesn’t necessarily mean that no one will come out with another hack, and of course if your not interested in playing “backed-up” …

Oxycheck Portable Pulse Oximeter

Posted in Health by Reuben Drake on May 27th, 2007

Oxycheck portable finger pulse oximeterPulse oximetry is definitely not a new technology, and even small, finger-sized portable pulse oximeters have been around for a while. But few have had such a clear display and been as reasonably priced as a the Oxicheck.

This device, like any oximeter shines red and infrared light into your finger to noninvasively check your blood oxygen level and heart rate. It has a nice large LCD display that shows and continuously monitors (not records) your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation in real time. This works off the same principals of larger pulse oximeters that you would find in a hospital.

It’s compact and lets you take it with you just about anywhere running on batteries and needing no cords. It’s a handy gadget to keep tabs on your own health, but don’t let it replace getting checked out by your health care professional. …

Super-Sized Remote Control

Posted in Remotes by Reuben Drake on May 25th, 2007

Super Sized Remote ControlMeasuring almost a foot in length, this ginormous remote control from Brookstone almost ensures that losing it between the cushions of your couch is out of the question. It works like most universal remote controls with the ability to program it to control a large number of home entertainment devices with over 296 codes for almost all the major manufacturers. It also features some glow-in-the-dark keys to make it easier to see in the dark so you don’t bang your shins on it when it’s left laying on the floor.

Aside from being difficult to lose, this remote might work well for someone with a vision impairment, as a funny fathers day gadget or simply if you’re a giant. I’d love to see what a TV would look like from the makers of this super-sized remote! Actual measurements are 5 inches wide, 11 inches long …

Pac-Man Skeleton

Posted in Pac Man by Reuben Drake on May 21st, 2007

Pac-Man skeletonI honestly didn’t realize that Pac-Man had teeth so I guess a little paleontology lesson was in order. This skeleton was constructed by Le Gentil Garçon and François Escuilié, modeled after the skeletal structure of real predatory animals, which I guess is what Pac-Man was…er is.

This Pac-Man skeleton is a little on the strange side and quite a bit more frightening than the version in the game but I guess it answers some questions about what’s under that yellow skin. The sculpture is made of plaster and measures 35cm in diameter.

More photos via Geekologie

USB Mini Fridge

Posted in Coolers,USB by Reuben Drake on May 21st, 2007

USB Mini Fridge holds and can chill one can at a time powered by USB from your computer.This tiny desktop refrigerator is a definite step up from the USB Beverage cooler “cold plate” we wrote about last fall. With the ability to cool your drink down with a running temperature of just over 8 degrees C, this USB Mini Fridge can hold and cool exactly one standard 12 ounce can. It’s powered solely by USB via your computer which makes it a fairly portable personal fridge that can sit on your desk and keep your drinks cool, one at a time.

The design resembles a tiny refrigerator and even has a little LED light inside when opened (we have a feeling that this refrigerator light really does stay on all the time). We’re not sure how long it would take to actually cool down a can of …

Freeloader Solar Charger

Posted in Chargers,Solar Powered by Reuben Drake on May 20th, 2007

Freeloader Solar ChargerThe Freeloader Solar Charger has an internal, replaceable battery that charges up from either the devices built-in solar panels or through a USB cable connected to a computer. With five hours of solar charging or 3 hours of USB charging the Freeloader has enough juice to power an iPod for 18 hours, a mobile phone for almost 2 days or a Sony PSP for two and a half hours.

The device is only just under 5 inches long, weighs about 6.5 ounces and looks like it would be a handy tool if your spending any extended amount of time in the outdoors and away from power outlets in order to keep your gadgets charged. Just leave the solar panels in the sun to charge up it’s battery during the day and charge up your devices at night. This portable charger comes with the USB cable for …