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And on the Bass and Vocals, You

Posted in Accessories by Chetz on August 1st, 2007

tascam_basstrainerTascam is plunking out two more trainers to accompany its already released guitar trainer for would-be rock stars. The MP-VT1 and MP-BT1 are vocal and bass trainers (respectively) with 1 GB of memory each, 128 x 64 res screen and an input for your microphone or bass player.

As you sing or play along to the songs that you’ve already saved on the unit you can record and manipulate your own effects and embed your own signature style with the song itself. Think of it as “Guitar Hero” but the size of an MP3 player and you don’t have to hit the notes you see on the screen, or better, a serious kind of karaoke player for that singer/musician you know.

Prices and availability of the new Tascam trainers are yet to be revealed but if they follow along with the guitar trainer that came out last …

Secret Agent on a Budget

Posted in Accessories,Headgear,Spy Gear by Chetz on July 31st, 2007

spy micro agent listener If you have a reason to follow someone around and eavesdrop in on their conversations — or heck, even if you don’t — what better way to say “privacy shrivacy” than with the Micro Agent Listener. This compact gadget has an 12-inch extendable microphone on one end so you can stand around one side of the corner while hearing all of the dirt that’s being said on the other side. Of course it comes with an earclip but you will still look like a dork if you wear it like that plus you will blow your cover at the same time.

The listener also has an automatic volume limiter that will stop the relay of louder noises, handy when you’re on surveillance on a construction site, by a busy freeway or when your about-to-be-ex-girlfriend catches you following her. It’s powered by one button …

Say Hello to My Boomstick

Posted in Accessories,Controllers by Chetz on July 23rd, 2007

Wii Rifle GunHot on the heels of the Wii Zapper (for all your laser blasting needs) comes this little invention, the Wii Rifle Gun Prop. Slide in your remote and nunchuk and now you can fire buckshot with the best of ‘em. Fans of “Resident Evil” will see the lovely possibilities here when you need to fight off a zombie horde.

The Rifle Gun is ergonomically balanced and weighted. The grip is designed so that you can hold it with just one hand or dual handed. Perhaps best of all it has a “lock and load” ability so when there’s an “Evil Dead” game for the Wii you’ll be able to use your boomstick just like good ol’ Ash does. At the risk of descending into bad pun territory it sounds like the Rifle Gun is going to be a blast for playing your Wii games. Priced …

Nyko’s Wii Party Station

Posted in Accessories,Wii by Chetz on July 13th, 2007

Wii Party Station

The Nintendo Wii has emerged as the most revolutionary game console since the Atari 2600 because it’s doing what no other console in history has done: made it cool for the entire family to play a video game together. If you have any doubt of this claim I present to you Nyko’s Wii Party Station.

This battery powered hub of fun has four slots for a quartet of Wii-motes, a storage drawer for your nunchuks, four numeric LED displays so you can keep track of each player’s points and four cups that can be frozen to keep your beverages nice and cool while taking your turns at “Wii Sports”. That grill in-between the LED displays? That’s a fan that blows cool air to keep your hands free of sweat. This baby even as a bowl for putting chips and dip into. And at a …

LapWorks Futura gives laptop stands design cues

Posted in Accessories,Notebooks,Office Furniture by Nino Marchetti on July 12th, 2007

LapWorks Futura Laptop StandHow often is it you cramp up while working on your laptop all day? There are quite a few laptop stands out there to help combat this issue and one of the better looking ones we’ve seen come along is the new LapWorks Futura Laptop Stand.

The LapWorks Futura Laptop Stand sports an oval-shaped burst and comes initially in a gun metal gray color. Other colors will be available in the coming months. This laptop stand functionally is geared for providing an ergonomic workspace. It folds into a wedge shape which offers five typing angles for more comfortable keyboard use. It also elevates the screen to provide a better viewing angle.

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.

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Belkin N1 Vision makes wireless routers sexy

Posted in Accessories,Belkin,Networking,Routers,Wi-Fi by Nino Marchetti on July 11th, 2007

Belkin N1 VisionBelkin is getting ready to unleash upon wireless Internet users a smart looking router with an interactive display for giving you information on your network. The Belkin N1 Vision is priced at around $200 and will be out in late July.

The Belkin N1 Vision offers wireless 802.11n1 3×3 MIMO radio design and wired gigabit ports for connectivity options. It has a plug-and-play design with no software installation required. A panel with control on the wireless router let you view your network’s broadband speed, computer bandwidth usage, the status of connected network devices and the date/time.

Directing in the Dark

Posted in Accessories,Night Vision by Chetz on July 9th, 2007

iGen’s NV20/20 Night Vision ViewerYou may not have a good reason to want to own a pair of night vision goggles/binoculars but has that stopped you from ever wanting to own them anyway? If you don’t have a Sony camcorder with the night vision feature then iGen’s NV20/20 Night Vision Viewer is the solution to your shadowy situation. The company has come up with the first night vision device that can be slotted to the end of any camcorder so you can start taking home movies in the dead of night with just a flick of a button (to shine the IR light source.)

You can set the NV20/20 to take anywhere from 2 to 30 frames-per-second. The 2.6x glass lens gives you a nice 70-foot field of viewing for any wide shots that you need to take. It’s also got a feature called Unique …

iCast FM Transmitter

Posted in Accessories,FM Transmitters,Radio by Darrin Olson on July 5th, 2007

iCast FM Transmitter finds best signal frequencyFM transmitters for portable music players and pretty commonplace anymore, and not too often does one have features to make it stand out like the iCast AutoScan FM Trasmitter.

The iCast has that ever-so-common iPod compatible name prefix to link it to the popular player from Apple, but really it can work with just about any media player that has a standard headphone jack. It runs on one AAA battery or a cigarette lighter port, and will transmit the music to an FM station of your choosing, but here is where the unique feature comes in. The iCast will scan the different frequencies and find the clearest open one in your area to broadcast in, in order to avoid interference. It can also save up to 4 selected stations.

The iCast AutoScan also has a power saving feature, so if you shut off …

Lifting Man CD Holder

Posted in Accessories by Darrin Olson on June 28th, 2007

Lifting Man Human CD HolderThe number of CD jewel cases I have sitting around continues to dwindle but as far as racks to hold CD’s go, this one looks better than most. There’s something about the amount of effort this little guy seems to be putting into his lift of this case that makes it interesting and almost real if there weren’t some giant CD’s in there. It measures just under 10″ tall and looks to be able to hold not more than a dozen CD cases, selling for $40.

via PopGadget

Hori Fighting Stick Coming for Wii

Posted in Accessories,Wii by Darrin Olson on June 26th, 2007

Hori Fighting Stick WiiThe Nintendo Wii game controllers are without-a-doubt a hit with a large number of gamers, but they just can’t compete with the classic arcade style Fighting Stick controller coming soon from Hori. It may not be much help with Wii Sports games like bowling or tennis but it will definitely come in handy with any one-on-one combat in your future.

Few details are available for the Hori Fighting Stick Wii, but we can see that it comes in colors to match the game console in white and blue donning the Wii name. It’s expected to launch in Japan around August retailing for a little under $60 and a US release is in the works according to IGN.

Shiny Red Iomega eGo USB Hard Drive Debuts

Posted in Accessories,Iomega,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on June 26th, 2007

iomega-ego-160.jpgIomega has quietly been kicking out all sorts of data storage products over the years. One of its newest, the Iomega eGo Drive, looks to continue the tradition in a stylish way.

The most striking thing about this USB 2.0 drive is its looks. It sports a curved cherry-red chassis with chrome endcaps. That’s a nice change from more generic external USB drives. I also like the fact this drive is USB powered – no more needing to pull out yet another power brick and search for a free outlet.

Evercool Magic Fan

Posted in Accessories,Coolers by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2007

Evercool Magic Fan Idea Cooling cools your notebook computerWhat type of magic that’s involved in this pentagram ladened cooling fan we’re not sure, but what we are pretty convinced of is that it generates some serious negative airflow to strip your notebook of excessive heat.

This Magic notebook cooling fan weighs only 60 grams and connects via USB to draw hot air from you notebook at two different speeds and expel it in a designated direction with the ability to rotate 180 degrees.

Keeping your machine cooler can improve performance, increase the life of the components and even just keep the lap it’s sitting on just a little cooler. Evercool also added a little more style to this fan than you usually might see with the LED light show on the case and what they call a “mysterious” pentagram design.

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Push and Pull While Playing Around

Posted in Accessories,Controllers,Games,Novint by Chetz on June 19th, 2007

Novint Falcon 3 dimensional controllerForce feedback joysticks have been around for over a decade but there hasn’t been a stick made that could simulate the three dimensions of an object until Novint made the Falcon. If you think this unit looks like a robot rather than a joystick you would be right.

The joystick element of the controller is raised above the surface of the resting platform so when you grip it with your hand you’re pushing at it in three dimensions. Sensors detect any movement that your hand makes, updating the data to your machine a thousand times a second and producing instant movement on the screen.

Novint claims that the Falcon can simulate realistic “texture, shape, weight, dimension and dynamics” of objects on your screen, like the weight of a basketball or the recoil of your shotgun in a FPS. To prove it they also will …

Desk Deck

Posted in Accessories,Office Furniture by Chetz on June 19th, 2007

Rolling luggage card and notebook deskIf you’re waiting in the airport for your flight, or in the lobby of a hotel, or you’re working on the floor of a convention you know what it’s like when you need a flat surface to get some work done on your laptop. Working on the floor just doesn’t cut it even when you’re in college. If you can get your hands on a Hammacher Schlemmer rolling luggage cart ($160) now you’ve got a desk.

The luggage cart can handle your gear up to 36-inches, the desk can support up to 20 pounds of weight (the desk is itself 11 pounds) and it can accommodate a 17-inch wide laptop. It’s made of molded ABS plastic and an aluminum frame and can snap open with the press of a button. It can also compact up and be stowed in an …