Archive for Computers

ValueRays unveils infrared heat therapy peripherals

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 13th, 2009

heatmouse-sbBack when I first started writing full time, I spent a long, cold winter working in an uninsulated garage. There was no way to keep the garage warm, no matter what I tried and I found that my fingers would cramp up and get stiff making typing harder. Working with gloves was far from ideal and I would have loved to have a mouse that heated up at the time.

I think that early spring may be the wrong time to introduce new heat therapy peripherals, but that is happening anyway. ValueRays has a selection of infrared heat therapy computer workstation peripherals for people with arthritis who need pain relief.

Netbooks continue to grow despite economy

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2009

acerone-sbThe economy is bad and computer sales are at the lowest point seen in years. Many of the top computer makers in the world are laying off employees to maintain profitability and viability. Despite the poor performance of the computer industry as a whole, the netbook segment of the market is booming.

DisplaySearch reports that netbooks are expected to grow 65% year over year in 2009 for a total of 27 million units expected to ship. The traditional notebook market as a whole is expected to grow only 3% year over year.

Durabook RT10 rugged tablet PC launches

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2009

gammatechrt10-sbWhen I was a kid, my doctor’s nurse would always bust out of the door to the exam room with an arm full of paper folders with all my medical records inside. More often than not she gave the doctor the wrong folder resulting in more agonizing wait time before I found out if I had to get a shot or not.

Today when I take my son to the doctor the nurse comes out with a small tablet computer in hand with access to all the medical records in the office. A new rugged tablet computer for health pros has been launched by GammaTech called the Durabook RT10. The machine is fully rugged and can withstand drops of up to four feet and features Intel Health technology.

Motion Computing launches the J3400 tablet PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2009

motiontabletcomputer-sbThere are several different form factors available in the notebook/laptop world. Most of the computers we see are traditional style notebooks with a keyboard and an LCD. However, some models offer swiveling screens and the capability to be used like a tablet with pen-based or finger input.

There are also pure tablet machines that offer no keyboard. Motion Computing has announced its latest pure tablet computer called the J3400. The machine has an interesting dual battery slot design allowing batteries to be hot swapped for continuous runtime.

GD Itronix GD8000 rugged laptop debuts

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2009

gd8000-sbThe rugged laptop is a strange beast that forsakes some of the portability of a normal laptop to allow the rugged system to be used in environments where a standard laptop would not be able to operate. Dell recently introduced a new rugged laptop called the E6400 and last year unveiled the rugged D630 that met many military specifications.

Today GD Itronix has announced its own rugged laptop called the GD8000. The machine can be had in a 13.3-inch version that meets military specifications and offers capacitive touch technology in the screen. The manufacturer claims that the machine can withstand 30 gallons of water blown at 40 mph without failing and well as vibrations caused by a helicopter.

Averatec announces new all-in-one PC with HD video capability

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2009

averatecallinone-sbAveratec offers a full line of all-in-one computers that stuff all the goodies a modern PC needs inside the display like the iMac line. Averatec is mostly known as a maker of cheap laptops, but its all-in-one line is interesting and the latest addition offers the ability to stream HD video.

Averatec calls the new model the D1133 AIO and it features an 18.4-inch LCD with a resolution of 1680 x 945. Storage for the computer is to a 250GB HDD and it has 2GB of DDR2 RAM along with an 8x SuperMulti DVD burner.

SmartNav units control PCs with your brain

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

SmartNav units control PCs with your brainThere have been plenty of conceptual gadgets that claim to control computers with just the brain, but the difficulty is getting them ready for the commercial market. That’s where NaturalPoint comes in. They are serving up a new pair of SmartNav 4 human-computer interface devices that will let users control all basic tasks with just by using their noggin.

The AT and EG models are designed so that physically handicapped individuals can control their PCs like a Jedi, moving the mouse around by with head movements and selecting commands and phrases on a virtual keyboard. Like Stephen Hawking for instance.

Six new desktops from Mouse Computer’s MDV Advance ST Series

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2009

Six new desktops from Mouse Computer’s MDV Advance ST SeriesThose looking for a powerful PC with an affordable price tag can choose from one of six new versions of this desktop from Mouse Computer. For around €800, you can get a MDV Advance ST 6300B with a Core i7 920 CPU running at 2.66GHz clock speed, 3GB of PC3-10600 RAM, 1TB of HDD, X58 Chipset, DVD Super Multi, 512MB of GeForce 9800GT and a choice of Windows XP or Vista 32bit.

You can also spend around €2000 on the MDV Advance ST 7200X with a 3.2GHz Core i7-965 CPU, 12GB of PC3-10600 RAM, 1TB of HDD, X58 Chipset, Blu-Ray burner and player, GeForce GTX 285 with 1GB of VRAM and Vista 64bit. The LCD screen is not included.

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case mod

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case modThere are case mods, then there are case mods. This 8 foot tall monstrosity looks like it was actually part of Frankenstein’s lab. Looks like the only thing missing is the lightning. It was created by D. Mattocks, who must have shouted “It’s alive” during completion. This thing is just bursting with Steampunk goodness.

It has all kinds of copper piping, vintage gauges and glass indicator lights from an old navy ship. Seriously HG Wells should have been buried in this thing. Everything is backlight with green cold-cathode tubes, which makes it look even more Frankenstein-like. The whole thing probably runs off of an abbey-normal brain.

Most consumers view netbooks as secondary computers says survey

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on February 2nd, 2009

Acer Aspire OneThe netbook category is posting record growth and leading the computer industry in terms of sales. Many consumers are going with a netbook when shopping for a new computer thanks to the low price most netbooks sale for.

Price isn’t everything though and many buy without realizing the performance difference between a netbook and a notebook or desktop computer. According to a new study from ABI Research, a whopping 79% of consumers believe that netbooks are secondary devices to a more powerful notebook or desktop computer.

CrunchPad from TechCrunch prototype unveiled

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2009

CrunchPad PrototypeThose of us who work in the technology industry are used to writing stories about new products, testing new products and seeing early prototypes of gadgets before they debut. What isn’t common is for these prototype products to actually come from the same publications that write about them.

Michael Arrington from TechCrunch has been hard at work trying to bring a device called the CrunchPad to market. The CrunchPad is a tablet computer that runs on a Via Nano netbook CPU and has 1GB of RAM.

Four Second Instant Boot PC from Faith Japan

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

Four Second Instant Boot PC from Faith JapanSome of you probably know Faith Japan, the famous store in Akihabara. They recently introduced the Fortission Q96500XN DVR-4S, which is a desktop computer that boots up in just four seconds thanks to it’s S3 Instant Boot mode.

The ultra fast booter is powered by a Core 2 Quad Q9650 CPU with a P45TS Intel motherboard, 2GB of DDR2, 500GB of SATA II HDD, and nVidia GeForce with 512MB of VRAM. The Fortission Q96500XN DVR-4S retails for 119,800 Yen in Akihabara, or you can purchase it online in Japan for around €990.

Jeffrey Stephenson’s awesome retro casemod

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2008

Jeffrey Stephenson’s awesome retro casemodJeffrey Stephenson is no stranger to awesome casemods. He’s outdone himself this time however, with this one, dedicated to the Ingraham Cabinet Co., creator of radio cases in the WWII era. The Ingraham case mod is walnut-clad (though veneered) just like the originals he was inspired by, featuring a hand-built basswood frame layered on a mini-ITX SilverStone case.

Check out the polished chrome knob on the front from an Arlen Ness catalog, perched atop a final retro flourish: a Firewire 400 port. under the hood, things are less art deco and more modern: a VIA VB8001 motherboard, a 1.6GHz Nano processor, 4GB of DDR2 memory, and a 64GB SSD.

Mgestyk Gesture Control System will put your mouse and keyboard out of business

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008


Mgestyk Technologies wants to bring gesture control to your home PC. They want to do it by using just a 3D camera and proprietary software. The Mgestyk gesture control system is can capture small hand movements and then translate them into commands. The commands can be applied to nearly all windows applications, but more importantly video games. It looks like it works pretty nice, but it looks like there’s some lag. It’s also a bit dorky looking shooting a gun. Pricing is expected to be around $150. No details on availability just yet, but you can sign up on their mailing list to get updates.

Lenovo announces new ThinkCenter models with Power Manager

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on October 30th, 2008

Lenovo ThinkCenter DesktopNotebook computers outsold desktops for the first time ever recently, but the desktop is still alive and kicking. The desktop is especially popular in the corporate world when mobility isn’t needed for workers. Companies that deploy hundreds of computers across the enterprise also want systems that are power efficient.

Lenovo has announced new ThinkCenter desktop computers called the M58 and M58p. The two systems feature Power Manager and are the first Lenovo systems to do so. Power Manager allows administrators to program the machines to turn off automatically at set intervals like holidays and weekends.