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Wii Controller Accessories

Posted in Games,Wii by Chetz on November 19th, 2006

Wii Controller AccessoriesJoytech, a world wide manufacturer of video game peripherals, is planning on launching Wii game controller accessories for later this year.

From the looks of the photos, it appears that the third party controller add-ons will allow you to either add your controller to the accessory, or add the accessory to your controller to further enhance the interaction in your game. The new Wii game console includes a new style of wireless controller that is motion sensitive to allow the user to perform specific actions with the remote that simulate the actions on the game. These accessories shaped as items such as a racket, golf club or steering wheel allow a more realistic feel for the gamer as they simulate the actions.

There are also plans for a docking station to be available for the wireless Wii remotes to keep them organized and recharged …

Nintendo Launches Wii, Takes On PS3

Posted in Games,News,Nintendo,Wii by Darrin Olson on November 19th, 2006

Nintendo WiiNintendo launched it’s new Wii video game console in New York last night at midnight, meeting more than a thousand eagerly awaiting fans. Some fans had been in line for days awaiting the launch in the hopes of being one the first to get their hands on the new console. Surprisingly, the US launch was done prior to the launch in the companies home of Japan. This was done, according to Nintendo, in order to take advantage of the earlier holiday shopping season in the US.

This bold launch by Nintendo comes only two days after the launch of the PS3, and puts the two gaming giants in a head to head battle in this seasons gaming console wars. The Wii game system does not have near the processing power or graphic capabilities of the it’s PS3 and Xbox rivals, and has a price that …

Did You Get Your PS3, Yet?

Posted in PS3,Sony by Darrin Olson on November 18th, 2006

Sony PS3 Released in the USIn case you have been in a cave the last few days, Sony released it’s next generation game console to United States customers yesterday at stores across the country, and like the PS3 sales in Japan only a week ago, the consoles were reportedly gone in a matter of minutes. Sony geared up to be able to offer 400,000 PS3 consoles to the US market for the launch date, and Sony wants to have 1 million available to US customers by the end of the year.

Sony has two versions of the PS3 available, and numbers on how many of each are not clear. The less expensive of the two offerings contains a 20 GB hard drive for $499, while the other version is retailing for $599 with a 60 GB hard drive and WiFi capabilities. Both versions have Sony’s impressive …

Solio Portable Solar Power Charger

Posted in Accessories,Outdoors by Paul Patterson on November 18th, 2006

SolioSolio is a handy universal power charger that is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products from smart phones and MP3 players, to digital cameras, game players, and GPS devices.

Solio can take a charge from either the wall socket or the Sun and store this energy within the Solio’s internal battery. The internal battery takes 8-10 hours of direct sunlight to fully charge and can store enough power to charge a typical cell phone or an iPod Nano at least two times. The fan-blade design allows it to achieve maximum surface area for sunlight, yet fold up to conserve space when packed.

Solio lets you travel light and limit your need to carry around multiple chargers for all of your gadgets. The Solio power charger is environmentally friendly and a real lifesaver when you find yourself in those tight situations where you …

Saitek iFreedom Speakers – Wireless From Your Music Player

Posted in Bluetooth,Home Theater,Speakers by Chetz on November 17th, 2006

Saitek iFreedom Bluetooth SpeakersMP3 players are great because they allow you to easily and conveniently have music wherever you go, but what if you want to share your music? Your options are usually to either split your headphones to share with someone, or you can dock your player to play the music through a bigger system with speakers.

iFreedom from Saitek let’s you share your music wirelessly from your MP3 player through this portable, battery powered set of speakers. It has a little transmitter that hooks up to your player via USB or 3.5mm cable connection. The transmitter will transmit your music to the portable speakers from up to 10 meters away via Bluetooth technology. The MP3 player (namely targeting an iPod I’m guessing from the name of the gadget) can then control the song you are playing (obviously) and the volume of the speakers. The …

TrekStor DataStation maxi z.ul Network Disk Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage,TrekStor by Paul Patterson on November 17th, 2006

TrekStor DataStationThe DataStation maxi z.ul network storage drive by TrekStor is a simple, cost-effective method for multiple users to store, retrieve and share data in an office or home network. The DataStation is a centralized and secure way to make files accessible to all network users without the expense and maintenance incurred with a dedicated file server.

The DataStation maxi z.ul plugs directly into a network switch via standard CAT5 cable or it can be connected to a single PC via USB. Several DataStation drives can be used in one network, and as many as eight drives may be connected together to provide a single data repository.

The maxi z.ul works with Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems and a maximum of 64 users can access the drive concurrently. Other features include:

NDAS technology for highly efficient data transfer
Access rights can be fully managed in the …

loopt GPS Friend-Finder for Mobile

Posted in GPS,Services by Paul Patterson on November 17th, 2006

loopt is a new mobile service that allows you to see where your friends are located and also broadcast your current location to a select group of friends. The loopt service will allow you to remain connected to all the places and events around you.

Your location can be updated manually or automatically. A manual update requires you to set your location to an address or the last location you were at using the website. Automatic updates utilize the GPS in your phone to locate your phone every twenty minutes.

It might seem a bit scary to broadcast your current location to everyone, but the loopt service has your privacy in mind. loopt operates on a closed network basis, which means that only friends can share their locations with each other. Even if you are friends with someone, you choose who you want to share your location …

Less Is More With The Motorola W220

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola by Darrin Olson on November 17th, 2006

Motorola W220Not everyone needs all the flash and bling of the features and fancy cases in new mobile phones. A nice looking, practical phone is found in the Motorola W220 which was launched earlier this year. This is the kind of phone that you would be comfortable with letting your daughter date.

The W220 has a clean a slim design similar to the Motorola RAZR, but without all the extra flash and price. There is no MP3 player, no camera and no flashy videos or pictures on an external display.

The mobile phone does however have FM radio. Nice, safe FM radio. It also has three indicators on the front of the phone that are not visible until they are needed. When you have a missed call, a message or your battery is low these three lights will simply and clearly let you know at a glance, …

Nikon Releases The D40 Compact Digital SLR – Even You Can Use It

Posted in Digital Cameras,News,Nikon by Darrin Olson on November 16th, 2006

Nikon D40If you are one of the many that would like to be able to take great photos with the performance of a digital SLR camera, but never wanted to invest the money or take the time to learn all the features involved, Nikon has come out with the right camera for you. This digital camera could very well bridge the gap for many amateur photographers from the popular point and shoot compact cameras to a little more serious but manageable photographing instrument.

One significant features of this offering has nothing to do with the camera specs, but is the price. At an estimated $599, consumers can get a pretty nice, lightweight and SLR camera for less than most similar models. Another nice feature is the 2.5″ color display. Nikon has made a more novice, user-friendly display on the screen with a few different layouts to …

BenQ W10000 1080p HD Digital Projector

Posted in BenQ,Home Theater by Quagmire on November 16th, 2006

BenQ W10000
The BenQ W10000 is BenQ’s first foray into the 1080p HD digital projector market. This projector is a serious upgrade for any home theater zealot and takes BenQ’s projector lineup to a whole new level.

The W10000 home cinema projector features BenQ’s proprietary Senseye technology and a 10000:1 contrast ratio with native 1920 x 1080 resolution. Other features include:

1,200 ANSI lumens
Advanced Continuous Electronic IRIS – Increases the contrast ratio to 10000:1 while optimizing light intensity for bright and dark scenes
DarkChip3 DMD chipset – DMD helps to decrease the scattering of light and significantly boosts image contrast for dark scenes with a high resolution projection lens to provide the best possible image performance.
A broad selection of application modes including cinema mode, home theater mode, family room mode, photo mode and gaming mode, providing instant settings for various applications.
Features a whisper quiet design that is able …

BigDog Quadruped Robot

Posted in Robots by Chetz on November 16th, 2006

BigDog Quadruped RobotBoston Dynamics has some pretty cool robots designed primarily for military type purposes, but their flag-bot design is the called the BigDog.

The BigDog is a gas powered quadruped that is about 1 meter long, weighs 75 Kg and can carry 120 pounds of cargo at 3.3 mph and climb a 35 degree slope. When “running” it looks kind of like two guys facing each other carrying a long pack, and it continually “trots” to keep it’s balance. It can navigate through rugged, muddy and snowy terrain and keep itself from getting into a jam. It can also take some external blows without losing it’s balance.

The 4 legged robot has an on-board computer that controls it’s movement through servo motors and sensors to maintain direction, balance and make decisions about moving through it’s terrain. It even can absorb energy back from steps to make …

Microsoft and Sprint Offer Live Search for Mobile

Posted in Microsoft,News by Paul Patterson on November 16th, 2006

Microsoft-SprintMicrosoft and Sprint have announced an alliance in which the companies will develop and deliver a range of mobile search services for Sprint’s business and consumer customers.

The initial offering enables Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search for mobile on their wireless phones to search location-based content from the Internet. The new mobile search service based on Windows Live aims to provide a single access point to relevant online content based on a keyword or phrase. The search will include the Sprint catalog of offerings such ring tones, games, and screen savers as well as nearby stores and restaurants.

Windows Live Search for mobile offers features such as maps and directions but requires users to input their location by entering their ZIP code, address, or city and state. Future versions of the service are planned to enable consumers to give permission to automatically locate them …

Charge Your Gadget Batteries With No Wires

Posted in Magnets,News by Darrin Olson on November 15th, 2006

 Marin SoljačićTuesday at the Industrial Physics Forum in San Francisco, Marin Soljačić, assistant professor at MIT, along with colleagues presented an approach to power and/or charge electronic devices wirelessly from a couple of meters away.

The idea is that there would be some type of base station that the devices would need to be in proximity of to receive the transfer of energy through the air. The base station would be plugged into a regular electrical outlet, or “holes” to you old Seinfeld fans. The base station would then emit some low-frequency electromagnetic radiation around the base. The radiation would be at a specific frequency that would need to be matched by some type of circuitry component inside the gadget that would receive the power, and when the base and the component get close to each other resonating at the same frequency, the component could …

New GM Key Fob Returns Information About Your Car

Posted in Automotive,News by Chetz on November 15th, 2006

GM Key Fob

GM has released plans to introduce a upgrade to the common key fob for their higher end SUV style vehicles such as the Cadillac Escalade. The new key fob will be the first to offer two way communication between the device and the vehicle, as well as offering a liquid crystal display.

The remote gadget will be able to lock and unlock the doors and set of a panic alarm as most key fobs would, but the difference lies in what it gets back from the vehicle. The key fob will be able to display that status of the vehicles door locks, tire pressure, odometer reading, fuel level, radio settings and more, according to an article in USA Today.

Vehicle makers have been adding more features to the remote access of vehicles, such as unlocking doors when you get close, associating seat and mirror settings, …

MovaMail Releases Version 2.0 of Mobile Email Application

Posted in Mobile Phones,News by Paul Patterson on November 15th, 2006

MovaMailMovaMail recently announced that it has released version 2 of its J2ME-based mobile email application. The new build of MovaMail allows consumers to access their WebMail, POP, and IMAP email services from their java-enabled mobile phones.

Building on the success of Version 1.0 which was first released to the public in October 2005, MovaMail V2 adds new features and performance enhancements that maximize the capabilities of today’s MIDP 2.0 mobile phones. New features include:

Phone Address Book Synchronization – complete synch and server backup
Complete Email Synchronization – including email status
Attachment Support – view images, forward attachments
Camera Phone Integration – email pictures from your mobile phone
Multi-lingual support – support for any language in the end users mobile phone
Optional XHTML interface – for users that can not or choose not to access via java client.

MovaMail’s Compression and Optimization engine has been completely reengineered to give users their email nearly …