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Make Wine with your PC using WinePod

Posted in Home by Quagmire on October 31st, 2006

Wine Pod The WinePod is a state-of-the-art device for small lot artisan winemaking which transmits data on the fermentation process to your PC. The WinePod integrates fermentation, pressing, and aging in one elegant unit to produce 4 to 5 cases of wine per batch.

The WinePod collects data on fermentation and temperature and transmits it wirelessly to your PC. This is accomplished using the SensorStick, an integrated Brix and temperature monitoring system. The wireless USB controller collects and transmits data to your PC up to 100 meters away.

The WinePod Dashboard software displays data received from the SensorStick and manages access to your records. The Dashboard displays instructions, various prompts generated by the software, and maintains your notebook during the winemaking process. The Dashboard also connects you to other WinePod users who have made their Dashboards available to the public.

The software also allows you to …

Seagate Adds DriveTrust Security To Notebook Drives

Posted in Hard Drives,Seagate,Security by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2006

Seagate Momentus Drive with DriveTrust SecurityHave you ever bought a used PC or used hard drive and found someone else’s old data on it? Or worse yet, have you ever sold or lost a hard drive not being completely sure your data was erased before hand? This among other issues requiring an increased level of security has prompted Seagate to unveiled their DriveTrust security software. The technology will come built into the Momentus 5400 FDE.2 and the DB35 series hard drive and will encrypt the data on the drive without requiring external software or hindering the hard drive performance.

There are multiple situations that cause hard drive security to become and important issue, and having the encryption easily and cost-effectively implemented will improve the overall level of security with sensitive information. Everything from your own personal family pictures and financial information to health care organizations …

Adeo Fitness Companion GPS

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,GPS by Chetz on October 30th, 2006

Adeo Fitness CompanionThe Adeo Fitness Companion from MotionLingo is a pretty cool exercise gadget that fits inline with your headphone cord and tracks your outdoor workout.

The Adeo is really a GPS device that tracks your movements during outdoor workouts such as running, walking, biking, etc. As you move the Fitness Companion tracks your current position, the distance you have gone, your pace, and speed along with your workouts’ elapsed time, the elevation and estimated calories burned.

The Adeo can report this information to you audibly during your workout through your headphones. This can come in very handy for long distance or marathon runners for example, who would like to be able to keep track of their pace without having to look at their watch or do in calculations in their head while running.

Back at the ranch you can upload the data from the Adeo Fitness Companion …

Alvarion Enables Voice Services over WiMAX with BreezeMAX

Posted in News,WiMAX by Paul Patterson on October 30th, 2006

AlvarionAlvarion, a leading provider of wireless broadband and specialized mobile networks, today announced the availability of a primary voice service over WiMAX networks enabled by the latest edition of BreezeMAX.

Primary voice over WiMAX capability is of particular interest to pioneering service providers looking to offer voice services and broadband to areas with little or no existing telecom infrastructure.

Alvarion voice and broadband data WiMAX networks can be built quickly and without heavy investments in a complete VoIP implementation as it can be deployed using the existing TDM infrastructure capacity of V5.2 legacy switches. This is particular interest to incumbent (ILECs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) who can now adopt WiMAX as their basic network strategy.

“Alternative and incumbent carriers can now use WiMAX to open their networks to major technology evolution in terms of applications,” said Rudy Leser, Alvarion’s corporate

Philips WACS700/37 Digital Media Receiver

Posted in Digital Audio,Home,Philips by Paul Patterson on October 30th, 2006

Philips WACS700Philips is hoping to make some serious headway into the Digital Media Receiver (DMR) market with release of the WACS700/37 Digital Media Receiver. The new wireless music center allows you to stream music around your house wirelessly to remote stations that you connect to the system.

The WACS700 is the latest device in the family of Streamium products, and consists of a base unit called the Center and a remote Station which has its own speakers. The system allows you to easily connect up to five stations, enough for the average house. You can listen to your music wherever you are in your home or family members in five different rooms can access and listen to their own choice of music from the Wireless Audio Center at the same time.

Equipped with a 40GB hard drive, the system offers enough capacity for you to …

Nokia 330 Auto Navigation GPS

Posted in GPS,News,Nokia by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2006

Nokia 330Nokia has announced a new GPS device for use on roads in Europe called the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation.

Using the ROUTE 66 Navigate 7 software along with map data from NAVTEQ, you can enter you destination into the 330 and have it map you a route and direct you with voice commands in multiple available languages.

The vice president of multimedia enhancements at Nokia, Razvon Olosu, stated “Consumers are increasingly eager to use personal navigation devices while driving and we are delighted to introduce the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation device to meet this demand.” Olosu continues, “Nokia 330 Auto Navigation complements the recently announced GPS and navigation solutions from Nokia. Finding your way across Europe is simple with this comprehensive navigation package, including an integrated GPS receiver and European maps.”

The Nokia 330 GPS has a 2GB memory card that …

SureShot GPS Golf Range Finder and Stats Recorder

Posted in Golf,GPS,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2006

Sureshot GPS If you happen to be looking for a great golf gadget for the coming holiday season or an occasion, you will want to check out the Sureshot GPS. This small GPS enabled device come loaded with a large number of convenient features that can potentially be used on any golf course around the world.

For it’s simplest use, the Sureshot GPS can be used to measure your distance to the hole at the pin position for the day, along with distances to the center, front and back of the green from your current position. You can load up to 10 different courses into the device at a time with up to 33 recorded points for each hole identifying items such as hazards and the green.

As you are golfing you can also record statistical information about your play such as strokes, putts, elapsed playing time, …

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 – Wii Game Feature

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on October 29th, 2006

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 This installment of the Nintendo Wii game preview series will focus on Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, the latest in the series of DBZ-inspired fighting games from Atari. Dragon Ball Z video games are based on the popular cartoon and card game. Over twenty Dragon Ball Z video games have been released in the United States and Japan since 2002.

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 features lightning-fast melee with elements of RPG and action-adventure gameplay. Players engage in epic battles set in 15 vast and highly-destructible environments. The environments feature the high level of interactivity you have come to expect from the previous games with massive 3D destructible realms and an abundance of game modes.

Fans of the series can reenact their favorite ki-powered techniques with a roster of more than 100 characters from the pantheon of Dragon Ball Heroes. The …

Bang & Olufsen – Serene Mobile Phone

Posted in Bang & Olufsen,Mobile Phones,Samsung by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2006

Bang and Olufsen Mobile Phone with Samsung Bang & Olufsen, together with Samsung have been working for the past two years on a minimalistic and more intuitive approach to a mobile phone. What their collaboration has come up with is the Serene.

The Serene is a different shaped phone that appears to be upside down compared to most mobile phones today. When being used, the circular keypad is in the top half of the clam shell design, and the display and microphone are in the bottom half, which gives the already different looking phone an even more different looking angle when being used.

The keyboard portion of the Serene mobile phone also contains a loud speaker and a thumb wheal used for navigating menu options and functionalities on the phone.

The phone comes with a stylish docking station for charging, and while charging the orientation of the display …

Toshiba 360 Degree Viewing Headgear

Posted in Games,Headgear,Toshiba by Chetz on October 29th, 2006

Toshiba 360 Degree HeadgearRecently in Tokyo Toshiba has made a helmet with a 40 centimeter dome shaped screen to provide wearers a 360 degree view of whatever they are watching on television, whether it is a TV show, movie or a video game.

The Space Balls reminiscent headgear seems fairly large, and raises the question of how strong the necks of the users have to be to be able to utilize it for an extended length of time. The whole helmet actually weights only 6 pounds, which is fairly light weight compared to most motorcycle or space helmets.

Inside the helmet, there are infrared sensors that can detect which way the users head is facing, and then uses a small projector in the top back of the helmet to change the picture they are seeing accordingly in an attempt to give a real-life feeling simulation of being …

Nexx NF-810 Personal Media Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Nexx by Quagmire on October 29th, 2006

Nexx NF-810

Coming off strikingly similar to the iPod Nano, the Nexx NF-810 is a slender Personal Media Player capable of playing your favorite music and video.

Measuring 39mm x 88mm x 7mm and weighing just 38 grams, the NF-810 is a handy multi-function device. In addition to its standard duties as a personal media player it operates as a JPEG photo viewer, FM radio, and voice recorder.

The NF-810 is capable of playing video in the form of SMV files and Nexx provides the necessary software to convert existing MPEG/WMV/AVI movies into SMV. The 1.66″ TFT screen is capable of 65k colors.

Other features include a multi-lingual interface and digital equalizer with battery life rated at ten hours.

While the NF-810 certainly borrowed a page from the Apple design book, it is a sharp-looking player packed with features.

Nexx will be offering the NF-810 in 512MB, 1GB, and …

Crestron Isys – One Remote to Rule Them All

Posted in Home,Home Theater,Remotes by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Crestron TPMC 10 Wireless RemoteThis WiFi touch panel from Crestron could quite possibly be the ultimate cool wireless remote control to run everything in your home. Imagine with a touch of a button, the Plasma TV, Stereo and DVD player all turn on, the window curtain goes shut and the lights dim.

This little tablet PC like device actually has Windows XP embedded as the operating system, and has applications on the device for browsing the web, watching streamed media, VoIP and remote desktop to your PC. Wow.

This remote control is a touch screen at 8.4″ with a resolution of 800×600 along with some handy dedicated softkey navigation buttons, a stylus, built in fingerprint scanner for security (you don’t mess with another man’s entertainment system), Bluetooth and has docking stations that can mount on a desk or on the wall when you aren’t carrying it around.

This …

ZVOX 325 Single-Cabinet Audio System

Posted in Home Theater by Quagmire on October 28th, 2006

ZVOX 325Those people looking for a great-sounding alternative to bulky multi-speaker packages have a new option to consider in the ZVOX 325 sound system. The ZVOX 325 is a single-cabinet audio system with performance rivaling expensive, highly-complicated home theater systems.

The 325 is a self-contained, self-powered one-box speaker system which features an amplifier, speakers, a built-in subwoofer, and virtual surround sound processing. The new system sports a new amplifier design, improved subwoofer, high-performance speakers, and PhaseCue virtual surround technology all in a 17″ wide footprint.
As the popularity of flat-panel TVs continues to grow, people will also need to upgrade their sound systems. This system is a great alternative for those people who want to keep with the minimalist design of their flat-panel TVs.
The ZVOX 325 can also be used to listen to your portable music player. Just plug the player into the front …

Photos and Video with Instant Replay Binoculars

Posted in Outdoors by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Bushnell Instant Replay BinocularsThe Bushnell Instant Replay Binoculars allow you to use them as you would regular binoculars, watching outdoor wildlife, football games or whatever. What makes this a pretty cool gadget is that you can take 3.2 megapixel digital photos through the binoculars, and you can actually record motion video through them as well.

The Instant Replay Binoculars are just like it sounds. You can be recording events as they happen and as you see them through the binoculars, and then save them and reply them or the photos on the 1.5″ pop-up LCD screen mounted on top.

The binoculars have 32MB of internal memory for storing video and pictures, and it has a compact flash slot for adding additional memory. The binoculars themselves have 8x magnification and a 32mm lens, and is powered by 2 AA batteries. Some additional stats on the Instant Replay Binoculars …

Price and Release Info for Treo 680 and Cingular 8525!

Posted in Mobile Phones,News,Palm,PDAs by Chetz on October 28th, 2006

Treo 680 Cingular 8525 Price ReleaseThe information we have been waiting for with these mobile devices has finally arrived. What seems to be a markteting PowerPoint presentation has been discovered highlighting the pricing and availablility dates for the Treo 680 and the Cingular 8525.
Treo 680

$424.99 for flat out purchase
$349.99 for purchase with a one year contract
$274.99 for purchase with a two year contract
Availablility: November 5th (Not set in stone).

Cingular 8525

$559.99 for flat out purchase
$484.99 for purchase with a one year contract
$409.99 for purchase with a two year contract
Availablility: October 29th

I’m not sure if this Treo 680 / Cingular 8525 release of information was an accident or not, but it the powerpoint looks pretty official.

PPT Source [Lindquist.net]