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Guy turns HDTV into awesome digital pinball machine

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009


You may have noticed that it’s difficult to find arcades these days, no matter how many hours you drive around blasting some Loverboy or Huey Lewis and the News. It ain’t the 80s. What’s a Pinball enthusiast to do? You make some killer pinball games yourself, that’s what!

Take one BadBoyBill, who happens to be the admin of the HyperSpin forums. He used an HDTV, an LCD monitor and a 3D pinball program to build his own 1080p pinball machine. Oh yeah. Now you’re drooling and thinking back to those days at the arcade. The cabinet he created recreates the whole pinball experience and he can play any game he wants on the same machine. That is genius. Absolute genius.

DAB Digital Radio concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

DAB Digital Radio conceptThis DAB Digital Radio design looks like a pair of fancy salt and pepper shakers. That’s because they are meant to fit into your kitchen environment. Designer Anton Webb goes for a minimalist approach.

They are rubberized, splash-resistant, and feature enclosed speakers and battery operation for a more hardy form factor in their environment. The large buttons are touch sensitive, allowing to to use your elbows if your fingers are currently too busy or too greasy to be used. Also features a black LCD display with vertical scrolling text.

Worlds first HDMI 1080p digital photo viewer

Posted in Digital Imaging by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

Worlds first HDMI 1080p digital photo viewerHi-Den Vision based in Hong Kong have created the worlds first HDMI 1080p digital photo viewer dubbed the HD-0310. This gadget hooks up to your 1080p HDTV and allows images to be displayed from a memory card direct to your HDTV.

The HD-0310 1080p photo viewer is pretty compact and will use USB storage devices and Compact Flash Type I/II, SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS PRO Duo, SmartMedia, MiniSD, Trans-Flash, MicroSD and xD. It also sports video playback through the USB port. The 1080p photo viewer will also give you 16 transitional effects as well as random playback of images. If you like, you’ll be able to skip through images with the remote control.

Digital Butler will get you everything

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

Digital Butler will get you everythingIn the old days you just rang a bell and your servant would arrive to do your bidding. That’s kind of what this Digital Butler concept is all about. It will run on advanced 4G networks, with GPS to give you details on everything, like all the hip goings on in town etc. The circular design makes it easy to navigate with a touch screen display.

There’s also an accelerometer, a PDA phone feature, built-in LED projector and full-time network connection to all kinds of VIP services. It should probably be attached to a wheelchair so it can drive your lazy butt to all the hip spots. And it would have to be connected to all of your robots so they can run your errands.

Sanyo’s ALBO digital photo frame / RSS reader

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Sanyo’s ALBO digital photo frame / RSS readerSanyo’s ALBO digital photo frame stands out from the rest, because the retro-styled digital frame doubles up as a Desktop RSS reader. Yes, the Sanyo ALBO is capable of fetching RSS feeds from all over the web, including Flickr to display recent uploads from friends and family.

The ALBO is equipped with WiFi and can also display photo attachments in email. It also has the option of loading photos via memory cards, and you can sync it with your Picasa photo album online.

Barbie Digital Nail Printer prints on your fingernails

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Barbie Digital Nail Printer prints on your fingernailsSorry guys. This one’s for the girls. The Barbie Digital Nail Printer is part of Mattel’s new line of products called “beautronics”. This Nail Printer is designed to print images directly onto your fingernails using thermal inkjet technology and specially-formulated cosmetic grade ink.

Just insert your finger into the machine and a digital camera inside transmits an image of your fingernail to the computer. With the included Barbie software you can select from 1000’s of image designs and see a preview of the image you choose superimposed on your nail so you see exactly what it would look like on your nail.

Panasonic’s SDR-H80 Compact Digital Camcorder

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2009

Panasonic’s SDR-H80 Compact Digital CamcorderPanasonic fans have some new gear to get excited about. Here’s the new SD compact camcorder from Panasonic. Weighing in at just 300grams, this video recorder features a 60GB HDD, and a SDHC port so you can easily record video on both the HDD or SD Card.

You’ll be able to record 14 to 54 hours of video on it’s 60GB HDD (in XP to LP mode) or 1 hour 40 minutes in XP Mode on a 8GB SD Card.
 The Panasonic SDR-H80 also boasts Panasonic’s O.I.S Image Stabilizer with 70x optical zoom, face recognition software, and a YouTube Video mode. You’ll also get a 2.7-inch LCD monitor.

Onkyo HDC-1L nettop audio PC

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

Onkyo HDC-1L nettop audio PCOnkyo just released the HDC-1L nettop audio PC, a perfect computer for any small office or room in your home. The computer is specially designed for digital audio playback.

It’s powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor with Intel 945GC Express chipset, running on Windows XP Home Edition and comes with 1GB RAM, 160GB SATA hard drive, DVD SuperMulti drive, Six USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet connectivity and SN ratio of 120dB. The basic HDC-1L is priced at about $640. You can also get the PC with the optional 15-watt stereo speakers priced at $800 and with a 19 inch LCD monitor for $1,070.

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phones

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phonesMotorola has some new digital cordless phones, the D10 and D11. Both feature an innovative design that we haven’t really seen before. If the picture above is any indication it can turn the steam from your coffee into a weird hovering alien creature.

The D10 and D11 handsets are intelligent enough that they can adjust automatically to optimize output depending on how far they are from the base unit. In the intelligent ‘eco mode’, you can save on battery power and get longer talk time without sacrificing voice quality. The phone is eco-conscious because 20% of it is made from recycled material, which will help reduce your carbon footprint, which currently looks like Bigfoot on steroids.

Digital Clock powered by lemons

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Digital Clock powered by lemonsHere’s a clock for those who have no clock and a spare lemon tree in the backyard. The tree will come in handy since this clock is powered by the energy of a lemon, which will power it for a week or longer. The design is intended to remind us that nature is still our direct energy source.

When life hands you lemons and a lemon powered clock, most people would just make lemonade and get the time from the microwave. But some of us will put lemons on our clock, and through the sour sucking power of citrus, attract fruit flies until we give up this novelty clock design.

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical info

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

U-Tag Ice Digital Dog Tag holds your medical infoThe U-Tag ICE Digital Dog Tag is similar to the traditional dog tag. It was originally designed for motorcyclists, making it easy to identify a crash victim and containing emergency information. In the event of an accident, the victim can be easily identified and emergency services would have all of the important medical information that they need. The U-Tag also includes your picture, blood type, and emergency contact details inside. And of course, it’s durable, constructed with a tough aluminum alloy weatherproof enclosure.

Hey, it’s morbid, but if you find yourself in a disaster or an accident, you’ll be glad the doctors have the info that you can’t communicate. Not in love with the dog tag aspect? There’s also a card version of the U-Tag that fits in ID holders, wallets and purses. It retails for $49.99 and the U-Tag Personal ICE system card retails for $39.99.

Mintpad: The digital way to pass notes

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Mintpad: The digital way to pass notesMintpad is interesting. It’s basically a tiny pocket screen that lets you pass notes, but in a digital way. It’s different from texting because the Mintpad is basically a tablet that lets you write on the screen with a stylus. Though it doesn’t recognize handwriting, it will send your original note to your friends via Wi-Fi. It doesn’t seem very minty, but what do I know?

As you might expect, you can only send the notes to other Mintpad owners. That’s the downside. Aside from that interesting feature it’s a typical portable media player, Web browser, camera with 4GB of memory. Currently it’s only available in Korea for $156.

Digital Thermometer Pan makes for perfect pancakes

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2008

Digital Thermometer Pan makes for perfect pancakesMaking Pancakes is trickier then it seems. If your temperature is too low you’ve got a long wait for that perfect pancake. If the temp is too high, you’re gonna burn them. It’s part instinct and part science. But it helps to have a pan that will tell you the precise temperature. After all, once the guesswork is taken out of the equation, all that’s left to do is make some perfect pancakes and eat.

Getting the temperature just right is the true secret of cooking. This Digital Thermometer Pan shows you the exact temp of the middle of the pan, displayed on a removable readout in the handle. It will cost you $50. Completely worth it for that perfect breakfast. The pan is 7.8 inches in diameter, and we’re hoping it shows up in a wide array of sizes.

Violet mir:ror connects everything using RFID

Posted in rfid by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2008

Violet mir:ror connects everything using RFIDIf everyday objects just aren’t connected to the digital world in the way you would like, then check this out. This device uses RFID technology to connect all of your crap to the digital world. You know, cuz life should be more digital. Violet is the company that makes those strange Nabaztag USB rabbits. Now they are offerring “Mir:ror”, a small round USB gadget that interfaces all of your belongings and your computer. For example, let’s say you put an RFID tag on your umbrella, despite your umbrella’s protests that RFID technology is the mark of the beast. Just wave the umbrella over your Mir:ror, and your computer will display the current weather stats. Tag your iPod and have it take you to current Apple news etc. The connections seem pretty infinite, only limited by your imagination.

Pretty sweet tool if you ask me. Just don’t be waving panties(Or worse) over the thing to pull up porn. That’s just weird. Mir:ror can instantly identify many objects with built-in RFID tags, but you can tag almost anything you want with their identification stamps. Violet’s web site lets you set up all your devices and applications to work with Mir:ror. Violet expects to release Mir:ror in the US on October 27th, with a $69.99 starter kit.

Demy Digital Recipe Reader for the kitchen

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Demy Digital Recipe Reader for the kitchenIf you do a lot of cooking, you’ve probably thought about getting a laptop or other device just for your kitchen so you can always have recipes on hand. The Demy Digital Recipe Reader is all you need for your recipe needs. It will show you all of your ingredients so you can make light Martha Stewart. The device is small so it won’t take up much room and it has a touchscreen display.

If you’re looking for something new to eat, it features a recipe database as well. The built-in memory will let you store 2,500 recipes. You can transfer them via USB. As you might expect, it’s splash resistant and even has three cooking timers, a substitutions database and a conversion tool. You can pre-order it for $299 and it will be available by the end of the month.