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Test Tube digital clock will not produce babies

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2008

Test Tube digital clock will not produce babies
I love all kinds of stuff with vacuum tubes. They just look cool and remind me of a different era. I love me some iPod docks with tubes, amps, and clocks. Even this “test tube” clock looks pretty neat, even if they’re not real vacuum tubes or test tubes that have chemicals in them or a tiny lifeform.

It’s basically just a bunch of numbers with glass domes over each. It doesn’t quite match the style and warmth of a Nixie clock, but hey to each his own. It does have a cool retro look. It’s $75.

Flip Mino: the smaller $180 Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2008

Flip Mino: the smaller $180 Camcorder
It’s official. Announced today, the Flip Mino is a smaller and more powerful companion to the Ultra. It has 2GB of on-board flash memory for 60 minutes of VGA-quality recording, but it’s 40% smaller. Just 4” x 2” x 0.6” and weighs 3.3-ounces. The Mino also features a 1.5-inch anti-glare screen, Li-ion battery and a flat back-panel with touch-sensitive buttons. The Ultra used AA’s and just had push buttons. You can get one in the U.S. on June 5th for $179.99.

Shelly E-Paper digital camera

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2008

Shelly E-Paper digital camera
Polaroid is finally a thing of the past. Almost. You can probably still find film, but not for long. The Shelly E-Paper Camera could be the new way of doing Polaroid type instant photos in the future. According to the designer, “You take a picture, stock on the i-paper (consumables), send it via the Internet to other owners of i-paper therefore to wallets, picture frames, at home, in the office … everywhere and anywhere.”

That’s all well and good, but the pink with purple swirl design has to go. Grown men want instant photos too. Unless this is aimed squarely at little girls AND those select male adults that frequent Hannah Montana concerts. In that case, it’s probably not girlly enough.

Vivitar DVR565HD digital camcorder

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2008

Vivitar DVR565HD digital camcorder
If you’ve been looking for a cheap digital video camera for posting YouTube videos, there is the JVC Everio, but some might find it a bit too large to carry around on a daily basis, and maybe you’re looking for something cheaper still. The Flip camcorders a favorite, but they might have some competition with the latest Vivitar model.

The DVR565HD can record 30fps 720P “HD” videos in MPEG4 or H.264 directly to an SD card. (Up to 4GB cards are supported.) It can also apparently play 1080i videos and can connect directly to an HDTV with an included HDMI cable. It won’t be available for a few more weeks, but Target currently has it listed for just $129.99, which makes it pretty tempting.

Ion VCR2PC VHS to digital video converter

Posted in Digital Imaging by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2008

Ion VCR2PC VHS to digital video converter
Do you have boxes of old VHS tapes taking up space in a dark corner somewhere? They probably contain all sorts of precious moments, so you don’t want to throw them out. Now you can turn VHS tapes into formats readable by today’s digital media players thanks to the ION.

The Ion VCR2PC video player can hook up to your computer via it’s USB port. Just pick a VHS tape, put it in the player and hook up the player to your computer. When the tape finishes playing, you’ll have it in digital format. Of course, you can also use the player as a fully functional, cable-ready VHS player. It will cost you $250, and will keep your memories safe.

DigiFi digital Opera wireless headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

DigiFi digital Opera wireless headphones
DigiFi has been showing off their new Digital Opera wireless headphones, which combine an over-the-ear headset with an iPod adaptor. Using Kleer’s wireless audio technology, the system includes “point to multi-point” Listen In. That means that up to four people can hear music from one transmitter. Through Kleer’s RF wireless connection, it promises “lossless CD-quality stereo”.

DigiFi claims that you can get in excess of 10hrs of playback through the headset, with a 20HZ to 20KHz frequency range, 86dB signal to noise ratio and less than 0.1-percent distortion. The short-range Kleer wireless has 2.37Mbps bandwidth and a range of up to ten meters. When the Digital Opera set goes on sale in Korea first, then in the US and Japan it’ll cost around $98.

Pioneer SE-DRS3000C digital wireless headset

Posted in Headsets by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2008

Pioneer SE-DRS3000C Digital Wireless Headset
Maybe you like to watch TV soaps late into the night, or Teletubbies. And if your house is pretty small, you would have to lower the TV volume pretty low unless you want to get caught and laughed at by your wife. Try this Digital Wireless Headset from Pioneer.

The Pioneer SE-DRS3000C Digital Wireless Headset is a big looking 2.4GHz wireless headset that launches in Japan around the middle of May. This 720g Digital Wireless Headset supports bandwidth of 10Hz to 24kHz, with a 30m working radius, compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, Dolby NR.

Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display
This sweet looking limited-edition Di Grisogono Meccanica DG watch looks like a hybrid mechanical-digital watch. But in fact, it’s all completely analog, with 651 pieces in total. No digital parts or LEDs at all.

Only 177 of these amazing timepieces are going to be available to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company. They’re calling it the most complicated digital-analog timepiece in the world, and it probably is since the digital display is actually mechanical, with rolling tubes that form the digital segments. It will be available in four styles. Red gold, titanium and gold, titanium and platinum and titanium and rubber. The Meccanica DG is also waterproof to 100 feet

Digital cutting board with LCD

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Digital cutting board with LCD
The cutting board is probably one of the most boring kitchen tools there are, but the Digital Cutting Board from Nardo Design is a whole new beast. It’s got a flexible LCD display that will show you cooking instructions to make sure that what you’re cooking is edible and won’t poison your family.

You can also read up on downloaded recipes which you have an interest in. Women everywhere will appreciate it’s good looks and chromium handles on both ends, and it will be made out of environmentally-friendly materials which won’t kill the planet. For the moment, it’s just a concept, so you’ll have to stick with your boring old cut-up board for just a bit longer. On thing: Wouldn’t the cut marks interfere with your viewing of the recipes?

Samsung’s touchscreen digital door lock

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Samsung’s touchscreen digital door lock
Samsung has unveiled the “Luce” (SHS-5200), a digital door lock that measures just 2.1cm-thick and comes with an integrated touchscreen. The Luce is unique compared to existing door lock products due to it’s touch-sensitive interface.

It has special tempered glass, enabling users to enter numbers with their fingertips. The keypad isn’t displayed when Luce isn’t activated. When you press the start button, the numbers are displayed with a backlight. That way outsiders can’t get your password. No word yet on pricing or availability at this time.

Lego MP3 players are true bricks

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2008

Lego MP3 player
Here at the Brick we’ve reported on our share of MP3 players, but these plastic and unofficial Lego-like bricks are one of the coolest/lamest, depending on your perspective. Of course we’re partial to all things brick. The controls are concealed as the raised bumps, and they sport a six-hour Li-ion battery. However, you do need your own microSD card for storage.

The players come in the same primary colors that you are used to seeing with Lego blocks, and just like the real thing they are made mostly from plastic. You can get one for $46, but don’t expect to build anything. I’m guessing that if you want a cheaper version, you’ll have to hold out for the crappy Duplo version, which you’ll want to hide in order to avoid ridicule.

Musical SpongeBob digital thermometer

Posted in Thermometers by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2008

Musical SpongeBob digital thermometer
It never ceases to amaze me just how many SpongeBob related products are on the market. You would think his popularity would wane, but he must have nearly as many products as Star Wars by now. It also amazes me, how some of these products are not very well thought out.

For instance, this SpongeBob thermometer. It’s all cute and kid-like and la-de-da. It will even play music while being used. It actually plays the “SpongeBoob SquarePants Theme” which is all well and good, until you realize that this thermometer is for “oral, underarm AND rectal use”. Puts a whole other angle on any music playing cuteness. I mean really, is it weird for a kid to have a Spongebob’s head sticking out of his butt, playing the theme song? You tell me.

Bandai mirai scope: digital fortune teller

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

Bandai mirai scope
Here’s the latest in electronic oracles, ready to predict your hum-drum future. Unlike, say the magic 8 ball, it uses digital personality assessment, and other strange voodoo to predict your future. The Mirai Scope begins by asking you about fifty personal questions, so that it can sort you into one of 236 personality types. Once it pigeonholes you, your profile is combined with some other crazy nonsense as it tries to zero in on your future course in life.

You can ask it for predictions on topics like health, wealth, and even your love life. One interesting feature is an infrared profile-sharing feature that lets you predict the future for you and your significant other. It sounds like a basic “20 questions”, narrowing down possibilities with your answers. It will cost you $28 in Japan.

MP3 player for babies: the SweetPea3

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2008

MP3 player for babies
Funny thing is, these MP3 players for infants actually look like teethers. I have one question. If you aren’t supposed to shake a baby due to it’s delicate brain, how is it good to crank up the tunes and give them their own MP3 player?

The SweetPea3 has 256MB of memory and is made for kids ages 0 to 8 years. They are calling it a “robust” music player that comes in pink or blue rubber. It lasts for about 40 hours on one AA battery. It also comes with music and stories from Susie Tallman and Jim Weiss. I don’t know who the hell that pair is, but now’s your chance to find out what their voices sound like mixed with potent baby saliva.

mpion: the MP3 player that fights acne

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

mpion: the MP3 player that fights acne
Sure, the world has seen it’s share of goofy MP3 players, but this one really takes the cake. The saying goes “There’s a sucker born every minute…”, but they should have added, “…And some will rub an MP3 player on their face like a Norelco razor”.

The mpion actually claims to fight acne by releasing positively and negatively charged ions, which supposedly neutralize breakouts. It will cost you $184 and only holds 128 megabytes of music, so I’m thinking this is a last resort for the seriously desperate, angst ridden type, who has a terminal case of crater-face. Keep rubbing my friend. Who says wishes can’t come true, if you just believe. I can’t figure out why a young and thin Rosanne Barr is pictured using this.