Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • George: An Intelligent iPod Speaker Dock


    We wrote about Chestnut Hill Sound’s George iPod speaker dock back at the beginning of the month. Our review unit arrived today, so we decided to pop the box open and take some shots. There are a handful of features that separate George from the rest of the speaker-dock herd. Click below to see more pictures and learn about what makes this system so different. Read More

  • Nokia Poised to Relaunch N-Gage As Device-Independent Gaming Platform

    Nokia, bless your heart. We like that you make fairly stylish and sophisticated cellphones that are easy to use and have some power to them. We also like what you’re doing with Symbian, especialy S60. But, c’mon, the N-Gage? Still? We give you credit for dumping the idea of a game-optimized device, sure. Your idea for making N-Gage a game platform that sits atop your N-series phones… Read More

  • PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection

    Ten years ago, I was working at a big box electronics retailer just south of Seattle. This was the era of Pentium Procs with MMX, Pilot 5000s, and PCS cellphones. Our store offered price protection to its customers, which is the practice of refunding any difference in price resulting from a price change in a purchased item. Let’s say you pick up a 15-inch CRT for $399 on the 2nd, and… Read More

  • Visomate Helps You Enjoy Your Tata Vids With Better Posture


    Unless MYDo Burururu wasn’t enough to keep you from falling asleep while in class or studying at home. The Visomate USB powered Vision and Posture Reminder helps delay that impending hunchback you’ll get from reading Crunchgear every day. When you’re slumped over and not practicing proper posture you will get flashed but not in a good way. The LED light will flash red when… Read More

  • You're My Fave! Contest Winner

    The contest is now over and we’ve drawn a winner. Over the course of a week, we climbed all the way to #85 on the Technorati list of most favorited blogs. Thanks for your effort, it is, as always, much appreciated. So who’s the winner? Read More

  • Personal Censorship In The Works

    Much to the chagrin of your humble reporters, we try to keep things SFW here at the Gear (that’s “safe for work”, n00bz). If you’re for that sort of thing, then you’re most likely also the type that thinks that the tube has gotten a little crass. You’ll want to purchase a PTC the day they hit the store shelves. What, you ask, is a PTC? Read More

  • HydraCoach To Boost Your Wii Fitness

    Should you need a water break from the endless hours of Wii Sports you play, the HydraCoach may just come in handy. Via the LCD display it calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks fluid consumption throughout your rigorous day, paces your intake so you can meet those lofty hydration goals and motivates you so you don’t pull a muscle logging all those hours on the Wii. What about… Read More

  • Lazy Wii Guy Shows You How It's Done

    I feel like a fool for running around the living room. Wii Bit Lazy [Joystiq] Read More

  • AT&T Adds Pay-Per-Use PTT to Offerings

    Push to talk, or PTT, sucks. There aren’t many things more annoying than being at the mall and hearing someone’s phone chirp followed by a disembodied voice saying, “Dude, we’re at the Mervyns!” We hate that. Cingular/AT&T, though, thinks we deserve more of it, as it’s allowing all of its customers with compatible hardware access to PTT with other… Read More

  • Florida Governor Fed Up With E-Voting

    After the past two presidential elections, it’s easy to see why Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants to ditch electronic voting machines in favor of paper-based ballots. Crist notes that the 2000 race specifically was a wake up call that something needed to be done to fix the problems associated with voting electronically. He will be asking Florida legislature for $20 million in funding… Read More

  • Jack Bauer Gear at Uncrate

    Uncrate has tenaciously gone through the catalog of all the gear Jack Bauer regularly uses on “24.” It’s a show I’ve tried several times unsuccessfully to get into. Oh well. Foremost (read: most expensive) among these gadgets is a fancy pants Special Ops Watch. Its rugged design makes it ideal for any counter-terrorism operations. The watch features LED lighting, a… Read More

  • Vista Aero: Linux Is Eating Your Lunch

    Take a look at this screengrab from an AMD machine running Linux. What are we seeing? Wobbly, transparent windows, hot UI effects, an amazing 3D task switcher, and enough eye-candy to make Vista Ultimate look like Midnight Commander. I’m not saying we all go out and pick up a copy of Ubuntu, but maybe that’s actually what I’m saying. What is this machine running? An older… Read More

  • Sony Profit Down, Nintendo Profit Up: Is CG Wrong?


    Wii: Great for babies, the mentally deficient. It seems that Sony’s games division lost 54.2 billion yen ($445 million dollars) after the release of the PS3 this year. The company attributes the loss to problems during the launch including a general inability to make any units available to anyone. They also had some kind of problem with exploding batteries. In related news, the Times… Read More

  • Blog + Widget = Blidget

    , a marketplace for Web widgets, now lets you quickly and easily build a widget for your blog. Called Blidgets, they combine the power of RSS feeds with the “easy page integration of widgets.” The Blidget Maker auto-discovers RSS feeds, images and descriptions for the blog and then lets you customize the look and feel. Once created, a one-click integration feature easily installs… Read More

  • OKWAP (Who??) Launching a Phone

    Taiwan’s OKWAP announces they are jumping into the shark infested smartphone pool. The S868 runs Windows Mobile 5.0 and incorporates a 2.4 inch touch-screen, 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, GPRS, Bluetooth, Infrared, stylus and alphanumeric keypad but it does keep its dainty figure weighing in at a mere 4.3 ounces. To set themselves apart OKWAP has added their own shortcut menu as well… Read More

  • Panasonic Updates Lumix Line Nine Times

    The good people of Panasonic have dropped not one, not two, but nine DMC digital picture taking machines this morning into our hot, hot inboxen. The line-up has pretty much something for everybody, from low-end to mid-range. Here, we look at our three favorites. Read More

  • Got Wood? LG Does And They're Going Back To The Future


    LG has announced their limited-edition run of the 60PT1 wrapped in wood instead of the sleek and lighter cases most modern boob tubes have today. The 60 inch plasma TV is set to launch the beginning of Q2 in SK with a 1,000 unit limited-edition run. No word on pricing yet but I imagine it setting you back quite a bit. I guess it’s cool to have your modern TV look like it was made back… Read More

  • Zune Battery Possibly Cracking Displays

    Rumor ’round the fabricated watercooler is that the Zune is trying to commit suicide. Apparently the lithium ion battery behind the Zune’s display is swelling from overheating and putting a great deal pressure on the screen, causing it to crack or break. Microsoft says the issue doesn’t pertain to its warranty so users who have had this happen to them are pretty much SOL. We… Read More

  • Kingston Named Official CompactFlash for Miss America

    We don’t watch the Miss America pageant. We think it’s ultimately demeaning to women and sets an impossibly absurd ideal of what a woman should look and act like, fixing hopeless standards of beauty for young women the nation over. Also, the swimsuit competition just isn’t as hot as it used to be. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find some way to geek out about… Read More

  • NYC's Robotic Parking Garage

    The Big Apple is catching on to the increasingly high demand for more parking and is solving the problem in Chinatown with robots. Automotion Parking Systems will be opening the first automatic, robotic parking garage in NYC next month. The garage will have only one attendant available to take cash payments and to explain the system to new users. Costing about $400 a month or $25 per day, a… Read More