Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • DIY Tin Can Mic

    I doubt you’ll be adding this to your home recording studio rig anytime soon, but it’s still cool nonetheless. This microphone was made out of a piezo pickup, 1/8th-inch jack, and a tin can. I never thought about it, but yes, I suppose this is about the simplest microphone one could ever build. No clue on how the quality of the mic is, but it looks like it could give off a real… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Audio Quality Slip-Slides Away

    Can someone tell me why virtually nothing is happening with MP3 players in regards to actual audio quality? In fact, audio quality seems to be moving ass-backwards, giving way to non-audio features like video and wireless. Headphones have come such a long way in the last 15 years or so, and now we have dual- and triple-driver in-ear models designed specifically for use with portables. The… Read More

  • Microsoft Giving Digital Downloads A Try

    Microsoft has been taking its sweet time hopping on the digital download train – until now. Starting January 30th, Windows users will be able to download both Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. Hopefully Microsoft won’t just take the MSRP of a boxed copy of Vista and slap it on the digital version. For not exchanging any kind of real materials, users should get a discount… Read More

  • I-O Data Releasing Internal Blu-Ray Drive

    Just itching to make “legit backups” of all your PS3 games and Blu-Ray movies? You might want to check out I-O Data’s Blu-Ray burner. It’ll whip up some nice pirated movies backups at 2x for BD-Rs and BD-REs. It also burns DVDs, CDs, and all the other optical formats you’re used to at this point. The price? Around $710 – making it one of the least… Read More

  • Be An Apple 2-Dollar 802.11n WiFinnaire!


    We originally thought Apple’s 802.11n would cost $5 but Apple will now only charge $1.99 to pop in a little patch to enable 802.11n in current AirPort cards and routers. Purchasers of the $179 Airport Extreme Base Station ,AKA the thing that looks like Apple TV, get the patch for free. Why are they charging anything at all? So they can can keep up with Generally Accepted Accounting… Read More

  • Nokia Shows Off Near Field Communication

    The big boys have been talking about NFC (basically RFID) for years now and it will probably never hit a cellphone near you but PhoneScoop did their due diligence and took a tour of the wonders of “putting your phone next to a picture of your best gal and having it call her.” Why not just put her on speed dial? PhoneScoop via RingNokia Read More

  • Belkin Flips for DVI's

    Now this is what I’m talking about Belkin! They’ve released some nifty devices lately like their Cooling Stand and the Flip DVI-D is definitely at the top of my list of must-haves. Who knew such a simple device could make life so much easier and clutter free on your desk or work area. The Flip allows you to connect all your peripherals in one cozy little spot. If you’re like… Read More

  • T.sonic 820 Go Boom

    Think the MP3 market isn’t already flooded with so many models that your brain starts to hemorrhage from all the choices? Transcend doesn’t think so. Welcome the T.sonic 820 series that feature a whopping 1.5 inch ‘Super Color’ OLED display. The T.sonic 820s have the usual bells and whistles like mp3, photos, video, FM radio and e-books. A feature that really caught my… Read More

  • Amazing Writing Automaton from 1772

    You can have your Legos, Asimos, and Transformers. I’ll take this 100% analog scripting automaton called the Writer. This little ragamuffin was completed in 1772, and its movements are based on the complex clockwork of Switzerland’s Jacquet-Droz. It’s entirely mechanical, and is powered by a wind-up spring mechanism. Caged kinetics was one of the only portable power sources… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Robot Emergency Edition

    OSIM uSurf Not So Owesome
    Rubik’s Cube MP3 Player Concept
    The Amazing Mexican Ball-Dropping Robot
    Emergency Bear: A Teddy For Catastrophe
    Robot Wars: Japanese Style Read More

  • Robot Wars: Japanese Style

    The things that come out of this country never cease to amaze me. Robot Wars [New Launches] Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…M-Audio, The Sands And A Whole Lotta Targus Bags


    After nearly three days of talking to vendors about their products, you start to feel like you’re on a marketing treadmill. But every now and then you hit a meeting with people that are really passionate about what they are doing. And on the second half of day three, January 9, I met with three such companies: M-Audio, CoolIT Systems and Targus. Read More

  • Emergency Bear: A Teddy For Catastrophe

    Emergency Bear gives your kids more than a hug. Emergency Bear gives your kids things he or she will need while running away from the guy in the van that hangs out across the street from the school, like a flashlight, medicine, a first aid kit, and emergency slippers. Yes, in Japan, where Emergency Bear is from, kids need emergency slippers. Emergency Bear! [Rakuten co japan] Read More

  • MobileCrunch's Take on Nokia N800

    Oliver at MobileCrunch got his mitts on a Nokia N800 for a whole month and wrote a fairly detailed and expository review of the Internet tablet that would be king. His final assessment? All in all I love this device. I love the convenience, I love the size, I love the instant on/off capability. I think it does many things well and the excitement that I feel when engaged with the… Read More

  • Mossberg on Vista: Best Windows Yet, Awful Purdy

    , be ready for a flood of praise and excoriation. The latest comes from Walthus Mossberg the Great of the WSJ who says: Vista is much prettier than previous versions of Windows. Its icons look better, windows have translucent borders, and items in the taskbar and in folders can display little previews of what they contain. Security is supposedly vastly better; there are some new free… Read More

  • XM and Sirius Merger Thwarted


    I’m as much for avoiding monopolies as the next guy, but this one makes sense to a lot of people who know a lot more about the subject than I do. XM and Sirius had been exploring the possibility of merging, but according to current FCC rulebook, the plural companies can’t become a singular company. That leaves the situation at a standstill until, perhaps, the current rulebook… Read More

  • Belkin Lights Up UPS

    I have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system, and I hate it. Not because it doesn’t work, ’cause it does. I hate it because when the power does go out, I invariably turn the thing off while trying to turn off the alarm it uses to let you know you’ve lost power. Belkin seems to have heard my cries, as its advertising a new UPS (or Battery Backup) that not only has room… Read More

  • MyBlu Links Your iPod, Mobile

    Who needs iPhone? I have a smartphone. I have an iPod. Currently, they do not talk much. But that could change if I were to pick up a MyBlu, the Bluetooth iPod-to-Mobile Phone dongle. Looking very much like a second-generation iPod Shuffle, the MyBlue clips to your pocket or bag strap, then plugs into your iPod. It then sends the audio from your iPod (via the MyBlue’s own headphone jack)… Read More

  • Google Switch?


    Engadget is running a picture of what it claims could be that much fabled Google phone: the Google Switch. I really have no idea whether or not this is legit, but if you’ll recall a month ago, I ran a piece claiming that Google, HTC and Orange had teamed up to release a phone upon Europe. Could this be that mythical beast? I’m going to venture a guess and say no, but I’ve… Read More

  • Alienware Unleashes Area-51 m5790 Special Edition

    . As one would expect from an Alienware gaming notebook, this thing is beastly. It features a 17-inch display with 1080p quality. As far as I know, it’s the first Alienware laptop to have the option for an overclocked Core 2 Duo Merom CPU—coming in speeds up to 2.66GHz. The m5790 SE also has ATI Radeon graphics and a Blu-ray option. One of the other more valuable features is… Read More