Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Wii Sensor Bar Hacks

    It seems that the Wii Sensor Bar runs on 7.5 volts barreling out of the Wii console itself. Therefore, an industrious young man, if he put his mind to it, could add a DC adapter from Radio Shack. That’s just what the folks at AVSForums did, with mixed results. The problem is that the cable connected to the sensor bar is very thin and difficult to solder. Not impossible, mind you, but… Read More

  • Lucid Dreaming for the Poor


    If you’ve been wanting to attempt lucid dreaming ever since you saw “Waking Life,” but haven’t been able to afford one of the exuberantly priced devices, then feast your eyes on this DIY lucid dreaming device. This $30 homebrew lucid dreaming device will deliver you real world cues five hours into your sleep cycle. Read More

  • Don't Buy Red Steel for the Wii

    It’s rare to find such a hateful review of a game unless it involves horrible voice acting, wonky controls, and terrible graphics… oh, wait. Yes, it appears Red Steel is a hunk of garbage with retarded AI and an interface that causes blood clots in the elderly. The concept is sound: you use the Wii-mote to wield a sword. Apparently, however, the game is absolutely horrible. Head… Read More

  • Swann's Digital Private Eye Is Watching You. Sinner.


    Swann, maker of many many D-I-Y security products for the home and office, launched today the Digital Private Eye video camera and recorder. Running on a power cable or 9V battery (both included), the camera takes shots whenever the motion detector is tripped, recording up to 30,000 images to a 1GB SD card (not included). Read More

  • Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux: Shouldn't They Have Done this Four Years Ago?

    CIO Magazine is apparently going through their assignment backlog and decided to put together a hefty tome on the differences between Windows, Linux, and OS X. Hmmmm… With gems like this: He prefers OS X’s security, reliability and simple user interface over that of XP. And though he still has high hopes for running a version of Linux that is reliable and full-featured, he… Read More

  • Comcast Begins Offering Limited Wireless Phone Service

    The race is on for telecom companies to catch up to the cable companies. With Comcast already offering Broadband Internet, Digital Cable, and Digital Voice service for only $33 a piece all on one bill, companies like Verizon need to start raising the stakes if they want to stay afloat. Now Comcast is offering a cellphone service to their customers in limited areas. If you live in Boston, MA… Read More

  • BitTorrent Strikes Major Video Download Deal, Again


    BitTorrent announced today a deal inked with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount and Starz Media to allow for video downloads from their catalogs of movies and TV shows. This follows last month’s news that CE manufacturers will start pre-installing the peers-to-peers software on wireless routers and media servers and a July announcement of… Read More

  • iHome Releases Slew Of Wireless Audio Products

    Looks like iHome went all nuts on us today. They’ve announced both the iHome iHC5 Bluetooth Clock Radio and the iHome iH21 Water-Resistant Streaming iPod Dock and Speakers. Aside from the latter having an insanely long name, these products are just some decent looking ways to get your groove on wirelessly and safely. The iHome iHC5 (pictured) allows you to stream audio via Bluetooth to… Read More

  • Otterbox Your 2G Nano


    Another day, another iPod case. However, this one’s from Otterbox, which specializes in cases to do more than just prevent some scratches. The new 2G iPod nano case features an airtight seal for keeping out all Mother Nature has to offer, including full water protection. And it’s rugged design protects your nano from falls and scratches. It’s not exactly slim, so if… Read More

  • Axion iPTV Anywhere Box and Wireless Monitor Allow Seamless Streaming Of Magnum P.I. Episodes Around House

    Guess what kiddies: we have ourselves yet another product with the letter “I” dropped to a lowercase in the product name. This time around, the culprit is Axion’s iPTV system. Consisting of a box and mobile monitor, this thing is very similar to Sony’s LocationFree jawn. A hardwired box hooks up to your broadband internet connection and streams television and programming… Read More

  • DSMIDIWiFi: Nintendo DS Wireless MIDI Controller

    This is totally mind-blowing. Some guys have developed a way to use the Nintendo DS as a MIDI controller wirelessly. DSMIDIWiFi uses the Nintendo DS’ touch screen as a controller and sends the signals wirelessly to a host program on your computer, like Garageband, Ableton Live, or whatever you use for creating music. The creators have written three different programs for your… Read More

  • NEC Develops Prototype Phone To Cater To Gumby

    Remember back in the late 1980s, early 1990s when some company developed those rulers that would snap around your wrist? Well NEC apparently was a huge fan and this new concept cellphone they’ve developed is no exception. Dubbed the “tag”, these cellphones are made up of a shape-memorizing rubber that can be twisted and controlled to your liking. The picture shows three… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Spidey Piñata Edition

    Snapalarm Smoke Detector, Because Safety’s First, Or Something
    Drink-O-Matic
    Go Retro with Vinyl-Lookalike CD-Rs
    Case Mod: Peter Parker’s PC
    Lightsaber Maker Gets Sued For Selling Pirated Replicas Read More

  • TrekStor Vibez

    TrekStor is a German company that is just starting to make inroads here in the States. They’re offering two models with a rubberized scroll wheel and an amazing look. These are hard drive based with 8GB or 12GB and actually look like contenders for the Coolest MP3 Player trophy that I saw at the sporting goods store last week. Availability and Price Slated to ship in December, the 8GB… Read More

  • Lightsaber Maker Gets Sued For Selling Pirated Replicas


    Lucasfilm Ltd., filed suit today against William Osburn and his Maryland-based company High-Tech Magic, in an attempt to shutter his business of making and selling lightsaber replicas.
    “When companies like the defendant in this case try to make a profit by confusing fans and flagrantly violating our trademark rights, we have to take action,” said Howard Roffman, President of… Read More

  • TiVo Solves Ad Skipping?

    Studios have had a problem with TiVo since the service showed up earlier this decade. The main point of contention has been the fact that TiVo gives users the ability to easily skip advertisements. This drives advertising costs down because advertisers are less inclined to spend big bucks when potential consumers can just gloss right over their plugs. TiVo will begin offering next week small… Read More

  • Pewter Wine Aerator


    I’ve seen the demographics and I know CrunchGear readers are a class bunch. So when I saw this Pewter Wine Aerator, I immediately thought of you all. Just put the aerator into the mouth of your favorite decanter and pour. It is designed to cut decanting time by causing the wine to cascade over its body. The model shown is called the Octopus, but it also comes in Puffer Fish and Sea… Read More

  • Bad Idea #3,565: RWC NeoTune Headphones

    Wow, the person that green-lit the production of the $43 NeoTune Headphones should be fired toot sweet. I’m all for the elimination of cords, but putting an iPod nano dock on the side of a set of bulky full-size headphones is not the way to do it. And I’m pretty sure if you walked down the street of a major metropolitan area wearing these, it would result in pointing and… Read More

  • Go Retro with Vinyl-Lookalike CD-Rs

    One of the best things about the gadget world is the current trend of making the new old again. If the old-school look for your headphones looks a little lonely, you should consider adding these CD-Rs to your life. They look like old 7-inches, complete with real grooves on the surface, but they act like regular 700MB CD-Rs. Sure, you’re going to pay a premium for these fancy discs… Read More

  • Extend Wii's WiFi Range

    We know how it goes. You wait in line, punch preteens, and eat those nasty mall pretzels until finally your shiny new Wii is in your hands. You get it home, set it up, are all ready to really tackle the world of console online gaming, then pow! You realize your WiFi connection isn’t powerful enough to reach your living room from your mom’s basement. Lucky for you, we’ve got… Read More