Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Trimersion Head Mounted Display

    The Trimersion Head Mounted Display is a virtual reality setup for FPS games on the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. All you have to do is plug the adapter into your gaming peripheral and you’re good to go. No drivers needed for PC, and the adapters are supported for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Basically, the sensor tracks the HMD so when you move your head, your character moves its head. Same… Read More

  • G-Tech Messenger Bag Lets You Control Your iPod And Listen To It Too


    I love Eleksen’s ElekTex Smart Fabric and the companies that think up new ways to use it. Case in point, this messenger bag from G-Tech (by GoodHope Bags) that was announced earlier this week. Connect your iPod inside a pocket on the bag and you can use the Smart Fabric buttons on the strap to control your audio. That in and of itself isn’t too groundbreaking, but G-Tech added… Read More

  • Wii Kiosks In Japan

    The Nintendo Wii kiosks in Japan feature the console, Wii-mote and nun-chunk under glass. There’s also a looping Wii demonstration video, which will probably make you want to break the glass and steal the Wii-mote if you stand in front of it for too long. Sorry Japan, but it looks like you won’t be able to play the Wii at kiosks yet. Although, I don’t think anyone in Japan… Read More

  • Sprint Crams EV-DO and EDGE Into the Treo 750w, HUH!?

    for Sprint. It’s featuring a 1.3 Megapixel camera, WinMo 5, and EV-DO and EDGE. Wait, WTF!? We really don’t know what’s going on here, but Sprint gives its users the CDMA-friendly EV-DO high speed wireless internet access, not the EDGE that Cingular and T-Mobile offer. How can this device have both? Well, it can’t. Either it’s a typo on CompUSA’s part… Read More

  • Battle Test: Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro

    Ultimate Ears has spent most of the past 11 years creating custom-molded headphones for musicians. Not to be outdone by the likes of Shure and Etymotic, however, UE put out a line of three, more consumer-friendly universal-fit earbuds last year under the super.fi name. The company recently added a fourth set to the line, the $399 triple.fi 10 Pro. If you really care about what your music… Read More

  • Canadians Getting Number Portability March 14, Eh?

    If you’re one of the gazillion or so people in Canadia who is jealous of us Yanks and our progressive Number Portability act, take heart. Your giant country just got one step closer to the Holy Grail of Indecisiveness that is number portability. If you don’t like Fido, you’ll be able to hitch onto Telus without changing the number on your business card. Call us optimistic… Read More

  • Ebay Puts Restrictions On PS3/Wii Auctions

    If you remember correctly, there were numerous problems with Ebay last year when Xbox 360 was released. People were selling their empty Xbox 360 boxes with the letter “X” on them and making hundreds of dollars (to thousands) of dollars. Telling the difference between a legitimate Xbox 360 auction and a fraud Xbox 360 auction became extremely difficult, leading to more and more fraud. Read More

  • Who is the King of Displays: PSP or DS Lite?

    PC Mag’s like the guy at the party who has to explain the joke to everyone and thus, taking all the fun out of the joke. This time they turn their Aspergers-like analytical powers to the PSP and DS Lite, examining which one of the two screens is the winner. The DS is made up of two 3.0-inch, 4:3 ratio screens – one of which is touch sensitive – whereas the PSP only has… Read More

  • Reuters Reporting from Second Life


    As proof that Second Life is booming, Reuters recently opened an SL bureau and assigned it a full-time reporter. Adam Pasick, known in SL as Adam Reuters, heads up the branch and reports on events inside the community. No word on how much Reuters dumped on opening its SL branch, but I’m sure it was a few grand. Crazy. I still don’t really understand this whole Second Life thing. Read More

  • Cell Phones To Be Banned In Hospitals?

    I have to admit, I never thought of cell phones being a problem in hospitals. It makes sense, though. There’s a good bit of expensive, electronic equipment all over the place and phones just love to get in there and mess with all that. This is, of course, why they’re not allowed on airplanes. Recently, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency put the clamp down on… Read More

  • White Chocolate Coming to Verizon For Halloween

    Mmmmm, white chocolate. The white version of Verizon’s popular (is it?) LG phone is coming next Tuesday, just in time for halloween. The specs are the same as the black chocolate: 1.3-megapixel camera, micro SD slot, Bluetooth stereo A2DP music, WAP 2.0, and Flash themes. What’s different will be the price, which is $360 if you buy it retail, $230 if you sign on for one year, and… Read More

  • Pantech Launching Compact WinMo Smartphone

    . Pantech’s not one to be crying on prom night, so they’re planning on a smartphone that runs Windows Mobile 5, but is small like a Motorola L7 SLVR. There’s going to be two slide-out keyboards, one a full QWERTY that slides out horizontally like the Cingular 8125 or Verizon XV8700, and another keypad to slide out vertically so you can dial, like Samsung’s slider… Read More

  • Nyko's Charge Station for Xbox 360

    , Nyko’s still going ahead and shipping two of its own battery chargers for Xbox 360 controllers. The first is the Power Kit 360, which is their $14.99 version of the Play and Charge Kit from Microsoft. This allows you to plug in and charge while you’re still playing. The second is a Nyko Charge Station 360, which is like Microsoft’s charging station and plugs into the wall… Read More

  • Skype Founders To Launch Web TV

    The founders of Skype, the internet calling powerhouse, and the old KaZaA peer to peer file trading service, are planning to launch an advertising-supported internet TV network in the coming months. With shades of a higher quality, P2P YouTube, the project that’s code named “Venice” will allow amateurs and professionals to put their TV programs online for anybody to see. Read More

  • Record Online FM With Instant FM Music

    Instant FM Music is a USB drive that can record music from FM and Web stations, so that you can identify the song and play it back later on your MP3 player or PC. It uses Snaptune One software to identify the songs, and can display the radio text. I have no clue how well this works, but at least it looks like fun. Seriously, look how much fun that girl is having in the picture. She knows… Read More

  • Full-Featured USB Skype Phone On The Cheap

    There was a time when I used Skype exclusively. I talked to my parents, my friends and I even purchased some SkypeOut time to talk to my ex-girlfriend in Europe (Edit: Europe, huh? How did you manage to chase away every girl on this continent? Look out South America, he’s coming for you next–JG). I enjoyed the convenience of sitting at my computer and dialing people up, but because… Read More

  • It's Pumpkin-Carving Time, Bitches!


    I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween, but it was the one time during the year my mother let me play with knives whilst I mangled a pumpkin or two. However, much like the lack of creativity I exhibited in my costume choices (I actually dressed up as a sack of potatoes one year), my pumpkin carvings were of the standard triangles-squares-and-circles ilk. So I’m a little behind on… Read More

  • How are We Doing? Part XIV

    It will make us very happy. We started this site on August 10, 2006. In that time, we’ve posted 1,662 stories, received 3,984 comments, gained 24,458 RSS readers, and hit an average of 12,375 pageviews per day. We’re 926 in Technorati and steadily rising. We held a New York meet-up where we met over 100 readers from all over the world. We named a blue blob. Why am I blowing my own… Read More

  • MacBook Update Keeps Macs On

    If your MacBook has been shutting down since the last update, get over to the Apple Support site and download the new SMC Firmware update. The SMC Update improves the MacBook’s internal monitoring system and addresses issues with unexpected shutdowns. This update is recommended for all MacBook systems, including those that received warranty repair. My MacBook has been shutting down… Read More

  • Nyko's Intercooler Causes Problems For Xbox 360

    The Intercooler is a 3-fan venting system that attaches to the back of the Xbox 360, keeping the console cool and improving console performance. Seeing as how my Xbox 360 has never given me any problems (and it’s from the first batch of consoles), I haven’t gotten a chance to use the Intercooler myself, which turns out to be a good thing. Nyko’s Intercooler has been named a… Read More