Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • PlayStation 3 Preorders Up On Ebay…Again

    For all those eager-beaver gamers and parents who want to please their kids, the PlayStation 3 preorders are up on Ebay again. At least this time, they’re legitimate. I’m actually kind of surprised to see PS3 preorders selling for a max of $1,500; I thought they’d go way higher than that. Though, it’s probably just because Christmas is still more than two months away. Read More

  • My Personal Weight Issues, Meet My Personal Computer

    I never said that I was exceptionally thin, but some people (Blake) have been criticizing my weight, as of late (Gavin is a fat bastard – Blake). Fortunately, Tanita has developed the PC InnerScan scale. Upon first glance, this is just a high-end scale with a digital readout for weight and body fat. What you don’t see in the picture is the USB memory drive that you can hook-up to… Read More

  • Monster Shows Zune Some Accessory Love


    Thanks to high-end cable and accessory manufacturer Monster, future Zune owners will be able to do at least six things with their new media player—granted they are six fairly unimpressive activities. There’s a 10-foot A/V cable to connect to your TV. A headphone splitter with individual volume controls so you and another somebody can listen to a Zune—simultaneously! Read More

  • Sony's Bluetooth A2DP MicroHiFi

    Sony’s CMT-U1BT is the first player from Sony (that we’ve seen) to feature A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 specifications, which means you can stream audio to the device from across the room. You can either use an A2DP-enabled phone or a PC with an A2DP-enabled dongle – either way, you don’t need to be directly plugged into the receiver. If you’re lacking an A2DP device, you… Read More

  • Asono Freebit-H1 Tiny Ergonomic Bluetooth Headset

    We’re not sure how ergonomic a thing that goes into your hear has to be, but the stand-out features of this Asono Freebit isn’t in its ergonomics, it’s in its features. The Freebit-H1 has a 9-hour call time and a 200-hour standby time, which is much greater than similarly small Bluetooth headsets. In fact, that’s one of our main complaints about Bluetooth headsets… Read More

  • ToyQuest Releases PMP/PVR For The Kids

    A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by a Tiger Electronics tent that was set up to showcase all of the new toys coming out this holiday season. They all had a common theme: “Crappy versions of gadgets that adults have and kids want.” The products ranged from a crappy projector to a crappy video-capable MP3 Player. ToyQuest, however, seems to realize that kids deserve the same… Read More

  • uPlayMe Connects You To Your Musical Peers


    A new social networking site, uPlayMe, works to help link you to your musical “peers”, a.k.a., people who like the same music you do. You install the software, plug in your iPod/music player and play your music. When it finds a match between the songs you played and the songs someone else played, you’ll both get a notification and be hooked up. Fairly useful for getting to… Read More

  • Klimeo Thermo-Smart Fabric

    French fashionistas Avelana and Roudière have developed a new smart fabric dubbed Klimeo that can regulate wearer temperatures based on surroundings. So if it’s hot, it can make you cooler and if it’s cold, it can make you warmer. It works by grafting a system of nano-capsules into the woolen material. The capsules insulate and release heat by changing from solid-to-liquid… Read More

  • Creative Zen Vision:W Reviewed

    Reviewed by Generation MP3, the Zen Vision W seems to be the most watchable video media player we’ve seen yet. Not only that, the negative points are only negative points for a small fraction of users. Let’s explain. The positive points of the player are its gigantic screen, which is 4.3-inches and plays back WMV/MPEG1/2/4, MJPEG, and DivX 4/5. Not a true DivX qualified device… Read More

  • RIYL: Tiny Robotic Science Stuff

    What you’re looking at is the world’s smallest robotic hand in action. Small enough, and with a delicate enough touch, to grasp a single fish egg without squeezing it to drippy bits. It was developed by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin Kim of UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The hand is made of silicon segments connected by polymer-balloon joints. Inflating… Read More

  • How the iPod Was Born

    Wired News takes a close look at how the the iPod was born, shifting through all the rumor, innuendo, and misconstrued “facts” nobody’s bothered to correct over the years. For example, the iPod was conceived because Jobs wanted to help spur sales of Macs and wanted something to make people buy more computers. Instead of basing the player on a cheap flash memory chip which… Read More

  • Motorola's Rumored E9 Candybar

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/g WiFi, 50MB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot, and 2.4-inch QVGA display. This could either be a render from some wishful thinker, or an actual leaked render from somewhere in the bowels of Motorola HQ. We're thinking it's the former, since the render isn't even all that good. And if it really is… Read More

  • Old and Busted: Bottled Water—New Hotness: Bling H2O

    For all you Crunchies who have been searching for a way to liven your bottled water experience, I believe I have a solution for you. Bling H20 comes to you from some undisclosed spring (probably a tap water faucet in the Bronx), but who cares about water purity when the 750ml frosted bottle is bejeweled with Swarovski crystals? It’ll set you back $56 per bottle, though I’d argue… Read More

  • Touchscreen iPod: The Saga Continues


    I’m really starting to hate all the Apple product guessing that goes on these days. Here is a familiar old favorite, the infamous touchscreen iPod, which is apparently definitely (for reals, yo – Blake) due for release in December of this year. This tidbit comes courtesy of Trusted Reviews (can’t argue with a site with “trusted” in its name) saying it talked to… Read More

  • Iran Bans Broadband Interweb

    Going to Iran for a romantic getaway in the future? Well, I hope you don’t need to work over the Internet. If you do, you’ll be bound to that 128k glory that the United States enjoyed, oh, five years ago? It seems that Western music and other forms of filth have become such a problem that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has seen it fit to ban high-speed Internet throughout the country. Read More

  • New Samsung Slim Mouse

    I never really liked laptop-specific mice. They’re always feel small and flimsy. They usually look pretty stupid, too. Thankfully, Samsung’s got my back with its new mouse for laptops and UMPCs—that holy glowing ring is actually a horizontal scroll wheel. The mouse is 8mm and Samsung has managed to cram five buttons into it. It will be released in black and pink. Read More

  • Come to Korea, Where People Can Actually Try Phones Before Buying Them

    Katie from Shiny Shiny appears to be on the same Korean junket as our own John Biggs. Along with a picture of an AnyCall/Samsung 7-megapixel camera phone with a 3x optical zoom, she took some video of a T-World Zone phone shop in Seoul that lets customers test the phones and their features. A far step from the locked-down and cabled dummy phones we find here in the shops in the… Read More

  • Sony Playstation 3 Gets FireFox

    Terra Soft recently announced that they have developed Yellow Dog Linux v.50, a next generation linux operating system that will support the Playstation 3. Owen Stampflee, Lead Software Engineer of Terra Soft Solutions stated, From the days of the Commodore 64 to modern overclocked and water cooled home computers, a battle has raged between dedicated game boxes and home computers for… Read More

  • Cortex HDC-1000 Review

    The Cortex HDC-1000 is a dual digital music controller that allows DJs to transport their entire musical collection without carrying a laptop, CDs, turntables or vinyl. If you want to refresh your memory a little bit, click here. The first thing I have to say about Cortex’s sweet looking music controller is that it is great at being exactly what it is, nothing more. Cortex actually had… Read More

  • LG Brings The Heat With Shine Slider


    We’ve been showing you a bit of the tech love Samsung’s been cranking out recently via John Biggs on location reporting in South Korea. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you in on something that other SK company is cooking up: the LG Shine slider phone aka SV420/LV4200/KV4200. Specs include a 2-megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach, 1GB of storage and an… Read More