Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • iPhone Too 'Spensive For Consumers

    Looks like Apple may be in for some decreased sales come the release of the iPhone. According to a recent survey done with 379 people, the price of the iPhone is too expensive for most people’s tastes. In fact, only 1% of those surveyed said they’d shell out $500 for an iPhone. 42% said they’d pay $200 to $299, while 60% said they’d switch their carrier to get their… Read More

  • Robosapiens Infest McDonald's Kids' Meals

    , and now we see them proliferating into kids’ meals. Starting today, if your munchkin gets a kids’ meal at McDonald’s, it’ll get one of seven robosapien toys. Each of the toys have different functions, from lame ass wind-up action, to running, talking and chomping. Fun for the whole family. Collect the whole set, then bend over to be reamed by your new… Read More

  • Moto RIZR Z3 Rises to the Occasion at T-Mo


    Having just cleared the FCC gauntlet, the Moto RIZR Z3 is set to launch on T-Mobile on March 12. The new version will feature a 2-megapixel camera, music playback, stereo Bluetooth, quad-band, speakerphone, voice recognition and a 220 x 176 resolution display. It has not yet been announced how much the RIZR Z3 will sell for, but given the proximity to launch, I’m guessing we’ll… Read More

  • Discovery Biosphere Terrarium


    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this Discovery biosphere is awesome. Aside from looking totally cool, it is a valid educational experience for children. It allows kids to control the environment within the sphere. The system has options to control temperature and humidity and can even simulate rain. Sort of like an ant farm, but probably neater. It’s available now… Read More

  • Emotion Learning Robots

    They are being programmed to take sensory input and adapt responses accordingly. The researcher in charge of the operation says the behavior will be something akin to babies learning from external stimuli. I find this kind of horrifying. I’ve been hearing my entire life about how robots are going to take over the world and then “The Matrix” happened. I don’t want evil… Read More

  • RIAA Names Top Piracy Schools

    In its continuous effort to be bigger douche bags, the RIAA recently released a list of the top piracy schools in the country. Topping the index were Ohio University, Purdue, and the University of Nebraska—the latter of which was cited for only pirating country music, seriously (not really). There is a total of 25 schools represented on the list and all of them should be very much ashamed… Read More

  • FLeX 4.2 PC


    This Mini-ITX Media Center is intended for the fashionably-minded consumer. It’s powered by a respectable 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo with 2GB DDR and a 750GB hard drive with vibration dampening. That’s all fine and good, but what sets this rig apart is its ability to fold. One can bend it into more agreeable appearances for use with a home theater system or whatever else you have in… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update


    After five days of worst workspaces, we’re ready to admit that your work environments are worse than our wildest dreams. Holy crap. Your mothers would be disappointed in most of you. It’s awesome. And it’s not over. We still have three more days for you to enter and win. For those of you just tuning in, I’m sure you’d like to know what the hell I’m… Read More

  • Samsung Ultra Music Joining Sprints Lineup

    My favorite SK mobile phone manufacturer has a sweet device coming to Sprint and just in the nick of time because my Catherine Zeta-Jones-less T-Mo contract is almost up. The m620, a CDMA version of the F300 Ultra Music, will be joining the Sprint lineup on or around April 1. Sprint is gunning for Cingular and they’re finally getting some “must have” mobile phones. Read More

  • Kinetic Mobile Phones On The Way

    Don’t you just hate it when you’re at the club shakin’ your ass off all night long and when it comes time to call for a ride your mobile phone is dead? Yeah, I really hate that. A few ravers do, too, and they’ve put down their glow sticks long enough to patent a kinetic mobile phone. According to the patent it could go beyond mobile phones to a wide variety of… Read More

  • Ikea Slabang Alarm Clock Good For Waking Up, Abuse

    Sometimes getting back to basics can be good in the world of design. This simple, yet effective Slabang alarm clock from Swedish home store Ikea has a special yellow rubber shell to protect it from falls, throws, and for when you use it as a bottle opener after 12 beers. Slabang comes with all the basic alarm clock features plus the ability to record seven seconds of audio via a built-in… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Bryce


    Let’s extend a warm, wet CG “how-are-ya” to our own Bryce Durbin, resident artiste. Love it or hate it, Bryce’s work has really spiced up our site and I think he has really got the Web 2.0/GadgetWonk zeitgeist down thanks to his creative, yet calamari-like creations. Thanks, Bryce, and happy birthday. Read More

  • Want Bluetooth On Your PC For Cheap?

    Though Bluetooth is becoming extremely common nowadays, a lot of us still don’t have Bluetooth on our desktop machines. eCost.com is now having a sale on the Trendnet Compact Bluetooth USB Adaptor. It costs $2.99 after a $10 rebate and instantly enables your PC with Bluetooth 2.0 capability. Plus, it’s extremely compact. Check it out if you’ve been wanting to kick it with… Read More

  • iPod Shuffle Wins A 2007 Design Week Award

    Apple’s second-generation iPod Shuffle has been incredibly well received. The design truly is wonderful and even made me pick up one this past Hanukkah for my friend. Now Apple is getting some well-deserved recognition for its iPod Shuffle. Jobs and Co. took home a top honors award for best consumer product design during the 2007 Design Week Award in the UK. Sebastian Conran of Conran… Read More

  • Iomega Still In The Game..Sort Of

    Sheesh, the last time I heard the word “Iomega” was when I was taking a class at an art school years ago. It was about a 100MB, Iomega Zip disk I think I used once and never again. No matter because Iomega is back in the game, albeit not for the best reason. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can find a Iomega portable hard drive that went missing from the… Read More

  • Merrill Lynch Claims 30% Of US Households Will Have A Wii By 2011

    Looks like Merrill Lynch is the latest company to be added to the Nintendo payroll. Analyst Yoshiyuki Kinoshita is now claiming that by the year 2011, 30% of US households will own a Nintendo Wii and a third of Japanese households will own one as well. The predictions come as the Wii has surpassed expected sales and doubts that the console would be gimmicky. Adding fuel to the fire is the… Read More

  • Lightsaber Umbrella For Uberdorks

    Though Star Wars and all that lightsaber jazz can get pretty dorky at times, I must admit these umbrellas look totally kick ass. If you live in Seattle like Hickey and have a certain fondness for Boba Fet, it’s safe to say this is the umbrella for you. The umbrellas consist of a lightsaber for the handle and rod and a canopy top. There’s red, white, and blue lightsabers with red… Read More

  • Humpty Dumpty Death Sentence Scale

    Lately, I’ve been hitting the gym almost every day. Yet after all my efforts, I’m still too cheap to break down and buy a scale to keep track of my weight. Maybe I’ll check out the Bathroom Egg Scale from Viceversa, a unique scale that comes in lime, blue, orange, and off-white. The scale is littered with eggs (don’t worry, they’re fake), apparently because… Read More

  • Sony Vaio VGC-RM1 – Blu-Ray Anyone?

    Sony Vaios tend to be really expensive and a bit overpriced, but they’re decent machines and the VGC-RM1 is no exception. For the price of brand loyalty and $3500, you can snag a sweet Vista machine with a Core 2 Duo CPU, 1TB of storage, a 50GB Blu-Ray burner, NVidia GeForce 7600GT, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth, card readers, a USB jogdial, and a monkey. Great specs, terrible price. I smell me… Read More

  • Steve, DRM, and the Free World

    rails against DRM on Salon this morning, saying that it’s basically a tax against future hardware purchases. The reasoning is fairly simple: the more 99 cent tracks you buy, the harder it will be to get rid of your Zune or your iPod or your FrankoMP3eo 2007. This line of argument is fairly cogent but the article says little new. It is, however, nice to hear from Cory’s other… Read More