Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Daily Crunch: Roadside Assistance Edition

    Here are some of yesterday’s highlights: Foot-Pump-Action Jump-Starter
    Yamaha’s Fuel Cell Scooter Ready To Roll
    Axxen’s Egg-Like Speakers
    From the Vaults of Stupid: Bulletproof Textbooks
    O’Neill H3 Campack Is The Coolest Backpack Read More

  • Foot-Pump-Action Jump-Starter

    It seems we’re on an alternative-fuel-source-for-transportation theme here, but we promise it’s all coincidence. That won’t stop us, however, from showing you, the reader, this FreeCharge Weze. It’s a foot-pump-operated dynamo for jump-starting your car or boat or Frankenstein’s Monster, but maybe not aircraft carriers, airplanes or Blake’s libido. Use… Read More

  • Yamaha's Fuel Cell Scooter Ready To Roll

    Yamaha is set to debut a new pseudo-125cc fuel cell-powered scooter at this week’s International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition in Yokohama. The scooter has a secondary Lithium Ion battery that charges from the main Hydrogen fuel cell. If Yamaha puts the little bike into production, it would be the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle on… Read More

  • Rimax Mystic PMP + VOIP Chimera


    We know, there’s nothing worse than laying awake at night, unable to sleep do to nagging questions you can’t resolve. No, not the “Lohan used to be so cute, WTF happened!?” one, but the “What if my PMP also featured VOIP?” Rimax answers your nighttime prayers with the new Mystic MP4, MP3 and VOIP phone. With a 1.5-inch screen and up to 2GB memory, this… Read More

  • Apple's New iPod: Touch Bezel, Not Touchscreen?

    Let’s make it three Apple rumors in a row. The single most iconic part of the iPod, apart from its original white color scheme, is of course the clickwheel. The juxtaposition of the circular clickwheel below the squarish screen adds attractive dimensions to the simple device and is without a doubt partially responsible for the iPod’s success. But it would appear as if Apple is about… Read More

  • Apple Hides 802.11n in New MacBook Pros

    Apple seems to like the not-yet-official 802.11n WiFi standard, as its secretly packing it into both the latest iMac and now the spankin’ new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. Not that you can use the fancy new hardware, though, as OSX doesn’t recognize it as anything but a standard 802.11g card. We’re pretty sure that as soon as it becomes an IEEE standard protocol, that will… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple May Release 8-Core Mac

    It’s only been a couple months since Apple released the Mac Pro, which features two 2.66GHz dual-core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors, but now rumors are floating around that Apple is preparing to release a new computer that will feature a total of eight cores. If the new eight-core Mac does release, it will probably feature two of Intel’s quad-core Xeon… Read More

  • Axxen's Egg-Like Speakers

    Axxen’s digital audio player speakers feature compatibility with any DAP (hooray for non-iPod users), an SD slot and a USB port, allowing connectivity to a PC or Mac. The design is pretty innovative, the two little speakers connect to each other to form one futuristic-looking egg. In the center of the egg you will find a control center with the normal pause/play/fast-forward/rewind buttons. Read More

  • Samsung to Dump WinMo, Symbian, Linux in Favor of Home Brew Smartphone OS!?

    OK, we’re taking this with a grain of salt, but just a little tiny one. Our little birdie, who is in the know on smartphone OSes, sent us a tip concerning the idea that Samsung, the company responsible for many of the feature-rich yet slim phones across the country, is working on something totally new and totally awesome. So says the source, who goes on to assert that Samsung will be… Read More

  • Miglia Wants Your Mac To Be A DVR

    Miglia, makers of the wireless VoIp solution for Macs, has come out with another Mac device. And this one is pretty dern cool. The TVDuo turns your Mac into a fully-functioning DVR. It contains two tuners and is compatible with the DVB-T standard. Pricing has yet to be announced, but I’d expect it to be affordable and worth it. This could really come in handy when Apple announces those… Read More

  • O'Neill H3 Campack Is The Coolest Backpack

    Hardcore snowboarders are much cooler than you. Get over it. They stomp you in every conceivable way. Now, they have one more tool. The H3 Campack from O’Neill is everything you need to be plugged in while on the slopes. This backpack has controls on it that can be plugged into your DV cam, iPod and Bluetooth phone. Mmmmm….talking on the phone while snowboarding. That’s not… Read More

  • HookUp for iPod: More is Less is More

    As the rest of the portable music world heads down the path of device convergence (iPods becoming iPhones, cellphones becoming musicphones), Lenntek is taking a different route. Using the apparent philosophy that people actually want to carry more gear instead of less gear, it has introduced HookUp for iPod. We’re guessing this Bluetooth device is for those with musicphone envy. HookUp is… Read More

  • From the Vaults of Stupid: Bulletproof Textbooks


    An Oklahoma man has devised a scheme for protecting kids from violence in schools: bulletproof textbooks. Bill Crozier has discovered that a normal textbook can deflect a bullet from a pistol, but when facing an assault rifle, ehhh not so much. To remedy this problem, Crozier has proposed kevlar book covers to prevent the assault rifle fire from piercing the textbooks. Now I’m not… Read More

  • iSoap

    Now this is something I’ve never experienced, or even heard of, until now (soap?). One of The Consumerist’s readers, Sean, ordered an iPod from smalldog.com, and instead of finding an iPod in the middle of Apple’s big iPod box, he found two bars of Irish Spring soap, and a some Kirkwood batteries. I know what you’re thinking, “Soap doesn’t need… Read More

  • Mission Impossible: III To Be Available on MiniSD

    Nokia announced today that Mission Impossible: III will be released on miniSD in addition to the regular DVD treatment. Apparently, you can fit an entire movie on a 512MB card. The ambition is to allow users to watch miniSD movies on their phones. Right now, the movie is only available in Europe, but this might actually takeoff. I know it’s a long shot, and people aren’t really… Read More

  • The Waiting Guide: Camping Out For PS3 And Wii

    November is on the horizon, and for gamers that should means one thing: Next gen gaming from Sony and Nintendo is nearly here. This year, it’s going to take a lot more than driving up to your favorite video game retailer early on the day to get either of these consoles. Unless you were lucky enough to get a preorder for either consoles, you’re going to have to join groups of… Read More

  • LG AX490 FastTap Phone Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the LG AX490 FastTap phone in action. It will be available from Alltel Wireless in the US. Read More

  • Tower of Babel Translator

    The Tower of Babel translator is a prototype translation device that functions in a completely different fashion from existing translators. Rather than having users punch in words on a keypad and then get back a computery sounding voice, the Tower of Babel works by hooking electrodes to the users face. The electrode are able to monitor facial expressions and then issue translations when it… Read More

  • Sony NW-E003 MP3 Review

    has a review of the new Sony NW-E003 MP3 solid state player where it manages to score relatively high marks while simultaneously getting knocked for being openly gay (because it’s pink). Colbert-esque rants aside, this quick video review might provide some valuable insights for those of you who might have been on the fence with deciding to purchase this player. It finds that the… Read More

  • Samsung IP-830w Reviewed

    The IP-830w is Samsung/Sprint’s world phone. Designed to work with both CDMA and GSM< the IP-830w is a beefy smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. At $799.99, $499.99 after rebate, you'd better have a huge expense account to pay for this bad boy. However, Sprint's roaming partners in GSM countries as well as some Asian partners make it a bit more compelling. It also runs… Read More