Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • 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

  • Wal-Mart Confirms Video Download Service

    package. With the purchase of the “Superman Returns” physical DVD, Wal-Mart said customers can also choose from three video download format options — $1.97 for portable devices, $2.97 for PCs/laptops, and $3.97 for both portable players and PC/laptops. This is actually a fairly good idea – simple, easy to understand, and it allows folks to grab the video before they get… Read More

  • Gears Of War Xbox 360 Case Mod

    Gears of War is a third-person action game from Unreal developer Epic. The game features top notch graphics and game play that includes a giant gun with a chainsaw attached to it. That said, the game has easily picked up millions of fans, and it’s no surprise someone has already made a kick ass case mod for it. If I were Microsoft, I’d pay off whoever made this case mod and… Read More

  • Nintendo Wii: Graphical Difference With Component Cables

    The Nintendo Wii has some serious problems when it comes to graphics on a HDTV, especially when it come to text. Since The Legend of Zelda doesn’t have any voice overs, the game requires lots and lots of reading. This becomes difficult when using the bundled composite cables to hook your Wii up to a HDTV. Textures look undefined, text is blurry and the world itself doesn’t look so… Read More

  • Siemens Goes for Eight


    Not much is known about this display from Siemens other than the fact that it uses eight LCDs. That and the fact that I absolutely must have it. So if anyone from Siemens is reading along, go ahead and have it delivered. You know where to find me. That’s One Large Computer Monitor [Neatorama via Born Rich] Read More

  • Colbert Report Covers Wii

    You know a console has caused a stir in the media when it shows up on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Yes, Stephen Colbert shows off his Wii and knocks out Nancy Pelosi in the boxing game featured on Wii Sports. The video of the boxing match is definitely prerecorded, but who cares? Not us. Colbert Report Covers Wii Read More

  • Don't Hold Your Breath for Treo 750

    quarter of 07, which is December-February, not that long, after all. Ed is blaming the delay on certification of “a key product.” Wait, what? Didn’t the 750 pass FCC Read More

  • Drink-O-Matic


    I hardly even drink canned drinks, but I want one of these things. It’s a mini-’50s-vintage-looking vending machine. The device stores 10-cans, two per shelf, and dispenses them at your pleasure. It can cool to 30-degrees below its external temperature and can be powered by either AC or DC. Which means you can stick one on your dashboard so you can have cold beer while… Read More

  • Mad Catz Adds GameStick To 360 Accessory Lineup


    I’m going to assume that the Arcade GameStick for Xbox 360 from Mad Catz doesn’t shake uncontrollably as pictured above. At least, the company doesn’t mention it as a feature. What it does do is add traditional joystick flava to your Xbox 360 gaming experience. The GameStick features a “360°spinner control” that “allows for all new types of gaming… Read More

  • Snapalarm Smoke Detector, Because Safety's First, Or Something


    The Snapalarm Smoke Detector is for those of you who don’t want to drill holes into your ceilings or walls. The device snaps to the cords of hanging lighting to provide a non-destructive installation method. It doesn’t improve on some detector functionality at all, but it is a cool deviation for the mechanically impaired (my brother-in-law). The Snapalarm is available now for $50. Read More

  • Ghetto Gadgets


    Chris Stevens at CNET Crave has an amusing article that examines the increasingly poor build quality of modern electronics. It discusses why as technology has evolved, quality control seems to have disappeared. The article points out that there are two acceptable ways to compel users to upgrade: technology and style. As electronics become more advanced, users are forced to upgrade their… Read More