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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • MSI Crystal 945 is a PC in an iMac's Body

    If you’ve been enamored with the iMac’s shape and size, but can’t bring yourself to use OS X, now there’s the MSI Crystal 945. It has the same general shape and style as an iMac – screen, base, speakers enclosed – but you can run Windows. Oh wait, so can an iMac. Nevertheless, the 945 has a Pentium 4 Prescott CPU, integrated graphics, PCI Express… Read More

  • Asus Guarantees 802.11n Final Compatibility Through Free Upgrades

    The major concern about buying draft 802.11n cards and routers is that they won’t be compatible with the final specification once that’s out in late 2007 or 2008. Asus puts your mind at rest with their new guarantee that their WL-500W and WL-100W “Intensi-fi” routers will be upgradeable to the final spec using Firmware or hardware upgrades. This means for any… Read More

  • Creative Makes Digital Music Listenable With Xmod


    This isn’t the first external sound enhancement product from Creative, but it certainly looks the most promising. Compatible with Windows and Mac computers and basically any audio player available, the Xmod connects between your headphones/speakers and your source, upconverting the audio to Creative’s X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity 24-bit surround audio standard. For use with an MP3… Read More

  • Nemo: Like Front Row for Windows


    Microsoft knows how to take a technology and drive it into the ground. Take Nemo, a front end for Windows Live that includes Spaces, Messenger, and Live Call. The interface is designed for widescreen televisions and monitors and includes a Front Row-esque lazy susan system of picking out folks to contact. It uses the new Vista presentation layer to make things look like Minority Report on… Read More

  • Sweet Silver Fatty Drive: Western Digital 1TB MyBook Pro Edition II


    It must be external hard drive season. Coming after Buffalo’s DriveStation Duo release yesterday comes Western Digital’s launch of the 1TB MyBook Pro Edition II. Like the Buffalo, this MyBook is stuffed with two drives that can be switched between RAID 0 (striping for speed) and RAID 1 (mirroring for data protection) and has FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 ports. WD trumps Buffalo in… Read More

  • Dyson Airblade

    The Airblade is a hand dryer developed by Dyson in the UK. It pumps out air at 400mph to completely dry hands in about 10 seconds. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have any added sanitation gain over the current, useless hand dryers. The existing dryers use warm air, which people say kill germs—but the air clearly isn’t hot enough to really kill much of anything. I was… Read More

  • CrunchGear Reader Meet-up: Nearly "Sold Out"


    Hey, all. Just noticed we sold out all our tickets on EventBrite/MollyGuard so I added 25 more. Head on over but once they’re gone, they’re gone. The place isn’t HUGE so we have to keep things fairly tame. Clearly this concept is a success so we’ll definitely try it out in other cities and at other times during the year. Read More

  • Keyboard As Art: Logitech diNovo Edge


    Logitech’s first rechargable keybord, the diNovo Edge is the long-awaited update to the slim-and-pretty 2003 model. It uses Bluetooth, which gives you extended range over RF keyboards, so controlling a media center PC from you couch isn’t out of the question. The keyboard features every kind of high-end advancement Logitech could think of apparently. The body is laser cut from… Read More

  • XBox Comes With Dirty Sweatpants

    You know you’ve gotten a good deal when the XBox you order on eBay comes with a pair of soiled sweatpants and a ratty old shirt. It seems Chip got this darling prize from a 100% positive feedback seller when he ordered an XBox and opened opened it to find a few treats. As one wag pointed out, it’s the “dance dance revolution accessory kit.” This is not to say this is a… Read More

  • Pentax X-Change Concept Camera

    The implementation looks pretty creepy, but the idea here is cool. Pentax is showing off their X-Change concept point and shoot at PhotoKina this year and what they’ve come up with is a small, portable camera with replaceable lenses. The camera has no CCD. Instead, the CCD is built into the lens and is activated when you attach it to the body. This allows for varying focal lengths and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Link Edition

    Here are some highlights from Monday: MIT Improves Nuclear Power
    Shilling for Cash
    It’s Got Wood: Wooden PC Mods
    A Look At The Wii Interface
    Stick Your Wood In Your USB Port Read More

  • Stick Your Wood In Your USB Port


    I’m sure you people were begging for more things wrapped in wood, so check out these USB memory sticks from the Netherlands. Design company OOOMS “manually selected” sticks and had them professionally stuffed with USB drives, making them incredibly unique and killing their pocketability in one fell swoop. Available in 256MB ($57), 512MB ($60), and 1GB sizes ($88). Who… Read More

  • Ageia Announces Development Of PCI Express PhysX Card

    Ageia has announced that they will be developing a PCI Express version of their PhysX graphics card, which is currently only available for PCI. The original Ageia PhysX card isn’t really a card that you would find in most gaming computers. As of June 2006, Ageia only had 6 games that support the accelerated PhysX engine and just doesn’t add much to newer video cards. It’s… Read More

  • Battle Test: DocuPen RC800

    The DocuPen RC800 is a full color 24-bit scanner that looks like pen — hence the name. It is capable of producing full page scans from its compact case. It includes a conspicuous looking carrying case intended to protect it during travels. The design allows you to select from black and white, standard color or high 24-bit color. It also has resolution options ranging from 100 to 400 dpi. Read More

  • A Look At The Wii Interface

    Finally, we get to see what the Wii Interface looks like in English! Yahoo UK got its hands on some Wii interface pictures, and they don’t disappoint. The interface offers a lot of the same features Microsoft offers for Xbox 360 users, including a “Wii Shop” channel where you can download content. Original NES games as downloadable content?! I hope so! The other channels… Read More

  • Fossil Bluetooth Watches Revisited: A CrunchGear Interview


    In light of the failure of Fossil’s Abacus Wrist PDA, last week’s news that the company was dropping four wristwatches with Bluetooth functionality was something of a surprise. An unholy marriage of wristwatch and PDA, it was Fossil’s first attempt at a tech timepiece. While there was some praise for it, consumers for the most part stayed away. “No one wants to stare… Read More

  • It's Got Wood: Wooden PC Mods

    Suissa Computers, for lack of a better word, are beautiful. These are custom computers made from maple, zebrawood, walnut, goncalo alves, lacewood, leopardwood, paduak and more. As you can see, the computer is not completely covered in wood- the wood is just an outer shell for the PC. The interior body is clear, letting you see all those high-end components that you paid hard earned cash for. Read More

  • An Overhead Projector For Your Cellphone

    I don’t see why phones don’t just have a function built into them yet which allows you to project the image somewhere else, but until that day comes, there is Project-a-Phone. The company has previously released an underwhelming 640×480 pixel contraption called the ICD-3000. They believe the demand for the product was high, so they’ve released their ICD-5000, with a… Read More

  • Audio of 1990s Hackery/Phreakery

    , for example – Wintermute, Cara, Outrun, Crowfly, Neurotic Nemesis, Dr. Doom. You can almost hear them not getting laid in high school. Telephone Conferences: Phreaky Boys Collection [Textfiles.com via BoingBoing] Read More

  • New Phones Feature: Airborne Pathogen and Bio-Threat Warning System

    If you’re like Blake, then you’re concerned about germs, bio-terrorism, standard terrorism, bird flu, SARS, hippies, dust mites and anything that ends with the word “Pox.” He is going to love the technology in this new phone from Gentag if it ever makes its way into production. As it’s a concept, it has no real spec list, but it appears to be a fairly standard… Read More