Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Ice Rocks. Sigh.

    File this one under stupid. The Water Bank of America, Inc. will soon be offering ice trays that are hermetically sealed with spring water. There is currently no stated price, but Ice Rocks will come in packs of 4, 24, 48 and an economy size that holds 200 cubes. Now I have to wonder about the real demand for this. The price will surely be jacked up. If you really need frozen spring water… Read More

  • Limited Edition Black Sidekick 3 Coming Soon?

    We’ve been hearing grunts and groans over the upcoming limited edition Sidekick 3 ever since we saw the leaked product release calendar a while back. The launch is supposedly on track for a Fall ’06 release, which lends credence to this eBay auction. The listing says it’s 1 of 500 that will be shipped in the US. if that’s true, then this really is a limited edition. But… Read More

  • Helium Digital HD-880 Bluetooth Headset

    This HD-880 bluetooth headset from Helium Digital works with most Bluetooth phones and goes over your ear, hook-style. There’s also a display that shows all 11 digits of the caller or callee’s phone number, which means there’s no scrolling required like some of the older Bluetooth headsets we’ve used. Instead of using just LEDs to determine what the headset’s… Read More

  • Nokia and Motorola Working Together for Better DVB-H

    It looks like it’s going to take both Motorola and Nokia to get us decent TV on the go. Today, Nokia released a press release stating that they will start comparing notes with Motorola whenever they come up with something new in the DVB-H field. Apparently, the two companies both believe that “the mobile TV market is poised to grow exponentially – by 2010, there are… Read More

  • Brando's Tiny Portable Bluetooth Keyboard

    If you’re always entering in data or typing out txt messages to your cell phone, you know how janky those non-qwerty keys can be. Try this $56 portable bluetooth keyboard from Brando, which works with Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphones and even regular PCs. It’s only 3.7-inches when not in use, and weighs under 3 ounces – perfect for going into your pocket. Because… Read More

  • Zigview S2 Digital Angle Finder

    This angle finder attaches to your DSLR’s eyepiece, allowing you to see what your camera sees without actually having it in your face. The angle finder extends up to 30 feet away, which means you can use it in high or low angle shots, so you don’t actually have to get down in the dirt or find a stepladder. There’s also TV-out so you can view the output on a monitor, which… Read More

  • Chinese Car That Drives Itself

    FAW, an automaker in China, has begun showing off its new top-of-the-line model. It’s big, sexy, expensive, and–wait, what’s that? No driver is required?! According to the manufacturer, the vehicle can stay in control while driving at speeds of up to 93 MPH. The system involves two cameras that are connected to a computer which interpolates things like curbs and center lines… Read More

  • Gold-Cast TrekStor i.Beat MP3 Player Goes For $20,000

    Why would anyone sane pay $19,999.99 for an MP3 player that doesn’t hold, say, 100TB of music? Because this player is cast in 18 karat gold and encrusted with jewels, that’s why. The 1GB TrekStor i.Beat gold MP3 player comes with Sennheiser headphones (probably $30), USB 2.0 cable ($5), line-in cable ($5), software CD ($2.99) and a guide ($1). So you’re really only paying… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10 Now In Pink

    The Sony Cyber-shot T10 has been released in pink, which means persons of the female persuasion should be running down to their local Sony Style stores to pick one up, right? The T10 has a 7.2-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 56MB of internal storage, supports Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo media, and PictBridge for easy printing. The battery allows you to take 250 photos in a… Read More

  • Adidas Helps You Monitor Your Heart

    Adidas has teamed up with Polar to produce a new line of clothes called Project Fusion that will both monitor your ECG stats and, possibly, look cool. The system has sensors built throughout the shirt to check your heart rate and the shoes to keep tabs on how far and fast you’re moving. After your workout, just upload all the info to your PC via Bluetooth and see how you did, and how long… Read More

  • KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

    Because a study said that 19 out of 20 kids under the age of 16 can sleep through a fire alarm at 120 decibels – yeah right, my kids wake up if I even breathe too loudly – KidSmart came up with an innovative smoke alarm that promises to wake at least a few of those 19 kids up if there’s a fire. Instead of a shrill beep, the alarm records a parent’s voice and plays it… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N2 10-megapixel Shooter

    pictures? Good news, the 10 megapixel point-and-shoot has just been released officially. The camera has a 3x optical zoom, 3-inch LCD that’s also touch-screen, and a 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor. It makes good use of its large screen with the built-in photo album that holds up to 500 pictures. Sony’s camera has 56MB of internal storage, supports 4GB Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO… Read More

  • Ubisoft Wii-eel To Ship With GT Pro Series

    This is a couple of days old, but it’s still a big deal. What you see before you is Ubisoft’s Wii driving game accessory. It’s made by Thrustmaster, and is a peculiar design in concept. Plug the Wii-mote into the Wii-eel, kick back in your Lazy Boy and race to your heart’s content. But I forsee few issues with this cool-ish idea. First and foremost, I’m a weak hippie. Read More

  • Cingular Gets Samsung SGH i607

    It looks like I might have found my next phone. Cingular will be offering the Samsung SGH i607 in Q3. This UMTS/HSDPA equipped handset runs Windows Mobile 5 OS and it is said to be particularly capable of handling xCSS and enhanced-xHTML. It also features a standard 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 64k TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240. In addition to all of that, it… Read More

  • iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination

    Another day, another seemingly useless iPod accessory. This thing serves 2 functions, FM transmitter and, more interestingly, breathalyser. The guys selling the iBreath are saying you should use it before you drive to find out if you’re actually sober enough to drive, but I have a feeling this is going to be used a lot more when your buddies are sitting around the apartment and… Read More

  • Samsung's New NAND

    Samsung has developed a new form of NAND memory with greatly improved capacity and performance. It’s dubbed Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) and it currently only exists in prototype form, but Samsung intends to bring it to market by 2008. The memory achieves significantly higher speeds due to its Charge Trap Flash (CTF) architecture, which reduces inter-cell noise levels and… Read More

  • Nintendo DS 40GB Hard Drive Mod

    So you bought a Nintendo DS, and now you’re wishing you had a PSP. The DS just doesn’t have the storage capacity to watch those illegally downloaded midget porns, or listen to that new Yanni record that everybody’s talking about. Well, one of our Canadian neighbors has come up with a solution that might appeal to you. Take the thing apart, take all the IDE connections from… Read More

  • The 360 Case Mod Microsoft Would Rather You Not See

    Ben Heckendorn is not your average case modder. This guy is “El Numero Uno,” as they say in the small Latin village I was raised in. Somebody with a lot of money told Ben they wanted an Xbox 360 that they could carry around with them and use wherever he liked. So Ben put the thing into a 2.8-inch, 14-pound box that only has one cable coming out of the back for power. Not content… Read More

  • Toshiba Develops Three Layer DVD

    This could be a big, big advantage for HD DVD. Toshiba announced that it has developed a three layer DVD that contains two HD DVD layers and one standard DVD layer. So DVDs utilizing this feature could contain one 4.78GB layer and a 30GB double layer HD DVD or two 8.57GB DVD layers with one 15GB HD DVD layer. If studios decide to embrace this technology, it could do more to help proliferate HD… Read More

  • New iPod Could be Near Afterall

    A week ago, we would joke around the CrunchGear lunch mess, “What’s 16:9, touchscreen, and probably not going to be announced September 12th by Apple?” The answer was, of course, the “true” Video iPod. The one with the touch-screen goodness and virtual click-wheelization. Now it’s looking like we might have egg on our collective face. Though people have… Read More