Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • X-Arcade Tankstick

    I love these things. My friend used to have one back in the Dreamcast days and we’d play “Marvel Vs. Capcom” for hours and hours. Ah memories. Anyway, X-Arcade is releasing a newly redesigned version of its popular arcade controller. It features two joysticks with eight buttons each and a trackball, making it compatible with most arcade games. The Tankstick is 30-inches… Read More

  • MicroOptical myvu Made for iPod edition

    MicroOptical announced today a personal media viewer (aka video glasses) developed for use with the iPod video. The glasses simulate a 27-inch screen viewed from six feet away. Unlike similar devices, users can see slightly above and below the screen so that they can remain somewhat aware of their surroundings. It utilizes an ultra-slim rechargeable lithium battery that can provide six hours… Read More

  • TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect… Read More

  • iPod Dying: Oh No!

    There’s a he said/she said going on in the blogosphere this week about the seeming demise of Apple due to slow uptake of the iTunes store. This is because, according to major research organizations: It seems like somebody got a calculator out and did something like the following: capacity of 60 million iPods sold / 1 billion plus purchased songs ~ 20 songs per iPod. So this, in… Read More

  • Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Well, now this is a funny little thing, isn’t it. It’s a cuckoo clock with a digital readout – it’s hard to see, but it’s in the middle of that weird leaf. No price because this is a piece of designware by Reddish in Israel, but it’s a cute concept. Product Page [Reddish via Gadgetizer] Read More

  • TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    Well, it had to happen – the company that has ensconced the idea of a DVR in the hearts of millions has lost its good will. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud – TiVo is the best thing that ever happened to my TV-watching experience. As a parent of an eight-month-old, my evenings are spent curled up on the couch waiting for our little angel to turn eighteen. TiVo… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Diner Edition

    A handful of the past week’s stories: Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning
    Zune in Action
    Zippo Camera Lighter
    iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination
    IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don’t Let This Happen to You
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • HTC Excalibur = T-Mobile Dash, Coming Next Month

    , this GSM-flavored Windows Mobile 5-sporting smartphone is aimed directly at the Motorola Q from Verizon. But here in the good ol’ US-of-A, the Cosmo will be called the Dash, and will be offered by our friends over at T-Mobile. For those not in-the-know, the Dash will have 64/128MB built-in RAM, Windows Mobile 5: Smartphone Edition, a 320×240 screen (non-touch), and a full… Read More

  • Pearl's Trackball Kills Ringer on Accident

    BlackBerry Pearl owners are lucky, lucky people indeedy. The Pearl is a great combination of form and function. There is, however, one problem raining on their SureType parade: the trackball at the center of the face of the phone silences the ringer, even if moved very slightly. So if you’re getting a call, and reach into your Levi’s to pull the Pearl out, you’re going to… Read More

  • Gamestop PS3 and Wii Preorders

    Kotaku got the scoop on Gamestop poster announcing reserves for the PS3 and the Wii. According to the poster, customers can turn in $50 of used products to reserve one of the systems. Kotaku posits that this might be the only way to reserve systems through Gamestop, but I highly doubt it. More likely is that this is simply one of the promotions they’re offering. I’d be willing to… Read More

  • Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall.

    So you’ve got your high-def digital projector for your home theater. Cool. But projecting your hentai onto Mom’s wall paper just won’t cut it. For a real home-theater experience, you need a high-quality screen. They’re out there, but why not use real estate you already have? Like that wall? Goo Systems has developed a high-tech solution that allows you to watch your… Read More

  • IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don't Let This Happen to You

    I fly quite a bit. I’m at the airport at least two days a month. I can say that I’m no longer scared of Terrorists. Even if they did start targeting airliners again, the odds of getting blown up is fairly remote. What really concerns me with air travel is laptops. These things are literally ticking (edit: Your laptop ticks? – Blake) time bombs that can apparently go off… Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the Gyration Gyrotransport in action. This $199 device will be out on Monday, September 18th. It’s extremely small and worked on both PC and Mac with absolutely no trouble – just plug it in and you’ve got an AIRMOUSE (!!!!). We’ll have a full review on Monday. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Massage Edition

    Nanobots and cameras attacked yesterday: Bathys Automatic Watches
    IGoGo: MP3 + Personal Massage = WTF!?
    Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding “Nano-Napkin”
    Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves
    We Leika the Leica Line-Up
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • IGoGo: MP3 + Personal Massage = WTF!?

    Wireless technology is still in it’s infancy. You can tell because there are still ideas people haven’t thought of yet, things that show up that make you go “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?” and wonder what people are thinking. The OSIM IGoGo is a perfect example. The IGoGo is a typical DAP that stores it’s music on MMC (no SD?). It’s got USB 1.1 (sigh), a small… Read More

  • T-Mobile Adds BlackBerry Pearl Early

    We like T-Mobile. They’re friendly, and they’ve been making great strides lately in coming to equity with Cingular in the cool-phones arena. Today, they’ve taken another step by adding the BlackBerry Pearl to their website as “available now”. They’ve been taking preorders for awhile, and started selling in-store, but this is the first time you can order one… Read More

  • Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning

    I love coffee. I love gadgets. I like coffee gadgets. There are several high-end, fancy-pants coffee makers in the world, but the Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew adds something more than sweet, sweet caffeine to your morning: a weather report. The Smart Brew features an LCD display on the side, which, besides coffee information and alarm settings, displays the weather forcast via SPOT technology (you… Read More

  • Yahoo! Messenger 3 Beta for OS X Out Now

    For us Mac users, Yahoo! Messenger has been a blessing and a curse. For years, Yahoo! added features to the Mac version prior to rolling them out to Windows users. Then, somewhere around the transition to OS X, Yahoo! changed gears. It’s been a couple of years since Mac users have had an update. Microsoft and AOL kept their messenging systems current, while Mac users lingered in the days… Read More

  • Will the Microsoft Zune Play Protected WMA Music?

    EFF thinks the Zune will not play protected WMA and WMV content, a move that, well, baffles us. According to the press release yesterday, Microsoft did not mention any protected WMA playback, but did mention unprotected WMA playback. Does this make sense? How will Microsoft even have the music store, the Zune Marketplace, without any sort of WMA protection? And since MS said the store will… Read More

  • Hands-Free Headsets Required for California Drivers by January 2008

    Governor Arnold is set to sign a bill today to outlaw drivers from talking on cell phones in cars unless they are using a headset or some other hands-free device. The law goes into action January 1, 2008, and will cost drivers $20 for a first time fine and $50 thereafter. Californians, you’ve got one year to get a phone that supports Bluetooth, get a headset, or get some kind of… Read More