Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • JBL On Air Wireless Speaker System


    Here’s a potentially good idea: the new JBL On Air Control 2.4G wireless speaker system. I’ve always had a problem with surround sound systems in this room because of its peculiar shape. Something like this would presumably resolve such a problem by allowing me to position speakers in locations that are difficult for traditional, tethered speakers. The system includes a… Read More

  • Wham! Meets The iPod Case

    Admit it. You know you listened to a ton of Wham! back in the ’80s. What if you could get that actual record made into an iPod case? Still listening? Good. Contexture Design has released a slew of iPod cases made from actual recycled vinyl records. Each case is specially made out of a vinyl record, felt, cork, and has a screen protector. It should be noted that the price The cases… Read More

  • 200-Inch PlayStation 3 Hotness


    Prepare the salivation, you’re about to see a PS3 on a 200-inch screen. What you see might shock you (read: make you incredibly jealous), but I can assure you that no Japanese people were harmed in the making of this photo set. What you have here are images of Ridge Racer 7 and Resistance: Fall of Man treated to a $1,200 HDMI cable and an HD projector with a 200-inch screen. All of… Read More

  • Wristwatch Piercing: OMG OMG OMG

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  • Want A Wii For $209?

    If you have a Circuit City near you, here’s how you can score a Nintendo Wii on the cheap: 1) Visit this website for $40 off coupon: Coupon Link 2) Visit Circuit City on a Sunday for best chance of getting a Wii. The coupon is good until March though, so you have some time to save! 3) Get a Wii for $209. You’re a winner! Easy enough, right? I’ve been considering buying a Wii… Read More

  • How Can We Help You?

    http://www.polldaddy.com/crunchGear.swf PollDaddy just made us a fancy custom skin so I think it’s a good opportunity to try it out and ask a quick question on what you guys like most in terms of our coverage. Go ahead and flame us in the comments as well. Thanks, PollDaddy! Read More

  • In Vino Veritas


    I’ve always been a liquor guy myself, but there are a few of us in the CrunchCamp who are certifiable winos (see: Biggs and Josh). But if you’ve ever found yourself confronted by a wino hissy fit over improper wine serving conditions, you know it’s not a pretty picture. The Nuvo Vino takes steps to ensure this never happens again. Using an infrared thermometer, the Nuvo… Read More

  • Voice Changing Kit Allows For Maximum Cheap Thrills

    You know damn well every time you watch Star Wars, you wish you could talk like Darth Vader. Creepy voice, vocoder in full effect: you’d be the talk of the town. Well now a cheap little DIY voice changing kit will allow you to live out your geek fantasy. The MK171 Digital Voice Changer Kit costs a mere $12.95 and comes with a built-in mic. All you need is a 9V battery and an enclosure… Read More

  • DIY Tin Can Mic

    I doubt you’ll be adding this to your home recording studio rig anytime soon, but it’s still cool nonetheless. This microphone was made out of a piezo pickup, 1/8th-inch jack, and a tin can. I never thought about it, but yes, I suppose this is about the simplest microphone one could ever build. No clue on how the quality of the mic is, but it looks like it could give off a real… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Audio Quality Slip-Slides Away

    Can someone tell me why virtually nothing is happening with MP3 players in regards to actual audio quality? In fact, audio quality seems to be moving ass-backwards, giving way to non-audio features like video and wireless. Headphones have come such a long way in the last 15 years or so, and now we have dual- and triple-driver in-ear models designed specifically for use with portables. The… Read More

  • Microsoft Giving Digital Downloads A Try

    Microsoft has been taking its sweet time hopping on the digital download train – until now. Starting January 30th, Windows users will be able to download both Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. Hopefully Microsoft won’t just take the MSRP of a boxed copy of Vista and slap it on the digital version. For not exchanging any kind of real materials, users should get a discount… Read More

  • I-O Data Releasing Internal Blu-Ray Drive

    Just itching to make “legit backups” of all your PS3 games and Blu-Ray movies? You might want to check out I-O Data’s Blu-Ray burner. It’ll whip up some nice pirated movies backups at 2x for BD-Rs and BD-REs. It also burns DVDs, CDs, and all the other optical formats you’re used to at this point. The price? Around $710 – making it one of the least… Read More

  • Be An Apple 2-Dollar 802.11n WiFinnaire!


    We originally thought Apple’s 802.11n would cost $5 but Apple will now only charge $1.99 to pop in a little patch to enable 802.11n in current AirPort cards and routers. Purchasers of the $179 Airport Extreme Base Station ,AKA the thing that looks like Apple TV, get the patch for free. Why are they charging anything at all? So they can can keep up with Generally Accepted Accounting… Read More

  • Nokia Shows Off Near Field Communication

    The big boys have been talking about NFC (basically RFID) for years now and it will probably never hit a cellphone near you but PhoneScoop did their due diligence and took a tour of the wonders of “putting your phone next to a picture of your best gal and having it call her.” Why not just put her on speed dial? PhoneScoop via RingNokia Read More

  • Belkin Flips for DVI's

    Now this is what I’m talking about Belkin! They’ve released some nifty devices lately like their Cooling Stand and the Flip DVI-D is definitely at the top of my list of must-haves. Who knew such a simple device could make life so much easier and clutter free on your desk or work area. The Flip allows you to connect all your peripherals in one cozy little spot. If you’re like… Read More

  • T.sonic 820 Go Boom

    Think the MP3 market isn’t already flooded with so many models that your brain starts to hemorrhage from all the choices? Transcend doesn’t think so. Welcome the T.sonic 820 series that feature a whopping 1.5 inch ‘Super Color’ OLED display. The T.sonic 820s have the usual bells and whistles like mp3, photos, video, FM radio and e-books. A feature that really caught my… Read More

  • Amazing Writing Automaton from 1772

    You can have your Legos, Asimos, and Transformers. I’ll take this 100% analog scripting automaton called the Writer. This little ragamuffin was completed in 1772, and its movements are based on the complex clockwork of Switzerland’s Jacquet-Droz. It’s entirely mechanical, and is powered by a wind-up spring mechanism. Caged kinetics was one of the only portable power sources… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Robot Emergency Edition

    OSIM uSurf Not So Owesome
    Rubik’s Cube MP3 Player Concept
    The Amazing Mexican Ball-Dropping Robot
    Emergency Bear: A Teddy For Catastrophe
    Robot Wars: Japanese Style Read More

  • Robot Wars: Japanese Style

    The things that come out of this country never cease to amaze me. Robot Wars [New Launches] Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…M-Audio, The Sands And A Whole Lotta Targus Bags


    After nearly three days of talking to vendors about their products, you start to feel like you’re on a marketing treadmill. But every now and then you hit a meeting with people that are really passionate about what they are doing. And on the second half of day three, January 9, I met with three such companies: M-Audio, CoolIT Systems and Targus. Read More