Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Syringe Shaped USB Thumb Drive


    USB flash drives are a dime a dozen, meaning companies need to spice up their offerings to get any kind of recognition from consumers. One way is to make it huge, like Toshiba’s 16GB drives. Another is to mold yours in the shape of a syringe. Yeah, I think we all know which one we’d want. The syringe drive is USB 2.0 compliant and has up to 1GB of space, plus it makes airport… Read More

  • OriginalSignal: Gadget Sites Galore

    I spoke with Tako Steinz of Stillpoint Media who just launched Gadgets.OriginalSignal, a beta aggregator for gadget websites. Right now it trolls fifteen major sites – including Crunchgear – and reports when new items appear every time you visit the page. Think of it as a NASA “big-board” style system that isn’t NetVibes. Tako and his 5-person team wanted a very… Read More

  • Lego Mindstorms NXT – Fun For Big Kids Too

    The next generation Lego Mindstorms improve on the original 1998 model of do-it-yourself robotics with a “32-bit NXT control brick, ultrasonic sensors, a revamped set of pieces, a new piece of visual programming software, and Bluetooth support.” Not at all like the legos we played with as a child, these Mindstorms sensors register touch, sound, light and distance to keep your… Read More

  • HTC TyTN (XDA Trion) 3G Windows Mobile PDA Phone Available Now

    Both models of HTC’s smartphone—the HTC TyTN or the re-badged XDA Trion—are available for purchase now on Dynamism’s website. Both are available for $899, which means it’s no throwaway phone. The XDA Trion has a QWERTZ keyboard, common in Europe, where the HTC TyTN has a QWERTY keyboard, which is more suited for the States. To refresh, the phones are Quad-Band… Read More

  • Sprint Treo 700wx Manual Online Already


    All 436 pages of Sprint’s user manual for the Treo 700wx is online, leaked for your consumption. Seriously, 436 pages? Isn’t that a little complicated for the average user? Well, you Treo fans know what you’re getting into. And if you want to pore over the notes and see what Sprint’s got in store for you in September, be our guest. Treo Manual (PDF) [Mobility Today] … Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest: An Hour Left

    Ok. It’s Crunch time. We’re closing our contest at 12 noon, PST and we’ve got one entry so far. If I were in this contest, I’d definitely like those odds – that means one person, as of right now, will get both a Moto Q and a Kodak v603… unless I start seeing some entries! Read on for full rules. Read More

  • Apple Doesn't Want People Knowing About Leopard


    Remember our video post last week about Leopard and how its Expose + Spaces was supposed to work? Yeah, Apple doesn’t quite like it, and told us as much in the form of a NastyGram. Apparently, because the only version out of Leopard is a developer’s version, it’s not quite “public”, and a video of the OS is a big no-no in Apple’s book. Hope you saw that… Read More

  • Rolling Robot iPod Dock

    The Miuro is a ball-shaped iPod dock that rolls around on its “wheels”, while simultaneously protecting your iPod dock in its soft robot center. To what effect this “rolling” has on your music, we don’t know. At least it has a remote for you to use to change the songs, saving you the trouble of chasing after a rogue iPod robot when it decides to roll away and… Read More

  • Pretec 8GB SDHC

    It looks like 8GB SD cards will be hitting the market soon. Pretec claims it has developed the first of these cards. The card supports SD 2.0 and is not backward compatible. Users can currently order one card for sampling purposes. The company has also created a 16GB flash drive which is claims is the biggest of its kind, but that is clearly false since drives exist well beyond 16GB. At any… Read More

  • Samsung's 4G Is Faster Than WiMAX

    We’re just starting to get 3G up and working on most of our providers here in the US, but elsewhere in the world the epic battle between 4G and WiMAX is already heating up. The potential winner? 4G. Samsung’s taken a demo bus out into the wild, trucking along at all of 60 kph (37 mph) to demonstrate 4G’s speeds and ability to hand off calls between cells. Thankfully the… Read More

  • ZEN Vision W Video

    Hardware Zone has a a nice video of the ZEN Vision W up on YouTube in which they proclaim it to be the best video display they have seen. No real new info here, but it’s definitely the best look at this new DAP yet to emerge. I wonder if this is going to be the big player this holiday season. Wide is Good [Hardware Zone] Read More

  • Sony's Lightsaber-esque Walkman


    The test tube/rod/phallus-shaped Walkman NW-S200 from Sony comes complete with a strap on for your arm, allowing you to use it for exercise as well as entertainment. How does this help you exercise? Well, it’s got a Music Pacer feature that matches up the tunes with the pace of your run, a sweat and water resistant body, a shuffle song feature activated by shaking, and a built-in… Read More

  • Nokia N80 Snuggles The Internets

    When I’m walking down the Magnificant Mile, and I’m looking for a good way to blow some time (which seems to be more and more often), I usually stop in at the Nokia flagship store and see what kind of new way-too-expensive-for-me phones they have to play with. There’s usually just about 30 of the underwhelming 8801, and a couple of the 7370 and 7380 for the… Read More

  • Forbes' Most Wired Cities

    Forbes Magazine release today a list of the 30 most connected cities in the United States. They’ve surprisingly selected Atlanta as the most wired US city. I’m not really seeing it. Sure, as Forbes points out, the ATL is home to Bellsouth, Cox and Earthlink, and it might have more people with broadband per capita than any other city, but it just doesn’t feel right. Read More

  • World's First Wireless Ultra Wideband Hub

    The age of Aquarius is finally over and now it’s time for the age of ubiquitous wireless. Y-E Data Inc., a Japanese company, is launching one of the first wireless UWB hubs in the world that turns any formerly wired device into a wireless USB device. The hub has four standard USB ports and uses a dongle to connect to the hub. The estimated speed is about 100Mbps, which should fall… Read More

  • Sirius Stiletto 100 Shows Some Skin

    It looks like the new Sirius Stiletto 100 receiver is ready for its close-up. If you’ll remember, it has the ability to keep up to 100 hours of music (MP3/WMAs), can stream your audio via WiFi connectivity and is, of course, also a Sirius receiver. Now we get to see it bumpin’ and grindin’ with the new Soloist speaker system from Directed Electronics. So get get your… Read More

  • Dreamcast Watch

    I have thus far let my perverse love of timepieces go unquenched on these pages, but no longer. Here is a fancy Dreamcast Watch that opens up just like the original Dreamcast to reveal the time. Practical? No. Geek-tastic? Yes. It’s available now for pre-order for $129 and will ship September 29. If it was every your goal to have a portable Dreamcast, this is probably about the… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Vision W Is Official

    Creative officially launched recently the Zen Vision W that we heard about last week. The new player features a high resolution 4.5-inch, 16:9 format, color widescreen TFT display. Aside from the screen though, this player is essentially identical to the older M model. The ZEN Vision W will be available in 30GB and in 60GB models. It will be showcased at COMDEX today and it is available in… Read More

  • Tenvera Brings Fiber Home

    Tennessee-based company Tenvera has developed a relatively affordable way to put fiber in the home (FITH). The benefit of this is clear, as fiber to the home becomes more-and-more widespread, the shoddiness of your old indoor copper wiring will be more apparent than ever. Tenvera calls its new FITH product, “System 5″ and it is estimated to be available for roughly two to three… Read More

  • MotionDSP Improves Grainy Video for Military, You

    While many of us try to take video and images with our cameraphones or webcams, the resulting footage is rarely usable and suffers from a great deal of anti-aliasing and generally messy pixels. MotionDSP has solved that problem by using special algorithms to “recreate” lost data in real time, thereby bringing almost useless low-light and compressed video into tight… Read More