• Hand Warmers Use Eneloop Technology

    Hand Warmers Use Eneloop Technology

    Although winter seems to be coming to end in NYC (I’m sure I’ll eat my words next week), these eco-friendly hand warmers, dubbed the Eneloop Kairo, are good for those who find themselves outside more than they want to. The Sanyo device uses solar power technology called Eneloop to recharge its batteries. The hand warmers come with a solar panel, and even if you don’t want to… Read More

  • HTC Erato Specs Leaked

    It’s been about 7 months since the debut of the Cingular 3125 and leaked reports are telling us the “Star Trek” will have a successor as early as next month. The HTC Erato/s420 clamshell runs WinMo 6.0 and will be a welcome addition to the AT&T (maybe) 3G lineup via HSDPA. The CPU has been bumped up from the previous 200MHz on the 3125 to 400MHz. The Erato also features… Read More

  • Robot, Get Me A Beer


    Who wouldn’t want a Rosie? The Jetsons had it right and that was over 40 years ago. I believe we were promised robots that would serve our every whim by now. But then again it has taken Asimo over 20 years to walk up and down a flight of stairs and he can barely do that. A group of professors from Tokyo University are one step closer to presenting servant robots to the world so we can… Read More

  • Damnit, Jim. I'm a Doctor, Not a Tablet

    Damnit, Jim. I'm a Doctor, Not a Tablet

    The biggest problem with the medical industry is that it is far behind on information technology. Patient records aren’t synchronized or shared with others, and it’s difficult to make sense and organize all the information that is coming in about a patient. One solution could be the Philips Mobile Clinical Assistant, or MCA. the MCA is sort of a cross between a tablet PC and PDA. Read More

  • Bravo To USATODAY

    USATODAY relaunched its website yesterday with a parade of new features that will add a significant social layer to the site that wasn’t there before. The website is no longer a simple hose spouting news at readers. It has become a full on social network, integrating user generated content in intelligent and interesting ways. The list is sort of ho-hum at first – bigger… Read More

  • Massager Doubles As Torture Device

    Massager Doubles As Torture Device

    For those with bad headaches or big egos, this 92-brush head massager will keep the brain prepped and ready for action. There’s not much more info on it, since I can’t read much Japanese (golden mountain … head skin … product number … thing), but the brush extensions are meant to poke you in the right places along the rim of the head to keep you refreshed… Read More

  • The iPod Crows at Midnight

    The iPod Crows at Midnight

    I spotted a front-page story (paid subscription required) in the Wall Street Journal this week about bird watchers who are using portable technology to find birds. Some are using wireless devices like Blackberries to receive bird proximity alerts, while others are using iPods and speakers to mimic bird calls. The interesting part of the article is the controversy: One point of contention is… Read More

  • Voice of Mario Not Italian?!

    Keeping with the spirit of my weekly Mario posts, here is a GooTube video of the man who gives Mario and other Nintendo characters their voices. Charles Martinet also does the voices of Luigi, Wario, Waluigi and Toadsworth, according to his Wikipedia profile. Although his landmark game was Super Mario 64, I’ll always have Mario’s “Let’s Go!” phrase drilled into… Read More

  • MP3 Players Usher in New Era of World Peace

    MP3 Players Usher in New Era of World Peace

    Here are two MP3 players that hopefully will bridge the gap between religions. The first is a concept device by Manworks Design. It’s a flash-based MP3 player that would have a chrome-plated steel body in the shape of a cross. The 1GB player, which would have an OLED-display, is meant to be worn around the neck. The second is a real watch marketed toward members of the Islamic faith… Read More

  • CG Secret Agent Edition: 5-In-1 Webcam


    Almost every spy film has a scene where the secret agent is taking pictures of covert documents or downloading files from an enemy computer. But it has to be pain in the butt to carry around all those gadgets, right? That’s where the 5-in-1 webcam comes in handy for any situation you or any secret agent might encounter. The camera can take up to 2,000 photos of secret documents at a… Read More

  • Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Review

    Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Review

    The market for music phones is growing every month. Demand for integration and combination is adding increased pressure on manufacturers such as Sony and Nokia to combine the functionality of an MP3 player inside a cellphone. Nokia’s latest effort, the 5300 XpressMusic from T-Mobile is a valiant effort that comes with both faults and favors. If you’re thinking about leaving the iPod… Read More

  • Big Round of Funding For RockYou

    We’re getting reports from multiple sources (but no confirmation from the company yet) that photo widget company RockYou has raised a big round of financing. The unconfirmed numbers are $10+ million at a $50+ million valuation, which is in line with what competitor Slide raised late last year. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Nokia Wants You to Throw Away Your Wallet

    Patent Monkey: Nokia Wants You to Throw Away Your Wallet

    Let’s face it, RFID has had a lot of hype in the past four years, but has failed to find its way into our everyday lives and pocketbooks. Case in point: Mobile Phones using RFID. Nokia announced its new JV, Venyon Oy, in hopes of becoming a major player using Near Field Communication (NFC) to build a cell phone ‘swipe-to-pay’ feature. While Apple receives praise for… Read More

  • ChaCha: 90% Pranksters

    I’ve been hard on ChaCha, the new search engine that pairs users with a human guide to help them find better results (see this TechCrunch Forum thread as well). I was supposed to meet with the CEO of the company earlier this week but missed the appointment due to the flu. I really want to get their side of the story and present a balanced view of the startup. But for now, I just… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Eau d'Bedroom Dancing Edition

    Daily Crunch: Eau d'Bedroom Dancing Edition

    Tune-In Bed Makes The Ladies Swoon
    Sanyo MAJ-U02 Ghetto Blaster
    It’s iPod Speakers And a Pet Carrier! Hooray!
    Cell-Lock Keeps Cellphones Safe During Class
    Meizu MiniOne Gets Priced
    Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Has a Winnah Read More

  • Tribe Gets Acquired, For Real This Time

    Last year was a turbulent one for Silicon Valley based Tribe.net. Founding CEO Mark Pincus was ousted, in April 2005 and then returned in August 2006. While Pincus was gone rumors swirled that the company had been acquired by NBC, but the deal was never consummated. But now the New York Times is reporting that the assets of the eight person company have been acquired by Cisco. This follows… Read More

  • Billmonk Has A Half Brother

    Billmonk Has A Half Brother

    Social/mobile payments site Billmonk had a mini merger with competitor Obopay last month (we called it a “battle for relevance” since PayPal has a strong product offering in the mobile space as well). Buxfer is another social money Y Combinator funded company that softly launched last September. It provides the same basic functionality of Billmonk, such as keeping a running total… Read More

  • First Look: Helio Heat

    First Look: Helio Heat


    I’ll have my review of this up tomorrow, but I wanted to give you all a first look at the hottest device on the horizon, the Helio Heat. This fancy pants Samsung slider from Helio features EV-DO and a bevy of other features, but more on that tomorrow. For now, here is a Helio Heat slideshow: Read More

  • Solar Powered Gadget Charging Purse for Stylish Girl Nerds

    If you’re girlfriend is like mine, then you always have to wonder if her phone is charged when you call her. Often she’ll answer, “Hey, baby!” only to be disconnected as the battery dies, unable to call again until it’s slightly charged 30 minutes later. That’s why I’m strongly considering purchasing her a Power Purse. The stylish handbag is covered… Read More

  • Tripper V For Traveling Photographers

    The Tripper V from ASKA is a great companion for any photographer. The HDD is available anywhere from 40GB to 160GB and comes equipped with CF/SD slots. Pictures can be viewed via the 4.3-inch monitor, which outputs 800×480 resolution. It also allows for video playback and supports Mpeg-4 codec. It’s essentially a DAP for photographers because it supports both MP3 and AAC formats. Read More