Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Lazy Dude Makes Program To Keep Laptop From Sleeping

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1846703595557332132 Alright, so there’s this dude named Brien Schultz, right? This guy is so finnicky, that he doesn’t want his laptop to go to sleep when he moves it around the house. God forbid he just leave the lid open or get a laptop that isn’t from 1997. Anyways, Brien went ahead and created a program that monitors the… Read More

  • Beerbot: It Totally Does What You Want Done Most

    Beer rules. You drink it and chicks become hotter, your wallet empties, and everyone has a good time. But when you add a robot into the mix, you know every party featuring this robot will be a good one. Hence why Beerbot is totally worth the $799 it costs. Made in Japan, this little guy keeps a few cold ones inside his tummy. When you get thirsty, he’ll grab one and will open it for… Read More

  • Samsung Paparazzi Camcorder, VM-X300

    In most cases I wouldn’t brag about getting off or on in three seconds, but Samsung isn’t ashamed or bashful about it and I don’t blame them. The VM-X300 is the latest camcorder from Samsung and the thoughts running through my mind are downright illegal. I’m sure you, folks, can think of many situations where three seconds to turn on and off a camcorder would come in… Read More

  • Sony Updates Bravia Line, Completely Ignores Bratwurst Line

    Sony, in a surprisingly bold move, released some LCD televisions last night to an ravenous audience. The two models, the brushed metal W3000 and the glass-framed XBR4 and XBR5, have full 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 120Hz frame rate. The W3000 comes in 52-,46-, and 40-inch sizes and includes upscaling/cleaning software for nasty input sources. This technology, which Sony apparently calls… Read More

  • JetBlue Uses Google Maps

    Cheap flights and nice amenities. That seems like a decent way to sum up JetBlue. Only now, the company will offer flight-tracking via Google Maps. Yup, you can now log on to Google Maps via screens on the seat in front of you on headrests. Friends can also see where your flight is currently at by logging on to any PC with a web browser and firing up Google Maps. To coincide with the Google… Read More

  • Latest iPhone Ad, Watered Down? Yes

    What’s this now? A new iPhone ad and no one bothered to inform us? Sound the alarm! Apple’s latest dog and pony show (read: ad) shows off the Jesus Phone’s prowess in the web viewing arena. Sweet, I can check out the NYT in all its glory and utilize that awesome multi-touch thingamabob to navigate through pages. The wait is killing me. Read More

  • Dell Leaves LCD TV Business, World Weeps a Great Weep

    Raise your hand if you own a Dell LCD TV. Now, how many hands are in the air? One? Two? Ten? An exaggeration to be sure, but it’s one reason why Dell is pulling out of the LCD TV business and focusing on what brought it to the dance: halfway decent computers sold for Wal-Mart-like low prices. While Dell never actually produced any of the LCD TVs in question itself (it simply slapped its… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: War Games Edition

    CrunchArcade: War Simulations on the Front Line
    Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchair: Exactly What It Sounds Like
    Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones
    Pac-Man Debuts on Xbox Live Arcade: Now in High Definition
    Touch Sensitive Paper Read More

  • Microsoft Expands Table to Whole Kitchen

    Hot on the heels of its soon-to-be-revolutionary table, Microsoft is aiming squarely at the rest of your kitchen, and is set to roll out enough cooking gizmos to make your proverbial ass swim. The idea is called “Kitchen Client.” No, really. The devices in your kitchen will be aware and will interact with Windows Live. You’ll also have a terminal for recipes, calendars… Read More

  • Windows Apps in OS X: Is This What Leopard Can Do?

    Some of our regular readers may recall a stupid and irresponsible rumor we started right here on this blog, that being the idea, based on a slip by an Apple PR type, that future Macs might shortly ship with Vista pre-installed as a dual-boot option for Leopard. The idea isn’t just to run Windows, but to run Windows apps in the Mac OS. Many of you scoffed at the idea, and we even thought… Read More

  • Inside a Mechanical Watch

    This, friends, is the Behind the Green Door of watch videos. It’s essentially an amazing close-up of a Panerai mechanical movement running at full tilt taken with a video microscope. Clearly this is about as exciting as watching paint dry for many of you, but for watch obsessives this is full on gear-on-gear action. Read More

  • Mobile Video Watchers: Stand and Be Counted

    Nielsen, the media monitoring company famous for letting Alf stay on the air as long as it did, is now measuring mobile media eyeballs and boy is it getting some juicy info. For starters: Eight million persons 12 and older viewed video on their mobile phone (this excludes videos created with a phone’s camcorder function) Read More

  • Touch Sensitive Paper

    Blow up doll connoisseurs rejoice! A new wave of touchable tech is just around the bend.
    A team of Swedish scientists have created paper embedded with metallic particles that, when touched, complete a circuit which produces a recorded sound. The sound is played via small electromagnets
    embedded in the paper. The aim for now is to apply this technology into packaging. However, more… Read More

  • What's In This Bag?


    Kevin Poulsen, ex-hacker extraordinaire, posted a teaser image on Threat Level, one of the Wired blogs. He writes: I’m so excited by this piece we’re running tomorrow, that I’m posting this preview pic to give THREAT LEVEL readers an exclusive chance to guess what the subject is. Here’s a clue: this will be the best thing that’s ever appeared on the internet. Read More

  • Leopard Will Use ZFS File System: Sun

    Sun opened its big, fat mouth today and announced that Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Leopard will use its ZFS file system as its default. (Macs currently use HFS+ with journaling enabled as the default file system.) A full list of ZFS’ advantages can be found on Sun’s site, but this one caught my eye while quickly glancing over it: All operations are copy-on-write transactions… Read More

  • Skype Thinks Phones that Can't Run Skype Are Bad

    USA Today is running a little piece about how Skype is totally Pee Oooed about how some carriers won’t let phone owners run outside applications on their handsets. They were so angry, in fact, they wrote a sternly worded letter to the FCC about it and they intend to take this all the way to … zzzzzz… what? Oh, sorry. Read More

  • Life-size "Lost in Space" Robot Only $25K

    Goody, more robots! Today’s is a Robot B9 replica—you know, the one from “Lost in Space” that always ran around flailing his arms in the air warning about danger and hippies. She’s full-size, too, which just makes the $24,500 price all the more inviting. Right. If I had an extra $25K I probably wouldn’t be buying robots, but rather some Air Jordans and… Read More

  • Sorry, No New iMac at WWDC Next Week

    Uh, oh. Now it looks like there will not, repeat, *not* be any new iMacs at Apple’s WWDC next week. That’s what AppleInsider has learned, at any rate. But AI promises that a major overhaul of Apple consumer computers is still on track for this year, it’s just that next week is too early to launch them. (Apple might have a certain other product launch to worry about.) AI… Read More

  • Olympus Teases Us With Possible E-1 Successor

    What’s underneath the veil, Olympus? Could it be the successor to your E-1s, which are now some four years old? I know you showed a prototype SLR back at PMA, but we want the real thing, baby. We want it so bad. Or not, whatever. It better do well to compete against the heavy hitters from Nikon and Canon. “Product Page” [Olympus via fareastgizmos.com] Read More