Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Modtendo #442: Wireless Controllers out of Classic Gamepads

    Our Wii is nice and all, but there’s something beyond retro about the original NES or even the SNES’s simple controller that makes us better gamers. That’s why we like what [mark] has done over at Hack-A-Day. [mark] took apart his tired old controllers and added wireless transceivers to the guts, as well as iPod Mini batteries (they’re light, you see). He then make… Read More

  • Lip Reading Computers Not Far Off

    In the far future, your computer will be able to read your lips. That is, if researchers at the U of East Anglia are successful in their three-year project. The idea is sound: using technology similar to character recognition, a computer can take input from a video camera, for example, and parse the position of a person’s lips at specified intervals. It then uses algorithms much like… Read More

  • Samsung To Launch Revolutionary USB Monitors

    Have you been dreaming about five or more monitors hooked up to your PC? Alas, our graphics cards are incapable of this task but Samsung is about to make those champagne dreams a reality. Debuting next month at CeBIT is the 19-inch Syncmaster 940UX that connects via USB. How is this even possible you ask? For the first time, users will have the option of connecting through USB as well as… Read More

  • Helio Slider Coming Soon?


    Phonescoop just spotted an odd slider from Pantech in some FCC filings. The phone, officially called the Pantech PN-810, has three layers. Sliding it up reveals a standard keypad while sliding it sideway reveals a QWERTY keypad. It has EVDO, Bluetooth, and a 2.1-megapixel camera. Not sure what Helio will call it, but it looks quite promising. Dual-Sliding Messenger Phone for Helio Spotted on… Read More

  • Danger Room: A New Defense Blog, With Danger


    Friend of the Crunch, Noah Shachtman, formerly of DefenseTech, just launched a new blog with Wired called Danger Room. Noah writes extensively on defense and military issues and promises his new blog will be pretty far out. We’ll be talking about what’s next in law enforcement, homeland security, and the military here. Not just the gear — although you’ll get more… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update


    Ugh. Mardi Gras is over, but my hang over is just beginning. Lots of drunken festivities were had. You can see my photos at my Flickr page. Anyway, quick update about The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. We’ve had a lot of great entries so far and I expect they’ll keep coming—I’m sure we’ll get a flurry of them at the end of the week. So how do you enter? Read More

  • Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Earlier today, Bill Gates went on the Vista offensive saying that the new OS has been “well received.” That’s funny, I could have sworn earlier in the week, CEO Steve Ballmer was flipping out over piracy and slow Vista sales. Gates says PC manufacturers have embraced Vista and it’s currently helping boost sales for companies. True, but what about regular… Read More

  • Mac Users Don't Do Security Says Some Brit, Some Other Guy from Ohio

    A fellow by the name of Kevin Finisterre has been posting OS X security holes and bugs on his website every day. Some aren’t too happy that Finisterre is doing this as it could let otherwise clueless attackers know what to look for when trying to penetrate an OS X box. But Kevin thinks he’s doing the right thing. He says that OS X users are lazy and don’t care about… Read More

  • My Mac Pro Is Well Hung Thanks To Sonnet, Is Yours?


    My desktop is so big I have no choice but to let it rest on the floor. My wife doesn’t complain ’cause she likes that it’s big, and she actually thinks it’s kinda sexy. However, it does make vacuuming around it and keeping it dust free a bit of a chore. But thanks to Sonnet’s new MacCuff Pro I can suspend my Mac Pro under my desk while I work. The $129.95… Read More

  • Voice Activated Answering Machines Delivers Messages, Therapy

    I actually picked up one of these voice activated answering machines the other day for about $250. Aside from giving me my messages when I ask it to, it also gives out great advice for real life situations. For instance, we had this conversation last night: VV: Hey Answering Machine, can we…talk? Answering Machine: Sure Vince, what’s up? VV: Well I think I may have crabs. Read More

  • DIY iTrip Signal Booster In An Altoids Tin

    An Altoids tin being used in a DIY project? Who would have thought! An eBay user named Cody recently purchased a Griffin iTrip despite knowing that it has crap reception. Cody then proceeded to build a signal booster with a 9V battery and an antenna stuck in an Altoids tin. Now he’s breaking FCC regulations and his iTrip works a hell of a lot better! It’s an age-old story, people… Read More

  • Griffin's Spring iPod Collection Now Shipping

    Those of you in the market for a new iPod case should take note that Griffin is now shipping some new iPod cases for its Spring collection. Here’s an easy-to-read lineup for your reading pleasure: Reflect Case: $25 – tinted reflective polycarbonate hard-shell case – iPod Video and iPod Nano Centerstage Case: $25 – lip-stand case with reflective tinted finish –… Read More

  • Lexar's 300x UDMA CompactFlash Cards

    Hipsters who hang out in the DSLR crowd should rejoice after hearing about Lexar’s new series of CF cards. These new 300x UDMA cards are professional-grade CF cards that will come in 2, 4, and 8GB sizes. Lexar claims that the new cards are 125% faster than previous versions and that UDMA-equipped devices will be able to enjoy a lovely write speed of 45MB/s. Of course you’ll need… Read More

  • Rumor: Vonage to Offer Calling Cards

    A very reliable source just reporting the Vonage is going to start offering branded calling cards which will offer about 200 free minutes and direct billing to subscriber phone numbers. They are aiming at business travellers who want to use their “home” phone number on the road and will include a unique key-generating system for security. Vonage is the most visible VoIP carrier… Read More

  • AOL Suggests Five Items Not to Buy, Loses Advertisers

    . Why, you ask? If you’re simply looking for a fun game system, you can find a Nintendo Wii (try eBay) or Xbox for around $400. You could also simply wait for more PS3 games or for the system itself to come down in price. Heresy! What does AOL know anyway! And they also say don’t buy Vista. What douches. Let’s go and flame them, fellow sub-literate fanboys. Fly! Fly! Top… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Commodore 64 Interface

    I was never really good at Guitar Hero — too fast! Too much hard music! — but I think I could probably rock it on the C64 if they eventually ported/cloned it. After all, I was really good at Falcon Quest and that 20 questions program that we used to play back in grade school. Anyway, Toni’s Shredz64 is an effort to connect the Guitar Hero controller to a Commodore 64 using an… Read More

  • Emancipate Yourself From iTunes Slavery

    , a program that will play your music on any computer, even one without iTunes. The iPod and iTunes are both great products, but to some the inability to use it anywhere and everywhere is a bit grating. This definitely settles the score. Hack Attack: Add music and movies to your iPod from any computer without iTunes [Lifehacker] Read More

  • Competitive Gaming Goes Hollywood


    Amish competitive gaming uses no electricity. With the rise of real “faces” like Fatal1ty and his ilk, competitive gaming is starting to really hit NASCAR levels. Major League Gaming is now working on bringing competitive gaming footage to TV, mobiles, and online for the amusement of ever-ravenous fans. Their deal, in partnership with Flame Ventures and talent agency Endeavor… Read More

  • Japanese Keychain Fobs: Gizmo Never Looked So Great

    Ahh, the Japanese — forever misreading cultural clues. These cellphone fobs are fairly cool. There’s a Gremling in there and some sort of green pea thing and a kewpie doll. But what’s this? A Sambo charm? A smoking baby? Something must be in the water over at Japanese Cellphone Fob Design Central. Only in Japan: Politically incorrect phone charms [Mad4MobilePhones] Read More

  • Apple Caught Red-Handed!


    Is it any surprise that folks are coming out of the woodwork and threatening to sue Apple over the iPhone? At least this one might have some validity…maybe. Quantum Research is already suing Apple for allegedly stealing touch-screen technology for the iPod’s clickwheel and now they’re prepared to fight over possible patent infringements linked to the iPhone. Duncan Bryan… Read More