Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Octopart: A Million Little Pieces

    I recently tore apart a 40GB iPod photo to discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had ripped the headphone connector in my haste. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Octopart a few days ago but I did find what I needed at iFixIt, much to my relief. Octopart is a web electronics aggregator that finds all sorts of components for the geek in all of us. You type in what you’re looking… Read More

  • WurlyBird – Stupid Name, Fun Times


    Totally Wicked Brahhh! Though the name sounds like something you’d pay $10 to a hooker for, the WurlyBird is actually designed with kids in mind. It’s basically an indoor fair ride that spins you round and round until you either puke or get off. Kids aged 3-10 can get in on this action and have themselves a little fun for once while breaking all the china in the living… Read More

  • RIAA: Thanks and Pirate Again!


    Those scamps! The RIAA is asking kids to settle online and when they fork over a good $3,500 they get a jolly message from Fat Mitch thanking them for their business. Maybe those selfsame kids need to start using more secure sharing protocols, ensuring that the RIAA will be chasing straw men for the rest of their short, ignoble careers? RIAA Likes Piracy [ReviewLister] Read More

  • Olympus E-410 Digital SLR: For Pros and Joes

    Olympus’ E-410 10-megapixel digital SLR is aimed at both photography beginners and professionals, with a few unique features that separate it from the rest of the crowd. Beginners will appreciate the 176-dgeree viewing angle Live View LCD. The logic here is that people who’ve never used a digital SLR before won’t be comfortable using an optical viewfinder, so Olympus has… Read More

  • Nokia 5700 XpressMusic In The Works

    An advert has appeared all over the web featuring a picture of the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic and the words “5700 XpressMusic”. The device itself looks a hell of a lot like the Nokia 3250 with some of the better features that come on the 5300. Not much else is known about this phone, other than the fact that it will be running Symbian S60 3rd-edition with Feature Pack 1 installed. As… Read More

  • 512MB Xbox 360 Memory Unit Being Launched For Poor People

    Truth be told, you shouldn’t have bought that Xbox 360 unless you can afford a hard drive for it. But for all the poor people up in the CrunchGear, we feel you and so does Microsoft. That’s why the software giant will be releasing a 512MB memory unit in early April. For $49.99, you’ll be able to snag a 512MB unit with “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” preloaded… Read More

  • More Sony Blu-Ray Price Cuts Coming


    The HD wars are from over, but Sony could be putting the nail in the coffin by the end of the year. Sales of Blu-Ray discs have surpassed HD-DVD sales with the help of the Sony PS3. According to Nielsen VideoScan ratings Blu-Ray owns 65% of the market share, which is a reversal from last November when HD-DVD owned 63% the market. Blu-Ray titles averaged a sales rank of 246 on Amazon where… Read More

  • Blackberry 8300 Daytona Leaked

    The newest Blackberry device has been leaked and this is what RIM fanboys have been waiting for. The Daytona/8300 boasts a set of features we expected from the 8800, which were not present, but we did hear rumors of other new RIM devices being released later on this year. The Daytona comes armed with Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and GPS. Other noteworthy facts are the improved… Read More

  • Sony NW-A800 Caught On Tape

    Sony must have been under a rock for the last 2 years, but I suppose it’s better late than never. To wit: Sony has finally entered the video media player market. The NW-A800 series Walkman will be hitting shelves in Europe in April, but we won’t see them for quite some time. Read More

  • Samsung Fridge Puts Rachael Ray On Ice

    Oh, how I wish I had this fridge for my Rachael Ray cooking needs. The Samsung RH269 wireless fridge comes with a 10.4-inch color TFT touch-panel tablet that features a digital memo pad, wireless TV/Radio, digital scheduler and food-management software. The tablet is detachable from the refrigerator door and runs on a 2400mAH Lithium Ion three-cell battery, according to the product… Read More

  • Helio Heat Hands-Burned


    The Heat is the second device from Helio that I’ve had the opportunity to try. Like the Drift, the Heat is manufactured by Samsung and imbued with all sorts of Helio specifics. Although the Heat retains GPS with buddy beacons, the most distinctive feature of the Drift, it has a lower price point and reduced features. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Rosie, Have a Pizza Edition

    Robot, Get Me A Beer
    Massager Doubles As Torture Device
    MP3 Players Usher in New Era of World Peace
    Q: Pizza Vending Machine — Pinnacle of Civilization or Depths or Depravity? (A: Both)
    Voice of Mario Not Italian?! Read More

  • Nyko Wii Charger Now Available, Keeps Planet Green

    For those tired of constantly replacing their AA batteries because of all the Wii-mote action, here comes a way to save some money on batteries (that is, if you end up spending more than $30 for batteries in your Wii lifetime). The Nyko Wii Charge Station is now available for $30 on Amazon.com. The station includes two NiMH rechargeable battery packs that replace the two AA batteries… Read More

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    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