Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • 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

    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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • LG-KH1300: Now With Hot Models

    It’s a slow news day and I figured some eye candy was in order. We all know that SK gets the best phones because most of the top tier mobile phone manufacturers reside there. LG has been on a hot streak lately, releasing drool-worthy mobile phones one after another. The KH 1300 is the newest to join the already stacked LG line up. With HSDPA you’ll be downloading MP3s wicked fast. Read More

  • Thin-and-very-light Gaming Notebook From ABS

    It doesn’t have the fastest graphics available, but if you like a little 3D-gaming action when you’re on the road, the ABS Mayhem Blackhawk notebook will let you do just that. The 14.1-inch widescreen laptop weighs a travel-friendly 3.8 pounds—a weight generally found only in smaller-screened, business-oriented ultraportables. Graphics are driven by a 256MB Nvidia GeForce… Read More

  • Option USB GlobeSurfer iCON HSUPA Modem

    The world is shedding its wires and I, for one, am thrilled. Option has just announced a USB version of its GlobeSurfer HSUPA modem. The device offers the ability to suck in a 7.2Mbps downstream and pump out a 2Mbps upstream. It features a swivel USB head so it should be able to easily fit any USB port, despite bothersome casings or whatever. It supposedly offers plug and play capability and… Read More

  • JBL On Air Control Wireless Speakers Reviewed, Not So Wireless


    JBL’s On Air Control 2.4G wireless satellite speakers, mentioned on this very site at the end of January, promised to add some stereo audio to your life without all the necessary wiring required for standard sats. Well, turns out the speakers are about as wireless as something with a lot of wires. See, like all other “wireless” speaker systems currently available, the On… Read More

  • Sanyo MAJ-U02 Ghetto Blaster

    The MAJ-U02 is equipped with a CD player, USB port, cassette deck (sweet!), digital FM tuner and a SD/MMC slot. The speakers are also hopped up with a bass reflex system, an amplifier with bass boost (all ghetto blasters need that), and an optical digital audio out. But do I really want to spend $250 for something that can play my old mix-tapes? Probably not, but you should have heard how… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Has a Winnah


    Whew. It’s been about two weeks since we launched our Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. And today we can finally announce a winner. We’ve seen some truly disastrous workspaces during our travels. I felt a lot of vindication. All those years of my parents telling me I had the messiest desk on Earth and me insisting that I did not. You’ve proven me right and for that I… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Newest Convergence Device: Big Let Down

    Convergence, convergence, convergence!!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, convergence devices are awesome, but Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile phone/remote control device is just plain ridiculous. Can you imagine how bad the battery life on this will be? I don’t really care if it has a touch screen, the ability to control various devices via those interfaces… Read More

  • It's iPod Speakers And a Pet Carrier! Hooray!

    I’ve done it. I’ve done what scienticians and philosophizors could not: I have discovered a way to make Paris Hilton more annoying. It is called the Beat Generation Stereo Pet, by LifePop, and it’s a tote for your pup or kitten with integrated speakers for your iPod. No, really, that’s where we are as a society. If Paris had one of these, then the next time we’d… Read More

  • Finally, An MP3 Player for the Life Aquatic

    Swimming and listening to music aren’t generally things I think of doing together, but apparently it isn’t just second tier super hero Aquaman who wants to listen to tunes while getting wet and wild. Freestyle Audio is introducing the Audio Digital Music Player, which they claim is nearly indestructible. This MP3 features shock proof, skip free audio and can go deep – up to… Read More

  • Olympus VJ-10: 37GB Of Storage…Why?

    The Olympus VJ-10 radio comes equipped with a hefty 37GB hard drive. I’m not really sure why anyone would want this, but I guess it’s cool. You can record up to 2,500 hours of your favorite radio shows or upload your MP3 and WMA files. The screen measures in at 3.9-inches and comes pre-set with 20 different stations. The only real use I would have for this is to use it as an… Read More