• Emotiv to sell world's first brain-controller for $299

    We talked about the Emotiv last year during GDC and came away fairly impressed. Basically you control games with your “brain” using thoughts, expressions, and emotions to move on-screen figures. This is the final official headset — we saw a prototype last year — and it will cost about $299 at Emotiv.com. You can use the included software to connect directly to almost… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Discount flights on Virgin America

    Airline fares? Yeah, I’m telling you about discount fares on Virgin America because it’s the geekiest domestic airline out there right now. No need to use SeatGuru to find out which seats have outlets because every seat on VA has an outlet. RED is a pretty badass in-flight entertainment suite considering you don’t have to pay for it like you would on other airlines. Oh, and… Read More

  • Nubrella: The totally reinvented umbrella

    [photopress:nubrella.jpg,full,center] My God in Heaven, someone has actually improved the umbrella. I’ve been complaining about the lack of innovation in umbrella design for some time now. Feast your eyes upon Nubrella, which sorta combines the words “new” and “umbrella” into one easy-to-remember brand identity. For $60 you can look like a complete tool, but, but! Read More

  • Concept lamp runs on gravity

    [photopress:gravia_w_person_cutout_bw_400.jpg,full,center] You can take your solar power and scrub it. Solar power is great if you live in, I dunno, daylightistan (aka Los Angeles), but for those of us up here in the Northwest, it’s not practical. But we have gravity, and this lovely gravity-powered lamp will work just fine. Invented by student Clay Moulton, the lamp is primed, then… Read More

  • NewsClipper Brings All The News Video from Around the Web to One Place

    Why isn’t there a Google News for video? That is what Onar Vikingstad, a 27-year-old Norwegian Web developer with a day job at Apple, asked himself before he created NewsClipper. The site is a side project of his that brings together news video clips from the Websites of ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, NBC, and MSNBC. He explains: What I wanted to create with NewsClipper was a… Read More

  • Ultraportables: Finding one that fits your personality

    Let’s be honest. For many people, notebooks today are less and less about what’s under the hood and more and more about finding a notebook that’s easy on the eyes, customizable, and fun. So here are some popular ultraportable notebooks presented with some unabashed stereotyping about what kind of owner matches up best with what kind of notebook. For this project, we only… Read More

  • Gears of War 2 coming in November

    You will taste delicious for our traditional Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner! It’s in broken English but a “PR from Microsoft Italy” has confirmed that GoW 2 is coming in November, just in time for il Natale. UPDATE – From MS: Providing a dramatic close to Microsoft’s GDC keynote address, Epic Games Inc.’s lead designer Cliff Bleszinski announced that… Read More

  • Cobra brings Bluetooth technology to CB technology

    [photopress:29LTDBT.jpg,full,center] Back in the day before everyone had cellphones, my teenaged brain had the idea that my friends and I should all get CB radios as a way to stay in touch and coordinate our runnings around. It never happened, but I blame the CB’s stereotype of a tool of communications for toothless whiskey-brewin’ types. But if I tried again today, I might get… Read More

  • The random endorsement: XM Satellite Radio (or, why regular radio stinks)

    [photopress:endorse022008.jpg,full,right] In about two hours I will be watching either Manchester United tear apart Olympique Lyon or Barcelona and its Fantastic Four give Celtic a lesson in… losing to Barcelona. In the meantime, I just have to make with my random endorsement, which has become less and less random as the weeks have gone by. I actually have to think on the subway to… Read More

  • Asus Nova P22 gets reviewed

    The domestic version comes in black (oh, it’s the one in the middle), but I figured you guys would appreciate the eye candy. It’s true that Asus doesn’t do a whole lot in the desktop arena, but that’s where they hope the Nova P22 will make a difference. It’s meant to be a direct competitor to the Mac Mini, but it appears to fall short. It’s not easily… Read More

  • This is why I'm always so tired

    All of you do it too. XKCD [via BB] Read More

  • Skype: 100 Billion Free Phone Minutes And Counting

    Since launching four and half years ago, Skype users have talked to each other for 100 billion minutes, and that is just counting free Skype-to-Skype phone calls. Of course, many of those calls would never have been made if Skype didn’t exists, so you cannot count the entire 100 billion minutes as a loss for the phone companies. But a significant chunk of that has got to be eating away… Read More

  • Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All

    Facebook announced a number of steps today to battle the growing problem of application spam – stuff that is sent from your Facebook friends asking you to try out new services. Generally, applications force users to send these invitations in order to get access to the more interesting features. The result can be dozens or hundreds of messages a day asking you to join some service that… Read More

  • Sony: "Don't forget, PS3 is Blu-ray!"

    [photopress:blurraymenups3.jpg,full,center] Did you know that the Playstation 3 can play that new, next-gen DVD standard called Blu-ray that virtually all movies will be coming out on? It’s true! Sony wants you to know this, as it wants to remind everyone that the PS3 is an excellent Blu-ray player, which it is. Everyone agrees that PS3 is going to outsell Xbox 360 in the near future… Read More

  • Sharper Image files for bankruptcy and they never even shipped my drink-serving robot

    Sharper Image, whose catalog I once brought to my Dad when I was twelve or so and pointed to a suit of armor and told him it was $45 and he told me that was the cost for shipping and that the armor was $5,500 or something, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy citing slow sales and litigation over its Ionic Breeze air purifiers. The company tried to sue Consumer Reports for libel in 2003 over… Read More

  • Nudar: locate boobs with your GPS

    This is honestly the stupidest thing I’ve ever come across, but it’s actually really, really cool. I’m not big on strip clubs because I think it’s a waste of money to go home with blue balls, but a lot of co-eds pay their way through college thanks to dirty old men and nerdy guys like us. If you’re new to the city you’re currently inhabiting or… Read More

  • Logitech announces official steering wheel for Gran Turismo

    Just in time (not really) for the release of the latest iteration in the Gran Turismo franchise, Logitech has announced the Driving Force GT racing wheel, which appears to be the most advanced wheel ever created. It features the usual force feedback, but it’s said to be more powerful this time and it has a 24-position real-time adjustment dial so you can tweak your brake bias… Read More

  • Sony drops a trio of new customizable Walkmans

    [photopress:img_001.jpg,full,center] To compete with the iPod Shuffle, which is a fine DAP itself, Sony’s released a new line of USB-ready Walkman MP3 players, or at least in Japan. The 1, 2, or 4GB players come in many colors, have simple controls, and an LCD display. Another feature being pushed is the three-minute charge time, which gives you three hours of playback, and a longer… Read More

  • UK nerds developing "real" Jedi Academy; By comparison, my odds of getting lucky just went up

    [photopress:tags_bestwick01_i.jpg,full,center] I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Very big. But I realize it’s the results of the imagination of a guy from Modest, CA. See, George Lucas is a creator. He wrote Star Wars as a new take on Science Fiction, and it was awesome. But you shouldn’t base you religion on the writers of Science Fiction, unless your name is Tom Cruise. Jedi to… Read More

  • A moral dilemma: Should HD DVD users be allowed to rip and re-burn their discs, even if it violates DRM?

    [photopress:hd_dvd_videos.jpg,full,left] Now here’s something to think about: Now that HD DVD is dead, do you see anything wrong with HD DVD disc owners breaking the DRM on their discs to make backups of the media that they’ve bought in an effort to future-proof their investments? Think about it: when you buy a disc, whether a DVD or CD, you’re really paying for a copy of… Read More

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