Tag Archives: Gadgets

Mini Robo Vacuum

This has got to be the coolest little gadget I have stumbled upon in quite some time.

This fun desktop robot will clean up all your messes! Simply press top button and zoom over crumbs, pencil shavings or other debris and he’ll sweep ’em up. Requires 2 AA batteries, not included. In three colors. Red, gray or black!

You can purchase one at FredFlare.com.

And for more geeky awesomeness I saw these cool Emotibud Earbuds at ShanaLogic.

“Are you sick of your plain ear buds? Well, our friends at Emotibles have solved your fashion problem!” They are flexible charms fit classic iPod earbuds as well as second-generation earbuds with included inserts. Who needs a mood ring when you have Emotibuds!?

Apple loses trademark bid; Hershey’s gadget line

Hershey’s has joined hands with Jazwares to develop a line of consumer electronics. They are rather interesting and unique. Check out the 1-4GB USB drives that resemble Hershey’s chocolates. I hope they have a dark chocolate version. Besides this, there will be a range of digital cameras, earphones and speakers that will assume the shape of one of your favorite Hershey’s candies too. I wonder if the earphones will look like Kisses? Expect the price of the products to vary between $15-$30.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showed up at Jon Stewart’s pad the other day to discuss the Kindle 2, and Jon seemed fairly unimpressed. They were just finally getting into a groove when Bezos dropped the price bomb, and then their fleeting segment was over. It’s embedded after the break. Amazon VP Ian Freed has also been chatting up the device, but in a more technical nature. On designing the Kindle he reiterates the “invisibility” design ethic surrounding the device, about making it “disappear” for the user. They also improved the cellular modem for improved reception, and also fended off features like a color screen that would shorten battery life, up the price and cause the device to generate more heat and make its presence known. As far as text to speech goes, he thinks it’s good for short stretches of reading, and notes that it covers the vast majority of titles that aren’t available in an audio format.

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Apple has failed in its bid to trademark the word “pod” in Australia, due to an objection from a guitar electronics company that produces a product by a similar name. Guitar accessories group Line 6, manufactures the “POD” device, blocked the trademark claim, arguing it has a pre-existing trademark in the same category related to musical devices. While Line 6 has sold far fewer units of its product than Apple’s range of iPod devices, Australian Trade Marks Office hearing officer Iain Thompson declared that the POD device was still an established product.

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NASA has announced the imminent debut of a promotional film entitled Return to the Moon, made for the radical new “spherical film-making” projection system.

What, you didn’t know about spherical movies? Neither did we, to be honest. In essence, the idea is to project the images not onto a flat screen but onto a large sphere hanging suspended in the auditorium.

This is obviously ideal for movies such as Return to the Moon, which largely consists of imagery from various NASA lunar missions. According to the space agency:

“The LRO in particular will be looking to map the Moon very precisely, hoping to avoid bottom-puckering moments like that suffered by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969 when they found their lander’s autopilot taking them down into a crater bottom strewn with massive boulders. By the time they had manually maneuvered to a clear area for landing, they had less than 30 seconds’ fuel left.”

Toys without batteries! Phone Sick Note.

For those who are looking for the latest and greatest construction toy, like Lego or K’nex, then you have found what you are looking for with the Topodo.

Topodo is designed by people at the MIT Media lab, and allows the user to create projects that can walk and do other actions of motion. That may sound like Lego’s Mindstorms NXT, but in this case, the Topodo user does not need a computer, or even batteries.

That’s right, no batteries are required to make these toys move, as the Topodo comes with a special set of kinetic memory motors. They work by having the user moving the limbs or body parts, and these special parts will reproduce the action, enabling creations to walk across the floor without power.

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Applied Nanodetectors Ltd. (AND) from the UK is currently parading a prototype cell phone at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference that is able to detect various diseases simply by analyzing the user’s breath. The phone itself is made by Nokia, featuring AND’s chip inside that features integrated sensors which are able to detect minute traces of different gases including CO2, NOx and ammonia (NH3). Once detected, the chip will get to work by analyzing the composition of the user’s breath while tabulating the density of each gas. The results will be compared against characteristics of various diseases in order to detect whether one is possibly suffering from a certain type of disease or not. Sounds cool, but the phone is still a long way off from being commercially available.

So tell your boss that your phone told you to stay home sick. See how that one works for ya.

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A report in The Wall Street Journal is indicating that cable giants Time Warner Cable and Comcast are in talks with some of the companies that operate pay-cable channels, for a plan to make some of the networks’ content available online to subscribers. It’d probably be on a streaming, ad-supported basis, and probably available for free to existing subscribers.

It really is a super smart phone with Truphone

Good grief, I thought all the different Windows Vista options were a pain in the neck, but with Windows 7 there will be even more!

* Windows 7 Starter
* Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
* Windows 7 Home Premium
* Windows 7 Professional
* Windows 7 Enterprise
* Windows 7 Ultimate

Good luck.

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Using a Wi-Fi connection for voice calls is not a new idea , as we’re currently enjoying the Truphone app on the iPod Touch and the specially created Skype phones from 3, but this is the first time T-Mobile have chosen to dip their toes into this treacherous pool. They’ve updated their Shadow handset, which will now be capable of using a Wi-Fi signal. This allows you to make unlimited calls over Wi-Fi networks, moving away from the standard cellular network.

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Google announced its “Doodle 4 Google 2009” competition Tuesday. According to the company, all Kindergarten through 12th grade U.S. students can design a Google logo based on the theme, “What I wish for the World.” Applications will be accepted until March 31 and the winner’s doodle will be displayed on Google’s homepage on May 21. The winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school. Google will also award a school district $10,000 for the “greatest quality participation.”

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Do your kids need a “screen time” manager? Parents don’t have to worry about just too much TV viewing these days, they also have to worry about just how long their child is glued in front of their computer screen.

Hook the gadget up to your computer. With each child, you can pick and choose how long you want them to be able to be on the computer. It can track hours per day and hours per week, as well as being able to recognize periods of time when they’re not allowed on the computer at all. Once they’ve reached the time limit, it shuts off the device.

Snow exposure and Bookmarking with Snap Links

CHOMPr, is a conceptual hamburger grasping device bound to divide the burger savoring tongues and hands in at least one way.

If I ever see anyone using something like this I think I’d scoff aloud and throw something at them. Licking the salt off your cheeseburger fingers is part of the process. And if it’s a really ketchupy burger than just use the wrapper or a napkin for pete’s sake. This invention is ludicrous.

Pshaw to whomever thought it up!

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Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Grab a whole cluster of links and open, bookmark, copy, or download them with Snap Links, a nifty extension recently updated for Firefox 3.

After installing the add-on, you head to the options, choose which button—left, right, or middle—you want to activate it from, then use a familiar rectangle selection tool to select multiple links on a page. The basic option is to open each selected link in a new tab, but hold the control key when releasing your button and you’ll get a range of convenient options—the “Download All” choice, in particular.

Snap Links Plus, updated recently by the official author after months of unofficial versions for Firefox 3, is a free download, works wherever Firefox does.

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How to photograph snow?

in a nutshell: turn your exposure up to +1 – find it in exposure compensation, of just the menu option marked +/-

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Rubik’s 360.

It’s sphereical!

Imagine that, right? Said device is about to be officially unveiled in Germany this week at a national toy show, and while many question its ability to recreate the wonder and amazement associated with the original Cube, puzzle aficionados the world over are still enthusiastic about giving it a go. The unit features six balls trapped inside of three transparent plastic spheres; in order to solve it, players must figure out how to get the internal balls “from an inner sphere into matching slots on the outer sphere by shaking them through a middle sphere that has only two holes.”

I will definitely be getting one for Braeden.

Fluidic energy into electricity

A remedy for those people who type everything in CAPS!

It is actually a standard Caps Lock key that features a couple of 14-gauge 10-millimeter spikes screwed inside two tiny holes drilled into the key. Lol. It exists!

And then here’s a gadget/sensor thing that can turn your water and gas into electricity. Researchers of the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group TEG have now successfully managed to convert this fluidic energy into electricity.

Fraunhofer researchers from Stuttgart have developed a new technology that enables the production of energy-autonomous and thus low-maintenance sensors. “Our system is eminently suitable for sensors in pneumatic plants, as we can convert the kinetic energy from air or water into electricity,” explains Jose Israel Ramirez, who is doing research on this topic at the TEG. “The fluidic energy transducer generates electricity in the microwatt or milliwatt range. This is sufficient to supply cyclically operating sensors with enough energy to read out and transmit the relevant data.”

Click through for the full press release >>

iHeart iGadget

Let me reiterate…I do not have an iPod. I don’t. And I’ve always said that I won’t. But now they’ve gone and created software to make an iPod the ultimate geek toy!

iGadget

iGadget, allows you to add driving directions, weather reports, movie showtimes, RSS, text files and utilize Outlook features such as email, appointments, tasks and contacts. There are new plug-ins releasing constantly and just last week they added a feature which allows you to find gas prices for any location in the US.

….aw man. Gimmie one of those solar panel beach bags and an iPod with the iGadget and I’d never leave the sand.