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Archive for January 2007

USB Gadget Reminds You to Watch Your Posture

USB Gadget Reminds You to Watch Your Posture
If you have a tendency to slouch when working at your computer like I sometimes do, you might want to think about this little gadget that’s been around in Hong Kong for a while, but just now hitting our shore thanks to Chinese gadget exporter, Brando. The Visomate is a little LED device that plugs into your USB port and keeps watch on the position of your

Pocket Gamepad Folds and Fits in Your Pocket

Pocket Gamepad Folds and Fits in Your Pocket
This little USB controller has a fun little trick up its sleeve. The Pocket Gamepad is hinged in the middle, folds in half and flips shut for maximum portability. The compact game controller measures just 3.93″
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Miracles of Modern Medicine: the Giant Eyeball Magnet

Miracles of Modern Medicine: the Giant Eyeball Magnet
This makes me very, very glad that medical science has progressed in our lifetimes. Apparently, back in the 1930’s, doctors thought this giant, 800-lb. magnet would be a good way to remove metal fragments from patients’ eyes. It’s also quite good for sucking all the metal fillings out of their heads.

The Very First Pictures of the Apple iPhone

The Very First Pictures of the Apple iPhone
I guess Apple has had their eye on the phone market for a long time… And before you call fake, you can view the original patent filing here. Can you imagine us all running around with phones shaped like these?

Pcpal: the All-in-One Presenter Mouse

Pcpal: the All-in-One Presenter Mouse
For those of us travel with our laptops for work, anything that can reduce the number of accessories you have to carry is a good thing. The PCPAL 3-in-1 Laptop Mouse aims to integrate a mouse, laser pointer and presentation remote control in a single slim device.

Wii Gets News Channel Today

Wii Gets News Channel Today
One of the great things about all of the current-gen gaming consoles is the ability to add new content and features through online downloads. Nintendo today released the News Channel on the Nintendo Wii. The News Channel features live feeds from the Associated Press.

Whoops: Sony Posts Pgr3 Screenshot as Gran Turismo HD

Whoops: Sony Posts Pgr3 Screenshot as Gran Turismo HD
The faux pas of the day comes to us courtesy of master of all things Xbox, Major Nelson. Apparently, some junior web developer over at Sony mistakenly used a screenshot of the Xbox hit racing game, Project Gotham Racing 3 in an advertisement for Gran Turismo 4. The ad was posted for a short time on Sony’s PSP Connect website, and has since been taken down.

Technology Goes Down the Toilet

Technology Goes Down the Toilet
You’ll never have to leave the throne again now that Roto Rooter has created the ultimate toilet, which includes a full arsenal of high-tech toys and other gadgets. Designed for the world’s laziest man, the Roto Rooter Pimped Out John includes a 20-inch flat-panel LCD TV, an Xbox 360, DVD player, a laptop, a TiVo DVR, and an iPod docking station (mounted conveniently on a toilet-paper dispenser.)

Meet the Moppels: Flexible LED Desk Lamps

Meet the Moppels: Flexible LED Desk Lamps
Moppels are cute little desk lamps, powered by long lasting LED lamp technology. Each lamp provides over 100,000 hours of life, and never needs replacing. Moppel lights come in a variety of fun designs including dinosaurs, snakes, people and other shapes.

Sony Vaio R Master: Quad Core Pc Power, but at a Price.

Sony Vaio R Master: Quad Core Pc Power, but at a Price.
For those of you who can never get enough horsepower in your PC, you might want to check out some of the new Intel Core 2 Quad core CPU machines coming out this year. One such machine is the Sony Vaio R Master desktop PC. The machine is the new bad boy on Sony’s block, featuring a quad core 2.4GHz

Popcatcher Musicdock Cuts Commercials and Talk From Broadcasts

Popcatcher Musicdock Cuts Commercials and Talk From Broadcasts
If you’ve ever wanted to record FM broadcasts to your MP3 player, but didn’t want the commercials or talk in between songs, today is your lucky day. The new PopCatcher MusicDock MD-601 is a portable MP3 player and a standalone FM-radio dock that can capture FM broadcasts to MP3, commercial-free.

Sony Fixes PS3/PS2 Backwards Compatibility Issue

Sony Fixes PS3/PS2 Backwards Compatibility Issue
Since the Sony PlayStation 3 hit shelves back in November, it’s been racked with complaints about a huge bug with PS2 backwards compatibilty. Specifically, the PS3 would screw up the graphics on non-progressive scan PS2 titles (of which there are many), by creating odd artifacts on every other vertical line of images.

HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Players to be the Norm

HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Players to be the Norm
According to a recent report from ABI Research, the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray format war will be won not by either format, but by dual-format players, such as the recently released LG BH100 combo player. According to the Steve Wilson, ABI’s principal consumer electronics analyst: “We believe that universal players will come to dominate the high-definition DVD player market.” In addition to the LG player that hit shelves this week, Samsung and other vendors are expected to release combination HD DVD / Blu-Ray players in the coming months.

Caution: Mouse Contents May be Hot

Caution: Mouse Contents May be Hot
What happens when you combine a computer mouse and a cup of ‘joe? 2nd degree burns? Nope. You get the Mug Mouse, a conceptual design that’s meant to make you slow down when using your computer. Simply fill the cup with coffee, then plug it into your USB port (or is it the other way around?)

Rumor Alert: New Wii-Mote Controller in the Works?

Rumor Alert: New Wii-Mote Controller in the Works?
Now this is what I call a truly third-hand rumor… MaxConsole is reporting that GameFront is saying that an article in Japanese Game Labo magazine claims that Nintendo is working on a new remote controller for the Wii gaming console.

Springboard: Interactive Shopping Carts

Springboard: Interactive Shopping Carts
As our society gets more and more used to advertising at every turn, it’s no surprise that interactive advertising is making its way to the place where we’re most likely to be ready to purchase, our shopping carts. The Concierge system provides shoppers with a wireless, touchscreen computer which can provide interactive advertising and other content to shoppers.
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