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Archive for January 2007

Sony Finds a New Way to Take Our Money

Sony Finds a New Way to Take Our Money
Rather than solving such important challenges as delivering quality games, fixing the awful PlayStation Network interface, or working out the nasty bugs in the system’s PS2 backwards compatibility, Sony has announced that they’ll be releasing an exciting new add-on for the PlayStation 3 console… drum-roll please…. The Edy reader connects via USB and will provide Japanese PS3 owners with a way to pay for stuff on the PlayStation Network using Edy “e-money” stored on their cell phones, or in smart cards found in vending machines.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
For those of us insomniacs who have lots of restless nights, there’s a new gadget out that’s designed to help us know how much sleep we’re really getting. The $149 Sleeptracker is a watch-like device that straps to your wrist and monitors how much sleep you get by monitoring for movements while you’re tossing and turning in your sleep.
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Fuji F40fd: Flash Comparison and Face Recognition Camera

Fuji F40fd: Flash Comparison and Face Recognition Camera
Have you ever taken a photo with the flash on, only to discover the image was washed out? The Fuji FinePix F40fd digital camera lets you see a preview of your pictures with the flash both on and off.

Philips Ambisound Hts8100 Home Theater in a Box

Philips Ambisound Hts8100 Home Theater in a Box
Single-box surround systems seem to be all the rage these days, with systems like Yamaha’s YSP line of sound projectors and the iLive Virtual Surround System recently in the news. Now Philips has revealed their entry into the virtual surround market with their Ambisound HTS8100 system. The Ambisound system features virtual 5.1

Sansa Express: One-Ups the iPod Shuffle

Sansa Express: One-Ups the iPod Shuffle
SanDisk’s latest entry into the budget MP3 player market looks like it could be a winner. It features a compact design that plugs directly into your USB port, and outdoes Apple’s tiny iPod Shuffle on a number of fronts. First off, at $59.99,

Sunwave Src-3200: the Universal Remote Goes Technicolor

Sunwave Src-3200: the Universal Remote Goes Technicolor
With all of the universal remote controls out there, it’s getting pretty tough for remote makers to differentiate themselves. This new remote from Sunwave does a good job standing out from the crowd by offering multi-color LED backlighting for its touchscreen interface. The Sunwave SRC-3200 lets you choose from 7 different backlight colors and an LCD touch panel display that only shows relevant buttons for the current device.

Where Ms. Pac-Man Goes When She Eats Too Many Cherries

Where Ms. Pac-Man Goes When She Eats Too Many Cherries
The answer is simple… The Pac-Man bathroom. Located in the independent gaming store, Game Junkie in West Chester, Ohio, this bathroom is decked out with a Ms. Pac-Man mosaic tile design. I particularly appreciate the scoring chart detail to the right of the mirror. [via BBPS, photos via toxickaty]

Chaos: One Tough Robot

Chaos: One Tough Robot
Autonomous Solutions has developed a robot, known as Chaos, specifically for use in hazardous situations too dangerous for human personnel. The robot has a unique 4-tread design that lets it maneuver through difficult environments. According to Autonomous, Chaos is made for challenging jobs like explosive disposal, search and rescue, hauling gear and “other dull, dirty or dangerous tasks.”

Tony Hawk $50 Helmet Cam

Tony Hawk $50 Helmet Cam
The Tony Hawk Helmet Cam is designed for skate punks who want to record their faceplants and other smooth moves for posterity. The little camera straps onto any helmet and can be aimed with a laser-targeting system.

Crackdown Demo Coming to Xbox Live 1/23

Crackdown Demo Coming to Xbox Live 1/23
Major Nelson, Microsoft’s inside man on all things Xbox, is reporting that after numerous delays and much anticipation, the downloadable demo of Crackdown will be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace for download on next Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:00 Pacific Time. Crackdown is a 3-D action/driving game, from the original creator of the Grand Theft Auto series, Dave Jones.

Tech Deal: All Games, Cds and Dvds 25% Off at Tower

Tech Deal: All Games, Cds and Dvds 25% Off at Tower
The Tower Records website is offering an amazing deal on all video games at the moment. Until January 22nd, 2007, all video games, cds, dvds, books and accessories on the site are 25% off. A cursory check of the site turned up recent titles like Lost Planet, Resistance: Fall of Man, and Gears of War for just $44.99

Looking for a Low Maintenance Pet?

Looking for a Low Maintenance Pet?
If you’re just too lazy to clean your filthy cat box, or don’t want to worry about picking up another bag of Tender Vittles, have I got a pet for you! The creepy FurReal Breathing Cat is an artificial pet that lays on its own little bed and looks like its breathing.

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap
This DIY Digital Voice Changer Kit lets you mask the sound of your voice by playing with the pitch and vibrato of your speech. Just speak into the built-in microphone, adjust the pitch control, and you can sound like anything from a hostage taker to a mouse on speed. The kit is just $12.95,

The Wii Laptop

The Wii Laptop
My favorite console mod-god, Ben Heck is at it again. This time, he’s helped Engadget take Nintendo’s Wii gaming console and turned it into a laptop. The portable features a 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, and even has a built-in “sensor bar” replacement at the top of the screen.

Create 3d Images the Old School Way

Create 3d Images the Old School Way
With all the talk about pixel shaders, normal mapping and HDR lighting, sometimes I just wish for a kinder, gentler time when 3D meant watching a bad science fiction movie through a pair of cheap, headache-inducing red and blue glasses. Now you too can create 3D images using the classic red and blue method using this fun little kit.

Does Your Phone Smell?

Does Your Phone Smell?
In their never-ending quest to create solutions to a problems that don’t exist, NTT Docomo and Sony Ericsson have developed a new line of scented cell phones. Yeah, you heard that right. The SO703i Sony Bravia Aroma Phone will offer a variety of interchangeable aroma “sheets” that will keep your phone smelling fresh as the day you bought it.
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