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Archive for January 2007

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile
One of the biggest problems with touchscreen interfaces is the lack of any sort of tactile feedback. In response to this concern, Samsung has released a touchscreen phone with Immersion’s VibeTonz haptic feedback system. The Samsung SCH-W559 phone provides users with a vibration that approximates the sensation of a key click when they interact with the phone’s touchscreen.

Turn Your Walls Into a Starfield

Turn Your Walls Into a Starfield
Sick of the same four white walls? This new projection gadget might just help you make that room a little less drab. The Laser Stars Projector will take a plain white room and turn it into a twinkling, ever changing starfield (assuming you turn off the lights.) The 10-inch tall projector uses a bright green laser and other holographic tricks to create a panorama of thousands of stars.
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Nike Speed+ Watch Details Leaked

Nike Speed+ Watch Details Leaked
Apparently, Nike is getting ready to release a new digital watch that can record and upload data from their Nike+ shoe sensors without the use of an iPod. The new watch, called the Nike Speed+ appeared for just a few minutes on Nike’s European website before vanishing.

Dead Rising Live Action Video: Classic

Dead Rising Live Action Video: Classic
The live-action video game troublemakers over at Mega64 has posted this great video inspired by Dead Rising: Titled “Welcome to Willamette Mall,” it’s a must see for anyone who’s played the Xbox 360 hit zombie action title.

Apple to Offer Fairplay Drm Licensing?

Apple to Offer Fairplay Drm Licensing?
Up until now, its been nearly impossible to (legally) use your purchased iTunes music and videos on anything other than Apple’s own gear. According to a post on Tech.co.uk, this may be about to change soon.

Steven Colbert Explains Cingular Name Change

Steven Colbert Explains Cingular Name Change
Watch and learn… Funny thing is… I’m pretty sure I’ve been a customer of all of these companies at one point or another. [via Digg]

Chrome Your Xbox 360

Chrome Your Xbox 360
Think Microsoft’s white Xbox 360 case is a bit bland? While you could pick up one of Microsoft’s not so exciting faceplates for the 360, or stick on some sort of cheap-looking vinyl decal, why not go all out and replace the whole case with something a little less dull? National Console Support is now offering replacement shells for the Xbox 360 in see-through, glossy black, and an oh-so-lovely chrome finish.

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel
A little while back, I told you about Sony’s forthcoming round VAIO TP1 home computer. Now Sony has announced an additional wheel shaped component that lets you receive HDTV broadcasts and pipe them into a media center PC. The Sony DT1 is a stand-alone television tuner that can tune both analog or digital broadcasts, but also integrates with media center PCs such as the round VAIO TP1 to provide HD DVR capabilities.

The Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun

The Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun
Looking for a way to get rid of your annoying neighbor? Why not shoot them 144 times?… not with bullets, but with rubber bands! The $395 Incredible Rubberband Machine Gun is a mechanical work of wonder that holds 144 individual rubberbands.

Klegg Genesis: Internet Enabled LCD Televisions

Klegg Genesis: Internet Enabled LCD Televisions
Klegg Electronics, known for their home audio gear has unveiled a series of Internet-enabled flat panel televisions in their “Genesis” product line. The new displays come in 40-inch and 46-inch LCD versions, and feature Windows XP (hopefully MCE) embedded chip that enables web surfing, e-mail and digital media file access. The sets each have a 1366×768 native resolution panel (supporting 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p and 1080i) and an over the air ATSC tuner.

Halo 3 Legendary Edition Comes With a Helmet

Halo 3 Legendary Edition Comes With a Helmet
Halo fanboys unite! It’s been revealed that the upcoming $99 Halo 3 Legendary Edition (due this October) will include a variety of special bonus features, including 3 bonus DVDs with behind-the-scenes footage, hi-resolution cinematics from Halo and Halo 2, Red vs Blue episodes and more.

Bender Bending Rodriguez: Best Casemod in a Long Time

Bender Bending Rodriguez: Best Casemod in a Long Time
For those of you who are fans of Matt Groening’s classic animated show, Futurama, here’s a computer casemod was just dying to be done. Modeled after everyone’s favorite acerbic, beer-swilling, foul-mouthed robot, Bender, this is one fine piece of casemodding work.

Sony Files Patent for Motion Sensing Controller

Sony Files Patent for Motion Sensing Controller
Back in May 2006, Sony filed a patent application, titled “Detectable and Trackable Handheld Controller,” which approaches motion sensing control in a totally different way than the Nintendo Wii does it. Unlike the Wii’s internal accelerometer and gyroscopic sensors, Sony’s patent uses a series of four LEDs on the front of the controller, which provide points of reference for a webcam device that sits on top of a TV.

Weird Japan: Sega Foot Massager

Weird Japan: Sega Foot Massager
After you sit around waiting for SEGA’s new Sonic game to load, nothing is more relaxing than a nice foot massage. Well, at least that’s what the game maker has got in store for visitors to one of their arcades in Shibuya, Japan. According to a visitor to the arcade: …there is a Sega arcade in Shibuya that has this bizarro Sega-made foot massage machine called Ashipuri.

Playstation 3 U.K. Launch Date

Playstation 3 U.K. Launch Date
Despite rumors to the contrary, it sounds like the Sony Playstation 3 console is still slated for release in the United Kingdom this March. GamesIndustry.biz is reporting a March 23, 2006 U.K. launch date after speaking with several reputable sources. Sony’s UK advertising agency, TWBA, told the publication that their advertising campaign would begin in late March.

Openmoko + Fic Neo1973 : Open Source Smartphone

Openmoko + Fic Neo1973 : Open Source Smartphone
Between the iTunes DRM, a 2-year AT&T/Cingular contract commitment and a slim chance you’ll be able to write custom applications for the device, Apple’s iPhone is beginning to sound like one highly restrictive device. On the flip side, there’s the OpenMoko open source phone platform. Running on top of Linux, OpenMoko will offer an open source framework for developing mobile device applications.
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