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Archive for February 2007

Sharp Em One: a Pocketpc Heavy Hitter

Sharp Em One: a Pocketpc Heavy Hitter
Sharp just introduced a shmancy new handheld in Japan, called the EM ONE. Highlights of the new PocketPC include a large 4.1-inch touchscreen display and dual-slider tray that provides easy access to a full QWERTY keyboard and navigation controls. The Windows Mobile 5.0-based

Wiiminder:Enhance Your Wii Browser

Wiiminder:Enhance Your Wii Browser
The Wii’s Opera web browser is definitely better than, say, the Playstation 3’s browser by a long shot, but there are still some things that are a bit less convenient than on a normal computer. The folks over at Warp Pipe Technologies have built a web-based service called Wiiminder that makes it a bit easier to navigate on the Wii. The site adds a tabbed browsing interface to the top of pages that automatically hides itself, the ability to store favorite tabs, an “always on” search function, and even the ability to listen to Flash music while surfing other pages (by opening these files in their own tab in the background).
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Be Sure to Eat Your R.F.I.D.

Be Sure to Eat Your R.F.I.D.
The tracking technology known as RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is showing up everywhere from grocery stores, to shipping containers, to gas station, to toll roads. Now, your intestines can join in the radio wave fun! Kodak has filed this patent application for RFID tagged capsules that could be swallowed to track activity in a patient’s digestive system.

This Car Protected by Half a Million Volts of Electricity

This Car Protected by Half a Million Volts of Electricity
This theft prevention device is sure to scare off even the most hardened criminal. The custom-built Tesla coil emits a massive purple electrical field around the owners car, making thieves think twice before even looking at this car. Named after Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron, the theft deterrent device generates hundreds of thousands of volts of electricity to create an amazing and ominous light show.

The Tamagotchi That Inherits Your Personality Disorders

The Tamagotchi That Inherits Your Personality Disorders
From the company that brought you the original Tamagotchi “virtual pet,” comes a new gadget which takes that basic premise and injects your own personality into the equation. Bandai’s Human Player starts out by asking you fifty personal questions, then creates your own digital Mini-Me based on your personality traits. The “Ego-gram” test assigns of 22 personalities to start your virtual doppelganger’s life.

Play Original NES and SNES Games With the Fctwin

Play Original NES and SNES Games With the Fctwin
Got an itch to play some old Nintendo and Super Nintendo games? The FCTwin console lets you play both NES and SNES cartridges using a single, low priced console. While it’s definitely not an official Nintendo product, the console does play original cartridges from the popular retro gaming systems.

The Ultimate Outdoor Home Theater

The Ultimate Outdoor Home Theater
Take one part wet bar, one part living room, one part barbeque pit and one part home theater and you’ll begin to understand the magnificent grandeur of the Ultimate Outdoor Theater from Cal Spas. The hot tub and sauna maker recently showed off this amazing outdoor living space which could be the envy of the whole neighborhood.

Game Crazy Reveals Black Xbox 360?

Game Crazy Reveals Black Xbox 360?
According to a user over in the Cheap Ass Gamer forums, a SKU popped up in Game Crazy store’s point-of-sale system for a new Xbox 360 model, listed as follows: “GM-XBOX 360 (black/ 120GB) $479.99 NEW $439.99

Vidikron Vp-6500vhd: 65-Inches of Plasma Paradise

Vidikron Vp-6500vhd: 65-Inches of Plasma Paradise
If you’re one of those guys who just has to have the biggest screen on the block, but doesn’t want to give up the picture quality of a direct view set, check out this new 65-inch plasma set from Vidikron. The PlasmaView VP-6500VHD is one of the first THX certified displays on the market (as a matter of fact, I think Vidikron is the first plasma series to bear that distinction.)

Alpine Car Stereo iPod With Serious iPod Integration

Alpine Car Stereo iPod With Serious iPod Integration
The new Alpine iDA-X001 car stereo features some really deep integration with Apple iPod portable music players. First off, it offers complete album and track information, including album art which all shows on a bright 2.2-inch

Tech Demos From Next-Gen Star Wars Game

Tech Demos From Next-Gen Star Wars Game
The folks over at LucasArts are showing off some pretty cool new tech that’s planned for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, planned for next-generation consoles. The first video shows off the enhanced AI engine (called “Euphoria”) which provides each enemy with a “central nervous system,” which makes them intelligent and emotional reactions to stimuli in their environment: The second video shows off “Digital Molecular Matter,” which provides objects with much more realistic physical properties than seen in other game engines.

Best Katamari Damacy T-Shirt Ever

Best Katamari Damacy T-Shirt Ever
I know this might seem a bit dated, but I just found this and thought it was too funny to ignore. This t-shirt speaks for itself, simply stating “This is how I roll.” alongside a graphic of the funky Japanese games’ protagonist pushing a big old Katamari. There’s some controversy over where you can pick one of these up, though.

Raving Rabbids to Get Motion Control on Xbox 360

Raving Rabbids to Get Motion Control on Xbox 360
Rayman: Raving Rabbids has been one of the showcase titles for the Nintendo Wii’s motion sensing controller. Up until now, I had assumed that other platforms would be stuck with crummy joystick control for this game that screams out for something more.

A Clock for the True Minimalist

A Clock for the True Minimalist
Sure, there are plenty of cool modern digital clocks out there these days, but this one is so beautifully simple that you definitely should check it out. The ZER00:00 clock is so minimal that it doesn’t even provide a way to set the time.

The Flex Home Theater Pc: Too Slick for Its Own Good

The Flex Home Theater Pc: Too Slick for Its Own Good
If you’re in the market for a home theater PC that’s feature packed and looks great, check out the new FLeX line of HTPCs from Italy’s P. Guerra. FLeX home theater PCs feature zippy Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors and are packed in slick mini case that’s reminiscent of a black Mac Mini.

Car Horns Get Just That Much More Annoying

Car Horns Get Just That Much More Annoying
Remember those old car horns that played “La Cucuracha” over and over again? A California auto accessories maker hopes to bring back that awful fad in a new, even more irritating way. Let me introduce you to Horntones, a device that lets you play MP3 or WAV files of your choice through your car horn.
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