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Archive for March 2007

Otokibako: Crank Up the Tunes, Literally.

Otokibako: Crank Up the Tunes, Literally.
This electronic kit from Japan looks like a traditional music box from the outside, but when you open up the cover, it reveals an array of electronics that play music read from specially encoded music sheets.

PS3 1.60 Update Adds Background Downloads, More

PS3 1.60 Update Adds Background Downloads, More
On Thursday, March 22, the Sony PlayStation 3 will be getting a much-anticipated upgrade to its system software. The 1.60 update will add the ability to queue downloads for background processing, rather than the arduous “wait and pray” download method that the console currently offers.
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The Touchless Touchscreen Monitor

The Touchless Touchscreen Monitor
Sure, everybody is doing touchscreen interfaces these days, but this is the first time I’ve seen a monitor that can respond to gestures without actually having to touch the screen. The monitor, based on technology from TouchKo was recently demonstrated by White Electronic Designs and Tactyl Services at the CeBIT show.

Worst Computer Ever

Worst Computer Ever
Check out this rare DELTA-C vintage Soviet computer (if you can call 1991 “vintage”) that I found over on eBay. It’s apparently a clone of the classic Sinclair ZX personal computer, but it sure looks like something you’d find down in a Dharma station on LOST.

Printer Claims 60 Pages Per Minute

Printer Claims 60 Pages Per Minute
A company that has spent the last thirteen years researching inkjet printing technologies (yet never released a product) claims they have developed a technology which will allow desktop printers to print at ridiculously fast speeds. Australia’s Silverbrook Research has circulated a video of the prototype device in action, churning out pages at an astounding thirty pages per minute in full color, sixty pages in black and white: Their “Memjet” technology claims to achieves these stellar speeds by using a print head that spans the entire width of a page.

Chrome Your Wii

Chrome Your Wii
Console mod shop XCMLiVE is now offering a chrome case mod for the Nintendo Wii. The case is a complete replacement shell kit that covers all sides of the Wii and includes a chrome finish stand as well.

Planetary Orbit Clock

Planetary Orbit Clock
Here’s another interesting clock brought to us by Japanese online retailer Rakuten. This space-inspired table clock mimics planets in orbit to tell time. If you can make out the cryptic diagrams above, little metal planets orbit a larger central planet at the middle of the “universe.” One planet signifies hours, another minutes, and the last tiny planet is the second hand.

Yoggie: the Mini Network Security Appliance

Yoggie: the Mini Network Security Appliance
If software-based security products are getting you down, check out this little (and I do mean little) gadget called the Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro. It’s a complete computer security solution that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.

The Only Way to Play Virtua Fighter 5

The Only Way to Play Virtua Fighter 5
The SEGA Virtua Stick High Grade Controller is a must buy if you’re serious about your fighting games. Originally available only in Japan, the controller is available worldwide from importer Play-Asia, so you can play with the big boys now.

Digital Cube G43: World’s Smallest Windows XP UMPC

Digital Cube G43: World’s Smallest Windows XP UMPC
While the Pocket PC and smartphones are enough for most of us who need a pocket computer, sometimes a full-on version of Windows is what you’d like. The Digital Cube I-Station G43 aims to solve this problem by providing a complete Windows XP computer in a palm-sized UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) device.

Galaxy Programmable Dot Matrix Scrolling Watch

Galaxy Programmable Dot Matrix Scrolling Watch
These LED watches not only show your the day, date and time, they can be programmed to scroll a custom message of your choice on their dot-matrix display. Galaxy Programmable watches let you enter up to 121 characters for display on a bright 21 x 7 LED matrix.

Polk Audio Midock10: iPod Stereo Du Jour

Polk Audio Midock10: iPod Stereo Du Jour
Polk Audio today announced the start of their new Polk Audio Designs product line, which is focused on producing “mass-appeal” audio products including iPod accessories, radios and other sound systems. The first product to be released is the MiDock10, a portable iPod audio system set to compete in an already crowded market of “me too” devices.

Hubo, the Walking Robot Chair

Hubo, the Walking Robot Chair
I stumbled across this video over on Technovelgy this morning and thought it worth a mention. The HUBO FX-1 is a humanoid robot that happens to have a seat on top of it instead of a head.

LG Chocolate J10hd Home Theater System

LG Chocolate J10hd Home Theater System
This new media center from LG is being sold under the “Chocolate” moniker which has become synonymous with “sleek, modern design.” The new LG J10HD system is a full-featured home entertainment system complete with DVD player, 2.1 channel sound and an onboard 80GB hard drive for media storage.

Sendstation Pocketdock Av: Easy iPod Connectivity

Sendstation Pocketdock Av: Easy iPod Connectivity
These days, iPod docks seem to be a dime a dozen, so it’s refreshing to see when someone thinks a little outside of the box. Enter the SendStation PocketDock AV, a portable device that clips onto the bottom of your iPod and lets you access all the audio, video and computer connectivity you need while you’re on the road.

Enano: Tiny Pc, Big Heart, Even Bigger Price Tag

Enano: Tiny Pc, Big Heart, Even Bigger Price Tag
Enano Computer’s Windows-based desktop PCs measure in at just 6-inches square by 2-inches tall, making them about 1/2-inch smaller than a Mac Mini. Enano desktop computers come in a variety of configurations ranging from a low-power Celeron M CPU all the way up to an Intel Core 2 Duo model loaded with multimedia features.
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