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Archive for August 2007

Tokyoflash Morse Code Watch: Dots and Dashes

Tokyoflash Morse Code Watch: Dots and Dashes
Every time watch importer TokyoFlash reveals another one of their wacky digital watches, it makes my giddy with excitement. So it is with much glee that I bring you their latest watch, which tells time in Morse Code. The aptly named Morse Code watch features a dot-matrix LED screen that can show the time in Morse Code dots and dashes, or sound it out through a tiny built-in speaker with the press of a button.

Abacus Magnetic Watches Are a Minimal Delight

Abacus Magnetic Watches Are a Minimal Delight
Remember those puzzles that had tiny steel balls that you had to try to get into little holes? Here’s a series of watches out of Germany that remind me of those favorites from my childhood. The Abacus series of watches has no hands at all.
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Magic Ball: Your Personal Clean Air Act

Magic Ball: Your Personal Clean Air Act
Does your closet smell like old gym socks? Is Fido stinking up the place and making you sneeze? Does somebody like onions and runny French cheese? If this sounds like your house, perhaps you could us one of these. The Antibac2k Magic Ball kills unpleasant odors, as well as removes allergens and contaminants from the air around you.

Provia A1 Gps Navigator: Way Too Sexy for Itself

Provia A1 Gps Navigator: Way Too Sexy for Itself
Those of us in the States tend to think of GPS navigators as relatively utilitarian devices that help us find our way when we’re too afraid to ask for directions at the gas station. In Asia, GPS devices seem to be on the way to becoming much more. Case-in-point: the new Provia A1 navigator from Korea’s HTMS.

Palm Centro Photo Leaked

Palm Centro Photo Leaked
Rumors about Palm’s latest mobile, the Centro have been floating around for a while, but the guys over at Gizmodo just got their grubby little hands on what appears to be the first real image of what the device will look like. Word is that the Centro is targeted at the lower end of the market, with a likely retail price around $99 (after service commitment with Palm’s initial partner, Sprint).

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech
Everyone remembers Atari for their famous video game consoles, arcade games and even home computers. Being a child of 1970s and 80s technology, I’m surprised that I don’t ever remember seeing this oddity. The Atari Video Music was released in 1976 and was an analog video synthesizer that could generate a kaleidoscopic light show on your TV screen when hooked up to your stereo.

More Speakers From Outer Space

More Speakers From Outer Space
Is it just me, or have alien life forms abducted the workers in speaker factories lately? In recent days, I’ve come across some otherworldly radial speakers, dramatic communication towers, and even some that look like the aliens themselves.

Panasonic’s Electric Carpet Keeps Your Tootsies Warm

Panasonic’s Electric Carpet Keeps Your Tootsies Warm
We’ve all heard of electric blankets, right? Japanese electronics giant Panasonic decided to take the basic concept and embed it into a carpet. That way, when you step on the rug, your feet stay nice and toasty.

Philips Stereo to Offer Bluetooth, Mp3 Ripping

Philips Stereo to Offer Bluetooth, Mp3 Ripping
According to papers recently filed with the FCC, Philips is getting set to release a bookshelf stereo that can be wirelessly paired with Bluetooth sound sources. In addition to the requisite AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, the Philips BTM288 stereo system will be able to connect to mobile phones and media devices via Bluetooth.

Nintendo Guerilla (or is That Gorilla) Advertising

Nintendo Guerilla (or is That Gorilla) Advertising
Check out these recently sighted Nintendo ads comprised of thousands of individual sticky notes used to create giant versions of The Big N’s classic gaming icons. Taking some obvious inspiration from this earlier video game Post-it art, the colored notes were used to create pixelated versions of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and other gaming characters.

Cassette Tape Mp3 Player: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Cassette Tape Mp3 Player: Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Plenty of companies have made cassette tape adapters for connecting MP3 players to your car stereo, but this one wins the award for ingenuity. Not only does this gadget let you play your digital tracks through your old school tape player, the cassette IS the MP3 player. Chinavasion’s MP3 Cassette Player is a completely self-contained media player that just happens to slip inside your tape deck for easy playback through your car stereo.

IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal

IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal
The engineers over at VoiceSignal have put together a prototype voice recognition application for the iPhone that makes it capable what I’ve been dreaming that Apple would add to its iPods for years. The demo application, called “VTunes” shows off voice-based selection of songs. I’ve always thought that voice-driven song selection would be perfect for those times when you just can’t dig into your pocket or backpack to grab your iPod.

Creative Travelsound I50 Speaker for iPod Shuffle

Creative Travelsound I50 Speaker for iPod Shuffle
Creative Japan today took the wraps off this cool portable speaker for the 2G iPod Shuffle. The compact speaker goes great with the brushed metal finish of Apple’s tiny media player. Just dock your 2G Shuffle on the top of Creative’s new Travelsound i50, snap on the clear protective cover and you’re ready to go.

Nintendo Necklace for Girl Gamers With Style

Nintendo Necklace for Girl Gamers With Style
It seems like most gamer gear is oriented towards dudes, so it’s nice to see the occasional accessory for girls who like to get their game on. On one side, this contemporary necklace features a feminine cherry blossom design, but flip it over and it shows off your true gamer spirit with the image of a classic Nintendo NES controller. Michigan artist Sarah Lynne handcrafts her necklaces and other jewelry designs using aluminum, wire, paper and paint, then coats them with a highly polished resin glaze that takes three days to complete.

Digital Recycle Bin Saves Deleted Files

Digital Recycle Bin Saves Deleted Files
Currently just a conceptual design, the TEMPO is an external storage device that’s designed to prevent you from losing files you accidentally delete. The clever thing about it is that it actually looks like a little recycling bin (although it might be mistaken for a cup of really black coffee). Created by industrial designer Franco Cagnina for Intech, the TEMPO connects via Bluetooth to your Mac or PC and automatically stores backup copies of files as you delete them.

Creative Zen Stone, Made Out of Wood

Creative Zen Stone, Made Out of Wood
Somebody sure likes their Creative Zen Stone media player. In fact, this guy loves his enough that he created a mammoth wooden version of his portable media player. Captain Ødegård’s giant-sized wood media player measures in at 8.25″
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