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Archive for August 2007

Red and Black Nintendo Ds Lite on the Way

Red and Black Nintendo Ds Lite on the Way
Nintendo has announced the impending release of a new model of the DS Lite that features a cool new two-tone color scheme. The new model will have a top half that’s “Crimson” (gloss red) and a bottom half that’s “Onyx” (matte black).

It’s a Me, LEGO Mario

It’s a Me, LEGO Mario
I came across this cool 3-dimensional LEGO sculpture of everyone’s favorite video game plumber (sorry Luigi) over on TechEBlog this morning. It must have take days for the artist to painstakingly recreate all of Mario’s details.
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Xbox 360 Price Cut a Done Deal

Xbox 360 Price Cut a Done Deal
Just moments ago, Microsoft announced that the price on the Xbox 360 product line has dropped across the board. This confirms all of the earlier reports that have been rumored for quite a while now. All consoles in the Xbox 360 line will get the cut starting on Wednesday, August 8th, with the Premium dropping to $349.99 (was $399.99), the Elite dropping from $479.99 (was $449.99) and the Core system coming down to $279.99 (was $299.99.) Microsoft also revealed the pricing on the Halo 3 Special Edition console, which is basically the same console as the Premium Edition, but in Spartan green and gold, for $399.99.

Rolleiflex Minidigi Camera: the Roaring 20s Go Digital

Rolleiflex Minidigi Camera: the Roaring 20s Go Digital
Rollei has been making cameras for almost 90 years. Now you can own one of their classic models from the 1920’s, updated with some 21st century technology under the hood. The Rolleiflex MiniDigi looks virtually identical to Rollei’s original Twin Lens Reflex cameras, with a decidedly modern spin.

NES Emulator Running on iPhone

NES Emulator Running on iPhone
Now that hackers have started to figure out how to run homebrew code on the iPhone, an early build of an emulator for the classic NES gaming system has shown up on the Google Code website today.

Nintendo Working on a Motion Sensing Wii Portable?

Nintendo Working on a Motion Sensing Wii Portable?
I was rummaging around the USPTO Patent database earlier today, and came across this intriguing patent application from Nintendo. The filing, originally dated March 30, 2007 (but just updated this week) describes a portable gaming system that includes X/Y/Z motion sensing that’s similar to that found in the Wii-Mote.

The iPhone Meets the Xbox 360 (Sorta.)

The iPhone Meets the Xbox 360 (Sorta.)
If you happen to have an Apple iPhone and also a fan of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, you can dress up (or is that overdress?) your shiny new iPhone with this new skin from DecalGirl. The $6.99 kit comes with removable vinyl stickers that cover your iPhone’s clean exterior with the familiar Xbox 360 swirl design, as well as a background picture that you can install on the iPhone so it all goes together.

Wii Fit Price and Release Date Revealed [Updated]

Wii Fit Price and Release Date Revealed [Updated]
For those of you who just can’t wait to start getting in shape with your Nintendo, it looks like the exercise “game” Wii Fit now has a price an release date. Gamestop is now listing a pre-order release date of January 1, 2008, along with a $69.99 retail price, including the required Balance Board peripheral.

Cat Speakers: Play, Pause and Paws

Cat Speakers: Play, Pause and Paws
A while back, I told you about some fun speakers for dog people. Now, feline fanatics can get in on the action with these cat-inspired desktop speakers. Brighton Net’s CatSpeaker set is a full 2.1 channel amplified speaker setup, complete with cat-shaped subwoofer and satellites.

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses

Arena: Motion Capture for the Masses
Budding 3D graphics and animation buffs, there’s a new reason to get excited this morning. A company called NaturalPoint has just announced a complete motion capture systems that only costs about $5,000. Traditional (if you can call them that) MoCap systems usually start around $30,000, and often much more.

Painting With Light

Painting With Light
While they might be a bit “new-agey” for my taste, I think these LED light murals are still pretty cool. Perhaps better suited for nightclubs or restaurants than for your home, these Light Energy Paintings can fill a wall with a dazzling show of colored light.

Strangest Speakers Ever?

Strangest Speakers Ever?
I’ve certainly seen some odd gadgets come across my desk, but these plush speakers from Korea have to be some of the weirdest I’ve ever seen. These “BooRu-BooRu” dolls look like some sort of bizarre Teletubbies on crack.

This Bug Lamp Doesn’t Zap Insects

This Bug Lamp Doesn’t Zap Insects
What I find so intriguing about this lighting fixture is the fact that insects are attracted to light. So it makes me wonder, what happens when you have a lamp that looks like a giant bug?

Shadow Ss Watch Hides LED Under Analog Dial

Shadow Ss Watch Hides LED Under Analog Dial
This unique men’s wristwatch conceals a little secret beneath its traditional mechanical face. When you press a button on the side of the watch, a hidden LED display reveals itself. The Shadow SS analog/digital hybrid watch has a red 7-segment LED that can either be synchronized with the analog time, or be set to display a second time zone.

Sonoro Cubo: Compact, Colorful Sound

Sonoro Cubo: Compact, Colorful Sound
I really like the simple colorful design of these compact music systems from Germany’s Sonoro Audio. The Sonoro Cubo is a compact, all-in-one sound system, complete with FM radio, CD player and auxiliary input for your portable media player.

Life Recording Camera Never Lets You Forget

Life Recording Camera Never Lets You Forget
Got 700 Terabytes of storage to spare? That’s about how much memory you’ll need if you want to use this invention to record your entire life. Professor Yasuyuki Kono and a team of researchers from Japan’s Kwansei Gakuin University have devised a system which can record everything you ever do.
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