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USB Device of the Week: Hamster Wheel

USB Device of the Week: Hamster Wheel
Every now and again, I like to mention the odd inventions that have been designed to be controlled (or powered) by your USB ports. Well this week, I bring you a new favorite: the USB hamster wheel.

Izenmobile Phone / Pocket Pc Combo

Izenmobile Phone / Pocket Pc Combo
This new mobile phone incorporates a complete Pocket PC and a cell phone in a single, compact form-factor. Rather than going the route of others by either offering the dumbed-down Windows “Smartphone” interface, or the large size of other Pocket PC phone combos, the izenMobile Krma phone attempts to combine the best of both worlds in a single device. The phone is expected to offer a 2 megapixel digital camera, a 2.2-inch
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Philips Shows Off New Streamium Wireless Music System

Philips Shows Off New Streamium Wireless Music System
The new WACS7000 Streamium Wireless Music Center from Philips features a complete wireless music system in a sleek wall-mountable package. The system includes built-in stereo speakers, a 40-watt per channel amp, a cd player and an 80GB hard drive for local storage of up to 1500 CDs.

Epson Shows Off New Industrial Design for Portable Printers

Epson Shows Off New Industrial Design for Portable Printers
Epson Japan and design firm Industrial Facility have completed a collaboration to rethink the design of portable color printers and the result is quite striking. These new portable printers feature an integrated carrying handle and can run on batteries.

Sony Surprises Playstation Magazine With a PS3

Sony Surprises Playstation Magazine With a PS3
The folks at Playstation Magazine (PSM) received an unexpected surprise on Friday when Sony dropped by with a shiny new Playstation 3 for them to play with. Here’s what they had to say: You can even see the reflection of Motorstorm in the shiny exterior….

Amazing Ingenuity in Prisoners’ Inventions

Amazing Ingenuity in Prisoners’ Inventions
Back in 2001, the artists’ collective Temporary Services started a project with a prison inmate named Angelo in which they asked him to document how inmates adapt to their surroundings while confined. The project, entitled Prisoners’ Inventions, resulted in this fascinating 119-page book of detailed drawings that explain exactly how prisoners build contrivances from all sorts of found materials.

Bite My Shiny Metal a**

Bite My Shiny Metal a**
Who said that robots needed to be all clean and shiny (or functional for that matter?) The Bennett Robot Works designs sculptural robots made from junk. Each (non-functional) robot is unique and handmade by Gordon Bennett and made from a carefully selected assemblage of old and new parts.

Sony Management Team Greatest Quotes

Sony Management Team Greatest Quotes
With the impending release of the Sony Playstation 3, I thought I might take a moment to reflect on some of the finer points made by Sony’s management team regarding the PS3: It’s probably too cheap… – Ken Kutaragi, Regarding the $499 to 599 price point (the PS3) is not a game machine… – Ken Kutaragi, Regarding the machine’s beefy hardware architecture If you asked me if Sony’s strength in hardware was in decline, right now I guess I would have to say that might be true. – Ken Kutaragi, regarding the delayed European PS3 launch I wish that they would come up with some strategies of their own, but they seem to be going down the path of everything we do. – Kaz Hirai, regarding Microsoft “copying” their strategies We do not care. – Ken Kutaragi, regarding competition from Microsoft and Nintendo The name of the game is not market share, it’s how fast we can grow the industry – Ken Kutaragi, regarding competition from Microsoft and Nintendo There

Wine Tasting Robot Thinks People Taste Like Bacon

Wine Tasting Robot Thinks People Taste Like Bacon
While NEC was showing off their cute little robot, capable of “tasting” wines (using its built-in) photospectrometer to the Associated Press, they got just a little more than they bargained for… When a reporter’s hand was placed against the robot’s taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto.

110 Inches of (Rear Projection) Paradise

110 Inches of (Rear Projection) Paradise
Every few days, I report on a “world’s largest” or “world’s smallest” thingamabob, and today should be no different. JVC has just shown a new D-ILA (aka LCOS or SXRD) rear projection set that measures a whopping 110 inches.

Hp Shows External USB HD-DVD Drive

Hp Shows External USB HD-DVD Drive
The folks over at HP have shown the first of what is sure to be a number of HD-DVD drive add-ons for your PC. Hewlett Packard’s HD100 is an external HD-DVD drive that plugs into your PC’s USB 2.0

Clear Case Mod for Nintendo Ds Lite

Clear Case Mod for Nintendo Ds Lite
Xtreme Enterprise has shown photos of their clear case mod for the Nintendo DS Lite. Their SHOCK! DS Lite replacement cases lets you swap out the shell and buttons of your system with new colors incluiding yellow, blue, red, black and a translucent case that lets you see all the gory innards of your DS Lite.

Classic Snl Commercial: Old Glory Robot Insurance

Classic Snl Commercial: Old Glory Robot Insurance
There hasn’t been a lot of interesting news in robotics in the last few weeks, so I don’t get to post as often as I’d like about robots. That said, I thought this little video clip might tide you over.

Stop Sneezing With a Custom-Built Hypoallergenic Cat

Stop Sneezing With a Custom-Built Hypoallergenic Cat
If you ever wanted a little feline fluffball of your own but couldn’t deal with the sneezing and itching, your worries are over. For the low, low price of $4000, you can pick up a hypoallergenic cat from San Diego biotech firm, Allerca.

He Made Me a Mix Tape

He Made Me a Mix Tape
Says-it.com, home to all sorts of fun online graphic embellishers, has released their latest treat, the Cassette Generator. Other fun graphical generators on the site let you make your own fake concert tickets, official seals, church signs and vinyl records.

Amazing in-Engine Footage of Alan Wake on Quad Core Processor

Amazing in-Engine Footage of Alan Wake on Quad Core Processor
Remedy, the folks that brought us Max Payne have been working for some time now on the action/adventure game Alan Wake for the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista. This video shows the amazing 3d engine in action on a seriously fast multi-core computer. The video was shot at the Intel Developer Forum, running on an Intel quad core Intel processor overcloked to 3.73GHz
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