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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Games for Geeks

Tough Nec Laptop Pc is Waterproof

Tough Nec Laptop Pc is Waterproof
Spilled one too many Red Bulls on your laptop in that marathon coding session last night? NEC seeks to solve that problem with their upcoming waterproof laptop computer. In addition to being waterproof and dustproof, the NEC Shield Pro ???????

Xbox 360 Vs. PS3 Visuals: 360 Still on Top

Xbox 360 Vs. PS3 Visuals: 360 Still on Top
While it’s way to early in the game to call the Sony Playstation 3 down and out, there continues to be compelling evidence that the system does not have the graphical prowess of the more mature Xbox 360.

This Guy’s Sure Got a Small Wii

This Guy’s Sure Got a Small Wii
Some guy has set up this tiny little room with a tiny little 1.5″ diagonal color TV, connected to a life-size Nintendo Wii and posted a YouTube video for all to see: Why I find this amusing, I don’t know, but it is quite silly.

Woodpixel: Create Your Own Pixel Art From Wood

Woodpixel: Create Your Own Pixel Art From Wood
In the past I’ve written about these little plastic pixel block sets that let you build classic video game characters in 3D. Those sets always seemed a little cheap looking to me, so I’m excited about these new pixel blocks made entirely out of wood.

Could a 100gb iPod be in the Works?

Could a 100gb iPod be in the Works?
Today Toshiba announced a compact 1.8″ hard disk drive, which would enable media players and other portable devices to store up to 100GB of data. The new Toshiba MK1011GAH is just the right size to fit in an iPod, measuring in at 54x71x8mm and weighing just 59g.

Tuneview for iPod: Heavy Duty Remote Control

Tuneview for iPod: Heavy Duty Remote Control
There have been a variety of devices released which let you remotely control your iPod when docked, but never one that’s this full featured. In addition to the typical volume and track controls, Keyspan’s new TuneView for iPod (model TVI-200C) features a full color LCD display of your iPod’s playlists, so you can really control your iPod as if it were right in front of you.

Oppo Dv-981hd DVD Player: Can the Best Get Better?

Oppo Dv-981hd DVD Player: Can the Best Get Better?
OPPO Digital, makers of arguably the best upscaling DVD player ever made, has just released a new version of the player, complete with a variety of new features. The $229 OPPO DV-981HD is an updated version of the award-winning DV971H player.

What Do Marcus Fenix and Bender have in Common?

What Do Marcus Fenix and Bender have in Common?
It turns out that the gruff, gun-toting protagonist of hit Xbox 360 game, Gears of War is actually voiced by the same guy responsible for the voice of Bender from TV’s Futurama. Actor John Di Maggio, is responsible for voicing the two incredibly different fictitious characters.

The Lacie Huby: What the Heck is That Thing on Your Desk?

The Lacie Huby: What the Heck is That Thing on Your Desk?
This is quite possibly the strangest looking apparatus that I’ve seen in quite some time. The LaCie Huby is a truly odd looking USB and Firewire hub that emphasizes the cables on your desktop, rather than hiding them away.

Classic Arcade Game Scarves: Keep Warm, Look Cool

Classic Arcade Game Scarves: Keep Warm, Look Cool
Looking for a unique gift for the gamer geek in your life? You might want to check out these handmade scarves inspired by classic video games. B2D4’s (bits to die for) retro arcade scarves feature graphics from such classics as Space Invaders, Boot Hill and Pong among others.

Warioware: Smooth Moves in Action

Warioware: Smooth Moves in Action
Check out this footage recorded from the video game nostalgia level from the upcoming Wii title, WarioWare: Smooth Moves… The level features motion-controlled tributes to classic games ranging from Super Mario Brothers to Starfox to Pong.

Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 Console Sales Numbers Compared

Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 Console Sales Numbers Compared
The guys over at nexgen wars are compiling up-to-date statistics on console sales to date for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii… At this time I wrote this article, the Xbox 360 was clearly in the lead with 7.7 Million+ consoles sold, compared to 687k+ Nintendo Wii consoles, and just 340k+ Sony Playstation 3 consoles sold to date.

Netstreams Doorlinx: the Mp3 Doorbell

Netstreams Doorlinx: the Mp3 Doorbell
Mobile phones proved that people were sick and tired of the old standard phone ringer, so why don’t people feel the same about their doorbells? The NetStreams DoorLinX lets you upload your favorite (non-DRM’ed) MP3 track to your doorbell via WiFi, and replace the classic “ding dong” sound with any sound you want.

Linutop: Another Tiny Linux Pc

Linutop: Another Tiny Linux Pc
If you think that smaller is better, you might want to check out this wee (not wii) PC for your desktop. The Linutop is a compact, disk-less workstation which runs an embedded Linux OS on its AMD Geode CPU.

Directv Goes Portable

Directv Goes Portable
Satellite provider DirecTV has revealed a design for a portable satellite receiver/tv combo, known as the SAT-GO. Little is yet known about the product and whether it is simply a prototype or a product that will hit the market soon.

A Quick Fix for the Xbox 360 Red Rings of Doom

A Quick Fix for the Xbox 360 Red Rings of Doom
Some crafty Xbox 360 owner in Brazil has come up with the Occam’s Razor approach to fixing the console’s “red rings of doom” failure. When in doubt, the simplest solution is usually the right one… simply smack the crap out of your hardware.