Archive for April, 2009

The Darth Vader Alarm Clock Radio

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This Darth Vader clock was cool and all, but it’s not nearly as ominous as this new clock that will be coming out soon from Sakara.  Nothing will scare you out of the bed quite as quickly as turning over to find Darth Vader staring back at you.  It helps a bit that there are numbers that glow in his eyes, therefore it’s quite clear that this is a clock.  Hopefully you don’t get startled too badly and bash the clock to death with your toy lightsaber though.

If you did, then you’d have to pick up a new one and repeat the process.  It’d be a much more therapeutic way to make the beeping stop though.  Even if it would cost you $29.99 every single time you had to pick up a new one.  At least it isn’t horribly expensive.  The clock also includes an AM/FM radio and an audio jack input for MP3 players.  It also has the usual things such as a snooze button with the added addition of being able to choose between three different sound effects.  The alarm clock will eventually be posted on Sakar’s website, but so far it’s nowhere to be found.

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New GE Breakthrough: 100 DVDs on 1 Disc!

bd-dvd-hybridOkay, here’s a quick question: how many DVDs do you own? If you have less than 100, then there is now a way to put them all onto one disc.

It would appear that General Electric is the one who is responsible for this technological breakthrough. The company who has been “bringing good things to life” have used holograms to make this good thing a reality.

This could eventually lead to micro-holographic players that could play CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and these cool holographic discs. These discs could hold 500 GB of memory, and it is possible to produce these holographic discs at 10 cents per gigabyte. That is a lot cheaper than the $1 a gigabyte for a 25 gigabyte disc.

As I said before, these micro-holograms can create a capacity of putting 100 average DVDs on one disc, and it is possible to put 20 Blu-rays discs on one. These jam-packed holographic discs will come in handy when it comes to high resolution formats like 3-D television, which is getting bigger everyday.

I hope that the Research and Development at GE are celebrating the six years of work to make this revolutionary technology. Of course, it will probably take a while before the consumer can get their hands on it, and even longer before it is cheap.

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Epson’s Home Theater Ensemble is an all in one Home theater solution

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Home theater in a box really isn’t. It’s a surround receiver, some cheap speakers and a DVD player, sure, but there’s way more to the equation than just audio. And Epson is betting that with the transition to HDTV in full swing, people looking for an all in one solution to transform that den into a serious home THEATER will be looking their way. Enter the new Ensemble HD Home Theater kits.

Ranging from $5,000 and up, the new Ensemble HD home theater kits come with literally everything you need to turn that extra room into more than just a TV unit, but a silver screen theatrical experience. The bargain kit comes with a 720 front projector, while the $6500 and $8,000 model enjoy Epson’s 3LCD 1080p front projector systems. Also included in the kits are motorized 100-inch screen, integrated surround sound, AV controller with built-in DVD player, universal remote, and installation kit to get it up on the wall and hooked together.

Now sure, that sounds like a bunch of coin. But when you consider that piecemeal, this would probably all run nearly twice that (those 100 inch screens really aren’t cheap) even the bargain basement $5 grand kit amounts to a screaming good deal for those who like both pro sports and action flicks. The only thing really missing is the popcorn.

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BeoSound 3 looks great in virtually any home

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Behold, the latest home accessory that will wow anyone who drops by your place. The functions packed inside isn’t new by any means, consisting of a portable radio, clock and digital audio player, but it is the overall package which it comes in that impresses the most, thanks to the efforts of David Lewis on the BeoSound 3. This full-range loudspeaker unit might be compact in size, but it does offer some tubthumping performance. A rechargeable battery powers the BeoSound 3 to add to its portability, so you won’t need to keep it tied down by a power cable all the time. Other features include a wake-up timer, SD/MMC-card playback (MP3, WMA), and the all-important sleep timer. There is no word on pricing as at press time, but we don’t expect it to come cheap.

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Epson back with new Ensemble HD Home Cinema System

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Epson’s got a soft spot for home theater systems, and they have just come up with yet another option for those who are thinking about getting one for their respective homes. The Ensemble HD Home Cinema System is now available to the masses, featuring a selection of projectors for you to choose from in order to fit into most budgets. A couple of the projectors in question are the PowerLite Home Cinema 6100 and Home Cinema 6500 UB. We suppose that once you have the Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema System installed in your pad, you will find very little excuse to go out once you’ve returned home from work. After all, you might as well take advantage of all the technology on offer before it gets obsolete, right?

In a nutshell, the Ensemble HD Home Cinema System is a fully-integrated, high-end home entertainment solution that works great for viewing movies, TV shows as well as playing video games. Part of it includes a 10″ motorized screen, integrated surround sound, AV controller with built-in DVD player, universal remote and all the components required to get you up and running the moment you bring it home. These have also been tastefully designed to make sure it won’t be an eyesore whenever somebody decides to drop by.

There are three models in total to choose from the Ensemble HD Home Cinema System in order to cater to varying consumer needs. Entry level families who want something that will keep everyone happy without digging into the kids’ college fund can always choose the $4,999 Ensemble HD Home Cinema 720p. As for more seasoned audiophiles who have a better idea of what they’re looking for, there is always the $6,499 Ensemble HD Home Cinema 6100 and $7,999 Ensemble HD Home Cinema 6500 UB. Of course, it does make us wonder why Epson never bothered to throw in a Blu-ray drive into the package since this is one of the staples of high definition entertainment.

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QB1: Gesture-based Music Playing Robot

q1I realize that the picture here looks like something from Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak” performances, but what you are seeing here is the QB1. Of course, this technology might seem kind of freaky, as that screen watches you. It will actually turn when you walk around the room, and these special sensors actually know your face.

Not only can it read your face, but it knows your hand gestures. For example, you can start your music tracks with a conductor-like wave of your hand. Turn your fingers into a shelf and gesture up to turn the volume up, then down to turn it down. If you spin your fingers clockwise, this works as a fast forward. I’m sure that you have figured out that spinning them counter-clockwise works as a rewind.

The oddest thing about the QB1 is that it will actually learn about you. The designer wasn’t any more specific about that, but essentially, it will learn what type of music that you like, and it will know what to play for you.

I like the idea behind the QB1, but I’m not certain that I like the aesthetic. I mean, do you really want a simple screen on a stand to do what the QB1 can do? Perhaps this is one of those products that are better off without a pretty package.

So far, this technology is still under development, but Swiss company OZWE hopes to have the QB1 perfected and mass-marketed some time in 2009. There is no word on a price as yet.

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Genius releases new G-Shot HD520 camcorder

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Most people these days not only have a digital camera, they also own a digital video camera of sorts to make sure that still shots aren’t the only thing they can pass down to the next generation with video footage of their ancestors also being an important part of one’s history. Video archives have gotten more and more complex for the mass consumer market, and the advent of High Definition has brought about a slew of new players who want a slice of the growing pie. Genius is often on the periphery of computer accessories, but this time round they have dived deep into the world of digital video cameras by offering a new compact, pocket-size high-definition model that is not only capable of preserving your favorite memories at 11 megapixels, but is also capable of shooting and storing high-definition video at 5 megapixels in MPEG-4/H.264 format. Just in case you were wondering whether this is going to cramp your style, rest easy as the Genius G-Shot HD520 won’t weigh more than 6 ounces.

Genius has worked hard to turn the G-Shot HD520 into an everyday device which is easy-to-use, making this camcorder ideal for summer time outings, dads-n-grads occasions, moms on-the-go or anyone else who want to record life’s moments in brilliant color and clarity to help them remember when their memory fails them many years down the road. Playing nice with both Windows and Mac platforms, the G-Shot HD520 also comes with an ultra-bright 2.5” LTPS LCD display which can be rotated up to 270-degrees, virtually opening up new doors of freedom for you to shoot videos from a whole new variety of angles and positions. Perfect for folks who want to work on their technique in discovering weird and quirky angles.

Genius also knows how hard times are for the people, hence pricing the G-Shot HD520 at an affordable $149 - making this a very hard offer to refuse.

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Pinhole Camera Shoots You Like a Gun

pinhole-cameraNow you know what James Bond sees. You know, at the opening of the Bond films when he shoots that shooter guy?

Welcome to the age of the pinhole camera, a camera that looks like a gun. You’re not going to be able to see the viewfinder in this picture here, but even if you were to see it from that sexy shooter’s point-of-view, you wouldn’t see it.

In other words, this camera gun has no viewfinder. You might wonder what good that is. Designer Franziska Dierschkeare says that the pinhole camera isn’t about a photographer setting up the perfect shot, but rather the shutterbug act of shooting of many pics at a given time.

I have to admit, the pinhole camera does sound like a lot of fun. In fact, I recommend having a few around at the next big party you have, and let some shooters go at it for your Flickr page. Of course, the fact that the camera looks like a gun could disturb the guests.

So far, this is a concept for now, and there is no rumor of an estimated price. Since this is still underdevelopment, I have a suggestion. These photos have to be stored digitally, right? Why not design it so the user can insert a USB thumb drive into the gun just like loading ammo clip into a real gun. Now that would be cool.

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Diamond Weather Station is covered in Swarvoski Crystals

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Having around a weather station isn’t entirely necessary.  After all, you could just hop online to find out the weather forecast for the day.  Making weather stations just another gadget to collect dust.  So looking for a new angle, one company decided to come out with a weather station covered in Swarvoski Crystals.  It does all the usual weather oriented tasks, but makes weather just a touch more shiny.

Just from the photo the design does look a little cheesy, but if you adore all that glitters then you probably appreciate the look.  The weather station can tell you the time or by just waving your hand you can view the indoor/outdoor temperature.  On the side in crystal form it lets you know the forecast for the day.  It does so by showing the symbols instead of spelling it out.  The clock is an atomic clock, so very precise and will automatically update for daylight savings time.  It isn’t out just yet, but once it is it’ll cost you $139.

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Trispecs merges trio of functionalities in one device

trispecsConvergence devices are cool in their own right since they allow you to do more with just a single device, saving you money as well as space in the process. The Trispecs is one of such devices, masquerading as a standard pair of fashionable sunglasses while doubling as a Bluetooth headset and earphones without anyone else knowing the better. There are three buttons located along the arms of the shades that allow you to control your MP3 player as well as phone functions, making them look slightly more bulky than usual although that ought to be fine since many fashion sunglasses do feature outrageously huge arms from time to time. The retractable headphones also feature noise cancellation technology courtesy of the boffins at STEP Labs, while their STEPvoice software provides voice-recognition to further enhance the performance of the Trispecs. Depending on your choice of Trispecs, it will retail anywhere from $199 to $224, and will be available in black, white, red, blue, gold and silver colors.

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