Archive for June, 2009

NES Controller turned into iPhone 3GB Dock

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Although normally gadget DIY projects are incredibly complicated and most people couldn’t dream of pulling it off, this is one that just about anyone could pull off.  That is provided you have the proper tools, probably a Dremel would be the best tool for this one.  If you already have an old NES controller and the Dremel this would be an incredibly affordable dock.  Which is nice since most Apple affiliated accessories tend to be a little bit expensive.

Just drill a hole and create a spot to stick the iPhone cable within the NES controller and you’d be done.  This one was created for an iPhone 3GS, but there’s no reason you couldn’t create it for a regular iPod instead.  This particular mod was done by an iPhone.fr forum member, WCR.  As lacking as I am in the crafty area, even I don’t think this one would be a difficult one to try out.  It’d be especially great for someone that wants to start doing mods and just wants a simple project to start out with.

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Hannspree unveils new 25″ LCD TV

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When you mention Hannspree, what goes through your head? Most people would associate the brand name with relatively expensive LCD TVs and monitors when compared to other counterparts of a similar size/viewing area, but there’s a good reason behind the premium you pay - most, if not all, Hannspree LCD TVs and monitors come in zany designs that will appeal to various people, targeting children mostly with quirky and cute designs. Well, Hannspree is back in their element yet again with their latest release, the 25″ ST251MKB 1080p Full HD LCD TV which will hit the US market, retailing for a surprisingly affordable $399.99. Granted, having a screen size that measures 25″ across diagonally just won’t quite cut the mustard even when you’re watching a full High Definition movie since the display itself doesn’t have enough space to cram in all the pixels, but at least it could qualify as an impulse purchase device to surprise your kid or other half out of the blue.

The 25″ ST251MKB 1080p Full HD LCD TV will be part of the company’s first line of mainstream digital TVs that fall under the ST series. We can definitely look forward to larger models in the near future - sometime later this year to be exact. You won’t find funny or cute animal shapes cut out around the ST series LCD TVs’ bezel, that’s for sure, as it boasts a stunning all-black design with a glossy front bezel alongside a set of key performance features that aim to appeal to today’s value and budget-conscious consumers. Each purchase of a ST series TV will come with a 6 foot long HDMI cable and Universal Remote Control to further whet your appetite, saving you some precious dough from picking up a third party HDMI cable from another store elsewhere.

Some of the features found in the Hannspree ST series 1080p LCD TV include both HD and analog video inputs, allowing users to hook up just about any A/V device including over-the-air digital(HD) antenna, cable/satellite set-top box, Blu-ray disc/DVD player, gaming console, VCR (if you still have any of those that are working, that is), or camcorder. Alternatively, you can also use this TV as a large-format computer monitors, although we’re thinking it won’t be too environmentally friendly due to the amount of juice it consumes.

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AVerMedia debuts AVerTVHD Duet Dual TV Tuner

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AverMedia has rolled out its latest device, the AVerTVHD Duet dual TV tuner which is forward looking since it works with the yet unreleased Windows 7 operating system. The AVerTVHD Duet is able to receive over-the-air HD Digital TV signals (ATSC) or unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM), letting you choose between recording two programs simultaneously or recording just one while watching another when you have more time than usual to spare. The PCI Express interface is used since it will be faster than a traditional PCI connection, while a Picture-in-Picture feature allows you to watch TV while working simultaneously. Depending on your budget, the $70 version comes with just the Tuner itself while $90 will net you the Tuner alongside AVer’s MediaCenter application that enables access to PVR-like features including pausing, rewinding and recording live TV as well as a program schedule and time shift capabilities.

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LOLrioKart is a hoot

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Everyone looks back on their college days with fondness, as we tend to be involved in some really crazy antics back in the days. Well, students who go to MIT are different not just because of their intellect, but for their enterprising spirit that has consistently placed the institution’s name at the very top of universities to attend worldwide. This time round, a bunch of MIT students decided to take an unwanted shopping cart and throw on new, more durable wheels and a chunk of NiCd aircraft batteries to power 15hp brushless motor, helping this shopping cart move at speeds of up to 45MPH. They have dubbed this shopping cart the LOLrioKart – in honor of Mario Kart.

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Bug-powered LED Clock

flypaperup-thumb-500x375-20007We have covered a lot of clocks in the past. Some of them are solar powered, some run on water, but this is the first time that I have ever seen bug power.

That’s right, someone has actually invented a carnivorous alarm clock that works like a Venus Fly Trap. It works with a conveyor belt of flypaper that takes a captured fly and drops them into a microbial fuel cell. This dead bug is digested by bacteria, then there is a chemical change that can somehow power the clock.

I’m surprised that I haven’t heard about bug power before, as roach motels could be turned into batteries and hanging flypaper could be turned into chandeliers. Right now, I am living in a place that is full of flies, and I could use a device like this.

In all honesty, why stop with bugs? Apparently it is the protein that the bug-powered clock wants, and so I guess all animals could be used for electric power. Imagine eating a KFC bucket and throwing the bones in the protein power generator.

I can’t help but think that this is reminiscent of a Star Trek episode where the Enterprise lands on a planet that feeds off everything living aboard the ship. Yeah, I’m often disturbed at the thought that human beings could be the next fossil fuels.

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Pocket projectors come for iPodPocket projectors come for iPod

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Pocket projectors are all the rage now, the ability to use a projector the size of an iPod to display information on a wall is a godsend for the business set, who look to expand the ability to make presentations without having to travel with expensive projectors or having to customize their presentations to what equipment is available. But while getting more popular, projectors like the PICO and the Mili Pro - which can connect to an iPhone or iPod Touch - are still in their infancy.

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Portable iPod Outdoor Speaker protects your iPod

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Those with iPods prefer for the iPods to stay in functioning order.  However, warm summer months mean a lot of people are going places where music would be nice, but it’s not the safest place to bring your iPod.  Well this portable speaker will not only handle a day at the beach, but protects your iPod so that it can as well.  A lot of the portable speakers that are waterproof or resistant leave your iPod someplace else and unprotected.  This one would probably be a little more convenient for a day at the beach.

Not only is it water and dust resistant, but it has a durable rubber exterior, which makes it shockproof and can handle knocks and bumps.  The iPod itself goes behind a clear watertight door.  While it’s behind that door, you can control your iPod through the exterior buttons.  It has the option to run on either 4 C batteries, an AC adapter or a car adapter.  It will fit the iPod Classic, Nano, Mini and Shuffle.  You can purchase it for $99.50 from Frontgate.

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Game Time Schedule Watch

game-time-schedule-watchSports fans will know how it feels like as they plan their social schedule around their favorite teams’ game times, which makes the following range of Game Time Schedule Watches an absolute must have. These watches already come programmed with the schedule of your team of choice, alongside the schedule of other teams for the particular sport so that you can watch other can’t-miss matchups even if they’re from a rival team. Apart from showing off today’s game time and opponent on the main screen, you can also opt to scroll through to view upcoming games, games from the past and other team’s schedules. Available for all major sports including NFL football, NHL hockey, MLB baseball, NBA basketball or NASCAR racing, these watches retail for more than $80 a pop.

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Star Wars TIE Fighter playhouse

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It can safely be said that virtually every kid you know these days have grown up watching at least one of the six Star Wars movies, and chances are pretty good they’ve seen them all many times. Well, not everyone is going to grow up to be part of the Jedi, as these younglings aren’t too young to figure out that the Dark Side of the Force seems to hold a whole lot of promise and power. Well, here’s the TIE Fighter playhouse that ought to give your little ones plenty of fun imagining that they’re Darth Vader, shooting down Red One in the Death Star trench run. Sounds like £44.99 well spent for the upcoming summer.

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Jamvox Guitar Trainer

jamvoxLove jamming to your guitar? Let the Jamvox Guitar Trainer help you as it provides instant access to tons of legendary amps and effects, thanks to a simple drag-and-drop software interface. The revolutionary Guitar XTracktion (GXT) technology allows you to remove the guitar segment of your favorite track at the push of a button, letting you take the lead instead to prove to family and friends that you have it in your blood to mash it up with the best of them!

The JamVOX gives you numerous famous guitar amps and effects that perfectly simulate the sound of your guitar heroes - all in software. The JamVOX software provides 19 types of amp model that range from classic vintage amps such as the AC30, rare boutique amps, and modern high-gain amps. These amp models use Virtual Valve Reactor technology that perfectly simulates every aspect of the original guitar amplifiers, right down to the response of the power amp circuit, differences in class A or B operation, type of vacuum tube, and negative feedback circuit. There are also 12 cabinet models to go with the amp models. Even the speakers and cabinet construction of the original units have been painstakingly modeled, perfectly replicating their distinctive spatial and tonal character.

Not only that, the JamVOX Software also coems with a full complement of effect processors to help you achieve your dream tracks. It retails for $249.99 if you’re thinking of bringing it home.


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