Archive for August, 2009

Recycled Fishcer Turntable Clock

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If you have a thing for old turntables, but at the same time don’t really have a use for one, it seems silly to keep a real turntable around.  Well instead of keeping one around purely because you like the look of them, you could purchase this clock.  It’s made out of an old turntable, so you get that classic look, but it’s still functional.  Plus you can hang it on the wall and you haven’t lost any space on a table top within your home.

This turntable is actually a recycled Fishcer turntable and was handmade.  The album on the turntable is a Doobie Brothers album, Minute by Minute.  To keep the clock up and running all you’ll need is a single AA battery, which happens to be included in the deal.  The entire clock measures 17 inches wide and 14 inches tall and hangs from 2 hangers located at the back of the clock.  Each model is going to vary slightly since it is made out of an actual turntable, making each one of these unique.  You can purchase your own for $89 from the seller Pixelthis within Etsy.

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Game Gun available for pre-order

gamegun-vid-new-1-1Those of you that love the FPS shooter games will fall even more in love with them with the Wireless Game Gun. As you can see by the You Tube video after the jump, someone has finally perfected a way of putting a screen on a motion controlled controller that resembles a military machine gun.

That someone is an engineer and inventor who is known all across the tech and gadget blogosphere as The Redneck Techie. The video shows him moving around the room and stalking in some “classic Tom Clancy” style with this unique gaming peripheral.

You will notice the cord that dangles from the gun and ends up in his pocket. That is apparently the batteries for the unit, which “were too big to fit into the gun”. Perhaps version 2.0 will not have this wire and really be wireless, but I don’t see it being any more annoying than the Wii-strap.

The Wireless Game Gun is Plug-and-Play compatible with Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, and the PC, and maybe even for Macs. You can look into pre-ordering it here, but you might notice that the site looks a little antiquated. It is projected that the Wireless Game Gun will be available by Christmas, but there is no word on price as yet.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 player

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Mention MP3 players and the iPod will definitely come into your mind. While other players in the market have tried to dislodge the iPod from its lofty perch through numerous efforts, it is safe to say that they are far from succeeding, but that doesn’t mean that SanDisk will give up the fight just like that. No sir, SanDisk, being the global leader in flash memory cards, has just announced that they will be releasing their latest MP3 player - the Sansa Clip+ MP3 player. This model will feature a microSD memory card slot, virtually allowing you to store plenty of albums on individual microSD cards that makes for easy categorizing. After all, file transfer is a snap using the standard drag-and-drop method.

SanDisk claims that their Sansa Clip+ MP3 player is one of the best sounding MP3 players in the market - how true that is remains to be seen, although we do wonder whether there is any clause if this claim is limited to a player of its size or price range. The Sansa Clip+ will succeed its predecessor, unceremoniously known as the Clip, and will retain full compatibility with SanDisk slotRadio and slotMusic cards, alongside any microSD memory card that boasts pre-loaded music files. Features of the Sansa Clip+ MP3 player includes a wearable clip that makes for hands-free portability, a 1″ OLED display that ought to be bright enough for use even under direct sunlight. It will sport a simple user interface that makes it a snap to select songs and playlists through a variety of assortments. An integrated FM tuner with 40 preset stations make it a snap for you to select your favorite station wherever you are, with a built-in microphone turning the Sansa Clip+ into an impromptu voice recorder.

Available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, the Sansa Clip+ will retail for $39.99, $49.99 and $69.99, respectively, where you can choose from red, blue or black colors.

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Sound Asleep Pillow

sound-asleep-pillowNeed to listen to some music before you can actually fall asleep? That’s not a problem if you happen to be single, but what if you’re married to someone who needs absolute peace and quiet before he/she nods off? Enter the Sound Asleep Pillow that could’ve easily been invented by Edison.

Ideal for headphone haters, telly addicts, insomniacs and anyone who enjoys dozing off to a few gentle Napalm Death lullabies, this wonderfully squishy pillow has a built-in speaker that can only be heard by the layabout with their noggin plonked on it. Simply plug your music source (iPod, radio, TV out) into the pillow’s 3.5mm stereo socket and you’re away. Bedmates will be none the wiser (unless you start singing along and drumming on the mattress).

You can choose from original or memory foam types which retail for £17.99 and £29.99, respectively. Sounds like magic, and probably is!


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Flatbed Scanner disguised as book

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Gadgets typically look like, well, gadgets.  They look shiny, new and a combination of plastic and metal.  Being someone that not only adores old looking technology (almost antique in appearance), but your older than average books as well, sometimes I get tired of the same old technology day in and day out.  Well apparently I’m not the only one, because one person decided that their scanner needed to blend in a little more properly within their home.  Now that they finished their mod, it just appears that they always have the same old book laying out on their desk.

If you are tired of the way your scanner looks, this is one way to solve the problem.  Datamancer took a flatbed scanner and put it in a book that they hollowed out.  Choosing the book you use could definitely change the look of the mod completely.  It’d also be one way to show off your personality and the types of things you love.  From the looks of things this isn’t just a book he found at your local Barnes and Nobles, but one he made himself.  You can see the various pictures of his progress on his website.

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ViewSonic introduces new devices

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Mention ViewSonic and most of the time you would probably think about LCD monitors, but this time round they have released two devices for the masses - the smallest DLP projector from the company to date known as the PJD2121, while the WPG-350 wireless presentation gateway offers a solution for meeting rooms that won’t break the company budget. These devices are able to offer decent performance and capabilities despite their small size, making them suitable for those who do not want to be limited by projection technology in their line of work.

Let’s take a look at the Viewsonic PJD2121 first - the smallest short throw DLP pico projector from the company that tips the scales at just 2.2 pounds. This advanced device will come with integrated BrillantColor technology that is able to deliver 400 lumens of brightness, where your images are thrown at 800 x 600 SVGA native resolution, easily placing it as one of the brightest projectors available in its class. Contrast ratio for a pico projector is also pretty respectable at 1,800:1, where this combination ought to be enough to handle situations in virtually any lighting environment. It comes with a short 1:1 throw ratio that makes it perfect for tabletop personal use or for small meeting rooms, and can display images of up to 60″ from as near as just four feet away. The ‘Off to Go’ function also enables one to power the PDJ2121 automatically without having to worry about the lamp overheating due to insufficient cooling time. This filter-less design offers easy maintenance and a lower total cost of ownership, while it comes with a Kensington security lock port for added peace of mind. Each $449 purchase comes with a three-year limited parts and labor warranty, although the lamp stands at just one year.

As for the WPG-350 wireless presentation gateway, this device offers wireless capability to any compatible projector, LCD TV or large screen display without having the need to fork out a large amount of money for an embedded wireless projector. It is able to support 1,024 x 768 resolution and full-motion video up to 1080p, featuring 802.11b/g/n hi-speed wireless connectivity. Interested parties can pick up the WPG-350 wireless presentation gateway for $199.

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Jakks Pacific unveils new products for 2009

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Jakks Pacific, the brains behind the Plug-It-In-and-Play TV Games category that made a splash in early 2002, has furthered their trend of innovative products with its new and improved EyeClops Night Vision 2.0 Goggles, the super small handheld EyeClops Mini Projector and a whole new lineup of TV Games products that follows the current trend that the Wii started - by incorporating accelerometer-driven motion technology without breaking the bank. We’ll look at each of these in greater detail right after the jump.

The EyeClops Mini Projector says it all - a pico projector for your little ones and even adults who want a device that allows them to share their favorite videos and photos with folks around, anywhere - as long as the room is dark enough, of course. Perfect for young people who want to impress their date with their own bedroom ceiling movie night. It relies on high powered LED illumination to project movies, TV shows, video games and other media up to a maximum size of 60″ from a compatible multimedia device, ranging from DVD players to cellphones, camcorders and digital cameras. Heck, it is even compatible with Jakk’s own Plug It In & Play TV Games products. The included battery pack offers 5 hours of battery life through the use of D batteries, but you can also connect it to a power outlet through the DC adapter when required. The EyeClops Mini Projector retails for $99.99.

The second iteration of the EyeClops is obviously known as the EyeClops Night Vision 2.0 Goggles, retailing for $59.99 which is $20 less compared to last year while bringing an improved, action-styled, hand-held design alongside the power to see using both eyes. You get up to 50 feet of visibility in complete darkness, letting you stalk your cat outdoors instead for fun.

The new line of TV Games Motion games will merge Jakks Plug It In & Play TV Games technology that boast real accelerometer technology, boasting a reactive motion controller that lets your character’s movements on screen depend on what you do in the real world. It plugs into the A/V jacks of any standard TV, where each controller comes with multiple games without the need for extra consoles or cartridges. The TV Games Motion lineup will include Star Wars: Clone Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants, Spider-Man, Disney Fairies and Power Rangers, retailing for $29.99 a pop.

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Sound Bomb Speaker

sound-bomb-speakerThe Sound Bomb Speaker would be something that we would advice against bringing on a flight with you, as it might just rouse the suspicions of poorly trained airport security personnel who might want to play hero that particular day and detain you for a lengthy questioning period. It does resemble a bomb by all means, but don’t expect it to come with explosive sound just because there is the visual potential of offering just that. The Sound Bomb Speaker can be powered when plugged into your computer’s USB port directly or use a quartet of AA batteries instead whenever you want it to go portable. Firebox has placed a £24.95 bounty on this.


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Hangman Light for those tired of it all

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If you have no problem with slightly morbid designs, this light would work great for your home.  It looks about like a doll has decided to finally end their poor tortured life.  Only to be turned into a lamp to illuminate your home with their dark deed.  It’s not morbid in the least.  Hopefully your friends and family share your open mind as far as cryptic items go, otherwise you might find fewer and fewer people stopping by to hang out.

The design was created by Ji-young Kim, who apparently had some issues to broadcast with this design.  The best part of the design are the small X’s on the hand, it reminds me of the ones you find on old cartoons when someone has died.  Unfortunately, since it is a design, it’s doubtful you’ll be able to find one of these.  Which is too bad, because this might be one of the few lamps out there that the spiral bulb would actually look pretty cool used within it.

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Altec Lansing’s Expressionist Ultra and the MIX

bothalproductsI got a chance to see what Altec Lansing was up to at CES last January, and its nice to see that they are still innovative with two new products: the Expressionist Ultra and the MIX.

The Expressionist Ultra is the set of speakers that you see to the left. As you can see, they have a very unique shape and transparent trapezoidal frame for a look that should compliment any desk. The speakers have a 200 watt powerhouse with a 3 inch midrange driver and 1 inch neodymium tweeter. The Expressionist Ultra also has fingertip controls, Audio Alignment technology, a headphone jack, and connects with AUX in jack and RCA adapter.

The MIX, seen to the immediate left, is a combination of iPod dock and 80’s style boombox. It is perfect for DJs-in-training as it has three music player inputs, a 30 pin dock connector for the iPhone and iPod, as well as two front-facing 3.5mm jacks. It plays for 30 hours on 8 D-cell batteries and has Audio Alignment, a Digital FM radio, and Dual AUX IN jacks for two additional audio players via front-facing 3.5mm jacks.

The Expressionist Ultra and the MIX should be available in the Fall. The Expressionist Ultra will be for $199.95, and the MIX Boom box/iPod dock will be for $299.99.

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