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Elecom Sundries Contrast Headphones fold up

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One thing that has always bothered me about carrying headphones is that they don’t last as well when they’re just tossed in a bag or purse.  They have too many flimsy parts that eventually get bent or broken.  Well Elecom has a set of headphones that would be great for those of you that are always just carelessly tossing your gadgets in with various other items.

Since these fold so well, you won’t have to worry about the band having issues.  Plus these headphones come in a wide range of colors to choose from.  The band itself on this bends and then wraps around the headphones to keep them safe.  If you’re just not that great at remembering to be careful, this would be one way to protect your headphones from, well, you.  You can purchase a set of these for ¥ 5,100.00 or about $57 from Geek Stuff 4U.  They aren’t out just yet though, they will ship out at the end of October.

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Carpet Radio uses you as the tuner and antenna

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I’m officially ranking this as the most interesting and obnoxious concept designs I’ve seen lately.  The little piece of carpet is hooked up to a radio.  It then uses the person standing on the carpet to find a station and uses that person as the antenna as well.  You can even check out a video demonstrating someone using it.  So this isn’t just something someone drew up in photo shop,  It’s actually something that they got up and running.

Despite that it is up and running, it’s not something that’s being sold.  I doubt I’ll ever see it being sold.  Especially since the second you have two or more people standing on the rug, it’s going to probably confuse the tuner a bit.  However, were it to ever become real, it’d be fun to put in front of your front door.  The second an uninvited guest walks in, you’ll know about it.  It’s a very strange and backwards way to have a security system in your home, but it could work.

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Refurbished fridges turned into Kegorators with iPod dock

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Apparently no gadget is complete anymore without it having a built-in iPod dock.  Soon vacuum cleaners and clothing dryers will be next!  That is if they haven’t been hit up already, it is entirely possible that it’s happened and I missed that.  Well now you can own the ultimate gadget for garage parties.  Not only can you get your music playing through your refrigerator, but it’s also a kegerator.  Giving you beer fresh from the tap, even though you’re sitting at home.

These Craigerators are made by one guy, who takes old refrigerators and completely tears them apart and then restores them.  Ht gives them a very different flare than they used to have.  If this particular fridge isn’t your thing, you can check out the creator’s other fridges that he’s  made over.  He has everything listed from jobs that are ready to go, on up to concept ones that he’s still working on.  With all of the refrigerators, he was nice enough to show the before pictures.  In order to pick one up, you’ll have to contact him to find out the pricing.

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Darth Vader Nintendo Wii Sensor Bar Holder

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If you have yet to find that perfect spot for your Wii Sensor Bar, perhaps you just don’t have the right thing holding it secure.  Instead of just sticking it to the top or bottom of your TV like every other person on this earth, you can have Darth Vader hold it steady for you.  Having Darth Vader to hold it steady will definitely improve your game.  How could it not?!

This little statue is said to be sculpture quality and cast in high-density resin.  I’m surprised it took this long for something like this to come out.  Especially as often as there seems to be very random Star Wars themed accessories.  This of course won’t include a Wii Sensor Bar, you’ll have to provide that portion yourself.  Right now this isn’t ready just yet, you’ll have to wait until this coming November.  You can pre-order the Darth Vader Nintendo Wii Sensor Bar Holder now though, for $49.99 at the Star Wars Shop.

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Nintendo Wii is now cheaper

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Nintendo follows the footsteps of Sony and Microsoft by slashing the price of its Wii system, where you can now pick it up for $199.99. Of course, taking a look around at online deals might help you save more as selected stores do offer some sort of further rebate or throw in a free game of your choice at that price point. This $50 price cut might not be effective enough to stem the tide of rejuvenated PS3 Slim sales (moving more than a million units within a week of its availability worldwide), but it does help make casual gaming all the more affordable in time for the upcoming holiday season that will see the world start loosening their wallets a little bit more. Each $199.99 purchase of the Nintendo Wii will come with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk and a copy of Wii Sports to get you started right out of the box. Any converts?

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Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat for the Nintendo Wii

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There are plenty of Wii games around that require you to swing, well for those baseball themed ones, now you can really swing something.  This Louisville Slugger will give a far more realistic aspect to the game when you need to be swinging.  Of course this also means among kids that there’s more likely to be some minor injuries.  Then again, you don’t really have to buy something like this for the younger ones if you have them.  You’re obviously a worthy recipient of such an accessory.

The bat is pretty self explanatory.  You just pop in the remote and away it goes.  Don’t worry, if you do happen to actually swing and connect with someone’s head, it won’t really hurt them.  They might be a touch angry, but the bat is actually made out of foam.  That foam will make it much more safe to use with kids around.  It’s a pretty cheap addition to go in with your other Wii accessories.  You can purchase it for $14.99 from Toys R Us.

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Little Horn Speakers

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This is far from what most would describe as little, however, these are called Little Horn Speakers.  Even if the word little does seem a touch off in this case, these would be great speakers to have around.  Not only do they have a look that is bound to turn heads, but those horns attached to the speakers do actually contribute to the sound quality.  Giving a much bigger and more realistic sound.

Basically, these will make it so that you’re more surrounded by the music and will hear each of the instruments as if you were listening to a live performance.  These can work with almost any stereo system, which gives you more options on how you use them.  The horns themselves are 36” tall, the bell of the horn is 14” across and the base is 8”.  The horns are made using a high-density fiberglass, while the bass is made out of heavy, void-free Baltic birch plywood.  You get to choose your own color combination when you purchase the set.  Right now you can pick up a pair of these for $1500, but after the offer expires they’ll go back to $1850 per pair.

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Robot obeys its Master’s thoughts

thoughtrobotOf course, I was completely mesmerized when I saw this particular item of interest: a robot that obeys your thoughts.

Stop right there. Is this serious? Apparently so. Inventor Taku Ichikawa of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo is creating this robot for the Robo-One contest in Toyama, Japan.

The Robo-One is sort of a battlebots style competition, and I suppose that thoughts really are the best interface for that. Unfortunately, this is about all the information my sources have about this.

In other words, I have no idea if the user has to “think real hard” in order to get this robot to move, or if thinking about other things will distract the robot as well as the user.

A thought based interface is probably the best choice for any type of robot manipulation. It’s a lot better than that keyboard that the bad guy used to control Deadpool in at the end of that Wolverine movie. I mean, he has to type in “DECAPITATE” for crying out loud.

However, robots that are controlled by our thoughts? That seems a little too science fiction for me. And if there is one thing that science fiction has taught us is that mind and robots don’t mix.

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HP SkyRoom for videoconferencing fans

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HP recently established a new category in videoconferencing by shedding light on their HP SkyRoom, where it is touted to be an affordable, high-definition videoconferencing software which will offer live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings. All this without having to fork out a single cent for subscription fees? Sounds like a dream, eh? The HP SkyRoom will be based on breakthrough video and image communication technology that was developed in HP Labs, where elements of this technology has already seen action in NASA’s Mars rovers which transferred high-resolution images back to earth from the Red Planet with huge success. The HP SkyRoom is touted to be the only videoconferencing tool that can offer real-time collaboration for up to four people over a standard business network, costing the company a mere $149 which is much less compared to a round-trip airfare from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

HP SkyRoom will soon be part and parcel on selected HP business desktop and mobile workstations, and even better news for organizations that are looking for means and ways to cut cost – the SkyRoom will be free for a trial period on a fair number of upcoming HP premium business PCs and notebooks as well. If you happen to own workstations or PCs from other manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo or Sun, fret not – HP SkyRoom is compatible on those platforms as long as they meet minimum technology requirements.

The breakthrough innovation behind HP SkyRoom is derived from the merging of high-definition, multiuser videoconferencing and a sophisticated capability that will share display information more securely compared to the actual transfer of data and processing functions. In layman’s terms, the video engine will allow everyone to view the presenter’s display as well as each other without suffering from stuttering frame rates, via a multiway videoconferencing session. The video engine itself is multithreaded in order to take full advantage of today’s multiprocessor and multicore processing technologies. Apart from that, it can also handle 2D and 3D graphics, full-motion video and multidisplay – even if your system has but a 2D graphics card.

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Limited edition Cowhide Phone Cover

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Southern Brand is a new lifestyle label based in Miami, where they have just rolled out a Limited edition Cowhide Phone Cover that will see action with both the iPod and iPhone, offering uber tough protection against knocks and scratches to your beloved device. This is a new venture for Southern Brand, as they are already well known for their vintage soft tees and their stripped-down classic American design. Made from beautiful and premium cowhides, individual slip covers are truly one-of-a-kind since they are handmade. Within is some soft suede backed by smooth chocolate tanned leather. At $29 a pop, we wonder just how many covers can a single average-sized cow produce. Perhaps there is an iPhone app to calculate that…


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