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Jupiter Jack

jupiter-jackWhat do you use your car radio for? Most of us listen to our own MP3 songs anyways, doing away with the need for a local DJ, but for those who prefer an unexpected playlist as well as traffic updates, then the car radio is still a pretty essential tool to have around. With the Jupiter Jack, things are spiced up even more since it will turn your car radio into a speaker phone!

Simply plug the compact Jupiter Jack unit into any cell phone headphone jack, tune your car radio to 99.3 FM and start talking. Enjoy crisp, clear conversation as the sound is transmitted through your car speakers while keeping your hands on the wheel. An inexpensive alternative to costly blue tooth systems. Fits any cell phone headphone jack. Adapters for all cellphones included.

Hmmm – do you think this is work forking out $9.98 for?


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Clear Classic USB Joystick gives that retro feel

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Classic games just aren’t the same if you play them using a keyboard.  You just can’t get the same feel.  Well with this controller you could get more of that retro feel while still using your updated technology.  I’ve also heard that the retro games don’t look as good on our pretty flat screen monitors, but I’m afraid this controller won’t help with that part. Bottom line is, you’ll have to make a small compromise.

The nice thing with this is that you could enjoy using this controller even with new games.  With its clear look and blue LED light, it feels classic, but looks new.  The controller also comes with a few games for you to enjoy such as Pacman 4K, Seawolf, Invaders Plus and others.  In full it includes over 80 different games.  If that’s not enough for you the seller also have some suggestions as to where you can find more.  It comes with a 5 foot long USB cable.  You can purchase the joystick for $29.95 through Reflex Audio.

Source: RetroThing


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Wooden Heart-Shaped SpeakWood Speaker

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Valentine’s Day comes around every single year and it always seems to draw out the heart-shaped gadgets from the darkest corners of the world.  Here’s another one, but at least it’s not pink.  Instead it comes in a soft natural shade.  These speakers will sweetly play all of your favorite songs.  Despite the Valentine’s Day look these will blend in just fine all year round.

The power output is 2.5W and the consumption is 3W.  The heart is completely made out of wood and then jammed with all of the electronic goodies that’ll make your music play.  It’s powered by a USB port and has a 3.5mm audio plug.  You can purchase the SpeakWood Heart USB Speaker for $22 through Gadget4all.  Which makes it a fairly affordable gift to give a loved one.

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Razer Vespula gaming grade mouse mat makes its mark

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When you mention the name Razer, most of the time a sort of serpentine-like name associated with one of their mean looking mice would pop up in our heads. Well, this time round the company takes a slightly different route albeit still maintaining its focus on the gaming scene by introducing the Razer Vespula gaming grade mouse mat. What makes the Vespula so different from the rest? After all, aren’t today’s mice more than adequately equipped to be able to handle just about any surface (save for glass) when it comes to tracking your movement in order to deliver that precise kill? Apparently not, and nothing quite beats the presence of a gaming grade mouse mat to make sure that you have no more excuses left concerning hardware and the gaming environment if you fail to perform that particular day.

The Razer Vespula is a lightweight, gaming grade mouse mat which boasts a dual-sided design. This is something special since the dual-sided design will be able to open up a new window of gaming style, where you can choose from Speed Surface for faster mouse movements or a Control Surface that picks up even the most precise of mouse movements. Are you a constant face at extended gaming sessions? The Razer Vespula could prove to be your trusted ally then, boasting a gel-filled memory conformance wrist rest that is perfect for top performance without suffering from the side effects of fatigue and strain, while it shares the same sturdiness and souped up durability of its predecessor – the Razer Exact Mat.

According to Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, president, Razer USA, “The Razer Vespula was designed with gamers in mind that need a single solution for every game they play. Different genres call for different gameplays. The advanced technology in the improved dual-sided mouse mat gives gamers the choice of a smooth Speed Surface or a textured Control Surface, which delivers just that flexibility. The Control Surface is great for gamers that use small, precise movements, while the Speed Surface is an ideal match for gamers that prefer large, sweeping motions.”

Expect the Razer Vespula to retail for either $34.99 or €34.99, depending on which continent you’re gaming on.

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Sound reactive nightgown

sound-reactive-nightgownThere is nothing quite like the feeling of being in love, and a couple who are head over heels with each other often do not pay any attention to what is going on around , whispeing sweet nothings to each other and perhaps leading to a sizzling, romantic banter. The Sound Reactive Nightgown from designer Sarah Soriano aims spice things up in a couple, where it will start pulling up its hemline automatically as you begin a verbal intercourse with your lady friend. This is made possible thanks to the use of Lilypad Arduino and Flexinol – a shape memory alloy not quite in the vein of the T-1000, but good enough to raise a few eyebrows (and a skirt).

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Sound reactive nightgown

sound-reactive-nightgownThere is nothing quite like the feeling of being in love, and a couple who are head over heels with each other often do not pay any attention to what is going on around , whispeing sweet nothings to each other and perhaps leading to a sizzling, romantic banter. The Sound Reactive Nightgown from designer Sarah Soriano aims spice things up in a couple, where it will start pulling up its hemline automatically as you begin a verbal intercourse with your lady friend. This is made possible thanks to the use of Lilypad Arduino and Flexinol – a shape memory alloy not quite in the vein of the T-1000, but good enough to raise a few eyebrows (and a skirt).

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Vuzix 920AR augmented reality glasses

vuzixglassesjpgSome of you might remember yesterday’s post, which showed a short film with some advanced (maybe even too advanced) augmented reality. However, at no point in the short film did we see what sort of interface the main character was wearing.

Well, if he wanted his augmented reality today, he could have probably used the Vuzix Wrap 920AR glasses. We have covered Vuzix’s products before, and their present models simply have LCDs at the eyes as well as headphones on the frames, so a user can watch their video on the road as a very private experience.

The last time we cover Vuzix and augmented reality, it was at GDC 2009. Well, they were up to some new tricks at CES 2010. Hit the jump if you want to see a video of it.

The Wrap 920AR has a camera that can capture video a 752 x 480 resolution at 60fps, and combine it with a 1504 x 480 stereoscopic 3D image. You can see on the video some guy playing some sort of game with the goggles.

You will notice the man playing the game is doing nothing but looking at a bunch of strange symbols. These are the augmented reality codes that we have seen before on other entertaining applications, and the Wrap 920AR has many uses, but we already covered that with the short film. It should be out in March, but my source doesn’t have a price.

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The Solar Powered Bottle Boat Kit

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Although you probably couldn’t pay me to go near water as cold as it is outside, eventually it will warm up again.  At least I’m pretty sure it will.  Once that happens you might want to pick up one of these Solar Bottle Boat Kits to give you something to do while you’re near some water in the middle of the summer.  It’ll give you something to play with, plus the joy of knowing that you built it yourself.

The boat uses a solar panel on the top to keep itself powered.  Don’t worry all of the technology that goes into the kit is completely waterproof.  It’s all made with water usage in mind.  All you need to get that’s outside of the kit is a plastic soda bottle.  There are a total of 3 different boat designs for you to choose from.  The kit comes with a solar panel, wires, motor, propellers, tape, shafts and other various odds and ends.  You can purchase the kit for $24.95 from the Solar Sphere.

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Steering Wheel Remote Control with Bluetooth

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If you drive a nice enough car, most of them come with a way to control your radio without ever having to remove your hands from the steering wheel.  Although a built-in method is definitely ideal, this one would be a great way to give yourself a happy medium without spending a fortune just buying a new car.  It attaches to your car’s steering wheel and allows for you to adjust the volume and change the songs.

The remote control also has Bluetooth and is of course compatible with all Bluetooth phones.  It supports last call re-dial as well as voice dialing functions.  It also has an integrated FM transmitter that supports line-in and audio-out USB port and SD/MMC card slot.  It has CVC technology that’s supposed to get rid of any noise and echoes.  You can purchase one of these for $39.99 through Amazon.

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Augmented Reality short film might be an accurate representation of the future, but I hope not.

augm082mda-thumb-550x354-32805The image that you see here is from a short film called “Augmented (hyper) Reality: Domestic Robocop”. It is a short film by Keiichi Matsuda, a Masters student at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the United Kingdom. I think he deserves top marks for his effort to show us what the future could be like.

I believe that I have praised augmented reality on this blog before, I even called it the “Coolest Gadget Ever” at CES 2009. I’ve since seen many variations of it, which were mostly entertainment, save for the X-ray vision app for drivers. However, I have now seen the dark side of augmented reality, and it will hopefully never be our future.

You can watch the video of it after the jump. You will notice that the viewer is bombarded by corporate logos, that must be waved away in order to become virtual posters on the wall. The user then was able to pull up a window with a tea recipe, and the goggles, or whatever interface he was wearing, knew exactly where the ingredients were.

My source compares this concept kitchen to something out of Alice and Wonderland, but in all honesty, I would compare it to the dark cyberpunk worlds of early-nineties science fiction, like the works of William Gibson. Just imagine being bombarded with corporate ads as we go through our day. I mean, do we really want our augmented reality programs giving us an inventory of our refrigerator? In all honesty, I feel that perhaps this is the end result of augmented reality: a dumbed-down society where our interfaces are constantly telling us what to do next.

Okay, I don’t want to end this article on a negative note and claim that our humanity will be conquered by our technology. However, I think there is a limit to how much augmented reality should be used in a person’s daily life, and the main character of this short film is overdosing.

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