Archive for February, 2010

V-MODA rolls out Remix Remote headphones

Headphones are a very personal thing, and depending on the type of person you are, you might choose something discrete while others prefer something much more flashy. Well, V-MODA has recently rolled out its Remix Remote, a fashion-forward in-ear headphone that boasts unrivaled audio performance partnered with an integrated three-button remote. This was developed via V-MODA’s meticulous acoustics and engineering team, making the Remix Remote a completely redesigned version of the company’s original in-ear headphones, where its main focus is to create an enhanced listening experience and dynamics of today’s music while making sure it also performs gangbusters on the iPhone, iPod and Mac notebooks.

Don’t be mistaken – despite its relatively small size, the Remix Remote was designed for ultimate durability, unparalleled audio clarity and absolute affordability, making it a testament to V-MODA’s capability when it comes to sound development and precise construction for even the most discerning listener. You will find a remastered driver within as well as a redesigned soft silicone fittings that were specially developed to enhance ergonomic and audio performance. With perfect balance of punchy bass and high-definition audio clarity, your collection of MP3s will never sound the same again. As for the remote and high fidelity microphone, this enables one to experience hands-free access when it comes to answering calls as well as controlling one’s audio library. Made from an all-metal construction with Kevlar-reinforced cables, each purchase of the Remix Remote comes with a two-year premium warranty and V-MODA’s “No Questions Asked” 50 percent off lifetime headphone replacement guarantee.

It is interesting to note that the Remix Remote comes with an easy-to-use integrated three-button remote control which will play nice with the iPhone 3GS, the second generation iPod touch, fourth and fifth generation iPod nano, third generation iPod shuffle, the 120GB and 160GB iPod classic, MacBook (unibody) and MacBook Pro (unibody). Expect to pick up V-MODA’s Remix Remote for $99.99 a pop.

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Lego Star Wars Foosball Table

Now how cool is that – a Lego Star Wars Foosball Table which sees all of the foosmen being replaced by Lego Star Wars mini-figs? Imagine that, and more – this epic table is a definite win since the whole table itself is made out of Lego bricks – yes, you read that right. The entire table is one fantasy piece of Lego land, and we’re just stoked to see and read about the dedication of some people on this planet who are able to come up with some amazing things from time to time when one puts their heart, mind and soul to it, with this being one of them. When will a Star Trek version come out to appease those Trekkies?

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SMASH guitar meant to be destroyed

Don’t you just wish that you could play the role of a rock star sometimes, having tons of adoring groupies who are willing to jump into bed with you any second? Of course, before that happens, you would have reached a crescendo in your concert by smashing your expensive, custom-made guitar into smithereens on the stage for one plain, simple reason – simply because you CAN. What about ordinary folk like you and I? This is where the SMASH guitar comes in – it is affordable at $60 each, and are made out of completely recyclable products, which means the environment doesn’t suffer (apart from the noise pollution at concerts). Now how about that – is the price tag still too much to consider going nuts, just for once?

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Guppie is one tool to rule them all

We have reported on the Lil Guppie before, and I suppose that this is the next step up, the Guppie. Actually, I think that this Guppie is the same as the Lil Guppie, just like Lil Bow Wow is the same as Bow Wow. (Oh, why do those young rappers put Lil in front of their names? Don’t they know that they will grow out of the Lil?)

This Guppie is one tool that I would have in my pocket, possibly the only one. The Guppie has an adjustable wrench with the crescent wrench adjuster worm gear. It also has a flip-out knife, and an LED flashlight, but I don’t see it in my picture. Did I mention the beer bottle opener? It’s got one, and I’m guessing its by its weird flip-up handle.

It also has a screwdriver with some magnetic heads, and the user can add his or her own.

All in all, the Guppie is the one tool to rule them all, like it says in my headline. By the way, there have been many a geek who has used that one (insert pronoun here) to rule them all headline. It probably isn’t worth it to use it again.

I’m not certain why it is called the Guppie. Is that because it is fish shaped, like a guppy? By the way, if you run a search on Guppie, one definition is “a gay yuppie”. Not something I would name a tool after, and I definitely wouldn’t have put “Lil” in front of it.

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Nintendo Wii could help stroke victims recover

We have reported how WiiSports and other Wii activities are simply not as good real exercise.

However, a recent research project by the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference 2010 would suggest that playing these virtual reality games could help stroke victims improve their motor function.

This study was based on 20 stroke survivors, and both groups engaged in eight one hour sessions over a two week period approximately two months after suffering from a stroke. The ones who played Wii Tennis as well as Wii Cooking Mama demonstrated “significant” motor “improvement in speed and extent of recovery”.

According to Gustavo Saposnik, the director of the Stroke Outcomes Research Unit at the Li Ka Shing Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, this is the first randomized clinical study showing that Wii gaming technology can produce effective stroke rehabilitation.

In all honesty, this reminds me of a recent episode of The Simpsons. On this episode, there was a Plot B involving Lisa giving Grandpa Simpson and his rest home a Zii gaming system. Yeah, it’s clear what Zii is satirizing, and the gameplay of ZiiSports was enough to get all of the senior citizens of the rest home on their feet again. Too bad the nurses didn’t feel the same way.

Still, the prospect of the Wii helping victims of strokes is interesting enough to follow up with more studies.

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Nintendo Wii could help stroke victims recover

We have reported how WiiSports and other Wii activities are simply not as good real exercise.

However, a recent research project by the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference 2010 would suggest that playing these virtual reality games could help stroke victims improve their motor function.

This study was based on 20 stroke survivors, and both groups engaged in eight one hour sessions over a two week period approximately two months after suffering from a stroke. The ones who played Wii Tennis as well as Wii Cooking Mama demonstrated “significant” motor “improvement in speed and extent of recovery”.

According to Gustavo Saposnik, the director of the Stroke Outcomes Research Unit at the Li Ka Shing Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, this is the first randomized clinical study showing that Wii gaming technology can produce effective stroke rehabilitation.

In all honesty, this reminds me of a recent episode of The Simpsons. On this episode, there was a Plot B involving Lisa giving Grandpa Simpson and his rest home a Zii gaming system. Yeah, it’s clear what Zii is satirizing, and the gameplay of ZiiSports was enough to get all of the senior citizens of the rest home on their feet again. Too bad the nurses didn’t feel the same way.

Still, the prospect of the Wii helping victims of strokes is interesting enough to follow up with more studies.

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Landport Solar-Powered Speakers

Apparently these oddly shaped speakers are Japan’s very first set of active speakers that are solar-powered.  These look more like a cryptic scroll than a set of speakers, but they are speakers.  They’re also speakers that will help you become just a little more eco-friendly.  After all, every little bit helps.  These flat speakers are shaped just right to give you the sound you need and suck up all the sun they’ll require to keep up and running.

Once the Lithium-ion battery has managed to get a full charge, the speakers will run for a full 8 hours continuously.  The 19.5cm by 11.2cm by 5cm speaker can be connected to your iPod or MP3 player through the stereo mini input.  It weighs 290 grams and will be released in Japan sometime this coming March.  At that time it’ll be priced at 5,250 Yen or right around $58.

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Growin Up Speaker System

If you’re tired of all of your speakers lacking any organic gadget feel, then this speaker system should be a nice change.  Instead of trying to look like every other cutting edge speaker system out there, these take a cue from the trees.  This system makes it so that it looks like a bright white trunk is slowly growing up from the floor and the speakers sprout out of the side of the trunk.

The bright white contrasted with the black gives the set a very modern feel, all the while still being earthy.  It’ll give you the best of both worlds.  The low tone speakers are closer to the ground, while the high pitched sounds go towards the top.  They’re capable of being stacked together or even used separately.  These speakers are a concept design by Marcos Ignacio Madia.  That also means that these will probably be a little hard to get your hands on.

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Otamatone Electronic Instrument

Love making music from instruments, but want to be more adventurous by trying out something new? The Otamatone Electronic Instrument might be your cup of tea as it comes in one extremely cute form factor, alongside a face. Yes sir, this Japan-flown musical instrument is a snap to pick up, where you place a finger on the stem to choose the pitch. In order to get vibrato, just squeeze on the note’s rubber cheeks repeatedly and you’re good to go, since this will open the Otamatone Electronic Instrument’s mouth. You’ll need to be blessed with a really great musical ear since the strip on the stem is missing pitch labels and frets. Interested? This cute little bugger can be yours for $34.99.


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PowerPak from Technocel

Technocel has created the “ultimate universal charging solution” that combines “a backup rechargeable battery pack with a rapid home charger”.

I had a chance to try the Powerpak out for myself, and it is essentially is a tiny black box that goes into any power outlet. From there, it will charge up like a battery, so it can be used later for about three hours of talk time.

The PowerPak kit comes with a lot of tips to power a lot of phones, and it is capable of other mobile devices including ones from Samsung, Motorola, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry, HTC, Palm, Nextel, Sanyo, Sony Ericsson, Pantech, Casio, Kyocera, as well as the Zune and the Kindle. These tips attach to the Powerpack with an included USB cable, but to charge your iPhone or iPod, then you will need to use the included USB cable with your Apple product.

If you are one of those who needs a little bit of juice, then this product is for you. I will have to say that it took me a while to charge it for the first time, but I expect this to happen the first time I used this product. The instructions did not say how long it would take to charge for the first time, though.

Anyway, the PowerPak can be purchased on the Technocel website for about $49.99.


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