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Nuvo giving away 15 Ritmo Pregnancy Sound Systems

There is no end to products that could be added to the expectant mother wishlist.  It seems like the more new technology that’s released the longer and more impossible that list gets.  Thankfully Nuvo is helping you take off a decent chunk for those highly interested in the Ritmo, which would save you $129.  When you’re trying to get supplies for a new baby, that’s a huge help.  If you’re not expecting but know someone that is, you might want to give them a heads up on this one.

Nuvo will start this in May and will end it in September, they’ll give away one of these per month.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Ritmo, it allows for you to not only play music for your baby, but also recordings.  That means if a family member records themselves reading a story, you can play it for your baby and create a stronger bond.  Plus you could use it even during the most sweaty of activities (like working out), since it’s completely machine washable.  Just follow this link to find out more, although keep in mind that link won’t go active until May 1st.  If you’re reading this before then, just bookmark it and check back later.


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No Wrong Notes Strumstick

Hitting the right notes all the time does not come naturally for most folks, which is why the No Wrong Notes Strumstick comes in handy for beginners who want to give this three-stringed instrument a go. You will not need any kind of musical training beforehand to handle this 29″ long instrument which is more or less similar to a ‘dulcitar,’ where it relies on a special diatonic fretting of an Appalachian dulcimer. The strings have been specially tuned in a drone relationship in such a manner where there are no wrong notes, letting one play a major scale by simply fretting just one string and strumming like a guitar. It comes with a pitch range of 2 1/2 octaves, featuring a sound that might be mistaken to a banjo and mandolin to the unseen eye. Nice to know this $199.95 purchase comes with instructional DVD to guide you right out of the box in a step-by-step manner alongside two- and three-string melodies as well as folk classics.


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HICE Hydrogen-powered vehicle made by high-schoolers

For those that are interested in green vehicles are probably looking to electric or even hydrogen-powered cars.

The hydrogen-powered car that you see in this picture was, believe it or not, designed by a group of high-school students. They are from the Los Altos Academy of Engineering in California, and they have been working on cars like this for a while, in conjunction with companies like Toyota and Boeing.

This particular vehicle, known as the HICE (Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle was nearly completed back in February. It is powered by a four-stroke Honda engine, and has three wheels.

I’m pretty amazed that a group of high-school kids were able to build the HICE. Granted, it lacks a little bit on the interior room, but it is better than what I would have done in high school. I probably couldn’t have done the flame-job on the sides.

Not only do I think its terrific for these kids to do something constructive, but it looks like they’re on one of those “save the Earth” crusades. That’s good, because I think I only heard of Earth Day during my Senior year, which was in 1990.

Considering what these kids are doing in high school, I can’t wait to see what they do after college. Maybe we’ll see some serious hydrogen vehicles on the road by that time.

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For those that are interested in green vehicles are probably looking to electric or even hydrogen-powered cars.

The hydrogen-powered car that you see in this picture was, believe it or not, designed by a group of high-school students. They are from the Los Altos Academy of Engineering in California, and they have been working on cars like this for a while, in conjunction with companies like Toyota and Boeing.

This particular vehicle, known as the HICE (Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle was nearly completed back in February. It is powered by a four-stroke Honda engine, and has three wheels.

I’m pretty amazed that a group of high-school kids were able to build the HICE. Granted, it lacks a little bit on the interior room, but it is better than what I would have done in high school. I probably couldn’t have done the flame-job on the sides.

Not only do I think its terrific for these kids to do something constructive, but it looks like they’re on one of those “save the Earth” crusades. That’s good, because I think I only heard of Earth Day during my Senior year, which was in 1990.

Considering what these kids are doing in high school, I can’t wait to see what they do after college. Maybe we’ll see some serious hydrogen vehicles on the road by that time.

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Iron Man Arc Chest Light

Loved Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor? Well, you too can turn into an instant Iron Man with the Iron Man Arc Chest Light from ThinkGeek. This glowing plastic replica of the power generating arc reactor from the movies will certainly seem to give you a new lease of life, never mind that you do not have a health condition to worry about like Tony Stark’s. All you need to do is clip on one of these puppies to your shirt, turn it on using a couple of AAA batteries and you’re good to go – it will glow like the real deal, and come with actual battle sounds, ready to unleash the kid within you. Oh, and you won’t need to be as rich as Tony Stark either, since this is going for just $9.99.


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McGill University in Montreal creates haptic floor

My source calls this an augmented reality floor tiles, but I don’t think this is really “augmented reality”. I’ve seen augmented reality as tech better used on webcams. This particular concept device allows your feet to have different sensations as you step.

Perhaps a better description of this product would be a modular “haptic” floor tiling system. It has a “deformable plate suspended on a platform”, which enables the user the ability to step on a floor with a different feel. I believe it works by using the plate and platform sensors that can detect forces from the foot, and then give off the proper vibrations to simulate the feeling of stepping on whatever you’re supposed to be stepping on. There is even top-down projection and speakers to use the visual and audio feedback.

Seriously, that’s what it does. I have no idea what you would use it for. I mean, do you need a floor that requires you to feel such surfaces as sand, snow, grass, or even pebbles?

I’m assuming that this will help create the crunch of snow beneath your feet, or the light touch of grass. If it does sand, then I wonder if it does the hot sand in the beach that you burn your feet on. Impress your friends with this one, for sure.

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Soulra Solar Powered iPod Speaker

If you have a bright sunny day, it might be nice to take your music along with you when you’re out enjoying the day.  This particular iPod speaker won’t require you to carry around any spare batteries, since it pulls all of the juice it needs straight from the sun.  Of course it’s not waterproof, so should you see clouds forming you might want to run the speaker someplace dry.

The dock will play your iPod for up to 7 hours continuously for every full charge it receives.  Now they don’t say quite how long it will take for this to charge up again, but with a solar panel of that size hopefully it won’t be too shabby.  Although it’s not waterproof, it is actually water-resistant, so should it get a few splashes at the pool it’ll keep on playing.  When you purchase this you’ll also receive a remote control to keep control at a distance.  You can purchase it for $200 through Frontgate.

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Sony Dash ready to hit the market

Back at CES 2010 we saw that Sony unveiled the Dash during their press conference, and while this was never going to be a game changer of any kind, it was still nice to see yet another touchscreen device ready to hit the market. Well, a good 4 months or so has elapsed since then, and it is finally good to know that Sony will be introducing its Dash Wi-Fi touchscreen device to the market at last, where you are able to receive real-time, personalized Internet content that is pushed to you regardless of whether you are at home or at the office. The Sony Dash has been tagged with a $199 price tag, where you can purchase it online from SonyStyle.com or pick it up from other Sony Style retail stores and authorized dealers nationwide.

You get a 7″ color touchscreen display to view all the relevant information being shown, where the Dash will rely on a current wireless internet connection in order to receive a continuous display of your selections from more than 1,000 free apps, where many of them are offered via Chumby Industries, Inc., where among these include news, calendars, weather, sports, and social networking. Not only that, with the use of BRAVIA Internet Video, the Sony Dash is able to let you be entertained via TV episodes, films and additional video content and music from a host of other providers such as CBS, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and Slacker amongst others.

You will be pleased to know that the Dash will boast a playlist of your own personalized internet world which is constantly refreshed and pushed to you, hence helping you save time since there is less need to search for your favorite content or to log onto your favorite sites. Apart from all of the above mentioned, the Sony Dash also doubles up as an alarm clock, letting you wake up through your favorite music videos, internet radio or other video content instead of the standard alarm clock buzzer which is old hat by now. Nice to know that multi-tasking is also supported, which means you can refer to a recipe in the kitchen while having some MP3 files playing in the background.

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digiZoid zo personal subwoofer

digiZoid has rolled out their latest device known as the zo personal subwoofer, where it aims to bring breakthrough technology that represents the first of its kind audio device. Meant to improve the audio quality from just about any media player or listening system, the zo can be touted to be a superior alternative to the traditional earphone upgrade which offers far improved sound performance for folks who are always on the go. According to Paul Berg, president and chief technology officer at digiZoid, “This technology represents five years of extensive research, development and testing. The result is a tremendous breakthrough in high-quality sound for portable media at a perfect time considering the mass convergence of communication, audio and video entertainment into these devices.”

The zo itself is based on digiZoid SmartVector sound contouring technology, and while that might sound rather confusing to the layman, it is actually a fusion of intelligent electronics with advanced materials which will dynamically adjust and present tailored sound energy to a speaker as well as the ear for optimized audibility. As a result, your ears will be treated to an unprecedented listening experience, which is somewhat akin to installing a subwoofer and upgraded speakers into your home audio system, although with the zo personal subwoofer, this is achieved through a device that is no larger than an iPod nano.

Some of the features available in the zo are as follows :-

  • A multi-function switch enabling single-point control of all device functions
  • 32 selectable subwoofer intensity and frequency response contouring profiles
  • LightScale color indicator of selected contour profile
  • Simple plug-n-play setup
  • Compact and portable size – weighs less than an ounce
  • Designed and manufactured in the United States

Expect each purchase of the zo to come with a mini USB cable, a couple of 3.5mm stereo cables (10cm and 100cm long) and a SmartStart guide. Initially priced at $99 to kick things off, the zo readily available and can be purchased online.

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OLED technology helps glass see in the dark

About a week ago I talked about how some OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) technology could turn an ordinary pane of glass into a display called a T-OLED. Today I would like to talk about how OLED could turn ordinary glass into a night-vision screen.

This tech comes to us from both DARPA and the University of Florida. It is a new material made from seven OLED layers, which have the ability to get “excited” by infrared light. Once light passes through these layers, they get amplified by the next layer, which turns what was once dark into light.

Sounds very cool, doesn’t it? Too bad that the only sample of this tech that they have is one square centimeter. I’m guessing that you would have to squint really hard to see the image from the photo.

I’m also guessing that the best use of this technology would be on eyeglasses, windshields, windows, and any other place where seeing in the dark is necessary. I’m sure that this tech is by no means cheap, just like the aforementioned T-OLED.

Now, if only there was a way to combine the T-OLED tech with this night vision tech. That would certainly be something to see, all right. I swear, the future is already looking brighter at just the thought of that.

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