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Wasted LED watch from Tokyoflash

Telling the time used to be something that’s pleasant and easy to do – all you needed was a quick glance at your wrist and you’re good to go. The folks over at Tokyoflash have certainly gone out of their way to complicate things as much as possible, and one of the results would be the Wasted LED watch. Also known as the Kisai Wasted, it will come in two color styles – black and white. Wasted boasts a streamlined plastic case and strap finished in gloss with matte detail.

It was specially designed to fit most wrist sizes perfectly, boasting a smooth translucent lens which enables you to see the mysterious layout of time right under it. Since it is USB rechargeable, you need not go out and buy those button cell batteries. It takes around 3.5 hours for a full charge which should last you for around one month on average. With the battery being able to hold around 300 charges, that would translate to over 2 years of use before you replace the battery.

How do you tell the time? That is the easy part once you get the hang of it, although your friends might beg to differ as they crack their brains, looking for various methods in unlocking the “code” or pattern. The Kisai Wasted makes it a snap with its explanation – all you need to do is touch the button for the twisted display to come to life, where the current time will flash for a short time in order to direct you. All hours are shown on the outside in the same position as the corresponding numbers on a clock, while groups of five minutes on the inside will also show up with single minutes in the center from bottom to top.

You can also initiate a programmed animation between 18:00 and 24:00 for night time, where all lights will slowly illuminate the screen and then go out every 15 minutes when animation mode is on. The price to pay? $85.09 sans shipping if you’re interested.


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Crosley Revolution Portable Turntable – What’s old, is new again

Boy this really got me thinking, mostly about the four boxes of records I have down in the basement. Geez, it even sounds weird to say “records” these days. Every Fall I promise myself while I’m stuck inside over the Winter I will transfer my records to CD, so I can finally listen to them again.

Well, dust of the 45’s.. It’s time to party!

Crosely brings you a truly portable turntable that’s BOTH old school and high tech. Battery operated and with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, it really can take the music anywhere you want it to go. The Crosley Revolution has crisp clear sound that can be delivered wirelessly to any FM radio. It plays at 2 speeds, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm and has a belt driven turntable mechanism. The Crosley has a dynamic full range speaker, a headphone jack and a passive audio out.

But the best part about the Crosley is that it features a USB hookup and an included software suite for ripping and editing my audio that will finally allow me to transfer my music to most of my personal entertainment gadgets and still be able to let them spin when I don’t care that anyone who sees me will realize just how old I really am.

Available now for $149.95 from Crosley Radio


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Garmin introduces Approach S1 GPS wristwatch

Most folks who play golf are pretty well off, or at least middle class at worst. Well, this means they have a pretty secure and cushy job, coupled with timeshare vacations elsewhere, own a couple of properties with the mortgage fully paid off perhaps, and drive a convertible sports car with an upmarket saloon for more ordinary errands.

This would also mean their choice of attire will be branded for most, not to mention having a pretty nice wristwatch with metal straps. Who would have thought that one would wear a GPS wristwatch instead? Garmin’s Approach S1 GPS wristwatch is meant for those who love spending time on the greens, as it is capable of displaying precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens while boasting more than 14,000-plus courses pre-loaded.

The Approach S1 will constantly update information based on a golfer’s actual real-time location, while measuring individual shot distances without missing a beat. Of course, this doesn’t mean it will not be able to tell you the time – no sir, it still does that with aplomb. Preloaded with 14,000-plus U.S. and Canadian courses, you won’t need any pesky subscriptions or downloads, just select “Start Round,” choose your course and you’re more than ready to tee off (with an advantage, of course). We do wonder what will happen when your mates find out about this unfair advantage though – will they club you over the head?

Being both rugged and waterproof, the Approach S1 will tip the scales at a mere 1.8 ounces, boasting an ultra-thin backlit display alongside a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which is capable of lasting up to 8 hours in GPS mode – that ought to be a whole lot longer than what you would spend on the greens, we suppose. As for watch mode, it can last for up to 3 weeks, making it ideal for the boardroom, the bunkers and all points in between.

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KTM Strider PREbike targets toddlers

It is safe to assume that many dads out there would wish their sons (and even daughters) share their passion, regardless of whether it is fishing or something more extreme like motorcycles and tackling various dirt tracks. Well, come this Christmas, families who are motorcycle enthusiasts are able to share their passion with their toddlers thanks to the new ready to ride KTM Strider PREbike.

Just what is the KTM Strider PREbike? Well, this is a revolutionary pedal-free bike which was specially designed for children from as young as 18 months. Yup, you read that right – little Suzy or Johnny doesn’t even need to be 2 years old in order to hop atop one of these puppies. The KTM Strider PREbike is unlike outmoded tricycles and training-wheels, as it was designed for safe use on dirt and every other terrain – at the same time building up the skills and self-confidence in young kids for them to quickly transition to a pedal bike and a Sportminicycle.

The KTM Strider PREbike is no slouch when it comes to looking presentable – after all, it marries all the action, performance and styling of the popular KTM line of street and off road race cycles alongside an unique child-friendly design and function of PREbikes made by Strider. It will be able to teach little ones the necessary balance and coordination skills required to ride two-wheelers from an early age without ever needing the crutch of training wheels. This makes them “level up”, so to speak, to pedal bikes and Sportminicycles years earlier compared to their contemporaries.

According to Mr. McFarland, “The Strider PREbike™ was born out of my desire to teach my sons how to ride on two wheels at the youngest age possible. I wanted to share the thrill and adventure of the sport with my children and now thanks to the new KTM Striders, we can share our family’s passion with motorcycling parents and their children around the globe.”

The KTM Strider PREbike can be purchased for $109 a pop from November 3rd onwards if you are interested, where they will come in Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow and Pink colors.

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The Transparent hole-puncher

Disclaimer: There are probably a lot cooler gadgets to report on rather than this. After all, we’ve got robots that look and sound human, for crying out loud! Not to mention all the cool consumer electronics that get released on a daily basis.

So why should I consider writing about a three-hole punch made of transparent plastic? Because we flippin’ need one, that’s why!

I can’t begin to count all the times that I’ve gone to punch holes in a paper, only to find out that the hole is in the wrong place. And what am I supposed to do, glue the hole back? No, I’ve got to make a print another page and hope that I don’t screw it up this time.

I’m glad that inventors Kisang Yoon and Kyubok Lee have made hole-punching simpler by making the top of transparent plastic. This way, you can see exactly where your hole punch is going to land thanks to the red ring viewfinder there.

Now all they have to do is make one for a three-hole punch. This is where I really screw up when it comes to hole punching. At this point, though, it looks like the transparent hole punch is nothing more than a concept at this point. Seriously? We need this in offices now!

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Bang & Olufsen go high end with BeoVision 10

Bang & Olufsen has done it again, rolling out yet another high end TV set for those who are feeling flush, never mind that most folks out there today are having financial troubles. Well, the BeoVision 10 might not come encrusted with diamonds as well as other kinds of luxurious finishing, but then again it commands a premium price over other standard HDTVs out there in the market.

The BeoVision 10 LED product line has just gotten another addition with the introduction of a 32-inch version, where it will hit the market this November – which isn’t too far away, actually. The BeoVision 10-32 will come in a full HD LCD screen TV form factor, boasting an edge-type LED backlight, double sided anti-reflective coated contrast screen, five unique placement options and an active two-way loudspeaker system for optimal picture and sound performance.

The BeoVision 10–32 not only looks good, it also signifies a new record for Bang & Olufsen since this is the first time the company rolled out a trio of models from a specific TV family within one year. The BeoVision 10 first hit the streets this spring with a 40-inch model, so having a smaller 32-inch model might just be the perfect balance for folks who think that the 40-inch model is too large (as well as too expensive).

Boasting a similar chassis as that of the 40-inch and the 46-inch models, the BeoVision 10-32 will also adopt similar design principles, albeit on a smaller scale. Among them include a removable front fabric in a range of colors, (black, white, silver, dark grey, blue and orange) and an unique, high-gloss polished aluminium frame which delivers an optical illusion, making the TV look thinner than it actually is.

The frame itself is split into front and rear sections, where the rear profile is curved for it to reflect the color of the wall for a look as though it is floating. Are you willing to fork out at least $4,707 for this puppy?

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Null Concept Car has “Apps” option

This is the Null, and it is a concept electric vehicle designed by Jeongche Yoon to be the super-compact car of the future.

I suppose the electric and super-compact design are supposed to be made for this era of eco-friendly vehicles that are often taken on the road by one driver. It also has another feature for this century: the App.

Yes, this car has apps. These apps aren’t the smartphone software that creates an App on a touchscreen. This is more like hardware that you put on your car to make it do more. You can catch a video of this concept car after the jump.

App number one is Storage, which I would hardly call an App, really. App Number two is the Board carrier, for those who have surfboard and snowboards. This is definitely designed for the beach crowd, think of it as the new Volkswagen Bug. App number three is an outdoor bar that extends out of the trunk like an ironing board. App number four is a bike carrier, and then App number five is the extension battery pack.

Again, I would not call an extension battery pack for this car an app. After all, when you get an extension battery for your iPhone, that isn’t an App, it is an accessory. Clearly, the Null creator just wants to use the same buzzword for smartphones be the one for smartcars.

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Null Concept Car has “Apps” option

This is the Null, and it is a concept electric vehicle designed by Jeongche Yoon to be the super-compact car of the future.

I suppose the electric and super-compact design are supposed to be made for this era of eco-friendly vehicles that are often taken on the road by one driver. It also has another feature for this century: the App.

Yes, this car has apps. These apps aren’t the smartphone software that creates an App on a touchscreen. This is more like hardware that you put on your car to make it do more. You can catch a video of this concept car after the jump.

App number one is Storage, which I would hardly call an App, really. App Number two is the Board carrier, for those who have surfboard and snowboards. This is definitely designed for the beach crowd, think of it as the new Volkswagen Bug. App number three is an outdoor bar that extends out of the trunk like an ironing board. App number four is a bike carrier, and then App number five is the extension battery pack.

Again, I would not call an extension battery pack for this car an app. After all, when you get an extension battery for your iPhone, that isn’t an App, it is an accessory. Clearly, the Null creator just wants to use the same buzzword for smartphones be the one for smartcars.

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Null Concept Car has “Apps” option

This is the Null, and it is a concept electric vehicle designed by Jeongche Yoon to be the super-compact car of the future.

I suppose the electric and super-compact design are supposed to be made for this era of eco-friendly vehicles that are often taken on the road by one driver. It also has another feature for this century: the App.

Yes, this car has apps. These apps aren’t the smartphone software that creates an App on a touchscreen. This is more like hardware that you put on your car to make it do more. You can catch a video of this concept car after the jump.

App number one is Storage, which I would hardly call an App, really. App Number two is the Board carrier, for those who have surfboard and snowboards. This is definitely designed for the beach crowd, think of it as the new Volkswagen Bug. App number three is an outdoor bar that extends out of the trunk like an ironing board. App number four is a bike carrier, and then App number five is the extension battery pack.

Again, I would not call an extension battery pack for this car an app. After all, when you get an extension battery for your iPhone, that isn’t an App, it is an accessory. Clearly, the Null creator just wants to use the same buzzword for smartphones be the one for smartcars.

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This coin-operated machine accepts PayPal

One of the problems with PayPal is although you may have PayPal money, sometimes you don’t have cash.

I receive all payments for my writing work through PayPal, and I’m sure most of you know about the three or five day delay before that money officially gets to the bank after a deposit.

At the PayPal X Innovate 2010 developers conference, there was a vending machine on display that takes PayPal. It was designed by Ray Tanaka and PayPal labs with a WiShield, an LED display, and a simple coin-operated vending machine.

Just to let you know, you can’t just go up and insert twenty-five cents worth of PayPal money like you insert a coin. You will need a smartphone, and you will need a particular App for that. It works by scanning a QR code, and then entering in the amount of money to purchase that item. Perhaps they could make a version that would only involve entering in a PayPal username and password.

I can see that PayPal vending machines are clearly the wave of the future as we are slowly moving toward a cashless society. I can easily see this being put on all vending machines, and it will serve as a deterrent for those who want to break into a coin operated machine just to steal some coins.

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