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Computer Engineer Barbie – Does Barbie like Windows?

I have to admit that as a kid I was never a Barbie fan, and all that Ken business, I for one was glad when they broke-up. I always wondered why they never made “perfect divorce Barbie” She could have come with the Dream House, the Corvette and most of Ken’s stuff, including half his paycheck,   but no, they made baby-sitter Barbie, ballerina Barbie and dog groomer Barbie, dolls I could never really get into, until now…

Please meet the newest addition to the “Barbie I Can Be…” collection, and the first profession ever chosen by popular vote, the Barbie I Can Be a Computer Engineer doll. In my opinion, the coolest of all Barbie Dolls, THIS Barbie comes complete with a cool pink laptop with case, a hot pink smartphone and a headset. Dressed in perfect geek-chic Barbie wears a binary design t-shirt with leggings and pink sneakers and her face is adorned with the almost mandatory, squarish framed glasses.

These dolls and their accessories were meant to empower girls to try out different roles and imagine themselves in may different professions, and Barbie has had a lot of them, from a student teacher in 1965 to a paratrooper in 2000, and everything in between, but I am happy to welcome Barbie to the world of high tech. This digital girl also comes with a special code that unlocks online career content allowing for some computer play, and a Barbie I Can Be app for the iPhone… how perfect!

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Clinique offers revolutionary shopping experience

Clinique has come up with a new way to shop – and that is through the incorporation of technology that has become so prevalent in our lives these days. The world leader in beauty is now the first cosmetics brand to use the Apple iPad in-store as part of a state-of-the-art, self-guided skin care diagnostic tool which is currently being rolled out later this month at select counters nationwide.

According to Lynne Greene, Global Brand President of Clinique, Origins and Ojon, “Clinique was built on the promise of providing our consumers with the most personalized, engaging and informative experience at every interactive touchpoint. By integrating digital technologies into the Clinique shopping experience, we are offering the consumer a stimulating and socially modern way to connect with the brand.”

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset to arrive on the Xbox 360

Many years ago, gaming was just all about the graphics – sound took a back seat, but it seems as though things have taken a turn for the better these days, what with modern technology having taken leaps and bounds forward over the past few years. Razer, a company that is famous for its range of gaming peripherals, has rolled out yet another device for the masses who are aligned to the Xbox 360 in the form of the Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset.

This is the latest model which will be able to let you hear all the explosions and gunfire in Halo, not to mention being thrilled by the high octane release of nitro in Need for Speed, or grooving beats on DJ Hero. Surely, the Razer Chimaera is able to kick Xbox gaming immersion into overdrive.

According to Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President Razer USA, “Putting on this headset may cause serious jaw-dropping aural intensity. With the Razer Chimaera 5.1, we’re giving every gamer the opportunity to experience surround sound in complete wireless freedom. We drew from our expertise in PC gaming audio and worked with Dolby to develop a headset that lets you hear everything with absolute clarity to pinpoint enemy locations, prevent backstabs, and just take your gaming enjoyment further. I recommend using it with the Razer Onza controller for serious Xbox ownage.”

There are 5.1 and Stereo editions of the Razer Chimaera, and it is nice to know that both of them are wireless for an added level of freedom for you to hear the destruction of your opponents anywhere. The 5.1 edition is capable of running for up to 8 hours without missing a beat, while the stereo edition will obviously last longer on the scene per charge at 12 hours.

Extra large circumaural ear cups ensure that your Xbox gaming marathons will be able to last the distance without having your ears feel cramped and uncomfortable, and if you find that the unit is starting to run out of juice, all you need to do is hang the headset onto the base station which also doubles up as the audio processing unit, and you’re good to go.

If you happen to have a trio of teammates with you, you are able to locally connect a quartet of Razer base stations for a crystal clear, lag-free, and dedicated voice channel which will certainly go a long way in improving team communication. The Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 will retail for $199.99/€199.99 as it hits the world this April.

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CAMJ Tiny DSLR might be smallest DSLR in the world

One glance at the directly translated CAMJ Tiny DSLR will leave you wondering just how far technology has come, although it is safe to say that this is no purebred DSLR but rather, called so only for kicks. After all, its form factor, albeit scaled down tremendously, does resemble that of a DSLR, but once you take a look at its specifications can capability, you can more or less think of this as a joke gizmo.

Despite its size, it can still shoot a good 2 megapixel picture at SVGA resolution, record video at 30 fps while making sure every one of those digital memories are forever stored on a microSD memory card which is all too common these days. Capable of supporting up to a 32GB microSDHC memory card, you can be sure that running out of space is something that will not happen at all throughout the CAMJ Tiny DSLR’s lifespan.

It can be juiced via an equally tiny portable external charger which relies on AA batteries as the power source, although there is the option of using a USB port as well. Each $97 purchase will be accompanied by a one year guarantee, although we don’t think that guarantees it against any loss due to its size.

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Scanner detects cancer in an hour, costs $200 to make

The wonders of the human mind never ceases to amaze me, and this time around we have a bunch of boffins over at Harvard University and MIT working together to create what could potentially have positive effects in the fight against cancer worldwide – using just $200 worth of parts to develop a scanner gizmo which is capable of detecting cancer in just an hour.

This will be a handheld device, where it will use “antibodies and magnetic particles to seek out and flag cancer in cells, which are extracted with a needle, rather than large amounts of surgically removed tissue.” All diagnostic results can be processed on a smartphone via an app (hopefully the app will be free), and you can check out your results in an hour without having to wait for a week as the biopsy takes place. That kind of wait can be pretty tough, especially for those who have a weak mental fortitude.

Current biopsy tests are around 84% accurate, but this invention is touted to deliver accuracy levels of up to 96%, now, this is definitely a real boost that will have you sleeping batter at night with proper diagnosis before you take a more exact step after that. No idea on whether this will enter production or not, but we sure as heck hope it does!

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KitSound Boomdock annoys your neighbors

Want a surefire way to annoy your neighbors to no end? Then you can fork out £99.99 for the KitSound Boomdock, and make a nuisance of yourself in the neighborhood. This 2.1 audio system boasts of a top loading tray, forward firing satellite drivers as well as a down firing 5.25” subwoofer that is full well capable of delivering a sonic punch which punches above its weight class whenever you hear of it.

The KitSound Boomdock will also deliver serious audio clarity, offering an integrated FM/AM radio just in case you’re already bored with your current digital music collection. Of course, with a built-in alarm clock, you need not worry about getting another of those cheap plastic Made in China models that crack with just a drop to the floor.

At the back of the KitSound comes a pair of phono inputs for you to connect other devices, ranging from your Wii to your TV. Get this and blast it to your heart’s content if you’re living alone with the nearest neighbor being miles away.


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Check out this utopian eco village

It has been a while since I reported on a futuristic concept of a city or building, but I like this particular one by Vincent Callebaut.

This utopian eco village, or Callebaut’s Coral Reef, is an artificial pier resting on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea. I believe that the vision of this is to create new housing projects for people of Haiti that have been left devastated by the earthquake.

Of course, that is pretty high price housing, and who knows who is going to fund this. Still, the housing is modular and each family is to have a plot of land to grow their individual food. See what else my Source’s Source says about it after the jump.

A canyon flows between two rows of housing and is filled with a tropical ecosystem for the local fauna and the flora. Aquaculture farms and grey water recycling plants filter and process the water before sending it into the sea. The entire complex is carbon neutral and powered via a number of different renewable energy sources. Power would be generated from thermal energy conversion under the pier, marine currents, vertical axis wind turbines, and solar photovoltaics.

So it is eco-friendly, and in the Caribbean. Man, I so want to live there.

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This game is actually called PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew

I usually don’t report on video games here on Coolest Gadgets, unless there is something that sets them apart from the norm like Kung Fu Live.

I believe that I have found the perfect example of “something different” with PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew. This is the actual name of the game, and you can see in the video after the jump of why it is called that. You can also see that the title of the game didn’t fit.

This game with the long name is an Xbox Live Indie game that uses two ordinary Rock Band microphones or Xbox 360 headsets. One player makes the “pffft” sounds on a jetpack to make the guy in the game rise, and the other character makes the Pew-pew sounds for shooting obstacles in the path.

I’m guessing that the guy who does the jetpack noise will probably run out of breath first. Then again, the guy who is blasting might tire out when the levels get tougher, I would imagine. I wonder if there is a way for creating this game for solo play so two people don’t have to play every time.

The game was developed for Global Game Jam 2011, and I can imagine that it will be a hit for anyone with two microphones or headsets.

PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew @ GGJ Postmortem (Portland, OR 2/3/2011) from Incredible Ape on Vimeo.

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Velocomp announces iBike Dash Cycling Computer

Are you a true blue health buff? Then chances are you will have involved yourself in a variety of sports, where among them include swimming, cycling and running, classic triathlon motions which most people will find comfortable with. Well, Velocomp has decided to help you out in this department with their new iBike Dash Cycling Computer.

This is a lightweight wireless bicycle computer system which is capable of turning any iPhone or iPod touch into your own personal fitness trainer – without breaking the bank, of course. Priced at $199, the iBike Dash CC might just kick start an entirely new category of interactive cycling devices, capable of enhancing the cycling experience in a whole lot more intimate, intuitive and fun manner than ever before. Perhaps this might be the way to achieve your New Year’s resolution of keeping slim and trim, never mind that we’re already about to enter March.

Each purchase of the iBike Dash Cycling Computer will include a free iPhone/iPod touch Bike App that sports easy-to-read high-res color graphics & animation. It is a snap to install as well, where the compact device takes your biking from the leisure to fitness level, letting you achieve your fitness goals faster (hopefully).

It is capable of helping you achieve your fitness goals by measuring your speed, power, heart rate, wind speed, time, trip, elevation, and calories, and remember the free Bike App that we talked about earlier? That will come with a host of customizable tools which range from simple speedometers to work-out programs. The app itself will be displayed on the iPhone or iPod’s screen with easy to read high-resolution color graphics and animation.

Forget about the “No Pain, No Gain” myth, with the iBike Dash Cycling Computer’s HR Pacing Meter, it will let you know of your physical boundaries, making sure you don’t push yourself far more than what you intended. After all, isn’t intelligent biking all about sustaining your energy for you to have some left over to last the final few miles?

The iBike Dash CC will also inform you on when your cycling effort is optimal for burning fat, not to mention the amount of calories burnt during the entire ride, capable of accumulating daily, weekly and monthly information for your rides. It will cost you $199 for the basic version, while those who want the advanced version which comes with additional features such as cadence, HR, calorie measurement, battery and charger will have to dig deeper at $329.


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Rude Gameware brings Fierce Laser Mouse V2 to the US at last

We talked about the Fierce Laser Mouse V2 from Rude Gameware late last month, and it seems that the release of this little bugger has taken a stumble since it was held up by US Customs, who were rather reluctant to let this peripheral arrive in the country just in case if shifts the playing field for online gamers. Of course, of “official” word was that “bad weather” had a major role in this delay, but we all know the truth, don’t we?

OK, so that was a little bit more dramatic than usual, but the real truth is, its time has finally come, and you as a gamer (casual or otherwise) will finally be able to make full use of it to blow away your online opponents. Sporting specifications such as the following bulleted list below, you can be sure that this will be one of the better $49.95 investments you’ve ever made to advance your gaming career.

  • 5000 DPI Laser Engine
  • 1000 Hz polling with 1 millisecond response time
  • Onboard memory to save your modifications
  • 7 independently programmable buttons and macro support
  • Adjustable weights
  • Zero-acoustic ultra smooth Teflon feet
  • Always-On mode
  • On the fly sensitivity DPI adjustment (no driver needed)
  • LED DPI Indicator
  • Gold plated USB connector for maximum conductivity
  • 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
  • Included customization software

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