Sony brings BRAVIA Engine 3, AppliCast on-screen widgets to HDTV lineup

Far be it for us to judge the decisions of a huge corporation and its ad campaign, but Sony announcing a new line of BRAVIA HDTVs while the vast majority of the consumer electronics industry is intently focused on cellphones in Barcelona seems a bit peculiar. For those who need a break from MWC 2009 shenanigans, we’ve got 19 new hi-def havens here, spanning 6 different models: WE5, W5500, E5500, E5300, V5500, and S5500. Boasted features include BRAVIA Engine 3 with 100Hz Motionflow and Image Blur Reduction for smoother images, a widget-rich on-screen AppliCast that gives you basic internet-on-TV functionality, DLNA for streaming media from a computer, and Sony’s Xross Media Bar (XMB). Not every model here boasts all the new technology — you’ll have to invest in the V5500 (pictured, background) for the full experience. Sony boasts its 2009 LCD lineup is its “greenest ever,” with most models carrying the “EU Flower” eco-friendly label from the European Commission, and not to worry, even some of the most coveted sets here carry the green mark. Hit up the read link for full specs.

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The Timeless Garden tells the time

I’ve seen a few different types of earth-friendly clocks, but I don’t think any have looked quite as nice as this one.  Between the bright white materials and the soft grass growing out of the top, it’s definitely aesthetically appealing.  Although, it seems as if all concept designs are far prettier than the real products that are actually being sold.  One troublesome thing with this clock is that I’d be paranoid about over watering it, or managing to kill the grass somehow.

The clock is powered by a chemical reaction between the mud and the metal.  In theory, you should be able to grow what you want, just as long as it doesn’t need a lot of dirt space for roots.  The area to grow things in, is fairly shallow.  The body of the clock itself is a hitch between two recycled bodies made out of plastic.  It would definitely be nice not to have to deal with batteries or having yet another gadget hogging the outlets.  However, it will take a little extra work to keep the plants alive.  The garden was designed by Francesco Castigilone, so far there isn’t any purchase information.

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Wake up to chirping with the Early Bird Alarm Clock

No one enjoys the sound of an alarm clock, the typical sounds that come with them are jarring and enough to make you want to smash the clock against the wall. If you’re difficult to wake up in the morning, it might not be such a bad thing that it’s so loud. However, for the average person that wakes up fairly easily, those obnoxious sounds just annoy when it’s not actually necessary to wake up scowling. Well this little clock from Fred’s new line will wake you up every morning with the chirping of a bird.

Hopefully it will be plenty loud enough to pull you out of your sleep, but still not so loud that it’s just as obnoxious as the beeping of other clocks. On the bottom of the clock it has a normal analog clock. On the top is a little bird, then when it’s going off it not only chirps, but pulses and glows as well. The clock isn’t out just yet, since it’s a part of the brand new line of products. However, Perpetual Kid has already got it up on their site and they’re predicting it will be in mid-February. At that point you can purchase it for $24.99.

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Surfster Double Black is great for wintertime and summer

Wintertime is fun time for kids with ice water in their veins. They love to snowboard, ski, hell, they’ll even take cardboard and slide down a snow covered hill in search for a chilly rush. Toboggans have been required winter gear since before Citizen Kane named his Rosebud. Many enjoy flying down hill in tandem, but the Surfster Double Black Ice Snow Sled makes flying down hill side by side and even more fun since you can see the reaction of your copilot as you fly downhill.

The Double Black works great in cold weather, but thanks to it’s reinforced nylon and foam straps, it can also work as a water tow in summertime. Body boarders in the ocean can even enjoy hanging ten (okay, not ten since you lay on it) on ocean waves. Its bladder is rated to 30 degrees below zero and is inflatable through a Boston valve with an adapter to inflate it using conventional tire inflation methods. It’s three snow track will make steering the Double Black easier as occupants shift from side to side. Originally with an suggested retail price of $160, it’s now on sale for $80 from Cheetah Trading.

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SnoBootz help drivers sttay on the road in harsh winter conditions.

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They’re called SnoBootz. Think of them as snow shoes for your car. Not as gangly as snow chains, to be sure, but they’re quick to install and fit like a glove on your tires. In this harsh winter weather, every car needs an edge to keep it on the road, and SnoBootz may act better than the traditional chains that most people use in the northern part of the country where snow is part of the local flora and fauna.

SnowBootz have rooted steel claws built into them to grab onto the ice for serious traction. They’re built around some tough laminated donut shaped fabric which act like a skin on and fit tightly around the perimeter of the tire. Installation is easy – lay out the Bootz, drive over them, and then snap them together. Things go faster if you have two people working at it, but single drivers can easily handle installation as well. The tough part, however, may be taking them off as driving on them in cold weather make them contract tightly on the wheels to the point where only getting a firm grip and pulling for all your worth will get the catches to release. But is that a bad thing? It just means that SnoBootz will stay on safely and securely until you want to take them off.

Cost is between $200-250.

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The Film LCD Clock for die hard film fans

There are plenty of people that still prefer film to digital cameras.  They have their reasons and usually they like to knock the ones using digital and the ones using digital like to get their jabs in on them.  Everyone has their opinion and they can’t help but let the world know about it.  Well now here’s a way to display that you’re a film lover and clearly not one of the digital fans.  You wouldn’t want to get mixed up with their kind.

This odd little clock features LCD display that shows the time as well as a calendar.  Thanks to that, it’d make this the perfect desk clock as opposed to using it for a bedside clock.  Homeloo, who is selling the clock, does warn that this is very limited, so if you love the clock you might want to get on it as soon as possible.  It measures 210 x 170 x 100 mm.  It is a bit pricey though for you to rush out and grab it up.  It will cost you $53 from Homeloo.

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Rubik’s TouchCube coming your way

Rubik’s Cube is one puzzle game that is ranked among the classics for obvious reasons, and we’re pleased to report that technology has finally caught up with it in the process. Taking a cue from the world of new devices where most of them feature some sort of touch technology, the humble, sticker-laden Rubik’s Cube is now adorned with touch technology, and is known as the Rubik’s TouchCube instead. This is a milestone where puzzle toys are concerned, and holds the honor of being the first completely electronic solvable Cube in the world. What used to take several turns to solve requires deft touches and swipes to bring the puzzle game to a whole new level. The Rubik’s TouchCube will debut in New York City next week at the American International Toy Fair that will be held from February 15th to 18th.

Sounds pretty amazing, eh, so that alone begs the next question, “How does it work?” For starters, the Rubik’s TouchCube comes with integrated touch sensor technology on all its six sides, complete with a motion-detecting accelerometer and colored lights in every square. Heck, it will even mimic the movements of the original 3

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Motorola Digital Butler Concept Phone

Every once in a while, someone comes up with a concept device that could change the tech world as we know it. Case in point, the Motorola Digital Butler, a personal assistant device that could easily change the definition of clamshell phone. Not because it can open up like a traditional clamshell phone, but it looks like one half of a clamshell.

If I would have to compare the Digital Butler to any phone on the market, I would have to say the iPhone. The screen is a full touchscreen, the only difference is that is circular, and not rectangular. As you can see, you can put different skins on it, sort of like an iPhone.

The mobile device is 4G network compatible with a GPS, and also includes accelerometer tech and squeeze buttons on the perimeter. I believe that the plan is also to put in a multimedia LED projector, like the kind that I have been seeing peddled by many a tech company lately.

You know what it reminds me of? The mini-holographic projector used by Qui-Gon in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. If you watch the CG animated Star Wars: Clone Wars show, those mini holographic projectors are used as communicators. The Digital Butler could be this tech come to life.

Well, we’ll see. I have to say that about all concept tech, and I like this one.

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The Vine Camouflage Concept Cord

If all those cords drive you crazy, here is a creative way to keep them hidden.  The cord itself is made to look like a vine, making your house appear as if it’s being taken over by vines on the inside of the house.  Just don’t let someone accidentally yank this out of the wall, thinking it is real greenery.  Although if your cord did have leaves hanging off of it, it would make it a bit more difficult to travel with it.  Which makes this a bit better for the cords you know won’t need to be moved anytime soon.

The cool thing is with this concept design, you could probably get creative and create your own version.  Just use some floral tape and some plastic leaves to give the vine look.  It’s especially good that you could pull this off on your own, since it’s a bit unlikely this will be hitting the stores right now.  Although many would jump at the chance to make their cords more interesting, it just wouldn’t be practical for those that pack it to travel.

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Auto-set clocks from GPX

I’m not really certain whether anyone uses alarm clock radios anymore, but GPX, a division of Digital Products International (DPI), has just released two new IntelliSet clocks that somehow have auto set time-keeping features.

Now, that feature already has my attention, and a recent Press Release told me how it works. Apparently, they can adjust to a user’s time zone, and a single button can adjust for daylight savings time shifts.

There are two models of these clocks. The first is the C209B with a red-colored 0.9 inch display, and the second is the C389B with a 1.2 inch amber display and dual alarm sets. Both of them have AM/FM radios, dimmer switches, a built-in battery backup, as well as line input for tabletop connectivity for MP3 players.

On a somewhat related note, GPX has recently begun an environmental commitment that includes reducing their packaging sizes. They also plan on using recyclable fiber board in place of polyform, as well as using recyclable plastics in place of clamshell packages. GPX also plans to eventually replace all of their plastic with recyclable paper.

These two alarm clocks are available now at major retailers worldwide. The C209B is priced at about $12.99, and the C389B for about $19.99.


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