Eco-chic uberblog Treehugger has written up the winners of the "Light Objects" sustainable design competition hosted by Core77, and the first-prize gadget looks something like...an iPod. Called "Pulse," this slender little device monitors energy output and glows red when you're dealing with a nasty energy hog (oink, oink). Designer Daniel Sutherland has said that he intends "Pulse" to be used as an indicator of how many electronic products we leave on standby throughout the course of the day and night--and how many of those, like our computers, could be turned off instead.… Read more
What's better than a case of "No, I will not fix your computer" t-shirts and caffeine-molecule mugs? And no, the answer is not "A 'killer coding ninja monkeys' bumper sticker." C'mon. You're past that now. You might even have furniture! Or perhaps you've answered the call of the wild and are living out of a special tech-outfitted van. Anyway, you're a geek, and geeks gotta stay warm. Winter's a-comin'. You need this--to snuggle up, to brave the blizzard, to fend off the arctic blast.
Deeply fuzzy, with its two-centimeter-thick … Read more
If nothing else, this item is noteworthy because so few people seem willing to admit publicly that they like anything Microsoft has done these days.
In examining the guts of this new wireless keyboard, Slashgear notes that Microsoft built it with three Synaptics "capacitive sensing modules." Translation: It senses when you're nearby, allowing it to automatically do things like switch from standby to active modes. The thin, backlit Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are also rechargeable.
With another Bond movie fast approaching, the timing for this item seems propitious. A biometrics company called Sequiam is marketing a battery-powered deadbolt lock that can is activated only with the swipe of an authorized fingerprint.
Perhaps most remarkable is not the technology but its price: $249, a fraction of what one would expect to pay for a product of Ian Fleming's imagination. Homeowners may also appreciate the nondescript appearance of the system, which uses a Black and Decker lock that would be inconspicuous on any front door. Now if only we could get our hands on a Cone of Silence … Read more
Remember those retro phones sold in Pottery Barn catalogs for $80? They had become such a symbol of useless consumerism that "Seinfeld" made sport of them a decade ago.
Granted, the same argument can be made against the reincarnated Princess phone from Wild and Wolf, which we found on Shiny Shiny updated with buttons and redial. But for us, it brought back memories of our older sister yacking with her friends before the senior prom. (Yes, we're dating ourselves again.)
And aside from pure nostalgia, the Princess' sleek mid-century design gives it more of a culturally iconic … Read more
Often when hardware manufacturers make a product smaller, they understandably end up sacrificing some features. But Hong Kong exporter Brando is selling a mini-keyboard that actually adds keys for various multimedia functions.
Electronista points out that the 9-inch-long keyboard packs in 20 special buttons while claiming to be quiet and ergonomic to boot. We're not sure why anyone would really need all this, but at $24 it could be a not-so-guilty pleasure.
If you can't decide what kind of HDTV set to buy--or whether you even want one--here's a way to experiment without shelling out thousands of bucks to find out.
Start-up AutumnWave makes a tuner that can plug into a laptop's USB port and pick up high-definition broadcast signals, effectively turning a computer into an HDTV. All you need besides the device, which is about twice the size of an iPod, are the right kind of monitor and AutumnWave's software to make it work.
A News.com reporter tried it out and said he would buy it … Read more
For some reason, we're always drawn to items that involve reclining. Yesterday, for example, we posted an item on an "action" lounge mat (an oxymoron?) that allows you to play games and such while lying down.
Today, we're happy to follow up with the RelaX-I rocker, which Gizmag points out is an extension of Ace Bayou's line of musical rocking chairs released earlier this year. This new model is the Cadillac of entertainment laziness--a leather recliner that comes with "an optional built-in massage feature and a built-in, high-quality sound system which connects to a … Read more
It's only October, and the malls are already pushing the holidays. That's not an entirely bad thing, mind you, because it means an excuse to do some serious gadget shopping.
Except where our parents are concerned, of course. But there's still hope--a company called Presto has come up with a service that allows you to send e-mail to your digitally challenged loved ones even if they don't have a computer or Internet access, according to Popgadget. All they need is a phone line and one of Presto's special Hewlett-Packard printers. (See video demo here.)
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Just when you've mastered PowerPoint, something like this comes along to burst your productive bubble.
The ultimate project tool, as evidenced by Ministry of Tech, is a 3D printer that can produce physical objects. The printer, manufactured by Massachusetts-based Z Corp., uses CAD programs and a highly specialized inking system to construct models of everything from skyscrapers to running shoes.
But at prices in the neighborhood of $20,000, don't expect to find these machines at Office Depot on the way to work for a last-minute presentation. And even if you can afford them, they're not exactly … Read more