Based on a post on a Japanese Web site, Gizmodo has decided to put its rumor mill into high gear, speculating that Blu-ray camcorders will be available by the end of the year. Of course, news that Hitachi is working on a Blu-ray camcorder is nothing new. As CNET's News.com reported in October of last year, Hitachi showed mock-ups of some Blu-ray camcorder designs at the Japanese trade show Ceatec. At the time, the company said that it planned to have such a camcorder on the market in one to two years. Kazuto Shimagami, senior manager in the … Read more
First, let me go on record as saying I didn't realize one could attain the title of "grand master" for playing checkers. I wish I knew such an exalted position existed for the relatively simple game of checkers back in my college days, when my chess-playing roommate would disparage me anytime I suggested we play checkers instead of engaging in yet another game of chess that would inevitably end with my resounding defeat.
That checkers grand masters walk the earth was a surprise, so imagine my shock to discover that since I was a junior in high … Read more
Those crazy types in Brussels. If they're not forcing us all to eat straight bananas or swim in wine lakes, they're slapping tax on our cameras. To be specific, on new digital cameras with a certain level of movie capability.
At the moment, all digital cameras are manufactured outside Europe. They're all imported. All of them. Currently, there's a European Commission-imposed 4.9 percent import tariff on camcorders, but not on cameras, whatever their video-recording abilities.
The EC's Nomenclature Committee (oh, to be a fly on that wall) has cottoned on to this and … Read more
When Sharon Leong conducts field work, she packs a digital camera, a thermometer and an electromagnetic field meter. She isn't a private detective or an electrician. Leong, a legal secretary by day, is an avid ghost hunter by night.
With those gizmos and many others in tow, Leong treks to reputedly haunted homes, battlefields, bars and hotels, gathering what she thinks may be evidence of a world beyond this earthly one. The pursuit of ghostly evidence has been a popular pastime for centuries. Now, instead of Ouija boards, ghost hunters are increasingly turning to high tech gear to assist … Read more
Usually I'm not a big fan of pink cameras, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception. Casio just announced that it will be releasing a special edition of the Exilim EX-Z75 to help fight breast cancer. Casio is working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
The special-edition pink EX-Z75 will be available throughout October in a bundle with a pink-ribbon-embossed camera case and a pink ribbon lanyard. The bundle will retail for $180 and will help sponsor the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can already find … Read more
Here's one that's been making the rounds recently--well, actually, anything remotely pertaining to a "flying car" seems to get a nod on every tech blog within a week. (Hmm, I wonder why?) This one, the Moller M200G, actually seems more along the lines of a personal flying saucer. Allegedly, it's actually in development and will sell for a paltry $125K. You'll be able to zip around about 10 feet off the ground at a speed of 50 miles per hour. (No, eco-geeks, I don't know what the mileage or emissions stats are.) And … Read more
A couple of months ago, I posted a Photoshop mockup of a new pair of "wireless" headphones for the second-generation iPod Shuffle that Arriva, a startup based in Colorado, was working on. The irony was that the headphones weren't wireless in the traditional sense (Bluetooth, IR, or RF), but they simply had a tiny Shuffle II integrated into the headphones at the back of your neck. It's a concept that Monster has also seized upon with its iFreePlay headphones, which houses a Shuffle dock in the left earpiece. … Read more
Is it possible that life is imitating art--or at least games--when it comes to guitars?
Unlike traditional basses that "weigh a ton," Yamaha's new RBX4 A2 uses a new type of vibrational technology and construction (called "Alternative Internal Resonance," if you must know) that can produce deep sound with a much lighter instrument. They even look like game controllers, featuring LED pickup controls and … Read more
It's a funny thing: Jewelry that pays homage to technology can work just fine, but it seems to make less sense when it actually functions. Why, for example, would one need to carry a computer peripheral around one's neck?
Case in point: The oval-shaped video MP3 player from X-Micro, which is designed to be worn as a pendant. As Chip Chick rightly points out, watching videos chained to the neck doesn't seem like an optimum viewing experience, especially on a screen that's so small. Nor does it look quite like anything under glass at Tiffany's.… Read more
Maybe it's just us, but we never really thought digital storage products would ever be considered sexy enough to merit the attention from the likes of Ducati. But the motorcycling legend must see something we don't, because it's lent its famous name to SanDisk to stamp on a USB flash drive and memory cards, according to Fareastgizmos.
The marketing link is speed, as in data transfer rates, which we think will be lost on most true Ducati fans. The items do at least bear the company's signature red-and-black glossy color scheme, however, and the USB drive … Read more