We're never quite understood the mass appeal of digital photo frames, at least in the seemingly endless numbers that appeared last holiday season. But this is one product that we would actually use--a travel alarm clock with a built-in digital picture frame that can store up to 50 photos. The Royal clock frame has a backlit 1.4-inch LCD that Chip Chick says can display your pictures as a slide show too. And it's small enough to carry and whip out of your pocket when the parental bragging urge strikes.
TV sets aren't the only home entertainment products that have flattened out. The "Fret" audio system, designed by U.K. design house Studiomold, includes a subwoofer and two flat carboard speakers that can be mounted almost flush against the wall. Shiny Shiny says the pair, which comes in black or white, can be used with MP3 players or TV stereos. By the looks of this unit, it might work as a decent window treatment as well.
Peugeot has announced the winners of its Peugeot Design Contest 2007.
Mihai Paneitescu, a design student from Turin, Italy, has taken first place for his Peugeot Flux.
In addition to being featured as a drivable car on an Xbox 360 video game, Paneitescu's Flux will be built as a full-scale model and a 1:43 model that will be sold by Norev. The full-scale model will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the Geneva Motor Show
The Flux, according to Paneitescu's description of his design, references our ever-changing lifestyle. The car would run on a slim … Read more
Dick Tracy cliches aside, this long-promised watch-phone could finally become a reality as soon as next month. Australia's SMS Technology claims that its M300 is the "world's smallest phone," a mobile device that could otherwise be easily mistaken for a digital wristwatch that can work with any GSM network. It has a color screen, MP3 player, USB port, speakerphone and Bluetooth compatibility. I4U News says it's scheduled to start shipping March 25 for about $500 in a variety of colors--yes, including pink.
Panasonic is releasing what it calls the "world's smallest SD camcorder," but there's just one problem: We have no idea how big it is. Pocket-lint broke the news of the SDR-10, which has a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and a 10x zoom. It also has features that could be useful when dealing with any small piece of equipment that could easily slip from one's hand: water-resistance and shock absorption up to 1.2 meters, or nearly 4 feet. But no actual dimensions of the camera were provided, so Panasonic's size claims remain something of … Read more
This item falls squarely under the category of major geekdom, but we're here to serve, not to judge. So we herewith offer the "Card Saber DS"--a sleeve that holds three DS games and a cartridge, according to Ubergizmo. Yes, it's not the most practical thing, but it costs only about $7. Besides, there's no price on the ability to unsheathe your games like a samurai. And it would go splendidly with your MP3 Lightsaber.
Furniture makers for years have tried to hide electronics in all forms of cabinetry, but computers are no longer willing to be stowed away like something to be ashamed of. And one of the latest techno-fashion trends is to make digital equipment blend more naturally with the decor with natural materials.
German design company Holzkontor has taken this concept to a new level with an entire line of exotic woods in a variety of finishes. Techie Diva says the monitors, keyboards and mice can be purchased separately depending on your needs (and your budget). If they ever make a laptop, … Read more
When in doubt, change colors. Samsung has perfected that tactic, and it's applied the concept to its NV3 line of combo MP3-playing, 7-megapixel cameras.
The original model in basic black got a decent rating from fellow Craver Will Greenwald last year, but it appears that Samsung thought it was time for a makeover. But rather than slap on some cheap lipstick, the NV3 is now finished in stainless steel or, more exotically, "Oriental Plant Lacquer" that Gadget Candy says is environmentally friendly.
Oh, by the way, the price of these newly outfitted cameras is considerably higher--about $450 … Read more
The U.S. government wants to build and deploy a huge stratospheric airship, three times the size of the Goodyear blimp, that is capable of spying on an entire city.
The idea is that the blimp, dubbed the "Integrated Sensor is Structure" (ISIS), would hover above the jet stream at 70,000 feet and use its giant, flexible radar antennae to acquire a "dynamic, detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield: friendly, neutral or enemy." And we thought surveillance satellites were sitting ducks.
One of the challenges has been to come up … Read more
The foundation of every good relationship is the ability to listen and understand one other. How fitting then, that our Valentine's Day delivery to the CNET Car Tech garage should be the Acura TL-S, one of the most understanding cars in the world. We climbed into the cabin of this souped-up version of Acura's midsized technosedan, and in no time we already were making ourselves understood with perfect clarity.
"Driver temperature, 65 degrees," we ventured after a press of the Voice button on the steering wheel. "Driver temperature, 65 degrees," responded TL's empathetic … Read more