If you thought that LG's move into portable GPS devices was as much as the saturated market could take, think again. Car audio manufacturer Harman Kardon, famed more for bass and treble than lat and long, has its sights set on those customers not already served by the likes of Garmin, TomTom, Sony, Pioneer, Lowrance, and Navman. We got our hands on Harman's Guide + Play GPS-500 portable navigation device this week: in addition to wayfaring duties, it can handle digital audio and video playback via its 2GB of internal memory or its 4GB mini-SD card slot. Check out … Read more
It may not be a gadget by the purist's definition, at least not a high-tech one, but guitars seem to have found a special place in the hearts of Crave readers so we couldn't pass this one up. The "Centerfold" by DeVillain is an electric guitar that can do Cirque du Soleil contortions, folding in half for storage in a sack that can be slung over the shoulder, Coolest-Gadgets says.
That could be particularly handy for easy transportation to whatever street corner or tourist area is getting the most foot traffic on any given day. (There'… Read more
The average video game can give you anywhere from eight to 80 hours of solid, fun playtime. You pick it up, pop it in, play it until you're done, and put it away (or trade it in for far too little in-store credit). Some games can pull in gamers for far more time. They're called MMOs, massively multiplayer online games, and they offer a persistent online world for gamers to explore and conquer with each other. They're the digital equivalent of crack, and can easily turn the eight-to-80 hour playtime of a normal game into an easy … Read more
It's no secret that Crave is fond of things to put on your head, but many of the items we've come across are fragile in nature. (Tin-foil hats can be so finicky sometimes.) So the survivalist in us appreciates any attempts to create headgear for extreme conditions.
The "Veecam" from U.K.-based Persides fits that bill, a battle-ready digital video camera designed for use in sports or even military applications. How ready, you say? It's waterproof up to 50 meters (164 feet) and can withstand temperatures from minus-4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, while being … Read more
While neither Velocity Micro nor Overdrive PC may have the same name recognition as the companies involved in other recent acquisitions, this deal definitely makes the competitive landscape more interesting. The founder of Voodoo PC said earlier this spring that it's working on a game performance-oriented retail brand. That's a direct shot at Velocity Micro and its already considerable retail shelf presence.
By scooping up Overdrive PC, Velocity Micro has made a move to protect … Read more
Because Crave leads such an active social life (read: we can't stop playing World of Warcraft), we're very rarely around to watch TV. This means Freeview hard-drive recorders are absolutely invaluable. One of our faves was the excellent Panasonic DMR-EX75, so we're overjoyed to see an upgrade: the DMR-EX77, which allows digital recording to either DVD or its built-in 160GB hard drive.
The EX77 also has a built-in Freeview receiver, so there's no messing around with those pesky Scart leads to plug in your Freeview receiver and suffering a loss in quality as everything is converted … Read more
I sometimes have a penchant for posting about odd little vehicles on Crave, like motorized bathtubs and pirate ship pool toys. Some of the time, they tragically aren't big enough to fit grown-ups (no matter how youthful our attitudes may be). This $99.99 Bumper Boat is no exception. It's basically an inflatable pool chair that happens to have a motor and steering equipment attached so that you can chase people around and smack into your friends--but it's kid-sized. Most of us would probably sink it, unfortunately.
It's also not very functional, aside from the motor. … Read more
With so many wireless headphones available, one might wonder why anyone would want something like the "TV Hear" remote speaker. Basically, it's a wireless "personal" speaker with a 30-foot range that lets you listen to the telly without disturbing a sleeping spouse or anyone else within earshot of average volumes.
But some people still like to hear things in the open air, and Brookstone says there are other uses for this speaker, such as listening to the TV while you "bounce from room to room--trying to cook dinner, for example, while catching the evening … Read more
A mom will always want to see your smiling mug on Mother's Day, even if you've got a face that's perfect for radio. So, in addition to those ubiquitous digital photo frames that are taking over the world, we'll likely be seeing more products like the "Packet8 Tango" in the next couple of weeks.
This gadget, which we first saw at a CES preview in Vegas early this year, promises to turn any analog line into a video phone with a 5-inch LCD screen, according to Gearlog. It also includes a bunch of other features, … Read more
So we were pleased to come across the "Lap Track" because it appeared to be something that swimmers--not just technophilic ones--might actually be interested in. This $60 underwater device can be affixed to the wall at the end of the pool and provide a variety of information, including "best lap time, average lap time, average speed, total distance and total calories burned."
The manufacturer does warn, however, that the Lap … Read more