An e-mail exchange with another Craver yesterday, for one reason or another, led to my embarrassing revelation that photos exist of me at a very young age wearing a pair of big, fake fennec fox ears. It's embarrassing, yes, but after reading this post on Geekologie I realized that things could be much, much worse. The poor little munchkin in this photo will have to deal for the rest of his or her life with the fact that there exists visual evidence that he or she used to get pushed around in a Star Wars stroller. To be more … Read more
While on a recent stay at a swank SOMA hotel, Crave was graciously given the option of purchasing a "personal oxygen supply" in a sealed bottle perched on a sparingly appointed postmodern shelf. We declined. But we remained curious because we hadn't heard much about the old O2 ever since the whole oxygen bar thing of the late 1990s. Because the height of its popularity coincided with the dot-com bubble, we just assumed it was just another one of the countless bacchanalian excesses that defined the era.
Today, however, we learned that the phenom is alive and … Read more
Next to black and silver, pink may well be color of choice for consumer technologies--regardless of what we have to say about it. So we're somewhat surprised that we haven't seen more products like this one come to mass market.
Tatung's new 17-inch LCD monitor doubles as an HD-ready TV with 1280x1024 resolution and a 140-degree viewing angle--specs that aren't earth-shaking but not bad for the $248 price. Chip Chick, however, points out the most notable distinction for this soft-pink monitor: It doesn't have a single Hello Kitty logo on it.
With excellent advances such as the Rock Band Stratocaster controller on the horizon, we've been hopeful that popularity of the dreaded air guitar might finally begin to fade. But we were disappointed to learn that the "Air Guitar Pro" will be shipping July 25.
As if air guitarists needed any encouragement, this $27 device uses infra-red sensors to read finger movements and blast the resulting notes on its built-in speaker, according to Technabob. It looks like the end of a guitar neck that's been broken off and embedded with seven chord buttons. Worst of all, it … Read more
Wow. It's not often that we're left speechless by the sheer dorkiness of an item, but this one almost had that effect on us.
The very name of the "Lighted Head Magnifier" screams date-repellant, but it still can't come close to conveying the image in the photo shown here. In case anyone cares, Coolest-Gadgets says this piece of headgear provides 3.5x magnification, a spare light bulb and "non-slip fit." That may be so, but it still looks like a poor man's combination of a "Shade Blade" and an LED baseball cap, … Read more
There's now a fairly decent selection of iPod-friendly apparel, but most of it falls under the category of including shirts, jackets and suits--in other words, men's clothing. It was refreshing, therefore, to see some MP3-enabled garments that are decidedly un-male, on the order of mini-skirts, capris and bootleg pants.
In fact, being of the bearded gender ourselves, we're not even sure what bootleg pants are. Chip Chick does, however, and it's found an entire line of colorful "iPod/MP3 apparel" designed specifically for women by Colorado-based clothier Vickerey at a fairly reasonable price … Read more
Despite earlier speculation that Sanyo may shut down its mobile division, it looks like Sanyo and Sprint are trucking on with brand-new handsets.
Today Sprint announced the Sanyo SCP-3200, a fairly basic clamshell with Bluetooth, GPS, a speakerphone, a VGA camera, Web and e-mail access, plus voice-activated dialing. Available colors include Midnight Black, Playful Pink, and Atlantic Blue. You can get it for $200 retail, or as low as $50 if you're willing to sign a two-year agreement with Sprint.
Bless Creative's soul for offering me some relief from my parched existence in the iPhone desert. Tomorrow, the company will officially announce yet another MP3 player for its already impressive Zen line. The latest family member is an enhancement to the ultrabasic Zen Stone and carries Creative's signature Plus at the end of its name. The Zen Stone Plus looks almost identical to its slightly older sibling, but with one important difference: a small, round OLED screen which sits to the left of the control pad. Sure, it's tiny and only displays in one color (blue, on … Read more
In 2004, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously told a National Guardsman serving in Iraq, "As you know, you have to go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want." The soldier had been inquiring about the readiness of Humvees for combat conditions--specifically, the need to "up-armor" the vehicles to provide better protection against enemy fire.
But even if a nation's military has to do the best it can with the gear it has, it can also plan ahead for the gear it knows it will need. That's the dual … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Sophisticated motion sensors are part of an Intel project to help couch potatoes monitor their physical activity from the, um, couch.
Beverly Harrison, a senior research scientist at Intel, did a lot of jogging in place Wednesday at Research@Intel Day, the company's science fair of ongoing projects inside its labs. She was demonstrating how someday sensors could be used inside mobile devices to measure the frequency and intensity of a person's daily physical activity as part of a weight-loss program or to help someone rehabilitate an injury.
Sure, gyms these days have all kinds … Read more