Helio has announced a brand new cell phone in its lineup, and no, it's not that QWERTY phone that we were all excited about a week ago. Instead, it's a slim and shiny slider phone called the Heat, which appears to be the glam version of the company's much more sedate-looking Drift. The big design difference is that the Heat features "electrostatic" touch-sensitive buttons, much like the ones on the LG Chocolate. The touchpad includes the standard soft key and navigational buttons as well as dedicated music-player controls. It comes in onyx black as well … Read more
A perfectionist company like Bose doesn't often admit to making mistakes, so it took me by surprise when I got an invitation to a Bose press conference in New York next week, where it appears that Bose will indeed do just that--or sort of anyway.
The product in question is Bose's Triport In-Ear headphones, which we didn't exactly give high marks here at CNET. The company trotted out its first in-ear headphones last year with ads boasting that it had solved the three problems (sound quality, comfort, and stability in the ear) that prevented it from making … Read more
It's Wednesday afternoon. The work week's over halfway done (assuming you're in the States). So here's a really cool video for you to enjoy: the 1902 silent film Voyage Dans La Lune set to a mesmerizing techno soundtrack. It'll boggle your mind! Then you can head over to YouTube for part two.
What's the gadget angle, you say? Well, um, they're building a spaceship. That counts.
(Via Table of Malcontents.)
The idea of a "light-up inflatable bar" might evoke corny 1970s kitsch, but this one is going for the swank factor. Made by a company called Bubble Miami, these bars are designed to set up easily and quickly, support a considerable amount of weight, and then deflate and when it's time to make everybody go home. Plus, they light up. How cool is that?
Unfortunately, you really have to be careful with anything inflatable at any kind of occasion that involves alcohol. There are all kinds of serious threats lurking around--you know, stiletto heels, or broken glass, … Read more
All Marriott hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada will get a high-definition television by the end of 2009, the company has announced. OK, it's official: now I will definitely be going for Marriott over Motel 6!
Rooms will have a plug-in panel that lets guests connect laptops, camcorders, digital cameras and other gadget paraphernalia to a flat panel, high-def screen. The standard 32-inch televisions will also be equipped with a 25-watt stereo speaker system so guests can listen to tunes on their MP3 players, with no headphones required.
By the end of 2007, Marriott expects to have … Read more
We never thought we'd see competition for the diamond-studded "TrekStor i.Beat Organix Gold" but, unfortunately, we've been proven wrong once again. The "KVA P30" is another media player lined with diamonds, though in this case fake ones. So even though its cost and availability are unknown, we seriously doubt it will approach its rival's $20,000 price tag. It won't make up for its ersatz stones with higher-end features either: The player may have a 2.4-inch screen but can only store 1GB of video and audio, as BornRich says. But … Read more
One of the more popular gadgets on the market these days is the home planetarium, and Crave has responded with items ranging from the handheld version to egg-shaped aliens. But all these pale in comparison to the Meade RCX400 with its robotic Max Mount--a combined 500 pounds of star-gazing equipment.
As any amateur Galileo will tell you, it's nearly impossible to get a decent image of the heavens because of exposure issues and planet rotation. The solution, according to OhGizmo, is a robotic mount like this one that can track objects in the sky while they're moving.… Read more
Now you have an alternative to your programmable VW bumper sticker if you want to communicate digitally with other road users. Roadmaster has unveiled two scrolling LED message systems that enable drivers to program up to 99 preset messages and five user-edited messages to share with other drivers. The system comes in two models: the Roadmaster Scrolling Digital License Plate Frame, and the Scrolling Rear Deck Message System, which sits on the car's parcel shelf; both are priced at $69.
Preset words and phrases can be called up using numbers on the systems' TV-like remote controls. According to Roadmaster, … Read more
If you're thinking of building or buying a home theater PC, you might consider looking for a motherboard that has AMD's new 690G chipset, announced today. The reason is because the new chipset will come with both a DVI video output, as well as an independent HDMI output for connecting your computer directly to an HD television. It also comes with HDCP support built directly into the new, onboard ATI Radeon X1250 graphics chip, which should ensure digital encryption compatibility for playing HD-DVD or Blu-ray movies.
The other model in the new series, the budget-oriented 690V, is more … Read more