Things are hoppin' at the 3GSM World Congress, and Nokia's certainly contributing to the par-tay with a number of announcements this morning. First, the company has added three new models to its E series of smart phones: the Nokia E61i, the Nokia E65, and the Nokia E90 Communicator. Keeping in line with the rest of the series, the new devices are aimed at business users and have a long laundry list of corporate-friendly features. However, the E61i, E90, and E65 also offer new, sleeker designs that say, "Hey, us business peeps can have fun, too." Here is … Read more
LEGO unveiled its biggest, most detailed Star Wars kit to date with the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon. This massive package is clearly targeted more toward hard-core fans and hobbyists than children, with its huge price tag and thousands of pieces.
This beast consists of over 5,000 pieces and measures over 33 inches long by 22 inches wide by 8 inches high. It can't make the Kessel Run in 1.2 parsecs, but it features careful details like a retracting boarding ramp, rotating quad blaster turrets, and an elevating radar dish. It also comes with LEGO minifigures of … Read more
You might already be familiar with the Nerf PS2 controller, a foam-covered wireless game pad that can survive the angry throws of frustrated gamers. Now Nerf is getting into the Wii accessory game, and televisions everywhere might be a little bit safer for it.
Performance Designed Products, the gaming accessory company that developed the Nerf PS2 controller, recently showed off the Nerf Sports Pack for Nintendo Wii at Toy Fair New York 2007. The Nerf Sports Pack includes a Nerf foam sleeve for the Wii remote and three Nerf sports attachments--a foam golf club, baseball bat, and tennis racket. It'… Read more
Until GPS phones become commonplace, it will still be necessary to carry two devices if you want both capabilities. So Motorola apparently figures it will try to cash in on this inconvenience while it can, offering its T815 navigation device to work with your smartphone. Gizmodo says it puts maps on your phone and spits out directions, though it appears to be designed more for the car than for your pocket. We're going to hold out for a combo phone--with our luck, one of our kids would grab this thinking it was one of their hockey pucks.
Warm up those thumbs, kids: Research in Motion finally has announced the RIM BlackBerry 8800 that we've been hearing about as of late. Available through Cingular/AT&T, the BlackBerry 8800 is a full QWERTY device, and taking a page from its slimmer sibling the BlackBerry Pearl, it sports a new, sleek black casing, a trackball navigator, and a built-in media player for music and videos. The BlackBerry 8800 also has built-in GPS, so you can use it in conjunction with the carrier's TeleNav GPS Navigator service to get 3D maps and turn-by-turn driving directions right on … Read more
We assumed this was a Photoshop job when we first saw it on Spluch, but now we're not so sure. This "Bus Ball," credited to an artist and musician named Billy Gibbons, apparently morphs the remains of classic VW bus into a spherical objet d'art. We assume it's non-functional, though we suppose it can roll around on its own somehow. But then you'd probably have to repaint it after every outing.
If you think today's kids have trouble reading analog watch faces, try getting them to read these modern versions noticed by Book of Joe.
Designed by Philip Starck for Fossil, the "O-ring Digi" for $110 and the "Wrappd Analog" (yes the "e" is purposely excluded) for $125 have little reference to the traditional watch face.
The O-ring Digital fills up a circular ring in proportion to the time that has passed.
The dots on the Wrapped Analog chase each other around...clockwise, of course.
While these stark Starck watches might look cool, you'… Read more
If phones are the Paris Hiltons of the techno-fashion world, then printers are the Ugly Bettys. But Sweden's Possio wants to make its "Greta" into a Cinderella story, an all-in-one portable model that adds such stylish touches as an illuminated keypad to the usual list of printing, scanning, faxing and copying. Newlaunches notes that it also allows tri-band GSM messaging in another effort at bringing mobile printers into the 21st century.
3D cinema might be considered a corny 1970s gimmick these days, but the National Basketball Association is hoping you'll be willing to shake off that attitude in time for the NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas this Sunday. The league has partnered with digital-cinema group PACE for live 3D broadcasts of Saturday night's pre-show event as well as Sunday night's game. And, yes, you do have to wear special glasses to see it in full. Thankfully, they're a little less geeky than the red-and-blue lenses so frequently associated with 3D cinema (they're almost indistinguishable from … Read more