EmWave has released this funky little thing called the Personal Stress Reliever, and I just can't figure it out. Did I not have enough coffee today? Is my mind too intensely occupied with wondering whether or not Jack is going to kill Ben on "Lost," or how my beloved Stephen Colbert will ever get back at those mean and nasty Decemberists? Or am I just stupid? (Please don't answer that.) I realize that it's supposed to detect an "incoherent" heart rhythm, and then do something miraculous to your emotional state, but I can'… Read more
Few cottage industries are as hyperactive as the iPod case business. And when you combine one with the irresistible urge for people to make public fools of themselves with their music, you may have a winner on your hands.
The "Blue Beatz" case may have found this unfortunate sweet spot with a protective shell that doubles as an amateur DJ device. As Chip Chick says, you can mix multiple tunes to play simultaneously for some undefined reason.
We speculate that this "feature" was really a mistake that the manufacturer is trying to turn into a marketing … Read more
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Neha Tiwari is an associate video producer for CNET News.com, not to mention a cold-weather aficionado. Snowboarding, Lord of the Rings marathons, and hot cocoa top her list of pastimes when the weather gets chilly. She is the only person named Neha at CNET, and a lethal geek triple-threat. She knows how to do all the special moves … Read more
Laptops aren't the most serious of energy hogs. (Oink, oink.) But LG Electronics, the Korean company that's made everything from the Chocolate phone to the Swarovski-studded fridge, is hoping to make them even more power-efficient. Treehugger posted recently about the e-Book, which is powered by a biofuel cell and uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of an LCD screen. Oh, and it's pretty enough that it was nominated for a Red Dot Award this year.
But if this thing ever hits the market, I bet it'll have one biohazard of a price tag.
The invasion of the robots is heading into the sea.
Just a few days ago, we witnessed an underwater robot lumberjack that bore an unsettling resemblance to Spongebob Squarepants. Now the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is showcasing a bionic lobster that is joining the denizens of the deep, mimicking its living counterparts for research purposes in coastal waters.
Traveling movie buffs can now watch the slate of Blu-Ray high-definition movies on a Dell laptop, for a pretty penny.
Dell announced the availability of a Blu-Ray drive for its M1710 laptop Monday. The most expensive version of that laptop--checking in at $3,699--is the only one that features the drive, which allows users to watch HD movies or burn discs with up to 50GBs of data.
Dell's horse in the Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD standards battle is clear, as the company is a founding member of the Blu-Ray Association, along with companies like Sony, Apple, Disney and Panasonic. Some … Read more
Judging by a lot of home entertainment products on the market today, you'd think we all listened to music every waking moment (and sleeping ones too). After all, we've already built our music directly into creature comforts ranging from easy chairs to lounging mats.
But one company has figured out another activity for music multitasking that makes perfect sense: massage. It may not be a full-on Swedish rubdown, but the "iCush" chair pad does promise to vibrate along with your music or game soundtracks while you damage your eardrums with its built-in speakers placed right at … Read more
In the movie industry, there is a prevalence of rehashed sure-fire "hits" churned out by studios. The same goes for video games these days. Almost no one wants to take big risks when you need up to three years to develop a video game, which is why there are so many II and IIIs.
But in the movie industry, cheaper high-end camcorders and better video-sharing sites have also boosted the capability and exposure of indie filmmakers everywhere. Now the same may become possible for indie video game developers.
Welcome to the social? Not exactly.
I spent a week trekking around San Francisco, Zune in tow, hoping to find more of the players to share music with. I nearly gave up in failure but finally found one other Zune on my downtown expedition.
It's early on, of course--the Zune has only been available for around a month. Still, one of the main reasons Microsoft is hoping that consumers will opt for the Zune over the iPod is the MP3 player's wireless sharing feature. And, as I found out, it's not much use if there is no … Read more
The new iRiver MP3 player coming to market in South Korea looks like something you'd see for sale at a Starbuck's counter while waiting for your chai latte. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, either. As mass-market media players rapidly descend into commodity status, companies must do more to separate themselves from the pack through design and distribution.