Readers of this space will note that we have been warning of egg-based subversion for some time, usually under the guise of audio devices. Then this week, what began as a misguided psychedelic revival crossed into the sinister realm of the Ovo Underground with these color-morphing eggs from HouseOfRave.com. The "Oggz," as they are known, are supposedly harmless accent lights that "change color like … Read more
Interested in getting a sense of Zune, but don't want to shell out $249 for the device?
One option is downloading the Zune software. It's free from Microsoft's Zune Web site.
I gave it a whirl Tuesday afternoon. The download was slow--perhaps because of high day-one demand. It took 19 minutes from the time I noticed it was taking a while to download. Once it downloaded and installed, it required a restart.
Once up and running again, the Zune software walked me through creating a Zune nickname, linking it to a Windows Live account. The software offers … Read more
Cue the Deep Purple. Air guitar, that time-honored musical tradition generally best left for performances in garages and basements, has just gotten a big boost from technology.
Scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation have created a T-shirt that adds a real-life sound track when wearers strum their imaginary instrument.
Textile motion sensors embedded in the shirt sleeves detect motion when one arm bends and the other fake-strums. They then send the information to a computer that interprets the data and plays it as a series of guitar riffs.
Fortunately, the contraption is wireless, so there are … Read more
Boy, November is most certainly a hot month for gadget and gizmo birthdays. In addition to welcoming the Nintendo Wii, the PS3, the Zune, the Archos 604-WiFi, and the Samsung BlackJack, among many others to this rough and tumble consumer world, I'd like to welcome De-botz (the name given to the Lego Mindstorms NXT-based robot I recently built).
The $250 robotics kit (for ages 10 and up) gives you the tools necessary to build and program a variety of brick-based robots. I decided to go with the humanoid, patiently assembling what seemed like a thousand pieces, and that … Read more
Sound the horn and unleash the hounds of bargain hell!
Earlier this month, Wal-Mart unveiled a $398 Compaq notebook. Staples is now doing them one better by offering a similar notebook for the same price but tossing in a free printer, according to Black Friday 2006. The regular price for the laptop is $730. Consumers have to put up $69.98 for the printer but you get a rebate for $70. Despite the bad reputation for rebates, I've received every one I sent in for in the last two years.
The notebook comes with a Turion processor, a 60GB … Read more
The problem with trying to sell a new keyboard to the world is that consumers have to learn to use it. FrogPad, which makes a kooky one-handed, minimal-key keyboard, will try to get around that through an alliance with German software developer Giletech.
Giletech has developed a tutorial that lets you learn how to use the FrogPad in a few hours. It also serves as a simulator so you can effectively test out what it would be like to type on a FrogPad before you plunk down $120 to $150 for one of the keyboards.
I actually tried one out … Read more
NOTE: From now through December, every few days a different Crave expert will be posting his or her top 10 gadget picks for the holidays. See what we crave, and maybe you'll get some ideas! Here's our third installment.
Leslie Katz is an editor at CNET's San Francisco headquarters. When she's not wrestling with commas and semicolons, she's probably reading, gardening or TiVo'ing.
Not all of us live in a city where you can get spring water directly from the tap. Playing on our fears of water pollution cover-ups, the Sharper Image offers a $10 device that measures if your H2O is pure. In addition to checking the tap, you could also use it to see if that bottled or filtered water you are paying for is really worth the extra price.
OK, so it goes a maximum speed of just 6 knots. But if you're looking to relax and fish close to the coast, why not? With high fuel prices, the solar-powered Loon may be just the thing you need to replace the speed boat you were forced to sell.
Glide along quietly in this 20-foot pontoon-style boat with a solar-paneled roof from Ontario-based Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company. The 3-horse-power electric motor on the Loon is roughly equivalent to a 10hp gas motor. The boat has a total of 48 volts of battery power (eight 6-volt lead acid batteries) … Read more
This is my first year cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and I had heard so many turkey horror stories that I issued an ultimatum to my dinner guests: we're having chicken. (I know, isn't it awful of me? I must hate America! I hope I don't get my Colbert Nation membership revoked!) Luckily, I was met with a rather agreeable response. As it turns out, there are plenty of people out there who don't think turkey tastes all that good anyway. So it all worked out on my end.
Unfortunately, I realize that there may be other Thanksgiving … Read more