Crave has had a longstanding tradition of ranting over indecipherable timepieces (among other things), but usually our tirades are reserved for ill-advised wristwatches. So we were depressed to learn that the inexplicable trend has progressed to the wall in the form of the "ChronoArt II." Don't take our word for it: Red Ferret says the clock pictured here should read 8:30. Sure it does.
We've had it with monthly subscriptions. It's the reason that we haven't gotten rid of our our old TiVo box, which we purchased with a lifetime subscription in 2001, even though it sometimes seems as if we can store only two or three shows on its tiny hard drive.
And as much as we like the idea of satellite radio, we're too stubborn (cheap) to pay any monthly fees for it. All of which is why we're intrigued by the idea of the "Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio."
Sure, we can tune in … Read more
We're saddened to say that there appears to be an infinite supply of date-repellant products on the market. As if we needed more proof, another example has surfaced in the form of a gadget that pays homage to--what a surprise--Star Trek.
VOS Systems has created a talking light dimmer that Chip Chick says features "the voice of Majel Roddenberry (AKA the computer)." The dimmer is equipped with voice-recognition software so you can do your best William Shatner impersonation on it too.
You'll have plenty of time to practice on Saturday nights. Come to think of it, … Read more
Not only does this alarm clock wake you up, it BASE jumps off your night stand and runs away to make sure you are really awake. You need to chase it down to turn it off.
The alarm clock offers one snooze option of up to nine minutes … Read more
We had vowed not to post any more items on alarm clocks, but this could be a Valentine's gag gift for a loved one obsessed with 24. As you rightly guessed, the alarm on Banpresto's "DangerBomb Clock" can be disarmed only if the wires are connected in the correct sequence, according to Akihabara News. It might not be quite so lame if they combined this with the "Sonic Bomb," blowing out the eardrums of the hapless victim who doesn't get to it in time. But that's just us.
The onslaught of flat TVs has clearly been confounding for furniture makers, which have lost their staple faux armoires and have been struggling to come up with an equally popular replacement ever since. Evesham, at least, is making an effort to add function to form with a TV stand that also serves as a surround-sound system.
The "Sound Stage X1" matches many of today's plasma and LCD designs with a glossy black and glass finish, which masks nine--count 'em, nine--speakers built into its frame, according to Pocket-lint.
The stand isn't the cheapest at nearly $600, but … Read more
Add NHT to the list of home audio companies aiming to get a piece of the flat-panel TV pie. The respected speaker manufacturer has just announced its Verve line of home-theater speakers, which are specifically designed to complement the flat-panel HDTVs. The Verve line will be available in a variety of configurations ranging in price from $1,359 to $6,750, each of which will comprise two relatively trim models of satellite speakers and one slimline subwoofer.
The two satellite speakers measure 5.5 inches wide and 6.25 deep. The larger one is 15.5 inches high and is … Read more
Rather than randomly vacuum or scrub as it bumps its way about the house, the UBOT senses its target floor, sweeping and mopping at the same time in a single pass while avoiding duplicate cleaning. But just like some overeducated humans we know, it can correctly perform its duties only with the help of others--in this case, bar codes … Read more
No, it's not another eyeball Webcam, though we'd certainly understand the confusion. Despite the similar orb shape, this is a speaker of much larger proportions with a price to match: $150,000.
Back on your chair yet? We have no idea what could possibly justify such an expense, but the "La Sphere" from Cabasse claims to be worth it, naturally. Luxist says the spherical design "eliminates standing waves" and creates "a more rounded sound." Right.
Only the Japanese could find something kawaii in a machine so utilitarian as a snowplow. Not only that, but the "Yuki-taro" combines the country's cuteness fetish with another national obsession--robots.
Pink Tentacle says the driverless machine is no ordinary plow, guiding itself by GPS and video cameras embedded in its eye sockets to make sure that it gobbles every bit of snow in its path, Pac-Man style. Unlike traditional counterparts, the Yuki-taro compacts the consumed snow into blocks that can be stored and used as a refrigeration source.
We pray, though probably in futility, that they … Read more