Ezra Dyer's Ferrari F430 road test in the July 1 "Automobiles" section of the Sunday New York Times had me drooling. The lucky bastard didn't just get to tool around in the dream machine, there was something about the way he gushed about the 479 horsepower V-8's "high-pitched, hard edged wail that's unlike anything else you'll hear from a car with license plates," and later on rhapsodized about the car's ability to deliver a "supersonic whip crack from the exhaust that prompts you to look in the mirror to … Read more
There are many technologies either on the market or being developed that are meant to keep us from falling asleep at the desk or behind the wheel (or even more embarrassing circumstances that we dare not speculate). But this one, unlike some of the others, doesn't look like a Groucho disguise or a steel plate sticking out of your head. The "Wake-Up Angel" appears to be going for the hearing-aide look with an over-the-ear design.
As with other products, it can be set to vibrate your awake depending on the angle you choose, according to GeekAlerts. Personally, … Read more
After 30 years of undisputed market dominance, the vaunted "Pocket Fisherman" may finally have some meaningful competition. The challenger, which boldly claims to be "The World's Smallest Mini-Fishing Fish Rod Pen Reel Pole," extends to a full 37 inches and can handle 120 yards of 5-pound line, according to GeekAlerts.
And don't worry if you're a novice, because the $18 gadget kit includes hooks and "everything you need to get started fishing"--except for the worms, presumably. The special gold and red version, however, will set you back a hefty $60.… Read more
It's no surprise that the first necktie to come with a USB-powered fan built into the knot comes from Japan. Having lived in Tokyo for nearly three years, I can confirm that which you already know: Japan is technology heaven.
It's where old tech hopes to go when it dies so it can be resuscitated by an Atari 2600 fetishist, and it's where new tech hopes to be born. It's one of the few countries in the world where bleeding-edge cell phones shaped like pens and that, in fact, are pens can enjoy a limited if well-lit 15 seconds of fame.
Little did we know upon our first post on the "Fantasea" line of underwater camera cases that it would be such a prolific business. Since then the company has come out with new models for various cameras every few months. But we can't help but notice that, unlike the cameras themselves, its casings seem to be getting larger.
Of the latest batch, which includes models to fit Nikon's Coolpix L12, S200 and S500 cameras, the S500 casing seems particularly bulky. In the picture accompanying this item, it looks big enough for the camera to do some … Read more
Speak of the devil-board. Just as we were speaking of the hot competition in electric motorized skateboards, along comes another one from a U.K. company called Rok It Science.
The "Boom Borda" has specs comparable to such competitors as the "Metroboard" and the "E-Glide Powerboard," with a 400-watt motor and the ability to go 15 miles per charge, though it comes in slightly less than the others at $463.
Forget the mousetrap--some inventors are apparently obsessed with building a better sleep machine instead. Or, in this case, a "travel sleep sound generator" called "Sound Oasis."
The latest example of white-noise machines, as we used to call them, tries to raise the bar yet again with all manner of sleep-inducing sounds (18 altogether). This one's product literature includes such marketing gibberish as "a patent-pending sound designed to combat jet lag using non-linear music and slowed nature sounds that encourage relaxation and can reset the body's internal clock." Our translation: They've added … Read more
After months of clearing Department of Transportation hurdles over the foreign ownership of U.S. airlines, Virgin America launched its inaugural flights today from New York's JFK airport and Los Angeles to San Francisco. The flights mark the entry of yet another airline into the already crowded U.S. market, but Virgin America hopes to steal some of Jet Blue's thunder by offering low fares, high-tech airplanes, and a hip image.
The Airbus A319 and A320 fleet features mood lighting that will change from day to night, and leather seats with adjustable headrests. What's more, Virgin America'… Read more
Just because you can't see a sales clerk doesn't mean you can't get help from one--or from a fellow shopper, even one in a distant aisle.
That's the premise behind the DIY Shopper project under development at IBM's research facility in a stately Georgian manse in southern England. The concept retail Web site, developed with retail group Kingfisher, uses Web 2.0 concepts--not just blogs, but also buddy lists of in-store advisers and people doing similar projects. While store employees would use tablet PCs to access DIY Shopper and communicate with customers, the shoppers themselves … Read more
Don't look now, but some of the hottest competition in personal transportation may be coming from motorized skateboards. (On second thought, you probably should look now, for your own safety.)
Not long ago we featured the "E-Glide Powerboard," thinking it was a novelty item for oldsters like us trying to relive their reckless youth but without the same physical durability. But apparently the demand is more than just a whim if you ask the guys behind the "Metroboard," the latest to enter the market.
On paper, the Metroboard--made by a small start-up in Portland, Ore.… Read more