If nothing else, Ministry of Sound deserves credit for combining two of the most hyperactive cottages industries in all of consumer technology: iPod cases and iPod speakers. The "Mi-Sound iPod Case" straps to your arm too, which means you can share your music out loud with the rest of the world--whether they want to hear it or not. But if you must offend others, at least this one doesn't have the hideous design of the "Blue Beatz."
Now this is something for the dedicated audiophile: What if you could turn any flat surface into a speaker?
The "Nimzy Vibro Max" promises to do just that, by reproducing sound through vibrations spread across any flat platform made of a hard substance such as metal, plastic, wood or glass. The idea has been tried before, but GadgetCentre says the cube-shaped Vibro Max has an integrated amplifier that's more powerful than previous models. Perhaps it's yet another technology that can be incorporated into our campaign for wireless home entertainment.
Nothing compares with the iPhone in the rumor department, but on slow days Sony's PSP can easily take second place. So it's nice to actually pass along something concrete once in awhile, such as a real-live product (albeit outside the States).
A new Onkyo media recorder is a video device that will work with the PSP as well as mobile phones, according to Akihabara News. That's important if Sony is really trying to peddle the PSP as a video platform, as reported recently, but is still months away from launching its own service.
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Technology can be a funny thing sometimes. Just when we've finished carping about something--in this case the dearth of wireless home audio systems--someone comes along with a product that goes in the opposite extreme. Case in point: The "Plug & Enjoy" mini-speakers from Yanko Design.
These tiny speakers do precisely what their name implies, plugging directly into the wall for your listening pleasure. According to OhGizmo, they work this way: "Roughly the size of a power adapter, the speakers plug into any outlet and are designed to receive an FM signal from your stereo, iPod, … Read more
This may look like a shiny alarm clock with a shiny ball on top--and, well, it is. But not just any ball. The silver orb is actually part of the apparatus, determining the radio station depending on where it's positioned.
Rather than a simple dial or buttons, the magnetized ball moves along a tick-tack-toe-style grid until it rests in one of nine niches that changes the programmable channels, according to Coolest-Gadgets. Just don't lose that ball, or you could end up listening to Paul Harvey for the rest of your life.
The iconic guitar has the traditional Hello Kitty script/logo scrawled across the back, like a criminal's calling card. But if you or your teenage daughter have outgrown your pink phase, Popgadget notes that there's also a black version of the "Fender Hello Kitty Stratocaster" that comes with ransom-note-style lettering to match your darker moods. Clearly, no one is safe.
Just spotted on Buy.com: a 4GB Creative Zen V for $116--and with free shipping. Sure, it's after a rebate (doesn't say whether it's instant or mail in...I'd guess the latter), but still: a 4GB flash MP3 player for under $120 is quite a deal in my book.
Until the world switches entirely to video downloads, it looks as if portable DVD players will be around for awhile. But most of them are still fairly bulky animals with outdated designs.
Hammacher Schlemmer, however, claims to have "the most portable handheld DVD player," with 4.5-inch screen that pretty much takes up most of the surface area on one side. It still manages to cram in an MP3 player and a 2.5-hour battery, as well as some external kid-proof features (as if such a thing exists).
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Of course your PC enrages you from time to time, but you're not supposed to bang on it -- though you would be forgiven if it's housed in a Spotswood Custom Computers case, which is actually a kick drum.
Yes, it's a slightly odd motif for a PC (oh, let's be honest; it makes no damned sense) but the Spotswood folks say a drum enclosure makes for a very quiet PC case with flexible component mounting options. And to be fair, this is the hippest possible way to house a workstation PC in a recording studio … Read more
Some Cravers took umbrage with a recent item on a cell phone case that resembled a gun holster, saying it might not be the wisest thing to wear in an airport. Point taken.
A safer alternative for wearable cases is probably Urban Tool's "sportHolster." (Must all compound names begin with a lowercase letter just to copy the iPod?) Uber-Review says the latest product from the Austrian company, which is dedicated to technology apparel, is designed for jogging, bicycling and other athletic activities with pockets on the sides and a secret compartment inside.
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