Keep your eyes open for the Boxee internet video streaming device. I currently have this on my computer and have it hacked on my Apple TV. Works like a charm, pulling in almost every online streaming video service. This will be my cable killer for sure.
“designed by Astro Studios, the team who crafted designs for the Xbox 360, watches from Nike, Alienware PCs. Itâ€™s being built by D-Link, the leading networking company for homes & small businesses”
Each one is custom made but tend to have relatively similar specs. They start with Ubuntu Linux, so they’d make a solid media server, but other operating systems can be installed. “The system boasts an Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard, 2 GB RAM , 250 GB SATA 7200 rpm Seagate HD, DVD-RW (with LightScribe), and Gigabit Ethernet.”
Photo of the back of the unit after the jump. [Read more]
Charge your iPhone right in the wall, nicely leaning back from the outlet, with the DLO WallDock iPhone charger. Solution to a problem that didn’t really exist. DLO is short for “Digital Lifestyle Outfitters” which is made by Philips, so it’s likely a quality gadget.
Not sure about you but I’ve always got my phone charging in this one particular spot in the kitchen that looks exactly like the photo – which means my phone is on top of a coiled cable, sometimes on top of something else like a container or some papers to avoid getting hit by spills as it sits on the counter. I even had the screen smashed once when a glass fell out of the cabinet onto it. This looks like a winner.
A friend of mine has one of these laptop sleeves from Hard Graft, and it pairs quite nicely with a sleek aluminum Macbook Pro. I can imagine it quite nicely slipping into the LL Bean Hunter’s tote – I just might need to request these from Santa.
Imagine a nice, thick felt (100% pure new wool), with leather accents (Italian aniline dyed). This year, Hard Graft is offering an add-on pocket for any extra doodads you need to carry along with your laptop.
Now this may be rather large to fall under the “gadget” theme, but this thing is just too special-ops hackerish to pass up sharing. Kohjinsha’s DZ-series laptops house a pair of slide-open 10.1-inch screens, each with 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution. Closed, the laptop is 1.02 x 8.26 x 0.74~1.65 inches, weighing in at 4.09 pounds (1.84 kg). On sale now for ¥95,800 (about $1,110) with Linux pre-loaded. Windows 7 Home Premium is another ¥5,000 (about $58). Somebody will probably hack a Mac OSX installation.
“It is a sad day today but due to low sales globally in analogue turntables a decision to stop production has been made on Technics Turntables.” Production to end by Februrary 2010 according to SlashGear.
I realized lately that the earbuds just don’t cut it. Check out the Kibisi‘s TMA headphones in some matte black sickness! When these are ultimately produced by aiaiai, they will be on the top of my list!
Over the last couple of days, I came across this camera a few times and held back from writing about it – at first glance I thought it was just kinda ugly and hyping up the ‘rugged’ thing. Giving it a harder look, I’ve grown to like it – obviously a tie-in to the Casio’s G-Shock watch “endurance-minded features” without exactly aping the name. It looks like it could still slide into a pocket nicely, and when you miss that pocket, it’ll survive the fall. I’d love to see a true endurance test when it is released.
-Shock resistant elements inside and outside. Stainless steel outer casing, resin protective ring on the lens. Supposedly fine for seven foot drops.
-Water resistant to 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes, even under direct spray.
-Weather resistant down to 14°F
-12.1 Megapixels, with interval shooting of photos or movies (fun)
-Available in black or red, $299 MSRP in December 2009
If you’re eating with these you are most likely eating alone – but they still look sorta neat. Since these don’t exactly qualify as a “gadget” – after the jump, check out the Darth Vader/R2-D2 USB hubs.
The Ear Force X41 is an update to the Ear Force X4 Wireless headphones/micriphone for XBOX 360. Chat with coplayers while you blast them away listening to Dolby 7.1 surround, 2.4GHz RF audio transmission, USB powered base station. Retail price is $200, but can be found cheaper. These look solid enough that I may pick up a set. Probably also pretty good for some late night frag sessions at full volume without waking up neighbors or roomies…
Urban Outfitters has partnered with The Impossible Project to help restart and reinvent instant film photography. The Impossible Project bought all the machinery and equipment at Polaroid’s Dutch factory where the instant films were made. Urban Outfitters is helping them bring it back for 2010.
Make your own lane….The device attaches to the back of your bike frame and an illuminated bike lane appears instantly. Although the LightLane isn’t available to the public just yet, this product will give bikers the space they need on those all too many roads without bike lanes. I think a better use would be to sell advertising to bike messengers….two for one Domino’s Pizza delivers….
Finally everyone is going to play together, well almost everyone. If you’re a photo nut, you already know about the Four Thirds movement, if not here it is in a nut shell. Four Thirds System is a cooperative venture to standardize interchangeable lens. Which means Kodak, Panasonic, Olympus, and even Leica will support the same lens mount. It’s like taking your cell number to another network, now you can take your camera to another lens system, or the other way around. The really cool thing about it, (image above) you will see a lot of small compact cameras with some big lens’… For more info check it out here.
A beautiful graphic representation by Picol, of how the internet evolved and eventually changed your life. The cool thing about this video is that by the end, you will know what the hell the techies are actually talking about.
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