Inspected Gadget: Boxee Internet TV Box

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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.

From Boxee:

“designed by Astro Studios, the team who crafted designs for the Xbox 360, watches from Nike, Alienware PCs. It’s being built by D-Link, the leading networking company for homes & small businesses”

  • HDMI – one inexpensive HDMI cable to connect The Boxee Box to your TV
  • SPDIF – hi-definition digital audio that will pass through Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS to your A/V Receiver
  • Stereo Audio (RCA) – red & white cables from the 80’s, 90’s and today
  • 2 x USB ports – add devices like external hard drives and more
  • Wireless 802.11n & Wired Ethernet – Cords if you got ‘em, wireless if you don’t
  • RF Remote Control – control playback from anywhere

Another photo of the back of the unit after the jump. It’s quite tiny – no taller than a can of soda.

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Inspected Gadget: Retro Radio Body Custom Computer Cases

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Check out these full computers built into old radio bodies.

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]

Inspected Gadget: DLO WallDock iPhone Charger

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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.

Via Engadget

Inspected Gadget: Hard Graft Laptop Sleeve + Add-On Pouch

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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.

Via hypebeast

Inspected Gadget: Kohjinsha Dual Screen Laptop

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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.

1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo

ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics

802.11b/g/n WiFi

3x USB

3-in-1 card reader

1.3 megapixel webcam

1GB memory (expandable to 4GB)

160GB 5,400 RPM hard drive

4.5-hour battery

Via Engadget

Technics SL-1200 Ceasing Production – Get ‘em While They’re Hot

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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.

Technics SL-1200MK2 Turbtable on Amazon

Inspected Gadget: Black Friday Preview Edition

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Nice start to the week: a couple of black friday gadget shopping lists.

General black friday shopping list from Gizmodo

…and here is their NewEgg black friday list.

Kibisi’s TMA headphones

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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!

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Inspected Gadget: Rugged Casio Exilim EX-G1

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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.
The specs:

-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

Buy it on Amazon

Inspected Gadget: Lightsaber Chopsticks, Darth Vader & R2-D2 USB Hubs

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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.

For sale at GeekStuff4U: Light Saber Chopsticks

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Inspected Gadget: Ear Force X41 Wireless Headphones for XBOX 360

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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…

Via Gizmodo. Here it is at Amazon at cheaper than list price.

rock block

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Vintage 1959 Fender Bassman amps up for auction at Christie’s

a special edition

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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.

More details and dates after the jump…

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make your own lane

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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….

Via: UO

buckle up your wallet

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Check out this wallet made from seatbelt straps created by Interrobang. Available here for only cost $32. Source

Four Thirds System and more

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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.

what time is it? Nixon time

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This Nixon 51-30 is a nice little piece of time and it can be yours for $400.00. Depending on your, budget it comes in black for $450.00 and that is still a lot cheaper than a Chanel or Bell & Ross.

future sex

Ben Hoffmanwent to the Adult Entertainment Expo for current tv. He had a look at all that’s new in sex technology. There are some priceless moments here.

the life and times of the internet


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.

Via Fubiz.

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