Inspected Gadget: Altec Lansing iMT620 iPhone Boombox

The Altec Lansing inMotion  iMT620 iPhone Boombox is a pretty sleek, space-age retro looking piece of audio equipment. It has the usual features you’d expect nowadays: iPod/iPhone dock, decent sound loud enough for an apartment party, and a remote.

Why it matters: It has a five hour battery, a telescoping antenna for built in AM/FM radio, and a full size handle. One step better: it comes with travel adapters for US, UK, Europe, China, and Australia.

Get it at Amazon

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Inspected Gadget: Rugged Casio Exilim EX-G1

Tired of camera round ups and the like? Just skip them all and try this tough guy, then take it with you on the slopes without worrying one bit. At first glance I thought it was just kinda ugly and hyping up the ‘rugged’ thing. Giving it a harder look, I think I like it – obviously a tie-in to the Casio’s  G-Shock watch “endurance-minded features” without exactly aping the name.

-Shock resistant elements inside and outside. Stainless steel outer casing, resin protective ring on the lens.
-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 but cheaper in real life

Buy it on Amazon

Inspected Gadget: Atwood Knives and Multitools

Atwood Knives creates small batches of micro-manufactured multitools and knives. Orders are lottery based for small runs, and first-come-first-serve for larger runs.

Inspected Gadget: Sleek Audio SA1 Earbuds

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Earbud headphones with audiophile quality in a Siam rosewood body, a wide variety of ear tip choices – all for a relatively modest price. There’s also a wireless attachment that lets you throw your phone or music player in your bag or pocket, and go semi-cordless. Some specs:

  • Custom Tuned Dynamic Driver
  • VQ System variable equalization system allows for independent tuning of high and low frequencies using different treble porting options
  • Removable cable swivels for limitless wearing positions Easy replacement if cable is damaged
  • Wireless Compatible the cable is easily removed and the W1 Wireless can be installed to free you from cables
  • Real Wood Body and ESC Environmentmental Sound Control for blocking ambient noise

Get it at Amazon

Check out the review at Engadget- they loved these.

Inspected Gadget: GenevaSound Home Theatre All-In-One Audio Furniture

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For the discerning video and audiophile, why not combine furniture, audio, and an iPod/iPhone dock all into one unit? For about $4 G’s you can have this beauty.

Only two left in stock at Amazon

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Inspected Gadget: PhotoTrackr Mini 400 Geotagger

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Gift giving time approaches and you’re trying to find something for the digital camera geek who has it all. How about this handy GPS dongle that can be synced up with a folder of photos to provide geographic data (a.k.a. geotagging)?
At about $70, this is similar to other devices but this one seems to have a good pedigree, and is a good pocket sized device that plays well with both big DSLR’s and smaller point-and-shoot devices.

Via Engadget

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.”

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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

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.

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.

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