Inspected Gadget: Philips ActionFit Bluetooth Headphones

Philips ActionFit Bluetooth headphones are water resistant for easy washing, and made with an antimicrobial agent so that you can sweat all over them without grossing up the plastic. As a result they’re probably a bit more durable for the throw-around reality of everyday life that small electronics accessories get put through. Aside from that, packed with the usual goodies like noise cancellation, music and phone control on iPhone.

Via OhGizmo!/ChipChick

Inspected Gadget: Avenger XBOX 360 Controller

The Avenger is a mutant add-on for XBOX 360 controllers, and aims to replace too-slow button pressing with quicker finger-flicking. As one commenter notes, it’s “like a saxophone for gaming”.

Via Kotaku

The Apple Nerd’s Grail

An Apple-1 computer is up for auction November 23rd at Christies in London. The estimate? A stylish $160,000.

“Introduced in July 1976, the Apple-1 was sold without a casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor. However, because the motherboard was completely pre-assembled, it represented a major step forward in comparison with the competing self-assembly kits of the day. Priced at $666.66, the first Apple-1s were despatched from the garage of Steve Jobs’ parents’ house – the return address on the original packaging present here. It is not clear how many Apple-1s were sold, but by April 1977 the price was dropped to $475, and it continued to be sold through August 1977, despite the introduction of the Apple II in April 1977 (a major advance with integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case, and eight internal expansion slots). It was officially discontinued by October 1977. A SUPERB EXAMPLE with the original packaging, manuals, cassette interface and basic tape, early documentation and provenance, and a COMMERCIALLY RARE LETTER FROM STEVE JOBS.”

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Audyssey’s iPhone True Stories Contest

Audyssey makes a really nice iPhone/iPod Audio Dock called South of Market.  They’re holding a little contest right now about the best true story related to your iPhone, 3 winners will receive one of the docks.  Not too bad.  If you’re interested, head over here for more info.

cover to cover playboy hard drive

This one is for the collector. Every issue of Playboy Magazine on a portable 250GB hard drive with 200GB of Free Space for your stuff. The last part makes it worth it!


Jambox from Jawbone was designed by Yves Behar and will be available November 14th for $199 at Odin. You can pre-order direct from Jawbone as well. What do they do? They can “wirelessly receive audio signals and phone conversations from laptops, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.” On top of that they look really cool.

Inspected Gadget: The Jetman Delta Wing

Yves Rossy is Jetman, and he’s developed the Delta Wing. Check out the video after the jump, and then use your imagination to picture the insanity of a sky full of people using these. That being said, where can I get a test unit?

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Inspected Gadget: Sharp Touch Wood SH-08C

Name issue aside, the Sharp “Touch Wood” SH-08C is a pretty slick phone that will be available in a limited run of 15,000 units through NTT DoCoMo in early 2011. The 5 megapixel camera, 3.5″ diagonal display, and a MicroSDHC card slot are wrapped in actual cypress wood (giving each phone a unique grain pattern). The 3G/GSM wireless antenna means it can be unlocked to work globally, so either head over to Japan or ebay to grab one.

Via engadget.

Inspected Gadget: Hex iPod Nano Watch band

The Hex watch band is the latest, nicest implementation of wearing an iPod nano on your wrist. Most obvious use is for running, and sorta makes sense in jacket/long-sleeve weather… but might look a bit silly in the warmer months. Via Gizmodo.

So my NUKALERT has been going crazy recently

There’s either something going on in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn or this thing gets wacky when it is in direct sunlight.  For the uninitiated, NukAlert is “is a patented personal radiation meter, monitor and alarm. Small enough to attach to a key chain, the device operates non-stop, 24/7 and will promptly warn you of the presence of unseen, but acutely dangerous levels of radiation.”

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Inspected Gadget: Axsotic’s 3D Control

Axsotic’s 3D “mouse” bridges the physical disconnect from the virtual world of modelmaking with a truly tangible, seemingly natural input device. Seeing it, I struggle to believe something so obvious hasn’t already been available on the market…

Via OhGizmo!

Technics, Rest in Peace

Panasonic announced that it will no longer be making its cult classic turntable, Technics.

more at Gizmodo

Like You Have Any Choice in iPhone 4 Covers Now

Incase’s Ping Pong Cover was inspired by the ping pong paddle’s textured rubber surface. It comes in traditional paddles colors too, blue, green, black, and red.

Adobe is killing the publishing industry

Here’s a look at Adobe’s publishing tool for digital magazines. At first glance it’s awesome. Use the program looks quick, easy, and simple…a little too simple. Granted this is just video one in a series, but it leaves out the fact you are designing for both a print issue and digital issue. It’s hard enough coming up with one page layout, let alone 3. 3 times 100+ pages in a magazine…it’s a bit of an effort.

Tron Director talks about Tron and Tron Legacy

Check out this little interview with Steven Lisberger from Current Geek

Inspected Gadget: Wanderlust Digital Pinhole Lens

Wanderlust has created a very affordable, easy-to-use Micro 4:3 pinhole lens/cap. The pinhole is recessed inside the camera, and is relatively wide since the precision-cut hole is extremely close to the camera sensor. This allows the lens to deliver an 11mm (22mm equivalent) experience. For more examples and to preorder go here (also cool since it’s being made via kickstarter).

Inspected Gadget: iPad Stereo Docks, or lack thereof

The iPad’s screen interface is great for audio control, so I went searching for decent stereo docks for the device that would also serve as a charging station, etc. There’s not much available: The Philips Fidelios DS8550 looks pretty nice, if not slightly on the pricey side, and has an app that controls some of the dock’s features, like the alarm. The iHome IA100 is another option. And that’s it – just two – unless there is a massive wave of them on the way.

Like a Marshall stack on your head

Marshall Headphones, available November 15th.

Inspected Gadget: Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter

Up ’til now, prototype videos of the  iPhone-controlled Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter have been floating around, but it’s now available for purchase. Pretty slick quadricopter design allows for multidirectional movement. While it’s obviously cool that the app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch serves as a remote control for the drone’s movement, it’s even cooler that it displays a video feed from the front of the vehicle, and even better are the game apps that track scoring in dogfights and other types of augmented-reality battles.

Via a few sites

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