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Laser Pod Orb Provides High-Tech Lightshow

Laser Pod Orb Provides High-Tech Lightshow

This item could be a party enhancer, night-light, or main light fixture.  The Laser Rod Orb is a table, wall, or ceiling mountable light show that projects three lasers and multiple light in various directions a.k.a. your own personal rave.   It's not DMX 512 compatible and it won't hookup to your ETC lighting board but it does the job.  This visual toy has a swiveling directional head to adjust the light and a motor driven crystal with three LEDs included.  The motor driven crystal will provide you with a random patterns of light and laser.

Can you ask for much more at its low pricetag?  No, it's not a theatrical or stage light but it's great for birthdays and parties; especially New Years Eve celebrations.  On the downside it doesn't come with remote control and lacks sound activation.  It's marketed to the 12yrs+ demographic which includes us all.

Price: $71.91

Laser Pod Orb [Via: iwantoneofthose.com]...

November: 80% Increase In XBox Live Users

November: 80% Increase In XBox Live Users

According to Sandvine's, a company that helps broadband service providers, they have identified an 80% increase in the number of XBox Live users in the month of November.  They are counting the start of November as the 7th because the surge in XBox Live usage occurred after the release of Gears of War and five other highly anticipated games.  Sandvine purports this increase in XBox Live activity using their intelligent broadband network which is another name for fiber-optic cables, high-speed connections, massive storage, large servers, and the best network administrators.

Sandvine also states that the increase in XBox Live user traffic is the largest since the popular Halo II debuted on the XBox in 2004.  Halo II started the broadband gaming boom and ultimately kept the XBox afloat with increased popularity and usage.

80% Increase In XBox Live Users [Via: Sandvine.com]...

V-Moda Bass Freq Earphones Pack A Punch

V-Moda Bass Freq Earphones Pack A Punch

Music lovers, iPod fans, and those alike will enjoy the high-quality V-Moda Bass Freq earphones. They are exactly what millions of music fans are looking for and they come at a decent price. Previously, you were forced to buy huge earphones that covered your entire head. There are many earbuds similar to the V-Moda Bass Freq, but many lack deep bass and they're expensive so ultimately they're not worth it once you lose them or they break. The Bass Freq Modaphones uses V-Moda's modern Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicon (BLISS) technology to deliver crisp highs, warm midtones, deep lows, and it blocks outside noises.

The stylish colors vary so your earphones can be aesthetically pleasing and they excellent in the comfort department. The modawrap cable manager is included to help control excess slack and entanglement when dealing with earphones. The best thing about the V-Moda Bass Freq earphones is the price.

Price: $50.00

V-Moda Bass Freq Earphones [Via: CNet.com]...

LaCie’s Polycarbonate USB & FireWire Huby

LaCie’s Polycarbonate USB & FireWire Huby

For some reason I love the numerous cords and junk around my computer.  My 250gig harddrive, router, iPod, LCD, tv tuner, and more make a complete mess and it makes me feel important like I'm computing a massive number.  Well, if you hate the messiness and disorganization, that I love so much, you need LaCie's USB and FireWire Huby.  Something tells me this will appeal more to Apple users because it doesn't match my gray monitor and multi-colored computer case.  LaCie's Huby is a stylish, round shape, polycarbonate device that has 5 USB 2.0 and 3 FireWire 400 connections.

The Hub also features a USB fan, a USB light, and it comes with USB and FireWire extension cables.  From the start I was a fan of USB and I will continue to bring the latest.  As more devices become a necessity for your computer and you run out of ports you will naturally crave more connections.

Price: $79.99

LaCie Huby USB & FireWire Hub [Via: LaCie.com]...

German SkySail Saves Daily Fuel Cost By Thousands

German SkySail Saves Daily Fuel Cost By Thousands

It's huge, pricey, but it's saving daily fuel costs by up to $1,000. After years of testing the SkySail, a 160-square-meter kite, will be installed on German vessels to cute the cost of fuel. The SkySail should come as no surprise. Kites were often utilized in maritime travel to harness wind power and propel ships forward. What makes the SkySail significant is its usage on huge, cargo vessels that carry oil, cars, and other goods. Estimates say the SkySail will cut fuel used by up to 20 percent and it's a welcome piece of technology, because it cuts emissions and it's environmentally friendly. The MV Beluga SkySail is currently in product and it will include a paraglider sail and a "smart" central steerage unit. First sail is set for 2007. The SkySail isn't a laptop, plasma, or USB accessories but it's a definite piece of technology that uses the Earth's resources to create a better planet.

If you own a huge vessel and you're concern about fuel I suggest you guy one. It cost $660,000 to $3.3 million, so it's no biggie. With ships carrying 90 percent of all world goods this may cut the cost of electronics over time so the SkySail is a step in the right direction. By the year 2015, 1,500 vessels are expected to have the high-tech kite system fully integrated.

Price: $600,000 - $3.3 mil

German high-tech sky sail [Via: News.com]...

Elegant Toshiba TS32 Mobile Phone Announced

Elegant Toshiba TS32 Mobile Phone Announced

If you're in Hong Kong, you're in cellphone heaven and you know what I mean.  Toshiba Corporation recently announced the Toshiba TS32 and it's currently available through SmarTone-Vodafone in Hong Kong.  With the success of modest and not over-the-top cell phones, manufacturers are going with an attractive, candy-shaped model and the paying customers overwhelmingly approve.  The GSM TS32 phone will include the standard features, but the press release states its compatibility with advanced services; also called EDGE along with various other names.

As featured above, it comes in Lunar Graphite, Desert Gold, and Midnight Purple and it doesn't weigh much.  The 1.3 mega pixel camera is far below impressive with the standard digital zoom. The TS32 features SMS, MMS, email, Bluetooth, WAP 2.0, a microSD slot, and an FM radio.  Honestly, a standard phone with minimal features given the data available but it looks nice and the Desert Gold model is worth having if you wear beige pants to a dinner party.

Price: $500-$600

New Toshiba TS32 Mobile Phone [Via: Toshiba.co.jp]...

Nokia 6639 DSLR, Zippo Lighter, Swiss Army Knife Phone

Nokia 6639 DSLR, Zippo Lighter, Swiss Army Knife Phone

This fake hit the scene about a month ago but I feel our viewers need more insight if it were real.  Lets suppose it's real and proceed. If I can get my hands on one, it will be my next phone; the Nokia 6639. I love Nokia and I can't say enough about their phones. The phone is not viewable on Nokia's website so the information is limited but there's one thing I'm not concerned about when it comes to Nokia; features. The Nokia 6639 is a Swiss army knife, a Zippo lighter, a double mega pixel digital SLR camera and it has Photoshop. When I learned of this I almost did a backflip. The phone has a 1024 X 768 pixel screen and it also features a Pentium M-Dothan binuclear 2.0GHMz with dual channel 512MDDR2 memory with expandable features. Need I say more? The phone will support every video and audio format available to mankind and will display 16 million colors on the TFT screen. Obviously, this phone is made for the paparazzi because you can attach a huge SLR lens to the back-end and use the built-in email client to mail it to sources; thus a profit and you can buy another one.

The camera's exposure can be set to a variety of modes and you can change the aperture priority, shutter priority, and more. It also features a Swiss yataghan Plug procedures remote control (with the public wireless transmission protocol), thermometer, needle guide, LED beam, and additional features for those who enjoy the outdoors. The phone will also feature wifi for connectivity to access points. This feature is a huge priority to people willing to spend hundreds of dollars. For such a phone I'm sure it will be powered by the dominant Symbian Operating System and the navigation will be the same. Who wouldn't buy this stellar piece of God-send technology if they had the money?

Note : This is a wishlist (vapoware - not real product)
Price: Official Not Set (Guess $1000+)

Nokia 6639 DSLF Zippo Phone [Via: Trendhunter.com]...

1000100101 Time Watch By Tokyoflash

1000100101 Time Watch By Tokyoflash

If you like weird, eccentric, and cryptic time displays then you'll salivate over the 1000100101 by none other than Tokyoflash. This 1960 classic accessory is absolute Bond and it knows what to do best; confuse your friends. It's straight out of a Star Trek episode with lights flashing and countless patterns that display the time. As far as durability, it's top of the line featuring a metal panel and carbon fiber style strap to weather the elements.

It passes the cool factor test but it lacks additional features which would, of course, require a screen. The standard features include AM & PM, month, date, and day of the week. In addition, buyers might like the automatic light-up feature which is set at 15 minutes. You can also select pre-programmed light patterns to impress your friends or contact outer space if you have that capability.

Price: $85.22 (approx. ¥9800)

1000100101 Watch [Via: Tokyoflash]...

Single-Left Handed Wireless XBox 360 Controller

Single-Left Handed Wireless XBox 360 Controller

Another modification, gotta love it. It's the single-handed wireless XBox 360 Controller mod built for a serviceman injured in the Iraq War. The controller is built for left-handed individuals so it should please the lefties out there. When you tilt the controller against your leg it functions as the right analog stick so it's optimal for nearly every game out there. While this controller is built specifically for lefties, it can be used for those who prefer the right hand. Every single function can be executed and the remote is ergonomically designed so it should fit perfectly.

Due to the confinements and design the buttons were either moved or created but functionality remains the same. This fine piece of technology was created by Ben Heckendorn. He is also responsible for the watercooler XBox 360 laptop. The top photo is the front and the second is the back of the controller. I don't need it, but kudos to the creator.

Single-Handed Wireless XBox 360 Controller [Via: Benheck.com]...

Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player

Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player

I've known about this cool gadget for quite some time and I'm honored to do a review about it. What is it? The Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player! The top of the line model MX-760HD sports some fancy features that I'll quickly cover. The MX-760HD is basically a Hi-Def Multimedia Playback device that supports nearly every file format imaginable. The only limit to this device is yourself because it serves whatever digital content you have available and its built around linux-based architecture so you can guarantee it's going to work. So what does it do? It links all your media from your network or computer to your audio system or television and it will output true high-definition to your plasma or LCD monitor. Use the Ethernet port to connect it to your network or try another fancy method; 802.11g. The built-in wifi transfer rates stream up to 54 Mbps so streaming media is no stranger. It will automatically decode and bookmark your playlist so you don't have to. It also supports 1920 X 1080 Progressive Scan output so you can get that clarity you crave from your plasma or LCD monitor.

Pause, fast-forward, rewind, stop are just a few of the numerous features that you would expect from this piece of technology. The Mvix Hi-Def Player is your storage for important videos, media files, and other viewable content so lets start the transfer or you can let this media player do it for you. Here are a number of formats that it supports, DivX® (3/4/5), Xvid, MPEG 1/2/4, WMV-9, ASF(WMV9), DAT, DVD(IFO, VOB), ISO, HD-level TP, TS, TRP, MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, PCM, AC3, and DTS with a lot more. The wireless output, DVI, composite, and other hookups make this a great buy for people who have a huge library of music and video files. It's nice looking and it can sit behind your television unnoticed while your computer stays in its ordinary place. With Digital Optical ports you can be a dj or host a presentation with the fabulous MX-760HD.

Price: $329.00

Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player [Via: Mvixusa.com]...

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