Archive for February, 2006

RX Bot on the run

RX Bot on the run

Korea has built its first robot which is capable of running, is two foot tall and network controlled RX. The bot is capable of running at a pace of about .3 miles per hour; not exactly an athletic type and is certainly no match for ASIMO’s brisk 1.8 miles per hour. Robotis, the company behind the development of bot, spent approx. $1 million in collaboration with Samsung and the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication. As Korea plans for an army of network-controlled bots, we won’t mind RX being a bit slow as long as we can outrun him, and as also he stands only two feet in height, we can feel a lot better for the future.

Aerobic Mouse: Another Ergonomic Mouse

Aerobic Mouse: Another Ergonomic Mouse

If your hands are a little shaky or for that matter as quick and nimble as they used to be, it’s no more an issue to be considered because while working on the computer. Designer Appliances’ AirO2bic (pronounced aerobic) grip-less mouse may both prevent and remediate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), claims the company. If its really hard for you to use a regular mouse because of a physical disability, an injury, or a disease like Parkinson’s or arthritis, this mouse may be the answer. It’s called the Aerobic Mouse. It’s made of sturdy black plastic molded into a shape that allows you to rest your hand vertically into the base. With your hand in this ‘hand-shake’ position, your fingers rest on the large mound in the mouse allowing your fingers to easily reach the two buttons and mouse wheel. As you move your hand the mouse moves with it. In the initial phase there may be some problems as it may feel a little awkward as the mouse is a little big, yet the mouse glides very easily on the desktop and you feel adapted to it after few uses. An optical sensor ensures the mouse’s accuracy. Its priced at around $100. 

Goodyear’s carbon fibre car tires.

Goodyear’s carbon fibre car tires.

These days, almost every automative parts are made by carbon fibre. Carbon fibre bonnets, roofts, sport rims and the list goes on. But, carbon fibre tyres? Yes, Goodyear annouced that they would release their new Goodyear Eagle with ResponsEdge Technology which will begin to be sold in May 2006.

The new Goodyear Eagle with ResponsEdge Technology has a outboard sidewall reinforced with carbon fiber inserts. This provides strength to increase it's sidewall stiffness, delivering you excellent handling and steering precision. This would definately reduce tyre screeching. ResponsEdge technology also uses a sound and shock absording layer called InsuLayer, made with DuPont Kevlar. This layer also promotes even wear on the thread pattern. Definately worth an upgrade for the next tyre change.

Honda market’s its car with Gwen Stefani

Honda market’s its car with Gwen Stefani

This is nothing new. Ford has once asked Kylie Minogue to endorse its car with Ford. However, Gwen Stefani created a new fashion culture with her Harajuku style L.A.M.B. label, which combines elements of goth, lace and Japanese-ness. To target young buyers, Honda's product planners are studying how did Gwen successfully injected Japanese culture in her products and made them so popular among young American buyers, who seems to like anything Japanese. I'm sure Honda would come out with some new "Harajuku" styled cars soon.

New Samsung Digicam L60

New Samsung Digicam L60

Samsung has introduced a 6 Megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical SHD lens to reinforce its digital success in the crowded 6 Megapixel digital camera sector. Samsung L60, introduced by Samsung, is a portable compact digital camera (94 x 52 x 20 mm) that delivers an image resolution of 2816 x 2112 pixels. The Samsung Digimax L60's SHD optical lens has a focal length of 39-117 mm, f/2.8-4.9. Even though the Samsung Digimax L60 is small, the engineers have manages to ensure it has a 2.4-inch color TFT LCD display with a resolution of 112K pixels.

Unazukin!

Unazukin!

This is the latest toy from Japan, Bandai's own Unazukin. This tiny toy can be a good companion as well. Made to react to your voice, this doll-like thing will nod or shake its head "whenever appropriate". However, the doll nods and shake at its own will, so its rather unpredictable. With 4 different movements altogether, it's battery powered. It could shake or nod its head back and forth once or twice. It comes in white, yellow, red, blue and green. It retails for $12. Affordable.

Warm your feet during the cold

Warm your feet during the cold

The Hotronic FootWarmer Power Plus is effective for melting those cold, cold feet. It keeps your foot warm for 14 hours at a price at $165. Equiped with high-capacity batteries designed for cold temperatures, you can maintain your feet at a body warming temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit for all day long. When the batteries run out, just charge it for the next day.

Huge decorative ironing board

Huge decorative ironing board

Want something that stands out from the crowd? Here's an ironing board, called the Ironic board? Sounds ironic? Yes! Well, the board is made of moisture resistant multi-ply board, the Ironic board is meant to replace the looks of the ugly ironing board. There are available in two designs, Surf and Cactus. The Cactus comes in green, brown, red and blue while the Surf is available in red, yellow, blue and rose. The price? $225 for it. Well, that's ironic.

NEC launches Versa E3100

NEC launches Versa E3100

NEC has launched their Versa E3100 laptop which, at 2.2 kilograms (or 4.84lbs), is it seems that the lightest 14-inch widescreen unit in its class. The 14" widescreen LCD display has a high resolution of 1280 x 768 (WXGA) which is both perfect for watching DVD movies as well as surfing the internet. It is powered by the latest Intel Pentium M Processor and features DDR II Dual Channel Memory Support for optimum power and performance and a great mobile digital lifestyle experience. The NEC Versa E3100 is housed in a blue casing, complemented with a silver keyboard. It has a 256MB RAM standard (upgradeable to 2GB), a 40, 60, or 80 GB hard drive spinning at 5400rpm, and a battery that NEC says will last up to four hours.

FX510 Media Center PC by Gateway

FX510 Media Center PC by Gateway

Gateway has formally announced the release of its new media center PC - FX510. Giving you overclocking software as part of the package, it provides new high end desktop which saves you from cracking open the case. Coming in three different configurations, all with XP MCE, it runs Pentium D at speeds from 2.8 GHz to 3.2 GHz. Also the FX510XL comes with 2GB RAM, 1TB of storage, a dual-layer burner, Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX, and a 21-inch widescreen LCD, BTX high-airflow form factor, and ATI CrossFire graphics for a price of about $3,000.