Archive for August, 2006

Motorised Kitchen Fridge Shelf

Motorised Kitchen Fridge Shelf

Kitchens have, in recent times, become THE family room in a modern house, and as such the amount of investment people are willing to make in renovating them has skyrocketed.  It's not unusual to spend tens of thousands of dollars on high-spec cabinetry, fixtures and fittings. 

Anything that extends the longevity of all that investment can't be a bad thing, and a great place to start would be making it a usable environment for anybody no matter their shape or size.  That's where Thermador come in, with their motorised fridge shelving; it allows you to bring the contents to you, rather than reaching into the bowels to fetch them out. 

The Liberty Shelving ranges from $3,500 to $4,300 dependent on size and model.

Thermador Freedom Collection with Liberty Shelf [via OhGizmo!]

iPod goes walkabout

iPod goes walkabout

Blimey, doesn't this lady look happy!  I guess the sight of a drunkenly wandering robot iPod dock is enough to tickle her giggle-buds.  However, I'm not sure if it ticks all of my boxes, frankly.  It's clever, I suppose, but wouldn't it be even more clever if you could load sound-based programs and thus use it as a logic learning toy for kids?

As it stands you can use remote control to guide the little critter and, in the future, they promise cameras and sensors for greater autonomy.  At $930 you'd really have to want your music to - literally - follow you around.

Yahoo story [via Engadget]

Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W

Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W

Go where no PMP has gone before with the Vision W’s 4.3” 262K color 480 x 272 LCD Screen. Hardware Zone proclaims it to be the best video display they’ve seen. I know we already wrote about the Zen Vision W (Widescreen), but it’s always good to recap for those not up to speed. Creative will release the Zen Vision W overseas beginning of September 2006, featuring a 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen. The ZVN will support DVD quality resolution at 720x480 when outputting to your TV. The estimated retail price for the 30GB version is $400, while the 60GB version will cost slightly higher at $500. The release date for the US market is still unknown.
Enjoy the video, and click through for the official Creative ZEN Vision W press release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBP_3OM82LU

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Sony PSP GPS and Digital Camera Launched In Japan

Sony PSP GPS and Digital Camera Launched In Japan

The Sony PSP add-on GPS is officially announced and launched in Japan. We’ve covered this product in a couple articles over the past week, so here’s the official specs, courtesy of NaviGadget (they’ve gone through the trouble of translating the specs).

  • Product name: GPS receiver
  • Model name: PSP-290
  • Sale day: 2006 December 7th
  • Desired retail price: 6,000 Yen ($50)
  • Reception frequency: 1575.42MHz
  • Reception method: Channel 20
  • Reception sensitivity: - 153dBm
  • Capture: - 140dBm
  • Determination renewal time: Approximately 1 second
  • Determination precision: 5m (2DRAMS, - 130dBm)
  • External size: Approximately 45 x 10 x 7mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: Approximately 16g
  • Contents: GPS receiver, private case

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Three Must Have Products For Men

Three Must Have Products For Men

Okay, so I admit it, I have been long overdue for a grooming session. I like to think that I take care of myself pretty well. But it was time to up the ante. I’m one of those guys who expects the women I date to take pride in their appearance. Its not just about good hygiene, it’s about them being waxed up and ready to go!

This month, I test drove the following products and services:-

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Gotta Grill

Gotta Grill

For those of you that don’t know me, I am a true bachelor. I practically eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aside from being very costly to maintain, I don’t always put the right foods in my system. A home cooked meal is typically found when I visit my parents. Since they live several thousand miles away, I don’t get fed the way I should as often as I should.

Last month, I test drove Breville’s juice machine. You may be pleased to know that I wasn’t going through a fad. I am still juicing every day! Inspired by the belief that healthy, low-fat meals can taste great and be easy to prepare it was time for me to take the plunge into cooking at home.

This month, I decided to try out Breville’s INDOOR GRILL AND BBQ 800GRXL. RRP $199. It is designed with innovative features and heavy-duty components.

I have to hand it to Breville. They don’t just make handy appliances. They make
kitchen art. When I first opened the box and put the appliance on the counter, I marveled at how good this product looks. It reminded me of the expensive heavy duty outdoor BBQ I remember seeing at my friends home in Malibu.

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Gotta Juice

Gotta Juice

An exciting thing happened to me the other day. I received a Jack Lalane Elite Power Juicer to review. Having seen infomercials telling me that ‘you gotta juice’ it was time for me to finally take the plunge. Apparently, the nutrients in fresh vegetable and fruit juice not only nourish your body internally but also externally for healthier looking skin.

So, armed with $60 worth of fresh fruit and veg, I rushed back from the supermarket to play with my new toy. Assembly of the Jack Lalane Juicer was relatively straight forward and I couldn’t wait to get juicing.

Several carrots later, I had a whole glass of fresh carrot juice. AMAZING!!! I have always tried to eat carrots but never found them all that pleasing to the palate. To my astonishment, Jack Lalane’s juicer had turned some stubby carrots into the most delicious juice I could remember drinking, and the pulp was neatly extracted into a bin attached to the reverse side of the machine.

From that moment I knew I was going to be hooked!

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The Cell Zone

The Cell Zone

Most people think it's impolite to talk on a cell phone when you are eating in the restaurant or maybe in a quiet place like library. In cell phone etiquette, here's what the experts recommend: keep your cell phone on vibrate as much as possible; if you do need to talk, move at 10 feet from other people, and keep those conversations as short and quiet as possible. Another answer to this problem is the Cell Zone, a sound resistant phone booth made by Salemi Industries. So the cell phone user can receive cell phone call with a bit of privacy and stops disturbing others in your establishment. The Cell Zone is made available for people to use free of charge and only making revenue by placing ads on the booth.

[via coolest-gadgets.com]

AMD plans new mobile platform named ‘Yokohama’

AMD plans new mobile platform named ‘Yokohama’

AMD is not sitting idle while Intel is having all the buzz in the world. After acquiring ATI, AMD plans to introduce a new notebook platform called “Yokohama” by the end of this year. Yokohama will be based on Turion 64 X2 and the upcoming RS690, RS690DC, and RS790M chipsets. One of the great features on Intel’s mobile platform such as Centrino and the newer Core mobile platform is that Intel uses their own wireless chipset as a complete platform, while AMD’s new platform will still uses 3rd party wireless chipset. AMD has never been really hitting Intel on the mobile platform end, and AMD “Yokohama” platform might not be as good as Intel’s Napa64 in term of performance and power consumption. However with ATI on their side, AMD might be able to come up with something better in the future.

Stiletto and Soloist – two peas in a pod

Stiletto and Soloist – two peas in a pod

UPDATE 08/31/2006: Our buddies at TSS-Radio just informed me that the Soloist retails for $149.

Behold the first ever-real life shot of the Stiletto! It’s cradling on top of the Soloist; featuring NXT’s flat speaker technology. This is one accessory definitely worth purchasing to go with the new Stiletto! The Soloist will come with three cradles, one for the Sportster 4, one for the iPod and the last is for the Stiletto (maybe). If only the Soloist allowed for the iPod and Stiletto to dock side by side; now that’s impressive!

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