Archive for September, 2006

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Arriving this Nov. for $199

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Arriving this Nov. for $199

FINALLY, we have Stateside release information for the Xbox 360's hotly-anticipated HD-DVD drive. Coming out just in time to give the difficult-to-find, Blu-ray-equipped PlayStation 3 a run for its money arriving "mid-November" to happy HD customers everywhere. For that price, you'll get the USB-connected drive, the Xbox Universal Remote, and a HD-DVD copy of King Kong. Not a bad deal, eh?

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Blind Camera Takes the Skill out of Framing

Blind Camera Takes the Skill out of Framing

This one has had quite a bit of coverage, but it's such an interesting concept I think it's worth a mention.  Berlin-based artist Sascha Pohflepp's Buttons camera is a device designed to capture a moment rather than a picture - that is, it separates the content & location of a point in time from the chronology of it.  Pressing the shutter-release causes Buttons to search for a photo on Flickr that was taken at that exact same moment, and it's that image that is displayed on the viewfinder screen.

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Altec Lansing inMotion iM510 speaker dock for SanDisk Sansa – Launch Date and Price

Altec Lansing inMotion iM510 speaker dock for SanDisk Sansa – Launch Date and Price

If you just read Rue’s review of the SanDisk Sansa e280, you’re probably wondering if there are or will be any accessories available for it. You can rest assure that Altec Lansing has partnered with SanDisk to create a lineup of accessories made for Sansa music players. The inMotion iM510 is a black docking speaker system that is every bit as sexy as the company’s Made for iPod lineup. It’s sexy, slim, dock, sync and charge the Sansa product line for less $119.95, available the week of October 9, 2006.

I had an opportunity to spend a brief moment with the inMotion at the Holiday Spectacular event in NYC. All I can say is if you’re the owner of a Sansa, the inMotion will make a perfect mate for it. More pictures after the jump.

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Slinky Mio H610 GPS gets put through its paces

Slinky Mio H610 GPS gets put through its paces

You'll hear this one a lot: "If Apple made a GPS, it'd probably look like Mio's H610", but then Mio invite it upon themselves by designing a unit that would even make Jonathan Ive do a double-take.  The slick white case, the absence of cluttered controls, the achingly sharp screen... it blows the capable but dowdy TomTom navigators out of the water (which they really ought not be in, as they're generally not waterproof).

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Supercharged Exige S sets sights on US roads

Supercharged Exige S sets sights on US roads

Over here in the UK it's not uncommon to see the odd Lotus Elise and - more rarely - Exige bombing down the motorway or whipping around country lanes.  The constantly evolving sportscar is renowned for having close-to-perfect handling and sweet, sweet driving dynamics, and has a loyal following amongst owners and enthusiasts.  So it always comes as something of a surprise that drivers in the USA are less blessed when it comes to model choice - hence the unbridled excitement of Jalopnik and Autoblog (amongst many) at the news that the hardcore Exige S, the supercharged variant of the coupé, is heading across the Atlantic.

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The New Apple .Mac Webmail Ajaxified!

The New Apple .Mac Webmail Ajaxified!

Apple will be launching the new .Mac webmail system soon. The new interface is looking much like what you’ve seen on OS X Mail application. Apple said the new webmail would have what they call Smart Refreshes, a function that will refresh only part of the page that needs updating; in another word, it’s AJAX!

“The new .Mac webmail is coming soon, and you'll feel like you've seen it before. With its smart use of the latest web technology, it'll remind you of the Mail application on your desktop, with a simple and elegant interface, drag-and-drop capability, built-in Address Book, and more.”

Apple .Mac Webmail [via apple]

Intel Ruby gets polished up

Intel Ruby gets polished up

I'm a total Tablet PC convert, so the sight of a renovated Intel Ruby prototype brings joy to my pen-loving eyes.  Ruby was a design concept by the processor firm to signpost the direction it saw its ultra-mobile, energy efficient chips heading in; a thin framed compact touchscreen tablet, the media inevitably compared it to Star Trek's PADD portable computers (which it kinda resembled) and then unfavourably compared the chunky first-gen UMPCs to it. 

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Austin Powers Fembot is Up For Auction

Austin Powers Fembot is Up For Auction

Yeah baby! If you are a big fan of Austin Powers and have some greens to spare, you will be happy to know that The FemBot of Vanessa Kensington is up for auction on ebay. The original prop was used in Austin Powers sequel “The Spy Who Shagged Me”.

“The Fembot of Vanessa Kensington from the motion picture, Austin Powers 2, "The Spy Who Shagged Me". This silicon puppet weighs approximately 30lbs and is the original that was used in the movie. All silicon skin with a fiberglass plastic shell interior for the face. Face is wired with lights inside the eyes and mouth area. Works with a 9 volt battery. Punched hair. Also, there are holes where the nipples would be. This is where the special FX dept rigged gun barrels to pop out and shoot blanks. This prop does not include gun barrels or any equipment used on that effect. But it would be a simple task to rig fake ones as seen in the shot. This prop has been packed and stored since it's debut and is in mint condition. Originally cost over $20,000 to make.”

Austin Powers Fem Bot Movie Prop Dummy Original [via random good stuff, auction page at ebay]

Voice Recognition Microwave from Daewoo

Voice Recognition Microwave from Daewoo

We were too lazy to cook, so we created the microwave. Now we’re too lazy to press the buttons on the microwave, so we create a voice-activated microwave. Soon we’ll be too lazy to speak, and the microwave must read our minds as well as play mp3s, have Bluetooth, and connect to the internet. From Daewoo, this new voice-activated microwave can store up to 40 voice commands. So just talk to the microwave and it will know exactly the right time and temperature for what you want to cook. 95 percent accuracy. Coming to market in 2007.

Daewoo Unveils Voice Recognition Microwave [Via: Born Rich]

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