Archive for September, 2006

Stealth 2000-DT-TB – One Tough Keyboard

Stealth 2000-DT-TB – One Tough Keyboard

If for some reason you like or have the need to carry your keyboard around through rain and dust storms or garden hosing, you might consider getting Stealth’s 2000-DT-TB keyboard. Ultra rugged stainless steel casing and industrial silicone rubber pad guarantee a tight seal against whatever life throws at your keyboard. Includes a sealed trackball mouse and sealed stainless steel buttons. But if this is for keeping you mobile and able to type during a dust storm, does that mean a sealed stainless steel PC or Mac should be in tow? For $1195 I think I’ll stick to a some sort of tough laptop.

Stealth Computer’s 2000-DT-TB keyboard [Via: Luxury Launches]

Yum. Sushi That Tastes like Chocolate.

Yum. Sushi That Tastes like Chocolate.

I guess it’s better described as chocolates that look like sushi. A bit random topic, but being a sushi lover this definitely caught my eye. Confectionary art at its finest. Handmade chocolates colored and shaped to look just like an expensive platter of sushi. Everything but the large container is edible chocolate including the little green dividers wasabi, ginger, and in some cases even the small plates with edible gold edging. Makes a great gift for your raw-food-phobic friends who you’ve been trying to coax into trying some sushi. Prices range from about $15 to $60 at Koo-Ki Sushi.

Sushi Dessert? [Via: Techie Diva]

High-Tech Home Up For Grabs

High-Tech Home Up For Grabs

It's a situation we've all been in. Contract running out on the current place we're renting, $5.5m burning an inconvenient and quite uncomfortable hole in our pocket, taste for the high-tech lifestyle... what're you going to do? The answer, should you ask Sunset magazine, is buy their latest Idea House - once it's finished as a working exhibit, of course.

Watch out Pearl, big brother 8800 is coming

Watch out Pearl, big brother 8800 is coming

The Blackberry 8800 hardly looks like a Blackberry.  Thanks to Boy Genius, Engadget’s top-secret spy, we’re now able to see the 8800 in its full glory.  Code-named as the Gamma Ray, it features a trackball, full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, microSD, all these features and RIM’s wholesome goodness.  RIM did away with the track wheel on the side in favor of the track ball so that the design of the device is thinner.  This is good, there’s nothing wrong with thin and sexy.  It’s still way too early for price and availability – look for the 8800 Q1 of 2007.

Hands on with the Jitterbug Dial

Hands on with the Jitterbug Dial

I had a chance to test out the Jitterbug Dial at Pepcom’s Holiday Spectacular event in NYC last week.  It’s a simple cell phone for the sole purpose of making calls quickly.  There are simple yes or no questions that you answer via the menu system from the moment the phone is opened, until the call is ended.  The Jitterbug is all about KISS (keep it simple stupid) and does a great job.  The sturdiness of the design by Samsung is a huge plus.  It’s ideal for children and elderly.  The Jitterbug OneTouch and Jitterbug Dial both retail for $147.99, and monthly rate plans run from $10 all the way up to $40 giving you 300 minutes.  Not a bad deal at all.

Jitterbug homepage

Ecopod live – pre-order now

Ecopod live – pre-order now

Remember the Ecopod, the bottle-compacting recycling bin that SlashGear talked about last week? Well, they've been in touch to say that their site has just gone live and they're taking pre-orders. Available in black and white, $328 gets you the combination bin and bottle/can crusher, with delivery scheduled for the fourth-quarter of this year.

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Marvel HyperScan Console uses RFID for customised gameplay

Marvel HyperScan Console uses RFID for customised gameplay

Gamers of a certain age will remember Epoch's Barcode Battler, a compact games system that relied on barcoded characters and power-ups to fight against each other. The key to its (failed) longevity was the fact that further barcodes could be used to create new characters, enemies and add-ons. In the end its tiny LCD screen couldn't compete with the growing range of TV consoles, and it paled into bargain bins.

Now imagine an interactive system that connects to your TV but also uses a broad and expandable range of characters and power-ups that you can collect just like Top Trump cards. Since we've been dragged squealing into the 21st century, barcodes just won't cut it anymore - instead picture RFID-enabled cards that register with mere proximity across a swipe sensor. You're getting close to the incredible gaming concept of Mattel's HyperScan.

Chrome Robot TV Stand – Let it Spin!

Chrome Robot TV Stand – Let it Spin!

Now, I’m not saying that LCD TV needs to be swung around, but how cool is it if you can do change a viewing angle of your LCD without standing up. Introducing the robotic TV stand called Chrome Robot TV Stand, a remote controllable TV stand that will slowly turns your TV to a comfy viewing angle you prefer. The double rail system inside the TV stand mechanism prevents the TV from shacking when you are turning the TV around. You can adjust the height of your TV up or down by 30cm and rotate it 45 degrees to the left or right. I can’t find any retailer carrying this product but Alibaba.com have listed it on sale for a minimum purchase of 50 units.

Chrome Robot TV Stand [via bornrich]

ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP – nForce 590 SLI for Intel

ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP – nForce 590 SLI for Intel

Those who are waiting for SLI motherboard to go with their Core 2 Duo CPU will be very happy to know that Asus has finally get their buns together and roll out P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP for Intel. The motherboard is using nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition and it’s Quad SLI ready. Gamers who are planning to bump up your fps and gfx power with Physics Card will be grateful to know that ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP will have one reserved PCI Express x16 slot for it.

Powered By AMD – On a Mac?

Powered By AMD – On a Mac?

Hector Ruiz, the CEO of AMD was speaking out about AMD chip usage on Apple computers. He suggested that Apple wouldn’t want to be trap by Intel like other companies has. He claimed Intel is also responsible for slowing down the PC industry. AMD have very good chips such as X2 and Opteron, but as for mobile? Turion is not even close to what Merom (Core 2 Duo Mobile) brings to the table. Aggressive pricing on Core 2 Duo desktop chips also a big advantage for Intel. I really want to see AMD on Apple, but seeing almost all Mac is on mobile chip (except Mac Pro), I don’t see it happening until AMD comes up with better mobile chip in term of performance and power management.

AMD says Apple will use its chips [via inquirer]