Archive for October, 2006

Walking On Water Patented

Walking On Water Patented

The idea of walking on water has fascinated humankind for many centuries. This fascination has never become so close to reality as it has now with the Wavewalk, created by Massachusetts inventor, Yoav Rosen. Just been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, this “Upright Human Floatation Apparatus And Propulsion Mechanism” looks like what can be called kayak shoes. See video here.

Patent granted for walking on water invention [Via: Gizmag]

Wii Only In White

Wii Only In White

There seemed to be a lot of color choices for the Wii in its early renderings showing it in black, silver, white, green, and red. But in a recent interview, Nintendo’s Planning General Manager, Mitsuaki Hagishima, said that there are no plans to release the Wii in any other colors besides white. However, the Wii-motes will be in different colors so that gamers wont confuse their controllers with those of their friends. I suppose that is a frequent problem? What about confusing Wii consoles?

Only one color of Wii [Via: GoNext]

Motorola SLVR L7e Gets A Little Blue

Motorola SLVR L7e Gets A Little Blue

The Motorola SLVR L7e gets an upgrade both in style and functionality. Although it looks like they merely changed the color from black to blue and fiddled with the keypad a tad, there are actually some other improvements. The new L7e boasts new software similar to what’s used on the RIZR and the KRZR that’s more user-friendly and crashes less. The phone also features quad-band GSM with an upgrade to EDGE data, a 1.3 megapixel camera with higher resolution video recording, and 8x digital zoom. The device also provides up to 20MB of internal memory and supports up to 2 GB of expandable MicroSD external memory. Unfortunately for us folks in the US, this model is not being launched state side.

Motorola upgrades the SLVR [Via: Gadgetell]

Glowing Power Cable For Conserving Energy

Glowing Power Cable For Conserving Energy

The Power Aware Cord was designed by Static Energy+Design Network with the intention of making people aware of the amount of energy they consume. The concept is that if people can see how much energy they’re using, they are less likely to leave their PC running all night. So, this great light show of a power cord is not meant to dazzle, but rather, to remind you of how much energy you waste. The power cable glows and pulses when electricity is flowing through it. The more energy flowing through the brighter the cord glows and the more it pulses. But I can imagine people purposely leaving their PCs on just so they can see the cool cord glow.

Glowing power cable [Via: Fosfor Gadgets]

TORQ N100 GPS PDA Phone

TORQ N100 GPS PDA Phone

The TORQ N100 is a sweet device! I just loaded it up with ALK's CoPilot Live 6. Please check back a few days for a video walk through review of the the GPS on the TORQ as well as a CoPilot Live 6. Meanwhile, enjoy my initial thoughts and impressions as well as the unboxing ceremony.

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E-TEN X500 glofiish is world’s slimmest Pocket PC phone

E-TEN X500 glofiish is world’s slimmest Pocket PC phone

You might have to be quick buying this smartphone, because I wouldn't be surprised if E-TEN were charged with cellphone cruelty, starving innocent handhelds to make them industry's thinnest.  The X500 "glofiish" manages to ziploc GPS, WiFi in both b and g flavours, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2 megapixel camera into a quad-band handset just 0.6" thick, complete with a 2.8" QVGA screen, 400MHz Samsung processor, 128mb ROM, 64mb RAM and a microSD slot.  Phew!

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Kenwood DAPs bring USB hosting to the table

Kenwood DAPs bring USB hosting to the table

If you've inherited a truckload of AAA batteries and you're desperate to use them up, you might be interested in Kenwood's latest DAPs.  The M2GC7 and M1GC7 - the former with 2gb of flash memory and the latter with 1gb - both weigh a measly 44g and pack MP3, WMA, WAV and WMA DRM9 support into their slinky metal frames.  FM radio and USB 2.0 hosting for computerless file transfers rounds out the package

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Crumpled Toaster

Crumpled Toaster

This is a whole lot nicer than the clichéd Dualit toaster every urban kitchen seems to flaunt - Olivier Gregoire's "Hot Paper" takes the concept of heat and applies it to fresh media, in this case corian (a blend of natural materials, such as stone, and pure acrylic polymer).  The changing light in a room will cast ever-changing shadows across its surface.

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Fifty buck retro Sega handheld at Target

Fifty buck retro Sega handheld at Target

Retro gamers with limited funds could do a lot worse than pick up this tiny handheld games console, the Coleco Sonic Handheld, which will be retailing for $49.99 at Target.  Running on three AAA batteries, it features a whole bundle of old Sega titles (check the full list of 20 after the jump, as well as a size comparison photo between the Coleco and the Nintendo GBA Micro) as well as ports for an AC power-pack and the supplied audio/video output cable so you can play on a bigger screen.

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