Archive for December, 2006

PS3s Not Doing Well On eBay

PS3s Not Doing Well On eBay

Just nights ago, a brand spanking new Playstation 3 sold for $50 below retail when it left its eBay auction. This is amazing news considering a month ago, people would pay thousands more for this piece of electronic equipment.

What is happening to Sony? Just a single month ago, their product soared above the rest, price wise, and now they are going for below retail. Are these products not good enough? Does nobody want to pay to high price tag Sony has put on them? What has made the demand so low?

If you look at this from the seller's perspective, are these consoles worth buying at retail, than reselling? No. Now if you see this from the buyer, would you buy something when you don't even want to pay retail for it? I say no again. What happened Sony?

eBay Watch: 20GB PS3 Sells for Below MSRP [Via: Tech E Blog]

Wanna see my GPS-7V1XX-IXX?

Wanna see my GPS-7V1XX-IXX?

Not sure why they couldnt have given it a 2 digit model number, but the Wanna see my GPS-7v1 XX-IXX is a navigation tool that was recently launched by Invion. It has a beautiful 7 inch touchscreen, along with audio/video playback capabilities, and a 400MHZ processor.

Also included is an SD slot for a 2 gigs-worth of maps and songs/videos. The antenna goes by the Sirf III standard, and a connection can be made with the built-in Bluetooth. A TMC/RDS service can also be used, which zips traffic information for your area onto the GPS system.

Also included is a car and home AC charger, a headset to listen to commands, a bracket used for car mounting, along with a carrying bag and a USB cable. The price tag is marked at 400 Euros, and can be bought from Invion.

GPS-7V1XX-IXX [Via: Invion]

Drive AND be a couch potato at the same time

Drive AND be a couch potato at the same time

Ever feel like you don't wanna get up off your couch, but you need to drive somewhere? Well now a solution is available! Armchair Cruisers.com has launched 3 new types of armchair cruisers. These are basically couches that are modified in a way that they are able to cruise over grass and roads. The speeds aren't high, but these cruisers will for sure get a laugh at.

If you let them know 6 weeks in advance, they will create you a brand-spanking new couch, ready for driving on the road. There are two electric versions. A white single-seater with cow spots, and an even more comfy looking two seater, with organge and black colours. The gasoline version is beautified with Harvey-Davidson ornaments, and is upholstered in light orange.

Armchair Cruisers has an extensive website, containing pictures and videos, along with order forms and a forum. Prices range from $3995 for a single seater, to $7995 for a gas-powered loveseat. There are many options available, including high speed motors for $255, and a booming stereo for $552.

Armchair Cruisers Product Page [Via: Armchair Cruisers]

An MP3 Playing Novelty

An MP3 Playing Novelty

A company in Korea called Axxen has created the PLEIO, a thick MP3 player that displays album art in a circle on the front of the player. In the center are the controls for the MP3 player. Such a device like this is a novelty at best.

The player comes with 128MB of storage, and with the added album art, you can play less songs than a traditional 128MB MP3 player. That might be enough for two albums at most, and with the cost of using a photo display, this MP3 player would cost way more than in the nromal price range.

There is some discussion on this product over at PDA Live.com, and product information can be found on Axxen's website, which is provided below.

PLEIO Prodcuts at Axxen [Via: Axxen]

The Coolest Lounge Chair Ever

The Coolest Lounge Chair Ever

I'm not sure what Avarte's intention was when making a chair that stretches at the top, but has a narrower seat. However it is just plain cool. The chair comes with a little seat, but you can always take that off. The chair is made of birch plywood, and the legs are made of epoxycoated round bar.

Avarte is a company that specializes in design. It is based out of Finland, and Mikko Paakkanen was the designer of the Nietos Lounge Chair. His specialty is stools and chairs, and those products can be found on Avarte's site.

The Nietos can also be accompanied with a simple and cool side table. These, and other chairs found at Avarte, would fit perfectly in a modern house. Unfortunately you cannot buy these chairs at this time in North America.

Nietos Lounge Chair [Via: Avarte]

The new HTC Kaiser

The new HTC Kaiser

A new PDA will reportedly launch at CES that will blow many minds away. Of course there are a ton of features in this device, but why name is Kaiser? HTC is a company known for their high-quality PDAs and Pocket PCs, while they just released their P4350, complete with GPRS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The new device will sport 3G (a big step up from GSM/GPRS), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A 400MHZ processor was put in, although I'm sure they could have made it larger. The device is said to be a thinner version of the HTC TyTN.

All we can do now is wait for CES. There are PDAs already out made by HTC that have all forms of communication on them. Another PDA, the $1700 HTC Athena, has not been released, although plenty of pictures of the unit are flying around the internet, including exclusive pics on SlashGear.

HTC Road Map for 2007 [Via: MobilitySite]

Novomax’s stylish Skype thingymabobber

Novomax’s stylish Skype thingymabobber

Novomax has relased the SP U200, a puck-like device capable of making conference calls via Skype. It can also be used for any other program that uses voice chats, like MSN and Yahoo, along with other SIP protocols and software. A headseat can also be plugged in.

The SP U200 is said to have 360 degrees of audio. You can mute the volume and then turn the stereo volume back on. It has a "Plug-N-Talk" feature, allowing you to plug it into your PC and start talking away. This is a great little "on-the-go" device.

Other features like echo cancellation, noise suppression, and automatic calibration are also included. The package contains the unit, a USB cable, a CD with drivers, and the manual. It looks as though the device is powered through USB.

SP U200 Product Page [Via: Novomax]

Invisible hearing aid, well almost!

Invisible hearing aid, well almost!

Well, almost. A company called Oticon (which specializes in solutions for the hard of hearing, and with people who are starting to lose their hearing), has launched the Delta, a new line of hearing aids that are almost invisible. A thin circular pad (a few milimeters in diamter) is attached to the inside of your ear, while another slim section (where the battery is stored), is place behind your ear.

The new Delta from Oticon eliminates the eyesore that many people have to endure. You will no longer need your bulky orange hearing aids that cover your whole inside ear and has a big battery behind your ear. The Delta comes in 17 colours including Charcoal Grey, Champagne Beige, and Cabernet Red.

On Oticon's website, the aid is broken up into three parts: The amplifier (also contains battery), the thin sound wire (it is visible, although it looks like a strand of hair), and the speaker/dome, which is the "circular pad" discussed above. Videos, demos, colours and tons of resources are available at Oticon's site.

Oticon Delta [Via: Oticon]

This ones for you, iPod and Hello Kitty lovers

This ones for you, iPod and Hello Kitty lovers

Known for releasing tons of products based on its brand, Hello Kitty strikes again. The Hello Kitty TV Show was cancelled all the way back in 2002, but the brand still lives on in video games and plush dolls. This time, the tech-savvy are targeted in their newest product.

The KT4560 is a clock radio and iPod charger plastered with the Hello Kitty name and likeliness. it supports both AM and FM radio (sorry, no satelitte radio!), along with being able to fit the iPod mini, iPod nano, and the current iPods that have video capabilities. The alarm clock also comes standard with a snooze button.

The unit also comes with a cool LCD display that displays various symbols (oh and the time). The Hello Kity Stereo Clock Radio & iPod Charger is being sold on eBay, with no trace of it being available to North Americans yet.

Hello Kitty Stereo Clock Radio & iPod Charger [Via: ChipChick]

PSP2 to get HUGE hard drive enhancement?

PSP2 to get HUGE hard drive enhancement?

Speculation over at Engadget seems to point to Sony using a 60GB hard drive in the next edition of the PSP. The N-series of hard drives was recently introduced by Samsung, and a 60GB drive was one of the options. Ofcourse this is all speculation, (and weak speculation at best).

In the previous PSP encarnation, only 32MB of onboard memory was put in. If a 60GB drive was put in, many attributes would be comprimised. These include noise, depth of the unit and there would be a gigantic price increase.

The PSP2 is atleast a year away from us, and no leaks have come out as to what the new device will look like or what it will sport. In this case, only patience will help us through this!

PSP2 to sport 60GB Samsung hard drive? [Via: Engadget]

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