Archive for February, 2007

Wally live up to extravagant reputation: WallyIsland Yacht

Wally live up to extravagant reputation: WallyIsland Yacht

Let me get the disclaimer out of the way first: Wally are insane.  Marvellous, now that's done we can get down to the serious business of enjoying the madness they produce, without such paltry concerns as fuel-efficiency, environmental impact or the contents of however many bank accounts we'd need to raid so as to afford something from their ocean-going stable. 

 

Every so often the company release a concept design for some uber-yacht, and the most recent is the WallyIsland.  A 325-foot long monster, capable of sustained cruising at 16 knots it has a massive 1,000m2 forward deck that can be used for multiple helipads, tennis courts or simply filling with furniture and partying in.

A comb with laser beams – HairMax LaserComb

A comb with laser beams – HairMax LaserComb

For all those men out there who can’t exactly pull off the bald Vin Diesel look, there is a new product to help you with that rapidly receding hairline. The new Lexington HairMax LaserComb. It is exactly what it says; a comb with lasers. Supposedly, this product slowly helps men or women’s hair thicken again.

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DIY SSD drive has memory flaw

DIY SSD drive has memory flaw

Gah, here's today's leading competitor in "so much promise, but nope" race: Century's SDB25SD DIY Solid State Drive (SSD).  A little background for those out of the hard drive loop: SSD is flash-based storage rather than traditional moving hard-drives, which means a) they're faster, and b) they're not prone to shaking-related errors, what with having a grand total of zero moving parts.  They're starting to appear in certain laptops and UMPCs, but the high price of large-capacity flash memory compared to similar capacity traditional hard-drives means the products themselves end up forced into a niche market.

 

Century's offering suggests you could replace a standard 2.5-inch hard drive with this SD caddy, giving any laptop or portable willing to open up its guts for replacement a less-power-hungry, more responsive lease of life.  Sadly, it's not all wine and roses.

EM Mobile unveil HSDPA WM5 handheld

EM Mobile unveil HSDPA WM5 handheld

After the swoopy sleekness of the Nalu concept, this EM Mobile UMPC designed by Sharp for the Japanese market looks dolefully retro.  Called the EM ONE, it will be sold by the carrier as an always-connected HSDPA device, but does away with anything so traditional as voice calling.  Instead, you can enjoy yourself with the 4.1-inch, 800x480 screen, b and g flavour WiFi when coverage proves lacking, and Bluetooth 1.2, tapping away on the slide-out keyboard or, if words are still too traditional, sliding the unit sideways to access just the D-pad and joystick.

 

Strangely it relies on Windows Mobile 5, not 6, and the camera is a paltry 1.3-megapixels (paltry by Japanese cellphone standards, certainly).  A 520MHz PXA CPU together with NVidia's GoForceTM5500 chipset lend some meat to the performance, and although the 4-hour battery life is good when compared to proper UMPCs (e.g. those running the full Windows OS) it's not great for a WM5 device.

Yah, Toast!

Yah, Toast!

Ever feel the need to rebel against the typical boring kitchen appliances and gadgets? Personally, I love anything that stands out as strange or freakish, especially in my kitchen. This toaster actually burns a skull and crossbones into your toast, which brings a whole new life to plain toast.

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Natural sunlight for any room

Natural sunlight for any room

I practically live in my basement. No, not my parent's basment, the basement in my house. Some days I spend so much time down there that I barely see the sun at all. With a Solatube, one day I may be able to see sunlight every day.

Personal B.S. detector

Personal B.S. detector

For those of you with a sarcastic sense of humor, check out this watch. It is marketed as the Universal B.S. Detector Watch. That got your attention, didn't it?