Archive for Jun 21, 2007

Beat the traffic with your own personal rocket-pack

Beat the traffic with your own personal rocket-pack

If, like me, the thought of public transport makes you shudder, then maybe you should consider splashing out $200,000 on Jetpack International's personal rocket-pack. Running on good old fashioned aviation fuel and with a flight-time of 19 minutes, that should be enough for a moderate commute into the office (which hopefully is an airport, since you'll need to refuel for the trip home at the end of the day).

‘Magic Box’ media center concept looks like Sonos grown up

‘Magic Box’ media center concept looks like Sonos grown up

Looking quite a lot like an overgrown Sonos unit, and with a strikingly similar remote control design to boot, the ECS 'Magic Box' contains a full Vista Media Center PC rather than any sort of genie.  Shown at Computex Taipei 2007, where it won third place at the Intel Core Processor Challenge, it unsurprisingly runs an Intel Conroe CPU with a maximum 2GB RAM.  Next to the top-mounted optical drive a docking bay keeps the remote - which is a wireless Windows Sideshow unit - charged and ready.

 

Awesome X-wing mailbox mod

Awesome X-wing mailbox mod

This has to be one of the coolest mailbox mods I've seen. In the area that I live we mostly just see mailboxes made from tractor parts or something uninteresting like that.

USB doorbell will annoy you every time someone stops by

USB doorbell will annoy you every time someone stops by

People just love their ringtones. I don't know why, but they always seem to choose MP3s that come on blaring sounds that only vaguely resemble the original song. This is usually because of the limited abilities of the speaker in the cell phone. Well, if you're one of those people, I've got the perfect doorbell for you.

ZigBee all-in-one chip gets outing in creepy robot

ZigBee all-in-one chip gets outing in creepy robot

If your idea of a playful robot companion is one of those tinted security camera globes on some freaky spider-like legs, then Radiopulse's showcase RoboBlock might be the oddball for you.  The six-legged gold beastie has been outfitted with a ZigBee wireless chip, allowing for remote control via a modified PlayStation controller.

YouTube comes to the iPhone; plus more official pictures

YouTube comes to the iPhone; plus more official pictures

As we get closer and closer to that June 29th launch, Apple is slipping us further tidbits of information like a cheeky child dropping pork luncheon meat under the table to a ravenous dog.  First up comes a profile shot of the cellphone's dock, shortly followed by the news that Apple have developed a dedicated YouTube viewer that relies on the H.264 compression standard to allow super-small videos with the same - or higher - frame quality than before.