Archive for September, 2007

Optimus Maximus keys assimilated by Microsoft

Optimus Maximus keys assimilated by Microsoft

Although I well accept that I'm only feeding the hype by posting photos, it's so nice to see an Optimus Maximus keyboard actually showing something other than dull coloured blocks on each key that I'm saying "sod it" and posting anyway. 

 

Sunfire ‘Cinema Ribbon’ speakers could revolutionise compact audio

Sunfire ‘Cinema Ribbon’ speakers could revolutionise compact audio

Perhaps I'm easily led, but when I see a reviewer I trust say that a product is a "breakthrough design" I sit up and pay attention (or at least I slump further in the general direction of the news source).  So when Home Theatre's Steve Guttenberg tells me I really ought to be interested in the clever "ribbon" tweeter inside Sunfire's CRM-2 speakers, and that they "play really loud without duress, and the speaker projects an enormous soundstage, with remarkable width, depth and height," you know you're on to something special.  Neodymium magnets are just the icing on the cake.

 

Halo Rocket Launcher equally fun in real life

Halo Rocket Launcher equally fun in real life

A reader from Gizmodo got the pleasure of toying around with a real life AT4 Anti-Armor Bazooka. It’s made by SAAB and I would assume its hard as hell for a civilian in the US to get their hands on one, but hey, some guys have all the luck.

The gentleman described his experience firing the weapon as being “the loudest thing you can imagine” he went on to list other weapons he had fired that are considered quite loud as well to further re-enforce his point of how loud this was. He also said that the air around him heated by what seemed like 50 degrees, that’s pretty amazing.

ASUS R3 next-gen UMPC launched; ditches Windows for Linux

ASUS R3 next-gen UMPC launched; ditches Windows for Linux

As UMPC manufacturers put their embarrassing early attempts behind them, it's interesting to see what direction each takes as they refresh their model lines and try to cater for that elusive "mobile professional".  While Samsung caved to the QWERTY brigade and included a dinky thumb-keyboard, ASUS is standing proudly by their touchscreen-or-the-highway morals with their new R3.

Check out a launch video of the R3 after the cut

Thermaltake Soprano keyboard shiny, could match your new iMac

Thermaltake Soprano keyboard shiny, could match your new iMac

There is a model with black keys and brushed aluminum surround, so it could, kind of, match your iMac. Although the new keyboard that comes with the new iMacs could probably do a better job.

Anyways, this keyboard has a lot of ergonomic stuff in it, including curved keys so they fit to your fingers better, that’s not all that new though. It also has the scissor-foot key spring system to make it more comfortable and make the keyboard last longer.

OLPC to go on-sale in US from November 12th

OLPC to go on-sale in US from November 12th

The "One Laptop Per Child" project has come in for some stick recently thanks to the spate of price hikes, but don't let that put you off too much; early testers have come away feeling incredibly positive about the OLPC, both the innovative OS and the clever hardware design.  Now, with government orders conspicuous by their absence, the team behind the laptop is offering to prematurely sell you one - that is, if you buy one for you and one for a child in a developing country.

 

MySpace Mobile now available on more devices than Helio handsets

MySpace Mobile now available on more devices than Helio handsets

Don’t get me wrong, I still very much recommend you get a Helio, they are amazing devices, but if you’re not able to for some reason, you will still be able to access MySpace on your mobile. Apparently a mobile MySpace was also available on AT&T handsets as well.

With the new MySpace mobile, you will be able to send and receive messages, manage friend requests, comment on pics, post bulletins, post blogs, and find new friends and/or groupies. That’s a lot of stuff to do on a device that’s probably lacking a QWERTY keypad.

Corsair Readout – Flash Drive with capacity status display

Corsair Readout – Flash Drive with capacity status display

Having storage to go is always convenient, and USB flash drives has proven to be very useful in transporting files. As flash drive capacities in the market gets bigger and cheaper, more people are relying on it as their “to go” storage.

Corsair Readout is a USB 2.0 flash drive that features a built-in display to show the capacity usage, free space left on the drive, and a personal ID/label. It uses "Bi-stable Cholesteric Display" (BCD)  allowing the display to operates up to one year without the use of a battery.

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Ripple Note – 12.1-inch Portable and Powerful Laptop

Ripple Note – 12.1-inch Portable and Powerful Laptop

I'm on the go a lot, so I need to carry a notebook around that's not going to weigh me down. I'm sure there are plenty of you than can sympathize. I don't, however, want to sacrifice performance for the sake of size. Here's a good notebook that can give you the best of both worlds.