Archive for August, 2008

Panasonic DMR-BR630V Blu-ray DVR with retro VHS

Panasonic DMR-BR630V Blu-ray DVR with retro VHS

Someone at Panasonic must think retro is back in fashion, as the DMR-BR630V - the company's latest Blu-ray and DVR combo deck - also manages to include VHS functionality.  Presumably intended for people wanting to archive their old VHS tapes onto Blu-ray (or maybe just continue to view a large back-catalogue), the BR630V has a 320GB hard-drive, digital and analog TV tuners and an SD slot.

Control your Roomba with a Wii Balance Board

Control your Roomba with a Wii Balance Board

How would you like to control your Roomba with your Wii Fit Balance Board? A Japanese man has managed to turn his Wii Balance Board into a controller for his Roomba with just a few steps. Essentially the man used the Bluetooth capabilities of the balance board to link the Roomba and the balance board. Afterwards he’s able to shift his weight from one side of the board to the other to move the Roomba around the room.

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USB Metal Game Pad for NES on your PC

USB Metal Game Pad for NES on your PC

If you still long for the good old days of SNES, now you can relive them on your home computer with a new and updated controller. The “USB Metal Game Pad” is a USB controller for your PC that is created in the style of the old SNES controllers.

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Record companies asking for more of Rock Band profits

Record companies asking for more of Rock Band profits

Record company executives think they deserve a bigger piece of the profits from games like Rock Band and Guitar hero. The games success (in the eyes of the company) are almost completely dependent on the music they choose to include. In a conference call discussing company earnings earlier this month Edgar Bronfman Jr, the chief executive of Warner Music Group Corp. said “The amount being paid to the industry, even though their games are entirely dependent on the content that we own and control, is far too small”

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Xbox 360 Arcade may come with motion controller

Xbox 360 Arcade may come with motion controller

The Xbox 360 Arcade bundle may be packaged with a motion controller and some motion controlled mini games. The bundle, which is expected to be released this holiday season is expected to be in direct competition with the Wii.

Xbox 360 Fanboy received a tip from someone “close to Microsoft’s marketing department” that claims the new Xbox 360 Arcade will come packaged with the motion controller as well as the motion controlled mini games developed by Rare.

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Olympus SP-565 UZ has 20x zoom

Olympus SP-565 UZ has 20x zoom

Olympus appears to be updating their 18x SP-560 UZ by introducing the SP-565 UZ, which possesses a f2.8-4.5 26-520mm-equivalent lens that was formally a part of the SP-570 UZ--their top-of-the-line product.

And at the moment, that appears to be the only difference between the old and new models. The only real benefit of the SP-565 UZ is the lack of the zoom ring. However, it also lacks a hot shoe.

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Cycling vest shows off your speed

Cycling vest shows off your speed

The Bicycle Speed-Vest is great way to let drivers around you know where you're at while showcasing your current speed in a bright, illuminated manner. It's actual pretty practical, though it might draw too much attention to yourself. 

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