When it comes to hacking, chumby has always had a magnanimous attitude towards opening up its widget-based information displays and adding new functionality, in fact they even encourage it. Now the gates to hack-heaven are open even wider, with the launch of the Chumby Hacker Board: basically the guts of a regular chumby One that has been tweaked to make it more useful for developers. That includes boosted connectivity and a composite video output.
Navigation units aren't meant for just the car or hikers anymore. As we've seen in other design concepts in the past, putting the units on your body, and helping you along right on the street level is becoming a hot trend lately. This time around, we've got a new design from a senior at Western Washington University, in Bellevue, Washington, working towards his B.S. in Industrial Design (with a minor in Sustainable Design). His name is Benjamin Peterson, and he's bringing a lot of technology into a small pendant meant to hang in front of your chest.
You probably own a cellphone. You may have even managed to drop it in some water of some kind; or, in any way shape or form, managed to get some moisture and your precious gadget way too close for comfort. Considering how many water hazards there are in every day life, there'd be no surprise if anyone managed to lose a device here and there. But, fear not! Thanks to some Japanese folks across the pond, there are dryer boxes popping up in local shops throughout Tokyo, which can (up to a point) save your moist device.
From time to time I like to think about the idea of disconnecting from the digital world for an extended period and what I'd miss as a result. In the end, I came up with five gadgets that changed the world for me, products the descendents of which I'd rather not be without on a regular basis. What's interesting is that for me, the PC didn't make the list. Perhaps it’s an uber-gadget that just goes without saying or it's just not that important to me personally anymore.
The are some industries where retro works very well. A god example is the auto industry where cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro remind us of the 60's muscle cars they started out as. In some industries retro just doesn't work, like the gadget industry.
I have been running across a bunch of strange and cool watches recently. The coolest, and most expensive, has to be the 4N watch that I ran across this week with mechanical operation and limited to only 16 pieces. A new watch today isn’t expensive and isn't handmade. The thing is called the Happy Hour Watch.
I can remember when my son was trying to learn to tell time. The first time he stared at a clock I bet he felt like I do right now looking at this Geek Clock. I have come to the realization that I am too dumb to tell time, at least on this thing. Thank all that is geeky and good my iPhone has a digital clock and I have a sundial in the garden out back.
The original Chumby was a curious, beanbag-esque blob of WiFi connectedness and difficult-to-explain purpose; the new Chumby One, meanwhile, strips away the squishy exterior and drops the price. Currently up for preorder at $99.95, one of the first Chumby One units has dropped onto the desk of jkOnTheRun's Kevin C. Tofel.
As a professional geek, I spend most days of the week staring at my computer in an attempt to will status bars to move faster so I can get on with my work. I hope one day to be able to speed them up with the power of my mind, sort of like George Clooney kills those goats in that new movie trailer. With so much time spent looking at status bars, they are familiar to me. If you are like me and need a status bar to tell you if you're doing well and how close to finished with your task you actually are, Philips has the perfect exercise device for you.