Gadgets

Throwable ball camera for fly-by video patented by inventor

Throwable ball camera for fly-by video patented by inventor

The inventors with the world come up with interesting stuff all the time, but one new device from Boston inventor Steve Hollinger is particularly cool. Holliger has been awarded a patent for his throwable ball camera, which is bound to offer a new perspective on things. This ball camera could have many potential uses, with reconnaissance, search and rescue, and outdoor recreation being just a few of the examples Hollinger brings up in a statement.

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Wahoo Fitness unveils new iPhone powered stationary bike trainer

Wahoo Fitness unveils new iPhone powered stationary bike trainer

If you're serious bicyclist rather than riding some generic exercise bike, you might prefer to ride your own bike even if you can't get outside to do it. I'm sure there are a number of systems on the market that will turn a normal bike into a stationary bicycle and Wahoo Fitness as a new stationary trainer that uses the iPhone for control. The new stationary trainer is called the Wahoo Fitness Kickr Power Trainer.

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Sennheiser shows off its high-end IE 800 earphones

Sennheiser shows off its high-end IE 800 earphones

Looking for a good pair of earphones and have a ton of cash to burn through? Sennheiser has you covered with its IE 800 earphones, which are being touted as having "the most innovations per square millimeter." According to Sennheiser, these earphones can compete with the rest of the company's high-end portfolio, and we're tempted to believe it.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet hybrid spotted with Windows 8

Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet hybrid spotted with Windows 8

It looks like Sony is gearing up to give Microsoft Surface a run for its money with a new tablet hybrid of its own. The leaked pics you see below come courtesy of an unnamed PocketNow source, and appear to depict a new Sony convertible tablet running Windows 8. While there aren't too many details at the moment, the pictures do give away some hints as to what this tablet hybrid could be.

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New INCA mini-camera gives metadata on your favorite athletes

New INCA mini-camera gives metadata on your favorite athletes

We see plenty of pictures of athletes pushing their physical boundaries every day, but it's difficult to know what they're really feeling from pictures alone. That's why researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have created a super small, intelligent camera that can record other metadata aside from just HD images and video. They're calling it INCA, and it's an Android based camera that comes complete with "a diversity of sensors that provide data on GPS position, acceleration, temperature and air pressure."

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ThinkGeek unveils new Star Wars gear

ThinkGeek unveils new Star Wars gear

Earlier this morning I talked a bit about the Star Wars Wampa ice scraper. That is certainly the coolest way to get ice off your windshield during the winter I've ever seen. ThinkGeek also has some other new Star Wars theme gadgets that geeks will appreciate. I think a couple of these might spawn some new memes.

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LeapPad2 tablet launches at $99.99

LeapPad2 tablet launches at $99.99

Leap Frog has announced that its LeapPad2 tablet is now available, and it's aimed squarely at your children. Leap Frog says that this is a significant upgrade over the original LeapPad, as it comes with a better CPU - an LF 2000 processor to be precise - and 4GB of memory. It also comes with a pretty tough exterior, which will definitely be a major selling point for most, as children aren't know to have that delicate touch required for more conventional tablets.

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HP looks to give consumer tablets another go

HP looks to give consumer tablets another go

HP is forming a new Mobility division which will make another attempt and breaking into the tablet space. This much was confirmed in a internal memo unearthed by The Verge, and details HP's plan to form what has been dubbed the "Mobility Global Business Unit." At first, HP's Mobility GBU will focus on developing consumer tablets, and will do so under the guidance of Alberto Torres, who most recently was in charge of Nokia's MeeGo products.

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Berg’s odd Little Printer hits preorder

Berg’s odd Little Printer hits preorder

Last November I talked a bit about an odd little printer called the Little Printer. The idea behind the Little Printer was that you could enter subscriptions for your social networking sites such as Twitter that you enjoy reading in the mornings, and the printer would print them on real paper for you to read. It's an oddly not green gadget.

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Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft Surface won't be launching until October, but the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next generation of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar, and they're all related in one way or another to future iterations of Surface. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it isn't planning for the future.

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iPad Mini rear shell spotted in the wild

iPad Mini rear shell spotted in the wild

Well this is interesting: as we're being inundated with rumors that Apple is set to reveal an iPad Mini, pictures of what appear to be the rear shell of such a device have surfaced on the Internet. The photos you see below were originally posted by Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo and later picked up by Apple.pro, and even though they do seem rather questionable (to say the least), the shell also does seem to posses the quality Apple is known for. Have a look for yourself.

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Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

There's no question that cell phones have made our lives easier, but they can also sometimes cause some pretty big headaches. Dropped calls, for instance, are always a major annoyance, and a new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the vast majority of cell phone users still find themselves dealing with them. 72% of respondents told Pew that they still experience dropped calls occasionally, which is a ridiculously large number of people when you consider how many of us own some kind of cell phone.

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