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Hongpaiyihao Chinese pocket-buster tablet has us flabbergasted

Hongpaiyihao Chinese pocket-buster tablet has us flabbergasted

There's a new most expensive tablet PC in the world, folks, and it's made by a mystery producer - but we do have a name for the product: Hongpaiyihao, or Red Group Number One, a tablet with a cool $1,500 USD pricetag, made specifically for "government officials" of China. This device is, for those of you wondering, actually 9,999 RMB in China, that converting over to be one and a half G's of pocket-pounding pain, or twice the cost of your average iPad! It does come with a leather case though, with gold embossing of the product name, so perhaps it's all worth it!

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Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.

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Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo’s 360-imager takes navigable hi-res images

Tamaggo is previewing its 360-imager at CES 2012, showing off the unique little consumer picture-taking device equipped with advanced panomorph technology. The 360-imager, as its name implies, allows users to easily capture a 360-degree image via its patented optics with one click. But that's not all, the image is high-resolution and navigable, meaning you can zoom and pan around the final image.

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BugHouse Future Fossils tech in cement for the gadgeteer who has absolutely everything

BugHouse Future Fossils tech in cement for the gadgeteer who has absolutely everything

When it comes down to it, there's only so much technological gadget bits that one person can possibly want for the holidays*, so when you get to that point with the electronics lover in your life, there's always the old fallback: a big bit of rock. Not just a sack of pavers you stole from your neighbor, no way, this is the BugHouse Future Fossils series of life-sized decorative editions made with a cement casing to make sure you're in the right place when it comes to displaying the future's past in classic connected items. These mothers range anywhere from $50 to $500 USD and most of them are unlimited in the amount that you can buy.

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KORG Monotron Review

KORG Monotron Review

There is a little keyboard-looking device out there, ladies and gentlemen, that goes by the name of Monotron, is made by KORG, and will either drive your parents absolutely up the wall or will play the part in your ultra-professional mobile electronic band like no product you've ever used before. The KORG Monotron is what's called an analogue ribbon synthesizer and has just enough knobs, output ports, and volume to make you a musical masterpiece sit comfortably in your pocket. Watch as your humble narrator stumbles through the original electronic beat Popcorn and judge for yourself whether or not you want the cutest magic music machine in the world for yourself.

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Desk Pets Tankbot Review

Desk Pets Tankbot Review

When it comes to radio-controlled miniature vehicles, essentially everything has been done over the past couple of decades - but low and behold, citizens, there is more to be done, and the tiniest of intelligences is going to do it: the TankBot. What we've got here is a couple of TankBots, both of them of the same lovely two tracks and one big ol' windshield model, and a smartphone per machine that'll control them from on high. What you're going to see here is that for under $30 USD, you can have such a tiny explosion of fun that only your dog will know for sure.

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Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

Hello Kitty Zub Zirc Nooka Watch revealed

If you're in to strange timepieces and are unaware of the brand Nooka, you'll be extra surprised by the Hello Kitty Zub Zirc watch you're about to see. What we've got here is Nooka's first collaboration with international lifestyle brand, fashion brand, and cutest creator of every kind of product under the sun Sanrio and the super wild watchmakers Nooka. This timepiece is both limited edition and contains several of Nooka's signature above-average clock mechanisms.

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Sphero remote-controlled ball pre-orders started, apps released [Video]

Sphero remote-controlled ball pre-orders started, apps released [Video]

For those of you who've not yet seen this little device in action, I definitely recommend you head below at least for the video of it being controlled by its creating group's CEO, for this is Sphero, and there is basically nothing like it in the world. When I was a kid, I had a remote-controlled monster truck that had a bit of trouble doing much other than running along the sidewalk. Later there was the three-wheeled monster that was supposedly unable to get caught on its side - oh I caught it, alright. Now there's this, what's literally a sphere which I can control from my Android or iOS device, and it's up for pre-order right now. What more could one ask for?

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The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

Now that the holiday season is approaching much faster than I'm sure anyone in a position to have to drop their hard-earned bills would want it to, one must wonder what a tech-minded person might want, especially one who has everything, especially one who also has a kid: how about some wood? As it's been made clear here on SlashGear, many of us have kids of our own, and though we might want to keep them as far from the gadgets we've got engulfing our everyday lives as we can, they've inevitably got them in their mouths on the daily. That's why an engraving group by the fancy name of "3Princesses" has decided to make a line of wooden baby toys to nip the drool problem in the bud.

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Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

If there was one day this month that I would call the oddest for news, it would be today, ladies and gentlemen, and the show goes on with a robot that takes the place of Ultima creator Richard Garriot at his downtown Austin game development company Portalarium. If you've seen the show Big Bang Theory or are familiar with the Qbo open-source robot (with Android) you know that the idea for having a robot surrogate doing all your daily activities for you isn't a brand new idea. Indeed it wasn't even Garriot who made the robot in question here, he's simply using it. Instead its the combination of the fact that the creator of one of the most famous online multiplayer games has a robot doing his bidding and the fact that he once had it represent his mother at his own wedding.

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