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Monthly Archives: August 2012

On Vacation

Hmmm… Public Service Announcements on a gadget’s weblog are kind of lame. But what are you going to do? When the editor is on vacation in sunny California, far from home and from computer, how are updates supposed to be created?

Eight more days, faithful readers. Eight more days until updates galore. Until then: patience.

Sorry.

Walkie Talkie Watches

watchwalkietalkieThis is something I’d see the Flanders family buying. And for what it’s worth, it’s cute.

And it is just what the name implies it is. A walkie talkie watch. Laugh in the face of modern technology, why don’t you, and for £35, go all modern-retro.

When would you use this? Don’t ask. Maybe when you go camping. The bright colors might even scare the bears away or something. Or attract them. What do I know about bears?…

Via Shiny Shiny.

TIX LED clock, camouflage your time

tix_clockThis one is really neat. It’s a clock, and it actually tells the time. But you have to learn to read it. And if you don’t know how, then it’s just a piece of modern art. Of course, anything is art these days, modern or otherwise, but that’s beside the point.

See, this is how it works. There are four fields, each one representing one number. In other words, time is displayed in the 00:00 format. All you have to do is count the number of lit LEDs in each field to get the time. For instance, the clock on the picture reads 12:34. It’s that simple.

It can be installed vertically or horizontally. It comes in silver and black. It can be had for 59.95$ at ThinkGeek.

PowerSki JetBoard, self-propelled surfboard

spsurfSo, the thing about waterskiing, or even surfing, is that it’s hard to do alone. You always sort of need a symbiotic relationship with either a powerboat driver, or a wave. Just you try to surf in a lake, or waterski alone.

Well, now a company called Powerski has got you covered.

[They've] built in an ingenuously small and flat 45 horsepower motor capable of propelling it to 40 mph. With the rear thrust, rail and the three fins beneath, the JetBoard carves better than anything else on water, tarmac or snow, generating G-forces up to 6G and enabling the rider to get almost horizontal. The JetBoard never cavitates or slides out, enabling a standing rider to perform continuous, stable, high speed turns with slight shifts in weight.

This lovely creature can be yours for 6995$.

There’s a ton more pictures and information here.

Tell your friends about OhGizmo!

So I’ve noticed that a few of you come here on a somewhat regular basis. You have no idea how happy that makes me. Happier actually, than seeing my Google Adsense revenue slowly crawl up. See, what makes this so much fun, is getting people to read you.

So, I’ll never ask you to click on my ads. Never. That’s up to you. But if you like what you see here, and you come back from time to time, it would be so nice if you could just tell your friends. Spread the word. Get more people to come. It’s free. It’s not annoying and they might enjoy it too.

And that, my friends, is my public service announcement of the day.

Bodybugg, taking calorie counting to a new level

bodybuggWow. I never thought there’d be people attaching electronic gadgets fashioned after a ladybug to their arms, just to count calories. Yet there are. And really, why not, huh?

Anyway, this is supposed to let you know just how many calories you’re spending, every minute that you wear it. Whether you’re sitting on your rump eating chips, or working out at the gym, it’ll let you know what’s going in and out (calorie wise). It works by keeping track of such things as body temperature (core temperature), heat flux (how much heat your body puts out), sweat rate, forward motion, and up and down activity. Up and down activity? Like when… Oh, never mind.

It’s supposed to be 92% accurate, and that on a typical 2000 calorie day translates into plus or minus 160 calories. Not bad.

No word on price, but you can visit the website and look at more pictures.

Via Popgadget.

Devan Anthony spherical speaker

Devan Anthony SpeakerWhile we’re on the topic of speakers, here’s yet another funky looking one. Don’t know that it does anything special, other than look really nice in your living room. It’s 1.5 feet in diameter, so it’s not diminutive and wont go unnoticed, which is good since you’ll probably have to spend an indecent amount for it, seing as it’s a “designer” speaker.

Still, I like it.

Via Mocoloco.

Check out the website.
Update: Devan himself contacted me, and gave me a little update on how these work.

The spherical cabinets are acoustically ideal because they eliminate
wave reflections off of the front baffle. The front baffle is the part of the speaker that the drivers mount on to, usually just a flat piece of wood that most people would call the “front.” That flat surface tends to reflect mid to high end frequencies and muddy up the sound a bit. The spherical shape eliminates those reflections.

And they look cool.

And they are expensive, not cause they’re designer but because they’re hard to make.

The SA-355i gives you 360 degrees of acoustic bliss

sa-355iOr so I hope, because at 799$USD, this thing by company Solid Acoustics better give me an acoustogasm and babysit… It does look very special, and for that I commend it.

The shape is a dodecahedron, which is a polite way of saying a 12 faced solid. As you can see, each face consists of a speaker and their geometric arrangement allegedly gives you “point-sourced acoustics”. Not being an audiophile, I’m guessing this is something good. Again, for 800$, it better be.

Via Ployer.

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Secret Agent Man gets Audio Tooth

audiotooth
It was bound to happen. Make enough movies, write enough books, make enough jokes and someone was bound to push the limits of technology to accomodate our geeky obsessions. Kind of like flying cars. We’re not there yet, but we’re trying pretty darn hard and I bet we’ll get there soon enough.

What is it? Well, it’s

a tiny implant consisting of a wireless receiver and a micro-vibration unit that uses bone resonance to convert digital signals received from a mobile telephone, radio or computer into vibrations or “sound” that reach the inner ear via the jawbone.

And, oh the possibilities! Think of it. Covert operations, creepy one man phone conversations in a restaurant, streaming MP3s and what not.

I want one now, only they’re not functional yet. The inventors have only managed to show that the principles behind it do work and until they make one, we are left with our dreams. As usual.

Check it out.