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Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Osborne 1, The World’s First Laptop


By David Ponce

It’s billed as the world’s first truly portable computer. Released in 1981 by the Osborne Computer Corporation, the Osborne 1 closed-up for protection, and had a carrying handle. It even had an optional battery pack, so it didn’t have to plugged into the 110VAC outlet for power.

The screen was only 5″ (diagonal) in size, and couldn’t display more than 52 characters per line of text. To compensate, you could actually scroll the screen display back and forth with the cursor keys to show lines of text up to 128 characters wide. It sold for $1,800, weighed 24.5 pounds and came with 64k of ram.

There’s a Google cache with more information, though I’ve no idea how long it’ll be good for.

Story VIA Digg.

The Hemo-Rite, Hands-On Inflammation Treatment

By David Ponce

You can squirm around on your seat all day, resisting the nearly impossible urge to manually relieve the itching. You can apply creams and ointments and hope that it does something. And now, you can treat your hemorrhoids with this: The Hemor-Rite Cryotherapy Device.

This is how you use it. You put it in the freezer till it’s ice cold. You then, er, lube it up and insert in the affected are for 6 to 8 minutes. You then remove it, (please) wash it and put it back in the freezer. Do this four times a day, and your hemorrhoids will allegedly (eventually) go away. The freezing cold temperature effectively shrinks the inflamed tissue.

It’s $35 and only available through the (mystery) website for now, though the company expects to have it in stores on time… for Christmas.

Story VIA SNP.

How Things Change


By David Ponce

Groovy.

VIA Alt1040.

Wacom’s Intuos3 A5, A Widescreen Graphics Tablet

By David Ponce

If you’re an artist type with a laptop, there’s a good chance that laptop is a widescreen version. Seems artists are just funny that way. I’ve also heard that many, if not all, graphics tablets are more of a square-ish sort of deal, making them at least marginally impractical to use with widescreen notebooks. Well, now Wacom is releasing its first widescreen tablet: the Intuos3 A5.

It features 1,024 levels of sensitivity and a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has a relatively small 8″ by 6″ footprint, making it easier to carry around in your laptop bag. And it’ll set you back a cool $420. Check out the product page. Story VIA TUAW.

Creative’s Inexpensive Active Sound Cancellation Headphones: The HN-700

By David Ponce

It’s not the first time we cover noise cancelling headphones. Just take a look at this product from Bose. Problem with these types of headphones is that while they do manage to magically cancel out ambient noise, they also cancel out a big chunk of your wallet.

Creative probably saw this and said “Hey, let’s make inexpensive, fully functioning, active noise cancelling headphones!” And thus was born the HN-700. For a very modest $57, you can own a pair of headphones that actually, very effectively allow you to focus on your music, and not the airplane’s drone.

They are powered by two triple A batteries and can fold so as not to be too unwieldy. The only drawback seems to be that sound quality is not quite as crisp as from a pair of Sennheisers. But, hell, for a fifth of the price, I’ll see if I care.

There’s a good review of these at Trusted Reviews.

Canon Digital Camera With Fuel Cell

By David Ponce

Fuel cells as energy source for your various gadgets sounds like a great idea to me. First, Toshiba comes out with a fuel cell MP3. And now Canon jumps on the fuel cell bandwagon with these hydrogen fuel-cell-powered digital cameras.

The fuel cells presently have a volume energy density equivalent to lithium ion secondary batteries of the same size, the company aims to realize densities three to five times larger in the future.

Of course there’s always the issue of just where to get your hydrogen.

Read more here. Story VIA here.

World’s Most Powerful Subwoofer!

Super SubwooferBy Josh Ray.

No, it’s not a fan. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s most powerful subwoofer: the Eminent Tech TRW 17. Rather than your garden variety 10 or 12 inch paper cone pulsating back and forth, this subwoofer creates a wall of air as big as your living room. In other words, the entire room becomes a resonating box!

By rotating the fins and modulating the speed, frequency goes all the way down to 1Hz, the territory of jet engines, nuclear explosions and plate tectonics. By comparison, your typical sub hits 20Hz on its best day.

With a price of $12,900, the TRW 17 is for rap superstars only. Rumor has it smaller versions are in the works as well as one model specifically for cars — naturally, you must present your rap superstar ID at time of purchase.

Click here for more info on the most revolutionary boom machine this century. Story via SonicFlare.com, the web’s source for audio insanity.

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Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge

By Michelle Cheung

This isn’t exactly a gizmo, but what the hey. We’re all down for anything everything fun and exciting.

Presenting the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass, U-shaped walkway that extends 70 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The glass bridge is suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and will have a glass bottom and sides.

Now while we all wonder if this thing is really going to be able to hold up to our expectations, this might give you (a little?) more reassurance

“On May 2005, the final test was conducted and the structure passed engineering requirements by 400 percent, enabling it to withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes (more that 71 million pounds).

The bridge will be able to sustain winds in excess of 100 miles per hour from 8 different directions, as well as an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 miles. More than one million pounds of steel will go into the construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.”

Admission will be around $25 and is expected to open early 2006.

Check it out here.

Nomination For The BlogX Awards

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