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Monthly Archives: August 2012

New Hulger Handsets Released


For the three of you who’ve never heard of them, Hulger is a company that makes handsets that connect to your cellphone, and allow you to look as if you’re using one of them big 1981 dumbbell phones, instead of, well, your mobile. Believe it or not, this is cool.

Well, now they’ve released two new models, the PIP and the PENELOPE. The best part is that both of them come in Bluetooth versions, in addition to the traditional wired ones. This allows you to use them with VoIP applications as well. The wired versions work with pretty much all makes of cellphones, though they have adaptors for the makes that don’t (here’s the list).

So now, for about $160, you can walk down the street looking like you just escaped an asylum. Sounds like my kind of fun.

[The Hulger Shop] VIA [CoolHunting]

Sqeezebox MP3 Networker

ByChristen da Costa

The Squeezebox by Slim Devices delivers your tunes to your stereo in the most stylish of ways. Finished in glossy black or white and complimented by a brushed metal face plate you’ll be hard pressed to find a better network MP3 player. It can also hookup to your network wirelessly assuming you wanna drop the extra $50 for the option.

It offers multiple hookups such as digital analog and coaxial, and supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, and WAV files. Packed with a remote, the wired version goes for $249, while the WiFi (recommended) runs $299.

The Squeezebox can be purchased directly at Slim Devices’ website.

Source: Gadgetreview.com via Designtechnica.

LG’s AN110, A Projector Redesigned

By David Ponce

With the AN110, LG breaks away your ceiling-mounting shackles. It’s a DLP projector that supports HDTV and has a native resolution of 1280 x 768, and a 2500:1 contrast ratio. But most importantly, its design allows you to place it atop a piece of furniture, preferably a shrine of some sort. You can even hang it on a wall! And, yeah, sure, you could always place a regular projector on a tabletop or whatever… but it would pretty much look like a lump of coal on a table.

This looks slick. The only problem is they bothered to include speakers on the thing. Why? They crank out a feeble 29dB.

No clue about price. I say 2,500 Golden Bananas and a teaspoon of love.

Story VIA Mobilewhack.

Silktide, Free Website Analysis


By David Ponce

I’m sure many of you own websites. Most likely blogs. Well, here’s a very interesting site, called Silktide. Free of charge, it will analyse your site based on a number of criteria, and spit out a score. As you can see, OhGizmo scores a respectable 8.7.

It looks at things like:

Marketing: How well marketed, and popular the website is.
Design: How well designed and built the website is.
Accessibility: How accessible the website is, particularly to those with disabilities.
Experience: How satisfying the website is likely to be.
Visitor rating: Average user rating for this site’s design

It then breaks each of these down, giving you your strong points, as well as pointing out your weaknesses. It even analyses your content, finds your top keywords and submits them to Google to see how to fare.

Hell, the list is long. Why don’t you give it a spin and come back here to compare results.

The link, again, is here. Story VIA J-Walkblog.

Maxell Releases Holographic Storage Medium


By David Ponce

Forget about Blu-Ray, or HD-DVD… I’ll take holographic disks anytime. Maxell, in a joint venture with InPhase Technologies has announced the release of a Holographic optical recording device that will eventually support cartridges of up to 1.6TB (that’s a “t”, as in 1,600 Gb) with transfer rates reaching 120Mbps MBPS (as in megabytes).

To put things in perspective, this means that one 5 1/4 inch disk will be able to hold as much information as 63 DVDs. What’s this fancy new technology you ask? Well, for one, it’s not shiny new. But that’s not the point.

Holographic recording technology utilizes intersecting signal and reference laser beams to store data in a number of 3D hologram images capable of saving hundreds of data pages in a single location. In principle, laser beams can be moved with no mechanical components, allowing access times of the order of 10 µs, faster than any conventional disk drive will ever be able to randomly access data.

What this means to you? All your porn collection, in one place.

What else?

Check out the press release.

The Laservibe

By David Ponce

You might get an epileptic seizure should you purchase this. So be warned. Well… I’m saying that. The company isn’t, so don’t take it as an official disclaimer or anything. It’s just that after watching the video, I felt a little seizure-y.

What is it?

Glad you asked. It’s a laser show for your house party. For $100, you can get this thing that’ll project a laser beam on the wall (or people) and make little squigglies. Yeah, that’s it. Squigglies. It really, actually looks like a 3 year old’s drawing. Apparently

“it easily connects to any audio source such as a stereo, CD player, MP3 player or even your computer and the LaserVibe creates a dynamic laser show right in your own home>”

but from what I saw of the video… it’s just a squiggle.

Anyway, if you’re the squiggly party type, check out the website.

Thanks, Steve.

Bone Conduction Speakers

Bone Conduction SpeakersBy Christen da Costa

If it ain’t good enough to have just a rear view mirror in your motorcycle helmet, well now you can have speakers too. Software developer Nippon MMI Technology Inc. has designed a bone conduction speaker that is now safe enough to place in your helmet. Previous in helmet speakers had never met safety standards due to their coil and magnet design. Nippon’s speaker system uses piezoelectric ceramic which is apparently soft enough to not cause damage to your head in case of impact.

The speaker system will run about $50, but is only available in Japan and South Korea. Nippon is in talks to bring the product to the US sometime soon.

Story via GadgetReview.com

Picture courtesy of NewLaunches

Did You Vote?

By the way, guys… Have you voted for us yet?

You know we made the finals for the Techweb Blog-X awards. That alone is huge!

And now, you have to show everyone that you really, really care, and go vote!

For OhGizmo that is…

OhGizmo Review: The Sleeptracker Watch

By David Ponce

These should be good times for the folks at Sleeptracker, having had their product listed as one of TIME.com’s 25 Best Inventions of 2005. I happen to have been testing their product for the past two weeks, and here I give you my impressions.

A quick recap first. The Sleeptracker watch, aside from telling the time, also monitors your sleep and wakes you up at the “optimal” time. During the night (or the day, if you’re that way), your sleep normally fluctuates between “passed-out cold” and almost awake. The best time to wake up, of course, is when you’re almost already up. So the watch keeps track of these moments, and should one of them fall within a window you set, it’ll wake you up then. The theory is that you’ll feel fresher if you wake up right at 7:15 than wrong at 7:30.

So does it work? Does it live up to the hype?

In short: yes. In long: yes, but. Come inside to find out what I mean.

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