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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Alienware’s Docking Speaker Station

By David Ponce

I stumbled on the Alienware CE-IV some time ago. It’s E.T.ware’s funny foray into digital audio players, and for some reason I find it somewhat comical that I should come across this: a dedicated hub for the device, or as they call it, the “2.1 Channel Portable Music Enhancement System.”

Specwise, there’s nothing out of this world (please pardon the pun… you know, aliens, out-of-this-world… ah never mind). There’s a “down-firing” subwoofer, and the docking area is shaped to mate with the CE-IV, though they recognize their probable failure in the DAP market and allow for any other player to connect as well.

So there you have it. It’s a $100.

[Alienware’s Music Enhancement System] VIA [Xataka]

Sauce Dispensing Chopsticks

By Michelle Cheung

Forget about getting the little dish, putting the blob of wasabi on the side and pouring soy sauce. That’s a long, old process and what’s more, there is one more plate to wash.

Not anymore with these pipette style chopsticks. Just fill them with whatever liquid you like. Maybe one with soy sauce, and the other one with wasabi (though you might have trouble squeezing it out). They’re made out of ABS and polypropylene and they can stand heat ranges from -5 degrees to 90 degrees (may not be suitable for very hot noodles).

$21 is a little pricey for a pair two pairs of plastic chopsticks though, so maybe it’s time to get some new pipettes from the chemistry lab and use those as chopsticks.

Find out more about them here.

Sony’s Flat And Thin Mice

By Michelle Cheung

Sony released four new mice in Japan back in September. One was the memory card reader mouse, the second one’s got nothing too special that’s worth mentioning (kinda like the middle child). But the last two seem fun.

The SMU-WN10 is a mouse that is in flat & thin (15mm), with a rectangular shape; you might think it’s a digital camera/cellphone/mp3 player at first sight. Not sure if it’s comfortable to use, but it sure looks different. The mouse comes in 5 different colors and the buyer can choose between the wired or wireless version.

The last one is the SMU-C3, comes in total of 7 different colors, but the fun ones are only available on the wired one. Nothing outstanding with the specs, but it’s cute and fun to use and look at.

No words on price yet.

Find out more here.

Tokyoflash Watch Contest

By David Ponce

That’s right folks. We got not one, but two super freaking awesome watches from Tokyoflash to give away. For those of you not in the know, I reviewed one of them, and Holy Crap are they hot!

The first watch up for grabs is the one pictured, the BarCode watch valued at $150. The second one, which will be given to the first runner up, is the brand new 12-5-9 G, valued at $100.

When I say “give away”, of course I mean “award them to deserving competitors”. And here’s what you gotta do. There are two ways to win.

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The VIOlight, Toothbrush Sanitizer

By David Ponce

If the VIOlight works as advertised, I’d actually consider getting one. It’s a toothbrush sanitizer.

And why would I want one?

Well, hey, you know that germs are having a party on your toothbrush after you’re done… and everyone’s invited, right? You’re a smart guy, and you realize that smearing germ colonies on your teeth is, to say the least, somewhat unappealing. So, kill them off with UV light. Just insert your toothbrush in the device when you’re done, and it will subject your brush to a “sanitation cycle”, after which it automatically shuts off. The included bulb lasts 1000hours and the device requires 2 AA batteries.

I’m not sure how many germs it’ll actually kill, but at $30, I’ll settle for the placebo effect.

[VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer] VIA [The Gadget Blog]

DualCor cPC: Mobile And Tablet PC In One

By David Ponce

The stuff DualCor is promising with the cPC sounds pretty exciting. The machine is loaded with some serious specs:

– 1.5GHz Via C7-M processor
– 5″, 800X400 LCD
– 40GB shared hard drive
– 1 GB NAND flash memory
– Windows XP Tablet Edition
– Windows Mobile 5.0

The idea is that you’d be able to switch back and forth between full fledged PC and cellphone, with no time-lag. The unit is a little bricky for my tastes (at least, if I’m going to be sticking it to my ear, pretending it’s a cellphone), being 6.5 inches long, 3.3 inches wide, 1.2 inches thick, but hey, it’s an interesting idea.

In PC mode, you’d get something like 3 hours runtime, and in mobile mode, 8 to 12. “When you pull up an application you can decide whether to run it in x86 mode or on the smart phone,” DualCor CEO Steven Hanley told CNet.

Now, the only thing is, if you visit the site, you’ll notice that everything looks photoshopped. But, seing as the device will only be unveiled at CES, perhaps that explains the lack of real pictures.

It will cost around $1500.

[DualCor Technologies] VIA []

The iJet 2 Way, A Bi-Directional RF Remote For The iPod

By David Ponce

There are many ways for you to use your iPod as an “entertainment hub” of sorts. You can simply connect it to your sound system, dock it, mount it into your wall, or build a shiny shrine and stare at it all day. Whatever you end up doing though, most solutions require you to either come up to your iPod to change tracks, or at the very least have a line of sight if you’re using a remote.

The iJet 2 Way, from ABT does away with that. It’s an RF remote that works from as far as 150ft. away, even through walls. Better yet, it also receives data from the iPod in the form of track, artist and playlist information. That way, you can stay on your lounge chair when the wailing starts, quickly skip the track and find out just who it was that assaulted your ears.

And then wonder what the track was doing there in the first place.

It’s coming out in the first quarter of 2006, but I see no price anywhere.

[ABT Products] VIA [iLounge]

The iRiver D20, A Jazzy Pocket Dictionary

By David Ponce

Pocket dictionaries are usually pretty drab affairs. You might see them in the hands of glasses-clad overachieving Asian students on an exchange program, whose idea of fun might include a heated game of Sudoku or something (pardon the stereotype). That being said, they’re useful as hell and if you’re going to be needing one, you might as well try to have a little fun too.

That’s the thinking behind iRiver’s D20, dubbed “Dicple ?”. On top of 24 dictionaries, it also features an MP3 player and an FM tuner. It handles MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG file formats, and displays GIF/JPG/BMP files on a very nice 4.3″ 262k color LCD TFT. It’s a little on the bulky side of things, at 370 grams, but hey, it’s a pocket dictionary, not… well, not something that should be smaller.

No word on price.

[iRiver Korea] VIA [Mobilewhack]

Rear View Mirror: The Classics of Christmas Past

Every other week, James Grahame, from RetroThing will delight us with some highlights of gadgets of yore. They might be old, but they’re still delicious. And by the way, James just published a book on this stuff, so check it out.[-Ed.]

My wife always asks for practical gifts at Christmastime – a toaster, or perhaps socks. I, on the other hand, lean heavily toward goofy tech toys. I’m secretly hoping she got me an indoor helicopter or Atari Flashback 2.0 game console this year. In that spirit, I’ve dedicated this edition of Rear View Mirror to a handful of geeky toys that caused excitement under the tree (no, not that kind…) in decades past.

Meccano (1907): Inventor Frank Hornby patented his metal nut & bolt assembly kits and started marketing Meccano in 1907. His toy construction sets became extremely popular and additional factories were opened in Germany and France. Ownership of the company changed hands a few times over the decades – it was even owned by cereal maker General Mills for a few short years in the early 1980s. These days, Meccano is part of the Japanese Nikko group. And, almost 100 years after their humble beginning in Liverpool, they still manufacture metal construction sets, along with modernized plastic versions.

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