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Monthly Archives: March 2006

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Tanya Palta

This Japanese headset is a godsend to all the balding men (and women, I guess) out there as it promises to restore that receding hairline. I don?t know if it actually works but you got to give the Japanese credit for innovation and having the guts to market it.

So how does the gadget work? It has something they call “spicula electrodes” which stimulates the scalp with low frequency electric current to improve blood circulation. (I wonder if one can actually get electrocuted and lose the remaining hair!) The device was developed by Kanaza University and is on sale in Japan for 128,000 yen, or about $1,000!

Beauty never comes cheap, does it?

VIA [TechieDiva]

Mock-Floppy Brush

Mock-Floppy Brush (Image courtesy American Science & Surplus)By Andrew Liszewski

The last time I built myself a new workstation I was forced to add a floppy drive in order to properly install my SATA drive. Now it seems even though I rarely use them, my desk is still plagued by random floppy disks floating about.

The Mock-Floppy Brush is designed to look like your standard floppy disk, but it conceals a far more useful application in the form of a retractable, 2-1/2 inch anti-static nylon brush perfect for crumb busting the keyboard or just keeping the cubicle looking tidy.

The Mock-Floppy Brush is cheap too, available for only $1.95 at American Science & Surplus in translucent lime, tangerine or grape colors.

[Mock-Floppy Brush] VIA [Strange New Products]

Filsafer Laptop Alarm

Filsafer PC Card (Image courtesy Akihabara News)By Andrew Liszewski

Shortly after I started university the school had installed a state-of-the-art computer graphics lab. In addition to Fort Knox level security on the room itself, in order to prevent the insides of the computers from being pilfered (ram, software dongles etc.) each system had an extremely sensitive motion detector inside that would emit a very loud scream at even the slightest bump.

The same level of ‘security’ can now be had for your notebook with the Kokuyo Filsafer PC Card. It’s a PCMCIA card with a built-in motion detector that will emit a 110db alarm (via your notebook’s own speakers) when your system has been moved. I assume it uses its own software to turn the motion detection on and off, and presumably will override the Windows volume controls to ensure the alarm is always audible.

While the Filsafer may not prevent or even deter someone from attempting to grab your laptop, you’ll at least be completely aware of it when it happens.

[Kokuyo Filsafer PC Card] VIA [Akihabara News]

Evergreen’s DN-MPS100, Now With USB Port


By David Ponce

The Japanese have all the fun. With a cool name like DN-MPS100, Evergreeen is sure to have a throng of Japanese alphabetophile gadget maniacs throw themselves at their latest offering. It’s essentially a retro-styled radio with a port for USB flash drives. Simply plug your music collection in, and you’re set. Of course, the real fun begins only when you plug in a USB drive shaped like deep fried shrimp

Now, a little bit of research seems to reveal that this unit is actually made by Shenzen JWL Electronics, with the name “MusicBaby”. I’m guessing that Evergreen simply bought it, and slapped their name on it. But since I can’t find any additional information, anywhere, I only have TechEBlog’s word to rely on, which is usually solid, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter for most of our readers, as this is going to be a Japan only product, at least for now.

It’s coming out today, for $67.

[Evergreen’s DN-MPS100]

JHMCS, The $240,000 Helmet

By Bruce Eaton

Taking a page straight from Macross and the U.N. Spacey is Boeing?s Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) helmet. First used in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom by the U.S. Airforce and Navy, the JHMCS provides a pilot with the ability to rapidly acquire targets just by looking at them. Using a push of a button, a pilot can quickly and efficiently sweep the sky with his eyes and mark all enemies fast. The JHMCS also displays aircraft altitude, airspeed, gravitational pull and angle of attack on the visor itself, thus cramming as much information into the pilot. The result? Faster, more effective, deadlier, safer pilots. The system can be found in USAF F-15 Eagles, USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons, and U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

Ever since we were kids and saw the Macross anime, everyone thought “I could totally aim with my eyes, I would rock everyone in a Variable Fighter.” Well unfortunately this system is used only by the most elite pilots, but never fear. Maybe if you can dish out the cash, you could buy one and attach it to your bike.

[JHMCS, The $240k Helmet] VIA [Gizmag]

Yamaha YSP-1000 Reviewed, Verdict: Worth Every Penny

yamaha YSP-1000By David Ponce

If running wires all over the place in the quest of the perfect surround sound solution places your relationship in the path of impending divorce, then there are a few options open to you. You could simply abandon your plans, and meekly watch your movies in good ole stereo. Or, you could purchase Yamaha’s YSP-1000.

It’s not exactly new, but the guys at I4U got their hands on one and gave it a good go around. The 13kg, 1meter wide beast is made up of 42 independent drivers that bounce sound off your walls in order to give you the illusion of true surround.

After the easy setup, I was of course excited to try it out. I popped in one of the Matrix DVDs and leaned back on the sofa. I searched for scenes where things or people were flying around and I was totally blown away by the surround sound effect. The sound is crystal clear and I can experience the spatial located sounds. At first its kind of magic as I just look at the box in front of me. But the sound is coming from the side. Did I mention I am sitting in front of a 106 inch screen? Life is good.

How much? Well, this is interesting, actually. The reviewer bought it in Europe, for 750euros, or roughly $900. But, in the US, Amazon charges $1,500.

Read the full review at I4U.

[Yamaha’s YSP-1000 Reviewed]

Dualit’s Kitchen DAB

By Tanya Palta

Finally a reason to move one’s lazy ass and make something in the kitchen (and no I?m not talking about a mess). The European company called Dualit, known for their kitchen products, just ventured into the consumer electronics market with the DAB kitchen radio. No it?s not a toaster that moonlights as a radio (though that would have been cool); it?s just a radio that looks like a toaster.

It’s got an aluminum case and a chrome finish and would be the perfect companion to the Dualit?s celebrated Vario toaster. Music gets pumped out through a single 8W speaker. There’s a blue LED display and cooking timer. Battery life (of the rechargeable kind) stands at 4 hours on DAB, and 8 hours on FM.

You can buy it for 200 pounds and it will be available from John Lewis, starting mid-May.

[John Lewis] VIA [T3]

Bada-Beam Laser Toy

Bada-Beam Laser Toy (Image courtesy Solutions website)By Andrew Liszewski

It’s widely known that most cats love to chase lasers, but I was surprised to find our golden retriever pup was just as obsessed with trying to catch the small red dot as his feline counterparts are.

While chasing the laser seems to be endless fun for the animal, that’s not always the case for the person shining the laser. This is where the Bada-Beam Laser Cat Toy steps in. Just place the cone-shaped device in the middle of your living room, open the lid and it will automatically project a laser dot in circles around the room with intermittent pauses to ensure that it keeps your pet’s attention.

The Bada-Beam Laser Cat Toy runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) and is available from Solutions for $19.95.

[Bada-Beam Laser Cat Toy] VIA [The Red Ferret Journal]

The EV-K100, Or The World’s Slimmest Cellphone

By David Ponce

If you’ve watched “V for Vendetta”, you would not be a real gadget maniac if you missed the office dude’s (oddly primitive for the year 2020) thin cellphones. Well, a Korean company called KTF has announced the EV-K100, what they claim is the world’s thinnest cellphone. At 7.9mm thin, or a full 3.1mm thinner than the SLVR, they just might be telling the truth. And, as an added bonus, the phone happens to look exactly like the one used in the movie. I’m not saying it is, I’m only saying they look similar.

Even nicer than its design, is the fact that it’s not entirely impossible that the phone will hit the US shores in the near future. From an article on Personal Tech Pipeline:

A story that appeared today on the PDA Street site makes it clear that the company has designed this phone for possible sale in the U.S. It’s compatible with Verizon and Sprint networks, and a spokesperson for the company told a reporter that “it is not a big deal to change our phone’s format from CDMA to GSM” for export abroad, including to the United States.

Korean sweetness in the US? Nah… far as I know, only Helio has realized there’s a starved market for that.

VIA [TechEBlog]