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Monthly Archives: July 2006

The LogiNoki, A Mouse With An LCD Screen

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By David Ponce

If you don’t see the sheer brilliance of adding an LCD screen to a mouse, perhaps you should be elsewhere, reading about cute puppies instead. See, gamer/hacker extraordinaire Jani ?Japala? P?nkk? has managed to fit the screen of a Nokia 6610 into the back of a Logitech G5 laser mouse, and called it The LogiNoki. It requires the addition of three wires and is only capable of displaying 1 frame per second, but that’s enough for pictures and general stats. The additional wires are connected to a parallel port which feeds the info you choose to display.

For a blow by blow of how he did it, follow the linkola.

[The LogiNoki] VIA [TechEBlog]

Sony Wireless RF Speakers

Sony Wireless RF Speakers (Image courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s a simple set of compact speakers from Sony that can also function wirelessly allowing you to listen to your music anywhere within a 150 foot range of the base transmitter. The speakers are powered by a rechargeable Ni-MH battery (I have no idea how long the battery is rated for) while the base unit plugs in with an included adapter.

The speaker uses a 900MHz RF wireless system and has a manual tuning knob for optimal reception. I’m a bit surprised because given the speaker is made by Sony I would have expected them to cook up some completely new and proprietary wireless protocol that was incompatible with anything other than Sony products, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The Sony Wireless RF Speakers are available directly from the Sony Style online store for $99.99.

[Sony Wireless RF Speakers] VIA [The Red Ferret Journal]

TruScene Keeps An Eye On Your Car For You


By David Ponce

You’re sure to appreciate how useful this item is if you’ve ever been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, or better yet, if some asshole rammed your car while parked, then took off without leaving his number. The TruScene camera hooks up to your rear view mirror, and films whatever is in front. It is constantly filming, saving everything into a 30 second buffer, discarding anything past that. If a sudden jolt, or bump is detected by the device, then it saves those 30 seconds into its internal memory, giving you a view of the incident, and the moments preceding it. Come inside for a video demonstration.

There is no pricing at the moment, and it’s slated to hit the market in Autumn 2006.

[TruScene] VIA [Xataka]

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Soundbombs (Image courtesy New-Media-Accessories)By Andrew Liszewski

Soundbombs are designed to be a sort of non-visual graffiti for artists who have lost their inspiration with the spray can. The small spherical device has two speakers on the outside capable of recording and playing back any message or sound when triggered by a built-in motion detector.

Suggested uses for the Soundbomb include a welcoming greeting at the entrane of a store or a warning of poor service or bad food outside of a restaurant. Basically anywhere you want your message to be heard but are too lazy (or scared) to stand and deliver it yourself.

The best part of the Soundbombs is their availability. Since it is really an art project the designers have decided to make the devices very exclusive and can only be obtained after being approved by them. From their website:

“One can apply for the purchase of a Soundbomb ? only those who deserve a Soundbomb, get a Soundbomb! if one is elected, he/she obtains an unique “accoustic” email addresse”

I don’t know what criteria causes an applicant to be approved or rejected but if you’d like to apply there’s a link on their website to do so.

[Soundbombs] VIA [UberGizmo]

Mini iPod Shuffle Clone

SunConnection SC-MP001W (Images courtesy MobileWhack)By Andrew Liszewski

It’s been at least a couple of years since the iPod Shuffle was released to the masses and it makes sense that by this time even the technology in Apple’s tiniest MP3 player can be reduced to an even smaller form factor.

But while Apple seems to have given up further development on the Shuffle it seems that there are plenty of other companies willing to make clones that have improved on their design. The SC-MP001W MP3 player from SunConnection of Japan uses SD or MMC memory cards for storage making it infinitely upgradeable and also has a built-in USB 2.0 connection so you don’t need a seperate card reader to transfer music. Its rechargeable battery is supposed to last up to 8 hours which is really not that long but given the size of the player the battery itself can’t be that large to begin with.

The SC-MP001W will be only available in white when it hits Japanese stores and will cost about $26.

[SunConnection SC-MP001W] VIA [MobileWhack]

Meteorite Guitar Picks

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By David Ponce

It’s funny. Just the other day, I was reading this fascinating article about just how horrible the web looked in 1996, and I find it somewhat amusing that by sheer coincidence, I have come across one site that still looks like it belongs there. See, there’s this company, Meteorite Guitar Picks, that makes guitar picks from, well, meteorites. So, yeah, let’s say you have this friend that plays in a band, and he’s got all his gear already and you don’t know what to buy him for his birthday. Well, here’s an idea: a guitar pick made from a meteorite! There seems to be three models, and they range between $110 and $135. It’s neat stuff, really.

You should however give the site a visit, if only to gawk at the horror of blasphemous web design. Kind of makes you want to buy a bunch of picks, just so they can afford a decent designer.

[Meteorite Guitar Picks] VIA [Popgadget]

Update: Link fixed. And for those out there smiling at the irony of an ugly site laughing at another site’s ugly, well, we’re aware we’re not pretty, but that still doesn’t stop us from having eyes. -Ed

Silentmaxx ST11-PRO Sound Muffling PC Case

Silentmaxx ST11-PRO Sound Muffling PC Case

By David Ponce

There are those among us who don’t fully appreciate the sweet ratchety melody of a hard drive head nervously seeking disparate sectors, or the low calming whir of a poorly designed cooling fan. These people prefer silence over electromechanical beats, and for them, the Silentmaxx ST11-PRO might do the trick.

It’s a simple $160 PC case that features sound isolating panels on the inside. There’s a ventilation grille on top, and enough room for up to three hard drives.

[Silentmaxx ST11-PRO] VIA [Xataka]

Refuel and Rearm In Mid-Flight

F16s Refueling (Image courtesy Google Images)By Andrew Liszewski

The air forces of the world have already solved the problem of fuel-thirsty fighter planes with the ability to refuel the craft in mid-flight. The US Air Force’s research lab is now looking into a similar method to rearming their planes in mid-flight too.

A cargo plane would have a telescoping boom extending from its rear that incorporated a looped conveyor belt to move bombs and missiles from the supply plane to the end of the boom. The fighter plane would then fly over the boom until special optical sensors confirmed the weapon was properly aligned and could be automatically attached to the underside of the craft. Of course spilling a few drops of fuel during a mid-flight refill is not a big issue but the same thing happening with bombs or missiles could result in a bit of a problem.

VIA [New Scientist Invention Blog]

Walit Illuminating Wallet

Walit Illuminating Wallet (Image courtesy GadgetStorm)By Andrew Liszewski

I stopped carrying a wallet in the ‘miniature filing cabinet’ sense of the word many years ago and haven’t looked back. For those who still feel the need to carry every single credit card, business card, membership card and whatever else in their wallets there’s at least a high-tech option for you.

The Walit uses an electroluminescent strip on the inside of the wallet’s large pocket theoretically making it easier to distinguish a receipt from actual cash when you’re digging around at night. The illuminating strip is powered by 4 replaceable watch batteries and the wallet itself is made of ‘sexy’ leather as the website puts it.

The Walit is currently available from for ?14.95.

[Walit Illuminating Wallet]