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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Backpack With Amplified Speakers

Backpack With Amplified Speakers (Image courtesy Smarthome) By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s easy to complain about those hipsters blabbing away with their bluetooth earpieces at least you only have to hear one side of the conversation. Imagine what it would be like if they were wearing this cellphone-compatible backpack with built-in amplified speakers the next time you passed them on the street.

That’s right, the Skullcandy LINK backpack has 60mm speakers embedded into the upper straps that can be connected to any MP3 player or audio device with a headphone jack. It’s kind of like a boombox for the 21st century. What’s even worse is that the LINK can also be connected to a cellphone (via included adapters) allowing the person wearing it to carry on a hands-free conversation without the need for an earpiece or being polite. Hooray! The backpack also includes buttons on the strap for controlling the music, volume and answering your phone and is powered by 4 AA batteries.

The Skullcandy LINK is available from Smarthome for $129.95.

[ Skullcandy LINK Backpack ]

Rocket Fishing Rod

Rocket Fishing Rod (Image courtesy Gadgetshop) By Andrew Liszewski

The sport of fishing hasn’t really seen much technological advancement since they started making fishing rods out of strong and flexible composite materials but that’s about to change now that someone has finally put 2 and 2 together and combined the elegant simplicity of a fishing rod with the brute force efficiency of a shotgun.

Now I know what you’re thinking and let me assure you the Rocket Fishing Rod isn’t used to blast fish out of the water. As far as I know that technique is still illegal in most states. (That game warden was quite insistent about that.) Instead the Rocket Rod uses a shot-gun like loading mechanism to fire a special capsule that includes a bobber and hook up to distances of about 30 feet. It’s basically designed to help those who are less than graceful when it comes to the art of casting.

When the capsule hits the water it releases a baited hook and then functions like a bobber making it obvious when you have a bite. It also includes a traditional reel for bringing in your catch that has an adjustable drag option to help prevent line breaks. (Although that also cuts down on the ‘one that got away’ stories.)

The Rocket Fishing Rod is available from the Gadgetshop.com for about $60.

[ Rocket Fishing Rod ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Digital Cowboy Webcam With 7x Zoom

Digital Cowboy Webcam With 7x Zoom (Image courtesy Digital Cowboy) By Andrew Liszewski

From Japan-based Digital Cowboy comes this pretty run-of-the-mill 1.3 megapixel webcam that really only stands out thanks to an attachable telephoto lens which gives it an impressive 7x zoom capability.

I’ll admit that webcams have come a long way but I’ve yet to been blown away by the quality of the consumer-level offerings currently on the market, they’re still pretty grainy and blurry from what I’ve seen. Of course working from home I’m also morally opposed to the idea of the people I’m chatting with actually seeing me via webcam given everyday of the week is casual Friday. (‘Casual’ being an understatement.)

The DC-NCP130 is expected to go on sale in Japan next month for about $80 and will include both the telephoto lens as well as the detachable tripod.

[ Digital Cowboy 7x Zoom Webcam ] VIA [ Crave ]

HP Releases TouchSmart IQ770, Fancy Billboard For The Kitchen

hp iq770 touchsmart pcBy David Ponce

Well, it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the traditional billboard per se. Scattered Post-It notes, and barely legible scrawls have succeeded in micromanaging families for decades. But, HP thinks it can do better with the IQ770. It’s a touchscreen PC that runs Vista, and lets you do pretty much all the things that normal billboards do… but digitally. It’s meant to be the “social hub” of your home, and on it you can leave notes (be them voice, written or typed) as well as manage your family’s schedule by updating calendar events. It can also serve as an entertainment hub, allowing you to

watch movies or use the integrated personal video recorder to play, pause, rewind and record live TV. Listen to digital music or the radio on high-performance speakers. Adjust the display?s height and angle for comfortable viewing of digital photos or Web surfing and enjoy it all on your 19″ diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD.

And, under the hood, this thing’s no slouch either, running a AMD Turion? 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-52 chip with 2 gigs of RAM and 320GB HDD.

There’s no word on price or availability, other than “soon!” Come inside for the full specs and links.

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Super Mario Chocolates

super mario bros. chocolates

By David Ponce

So, hey, buddy, listen. Valentine’s Day’s coming up right quick. And, that’s a good time to get your gal something nice. We have yet to meet a girl that doesn’t like chocolates, so here’s an idea for an interesting gift. You can both make her happy, and tell her how much of a retro geek you are by getting her these Super Mario Bros. Coin Chocolate Sets. When you buy a box, it comes with a Mario world figurine (it could be Mario, Luigi, super mushroom, Kuriboh and Nokonoko), a block (either brick block, question block or clay pipe), and a few chocolate coins (that’s where the chocolate part comes in). We’re not sure how many chocolate coins are included, because the English on the site is just so perfect. But still, for $20, on pre-order from cellphone strap maker Strapya, it’s not a bad deal.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Tokyo Mango ]

Only On eBay – 1984 Pontiac Trans Am Knight Rider Replica

1984 Pontiac Trans Am KNIGHT RIDER Replica (Image courtesy eBay)
By Andrew Liszewski

Given the actual show started airing in 1982 this ’84 Pontiac Trans Am is probably not the most accurate vehicle to build a replica from but I suspect it’s more than close enough for even the most die-hard Knight Rider fan. And speaking of die-hard fans I’m not sure if the seller (zapper80) was the person who actually built this replica but whoever did ended up investing about 4 years of their life plus $40,000 into the project.

From what I remember from the show the replica looks pretty accurate and comes complete with gull wing steering wheel, doeskin tan color interior and a blinding array of lights and switches all over the dashboard and roof console. (Plus a few modern 4″ LCD screens you can probably use to watch the show on DVD.) The front bumper is even molded from the original car and of course includes the signature red scanner light.

The car is now up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $20,000 (CDN) but keep in mind the seller is currently in Ontario, Canada and doesn’t deliver. (In theory shouldn’t the car be able to deliver itself if it’s really a perfect replica?)

[ 1984 Pontiac Trans Am Knight Rider Replica ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

A Treadmill For Your Dog

dog treadmill

By David Ponce

We’ve noticed that dogs tend to look a lot like their owners. And we’ve also noticed that a lot of people (a great, ungodly lot) are very fat. Yeah, like obese fat. And so are their pooches. So, what better idea than a doggie treadmill? Think about it. Dogs need exercise, but who’s going to take them out for a walk? Certainly not their already gravitationally challenged owners; there’s a reason they’re overweight in the first place. So, these people can just place poochie on the treadmill, and control their canine friend’s workout intensity with a remote, all from the comfort of their Dorito-dust covered La-Z-Boy. The machine goes from 0 to 5 km/h (3.1 mph) and a safety leash along with two side shields reduces the chances of a mishap. Of course, we’re thinking that a minor disaster is just around the corner should poor doggie trip while tethered by a leash… but, let’s just hope the owners will have the decency to be paying attention.

It’s ?15,800 ($131), though the site is in Japanese, and we can’t be sure if they’ll deliver overseas or what.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Spluch ]

Single-Use Camera Tripod With Timer

Single-Use Camera Tripod With Timer (Image courtesy X-Treme Geek) By Andrew Liszewski

It seems odd that anyone would want to purchase accessories for a disposable camera but what’s even more odd to me is the fact that people still purchase disposable cameras at all. Regardless this miniature flexible tripod can attach to pretty much any one-time use camera and even includes a 12-second timer for those occasions when you want to be in the picture but there are no strangers around to help you out.

The tripod looks like it has a large base for the camera to sit on which is then secured in place with a flexible and I assume adjustable strap. The timer unit comes attached to the strap and has some sort of mechanical trigger to actually push the camera’s shutter button.

The single-use camera tripod with timer will only set you back $9.97 and can be disassembled for easy transport.

[ Single-Use Camera Tripod With Timer ] VIA [ Uber-Review ]

Media Decor’s ‘Hide And Chic’ System

Media Decor Hide And Chic (Image courtesy Media Decor)
By Andrew Liszewski

Odds are if you’re reading OhGizmo you’re probably the type who’d prefer to show off that new LCD or plasma screen hanging in the living room rather than hiding it behind a piece of artwork. But I’m sure there are plenty of other people desperately trying to fit into an ‘image’ that prefers gadgets and other electronics to remain out of sight. In that case a company called Media Decor has you covered with their ‘Hide And Chic’ robotic art system.

Instead of having that clean, polished flat screen TV hanging out in the open the ‘Hide And Chic’ system hides it behind a gaudy painting and frame. A robotic arm system is used to retract the TV into the wall when not in use allowing the artwork to be lowered down into the empty space. As an added bonus while the TV is being displayed the robotic arm allows it to be tilted a few degrees in any direction to help you achieve the best viewing angle.

The art that gets displayed can be chosen from Media Decor’s own collection or can be custom printed from a provided TIFF or PSD file. If you’ve just invested a small fortune in that new flat screen TV you might want to hold off for a little while on the ‘Hide And Chic’ though since it apparently starts at just over $14,000.

[ Media Decor Hide And Chic System ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]