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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Slim Speakers Masquerade As Framed Photos (Though The Cables Probably Give Them Away)

MIRAEPLASMA MP-170 Speakers (Images courtesy AVING USA)
By Andrew Liszewski

A Korean company by the name of MIRAEPLASMA has just released a set of super thin stereo film speakers called the MP-170. The speakers use a special plasma technology, which is presumably what allows them to be so thin. They’re also designed to be used with a desktop computer and can be made to blend into your workspace by customizing them with a photo of your choosing.

So whether it’s an out of focus shot of your wife on your wedding day, or a horizontally squished version of the Mona Lisa, at least you won’t be staring at some boring speaker grills all day. The MP-170 speakers will be available in the Korean market initially for about $33, but could eventually make their way to North America.

[ MIRAEPLASMA MP-170 ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Wayfinder Electronic Compass

Wayfinder V7500 Compass (Image courtesy SkyMall) By Andrew Liszewski

I guess this can be considered the 21st century version of the old ‘bubble compasses’ you see stuck to a lot of dashboards. This one however boasts a compass with precision ‘digital’ accuracy and a backlit LCD display.

Other functions include an analog clock face that syncs with the atomic time broadcasts. An altimeter since who isn’t curious about what altitude they’re driving at, and a barometer with 12-24 hour weather forecasting. It runs on an included lithium battery and even comes with a suction cup mounting bracket for your windshield.

However, I really don’t know why anyone would spend $89.95 for this thing (available from SkyMall) when, for just a few more dollars, you can pick-up a cheap, low-end GPS unit that does all of this and a lot more.

[ Wayfinder V7500 Compass ]

WineRack is THE Sports Bra of the Century

WineRack Drinking System
By Christen da Costa

There’s two things in this world that the stereotypical man can’t live without: beer and boobs. Thanks to the makers of the Beer Belly, no man will go thirsty or visually unsatisfied. Aptly named the WineRack, it holds 25oz or 750ml of liquid in a bra like device. Not large enough for the average beer drinker, but who really cares when you’re taking a pull from your girls…bra? No actual pictures of the device seem to exist on the makers website, so a running theory is that they’re testing market demand with ‘preorders’. The device comes in small and medium, and is not recommended for the ‘well endowed’ ladies.

Available here for $29.95

via [Gadgetreview]

ASUS Eee Available at Newegg.com

ASUS Eee PC Available on Newegg.com (Image via Newegg) By Shane McGlaun

A few weeks back we talked a bit about the ASUS Eee PC and its small size perfect for kids and web surfing. If you have been waiting to get your hands on an Eee, now is your chance. Newegg.com currently lists the ASUS Eee in stock for $399.99.

That’s more cash than ASUS promised when we first heard of the Eee, but still a bargain for a capable notebook. The system uses an Intel CPU, a 7-inch screen and has an 800 x 480 screen resolution. Storage space is 4GB of solid-state storage and the OS for this machine is Linux. You could run Windows XP on the Eee if you are so inclined. If you need a second computer for someone who only surfs the web or chats, the Eee could be perfect for you.

VIA [ Newegg ]

Western Digital Launches 320GB Notebook Hard Drive

Western Digital Scorpio 320GB HDD (Image via WD)By Shane McGlaun

Western Digital rolled out its latest 2.5-inch notebook hard drive today that will also see duty in small form factor external storage devices. The 320GB drive uses the SATA 3.0GB/s interface and has a transfer rate of 850Mbits/s maximum.

The Scorpio 320GB drive has a 5400-rpm spindle speed and an average read seek time of 12 ms. The buffer size is 8 MB and average latency is 4.20 ms. The small drive has a profile only 9.5mm thick so it should lend itself well to use in small USB drives. WD also uses proprietary technology to make the drive quiet, it produces only 26dBA in seek mode. Teh MSRP for the 320Gb drive is $199.99.

VIA [ Western Digital ]

DiskGO 32GB USB 2 Flash Drive

DiskGO Flash Drive (Image courtesy EDGE Tech Corporation) By Andrew Liszewski

If you think the 160GB external drive I posted earlier is still too big to carry around on a daily basis, then your only other option for a decent amount of storage on-the-go is a flash drive. I can remember when 32MB on your keychain was mind-blowing, but that seems absolutely minuscule when you can now get a 32GB version instead.

At that size, USB 2.0 almost seems too slow for copying data if you intend to completely fill the drive. The DiskGO also includes a copy of Cryptarchiver Lite, which can be used to encrypt your data up to 128AES. When you consider how much data can be easily lost with a drive this small, encrypting your files is really not a bad idea.

The 32GB version of the DiskGO is available from the EDGE Tech website for $399.95, but smaller, more affordable versions are also available.

[ DiskGO 32GB Flash Drive ] VIA [ Popgadget ]

AE Light’s Xenon Bulb Flashlight

AE Light Xenide (Image courtesy Alisman Enterprises)
By Andrew Liszewski

LED flashlights can easily outperform their incandescent counterparts, but to really light up the night you need to use the same type of high-intensity lamps used in car headlights. But according to Popular Science, in order to get one into a handheld flashlight the designers of the Xenide had to shield the on-off switch “so that it wouldn’t short out from the massive voltage needed to ignite the lamp.” Cool.

The lights are commonly referred to as Xenon, but they’re actually made from Metal Halide. Xenon is just an inert gas that’s used in the arc chamber where the Halide is charged with electricity to create light plasma. So that’s where the ‘Xenide’ name comes from. The flashlight uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries and on a full charge has a projection distance of about 2200 feet. While the 90 minutes of run-time isn’t great when compared to LEDs, I think I’d still rather use one of these for trick or treating.

And like anything even remotely cool, the Xenide isn’t cheap. The basic 15w version costs about $350 while the high-end 25w version costs about $500.

[ AE Light Xenide Flashlight ] VIA [ Popular Science ]

Freecom ToughDrive 160GB

Freecom ToughDrive 160GB (Images courtesy Freecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Buying a laptop hard drive and enclosure and simply building an external drive yourself is usually the cheapest way to go, but sometimes you just like to spend a few extra bucks and have the assembly part already done. And that’s part of the reason I like this ToughDrive from Freecom. It has a 160GB drive, and USB2.0 connectivity, but it’s the enclosure itself that makes it stand out.

The outside of the drive has a soft silicon cover while the inside has an anti-shock frame allowing it to stand up to a bit of abuse, including being dropped. But what I like most about the ToughDrive is the built-in USB cable. I have a couple of very slim external drives already, but I still have to throw in a USB cable whenever I take them with me, which I find pretty annoying. So I’d gladly opt for a short, built-in cable that I know I can never forget.

The ToughDrive 160GB is available directly from Freecom for $149.

[ Freecom ToughDrive 160GB ]

Win A Shiny New Neuros OSD!

neuros osd By David Ponce

We’ve covered Neuros Technology in the past. They make an awesome device that allows you to record video and reformat it to mobile formats on the fly, altogether bypassing the PC. It’s dead easy to get video on to your cellphone, PSP, iPod or whatever else. Think of it as a digital VCR that’s as small as a pack of smokes. Or a little media center. And it’s all DRM-free.

A while ago, they came out with an updated version of the recorder, called the Neuros OSD. It’s got a bunch of new features, including the ability to watch YouTube videos. Matter of fact, the feature list is quite long and definitely worth a look. It’s only $230 or so.

Well, the Holidays are just around the corner, so we figured we’d get Neuros to give one device to a lucky reader. How do you win? Leave a comment in this post telling us what you’d do with your Neuros OSD: what will you record, what will you watch it on, how much of your life will you waste watching video instead of doing something productive? Or anything else you think we might find interesting. We’ll pick a random winner Sunday the 4th of November at 11:59 EST.