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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Canvas Laptop Case Gives You Creative Freedom

Canvas Laptop Case

By Luke Anderson

I have something of a creative streak, so I naturally feel the need to customize everything I own. I’d rather that my belongings stand out just a little, which is why I think this new Laptop Canvas Sleeves are an interesting alternative to the traditional laptop case.

As you may have guessed, the outside of this laptop bag is a bare canvas. This means you can take a marker, paintbrush, pen or any other medium and just go to town on it. Before you know it your case will be bursting with self-expression. The bags are lined with a red satiny fabric and come in three sizes: 12-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch and range from $29-39.

[Think Geek] VIA [Random Good Stuff]

Vax 77 Keyboard Folds Up For Easy Transporting

Vax 77

By Luke Anderson

I’m no musician, but I can’t imagine the difficulty one would have transporting their instruments. Taking something such as a keyboard onto an airplane just doesn’t sound like something that’s going to happen. That is unless you’ve got an Infinite Response Vax 77.

This cool keyboard actually folds in half and comes with a nice carrying case that is slightly smaller than the FAA regulation carry-on size. This isn’t just handy when flying on a plane, as keyboards are something of a pain to carry around anyway. The Vax 77 keyboards are custom made, so you’ll have to contact them for pricing details. I’m pretty sure that there’s an old saying that applies here. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

[Infinite Response] VIA [Technabob]

Bang & Olufsen Launch Way Expensive BeoSound 6 MP3 Player

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 6 MP3 Player (Image via Bang & Olufsen)
By Shane McGlaun

Bang & Olufsen, the purveyor of high priced audio products, announced its latest MP3 player today called the BeoSound 6. I guess the 6 in the product name refers to the price, which is a cool $600. What do you get for that much coin? Bang & Olufsen provides a “premium” leather case with the player and says it has enough memory to store 1000 songs, though the exact amount of storage isn’t specified.

The LCD is a 128 x 160 pixel unit that lacks video display capability. The battery life sounds good at a claimed 40 hours. The player is encased in stainless steel and uses a black soft-touch lacquered surface and black scratch-resistant glass. All I know is that it had better sound good since you can get a really cool MP3 player that does video like the iPod touch for much less money.

VIA [ Bang & Olufsen ]

SanDisk Launches 8GB microSDHC and M2 Memory Cards

SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Card (Image via SanDisk)By Shane McGlaun

Today SanDisk announced the availability of its new 8GB microSDHC card worldwide. The 8GB M2 card is also available today worldwide. SanDisk says that the 8GB cards can store up to 2000 songs, around 5000 photos, or up to 5-hours of high-quality MPEG4 video. To launch the new cards SanDisk is having an exclusive event tonight on the Sun Set Strip in Los Angeles, California that will use three of the most famous nightclubs in California at the same time.

The clubs include the Key Club, The Roxy Theater, and the Viper Room. Performances from Linkin Park, Common, The Crystal Method, Cut Chemist and Z-Trip will be seen. Invited guests will capture the party on their mobile phones, no doubt using the 8GB memory cards. The 8GB microSDHC card will sell for $139.99 and the 8GB M2 card will retail for $149.99.

VIA [ SanDisk ]

Happy 7th Birthday Sony PS2!

Sony PS2 Consoles (Image via Sony)
By Shane McGlaun

Today the Sony PS2 turns seven years old. Since the PS2 was introduced on October 26, 2000, Sony has sold 120 million PS2 consoles. That is only a drop in the bucket when compared to the amount of PS2 software Sony has moved at a whopping 1 billion pieces. The PS2 continues to be a popular choice for console gaming even with newer systems like the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 on the market.

The PS2 also helped establish the DVD format with its ability to play DVD movies as well as video games. Sony is trying this same trick with the PS3’s Blu-ray player with less success. Sony says it originally planned the PS2 to have a 10-year lifespan and with the way the console continues to sell, Sony says the PS2 may exceed its life expectancy. The PS2 currently has a library of almost 1500 games and that number is expected to grow with 160 titles coming for the PS2 between now and March 2008.

VIA [ Sony ]

Chrysler Town And Country Black Jack Edition – Inspired By The Luxor Casino

Chrysler Town And Country Black Jack Edition (Images courtesy Autoblog)
By Andrew Liszewski

Who says a minivan can’t be cool? Chrysler, who basically invented the ‘miniature van’ recently cooked up this Vegas themed version of their Town and Country model for the SEMA 2007 show. While the Amber-Black Pearl paint job was inspired by the almost monolithic-like Luxor casino, it’s what’s inside that will appeal to most gambling addicts.

Besides loads of LED lighting to give the ride an “after hours lounge bar” feeling, the minivan also has a light-weight carbon fiber blackjack table, a centered dealer’s seat and a leather-wrapped curved bench for the players. Of course what’s a ‘tripped-out’ vehicle these days without a large 37-inch LCD flat screen in the back, as well as a Windows XP based media center running all of the entertainment.

In fact the only thing missing in the Black Jack edition is three or four strategically placed security cameras on the roof, and above the blackjack table. So I guess if you decide to play a few hands you might want to keep a close eye on your chips.

[ SEMA 2007 Preview: Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack ]

Marantz CR201 Personal CD System

Marantz CR201 Personal CD System (Images courtesy  AudioCubes)
By Andrew Liszewski

Those who still buy their music on CDs, and don’t immediately rip them to MP3s might be interested in this designer personal CD system from Marantz. The front panel has a cool looking mirror finish and slides open to reveal the actual disc inside. While playing, a set of blue LEDs illuminates the CD so you can see it hypnotically spinning right through the mirror panel.

It also uses an “intelligent 3D sound” system that ensures “accurate and high quality sound reproduction” which seems more like marketing speak to me than a real innovation. Of course it’s pointless to release any kind of home audio gear without including some type of MP3 support, so the CR201 also includes a USB connection that will accommodate a flash drive full of music files.

It’s currently available from AudioCubes for $759. But keep in mind you’ll have to deal with a manual and remote that are both printed in Japanese.

[ Marantz CR201 Personal CD System ] VIA [ Freshpilot ]

Indoor Picket Fences For Hiding Cables

Picket Fence Cable Hider (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Unless you custom built your home with a sub-floor for running and hiding cables, odds are there are extension cords, cable TV lines and other wires ‘neatly’ tucked up against the walls. Designer Karl Zahn had a similar situation, so he created this simple Picket Fence idea for making all those cables a bit less obvious.

The Picket Fence adapts to older homes and cleanly manages the electrical necessities of the occupants. The baseboards have a certain thickness to them, typically much thicker than an electrical cord. By sticking these pickets onto the baseboard, a space is created between the wall and the picket points. This space serves as a track for routing all of the wires cleanly around the room. They can go wherever they like and double back as much as they need to, all concealed behind a picket fence. Because of the gaps between the individual pickets, a plug can jump out wherever it is needed.

At the moment the fencing is just a design concept, created for the 2006 MUJI International Design Competition. But it looks to be an extremely simple DIY project if you wanted to try it out in your own home.

[ Picket Fences ] VIA [ swissmiss ]

Batter Blaster – Pancakes In A Can

Batter Blaster (Image courtesy Strange New Products)By Andrew Liszewski

While it may not seem like Batter Blaster has any gadget appeal, I still feel it’s one of the more important innovations of the 21st century so far. It’s basically a pre-mixed, 100% organic pancake batter that’s been packaged into an aerosol can. So not only can you skip the usual ingredients list, you don’t even need to mess a bowl or spoon. You just shake the can and then ‘blast’ the contents directly onto your hot skillet or waffle iron.

Based on a handful of online reviews I’ve read, the pancakes produced by the Batter Blaster are actually quite good. Of course anyone who’s ever tried cheese-in-a-can will be a bit skeptical, and personally I don’t think I’d be able to enjoy pancakes-in-a-can without a side of bacon-in-a-can as well.

At the moment it looks like Batter Blaster is slowly being rolled across the west coast, and while I couldn’t find any online stores selling it, I’d love to know if any of our readers have tried it out.

[ Batter Blaster ] VIA [ Strange New Products ]