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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Make Use Of That Old CardBus Slot With The ExpressAdapt

By Luke Anderson

If you have an older laptop, there’s a good chance that you can’t take advantage of newer add-on cards. Since the introduction of the ExpressCard slot, many manufacturers have been focusing on creating products that fit the newer standard. Since many people still have only a CardBus slot, this ExpressAdapt adapter will likely come in handy.

This is a simple adapter, meaning that it won’t need any additional software or drivers. The $45 adapter is a bit steep, and depending on what type of card you’re adding, may not be worth it. If you’re using it to add something like a wireless adapter to your notebook, you may as well just save up your money for a newer laptop, as you’ll probably be sinking nearly $100 into an aging computer.

[ Synchrotech ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Make Your Own Portable Atari Game

By Luke Anderson

How often have you been sitting at a bus stop or stuck in line at the DMV wishing you could play some Pac-Man? Sure, if you’ve got an iPhone you could just use that to play. However, if you’re not too bad with a soldering iron, then you could just make your own handheld Atari console.

Someone has done exactly that, and provided some good documentation on how to create one yourself. You’ll need a Namco TV Games controller, along with a 2.5-inch screen and a few other parts. Being handy with a soldering iron probably wouldn’t hurt either. It looks like a fun project, and with a bit of work, you could probably come up with a nicer looking case.

[ BenHeck ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

An Alarm Clock/Radio For The Batman Fan

By Jonathan Kimak

Not long ago I wrote about the DIY USB bat signal that you could create yourself. But for those of you that would rather have the work done for them there is the Batman alarm clock that comes with a built in bat signal.

The Bat clock has the usual alarm clock features, 12 hour and 24 hour time display, AM/FM tuner, alarm with 8 different tones/melodies to wake up to and an adjustable snooze alarm. The bat signal can rotate 180 degrees so that you can project it wherever you want.

The clock also comes with an AC adaptor for power but can also use 4 AAA batteries when you’re on the road or camping or out fighting crime. The price is a reasonable $20 for any fan.

[ Slippery Brick ] VIA [ New Launches ]

Get Your Own Life-Size R2-D2 Fridge

By Luke Anderson

I fully admit that I’m a Star Wars geek, and not only have a cardboard cut-out of C-3PO and R2-D2, but an autographed picture of Chewbacca in my office. I’ve always wanted a life-size R2-D2 of my own, and I think I’ve found the perfect one.

This particular R2-D2 is a mini fridge that was offered up as a prize back in 2002 at 7-11 stores in Japan. As such, only a run of 1000 were made available. Somehow ToyEast has gotten their hands on one, and is selling it off for $1,070. If you’ve got a grand burning a hole in your pocket, then by all means jump on this one, as it likely won’t last.

[ ToyEast ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Cute Duo Will Wake You Up With Light And Sound

By Luke Anderson

We’ve seen a lot of crazy alarm clocks that have creative ways to wake you up from your slumber, however, I think this is one of the first I’ve seen that actually interacts with other appliances in your room. This duo of devices works with one another to not only create an audible wakeup call, but a visual one as well.

The Room Tech Beingz Alarm Clock (seen on the left) will light up its feet in warning before opening its jaw and blaring out noises that should surely wake you up in addition to beating its arms on your nightstand. What really makes this clock interesting is that it will actually signal its partner the Mood Lamp (on the right) to turn on to its full brightness if they are within 15 feet of each other. If that doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what will. Each device will set you back $40, making the whole package an $80 investment.

[ Hasbro Toy Shop ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Dad’s Cab Taxi Meter – No More Free Rides

Dad's Cab (Images courtesy Gizoo)
By Andrew Liszewski

Most teens can’t wait for the day when they’re old enough to drive. I was just the opposite. In fact, it was my parents who eventually forced me to go to driver’s ed, which turned out to be a really crappy way to spend a Summer. I’m pretty sure they just wanted another driver in the house, but not having to drop me off or pick me up all the time was also a big incentive. So if you’re in a similar situation, and are getting tired of serving as your kid’s personal taxi driver, installing this novelty taxi meter in your car will probably encourage them to reconsider taking public transit.

It attaches to your dashboard via a set of adhesive strips, and while the meter does keep a running total while you drive, instead of requiring a cash payment when you drop your kids off, it comes with a set of ‘forfeit cards’ which feature unique payments like “tidy your room” or “make dad a cup of tea.” I think the embarrassment factor of just having this installed on your dashboard is enough to discourage your kids from harassing you for a ride, and getting them to help out around the house is just an added bonus. You can pick one up from Gizoo for about $18.

[ Dad’s Cab ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

VW Caddy Topos Sail Concept Features A Wooden Deck Up Top

VW Caddy Topos Sail Concept (Images courtesy Volkswagen)
By Andrew Liszewski

I enjoy a slick looking concept car as much as the next guy, even though most concept vehicles are nothing but over-designed eye candy that I really couldn’t see myself driving. But leave it to Volkswagen to come up with a concept that’s more utilitarian than easy on the eyes. Unveiled at the recreational and commercial vehicle show in Düsseldorf, Germany, the VW Caddy Topos Sail concept features an actual wooden boat deck built in to the roof. The Topos Sail is based on the smallest model in the VW commercial van fleet, and besides the real wooden decking it also features aluminum safety rails running along the sides of the roof, flip-up panels that serve as back rests and a matching wood and aluminum ladder built in to the tailgate. Perfect for those days when the local beach or park is too crowded to find a place to have a picnic or just lounge about.

[ Autoblog – Lounge on deck of VW Caddy Topos Sail Concept ]

New Nikon D90 Is Extra Eye-Fi Friendly

Nikon D90 & Eye-Fi Card (Images courtesy Nikon & Eye-Fi Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Yesterday Nikon let the cat out of the bag regarding their D90 DSLR, and in addition to a slick new pseudo-HD recording function and a host of other features, the new camera also plays particularly well with the Eye-Fi wireless SD cards thanks to a collaboration between the two companies.

While Eye-Fi cards work seamlessly with conventional SD-compatible digital cameras, the Eye-Fi Connected Nikon D90 gives users an improved out-of- box experience and more control of wireless capabilities. The camera will detect when an Eye-Fi card is inserted and manage its power settings to ensure that photos upload effortlessly for sharing and storing. In addition, the Nikon D90 will include an Eye-Fi menu that allows users to turn the wireless function on or off, giving the user more freedom to customize how and when they want to use the Eye-Fi card. For example, if a user is in a hospital or on an airplane, or anywhere else where wireless connectivity is not allowed, the user may disable the wireless function through the Eye-Fi menu.

The Eye-Fi Home, Share and Explore SD cards each come with 2GB of storage and varying levels of wireless functionality and range in price from $79.99 up to $129.99.

[ Eye-Fi Collaborates with Nikon to introduce the ‘Eye-Fi Connected’ NIKON D90 Digital SLR Camera ] VIA [ Rob Galbraith ]

Medis 24-7 Power Pack Finally Released For Sale Online

By Jonathan Kimak

So Medis has been promising a portable fuel cell charger for years. Now it’s finally available online and will soon be seen in stores like Best Buy.

The Power Pack is a fuel cell that can be used to charge your electronics anywhere and at anytime. The Starter pack comes with a fuel cell and all the adapters required to charge the batteries for laptops, cell phones and mp3 players. The fuel cell is good for 30 hours of talking or 60-80 hours of mp3 player use.

The cells are disposable(or recyclable if you like) and you can buy replacement packs that contain just the fuel cell.

$29.99 for the Starter kit and $19.99 for the replacement packs.

[ Medis Power Pack ] VIA [ Engadget ]