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Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Dark Knight Flying Attack Bat – I Must’ve Missed That Part Of The Movie

Batman: The Dark Knight Attack Bat (Image courtesy Entertainment Earth)
By Andrew Liszewski

Batman’s definitely known for his wonderful toys, and while the The Dark Knight didn’t disappoint when it came to crime-fighting electronics and gadgetry, I guess I must have dozed off at some point since I don’t remember seeing him use this particular weapon. The Dark Knight Attack Bat sits quietly on a bat-themed display stand until you push a button causing its eyes to glow while it begins to make chittering noises. Pushing another button will then cause it to spread its wings and take flight around your room until I assume its lack of radar will cause it to crash into a wall or a hilariously misplaced expensive Ming Vase. So if you’re a fan of Batman and have a penchant for collecting items that have never, or will never appear in any of the films, comics, TV shows or video games, you can pick one of these up from Entertainment Earth for $27.99.

[ Batman: The Dark Knight Attack Bat ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Panasonic Announces New Plasma TVs With 1TB DVRs

Panasonic PZR900 Plasma TVs (Image courtesy Panasonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

While you wouldn’t know it by looking at them, these new Viera plasma TVs from Panasonic’s PZR900 line sport a laundry list of cool features including a built-in 1 terabyte DVR that allows for up to 121 hours of video recording. The displays feature a full 1920×1080 HD resolution and they can each connect to an online service known as ‘TV Net’ which allows you to watch YouTube videos as well as other streaming content. They also come with a built-in card reader for viewing photos or videos taken with a digital camera, as well as Panasonic’s Viera link technology which allows you to monitor video surveillance cameras and even doorphones from the comfort of your living room couch. The PZR900 line ranges in size from 42 inches (about $3,800) to 46 inches (about $4,300) to 50 inches (about $4,900) and are available in Japan right now.

[ Panasonic PZR900 Plasma TVs ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphones

Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphone (Image courtesy Andrew Liszewski

If you’re like me and truly hate the annoying wires connecting your MP3 player to your earbuds, you’ll like these wireless alternatives from Sennheiser. While they’re no where near as small as a set of wired earbuds, they’re definitely the most discrete wireless models I’ve seen to date. Instead of Bluetooth, they actually use the Kleer Corporation’s digital transmission technology, and while it works in the same 2.4 GHz range as BT, it actually allows for the transmission of uncompressed CD-quality sound.

They do require you to carry a transmitter with your MP3 player (or any device with a headphone jack) but that seems to be a minor inconvenience. On a full charge the transmitter will last for about 10 hours, while the earbuds will last for about 3 to 5 hours. However, they come with a special carrying case that has a built-in battery of its own allowing you to fully recharge the earbuds up to 3 times. All in all the only real dealbreaker I can find is the $499.99 price tag from, and unfortunately it’s a big one.

[ Sennheiser MX W1 Totally Wireless Earphones ] VIA [ Cool Material ]

2D ‘Flatpack’ Pen Is Flat Enough To Be Carried In Any Pocket!

Falter 2D Pen (Image courtesy UncommonGoods)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve seen a lot of innovation in my lifetime, like a game & watch crammed into a single device, crystal clear colas and even my fair share of sass-talking robots (ok, just one) but I never thought I’d see the day when man would develop a pen so small and flat that it could actually be carried in a shirt pocket! But the Falter 2D Pen manages to do just that since it comes as a flat-packed kit that you disassemble and fold into a 3-dimensional body for a standard ball point ink cartridge. The handmade kit comes with a key that makes it easier to properly bend the metal as per the instructions, and while the final product doesn’t look like it will win any awards for ergonomics, it does come with the satisfaction that you made it yourself. (Kind of.) UncommonGoods has them for $39, and you might want to order a few since once they’re assembled I’m pretty sure they cease to be pocket-friendly.

[ Falter 2D Pen ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Pure Evoke Wireless Internet Radio Gives Terrestrial Radio A Kick In The Crotch

By Jonathan Kimak

It looks like internet radio is branching out to reach people who want to listen to the music without being near a computer. Electronics company PURE has announced that they will be releasing the Pure Evoke Flow radio in the UK next month.

The radio will connect wirelessly to the newly created website Pure Lounge. From there the radio can tune into a variety of internet radio stations. In addition the Evoke Flow can also tune into traditional FM stations and DAB(Digital Audio Broadcasts) where available. Favorites from the Pure Lounge can be simultaneously saved on your computer and the radio.

Price is set at £150 ($277).

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Unit Circle (Radian) Wall Clock

Unit Circle (Radian) Wall Clock (Image courtesy CafePress)
By Andrew Liszewski

Got a fondness for trigonometry? Were you a ‘mathlete’ back in high school? If so then you’ll want to proudly hang this Unit Circle Wall Clock in your office or cubicle. Depending on where you work your co-workers will either get a good chuckle, or continue to avoid walking by your office at all costs. Unfortunately the maths were never my strongest subject in school (I excelled at field trips and statutory holidays) and that coupled with my inability to tell time with an analog clock means I’ll probably be sticking with the digital variety, but you can get one of these from CafePress for just $15.99.

[ Unit Circle (Radian) Wall Clock ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Crayola EZ Type Keyboard Isn’t EZ On The Eyes

Crayola USB EZ Type Keyboard (Image courtesy Crayola)
By Andrew Liszewski

This Crayola EZ Type keyboard is a great solution for those of you who have kids at home who like to play on the computer, but would prefer that they kept their sticky fingers off your clean keyboard. The blindingly colored keys are big and easy to read, and while the top row of function keys have been completely removed, the escape key still exists and is considerably larger and easier to find. It’s available from Crayola for just $29.99 and would be great for any kid, unless you happen to be a graphic designer and don’t want your children exposed to the Comic Sans font at such a young age.

[ Crayola USB EZ Type Keyboard ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Is Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof And Can Be Operated While Wearing Gloves

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW (Image courtesy Olympus)
By Andrew Liszewski

Olympus announced a handful of new digital cameras today, but the 1050 SW caught my eye since I’ve often found myself either fumbling through my DSLR’s menu while wearing gloves, or simply freezing my figures off when I get too frustrated. Not only can the 1050 SW still function in temperatures down to -10 degrees celsius (really not that cold) but it also includes a new ‘Tap Control’ function which allows you to control the camera by tapping on the top, back or sides of the camera. It actually uses a 3D accelerometer to detect the direction of the force on the camera’s body, so for example if you wanted to turn on the flash, all you’d have to do is tap the camera’s side twice. Of course the camera is also shockproof, so if your taps get too forceful, or if you happen to drop it from a height of up to 5 feet, you can be rest assured that it will “take a licking and keep on clicking.” (Their words, not mine.)

As for the camera itself, you’re looking at a 1/2.33 inch 10.1 megapixel CCD with 3X optical zoom, ISO settings from 80 to 1600, a 2.7 inch LCD screen, digital image stabilization, a ‘Perfect Shot Preview’ which allows you to see various photographic effects before you take a shot as well as face & smile detection. The new Stylus 1050 SW should be available in October for $299.99 in your choice of blue, champagne, silver or black colors.

[ Olympus Stylus 1050 SW ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Panasonic DMR-BR360V DVR Does Blu-Ray And VHS

Panasonic DMR-BR630V (Image courtesy Panasonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

Panasonic has just announced a new DVR that incorporates both a Blu-Ray burner (makes sense) as well as a VHS deck (huh?) allowing you to off-load recordings to either medium. I actually ditched my VCR a few years ago to make space in my entertainment center, but I have to admit there’s still a small collection of MST3K episodes I recorded on VHS that I’d love to back up one day. In terms of other features the DMR-BR360V doesn’t disappoint with digital and analog TV tuners, second generation MPEG-4 AVC H.264 encoder chips, analog and HDMI connections, a 320GB hard drive, USB port, an SD card slot and even ethernet that will support an upcoming video download service. (Japan only I assume.) All that for the low, low price of about $1,456.

[ Panasonic DMR-BR630V ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]