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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Take The Guesswork Out Of Shaving With The Slim Trim Razor

By Luke Anderson

I’m lazy when it comes to shaving. I’ll go sometimes a week without even bothering to trim my facial hair. When I do get around to it, I spend just a few minutes with an electric razor and am done with it. Sure, I could probably get better results if I actually took the time to use a real razor, but I have light colored hair anyway, so five o’clock shadow isn’t a big deal. However, if unlike me you are concerned about your facial hair, and must have it shaved perfectly, look no further than the Slim Trim Razor.

I’m really not sure that I know anyone anal enough to precisely measure out where they are shaving. If you absolutely must get those sideburns to within a millimeter of each other, than by all means, get yourself one of these. Unfortunately at this time the product is still a concept, so you’re going to have to do all of the measuring with a plain old ruler.

[ TrendsNow ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

NeatReceipts NeatDesk Scanner

NeatReceipts NeatDesk Scanner (Image courtesy Ubergizmo)
By Andrew Liszewski

While I am the type of person who keeps track of their receipts and files them away in an organized accordion folder, I draw the line at scanning them into my PC. But I think my excuse of it being ‘too much work’ is losing ground. The NeatDesk from NeatReceipts is another scanner designed to make the whole process of creating digital copies of your receipts a lot easier thanks to software that can automatically recognize and record the dates and dollar amounts.

And while most receipt or business card scanners are designed as compact dedicated units, the NeatDesk can also accommodate regular 8.5×11 documents and can actually scan both sides in a single pass. The unit features dedicated slots for different sized documents (full pages vs. business cards) and there’s an easy to use PDF button on the front that will automatically scan and convert any document directly into a PDF file. With a supposed price tag of around $500 it’s a far cry from the cheapo $80 scanners available at most electronic stores these days, so I guess the real value must lie in the included software.

[ NeatReceipts ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Mario Paint Composer Homebrew For The Nintendo DS

Mario Paint Composer DS (Image courtesy BassAceGold)By Andrew Liszewski

More news on the Nintendo DS front today, but this time it pertains to the homebrew scene which I’ve been following ever since the DS was released. A few months ago my weekly ‘The Games We Played‘ column featured an old SNES titles called Mario Paint, which besides painting and animation, also allowed you to create music with its built-in song composer, giving the title a whole other life on YouTube.

But for those without a working SNES or a copy of the game today, there’s a PC app called Mario Paint Composer which provides the exact same functionality. And as of this weekend, thanks to PAlib Forum member ‘BassAceGold’, there’s now a version of the composer available for the Nintendo DS. You’ll need a homebrew-friendly DS cartridge in order to play Mario Paint Composer DS, but installation was a breeze, and the app is pretty much exactly how I remember it from the SNES days, with a few bonus samples thrown in and the ability to now save and share your creations.

[ PAlib Forum – Mario Paint Composer DS ] VIA [ GoNintendo ]

Electro Puff Dimmer Protects Us From Those Deadly Sharp Edges On Regular Dimmers

Electro Puff Lamp Dimmer (Image courtesy MoMA Store)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are a lot of dangers lurking in the average home that most people aren’t even aware of. For instance, did you know that your common dimmer switch with it’s razor sharp edges and dangerous sliding mechanism has sent more people to the hospital than harmful chemicals and kitchen-related accidents combined? But before you start tearing out all the dimmer switches in your home (be careful! make sure you’re wearing kevlar gloves!) you might be happy to know that the MoMA Store is now selling a much safer alternative to the death traps being sold at your local Home Depot. The Electro Puff Lamp Dimmer is actually an electronic sensor made from colorful recycled carpet fibers and conductive yarns. You can use it to control a lamp’s light level with a simple tap, and not only is it safe to use, but it’s also stain resistant and antimicrobial. So if the safety of your family is of your utmost concern, you can get one of these Electro Puff Dimmers from the MoMA Store for $35.

[ Electro Puff Lamp Dimmer ]

Visomate Position Sensor Battles Poor Posture

Visomate USB Position Sensor Alarm (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

We’ve all been lectured on the benefits of proper posture when working on a computer, particularly when you spend a vast majority of your waking hours hunched over a keyboard. But it’s not always easy to maintain a good posture, and even if you remember to sit up, over time your body will naturally return to its previous slumped state. Unless of course you have one of these Visomate sensors which sits atop your monitor and keeps an eye on your posture for you. It connects to your PC via USB, but really only uses it to power a sensor which monitors how close your head is to the screen. As your poor posture causes you to lean towards or away from the screen over time, the Visomate will automatically sound an alarm or light up an LED indicator letting you know you’re on the fast track to a chiropractor’s office. It’s available from the Rare Mono Shop for $37.

[ USB Position Sensor Alarm ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Rumor – New Nintendo DS To Include Camera And Music Playback

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Before I upgraded to an iPhone, there were always three gadgets that went everywhere with me. My cell phone, iPod and Nintendo DS were all essential to day-to-day life. I still know several people that carry around a similar trio of gadgets, however, if the latest rumors are to be believed, you’ll be able to ditch at least one of these.

No, Nintendo isn’t branching out into the world of MP3 players, but rather integrating music playback into their already popular DS. A Japanese economic newspaper is claiming that Nintendo will be releasing a new DS which will include not only music playback, but a camera as well. Surprisingly, the new device would only cost a mere $30 more than the current Nintendo DS Lite.

While we’re still labeling this as a rumor, we do know that Nintendo is hosting simultaneous media briefings in Tokyo and San Francisco this Thursday. If a new DS really is in the works, this is where we’d most likely hear about it.

VIA [ GamerFront ]

SpaceX Falcon Makes It To Orbit (4th Time’s A Charm)

By Evan Ackerman

SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket successfully entered low Earth orbit yesterday, making it the first privately funded liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit with a payload. The Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and liquid kerosene capable of lifting about 450 kg into low orbit at a cost of about $7 million. Since it’s not designed or owned or operated by the government, it’s supposed to be much more efficient in getting stuff up into space. I’d like to say it’s more reliable, too, but that remains to be seen… Although after today’s brilliant performance, I wouldn’t hesitate to send my humidifiers and USB hubs and lamps back where they belong.

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Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes Plays Mozart & Vivaldi Instead Of Raffi

Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes (Image courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Some people might avoid having kids because they don’t want to deal with the crying, the diapers, the spitting up and all of the other stereotypical downsides of raising a child. I, on the other hand, am fine with all of that stuff, it’s the having to listen to 5 or 6 years of kid-centric music that truly scares me. Thankfully Baby Einstein sells this Takealong Tunes toy that plays baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini. It’s got a single large button for cycling through 7 classic melodies, and also features a light-up display to help keep junior distracted. Now don’t get me wrong, Raffi seems like a nice guy and all, and his heart seems to be in the right place, but I’d much rather spend a car trip listening to baby-friendly versions of Mozart than that song about the Baby Beluga. The Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes is available from for just $7.99.

[ Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Sonoro Cubo Elements Alarm Clock

Sonoro Cubo Elements Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Sonoro Audio)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t know about you, but besides using an alarm clock to get me out of bed every morning, I also rely on it to know what time it is when I roll over in the middle of the night. So while the Sonoro Cubo Elements alarm clock is oozing with style and slick design, it’s already lost quite a few points in my alarm clock scorebook because of its minuscule LED clock. On the plus side it features a black high-gloss lacquered finish with an easy to use brushed metal LED-illuminated dial, and you can choose to wake up to an MP3 from your collection, or your local radio DJs via an AM/FM tuner. There’s also an ‘Internet’ version of the Cubo Elements that can wirelessly stream over 10,000 different online radio stations which is perfect for people like me who wake up curious about the weather and local politics on the other side of the world.

The Cubo Elements also features a full-range upward facing speaker with adjustable bass and treble settings, an aux-in jack for connecting an MP3 player and an optional external iPod recharging dock. I have no idea what they’re asking for it, but it apparently even comes with a key-lock to secure the unit if used in a hotel room, so there’s probably a discount if you happen to run a large hotel chain and pick up 10,000 of them.

[ Sonoro Cubo Elements ] VIA [ Digital Drops ]