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Monthly Archives: September 2012

UPDATE: EDG Multimedia Business Cards

EDG Business Cards (Images courtesy Jump Lab)
By Andrew Liszewski

Speaking of items we thought would never actually hit the market, the rCard multimedia business card concept was first shown off about 3 years ago, but is just now finally seeing the light of day. It’s also been re-branded as the EDG (pronounced ‘edge’) card, and if you haven’t heard of it before, it’s basically a high-tech business card that’s slightly thicker than a credit card, but features an LCD screen, a speaker and controls allowing it to play back videos and other multimedia content.

UPDATE: It turns out the EDG cards are in no way related to the rCard, which was a similar concept that never actually made it to the market. The EDG cards are instead produced by a company called Jump Lab who’d like to assure us their products are not only available for purchase, but “far exceed anything any former product could deliver.” We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The cards include a mini-USB port for uploading content, and while users can also download additional PR material from the card to their PCs, they don’t have access to the video content, preventing them from re-purposing the card for their own uses. The EDG cards range in price from $17.50 up to $29 per unit, which already makes them a tough sell if you plan to give away more than one, but hopefully they’ll make a big impact on your client before the novelty wears off.

[ EDG Cards ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Not A Joke: ThinkGeek Personal Soundtrack Shirt Available Tomorrow

By Evan Ackerman

Back on April 1st (that would be, April Fool’s Day) we posted about a Personal Soundtrack Shirt from Thinkgeek.com. The shirt had a speaker embedded in the front, and would play music and sound effects as you went about your daily business, making your boring life that much more exciting.

It was, of course, a joke.

Or maybe not.

Thinkgeek got such a crazy response to the joke that they’ve decided to make an actual product out of it, and it’ll be on sale in limited quantities starting on Friday. Just like the April Fool’s Day prank, the shirt has a big speaker embedded in the front. A wired remote control allows you to choose the appropriate soundtrack or sound effect to play. If you don’t like the included sounds, you can add your own on an SD card, or even wire an MP3 player directly into the speaker. The electronics are removable so you can wash the shirt if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Friend Of Friends – Mickey Mouse Robot

Friend of Friends: Mickey Mouse Robot (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

While he’s only available in Japan, this Friend of Friends robotic Mickey Mouse from Sega Toys proves that even at 80 years of age, the mouse is still popular with the youngins. While his range of motions are extremely limited (he can wiggle his nose, blinks his eyes and move his mouth) robo-Mickey can still interact with your kids thanks to a 600 word vocabulary and a collection of touch and sound sensors.

Mickey’s also able to respond to specific spoken commands, and he features an internal clock so that his responses vary depending on the time of day. He can even play games and has the ability to become more “friendly” over time, which makes me wonder if he’s just an ass when you first take him out of the box. He’s available from the Japan Trend Shop for $221, but unfortunately this Mickey only speaks Japanese.

[ Friend Of Friends - Mickey Mouse Robot ]

ShutterVoice Coming Soon – Control Your Canon Camera With Voice Commands

ShutterVoice (Images courtesy Scott Forman and Rob Galbraith)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not every photographer working in a studio environment has an army of assistants at their beck and call. Like Scott Forman for example. But what he lacks in manpower, he more than makes up for with his programming prowess. In an attempt to make the process of shooting lighting tests using himself as the subject a bit easier, Scott has developed a Windows-only application called ShutterVoice that allows him to control most of the functions in Canon’s EOS Utility software with simple spoken commands.

Without having to use a keyboard or even see the PC’s display, the ShutterVoice utility allows a photographer to adjust everything from shutter speed, to the aperture and even control focus and autofocus functions with simple commands. The software uses the Microsoft Speech SDK for all of the voice recognition, as well as the voice synthesizer for providing an audible confirmation of what you’ve asked it to do. So far the software has been tested with an EOS 50D and an EOS 20D by Scott, but additional beta testers have confirmed it also works with the EOS Rebel XSi and EOS 30D. But in theory it should work with any Canon SLR that’s compatible with the EOS Utility.

ShutterVoice is expected to be available sometime in December for a flat rate of $30 (there will be no standard vs. pro versions.)

[ ShutterVoice ] VIA [ Rob Galbraith DPI ]

The Games We Played – Trespasser (PC)

Trespasser (PC) (Image courtesy TresCom)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you asked me to sum up the 1998 DreamWorks Interactive title Trespasser in just a few words, I’d have to say it was hands down the worst game I ever loved playing. Before Trespasser was released, it seemed to have everything going for it like a unique control system which eliminated a cluttered HUD, open-ended gameplay, cutting edge graphics, a robust physics and AI system and even a real-time foley engine for generating and mixing sound effects on the fly. Not to mention the fact the game was based on an insanely popular film franchise, and it involved dinosaurs! But in the end, Trespasser as a whole was definitely not greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, it was far less.

A long list of development issues had plagued the game, including an ever expanding budget and a race to release the title in time for Jurassic Park’s sequel. And it resulted in a final product that didn’t even come close to the ridiculous amount of hype that Trespasser had generated before its release.

Trespasser (PC) (Images courtesy TresCom)

And while I (and most reviewers) considered Trespasser to be an incredible disappointment, I still really enjoyed playing the game, at least as far as it allowed me to. One of the biggest problems with Trespasser was the unending list of bugs that made the game both hilariously entertaining, and frustratingly impossible. While it was quite amusing to see a Triceratops suddenly jump 50 feet into the air for no explicit reason, you could end up in tears trying to perform a simple task like stacking a few crates in order to traverse a broken staircase. But the game still had those rare moments when all of the elements worked together like they were designed to, and while hiding behind a rock watching a pack of Velociraptors go after a T-Rex, it kind of made you forget what Trespasser could have been. Hey Valve, any chance you’d be interested in taking over the reins and cooking up a sequel for us?

[ Wikipedia - Jurassic Park: Trespasser ] & [ TresCom ]

Review – Dragon Ball Origins

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

Not long ago I decided to pick up something new for my DS, and happened across the new Dragon Ball Origins game. I’m a fan of the series, and what I’d heard of the game prior to launch sounded interesting, so I decided that it might be worth a shot.

The game follows the storyline of the original Dragon Ball series, with you controlling Goku on his adventures with Bulma to find the magic Dragon Balls. The TV series was good, so the game might not be too bad, right? I think we all know that a good basis for a game doesn’t always mean that it will turn out well. Read on for my full review.

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Golden Shellback Splashproof Coatings Now Available

By Evan Ackerman

We wrote about the Golden Shellback splashproof coating back in July, and it looks like the coating is now available for a few select gadgets. Although the coating is technically splashproofing, not waterproofing, demos have shown that things like cell phones are able to operate quite happily even while completely submerged in water. The awesome part is that you can’t tell that your gadget now has superpowers… It looks, feels, and operates exactly the same, until you find yourself sneezed on by a manatee (or something) and you realize that hey, your phone still works.

So how does it actually work? It involves some kind of crazy machine, and here’s what the website says:

Golden Shellback coating produces a vacuum deposited film that is nonflammable, has low toxicity and has the ability to weatherproof electronic devices and other surfaces. The clear, nearly non-detectable, uniform film is insoluble in solvents. When applied to clean, moisture free surfaces, such as plastic, copper, aluminum, metal, ceramic, steel, tin or glass, the coating is transparent with excellent weather proofing and anti-corrosion properties.

Here’s what’s currently available to be splashproofed… Although they don’t specify, you’ll probably have to buy your own device and then mail it to them for the coating service:

Blackberry Pearl $120.00 per unit coated

Apple IPod Shuffle $60.00 per unit coated

Apple IPod Touch $120.00 per unit coated

Garmin GPS etrex $75.00 per unit coated

They can do a couple other things too, and my guess is that they’re just slowly testing electronics to make sure that they remain fully functional after the coating process. This is good, ’cause I’m totally hoping to Golden Shellback my dive computer.

[ Golden Shellback ]

Let Everyone Know That You Kept The Receipt

By Luke Anderson

I love giving gifts during the holiday season. I go to great lengths to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list. Unfortunately, while I may accomplish my task, someone else may have purchased the exact same gift. This is where gift receipts and such come in handy. Just fork over the little piece of paper, and they’ll be able to pick out their own gift to replace the duplicate. Want to make sure that everyone knows you held onto the reciept? Just wrap your gifts with some “I STILL HAVE THE RECEIPT…” ribbon and you’re good to go. Seems a little cheesy to me, but if that’s your style, a set of five bows and a roll of ribbon will set you back $8.

[ Stupid ] VIA [ FoolishGadgets ]

Pin Clock Brings Back Childhood Memories

By Luke Anderson

I remember having one of those neat pin art sculpture things when I was a kid. You know, the box with silver pins that made the shape of whatever you pressed against it. I think the original intention of this crafty device was to allow people to prominently display their middle finger without the effort of actually flipping the bird. I could be wrong, but that’s about all I ever used mine for. Anyway, if you want to relive the nostalgia of your youth, this Pin Clock may suit you.

This simple clock works on the same principal as the toy, only this one tells the time. While I find it a bit amusing, I don’t think I’d pay $60 for one of these. First, it doesn’t even function as an alarm, and second, I don’t think it’s set up to display fingers.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]