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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Canon 5D MkII Flash Drive


By Evan Ackerman

A week or so ago, we wrote about some little miniature camera toys that you could get as prizes in Japan. They were cute, but they didn’t do anything. This tiny model of a Canon 5D DSLR actually does do something, with a 4 gig USB flash drive hidden inside the lens, which is a decent enough 24-105mm f/4 IS. ‘Course, if you want to store your files in high quality, you’d have to find yourself a Nikon D3X flash drive, instead.

These Canon 5D flash drives pop up on eBay for a totally ridiculous $100 and up, but if you can afford a 5D, you probably won’t care.

[ eBay ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Last Week On BotJunkie


By Evan Ackerman

Last week on BotJunkie, we started off with a sorta sexy sorta really really creepy female android fashion model, felt a little safer after watching ABB’s SafeMove system in action, couldn’t help but think of tentacle porn when we saw a design for a robot octopus, wished we were lucky enough to have had a constructable robot toy when we were kids, liked what happens when you give everyday household appliances eyes and arms and friendly personalities, got excited for the next hexapod dance off which is scheduled for later this month, watched iRobot’s beastly new Warrior drag a human to safety, decided we’d be better off buying an ASIMO action figure than the real thing, wished we were cows getting groomed by robot brushes, learned just exactly how ASIMO works, watched a whole bunch of robots building cars without any human help, decided it was better to learn how to solder robots even though you can now glue them, were blown away by an epic robot sword fight of awesomeness, sneezed at an R2-D2 pepper mill, and finished out the week with some weird video of a robot battling alien squid.

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Timelapse Garden Video Camera

Timelapse Garden Video Camera (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Planet Earth was a pretty mind-blowing nature documentary overall, but I particularly enjoyed the time-lapse footage of the bizarre plants and fungi on the jungle floors. Of course they had the benefit of professional HD cameras and talented cinematographers, but thanks to Hammacher Schlemmer, anyone can capture a time-lapse video of their own garden growing with this dedicated video camera.

The Brinno comes attached to a stake, making it easy to mount anywhere in your garden, and the lens can focus as close as 20-inches away from your subject, or it can capture a 54-inch wide field of view to get everything in frame. It snaps a photo at one of six preset time intervals, anywhere from every 5 seconds to every 24 hours, and the stills are compiled into a single 1280×1024 AVI file for watching on your computer. The camera’s housing is weather-resistant, which means you can set it up and forget about it, and it has a built-in light sensor that turns the camera off at night to extend the battery life. The 2GB USB flash drive it uses can store around 18,000 photos, and on a single set of 4 x AA batteries the camera will run for about 4 months when shooting once every hour.

At $159.95 it’s roughly the same price as a basic Canon P&S, but odds are you’re not going to want to leave one of those out in your garden for months at a time.

[ Timelapse Garden Video Camera ]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Coming in November


by Shane McGlaun

If you are an avid PC gamer or console gamer who likes first person shooters, odds are that you have played a Call of Duty game before. The franchise started out in the World War II setting and by the fourth installment had made it to modern times.

I can honestly say that COD 4: Modern Warfare was the best title in the franchise in my opinion. The game has great graphics and had some of the best online multiplayer action to be had anywhere. When the most recent COD game came out and was in the WWII era again I was saddened. I hoped for another modern setting.

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Samsung Now Producing Edge-lit LED Backlit LCD Panels


by Shane McGlaun

I guess I’m old fashioned when it comes to my LCD and plasma TVs. I don’t really care how thin the screen is and I don’t really care how much power the things sucks down. All I really want from my TV is a massive screen and a great picture. If the lights in my house dim when I turn the beast on, I am fine with that.

I guess there are some out there who like thin screens, and if you are going to wall mount the set, I can see the benefit of thin screens. Samsung has announced that it is now in production with new edge-lit LED backlit LCD TV panels that will be offered in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch sizes.

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PIRIT Heated Hose

PIRIT Utility Line 5/8" Heated Hose, 50 Foot (Image courtesy Smarthome)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t say I’ve ever had the need to use a hose when the temperature outside was below the freezing mark, but I’m sure someone, somewhere has. Otherwise this heated hose from PIRIT probably wouldn’t exist. As you can see in the photo, it looks like your garden-variety water hose, but with the addition of a grounded plug that’s connected to a copper wire heating element that runs its entire length.

When plugged in, a built-in thermostat activates the heating element when the ambient temperature outside the hose is below 95° F, and automatically shuts it off when the temperature rises above 105° F. The heating element can also be used to thaw the hose if it’s filled with ice, or even just as a radiant heat source to keep a greenhouse warm or to melt snow. All-in-all I guess it’s not a bad idea, though 50 feet of it will set you back $189.

[ PIRIT Utility Line 5/8″ Heated Hose ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

This Training Bike Will Cost You $30,000 Plus Another $10,000 For Its Custom Software

Factor 001 Bike (Image courtesy BikeRadar)
By Andrew Liszewski

Designed by BERU f1 systems, the Factor 001 training bike is chock full of Formula One racing technology which makes it one of the most advanced bikes ever built. Besides the requisite made-to-measure one piece carbon fiber frame and ceramic brakes, the Factor 001’s real secret weapon is its built-in accelerometers that monitor the bike’s lean and other physical factors like wheel speed, torque levels and crank cadence. It will even have a biometric monitoring system for keeping tabs on the rider’s physical condition like body temp, respiration rate and even ECG data. All that for roughly $30,000, depending on the options you order. (That’s the starting price.)

But all that information the bike is gathering is no good if you can’t study it later on. So for an additional $8-10,000 you’ll be able to buy the Factor 001’s custom software package that allows the data to be uploaded to a PC and analyzed in order to improve your performance. Needless to say you have to really want to wear that yellow jersey to be shelling out this kind of money for a bike.

[ – Formula One experts use car technology to build bike ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Hide A Projector Screen In Your Bookshelf


By Chris Scott Barr

I don’t know about you, but I’m proud to show off my 42-inch HDTV in my living room. It’s a nice focal point, and I think it says “I like gaming on a big screen”. That’s perfect for me, but what about people that want a classier look for their living room? Hiding away a decent-sized screen is no easy task, that is unless you opt to go with this new bookshelf from Pottery Barn.

I kid you not, this thing is called the “Stuff-Your-Stuff Theater Set”. Man, I’d love to be the guy that got to think up crazy names like that for a living. Anyway, this bookshelf hides away a 66” x 58.5” projector screen, which you can use to watch your movies or play games on. Of course style always comes at a price. This time it’s a salty $1,299. You’re in luck though, it used to be $1,999.

[ PotteryBarn ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Rumor – iTunes Premium Tracks To Go For $1.29 Starting April 7th


By Chris Scott Barr

It’s hard to disagree with anyone that says iTunes forever changed the way we buy music. Their simple $.99 per song pricing made it cheaper than ever to buy just the songs you like. It didn’t matter if the song was brand new or three decades old, $.99 was the price. Unfortunately starting next month that will no longer be the case. If you’re looking for a current chart-topper, expect to pay a premium.

According to sources, Apple has begun telling record labels that on April 7 they will introduce the new $1.29 premium price for popular tracks. This has been discussed off and on for some time, but this is the first we’ve heard of a date for the new pricing.

I won’t pretend to know all of the inner-workings of the record industry, but I’m pretty sure their business model is to bend potential customers over a table and attempt to extract cash rectally. I mean, it’s not like we’re going through a recession or anything. Oh well, looks like we’re just going to have to listen to music the old-fashioned way. Speaking of which, I believe we can look forward to a ruling on the big RIAA vs ThePirateBay case just 10 days after this new pricing scheme goes public.

VIA [ GearFuse ]