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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Floating Beanbag Means Comfortable Seating On Land Or Water


By Chris Scott Barr

One of the things I miss from my childhood is my old beanbag chair. I used to sit in that thing all the time, be it reading, doing homework, playing my NES or watching TV. I’ve been very tempted to get one for years, but just haven’t gotten around to it. If you happen to be in the market for one, and have a pool, I might suggest checking out the Slack Amphibious Lounger.

Beanbags are great, but the Slack Amphibious Lounger takes things one step further by floating. Just toss this sucker in the pool and you’ve got an awesome floaty chair. Sure beats the hell out of those plastic inflatable chairs. No word yet on pricing or availability.

[ SlackBeanbags ] VIA [ Coolest-Gadgets ]

Tesla Model S Unveiled, Has More Doors For Less Money


By Evan Ackerman

As sexy as the Tesla Roadster is, and as much as I want one, it’s really just a big expensive toy. It’s not a practical car for a consumer (i.e. people who have kids and need to bring home their own groceries) to purchase. Tesla gets this, and has just unveiled their new Model S electric sedan concept that we first got a glimpse of back in October of last year.

The Model S has four doors, and is apparently capable of seating seven people… Five adults, plus two kids in a rear facing seat in the back. Inside, the most notable feature is a 17″ touchscreen in the center panel, which controls the climate, navigation, and entertainment systems, has 3G connectivity built in, and features auxiliary and iPod inputs. It also manages to have more cargo space than a station wagon, thanks to a second trunk under the hood.

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Add A HUD To Your Old Clunker


By Chris Scott Barr

Way back in 2007 David and I had the chance to go up to Michigan and drive some of GM’s current line of vehicles, which was a blast. The ’08 Corvette was definitely my favorite, and one of the features that I thought was really cool (other than the horsepower, smooth transmission, etc.) was the HUD-style speedometer. It was nice not having to take your eyes off the road to check your speed (which was probably best when I was hitting 120mph on the test track). Well now you can add this feature to any car with the HG400 Heads Up Display.

This gadget uses GPS technology to measure your speed, which is likely to be more reliable than the speedometer in older cars. Besides just projecting your speed and heading onto your windshield, it can also be set to inform you when you go over a certain speed, hopefully saving you from getting a speeding ticket. It gets its power from your car’s cigarette lighter, and can interact with your other gadgets via Bluetooth, though I’m not really sure why my phone wants to know how fast I’m going. The HG400 seems like it might be cool, but unless you’re really worried about your car’s speedometer, I’m not sure it’s worth the $125 price tag.

[ InternationalAuto ] VIA [ RGS ]

Western Digital Goes 2TB with one HDD on My Book Drives


by Shane McGlaun

Anyone who has been around computers long enough will remember when machines had hard drives measured in mere megabytes and sales people said you would never fill that much space up. Slowly we moved into gigabytes and today we are working with terabyte capacity hard drives.

Typically, it takes a pair of hard drives to hit 2TB, but Western Digital has announced new MyBook external storage drives that have 2TB of storage in a single drive device. The 2TB drives are available in the entire My Book line including the Studio Edition, Mac Edition, Home Edition, and Essential Edition.

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The Chairman Phone Gets Official


by Shane McGlaun

I am a big fan of cool gadgets as you might imagine, but when it comes to smartphones the most money I am willing to pony up is the $300 or so the iPhone costs. There are a few phones on the market that are designed for those with wallets fatter than mine though and perhaps one of the most expensive was announced today.

Earlier this month we talked a bit about the Chairman phone from Ulysse Nardin, but at the time there were few hard specs for the device. Today a bit more on the specification side has been announced for the handset. The Chairman can be had in a few different styles including a solid gold version, a steel/gold version, and a solid steel version.

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PhotoFast G-Monster PCIe 1TB SSD

PhotoFast G-Monster PCIe SSD (Image courtesy PhotoFast)
By Andrew Liszewski

Their site’s a little vague on details at the moment, particularly when it comes to the all-important pricing info, but PhotoFast has announced their new G-Monster series of PCIe SSD drives that will be available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. While SSD technology is still lacking in some areas compared to traditional hard drives, they seem to make up for it when it comes to speed, and the G-Monster series promise a read speed of 750MB/s with a comparable write speed of 700MB/s.

[ PhotoFast G-Monster PCIe SSD Series ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Bandai’s Beer Can Simulator

Mugen Kan Beeru (Images courtesy CrunchGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hot on the heels of their Peri Peri FedEx envelope simulator and their Puti Puti bubble wrap toy comes Bandai’s next great innovation, the Mugen Kan Beeru or ‘Endless Can Beer.’ It provides all the thrills of opening a canned beverage, without the satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) of consuming what’s inside. It comes in a handy keychain form factor so it’s easy to carry around with you, and every 30 times you ‘open’ it you apparently get a special sound effect as a reward.

Expect it to go on sale in Japan sometime in June for about $9.

[ Bandai’s Mugen Kan Beeru ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

New Taser X12 Shotgun Looks Menacing, Fires “Painless” Rounds


By Chris Scott Barr

Don’t tase me bro. I know that almost everyone has heard that phrase. Well unfortunately (for those on the business end of a Taser) it’ll be even easier in the future for law enforcement officials to take you down, because they’ll be standing a comfortable 88 feet away. The new X12 Taser LLS (Less Lethal Shotgun) has just been launched, and it’s not something I’d want pointed at me.

After a bit of digging it looks like this gun and the XREP rounds used with it were announced early last year, though it has only just now finally been launched. This thing looks brutal, as it is essentially a 12-gauge shotgun that fires a wicked projectile up to roughly 88 feet. One good note for those that find themselves on the wrong end of the law is that the wireless rounds will cause paralysis without pain by using electrical impulses. Painless or not, one look at this thing should be enough to make anyone think twice about what they’re doing.

[ Press Release ] [ Taser XREP ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Woot-Off Underway

wootlogo By Evan Ackerman

Recession? What recession? Now is the perfect time to buy more electronic crap that you kinda want but don’t really need! normally sells one heavily discounted gizmo-y item every 24 hours, but during a Woot-Off, a new item appears as soon as the current item sells out (sometimes after mere seconds). Nobody knows what’s coming up next, but whatever it is, it’s dirt cheap (with flat rate $5 shipping). Among the items you’ve missed so far have been a solar gadget charger for $10, an 8 gig 2nd gen iPod Touch for $170, a PowerSquid for $4, a 4.3″ GPS nav for $89, and a badass Roomba 565 for only $170.

If you’re too lazy to refresh the page to see when the item changes, here’s a list of automatic Woot-Off checkers that do it for you.

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