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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Minitopz Desktop PC (This Is A PC)


By Evan Ackerman

This is a PC. There’s no good reason why it’s a PC, but it’s a PC. Or if there IS a good reason why it’s a PC, there’s no good reason why it looks like this. From Artopz (“Technology In Design,” which is as literal a motto as I’ve ever seen) comes this series of three designer weird-ass desktop computers, each one of which is also a lamp.

A lamp!

As far as I can tell (and I can’t really tell), all of the PC bits are stuffed into the aluminum base, with the designer weird-ass lamp on top. The lamp is somehow connected to the PC in that it changes color depending on what the computer is doing, although it can also be controlled independently. The PC itself is decidedly lower midrange, with an Atom processor, 4 gigs of RAM, a DVD burner, and over 600 gigs of SSD storage. It comes with Windows 7 and no monitor, and you can buy one (after a seven week wait) starting at about $2500.

[ Artopz ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Something Tells Me This Person Isn’t Getting Their Duke Nukem Forever Pre-Order Filled

Duke Nukem Forever Game Stop Pre-Order Receipt (Image courtesy imgur)
By Andrew Liszewski

I found this photo of someone’s Game Stop Duke Nukem Forever pre-order receipt rather amusing. It appears to be dated August 2001, and as you can clearly see the years have left it a bit yellowed, faded and if I’m not mistaken, even a little sad looking. I wonder if they’ve got a pre-order for the Gizmondo or the Phantom console lying around too?

[ imgur ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

LEGO’s First Official iPhone App Isn’t What You’d Expect, But Is Still Pretty Neat

LEGO iPhone App (Images courtesy Gizmodo)
By Andrew Liszewski

The mere mention of an official iPhone LEGO app might make you excited about building virtual police cars and pirate ships during your commute in the morning, but I’m afraid you’ll have to put those dreams on hold. LEGO’s first venture into mobile apps is actually a photography program that will pixelate any photo you take, or shots already in your iPhone’s Photo Library. Tapping a LEGO-ized photo also refreshes the color palette of the bricks being used if you’re not happy with the apps first conversion attempt, and the modified shots can be saved out to your Photo Library once you’re pleased with the results. Free from the iTunes App Store, available right now.

[ iTunes – LEGO Photo ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

A-DATA Launches Their N002 USB3.0/SATA II Flash Drive

A-DATA N002 USB3.0/SATA II Flash Drive (Image courtesy A-DATA)
By Andrew Liszewski

With 200 MB/s read and 170 MB/s write speeds, A-DATA’s new N002 flash drive makes a convincing argument to upgrade to USB 3.0. But if you’re not ready to take the bleeding edge plunge just yet, the drive is also equipped with a SATA II connection and is even backwards with USB 2.0, though you’ll be taking a bit of a speed hit there. A-DATA claims the drive will be hitting the market sometime in January of 2010 and will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, though pricing information has not been announced yet.

[ PR – A-DATA N002 Combo Flash Drive ]

These Star Trek Wetsuits Aren’t Meant For Space Travel


By Chris Scott Barr

Hailing from the Midwest means that I’ve really never had a reason to own a wetsuit. However, for those of you that happen to spend a lot of time in waters that require such protection, I give you the Star Trek Wetsuit. If you have the need to show your love of the original series even while underwater, then these are for you.

These 7MM suits are tailored specifically to your exact measurements and supplied by JMJ Wetsuits.  At $470 a pop, you’ll be paying around a hundred bucks extra for the Star Trek theme. The traditional yellow, blue and red uniform colors are available, though no sane person would dare jump in the water in a red suit. That’s just asking for trouble.

[ Roddenberry ] VIA [ Dvice ]

WakeMate Bluetooth Wristband Makes Waking A Bit Easier

WakeMate Bluetooth Wristband (Images courtesy Perfect Third Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Instead of jarring you out of bed at a random time in your sleep cycle which can make you feel groggy, the WakeMate wristband uses actigraphy to determine the ‘semi-awake’ arousal points in your REM cycle when waking can actually make you feel rested and refreshed. The wristband itself features a motion sensor to measure your body’s activity throughout the night, which correlates to your sleep cycles, and the information is sent to an application on your cellphone via Bluetooth.

Before you go to bed, instead of specifying an exact time to wake, you give the WakeMate software a 20-minute window in which you’d like to get up, and it will sound an alarm at the optimal time within that window. The WakeMate isn’t expected to be available until late January 2010 at which point it will sell for $49.99, but you can pre-order one on their site right now for just $5 down.

[ WakeMate ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

WaveBox Portable Microwave Ensures A Warm Burrito Is Always Close At Hand

WaveBox Portable Microwave (Image courtesy The Frank Group)
By Andrew Liszewski

The microwave oven changed the way a lot of us cook at home (or don’t cook to be more exact) and now the WaveBox promises the same revolution in food preparation wherever you are. It’s a portable microwave oven that’s roughly the same size as a small cooler, and since it can be powered by either a standard AC outlet, the 12-volt DC outlet in your vehicle, or hooked directly to a car battery, it can be used almost anywhere.

A built-in carrying handle makes transporting the 14 lb oven a breeze, and even though it’s compact in size, it still has all the features you’d find on a regular sized microwave like preset cook buttons and even an LED display. In fact the only thing that’s missing is a window on the door which could lead to the occasional burned meal. At $249.99 the WaveBox isn’t terribly expensive either, particularly when you consider that microwaveable dinners are a far cheaper alternative to dining out at restaurants every day if you’re on the road a lot.

[ WaveBox Portable Microwave ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Human-Powered Light Bulb Will Make You The Center Of Attention At Any New Year’s Eve Party For About 2 Minutes

Human-Powered Light Bulb (Images courtesy X-tremeGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

The cold temperatures and dry air has made static electricity the bane of my existence these days, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has to suffer from simple science at work. This small neon light features a couple of wire leads you hold in your hands, and as you walk across the floor shuffling your feet, the static charge that builds is discharged through the bulb causing it to glow. Now I don’t imagine it gives off enough light or is reliable enough to be considered an eco-friendly alternative to a flashlight, but I’m sure it will serve to impress any simple-minded revelers at your New Year’s Eve party tonight. $4.95 from X-tremeGeek.

[ Human-Powered Light Bulb ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Get 120 Years Worth Of National Geographic On Your Own External Drive


By Chris Scott Barr

In my grandpa’s attic you will find, among other things, 40 years worth of National Geographic Magazine. Let me tell you, that takes up a lot of room. If you’re looking for something very specific in one of the issues, you can bet that it’s going to take a little while to find (mostly because they’re all stored in boxes). Of course if you want the information from every single issue right at your fingertips, there is a much better way to do it.

National Geographic has decided to release the content from every single issue (starting way back in 1888) in a convenient digital format. Every map, photo and article is contained on a special 160GB hard drive. Surprisingly, it only takes up 60GB, so they’ve setup the drive to have an extra 100GB partition to store your own personal files. There’s also a bonus DVD which contains tips on taking better photographs and a behind-the-scenes look at how National Geographic is put together. At $200, this is no doubt worth every penny.

[ National Geographic ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]