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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Upcoming DSiWare Title Features Motion-Controlled Interactive 3D Dioramas

I have no idea what this game is called since the page on Nintendo.co.jp is made up of images (hence Google translate is useless) but an upcoming Japanese DSiWare title features a clever system of motion-controlled 3D dioramas that allow you to change the view’s perspective by tilting the DSi. It’s actually kind of hard to explain, so I recommend watching the video above to really get the gist of the game’s mechanics.

But here’s the really slick part. The DSi doesn’t have motion controls or a built-in gyro, and since this game will be available for download via the DSiWare online store, that functionality won’t be added through a cartridge. So I have to assume the DSi’s camera is being used to track the person playing the game, and 3D motion is being extrapolated from that. Looking at the video it’s not as flawless as it would be with dedicated hardware, but it’s still pretty impressive. So here’s to hoping the game eventually becomes available in North America and the rest of the world.

Update: According to Kotaku the game is called Rittai Kakushi e Attakoreda and is actually available now for download.

Upcoming DSiWare Title Features 3D Interactive Diorama (Image courtesy Nintendo)

[ Nintendo.co.jp ] VIA [ MAXCONSOLE ]

i-tab Billed As World’s First Electronic Songbook

i-tab (Image courtesy i-tab)
By Andrew Liszewski

Designed to clip on the headstock of any guitar, the i-tab is a 5-inch touchscreen device that displays and scrolls chords and lyrics in perfect time, serving as a sort of musical teleprompter for guitar players. 4GB of built-in storage provides enough space to carry around thousands of tabs, which are conveniently available for sale and download from the i-tab online Tab Store. At launch the store is expected to have around 5,000 tabs available, with roughly 500 new tabs being added on a weekly basis.

The 0.14kg device also has a built-in speaker, headphone port, stylus, USB connection and even video out for connecting it to a TV allowing everyone to sing along. i-tab comes with 30 free tabs to get you started including songs from U2, Oasis and The Rolling Stones, and is expected to be available in April for $199. Seems like a clever enough idea, though I can’t help but feel the same thing could have been accomplished with a custom iPhone app and case.

[ i-tab ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Cleankeys Touch Keyboard Gives Germs Nowhere To Hide

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By Evan Ackerman

You don’t have to be a hypochondriac to get freaked out by the amount of nastiness that’s probably living on and around your computer keyboard. And not just living, but also eating, pooping, dying, and having lots and lots of unprotected sex. Ick. Traditional keyboards are full of all kinds of nooks and crannies that are to bacteria what the back of a Volvo is to high school kids, and just like with high school kids, you can only eradicate about 5% of them with a disinfecting cloth.

The Cleankeys keyboard eliminates all of the hiding spots that you’d find on a keyboard with, you know, keys, by being completely 100% touch sensitive. This means that if you wipe the keyboard down with a disinfecting cloth you get rid of 99% of the nastiness in one fell swoop. Since the average keyboard has 3,295 germs per square inch, that leaves a mere 33 germs per square inch to deal with on the Cleankeys keyboard. Incidentally, the average toilet seat has about 49 germs per square inch. Cleankeys: it’s cleaner than your toilet!

Actually using the Cleankeys keyboard would take some getting used to, since there’s no feedback when you push a key. Cleankeys says that it’s about 30% slower than typing on a standard keyboard, but “that time is typically made up many times in the time saved cleaning.” Mmmhmm. They keyboard is entirely washable (you can stick it under running water), includes an integrated trackpad, and is available with a plastic or glass top for $400 and $450 respectively.

[ CleanKeys ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Neck Traction Designed To Relieve Neck Pain – Looks Comfortable To Me!

Neck Traction (Image courtesy Taylor Gifts)
By Andrew Liszewski

Believe it or not this inflatable contraption from Taylor Gifts is actually designed to eliminate neck pain. You wrap it around your neck and then go to town with the handheld pump until it’s inflated enough to relieve pressure caused by pinch nerves, tension headaches and osteoarthritis. On one hand $19.98 seems like a steal for a product that promises to reduce neck pain, but on the other hand the “If you have pre-existing conditions consult a medical professional before using this device” warning makes me pretty confident it isn’t exactly endorsed by any medical group not run by Dr. Nick Riviera.

[ Neck Traction ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

CartDesk Luggage Trolley

CartDesk Luggage Trolley (Images courtesy Comfort House)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though standing in long lines at the airport can quickly suck your soul away, it’s at least a few minutes where you’re not working. Or at least it was a few minutes, because thanks to this rolling luggage trolley that converts into a miniature office, you’ll be expected to spend every free moment you have toiling away.

It weighs about 10 1/2 pounds, but is able to support up to 20 pounds, and has a large enough surface to hold a 17-inch laptop. It folds down small enough to fit in most overhead storage compartments, and will set you back $129.95 from Comfort Home. The only question I have is what exactly is that woman in the product shot sitting on?

[ CartDesk Luggage Trolley ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

SMASH – The Guitar Meant To Be Destroyed

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By Chris Scott Barr

Have you ever been to a concert where one of the guitarists gets really into a song, and decides to finish it off by smashing the crap out of a perfectly good instrument? It adds a lot to the raw energy on stage, but at the same time it’s a shame to see a guitar go to waste like that. Apparently now artists can buy guitars that were designed to be destroyed mid-performance.

SMASH guitars are cheap, recyclable guitars that cater to the rock stars that need a little something extra during their show. The company states that every piece of the guitar is recyclable, and they’ll even take your old smashed pieces and construct a new instrument which will be donated to charity. Currently they’re on sale in Japan for around $60.

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Iron Man ARC Light Attaches To Any Shirt

Iron Man ARC Light (Image courtesy Entertainment Earth)
By Andrew Liszewski

Star Wars fans always head to the theater with a lightsaber in tow, and now Iron Man fans can come prepared for the much anticipated sequel with this glowing ARC Light replica that attaches to any shirt. Presumably there’s LEDs and batteries involved, though I’m not sure how it actually attaches to your garment. It’s just $7.59, available for pre-order from Entertainment Earth, but I’m sure as we get closer to the movie’s release date you’ll be able to find merchandise like this pretty much everywhere.

[ Iron Man Movie ARC Light ] VIA [ Fashionably Geek ]

Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000

Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 (Images courtesy Microsoft)
By Andrew Liszewski

Microsoft has managed to cram a lot of extra functionality into this Bluetooth mouse, including the ability to control a PowerPoint presentation or a home theater PC, a laser pointer for being ‘that guy’ in the meeting and a usable wireless range of about 30 feet. But I can’t help but feel that after just a few weeks of regular mousing the labels on those buttons on the underside of the mouse are going to get rubbed off, making it a crapshoot when it comes to figuring out which one does what. I mean for $79.95 the least they could have done is etched them into the plastic or something, but maybe I’m putting too much thought into this…

[ Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Arecibo Scarf Perfect For Keeping Warm / Making First Contact

Arecibo Scarf (Image courtesy Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
By Andrew Liszewski

Whether you’re braving a winter storm, or serving as humanity’s first ambassador to extraterrestrial life, this simple scarf embroidered with the Arecibo message is sure to come in handy. You’ll have to make it yourself, but thankfully the rudimentary pixel design of the message that makes it easy for ET to understand should also make it easy for embroidery novices. And you can download the pattern from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories for free.

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