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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Presenting The WaveBox – Because Every Camper Needs A Microwave

By Chris Scott Barr

When I think of camping, I imagine pitching a tent somewhere in the middle of nowhere and cooking food over an open fire. Of course, some people have a vastly different idea about camping. I’m talking about the people who pull up in a Winnebago with a stocked fridge, and hoist an antennae so that they can catch the race later. If your idea is somewhere in-between these, then you might be interested in the WaveBox.

Rather than relying on a campfire to heat your meals, the WaveBox allows you to nuke your food, just like you would back home. This “portable” microwave is going to require you to be near an outlet, or at the very least, your car. Most people will opt for the latter, in which case you’ll probably want to hook it directly to your car’s battery for maximum power. At just over $200, this microwave will either make you the envy of your camping buddies, or will get you kicked out of the tent.

[ WaveBox ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Indoor Faucet Hose Connector Is Going To Revolutionize The Way I Clean This Dump

Koala Indoor Faucet Connector (Images courtesy Exterior Accents)
By Andrew Liszewski

Some of you might see this handy adapter that lets you connect a garden hose to your indoor faucets as an easy to way to fill an aquarium, a waterbed or even water plants out on the balcony. But I’ve got grander plans for this amazing innovention! Once all of my appliances are unplugged (or at least the ones that are easy to reach) this thing will make my bi-annual cleaning a breeze. Now I’m probably going to need to install a drain in the floor in each room first, which is probably going to upset my neighbors living below me, but I think I can convince them it’s a worthwhile misadventure. Just $9.99 to turn cleaning day into 10 minutes of productive fun!

[ Koala Indoor Faucet Connector ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Griffin PartyDock Turns Your iPhone Into A Mutliplayer Gaming Console

Griffin PartyDock (Image courtesy wireless goodness)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sorry about the crudtastic product shot there but this intriguing iPhone, iPad and presumably updated iPod Touch dock from Griffin isn’t official yet, but was extracted from the depths of the FCC website. Called the PartyDock it lets up to four players participate in a single game on one of Apple’s idevices thanks to four tiny wireless controllers. It also connects to an external monitor or TV so everyone doesn’t have to crowd around and squint at the iPhone’s tiny display, if that’s what you’re using, and Griffin will include a PartyDock app with three free mini games including Midway Motors, Fishing Frenzy and Flippin’ Frogs. No pricing or availability info just yet though.

[ wireless goodness – Griffin PartyDock enables mutiplayer gaming on a single iPhone ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

iPad Folio Turns Your Apple Tablet Into A Netbook Replacement

By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve started using my iPad for a lot more over the last month or so, likely because I finally decided to jailbreak my iPhone. When used with the right application, I can broadcast my 3G connection over WiFi to the iPad. While I’ve gotten pretty good at typing on the touchscreen, I know that I’m still much faster when typing on a real keyboard. I’ve no desire to carry around a separate device just so I can type a bit faster, so I get by only punching out around 40WPM on it. However, once this case is approved by the FCC, I might have a better option.

The iPad Folio is a stylish leather case for the iPad that’s got a leg-up on the competition. Built into the cover is a Bluetooth keyboard, which can sync do your tablet. It even acts as a stand so that you can use the devices together, much like a small laptop or netbook. It doesn’t appear to add much bulk to the iPad, and having the keyboard will certainly make up for the small amount of extra weight. It’s currently on sale in the UK for around $90, and should be available here in the US in the near future.

[ GearZap ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Motion Sensing CFL Bulb

Esco Sensor Lamp (Image courtesy KJ Global Ltd.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Adding to the eco-friendliness of this CFL bulb is a built-in infrared motion sensor that will automatically turn the bulb on when it senses movement nearby. A couple of settings dials allow you to program how long the bulb will stay on for, from 10 seconds to 5 minutes, or specify one of 5 different luminance levels when it’s activated. The bulb is rated for 8,000 hours of use, and I’m going to assume/hope the motion sensor can be switched off when you need it to stay on. ~$25 (£15.98) each from KJ Global.

[ Esco Sensor Lamp ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Remote Control Football/Soccer Shoes

Remote-Controlled Football Shoes (Image courtesy Pro-Idee)
By Andrew Liszewski

Whether you refer to it as football or soccer, or shoes or boots, this set of remote control cleats is clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the World Cup, though it’s kind of missed its window. Each ‘boot’ is driven by four wheels and can be steered in any direction with an included wireless remote, and you can expect to get a pretty decent 2 hours of playtime on a set of 4 x AA batteries. Also included is a plastic scoop accessory that can be attached for beginners who aren’t used to pushing a small plastic ball around with a remote control shoe. Ugh, n00bs! $76+ (£49.50) for a set of 2 from Pro-Idee.

[ Remote-Controlled Football Boot ]

One Day We Will Laugh At This Sony ‘Location Porter’ The Same Way We Laugh At The Portable VTRs Of Yesteryear

Sony RVT-SD200 Location Porter (Image courtesy Sony Japan)
By Andrew Liszewski

Before camcorders used solid-state drives, flash memory cards, minidiscs and even miniDV tapes, if you wanted to record video on location you had to carry a heavy portable VTR over your shoulder, and rely on massive betacam cassette tapes. And while Sony’s RVT-SD200 Location Porter might look like the shoulder slung VTRs of yesteryear, it actually allows a user to transmit live video feeds over a wireless internet connection or even cellular data networks. So in theory a reporter doesn’t need to arrive at a location in a broadcast vehicle in order to do a live report. It’s remarkable to think of how far we’ve come, but let’s face it, in another 10 years we’ll be looking back at devices like this and laughing again at how large and crude they were.

[ Tech-On! – Sony’s Real-time Video Transmission System Goes Multi-channel ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive Can Back Up Videos Directly From Your Camcorder

I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking for a way to backup photos from your memory-hungry DSLR while away from a PC, there’s a nice assortment of devices to choose from. But it’s not quite the same situation if you’re looking to backup the videos captured by those compact camcorders that are all the rage right now. In fact, the new HDPN-U500/V external hard drive from I-O Data could be one of the first.

The unique bulge you see on one side is supposed to make it look like a Windows file folder icon, where you know, you store your files, but it thankfully serves double duty as a place to clip and store the included USB cable when not in use. It of course functions as a regular old external hard drive when connected to a PC, but it can also be used to backup video files from a Sanyo Xacti, JVC Everio or Sony Handycam without the assistance of a computer. Perfect for freeing up space on your camcorder when traveling. And the videos on the drive can also be enjoyed on a TV when using your camcorder as the AV interface. The I-O Data HDPN-U500/V will be available in Japan by the end of September for ~$190. (¥16,000)

[ I-O Data HDPN-U500/V External Hard Drive ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Steelcase Node Reinvents Classroom Seating

Steelcase Node (Images courtesy Steelcase)
By Andrew Liszewski

It might be designed for the needs of modern classrooms, but I’m pretty sure I could use one of these Steelcase Node desk chairs around my home/office. Besides better addressing the needs of today’s laptop-toting students with ample bag storage under the seat and an adjustable work desk sized for most notebooks, the Node also swivels and is on wheels making it very easy to re-arrange an entire classroom should a different configuration suit the day’s lesson plan. Whether it’s a lecture or working in smaller groups. The chairs are also available in a variety of color combinations since branding seems to be an important part of higher-learning these days.

[ Steelcase Node ] VIA [ designboom ]