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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sony Ericsson’s LiveView – Things Get More Interesting For Your Wrist

Sony Ericsson LiveView (Images courtesy Sony Ericsson)
By Andrew Liszewski

A lot of people are predicting that tablets are the next battleground in the tech world, but it seems that another war is brewing over what consumers strap to their wrists. Now it’s easy to point at Sony Ericsson and shout “j’accuse!” that their new LiveView is nothing more than a copy of Apple’s latest gen Nano, but given how close the two were announced it’s obvious that Sony Ericsson has had this in development for a while.

And instead of serving as a standalone MP3 player, the LiveView is designed as a sort of Bluetooth micro remote for Android 2.x devices, allowing users to answer or make calls, view Facebook or Twitter updates, receiver calendar notifications, monitor RSS feeds and even control their music. It’s got a 1.3-inch OLED display but unlike the Nano’s it’s not touch-friendly. Instead it looks like the screen itself serves as a 4-way controller, requiring users to click the edges to navigate the UI, in conjunction with a set of buttons located on top. There’s no word on pricing at the moment, but the LiveView is supposed to be available sometime before the year is out.

[ Sony Ericsson LiveView ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Deal Of The Day: Dell UltraSharp IPS-panel LCD Monitor For $1,349

By David Ponce

If you’re going to be dropping this kind of money on a computer monitor, it better be good. The 30 inch U3011 sure sounds like it fits that bill. First off, it’s an IPS panel (like in the iPhone 4 and other Apple products), which means an excellent viewing angle and crisp colors. Also, a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution panel, 7ms grey-to-grey response time, 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 7-in-1 card reader, 1 USB 2.0 upstream port, 4 USB 2.0 downstream ports, capacitive-touch switches for setup and more. Accepts multiple video inputs including 2 x HDMI, DisplayPort, 2 x DVI, Component & Composite.

Usually it goes for 1,499.00 but with LogicBuy’s coupon, you save $149, which is 10%.

[ Dell UltraSharp IPS-panel LCD Monitor For $1,349 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Iron Man 2 Suitcase Suit Briefcase

Iron Man 2 Suitcase Suit Briefcase (Images courtesy Entertainment Earth)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though it was extensively teased in the trailers, seeing Tony Stark don the Ironman suitcase suit was easily the highlight of this Summer’s sequel. And it’s also why this replica is so immensely disappointing. On the outside the elaborately machined brushed aluminum finish and red paint job make it look exactly like the case carried by Stark’s bodyguard in the film, but when you open it up there’s no place to insert your hands to start the ‘dresssing’ sequence. Or anything even close to what Tony’s case could do.

There’s just a few leather pockets in the top for holding boring files, and a laser cut EVA foam bottom with the ‘STARK’ logo. And it’s still $459.99 for one of 1,000 copies from Entertainment Earth, available sometime in December. Now do I think it’s even possible that such a suit could be created with today’s technology for under $500? Absolutely not! But that doesn’t make me any less disappointed.

[ Iron Man 2 Tony Stark Mark V Briefcase Replica ] VIA [ Fashionably Geek ]

Throwing Knife Kitchen Magnets Bring Some Class To Your Kitchen

By Chris Scott Barr

My house has a lot of strange things in it. Mostly because I’m a bit on the strange side myself. So naturally, I keep my eye out for unusual things which I can use to adorn my place of residence. Naturally, these Throwing Knife Fridge Magnets are exactly the sort of thing I need for my kitchen.

No, there’s no high-tech wizardry to see here. Just some awesome magnets that make it look like you’ve stabbed a knife through whatever paper you’ve hung up (and through your fridge as well). Since those throwing star magnets aren’t up for sale anymore, these will definitely have to be purchased. $10 each is a tad steep though.

[ ThinkGeek ] VIA [ GearFuse ]

iPortal iPhone Based Display Interface For Powered Wheelchairs

iPortal (Image courtesy Dynamic Controls)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides being a pretty decent smartphone, the iPhone has also come to serve as a great touchscreen interface for other gadgets like alarm clocks, stereos and now powered wheelchairs. And by ‘now’ I mean last year when the iPortal was originally introduced, allowing those who use a powered wheelchair to monitor it VIA a slick dashboard app providing details on everything from battery life to speed and range to even quick access to emergency contacts.

But the next generation of the iPortal system, which will be first shown at the Rehacare Exhbition in Germany, has recently gained some new functionality allowing wheelchair users with minimal use of their arms or hands to operate an iPhone through the chair’s joystick controller. This includes surfing the web, making phone calls and other functionality. How it works specifically, and the scope of what a user can do VIA the joystick isn’t quite clear in Dynamic Control’s press release, but I’m sure more details will emerge once the updated hardware is officially unveiled.

[ iPortal ] VIA [ Medgadget ]

SteriShoe Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer

SteriShoe Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer (Image courtesy Shoe Care Innovations)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are UV sterilizers available for everything from toothbrushes to your iPhone, but the SteriShoe is the first designed for one of the most vile, unhygienic places people visit every single day, the inside of their shoes. Designed for people with athlete’s foot, fungus, chronic shoe odor, diabetes or those who are just grossed out by whatever might be lurking inside, the SteriShoe will kill 99.9% of “problematic microorganisms” after a 45 minute treatment, reducing health problems and probably improving their smell as well.

The SteriShoe uses UVC light which has been used in hospitals and water treatment plants for years, but it can actually be harmful if looked at for prolonged periods or when held close to your skin. So a built-in compression sensor ensures the light will only turn on when the device is safely inserted inside a shoe, and as an extra precaution a light sensor serves the same purpose, only activating the sanitizer in a dark environment. It will also work with open-toed shoes, though you’ll have to use an included shoe bag to create a dark environment so the SteriShoe knows it’s safe to operate. $129.95 available in four different sizes to match your shoes.

[ SteriShoe Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Edible Bling Spray

Edible Bling Spray (Image courtesy Firebox)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your dinner guests aren’t impressed with all the money you’ve spent on the gadgets in your kitchen, you can definitely wow them with what you’re serving instead thanks to these cans of Edible Bling Spray that will turn any food item gold or silver. Well, I guess you’re not going to be able to give drinks the Midas touch, or something with a runny sauce for that matter, but anything relatively solid should accept the spray well enough (glossy or waxy items will apparently need multiple coats) tricking your guests into believing you’re living the high life! Each can contains 100ml of the tasteless food coloring, and is available from Firebox for ~$40. (£24.99)

[ Edible Bling Spray ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

BlueWatchDog Bluetooth Personal Alarm System

BlueWatchDog Bluetooth Personal Alarm System (Image courtesy secu4)
By Andrew Liszewski

Once again I can’t give secu4 the credit for being the first to come up with this idea, but I like the fact they’ve managed to get their BlueWatchDog security ‘dongle’ almost as thin as a credit card, making it less of an inconvenience to actually use. The idea is you stash one of these cards inside something you don’t want to go missing, and then connect it to your cellphone over Bluetooth.

Everything is hunky-dory until you and said article are separated by a preset distance, anywhere between 1 and 30 meters. At that point an alarm on your cellphone will sound letting you know the protected item has been forgotten or taken, and the BlueWatchDog itself will emit a 100db alarm serving as a reminder and/or a deterrent. The system is compatible with a wide variety of phones, though oddly enough not the iPhone which was supposed to be supported sometime this year. And while ~$95 (€69.99) isn’t chump change by any means, it could be cheaper than having to replace a laptop or other more expensive device.

[ BlueWatchDog Bluetooth Personal Alarm System ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

We’re Giving Away A Blu-ray Copy Of IronMan 2!

By David Ponce

Well, happy top of the week to all y’all. To sweeten a Monday up a little, how about some swag winning? This time, it’s a Blu-ray copy of IronMan 2, out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th. To win this one, you’re going to have to use your tweeting chops. Simply retweet to win: “@ohgizmo is giving away a copy of #IronMan2 on Blu-Ray, out on DVD and Blu-Ray 9/28! RT 4 a chance to win!“. It’s open to US and Canada except Quebec. On the 28th, we’ll pick a winner.

Get tweeting!