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Monthly Archives: August 2012

iPong Table Tennis Trainer

iPong Table Tennis Trainer (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Horribly uninspired product name aside, the (ugh) iPong Table Tennis Trainer doesn’t just randomly blast you with a constant barrage of 110 ping pong balls. Not at all. Thanks to a spinning wheel somewhere inside the belly of the beast it’s actually able to put 3 different types of spin on the ball which are selectable through a dial. “Underspin (where the bottom of the ball rotates away from the player, requiring a chopping stroke to return); Topspin (where the top of the ball rotates away from the player); and a challenging Heavy Topspin (high rpm rotation that must be returned with a controlled downward stroke).”

It’s also configurable to deliver anywhere from 12 to 70 balls per minute if you’re looking to practice at either the ‘friend’s basement’ or ‘Olympic’ levels. I’d also say it’s a handy tool for practicing alone, but I think I’d still like to have someone else there, just to pick up the 110 scattered ping pong balls of course. $149.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

[ iPong Table Tennis Trainer ]

Large-Scale R2-D2 That Can Accommodate A Full-Size Person Is My Kind Of Ride

Large-Scale R2-D2 (Images courtesy dmalford1)
By Andrew Liszewski

The way I see it, if you’re going to go to all the trouble of building a replica R2-D2, why not go the extra mile and build one you can actually ride in? That’s exactly what YouTube user ‘dmalford1‘ has done with his version, which also has sounds, internal cooling fans, LEDs and a requisite rotating dome. And yes, I’m aware that actor Kenny Baker did spend time in an R2-D2 ‘suit’ for certain shots in the Star Wars films, but there’s no way a guy like me, who can barely fit in some cars, could ever squeeze in to one. So why should I miss out on the fun? As a bonus, you’ll still look cooler riding around inside a make-believe droid from a fictional space opera, than riding a Segway.

[ YouTube - Larger than life motorized R2D2 ] VIA [ The Official Star Wars Blog ]

Deal Of The Day : Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 For $599

By David Ponce

To start the week, you’re looking at a 29% rebate on the 13.3-inch Core i3 2.26GHz Lenovo IdeaPad Z360. It has some really nice features like a Core i3-350M 2.26GHz processor, 3GB DDR3 ram, a 13.3″ LED LCD, WiMAX and a 500GB HDD. This machine usually retails for $849 but Lenovo is taking $50 off. The other $200? You get it from a stackable coupon by LogicBuy. Just don’t sit on it for too long, because this deal expires on the 29th.

[ Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 For $599 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Deal Of The Day: HP Omni 100z All-in-one PC For $474.99

By David Ponce

This is the second all-in-one PC from HP we’ve featured in the DOTD column, but this one will set you back less than $500 after the $175 rebate ($150 off – $25 stackable coupon). The Omni 100z is a 20-in AMD Athlon II dual-core 1080p LED-backlit PC with the following features:

AMD Athlon II 170u 2.6GHz Dual-core CPU, 2GB DDR3 ram, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 4270, Wireless-G, 6-in-1 Card Reader, USB Keyboard & Optical Mouse and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS

As usual, follow the links below to get your coupon.

[ HP Omni 100z All-in-one PC For $474.99 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Dave The Funky Shoulder Monkey Has Elmo In His Sights This Christmas Season


By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve lost count how many years Elmo has been on the ‘most wanted’ list for Christmas, but this year a small robotic chimp named Dave is hoping to be the source of holiday shopping-related stampedes. Tech Digest recently had a demo of Dave, who’s designed to strap to your shoulder and perform one of 30 different actions with accompanying monkey sounds thanks to an included wireless remote. And besides entertaining kids of all ages, he also seems like the perfect sidekick for pirates who might be allergic to the real thing. He’ll be available for ~$40 (£24.99) in the UK at least, and since you’ll be able to find him at Toys ‘R Us stores hopefully it means he’ll be available in North America at some point as well.

[ Tech Digest - Video: Robot chimp? You got it; enter Dave the Funky Shoulder Monkey ]

Sompex Beanbag Lamps – Soon To Be A Staple Of College Dorms Across The Country

Sompex Beanbag Lamps (Images courtesy Design Milk & Contemporary Heaven)
By Andrew Liszewski

The beanbag chair might not be the most aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture, but damn if they aren’t comfortable. And while this beanbag lamp probably won’t be popular with interior design types, I’m sure it will find a home in college dorms or homes with children, which arguably aren’t that different.

The base of the lamp is made from DuPont fabric filled with fire dried quartz sand with an aluminum reflector on top focusing the light from the bulb. Based on a photo from Design Milk taken at a recent trade show in Frankfurt, a removable shade accessory might be available as well. I actually really like the idea and the execution since it makes the light easier to point and focus, not to mention the lamp is very difficult to break. At almost $70 (£43.95) it is a bit expensive, but if they make a battery-powered version with LED lights I’d buy one yesterday.

[ Sompex Beanbag Lamps ] VIA [ Design Milk ]

These Hover Nikes Are Flagrant False Advertising!

Nike - The Air Live Show (Image courtesy Creative Social Blog)
By Andrew Liszewski

If I were living in Argentina and came across this display promoting Nike’s Air Max shoes I would be quite upset if I got home with a new pair only to discover they didn’t actually hover. It turns out the display was created in conjunction with +Castro, an ‘innovation house’ in Latin America, to further promote Nike’s ‘special air’ campaign that was originally started with this revealing commercial. The shoes float about 1.6 inches above a special track thanks to good old-fashioned magnets, and visitors to the store can race a side-by-side pair using their own ‘special air’ by blowing into a microphone. You can even race online at the Air Live Show website as long as your computer’s equipped with a mic too.

Besides duping gullible chaps like myself who’ll just have to put their hover shoe dreams on hold once again, the display, and extension of the campaign, shows everyone that their air is special, just not special enough to warrant a multi-million dollar endorsement deal.

[ Nike - The Air Live Show ] VIA [ Creative Social Blog ]

Deal of The Day: HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t Core i7 For $1,824.99

By David Ponce

That’s a lot of money for a PC, but of course, you’re getting a lot of PC in exchange. Get this: the HPE-490t is a gaming rig with a Core i7-970 Six-core 3.2GHz CPU and 9GB DDR3 standard. You can optionally go for the Core i7-970X chip, which will give you 3.33GHz, 1.5MB L2 + 12MB Shared L3 cache, but of course for an extra charge. To go along with the six cores and 9 gigs of ram, there’s a free upgrade to 1.5TB storage, and a decent 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5570 w/ HDMI. That card is not top of the line, of course, but then again this isn’t a $6k gaming machine. The HPE-490t usually sells for $2,349.99 but HP is currently running a $500 off promotion. With Logicbuy’s stackable $25 coupon, you get the machine delivered for $1,824.99, shipping included.

[ HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t Core i7 For $1,824.99 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

The Booq Cobra Courier XS Carries Your iPad In Style


By Chris Scott Barr

A question that has plauged me since I first picked up my iPad is how I’m supposed to carry it around. Sure, I can slip it in a protective sleeve, then toss it in a laptop bag, but that’s not very convenient. After all, one of the big benefits to carrying around the device is not needing to lug around my laptop. So why not get a bag that’s specifically designed for the iPad? Booq has that very thing.

This Cobra Courier XS bag was designed with the iPad in mind. It’s largest pocket is just large enough for your favorite tablet, and is padded to keep it safe. There’s also room for a notepad (you know, the old-fashioned kind that you use with a pen) in there as well. Front and rear pockets give you room for things like a charger, your cell phone and wallet.

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