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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sonic Screwdriver Is An Actual Screwdriver As Well

By Chris Scott Barr

With eleven different Doctors, Doctor Who fans have a lot to choose from, and a lot of different Sonic Screwdrivers as well. Most of them are simply replicas that do nothing but look fancy. Others come in the form of a pen, stylus or some other semi-useful device. My question is why not make one that’s a screwdriver?

They do indeed make one that drives screws, as they say. It has three interchangeable (and reversible) tips, for a total of six different heads. The tips store neatly away inside the screwdriver when not actually in use. It also lights up and has sound effects. Really, what more could you ask from a Sonic Screwdriver?

[ NeatoShop ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Sonic All Adapter Grants Sonic Cleaning Capabilities To Any Toothbrush

Sonic All Toothbrush Adapter (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

So I like the idea behind this Sonic All device which lets you turn any manual toothbrush into a vibrating, super-cleaning machine. But in practice I’m finding it hard to figure out who this would really appeal to. At this point basic electric toothbrushes are almost as cheap as the non-powered variety, but in the long run the extra cost will add up if you’re replacing your brush every few months like you should. This could be a cheaper alternative since you only had to buy a basic manual brush each time, but with a price tag of $87 I think you’d be better off buying a more expensive electric model with replaceable heads.

[ Sonic All Ultrasonic Toothbrush ]

Deal Of The Day: Black Friday Brings The HP Pavilion dv6 At $699

By David Ponce

The HP Pavilion dv6 Select Edition is a powerful and versatile laptop that can be configured with Core i5 and i7 processors. Prices of course vary accordingly, but a Core i5 model with 460M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz, a FREE Upgrade to 8GB DDR3 System Memory and a 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection can be yours for $699 after $200 off from HP and an additional $100 coupon from LogicBuy.

If you wanna splurge a little more, get the Core i7 model, which after rebates comes out to $999. At this price, you get 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Graphics as well as a more powerful processor.

At just 1.21-inch thin and weighing 5.5 lbs, the HP dv6 Special Edition (dv6tse) sports brushed aluminum finish in stream argento (metal). In addition to Multi-touch screen, optional upgrades include Blu-ray, Core i3/i5/i7 CPU, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit keyboard, and 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switachable graphics.

[ Black Friday Brings The HP Pavilion dv6 At $699 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Oven Mitt Apron Might Help Reduce Your Thanksgiving Day Frustrations

Oven Mitt Apron (Image courtesy Uncommon Goods)
By Andrew Liszewski

This one’s for all of you stuck in the kitchen today. Even if you love cooking, dealing with a houseful of guests and juggling a smorgasbord of dishes can get tiring, so avoid the frustrations of trying to find those oven mitts, which have a knack for disappearing just when the pumpkin pie is about to burn, with this clever apron which features a built-in set. Made of cotton twill the apron also ensures that only the person wearing it will be poking around the oven, since we all know that family gatherings seem to bring out the critical cook in everyone. $22 from Uncommon Goods.

[ Oven Mitt Apron ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth Handset Now Includes An iPhone Dock

Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth Handset (Image courtesy Native Union)
By Andrew Liszewski

Native Union, still hell bent on keeping the telephone handset dream alive, has created a new version of their Moshi Moshi cordless BT handset called the MM03i which now features an iPhone dock integrated into its base. You still need to connect your iPhone to the handset via Bluetooth so the dock just seems like a way to keep your phone conveniently charged (and moored) while using it.

The Moshi Moshi has seen some tech upgrades as well though, with the use of Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR (enhanced data rate) and BT Multi-point which allows the handset to be connected to multiple devices at the same time like the iPhone and a PC for use with Skype. Fully charged the handset is good for 6 hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby, and is available in white or black for a small king’s ransom, ~$180 (£115.00).

[ Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth Handset ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Deal Of The Day: Black Friday Brings You An HP TouchSmart tm2 Tablet For $809. Updated: It’s $699 Actually

By David Ponce

Well… it’s Thursday… so is it like “Gray Thursday?” Oh no, wait, it’s Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving y’all (at least, those of you in the US of A, and who celebrate.)

Anyway… Like we mentioned yesterday, you better stay home for Black Friday if you like, you know, being untrampled. And what better than the DotD feature to help you in your couch potato efficient shopper ways? Today we have the HP TouchSmart tm2 tablet, a lovely ULV in a Core i3 configuration for as low as $809 (or $899 for the Core i5) $699 (or $799 for the Core i5) after a $250 rebate and a stackable $50 web-use coupon. Also, you get a “free upgrade to 4GB DDR3 memory, free upgrade to 500GB Hard Drive ($40 value), 50% off two 6-cell batteries and free shipping”.

We last mentioned the tm2 back in October and back then it was going for $884. You’re shaving a decent chunk off that price, and this is what you’ll be getting:

HP tm2 is powered by the new low-voltage Intel 2010 Core i3-380UM or Core i5-470UM with Intel HD graphics or optional 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 switchable graphics. Features brushed aluminum design with “Riptide” engraved illustration wrapped in a lightweight & quiet chasis. The zero-force touch display enables you to twist it 180 degrees, fold it; use the included digital pen to write notes, draw or use your fingers to dictate onscreen (make multiple gestures to interact).

[ Black Friday Brings You An HP TouchSmart tm2 Tablet For $809 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Update: Prices dropped overnight it seems. It’s now $699 and not $809 like previously reported.

Kee4 One Handed Keyboard

Kee4 One Handed Keyboard (Images courtesy Citta Consulting Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Look out T9, another alphanumerically named typing alternative could be stealing your thunder, at least among those who winge and complain about having to use an onscreen keyboard with their portable devices. Called the Kee4 because it only has (1…2…3…4!) 4 keys it allows you to type with just one hand, making it far more portable than the full-sized QWERTY keyboards we all know and love.

Of course in order to produce 26 different letters and punctuation from just 4 keys there is a special typing technique involved which the makers of the Kee4 refer to as ‘composite keystrokes.’ Not surprisingly you’ll need to press multiple keys in a specific order to get the letter you’re after, with either a rocking or rolling keystroke as described below.

Rocking Composite Keystrokes:
If the key that was pressed second is the first to be released, that is called a ‘rocking keystroke’, since it suggests a rocking motion from one finger to the other and then back.

Rolling Composite Keystrokes:
If the key that was pressed first is also the first to be released, that makes a ‘rolling keystroke’, since it suggests a rolling movement of the hand from one finger to another.

I’ve also included a video of someone typing on the Kee4, which is still in its prototype form at this point. It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to get used to, but your typing speed will probably be halved since it requires two keystrokes for every letter. (Maybe even quartered since you’re just using one hand too.) As for when it might be hitting the market? Well the fact that it’s still in prototype form coupled with the section on their website where they’re still looking for investors suggests it will be a while before anyone will get their hand on one.

[ Kee4 One Handed Keyboard ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Marmeled Jelly Lamps

Marmeled Jelly Lamps (Image courtesy JellyLamp)
By Andrew Liszewski

They might look delicious, but these Marmeled Jelly lamps are not for eating, at least so says this warning on the JellyLamps website. When placed right side up the lamps are supposed to look like a jar of delicious preserves, but given the bright colors available they look more like a jar of hair gel. But either way, their true purpose is revealed when you flip them upside down which causes an LED light on the lid to switch on, casting a soft colored glow.

Marmeled Jelly Lamps (Images courtesy JellyLamp)

Each jar is powered by 2xAAA batteries which is good for about 50 hours of illumination, and they run ~$48 (€35) each from the JellyShop online store, with free shipping if you happen to live in Italy.

[ Marmeled Jelly Lamps ] VIA [ ]

Huey Chameleon Lamp Changes Colors To Match Whatever He’s Sitting On

Huey Chameleon Lamp (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides being energy efficient and all that, the use of LEDs also means that you don’t necessarily have to just settle with boring white lighting any more. ThinkGeek’s latest creation, affectionately known as Huey (any relation to Pantone’s color calibration system?) takes advantage of the fact that multiple LEDs of different colors can be combined to create even more colors.

Using a couple of white LEDs and an optical sensor hidden underneath him, Huey is not only able to determine the color he’s currently sitting on, but he’ll do his best to adjust his internal lighting to match that color as closely as possible. When left alone he’ll cycle through the various colors in his spectrum, but at any time you can ‘lock’ him in to a specific color by giving his soft vinyl body a gentle squeeze. $29.99 including an AC adapter, though probably not the 3xAAA batteries if you want to use him cordless.

[ Huey the Color Copying Chameleon Lamp ]