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Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Perfect Side Mirror Decal For You Competitive Types

Objects in mirror are losing car sticker (Image courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

Is life nothing but a competition to you? Do you need constant re-assurance that you’re vastly superior to the rest of the human race? While not as uplifting as those ‘successories’ prints, this $5 side mirror decal from Etsy seller ‘thelittlepiper‘ will at least give you an air of superiority over those driving behind you, even if you’re all stuck sitting in traffic. Just try and ignore the fact that the person in front of you could have the exact same decal on their mirrors, looking down at you in disgust.

[ Etsy – Objects In Mirror Are Losing Car Sticker ] VIA [ The Awesomer & We Interrupt ]

Callaway Reveals Its New upro mx GPS Device – Should Probably Just Release An iPhone App Already

Callaway's upro mx GPS Device (Images courtesy Callaway)
By Andrew Liszewski

Yesterday Callaway revealed an updated version of their upro handheld GPS device, now bestowed with an ‘mx’ after its name, and a full-color multi-touch and gesture-friendly 2.2-inch LCD display. Obviously designed and optimized for use on golf courses, the upro mx comes pre-loaded with maps for more than 25,000 courses around the world, including high-resolution aerial photography of each course which apparently only they offer. And while there’s enough content on the device to get you going right out of the box, you can also download more detailed data for where you’re playing including a Virtual Green View with exact putting distances, SmartView which calculates the best virtual view based on where you’re standing and AnyPoint technology for extremely accurate distance measures.

The Callaway upro mx will be available in May for just $199, but I have to wonder why it couldn’t also be available as an iPhone app. I’m sure it’s still a must-have for some professional golfers who need highly accurate GPS distance readings, but I think the casual links player would find it far more convenient to have this built-in to their phone. And if that database of 25,000+ courses is too hefty to download at once, users could simply pull down offline copies of courses as needed. I’m fairly certain even the most avid of golfers won’t be playing at all 25,000 courses in their collection.

[ PR – Callaway Golf Introduces Next Generation upro GPS Device ]

Thanko Cooks Up Their Own Multi-Touch Magic Trackpad… With A Little Less Magic

Thanko Touchpad (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

You can easily use Apple’s Magic Trackpad with Windows while running it under Boot Camp on Mac hardware, or by extracting the necessary Window’s drivers Apple has created for your non-Apple hardware, but this alternative from Thanko looks to be a little easier and Windows-specific. You just have to be willing to give up some of the ‘magic’ of Apple’s trackpad.

And by that I mean the slick aluminum housing and scratch-resistant glass surface, convenient wireless Bluetooth connectivity and possibly 3 and 4 finger gestures, given the Thanko website only shows theirs being used with 2 digits. But on the other hand it’s yet another device to keep your USB ports filled, can be switched between multi-touch gesture and standard trackpad modes, and is available for just ~$36 (¥2,980) compared to the Magic Trackpad’s $69 price tag.

[ Thanko USB Multi-Touch Pad ]

Offside – The Foosball/Dining Room Table Combo

By Chris Scott Barr

One of the best things about this modern age is its new way of combining things that we love so we can save money. One of these devices is the combination foosball and dining room table that is brought to us by Skitsch. It has a very simple, yet unique design that makes this a must-have for soccer lovers. When you’re not playing foosball with friends, you can take out the spinny guys and put on the tempered glass top to have a very specifically themed dining table.

If you’re not a big fan of foosball, then this probably on the top of your priority list. Although, those of you out there that just about cried from excitement that they could have this and have the excuse that it’s functional, your time is now. Though you will have to save up for a bit seeing as this table will cost about $2800.

[ MadeInDesign ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Park Assist System Scans Your License Plate And Remembers Where You Parked

Park Assist System (Images courtesy Park Assist)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it raises privacy issues, I think most parking garage patrons will be happy to turn a blind eye to the Big Brother-ness of the Park Assist system if it means they never forget where they parked their car again. Well to be more specific, they can forget all they want since the system uses a series of high-resolution digital cameras that can not only tell when a spot is empty or full, but can also snap and catalog every vehicle’s license plate number.

So when you get back from shopping, or whatever you were doing, and are a bit fuzzy about where you parked, all you need to do is visit one of the Find-Your-Car kiosks, punch in your plate number, and it will create a you-are-here, you-want-to-be-here map so you can easily find your ride. Of course if your vehicle is associated with any warrants or parking tickets you might be a little shy about leaving it in a Park Assist-equipped garage since I’m sure the Police could ‘request’ access to those constantly updated databases (they use similar license plate scanning techniques) but for the rest of us law abiding citizens, remembering where we parked is now one less thing to have to worry about.

[ Park Assist ] VIA [ CNET ]

Sony Unveils Their Next Generation Portable Gaming Device

Sony NGP (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not sure if they’re trying to distance themselves from the PSP, but Sony’s next-generation portable gaming device has officially been unveiled and instead of referring to it as the PSP2 or the PSP-somethingorother, it’s currently known as the NGP, or ‘next-generation portable’. And since Sony is still convinced that specs and horsepower are what wins the handheld gaming wars, the NGP is certainly packed to the gills.

It’s powered by a quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor and a quad core PowerVR SGX534MP4+ GPU, and features an impressive 5-inch, 960×544 pixel resolution OLED display. The single flat analog nub of the original PSPs has been replaced with 2 more substantial analog sticks, presumably making it feel more like Sony’s DualShock controllers, but taking a cue from Nintendo not only is that fancy new display touch-friendly, but there’s also a similar sized touchpad on the back allowing you to enjoy touch-based games without blocking the screen with your fingers.

There also seems to be more of a push for social gaming with a new Xbox Live-esque feature called LiveArea which uses the NGP’s 3G, wifi and GPS to find people to play with and share your scores and achievements. And if you’re a big fan of the PlayStation Move, you’ll be happy to hear the NGP packs the same accelerator and gyroscope technology. Sony also announced a batch of titles that will be available for the NGP including portable versions of hits like Call of Duty, Uncharted, Hot Shots Golf, Killzone and Wipeout, plus a slew of developers who are already on board. But what’s most surprising is that the unnamed NGP is actually slated to be available this holiday season. So, anyone still care about that PlayStation phone now?

[ Kotaku – The First Sexy Pics of the PSP 2 ]

App Gun Accessory For The iPhone

App Gun iPhone Accessory (Images courtesy Pocket-lint)
By Andrew Liszewski

The folks over at Pocket-lint have been doing a great job covering the Toy Fair going on across the pond, digging up quite a bit of stuff that wasn’t shown at CES. Like this recognizable accessory which adds a bit more credence to the iPhone as a gaming platform. I mean what self-respecting console doesn’t have some kind of gun accessory right?

From the same people responsible for the iPhone RC car/heli remote from a couple of days ago, this AppToyz accessory works with an accompanying augmented reality app that has you blasting aliens in your actual environment. And to keep the price down to under ~$30 (£20) instead of interfacing with the iPhone’s dock connector, the App Gun simply uses a touch-friendly lever to tap the screen whenever you pull the trigger.

[ Pocket-lint – App Gun: New toy turns iPhone into an AR blaster ]

Buzz And Woody Get The LEGO Minifigure Alarm Clock Treatment

Toy Story LEGO Alarm Clocks (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

A host of various Star Wars characters have already gotten the minifigure alarm clock treatment, but now that LEGO makes Toy Story themed sets, a couple of Pixar’s flagship characters are getting in on the action too. Available for pre-order from for ~$40, these Buzz Lightyear and Woody alarm clocks are fully posable, and like their Star Wars counterparts, feature a large, easy to read LCD display on their chests. With Woody the buttons for setting the alarm and time are located on his back, but with Buzz they’re cleverly integrated into his chest plate. And to snooze the alarm all you have to do is either press on Woody’s hat, or Buzz’s helmet.

[ Buzz Lightyear & Woody LEGO Minifigure Alarm Clock ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Simon Flash

Simon Flash (Images courtesy Pocket-lint)
By Andrew Liszewski

So it’s not really accurate to say that like Scrabble, Simon is the lastest Hasbro game to get the electronic treatment because Simon was actually one of the first electronic games on the market back in the 80’s. But this updated version called Simon Flash certainly expands what the original Simon was capable of. Not to mention making it far more portable.

Simon Flash is composed of 4 blocks that light up red, blue, yellow and green, and in addition to letting you play a traditional game of Simon where you repeat an ever expanding sequence of colors, the cubes include other game variants too. Like the classic peg-based game Mastermind, for example, where you work to figure out a secret color combination in a set number of moves. There’s no word on when Simon Flash might be available, but your safe bets are sometime in the Summer or just in time for the Christmas holidays.

[ Pocket-lint – Simon Flash hands-on ]