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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sharp Almost Outdoes Honda’s Cog Commercial With Their Touch Wood SH-08C Ad


By Andrew Liszewski

I haven’t had a chance to play with Sharp’s Touch Wood SH-08C handset, but damned if they haven’t convinced me to try it out all because of this brilliant ad. Like with many memorable commercials it’s a simple concept with a complicated execution that’s pulled off perfectly. Right down to a lovely rendition of Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

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Real Life NO Sign

NO Sign (Images courtesy Animi Causa)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well now this 3D fad has just gone too far. I was ok with movies, have come to appreciate it when it comes to handheld gaming, am indifferent towards 3D TV, but those red circle with a line through it signs telling me what not to do? Come on! Personally I think they’re fine when left in the 2D realm, but apparently someone, somewhere feels they need to jump on the 3D bandwagon. On the plus side they don’t require those shutter glasses which is nice, since you simply stick whatever real-life object is not allowed under the elastic strap. $19.90 from Animi Causa.

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Logitec’s New LAN-WH450N/GR Is A Wireless Router, Not A Wind Turbine

Logitec LAN-WH450N/GR (Image courtesy Logitec)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re worried you might have to stick Logitec’s new LAN-WH450N/GR wireless router outside or near a window to catch a breeze and keep it powered, don’t be. What looks like blades on a wind turbine is actually its tri-tenna design which supposedly lets this IEEE802.11 n/a/g/b router achieve speeds of up to 450Mbps (theoretical value) when using compatible devices. It’s also got gigabit ethernet on board if you prefer to go the more reliable wired route, all the standard wireless security methods you’d expect to find on a wifi router these days and will be available mid-April for ~$230 (¥19,000).

[ Logitech LAN-WH450N/GR ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Review – Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship PC Gaming Headset

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

Last we were lucky to receive the Sonar 5.1 Championship PC Gaming Headset from Cyber Snipa. I was fortunate to be able to take this headset to the past LAN War at Indiana University and really put it through the gauntlet so-to-speak. After a long tandem of hourly gaming, I’ve got the stats on this superior headset.

The Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship headset is a bit unlike any other headset I’ve used. The design is really top-notch, and to be honest, it just looks really cool. It’s very comfortable on the top of your head, but you may run into problems if you have large ears like me. The ear pieces are comfortable, but smaller than they look. I first thought I could turn them, which would be cool, but they’re fixed and won’t slide.After a while, though, you don’t really notice the issue, so it’s not a big complication.

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Laser Cut Cardboard Office Bowling Game

Office Bowl - Bowling Game (Images courtesy Cardboard Safari)
By Andrew Liszewski

The novelty of those cardboard animal busts you hang on the wall in lieu of a real animal corpse have kind of worn off. But the company behind them, Cardboard Safari, isn’t resting on their laurels. They’ve taken the same laser-cut cardboard technology and created this flat-packed, build-it-yourself bowling game that comes complete with six pins, a ball and a setup guide. I think it would be a welcome addition to any office environment, since Solitaire and Minesweeper don’t give you as much a physical workout as bowling would. I mean have you seen those guys who compete in the PBA? They’re Adonises! $28 available directly from Cardboard Safari.

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Harry Winston’s Opus Eleven Watch Is 110% Eye Candy

Harry Winston Opus Eleven Watch (Image courtesy Harry Winston)
By Andrew Liszewski

Some watches pack more functionality and computational power than the early Apollo missions, while others are simply designed to look good strapped to your wrist. Harry Winston’s new Opus Eleven falls into that latter category, even if it looks as complex as the rockets that took man to the moon. The watch’s main face looks like it could tell you everything you ever wanted to know, short of predicting the future, but the complicated array of gears and placards basically only serve to display the hour every 60 minutes. But in a spectacular fashion that is sure to have the wearer’s rapt attention at the top of each hour.

Anarchy takes hold of the hours indication beneath the sapphire-crystal dome every 60 minutes. The numeral of the hour, assembled in the center of the circle, explodes into chaos before instantly reassembling as the new hour. It then remains still until the next disintegration. Instead of a hand, 24 placards revolve and rotate on a complicated system of gears mounted on an epicycloidal gear-train.

It’s another one of those things that’s far more impressive to see in motion, and thankfully Hodinkee managed to get some video of the Opus Eleven at Baselworld 2011. It’s enough to make even the most passive of watch enthusiasts scream “WANT!” were it not for the watch’s base price of $230,000, more if you want it accented with diamonds.

[ Harry Winston Opus Eleven ] VIA [ Hodinkee ]

Hand-Cranked Gatling Gun Fires Off 100 Rubber Bands

By Chris Scott Barr

How many times as a kid did you make a rubber band gun out of a pen, or some other small parts? If you were a troublemaker like me, it was probably pretty often. However, your guns probably never fired more than one or two of the rubber projectiles. Then again, if you had somehow produced a rubber band Gatling gun such as this, you’d have probably ended up with detention for a good month or two.

This hand-cranked gun can pop off 100 rubber bands as quickly as you can move your hands. The device is constructed almost entirely from solid billet aluminum, so you know it is going to be one tough machine. Of course, for $500, it had better be solid. Check out the video of it in action after the jump.

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Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise Cancelling Earbuds (Image courtesy Pioneer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Earbud style headphones already do a pretty good job at blocking out most ambient sounds and noises while you listen to music, but they’re not perfect. Neither are Pioneer’s new SE-NC31C-K earbuds, but thanks to built-in noise cancelling technology they manage to filter out about 90% of unwanted sounds, which could mean the difference between enduring crying babies for hours or catching a few Z’s on a long flight.

The earbuds feature some surprisingly hefty 14.3mm drivers which should deliver impressive bass performance, and the inline sound processing unit is powered by a single AAA battery which is promised to provide up to 120 hours of peace and quiet. Available now for a reasonable $99 given the extra noise cancelling functionality.

[ Pioneer SE-NC31C-K Noise Cancelling Earbuds ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Water Leak Alarms

Water Leak Alarms (Image courtesy Improvements) By Andrew Liszewski

The next time you run a bath or fill the kitchen sink in order to do dishes, you don’t have to sit there and babysit the process to make sure things don’t spill over.

Go watch TV, make a snack or even take a nap since these Water Leak Alarms will sound an incredibly loud 100db alert if they detect even the tiniest amount of water, and will keep wailing for 24 hours straight. So even if you do doze off there’s a good chance they’ll wake you up before a tiny bit of run-over turns into major flood damage.

Unfortunately the batteries aren’t replaceable, but are good for up to 3 years. And since a set of 3 alarms is just $19.99 it’s not so hard on the pocketbook to have to replace them.

[ Water Leak Alarms ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]