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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Griffin PowerJolt Micro Powers Your iPad In Your Car

By Chris Scott Barr

How many different devices do you power with your car’s cigarette lighter? Now how many of those use a USB cable to draw power? It’s very likely that many of them do indeed use USB, which means having such a port in your car is convenient. I’ve had a couple of different adapters over the years, but they don’t always provide enough power (especially for an iPad), and they are almost always bulky.

Griffin knows what’s good, as they’ve released their PowerJolt Micro, which is a very simple USB adapter for your car. The nice thing is that not only does it provide the necessary juice for an iPad, but the port will actually sit almost flush with the cigarette adapter. No more worrying about bumping and breaking a bulky adapter. For $30, I’d say this is a must-have for the car.

[ Griffin ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Donya Gamepad Stickers For Your Touchscreen Devices

Donya Gamepad Stickers (Images courtesy Donya)
By Andrew Liszewski

They may not be the first stick-on solution for adding real directional controllers and buttons to a capacitive touchscreen display, but Donya has at least acknowledged the fact that no two games in the app store use the same controller layout. (Well maybe some do, I haven’t tried them all yet.) Available for just over $12 (¥999) the set includes five ‘stickers’ in total; three with different single button arrangements and a couple of 4-way directional controllers which can be used at the same time.

[ Donya Gamepad Stickers ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Boombox Pillows

Boombox Pillow Set (Image courtesy Meninos)
By Andrew Liszewski

You can buy each pillow separately for $29.99 each, but we recommend saving a few bucks by picking up this entire boombox set from Meninos for $84.99. It includes the center analogtastic console plus a set of left and right speakers, all made from a printed microfiber fabric stuffed with polyester fill. People might say analog is dead, but I doubt a 1:1 scale iPod pillow would be as comfortable looking as these are.

[ Boombox Pillow Set ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Microsoft Germany’s 234-Inch Touchscreen Display. It’s Pretty Big… I Guess

Microsoft Cinema (Image courtesy Stereolize)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tradeshows are always a sea of deafening music, product demos and flashy videos. So if you want your booth to stand out and draw in the crowds, you really have to do something unique. So at the CeBIT 2011 show in Hanover, Microsoft Germany called upon a company called Stereolize to cook up what they dubbed ‘Microsoft Cinema’ which was essentially a monstrous, 234-inch touchscreen display.

It towered over the presenters, so we’re just going to have to assume and trust that the touch functionality goes all the way to the top of the display, but at least we know the bottom half supports gestures like flicking and panning. And presumably instead of pinching to zoom, you’d have to give the whole thing a gigantic, open-armed hug.

[ Stereolize – CeBIT 2011 – The largest Interactive Touch Screen – 234″ ] VIA [ I Started Something ]

You Can Win This OMG-1 Synthesizer Featuring A Moog Little Phatty, Dual iPads And Even A Mac Mini

OMG-1 Synthesizer (Image courtesy Spectrasonics)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sorry, it’s not an official OhGizmo! contest where winning is as easy as leaving a comment. If you want to win this epic-looking, one-of-a-kind OMG-1 synthesizer built by Spectrasonics’ Eric Persing, you’re going to have to work for it. Featuring a Moog Little Phatty, an Omnisphere, a Mac Mini, dual iPads, dual iPods and an Omni TR built into a hand-crafted curly maple cabinet, the OMG-1 is available to the artist who produces the best original music using Spectrasonic’s Bob Moog Tribute Library for their Omnisphere synth software. The contest does require you to purchase and download the Bob Moog library if you already haven’t, which is $100, but 100% of the proceeds will go to the Bob Moog Foundation.

The contest submission deadline is July 15th 2011, and multiple entries are welcome. The winner will be announced on the Spectrasonics’ website on September 15th, 2011, with the OMG-1 being presented to them at the 2011 Moogfest in October.

[ Spectrasonics’ OMG-1 Contest ] VIA [ Synthtopia ]

Knock On Wood Stickers For You Superstitious Types

Self-Adhesive Touch Wood Patches (Image courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

In an age of synthetic materials like plastic it’s getting harder and harder to find a piece of real wood to knock on or touch in order to avoid jinxing one’s self. Sure, that fancy glass desk you’re working on looks nice, but how are you going to ensure it’s really strong enough to support your new monitor? Knocking on it sure isn’t going to help!

Your only real solution is to either stop being so superstitious, or simply order a set of designer Alice Gallarate’s Knock On Wood Stickers from SUCK UK. For ~$8 (£5) you get three different shaped stickers that can be attached to anything really, but sticking them to something you always keep close at hand will ensure you’ve always got wood to knock on. Think of it as a really cheap way to ensure that nothing bad will ever happen again to you. (Knock on wood…)

[ Self-Adhesive Touch Wood/Knock On Wood Stickers ]

Stampler – Here’s Your Paperwork, Have A Nice Day?

Stampler (Images courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

I like the intentions behind this clever office supply mashup known as the Stampler, but I’m not so sure if the execution does it justice.

The idea is simple enough, combine a smiley faced “Have a nice day” stamp with a stapler and leave a token of goodwill every time you bind a stack of documents together. Besides looking extremely professional, it’s sure to brighten someone’s day as well. Except for the fact that the staple is used for the actual smile, and because it lacks even the slightest curve, the face it leaves behind just looks stoic and disinterested. So instead of “Have a nice day” it’s more saying “Have a nice day, just don’t expect it to be because of me.” ~$19 (£12) from SUCK UK.

[ Stampler ] VIA [ ]

5-in-1 Connection Kit For The iPad

By Chris Scott Barr

Although we all love Apple products, it is extremely annoying that we have to go to them for every little thing. For the iPad more specifically, you can’t seem to hook anything up to your iPad unless you’ve taken a trip to the Apple store.

There’s a new way to approach that problem with the 5-in-1 Connection Kit for the iPad. Using this device, you can hook up a TV, laptop, and USB keyboard; you even have the ability to plug in SD cards directly to your iPad (just not all of these at the same time). This does sound a little too good to be true, and the main catch is that it might not be compatible in the future as firmware updates could potentially render it useless. The video quality is also less than Apple’s own HDMI dongle, but for $44.99, there are a lot of people out there that would rather take the chance than buy five or six different connectors from Apple.

[ USBFever ] VIA [ Gearlog ]

Casio’s New Baby-G Shock Watch Features Black Light Ultraviolet Illumination

Casio Baby-G Shock Watch (Images courtesy Casio)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re worried you might be a little too old to be hitting the clubbing scene on the weekends, Casio’s new Baby-G Shock watches will bring the clubbing scene to you. Introduced at Baselworld 2011 in Switzerland, the watches feature a fashion-forward design with oversized and overlapping numbers around the face that are all coated with a special fluorescent ink that glows like neon (hence the feature being referred to as the ‘Neon Illuminator’) thanks to a built-in black light ultraviolet LED.

And since blacklights aren’t always the safest thing to stare at, Casio has ensured the ultraviolet LEDs used on these new Baby-G watches correspond to international safety standards… as long as you don’t over do it:

The ultraviolet LED offers safety corresponding to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for Class 1M. However, an optical lens such as a magnifying glass must not be used for direct viewing of the ultraviolet light source.

Personally I won’t wear a watch I can’t take a magnifying glass to, but I suspect it won’t be an issue for the general consumer populous. Pricing and availability are currently unknown, but the BGA-130 & 131 will come in a variety of color schemes including those pictured above as well as a matte black option.

[ PR – Casio Releases New Baby-G Watch with Colorful Black Light Effect ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]