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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Announcing The Winner Of The JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick From ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek's JOYSTICK-IT (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Random.org (Image courtesy Random.org) A few weeks ago our contest to win one of ThinkGeek’s clever JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Sticks ended, and after a few small hiccups, we’ve finally found someone willing to step up and claim their prize!

So congratulations to ‘ABuckeye’ whose comment: “Coming back for a daily entry, Thanks:)” was randomly selected by Random.org, proving the theory that it’s definitely worth your time to come back and leave multiple comments when the rules allow. We hope you enjoy your new iPad gaming accessory!

And thanks as well to everyone else who entered our contest. We hope to have some more giveaways in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for another chance to win.

$8 Million iPad 2 Justified With Gold, Diamonds, Ammolite And Shavings Of A T-Rex’s Thigh Bone

iPad 2 Gold History Edition (Image courtesy Stuart Hughes)
By Andrew Liszewski

The iPad 2 shortage has already caused it to hit ridiculous prices on eBay, but even paying double the MSRP is nothing compared to what Stuart Hughes thinks a couple of suckers are willing to spend. Their custom ‘iPad 2 Gold History Edition’ has been bedazzled beyond recognition, including the price tag which has ballooned to over $8,000,000 (£5,000,000) because of the following… um… enhancements:

Encrusted with 12.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in solid 24ct Apple logo with rear section formed again in 24ct gold weighing an immense 2,000 grams. The unrivalled imagination towards the craftmanship of the iapd is down to its main front frame which is made from the oldest rock the world has to offer in the form of Ammolite , sourced from Canada this stone is over 75 million years old. However to make this masterpiece even more individual, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone was splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite , then finished off with ultimate jewel , as single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds.

If you’re interested you’ll want to act quickly since only 2 have been produced and I’m sure they’re going fast. I wonder if I can get a review unit though?…

[ Stuart Hughes - iPad 2 Gold History Edition ] VIA [ Luxurylaunches ]

And Here I Am Putting On Socks With My Bare Hands Like A Sucker…

Easy Pull Hosiery Aid (Image courtesy Taylor Gifts)
By Andrew Liszewski

Of everything the internet has done for me, like helping me get into, and then out of, that wacky cult, this discovery is by far the best thing it’s ever brought into my life. For years I’ve grimaced, gagged and shuddered every time I’ve accidentally touched my feet when putting on socks, but those sad, sad days are over. Once again a useful gadget designed to make life easier for the injured, disabled and elderly will help me overcome another bizarre fear and/or phobia.

Once you’ve slid your sock onto the wire rack support, you just stick your foot in as usual and then use the generous extension handles on either side to pull it all the way up your leg. I’ve just realized it will even reduce the amount of bending I have to do every day, which is a whole other phobia we won’t get into right now. What’s most amazing is that this miracle contraption is just $14.98. Little do they know I’d happily pay up to $18 for something as life changing as this, but don’t tell them that!

[ Easy Pull Hosiery Aid ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Real-Life Tron Lightcycle Guys Build A Grown-Up Sized Green Machine

Grown-Up Green Machine (Image courtesy Parker Brothers Custom Choppers)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you remember our post about the $55k real-life Tron Lightcycle, then you’re probably already aware that Parker Brothers Custom Choppers have a thing for creating unique rides. Their latest creation is a full-sized version of the classic Green Machine ride-on toy, that forgoes pedal power for an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson Evo engine.

Longtime readers might remember a post about the Green Machine way back in 2007 as Huffy created an updated version of the toy, though it was still designed primarily for children. Thankfully the Parker Brothers decided kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so their version of the Green Machine also features in intimidating 45-inch front wheel, rear-wheel steering like the original, and has managed to reach 50mph in their testing. Sadly because of the rear tires their version isn’t DOT approved, so don’t expect to be placing orders for one anytime soon.

[ Wired Autopia - Green Machine Is a Big Wheel for Grownups ] VIA [ Autoblog ]

Casio Reveals What Their First Bluetooth Low Energy Watch Will Look Like

Casio BLE Watch (Image courtesy Casio)
By Andrew Liszewski

The first prototype of Casio’s Bluetooth-equipped ‘smart’watch was shown at CES 2011 back in January, and while it was one of the more interesting things we found at the show, we’ve been curious what the first production version would actually look like. It turns out that the Bluetooth 4.0 profile technology, which allows the watch to wirelessly communicate with a smartphone while still maintaining a 2+ year battery life, is just being integrated into one of the company’s G-Shock models. Definitely not a bad thing, unless you were hoping to have something particularly high-tech looking strapped to your list to draw people’s attention.

The most notable feature of the watch will be its ability to automatically sync the time to your smartphone, which are usually automatically set by the carrier’s network. Auto-setting watches that rely on broadcasts of the atomic clocks are already commonplace, but this should be more accurate and reliable, particularly when traveling. Other connected features will be the ability to monitor calls, emails and messages including who they’re from directly on the watch’s face, as well as providing vibrating or audible alerts for alarms setup on the phone itself. But at this time specific pricing and availability info have not been officially announced.

[ aBlogtoRead - Casio G-Shock Bluetooth Watch Revealed ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Play Your Favorite Classic Handheld Games From The Comfort Of Your Browser

Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr. (Image courtesy Pica Pic)
By Andrew Liszewski

If March Madness isn’t already gobbling up most of your free time, I’ve found something that will. As long as you still hold a candle for the segmented LCD handheld games of the 80′s & 90′s. Created by someone calling themselves Hipopotam, Pica Pic is an interactive website showcasing their collection of old-school electronic games. But it’s not just a gallery of photos that would maybe kill a half an hour. No, these are fully playable versions of each game lovingly recreated in flash. (Finally, a reason to love like not hate flash!)

They’ve gone as far as to remap the controllers and buttons for every game to keys on your keyboard, and of the 19 obscure titles available there are a few that are recognizable including Donkey Kong Jr. pictured above and a Tiger Electronics version of the The Terminator that I found pretty confusing. There’s even a Game & Watch multi-screen version of Zelda that’s unfortunately not playable just yet, but will have me checking back in the near future as I really want to give it a go.

[ Pica Pic - Hipopotam's Digitalised Collection Of Handheld Electronic Games ] VIA [ Notcot ]

Review – Roxio Game Capture

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

About a week ago we posted an article about Roxio’s newest gem in the hardware industry, the Roxio Game Cap device. The device makes it very possible, and simple, to record your console gameplay (whether it be PS3 or Xbox 360), save it on your PC, edit the video, and even post it to Youtube or Facebook! We were able to get our hands on one of these devices, and I have been toying with it nonstop. Roxio also will be introducing PC game capture software, but we have a bit to wait on it. This is our review for the Roxio Game Cap console capture device.

I will admit that I am a newbie when it comes to capturing gameplay video. I’ve just begin to dabble in the realm of Let’s Plays, and my video editing skills, although more advanced than some, are a bit rusty. One of the cool things about this device is the ability to plug-and-play. Setup was simple, and the software has an amazing interface. For now, let’s focus on the device itself.

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OhGizmo! Review – Jo Totes Stylish Camera Bags

Jo Totes Stylish Rose Camera Bag (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Meg Lynch

Since purchasing my first DLSR two years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for my perfect camera bag. There’s a plethora of sleek, black options available that seem to focus on cramming more compartments and pockets in than their competitors, but not so many that cater to photographers looking for a feminine touch. In fact I was losing hope with my hunt until I came across the line of camera bags from a company called Jo Totes. I recently had the chance to spend some time with their Rose camera bag, and I really think I’ve found the perfect solution if you’re as worried about protecting your gear as you are with how it looks. More photos and more of my thoughts after the jump.

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Toshiba’s USB Powered Mobile Monitor Gives You More Screen Real Estate On The Go

Toshiba Mobile Monitor (Image courtesy Toshiba)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not the first USB-powered, portable external display designed to complement a laptop, but Toshiba’s new Mobile Monitor is now officially the one to beat, at least when it comes to size and price.

At 14-inches with a widescreen resolution of 1366×768 it’s actually useful for more than just monitoring a Twitter feed or docking a couple of Photoshop palettes. Of course in terms of color fidelity and contrast you’re probably not going to want to rely on it for color critical work if you are using it for Photoshop, but for a bit of extra screen real estate while stuck on a laptop for on-set work like a photoshoot, it looks pretty slick.

In terms of brightness the Mobile Monitor maxes out at 220 nits, but that requires the use of an optional AC adapter. So if you just stick with a single USB cable for power and connectivity for convenience’ sake, you’ll have to settle for a slightly dimmer display, but I’m sure it won’t be an issue for most users. All in all it weighs in at just under 3lbs, includes a handy carrying case that turns into a stand, and is available now for just $199.99.

[ Toshiba Mobile Monitor ]