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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mr. Bump Alarm Clock Needs Your Abuse

Mr. Bump Alarm Clock (Images courtesy Truffle Shuffle)
By Andrew Liszewski

Physically abusing an alarm clock just to get a few more minutes of sleep in the morning isn’t a new idea. But you might feel a little less put off by the idea when the alarm clock looks like one of the lovable characters from Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men/Little Miss series. And while Mr. Bump might look too adorable to throw, just remember that pain and injury are his raison d’être. His modus operandi. Without a reason for wearing those bandages he’d just be ‘Mr. Creepy Mummy Fetish’ or something. ~$21 (£12.99) from Truffle Shuffle.

[ Mr. Bump Off The Wall Alarm Clock ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Deal Of The Day: Save 66% On Sony BRAVIA 46 Inch LED TV

By David Ponce

We like to talk about large screen TVs from time to time, but it’s not often that we’re looking at a deal that will shave two thirds of the price off. But that’s precisely what the 46 inch Sony BRAVIA LED HDTV has in store for you. Originally costing $3,499, the set is now seeing a $1,000 instant saving, plus an additional $1,300 off coupon that expires tomorrow. That leaves the $3,499 set at only $1,199. For this amount of money you get an HDTV that “features ambient sensor, 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution, edge LED backlit LCD, Motionflow 240Hz,3D ready, Infinite Contrast Ratio, BRAVIA Internet Video integrated WiFi (802.11n), Bravia Engine 3, USB & DLNA Photo/Music/Video playback.”

[ Save 66% On Sony BRAVIA 46 Inch LED TV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Pentax Q Provides Interchangeable Lenses In A Tiny Package

Pentax Q (Image courtesy Imaging Resource)
By Andrew Liszewski

The photography world needs another lens format like photographers need a hole in their sensor. But that didn’t stop Pentax from going ahead and creating their new Pentax Q, which is arguably the smallest digital camera on the market (or soon to be) that lets you swap out the lens. Just how small is it? Well I think the above photo, taken by Imaging Resource, more than gets the idea across. It almost looks like a plastic novelty keychain digicam sold by the likes of Brando. But with a magnesium alloy body, it’s definitely not a toy.

As usual, dramatic size reductions in technology always come at a price, and in this case it’s both literally and figuratively. When it’s available in the U.S. in the Fall, the Pentax Q basic kit is expected to cost around $800. And its small form factor means there’s not a lot of room inside, so you’ll have to learn to live with its tiny 1/2.3″-sized 12.4 MP sensor which is inevitably going to result in more noise in your photos than with larger cameras. But on the flipside, the back of the Pentax Q is monopolized by a massive 3-inch, 460,000 pixel LCD display with a 170 degree viewing angle. It means the array of buttons on the back of the camera tend to be on the small side, but I think it’s an OK compromise since the camera is lacking an optical viewfinder.

Pentax Q (Image courtesy Imaging Resource)

I’m also totally enamored with the Pentax Q’s brilliant pop-up flash which manages to get it up and away from the camera’s lens. Not only does it help reduce red-eye, but also shadows if you’re using a lens with a particularly large hood. And speaking of lenses, at launch Pentax will have five Q-mount options available including a 35mm, f/1.9 prime which will be included as the ‘kit’ lens. There will also be an f/2.8 to f/4.5 zoom lens, a 160° field of view fish-eye and a couple of toy lenses that introduce various optical aberrations into your images not unlike a Lomo.

[ Imaging Resource – Pentax Q ] VIA [ Ars Technica ]

Romain Jerome Does Space Invaders

Romain Jerome Space Invaders (Image courtesy Romain Jerome)
By Andrew Liszewski

We’ve got a soft spot for the truly original designs of Romain Jerome’s luxury watches. In the past they’ve incorporated everything from moondust, spacesuit fibers, pieces of Apollo XI, dinosaur bones, coal and steel from the Titanic and even volcano ash into their designs. It kind of makes their latest timepiece seem downright boring, though ironically, far more enticing to any of us who appreciate old-school gaming.

Teaming up with the TAITO Corporation, Romain Jerome’s latest creation pays tribute to Space Invaders, with two unique designs that are limited to just 78 pieces each. As a tribute to the game being released waaaaay back in 1978. But as usual the watch’s appeal isn’t just limited to its pixelated tribute graphics.

Inheriting the highly distinctive case of the Moon Invader series (a round shape within a cambered 46 mm square, with a round front and an almost rectangular back), the SPACE INVADERS have also kept the same steel coalesced with fragments from the Apollo 11 capsule. It is no coincidence that this case is designed like a strongbox, or even like a space vessel capable of travelling great distances, since that kind of vehicle is exactly what is needed to facilitate the SPACE INVADERS colonisation of our daily lives.

The four functional ball-and-socket joints of this rounded squares are cut like the pivoting « feet » of the lunar landing modules of the American lunar missions. These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case hold the lugs of the rubber straps and enable the watch to adjust to all kinds of wrist sizes.

Embodying another tangible token of the space age symbolised by this new SPACE INVADERS collection, a dedicated plate made of Moon SilverRJ– a silver alloy with an extremely low oxidisation rate incorporating moon rocks – appears on the stellar-patterned back of the watch. This engraved plate reproduces the lunar surface, of which the mineral particles interact on an infra-molecular level with the wearer of the watch.

Available in two versions, the full color model pictured above and a black and white version with the characters covered in Superluminova causing them to glow at night, the watches are expected to sell for between $10,000 to $15,000. Which is sadly pretty affordable when compared to previous Romain Jerome models.

[ PR – RJ-Romain Jerome: Space Invaders shake up the watchmaking world! ] VIA [ Highsnobiety ]

Duke Nukem Forever Reviewed

By Chris Scott Barr

Duke Nukem Forever has been the punching bag of the gaming world for the last decade or so. With roughly 14 years in development, it’s not hard to figure out why. Last week the game actually hit store shelves, which is something many of us thought would never actually happen. But after more than a dozen years of waiting, is the game really worth it?

It’s almost difficult to judge a game that has been in production for as long as this one. The main reason is that with so much hype, and simply knowing that there have been so many years poured into one game that it must be a masterpiece. You’ll have to head over to GamerFront to catch the full review, but if you’re expecting a perfect game, the Duke won’t be delivering. However, if you’re looking to blow up aliens in the most crude and vulgar game that you’ve seen in a long time, well you’re going to be in luck.

VIA [ GamerFront ]

DrawerDecor Custom Organizers

DrawerDecor (Images courtesy Daily Grommet)
By Andrew Liszewski

In addition to drawers full of random utensils in my kitchen, as a gadget writer I also have drawers full of random chargers, cables, adapters and other contraptions I use regularly enough that I’m hesitant to throw them out. I also happen to be the type who likes his crap fairly well organized, so Keith Neilson’s DrawerDecor organization system immediately caught my eye.

Its real beauty is how modular and easy to configure it is. You start off with a ‘BaseMat’ made of sticky food-grade silicone that you trim to fit the bottom of the drawer, or even places like toolboxes and cupboards. By itself it ensures anything you place on it won’t slide around as it’s opened or closed. But the system is taken one step further with the included ‘Divitz’ dividers which stick to the BaseMat creating an infinite number of custom-sized slots for even the most irregularly shaped item. (It should definitely keep my N-Gage in place.) A 16-piece set in red, blue, orange, purple or lime runs $24.95, while a “Mix n’ Match” 3-pack is $74.85, or exactly the same price as 3 regular sets.

[ DrawerDecor ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

Rifle Umbrella Is Just A Terrible, Terrible Idea

Rifle Umbrella (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

The recent rash of sword-inspired umbrella handles walk the line between being humorous novelty items, and an easy way of getting kicked out of an airport. This Rifle Umbrella takes things to the next level, but manages to be completely devoid of any kind of novelty value. Instead, it’s a sure fire way to get kicked out of any public establishment, from stores to restaurants to even public transit. And I’m fairly certain if you even dare walk into an airport carrying an umbrella with a realistic wood stock handle and rifle barrel tip, you’ll probably be arrested on the spot. It’s available from Brando in two sizes for $19 or $28, but just don’t.

[ Rifle Umbrella ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Deal Of The Day: $506 Off On Lenovo ThinkPad X1

By David Ponce

Before Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 even came out, excited rumors of its existence swirled around in tech circles. And when it became a purchasable reality, positive reviews were quick to come in. It’s understandable: Lenovo’s thinnest notebook, measuring 0.65 to 0.84 inches, features some nice specs like Gorilla glass, spill resistant keyboard, an integrated fast-charging battery and a buttonless trackpad. It comes in Core i3 and i5 configurations, includes Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one eSATA/USB 2.0, and 4-in-1 card reader. It has been described by some reviewers as making them feel like “interacting with it as more than just a corporate black box, but our personal notebook. In that regard, the X1 hits its mark.” [Engadget]

Well in today’s deal, you can get your hands on one for as little as $1,079 after a $386 instant saving and an additional 10% off coupon. The Core i5 version will set you back $1,173 (only $96 more) after a total of $517 dollars off. You have until June 29th for this one.

[ $506 Off On Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Democratizing Wind Power With Sauer’s Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sauer Energy for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Meet Joe… from Dieter Sauer on Vimeo.

So here’s the deal: power is costly.  Not sure about where you live, but my little studio apartment can end [up costing me about $150 per month in electricity, or about one third of my rent.  Ridiculous.  In my case, that power comes from a hydro plant, which does damage the environment but certainly not as much as the poor folk at the Fukushima power plant in Japan, say.

Still, traditional power sources are dirty (coal, nuclear, etc.)… but wind isn’t so bad.  It’s definitely cleaner.  Until now though, a power company was the only one equipped to take advantage of that source of energy, since traditional turbines are huge, and very costly.  But Sauer Energy has developed a vertical-axis turbine that is much smaller, can be mounted on the roof of your home, doesn’t need to always face the wind (it works 360 degrees) and doesn’t cost a liver and an arm.  It can be installed within 4 hours with the help of your electrician and will start generating power right away.  Plus you’ll instantly be known as the neighbor with the propeller-looking thing on his roof!

If it works as advertised, the VAWT has a lot of promise.  Should you live in a windy area, your power bill might run down to $0, or heck… maybe the power company will end up owing you!  The turbine will be available this fall for a projected price of $7,000, with a 10-year warranty. Sauer Energy

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