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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Deal Of The Day: $70 Off On Dell 24-Inch LCD

By David Ponce

Today we turn to monitors, with Dell’s U2412M.

24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2412M 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor on sale for $399 – $70 off = $329 with FREE shipping and 3Yr PREMIUM PANEL Ltd. Warranty, 3 yr Advanced Exchange included.

Features 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2 million: 1 (typical) high dynamic contrast ratio, 8ms response time, 300nit brightness, Horizontal and vertical wide viewing angle of 178°, EPEAT GOLD registered and more.

[ $70 Off On Dell 24-Inch LCD ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Lamborghini Introduces A Line Of Carbon Fiber Bags

Lamborghini Carbon Fiber Bags (Images courtesy Lamborghini)
By Andrew Liszewski

Branded accessories, like the Porsche ice cube tray we brought you earlier, are a clever way for supercar manufacturers to let everyone own a piece of a vehicle they may never be able to afford. But instead of producing a $19 novelty kitchen accessory, Lamborghini has introduced a collection of bags made from pre-stiffened carbon fiber.

As we all know carbon fiber is frequently used in the manufacturing of high performance cars since it’s both light and strong, but it’s also very expensive. Contributing to the astronomical cost of the vehicles, and unfortunately these bags. The cheapest of the lot, the Carbon Envelope Bag, sells for ~$1,224 (€850). While the top-of-the line Carbon Travel Soft Bag (aka duffel bag) comes in at around ~$2,090 (€1,450). In the middle you’ve also got the Carbon Messenger Bag for ~$1,512 (€1,050), with all of them being available sometime this Fall.

[ Lamborghini Carbon Fiber Bags ] VIA [ TopSpeed ]

Jawbone Updates The ICON To HD, Introduces ‘THE NERD’ USB Dongle

Jawbone ICON & THE NERD (Image courtesy Jawbone)
By Andrew Liszewski

Yesterday Jawbone updated their compact ICON Bluetooth headset with ‘HD’ status, reflecting the fact that it now boasts a 10mm speaker driver which is about 25% larger than the regular ICON. A nice improvement indeed, bringing its performance and sound quality more in line with its bigger brother, the ERA. But the more interesting revelation was the company’s new PC accessory affectionately called THE NERD; a plug and play, driverless USB dongle that allows the headset to stream music and sound from a computer, as well as work with VoIP software. The ICON HD can even be connected to your phone and PC at the same time, interrupting your music or movie so that you can still take calls when they come in. Available now for $139.99.

[ Jawbone Icon + The Nerd ]

Camera Equipped AirSketcher Fan Can Track Targets Telling It Where To Blow

AirSketcher Fan (Image courtesy Keita Watanabe)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to get excited about a desk fan when air conditioning does a far better job at cooling a room. But that’s because desk fans don’t usually have a camera located in the center that can track targets, automatically aiming the breeze where it’s needed. Designed by Keita Watanabe, the fan, in its current technological state, can track special flag targets, turning to direct the air wherever it finds one in a room. The flags also have a different symbol on the back, letting the fan know if it should be on or off. This gives a user complete control of the fan without the need for a powered remote, but more importantly, by placing these flags around a room, it can tell it when to blow and when not to blow when set to sweep back and forth.

[ AirSketcher Fan ] VIA [ Trends In Japan ]

Porsche Design Ice Cube Tray

Porsche Design Ice Cube Tray (Images courtesy NOTCOT & Porsche Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not sure what sparked the recent trend of novelty-shaped ice cube trays. I’m assuming some breakthrough in silicone mould production which makes them easier to mass manufacture. Whatever the reason, it looks like Porsche Design has jumped on the bandwagon too with this simple blue ice cube tray that produces frozen miniature versions of their 911, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera. It also features the Porsche logo, is dishwasher safe and is available from their online store for just $19.

[ Porsche Design Ice Cube Tray ] VIA [ NOTCOT ]

LG’s Roboking Vacuum Tries To One-Up Roomba With 3 Built-In Video Cameras

LG Roboking Vacuum (Image courtesy LG)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to debate the superiority of an autonomous vacuum called the Roboking, but that’s not the only ‘trick’ LG has up its sleeve when it comes to challenging the incumbent king of robovacs, the Roomba. To ensure their latest model does the most efficient job of cleaning your floors on a given charge, the Roboking comes equipped with 51 sensors and 3 video cameras allowing it to create a detailed map of its surroundings, and keep track of areas it’s already cleaned.

It’s also wifi equipped, which seems rather pointless for a vacuum until you realize it provides remote access to the Roboking’s cameras allowing it to serve as a roving home security system when you access the video feed from an app on your smartphone. And a limited number of voice commands, like telling it to stop, recharge or requesting weather forecasts will make you feel like you live in a futuristic Jetsons-like world. On paper it certainly outperforms the Roomba in terms of features, but the one area where LG doesn’t seem too concerned about competing is price. As the Roboking will set you back a fairly hefty $830+. (899,000 WON)

[ PR – LG Roboking Vacuum ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

2 Deals Of The Day For Tuesday: $80 Off On HAL Backpack And $220 Off On Dell Vostro 3555

By David Ponce

We missed our cue on Monday, so today we bring you two deals to make up for it. First one is on the Timbuk2 HAL laptop backpack, which has been described like this by Gizmodo:

Stylish but not over the top; looks good full and empty. Enough variety of pockets to satisfy gadget geeks.

Usually selling for $129, today you get $80 off, leaving the bag at a very manageable $49.

[ $80 Off On HAL Backpack ]

And the second deal is on a Dell Vostro 3555 laptop, where you’ll save $220 on the following configuration:

Quad-core AMD A8-3500M (1.5-2.4GHz) processor, Radeon HD 66620 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW, Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services, 15 months subscription, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and 1-year warranty.

[ $220 Off On Dell Vostro 3555 ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

CueLight Interactive Pool Table System

CueLight Interactive Pool Table System (Images courtesy CueLight)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t say that I’ve ever thought billiards wasn’t interactive enough, but apparently there are those out there who feel the game would be vastly improved with the addition of digital, video-game like effects. And I can only assume that’s what led to the creation of the CueLight system. Using an HD video projector mounted above the table, and presumably a video camera ball tracking system feeding a PC rendering all of the real-time 60fps animations, the CueLight creates interactive digital effects on the surface of the table during a game. Including Fluid, Fire and Reveal modes which are all demonstrated in the video below.

While it obviously has trouble tracking all of the fast moving balls during a break, the system appears to keep up pretty well with the balls during regular gameplay. And while the effects certainly look pretty cool, and will no doubt result in a lineup of people waiting to play, I can’t help but feel they’re also incredibly distracting. Pricing info isn’t readily available, but apparently the system can be ordered for an existing pool table since it’s able to auto calibrate itself. But it can be bought with a table as well.

[ CueLight Interactive Pool Table System ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface For The iPhone 4

Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface For The iPhone 4 (Image courtesy Fostex)
By Andrew Liszewski

You may not realize it, but one thing that sets apart the ‘good’ YouTube videos from the crappy ones (or 99% of YouTube’s content from 99% of Vimeo’s) is the sound quality. The built-in mic on the iPhone, Flip or even digital camera that’s often used just isn’t up to snuff when compared to a full-sized camcorder. But, if you’re damned that you’re going to give up your iPhone 4 as your main content capture tool, please consider the Fostex AR-4i housing.

It’s a fairly hefty add-on for the phone that interface with the device’s dock connector, adding 3 stereo inputs for connecting multiple microphones or even a line-in source. It comes with 2 powered condenser cardioid mics that can be positioned side-by-side for creating a stereo recording, or pointing in 2 different directions for capturing a two-person interview. A basic, but functional, 4 LED meter lets you monitor sound levels as they’re being captured, and a simple gain wheel lets you dial things back if they get too loud. And the whole thing’s powered by a set of 2xAAA batteries good for 8-10 hours, so it’s not a drain on your iPhone 4’s own battery. With a price tag of ~$150 though, it’s clearly designed at professionals who are using their iPhone 4 to make a living. Not a parent looking to capture baby’s first steps.

[ Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface ] VIA [ Gizmag ]