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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Deal Of The Day: $175 Of HP TouchSmart 320m

By David Ponce

Not going to spend any amount of time telling you about all-in-ones. We like’em. But at this point it’s starting to sound like we like commonplace things, like hard drives, or flat screen monitors… Suffice it to say that today’s deal will bring the HP TouchSmart 320m down from $699 to $525. At that price, this is what you get:

4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 1080p multi-touch screen, adjustable base, built-in, adjustable-tilt webcam and mic, removable platform for wallmounting, wireless keyboard & mouse, 2-year warranty, Windows 7, and more.

You got till today.

[ $175 Of HP TouchSmart 320m ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Japan’s Ball Shaped Drone Is Awesome

By David Ponce

The US’s military drones can do a bunch of things, but they aren’t the only drones in town. Currently in development by the Japanese Defense Ministry, the ball-shaped drone you see in the picture (and in the video below) can do some things regular drones can’t. Its spherical shape allows it to roll around the ground and land pretty much anywhere. It can takeoff vertically, but once in flight can deploy wings for forward travel at 60km/h (that’s 37 mph for you Yanks). If it hits an obstacle, it simply keeps on trucking like nothing happened (watch the demonstrator in the video slap it around some).

The prototype you see in the video was made with commercially available parts costing around $1,400. But that also means that it’s nowhere near final specification as production models will likely have parts engineered specifically for it. Consider this a proof of concept, so that 8 minute flight autonomy is more than likely to increase with later iterations. Currently it weighs 350g (12 ounces?) and is meant primarily as a reconnaissance craft.

[ Diginfo Article ] VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

Laze-O-Matic Snowball Crossbow

By David Ponce

The product picture looks like a 3D render. That always makes us worry that it might not be a real product. But assuming it is, the Crossbow Snow Launcher could make your wintery snow battles a little more efficient. While your friends are still throwing snowballs caveman style, you can pelt them from as far as 60ft away with relative ease. Actually, quite a bit of ease as this $40 launcher comes with a snowball press.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Hey You Super Geek You, Halloween Is Round The Corner

By David Ponce

And these badass caped socks for your caped costume are out of stock. Sad. Still, how hard can it be to convince grandma to sew on a couple of these to your knee-high Superman socks? These are Robin’s (of Batman fame) socks on the picture, but… you’re going to wear knee-high Superman socks, right? Like these below.

Right? Isn’t that what the cool kids are up to these days?

[ Product Page (based on the URL, these might be women’s…) ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Smartphone Right Into His Prosthetic Arm Is What This Man Did

By David Ponce

Let’s not kid ourselves. Our generation is in the process of developing a terrible skill: one-handed telephone use through extensive texting-while-driving. Kids, shame on you. Trevor Prideaux, a man of a previous generation, did not have this sort of skill and found it difficult to use newer smartphones with only one arm, having been born with only one. He’d either have to balance them on the prosthetic arm or put it on a flat surface. So he had a special prosthetic made:

Technicians at the Exeter Mobility Centre got working on a ground-breaking limb. Prosthethist Steve Gallichan, technician Les Street and undergraduate worker Sarah Bennett then produced a prototype in just five weeks. They made a laminated fibre cast of the phone and built it into the limb, so Mr Prideaux’s mobile could fit inside.

So now his Nokia C7 sits snugly in the artificial limb and Steve is happy as can be.

Why a Nokia C7? Because he asked apple for a blank case of the iPhone for fitting and testing and they turned him down.

[ The Telegraph ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

This Is A BeardBeanie. Because, You Know, Why Not?

By David Ponce

Combination toque and face mask, the Beadbeanies are meant to keep your head as well as your face warm. They do make you look somewhat terrorist-y, but at least they won’t make you look like you’re about to rob something, as the balaclava tends to. Perfect for skiing or scaring old ladies in the elevator, each one is lovingly hand made and sells for around $50.

[ The BeardBeanie ] VIA [ New Launches ]

Digimo Camera Concept Has A Split Personality

By David Ponce

Concepts are a love/hate sort of thing at OhGizmo. Mostly hate because we rarely get to buy and own them, although there have been exceptions. We wish the Digimo Camera becomes one such exception as it looks like a really cool way to take pictures. The device would essentially be two cameras joined together. When used in this way, you can capture pictures in 3D. The fun really begins when you split them. You can then position one camera somewhere and control it remotely via the other one. This can create picture taking opportunities that traditional cameras can’t give you, as people and animals tend to behave differently when they know they’re about to be shot. It goes without saying that the LCD on the remote camera would display what the picture-taking cam is seeing.

Check out the rest of the post for a bunch more pictures showing you the different types of scenarios the Digimo could enable. Again, this is just a concept right now, but here’s hoping that it somehow makes its way into a real product.

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InjectIR Hijacks Your HDMI Cable For A Good Cause

By David Ponce

This looks like a really cool product, to be honest. Say you’re spending a good amount of time, money and effort to get your living room just right. Got the flatscreen mounted on the wall and wires out of the way… Looks good and clean. But what about the satellite box? You can’t hide that ugly ole thing: it needs line of sight with the IR remote to work (unless you got one with RF, in which case this is useless to you). So you’re going to need something like this product. The InjectIR works pretty much as you see in the picture.

It takes an unused CEC channel from your existing HDMI cable, and sends an IR signal through it. All you have to do is attach the device to the HDMI cable running from your device to the TV, and position the small IR receiver somewhere near the TV. It will then relay the signal from your remote to the device.

It’s $45, which is really a small price to pay to get your living spaces just right.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

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Deal Of The Day: $250 Off On Dell Vostro 3450 14 Inch Laptop

By David Ponce

The Dell Vostro 3450 has earned some positive reviews, with one saying “we basically really liked the Dell Vostro 3450 laptop. The workmanship quality and the used materials convinced us completely. It is suitable as a solid work device for daily use.” Well today you can save $250 on a Core i5-2410M, 4GB RAM configuration, leaving the laptop at $539. Other specs include 320GB 7200RPM HDD, Backlit Keyboard and free upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. At 5.02 pounds and measuring 1.20-1.31 inches thin, the Dell Vostro 3450 supports Intel’s 2nd generation Core i3 / i5 / i7 dual-core processor, up to 6GB DDR3 memory, 1GB Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphcis and more. Of course, options will up the price.

[ $250 Off On Dell Vostro 3450 14 Inch Laptop ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]