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Author Archives: David Edney

Mouse and Keyboard Have Wood

Woodboard By David Edney

Every now and then, when the technology around you makes you feel like going crazy, it’s good to get back down on the ground and remember that there still exists this thing called nature, from whence we once came. Of course, communing with nature would mean separating yourself from your technology. Bad stuff. So, instead get yourself a “real wood” keyboard and mouse, for all of $60. This keyboard has all the amazing features… of a regular keyboard and the mouse is, well, normal too, with the standard three buttons and the scroll button acting as the third. It even looks like they’re wired. The website just points out how stylish and solid the wood is, but by my expertise I would say it’s made out of ply, eh maybe even a polished particle. Still, $60 makes for a decent novelty item.

[ Woodboard ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Acoustic Sensors Could Turn Any Surface Into Input Device

Acoustic Sensors

By David Edney

Researchers in Europe have come up with Tai-Chi, or (Tangible Acoustic Interfaces for Computer-Human Interaction), that are a series of acoustic sensors that turn any surface into a touch-sensitive computer interface. The system uses sonar tracking that senses surface vibrations and can track up to two things at once. This could be very useful in the work place like hospitals that are concerned about hygiene, because the clean up would be non-existent. It could also be used as a data input interface in almost every computer. There is no release date for any products yet, but I’m sure once its perfected there will be a product. Soon, we could all have the holographic touch screens just like in the futuristic movies.

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VIA [ Emergency Gadget ]

Wear All Your Gadgets And Still Look Cool

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By David Edney

If you read our articles here at OhGizmo you either a) have as many gadgets as we write about; or b) have more gadgets then we cover and actually rule the entire gadget universe [Um, what? -Ed.]. In any case Scottevest has got you covered, literally. Through Brookstone, they sell an awesome “Technology Ready Fleece-Jacket.” This thing holds almost anything and everything you could carry on you. It has 12 hidden pockets that can carry all your technological goodies, as well as a “patented routing system” for earbuds and a shoulder design that “promotes even distribution of weight.” It even has a pocket for a water bottle for in-game hydration. The sleeves remove so you can turn it into a dorky classy vest, and best of all it has reflective piping so that cars will see you in the crosswalk when you’re playing your PSP and listening to your iPof. It goes for $140 and you better buy it now so you can receive it before Christmas.

[ Jacket ] VIA [ CNET ]

Eclectic Car: Very Green

eclectic car
By David Edney

This car is by far the silliest thing I have ever seen on four wheels, if that is what they are even called on this thing. The Venturi Eclectic car claims it is the world’s first “energy-autonomous” vehicle. They equipped the circus looking car with a solar panel and a wind turbine so it can get power from the elements. It also has a plug for recharging from an outlet, which I’m sure is the way this will be charged 99.99% of the time because the panel and turbine combined give you only 14 miles a day (If you live in Florida during a Hurricane). The “vehicles” go on sale next summer for $31,000 and they are Limited Editions; only 200 are being made. I’m sure they will sell out quick. Production models won’t be made until 2009. I’m so excited I could pee myself.

[ Venturi ] VIA [ Sci Fi ]

Back Seat GPS Gaming

BackseatGPS

By David Edney

You pretty much can’t buy an SUV or any car with a backseat without having a TV, a DVD player, and gaming devices installed. Of course, this makes hooking up your PS3 or Nintendo Wii to your car easier now, but a group of Swedish programmers want to kick it up a notch and embed GPS into your everyday driving life in order to turn the whole trip into a game. The Backseat Playground, as they call it, would take the real world around your vehicle and integrate it into the gameplay and story line. For this whole thing to work it would need the 3D input of the area you are driving in. The setup is in prototype stage in Stockholm (meaning it is working over a 45 square kilometer area), but it will probably be a while until this thing goes global. Unless of course Google buys them. We can’t help but feel that this would be the ultimate I spy game.

VIA [ Engadget ]

FRWD GPS Unit

GPS Watch By David Edney

If any of you out there workout like crazy and wouldn’t mind another gadget on your body, the FRWD GPS watch is for you. The unit includes a FRWD Recorder which contains the GPS chip, a wrist display, armstrap, re-player PC software, USB dongle, heart rate transmitter belt, battery charger and 4 rechargeable batteries. You wear it on you sweating self and can watch the stats live on your wrist display. Alternatively, you can get the software to transmit the stats to your phone via Bluetooth. Now, there are many other GPS type workout products out there, but the FRWD records direction of travel, altitude, pitch angles, heart rate, and afterwards gives you a complete readout. With that you can jog like Rocky and it will show that you actually ran up the Museum steps. I wonder if you could hack Google Earth and link it?

[ FRWD ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

360 Bag Goes All Around

360bag

By David Edney

It’s a complete breakthrough in photography transporting! Well, not really, but it is a damn clever way to access your photography camera/accessories without having to take off your back pack and drudge through everything. The Rotation 360 bag lets you access your gear without taking off the bag. The top part holds necessary accessories or whatever else you would need and the bottom half is a secret fanny pack [Fanny packs, wtfomglol! -Ed.] that slides around your waist when you need it and tucks away under the top bag when not in use. They also include a method for mounting two SLR’s on the front of the shoulder straps so you don’t have to set them down on anything, a rail on the waist belt to add accessories easily and a built in rain cover for the entire bag. The best addition is the hold down strap that holds the camera to your chest in case you’re running for your life, like most freelance photographers do. For $280 it’s a steal, especially if you spend the arm, leg, half an ear and nose worth of cameras and equipment that would go into it.

[ 360 Bag ] VIA [ Sci Fi ]

Earmuff Headphones

Earmuff headphones

By David Edney

It’s that time of the year where your extremities start freezing. Frozen extremities have a nasty tendency to simply fall off, and we think your gal (or boy) pal might take it badly to seeing you earlobe-less. Kills the mood and stuff. So of course, there are many ways to listen to music without freezing your ears off, but we kind of like Lobz. They’ve got you covered (literally) with their Audio Ear Warmers. They include removable stereophonic headphones that plug directly into the ear warmers, windstopper fabric for stopping the wind while keeping your ears snug, adjustable sliders for fitting, and an all-weather nylon construction that is foldable for easy storage. They go for $30 and they actually don’t look bad. If you’re going skiing or snowboarding, these would be the way to go for your audio/ear warming comfort.

[ Lobz ] VIA [ SciFi Tech ]

Aerogrow Puts The Green In Your Home

Aerogrow

By David Edney

Every time I have tried to grow any plant, I’ve killed it. Except for a cactus, because those can go a long time without water. Thankfully for my plants there is now the Aerogrow. With the Aerogrow you can grow plants anywhere in your home. It’s got a built in lighting system, an aeroponic optimizing chamber (artificial rainforest), computerized “smart” garden that notifies you when the plant needs watering, and a microprocessor that automatically adjusts the water/light/nutrients given to whatever type of plant you have growing. You can buy pre-seeded grow pods that are ready to grow, and the company boasts that it grows plants 5 times faster than normal dirt, and the plants grow healthier fruits/veggies. We can all go for more healthy fruits and veggies. This whole kit was originally developed by NASA to grow plants without dirt in space. It goes for $149.95, but can you really put a price on healthy food? [Healthy food… Right, that’s exactly what people will grow with this. Healthy food. -Ed.]

[ Aerogrow ] VIA [ CNET ]