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Silent Power PC Uses Copper Foam For Cooling Instead Of Noisy Fans

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Have you ever turned off all the electronics in your room? Notice just how much quieter everything is? Despite being able to tune these droning sounds out after a while, they’re quite real and it’s only once they’re completely gone that we realize how loud they were. If you manage to get your hands on a Silent Power PC, however, you’ll have that much less white noise to deal with. Its salient feature is its use of an innovative copper foam to dissipate heat, instead of the traditional fans. Since the foam presents such a high surface area and copper is so conductive, the PC never reaches excessive temperatures during regular use. The lowest end setup you can get comes with an Intel quad-core i7-4785T 2.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive and should cost around $935. The company’s plan is to be on the market in 2015, after they’ve reached their crowdfunding goals. A post on their blog, however, suggests that Paypal is putting up some roadblocks and have seized their account pending clarifications on their business model. This is standard practice for Paypal, unfortunately, so hopefully the company will clear that up soon and resume work on bringing this innovative PC to market.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Tool Trolley Is Also Collapsible

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Now here’s an invention (or a technological concoction, if you prefer) that will raise the eyebrows of every garage guy in North America. The collapsible tool trolley from Hazet is perfect for when you want to tote your tools over to the neighbor’s to lend them a hand with whatever, or even just around your oversized garage. With sturdy tyres, wheel locks, big castors to level out uneven surfaces, a padlock and plenty of space, this is the perfect gift for that tool guy in your life that has everything – else! Priced at about $1,780 on Amazon.com, this Made in Germany masterpiece is a treat for the eyes and will keep that garage a lot less messy and disorganized.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Werd ]

Maglev Keys Could Mean Slimmer Keyboards

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When you’re trying to make a product smaller, every little bit you can shave counts. Keyboards on laptops are already pretty thin but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be thinner. A Taiwanese manufacturer called Darfon is working on keyboard keys that use magnetic levitation rather than mechanical switches, membranes, or springs to keep the keys apart from their base. In this way you can achieve thicknesses that are a fraction smaller than before, while also allowing you to fine tune how much resistance each key gives you. Anyone that spends a lot of time on a keyboard will tell you that this (more than the reduced thickness) could be a massive selling point.

There’s no word on which laptop manufacturers ordered this technology, but word is that we’ll start seeing pop up on the market in the second half of this year. Which, well… is now.

[ C|Net ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Massive Keyboard Developed To Replace Photoshop Shortcuts

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If you spend a lot of time working in Photoshop, you’ve probably become acquainted with a lot of the shortcuts that allow you to access the seemingly endless many functions. Some of these shortcuts are pretty complex, involving up to 4 keys and often requiring both hands. The Shortcut-S keyboard, however, wants to let you keep one hand on the mouse at all times, and to do so, it’s decked itself out with 319 keys, 299 of which are hard coded and 20 customizable. There’s an overlay graphic that’s specific to Photoshop, although the company is talking about making others for other similarly complex programs like Illustrator, Final Cut, Corel Draw, etc. Ctrl-Shift-Atl-G for Gaussian Blur? No sir, just press the Gaussian Blur button and you’re good to go. Plus, imagine how spacey your desk will look with this on it.

It’s an $89 pledge to get your own, though the campaign is currently quite far from being funded.

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Belkin Makes Numerical Keypad To Match Your Mac’s Incomplete Keyboard

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Oh sure, maybe you don’t actually have any use for a numerical keypad. But when tax time comes around and you find yourself entering row upon row of numbers in the most inefficient way possible, you notice its absence. The YouType Bluetooth Wireless Keypad from Belkin looks just like Apple’s wireless keyboard, only it’s covered in numerical keys arranged in a way that makes using them somewhat less frustrating. Yeah, it’s annoying to have to pay $60 for the privilege, but if you find yourself cursing Apple’s designers for their omission, yet can’t stomach getting any other keyboard, then we suppose you may as well get the matching keypad.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Shower Head Prompts People to Take Shorter Showers, Saves Water

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How long is a typical shower for you? Seven minutes is apparently ideal. At least, that’s the figure that Uji’s inventors are working with. But first thing’s first, what’s Uzi? It’s a shower head with a built-in lighting system. The light turns from green to red in a span of seven minutes, which basically signals the person bathing to wrap things up (and wrap himself or herself in a towel!)

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The CuBox Pro Is A Tiny PC With 2GB Of Ram

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The CuBox Pro by SolidRun was announced in January, but we’re just now stumbling upon it. It’s a very small, 2 inch cube box that contains a fully functional PC with 2GB of RAM. It uses a microSD card for storage, and the $160 machine comes with a 4GB card with Ubuntu pre-installed. And while everyone is going crazy for the $35 Raspberry Pi (understandably so), we kind of dig this little guy’s form factor.

The fanless miniature computer is based on a Marvell Armada 510 SoC and includes an infrared receiver, gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a micro-SD slot. The 800MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor uses the latest 32-bit ARMv7 architecture and instruction set, SolidRun says.

Capable of 1080p full HD output over HDMI, the device uses just 3 watts of power. It’s particularly suitable for use as a home media center, thin client, XBMC console, or even a simple, tiny desktop replacement machine, the company notes.

It’s not quite as cheap as the Pi, but the $160 price tag is still low enough and will look good sitting next to your TV.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ PCWorld ]

HP RED Z820 Workstation Is A Large Caliber Video Editing Machine

By David Ponce

You can take videos with your iPhone and try to do fancy things with iMovie, and you’ll get some cute results. But make no mistake about it, you’re not going to win any photography awards that way. If you’ve got the bankroll to do things right, you might have purchased a RED camera. Whether it’s the Scarlet, the Epic or even the One, you made the right decision. But you might also have noticed the reams of data that even a few minutes of shooting produces. This serious data needs a serious machine for editing and if you already splurged on a RED camera, why not go the extra mile and drop a few more dollars on the HP RED Z820 workstation? A partnership between HP and RED, the Z280 packs some raw horsepower:

It comes equipped with up to two RED Mag card readers to make things plug and play, as well as a RED Rocket booster card allowing any would be Ridley Scott’s to create an immersive 3D world. Processing power comes in the form of twin Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2687 chips resulting in 16 liquid cooled cores, configurable up to 3.1GHz with Turbo boost to kick things up to 3.91GHz. While 32GB of RAM is standard, you can turn that into 128GB with the tick of a box. A single SSD boot drive is standard as well as an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 video card, with upgrades available. You can even option a Blu-Ray burner for straight to video releases.

Pricing has not be announced yet while availability is set for July. It looks like one of those “if you have to ask…” kind of products, but then again, so are the cameras. So, well heeled cinematographers, below are links you could find useful.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

Knowing How Hard The Wind Is Blowing? There’s An App For That… Well, And A Piece Of Hardware Too

By David Ponce

There are situations where knowing just how fast that breeze is going can be important. We think. Like when you’re playing golf, or surfing, or… Well you get the idea. Instead of relying on a website which may give you a general idea of the wind speeds over a large area, the Shaka Wind Meter for the iPhone can let you know on the spot. It’s a little fan (some may call it an anemometer…) that plugs into your headphone jack and interacts with an application. You’ll get to know about wind speed and direction, as well as being able to post your results to Facebook (why would your friends care?) and overlaying the data on a map for… well, we’re not sure why this is cool. But we feel that the failure is on our part and not on Shaka; it’s entirely possible that there’s a wind-speed dependant world out there (Hey, sailing! What about sailing?) where this product would be right at home.

It’s tentatively $59 and iOS only at the moment, although other versions are in the works. And it’s not quite available yet: it’s “launching soon.”

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]