The DS has now reached new heights where the Force is concerned with the Star Wars styli. There are two different models available - ordinary 3-pack models consisting of Obi-Wan, Darth Vader and Luke's lightsabers, along with the much cooler 2-pack version with both Luke and Vader's lightsabers. These actually light up while you play, giving you even more incentive to just muck around with your DS Lite in the dark. Of course, I hope to see a future version that will have the humming sound of the lightsabers, but that's just a pipe dream at the moment. The 3-pack and 2-pack versions will retail for $7.99 and $16.99, respectively.
Dr. James Brighton has managed to put his heart and effort into transforming a regular gas guzzling Hummer H3 into a remote controlled vehicle. The entire project took around a month to complete, and it is touted to be the best radio controlled vehicle to date. Of course, you will need to dig deep if you want this since the overall cost has hit the $70,000 mark. Not to mention the crazy amount of dough you've got to splash out for gas these days. Woe to you if you accidentally drive this down a cliff though. Does auto insurance cover a remote controlled accident?
Here's another idea that could potentially take off - Tributes.com. It seems that obituaries could soon make the plunge to the online world, where information on deaths can be gleaned directly from funeral homes. Of course, it will take the current old generation to pass away before this idea is hugely successful IMHO, since our net-savvy generation will probably embrace it much better as plenty of old folks these days still think a mouse is a furry vermin. Guess money is always there to be made, and additional dough can be obtained by selling advertising space, online memorials, flowers and cards.
This robot you see here looks as though it was constructed from spare parts of an RC car, it is equipped with a portable megaphone and distance sensors so that it knows the location of pedestrians and how far away they are, using the portable microphone at the right time. It has the ability to send salutations to people in all half dozen official languages of the United Nations. I wonder whether someone will just record a political speech and use it to get their radical ideas across if this ever goes mainstream?
The second version of anything will obviously need to have some sort of improvement, and the same applies to the SlimKey V2 keyboard. This new model comes with a USB hub on the right side. This steel shelf was specially designed to hide Apple's slim keyboards under the iMac or LCD monitor, helping your desk look neat and tidy whenever you're not typing. The SlimKey V2 comes with a 4-port powered USB 2.0 hub on the right rear end. It is up for pre-order for $64.99, and shipping commences on July 21. You can also opt for the non-USB hub version for $39.99.
Navigon has just rolled out the 2110 Max GPS navigation system that boasts maps of UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Not only that, you also get a TMC traffic information receiver bundled along with speed camera data to help you save on tickets from the authorities. Interestingly enough, the Navigon 2110 Max will retail for £169.99, excluding a one-off fee of £40 for TMC reception in the UK. This makes it a pretty good deal considering its competitors cost considerably more. New features include Lane Assistant Pro that lets you know the right lane to get into on motorways and major roads as well as minor multi-lane roads.
QNAP has revealed that it supports new applications such as Surveillance Station and QPKG software package platform on its Turbo NAS series (TS-109/ 209/ 409). This means QNAP NAS users will be able to upgrade their server firmware to version 2.1.0 or later if they want to make use of these new applications. The Surveillance Station offers users a truly secure IP-based surveillance system, where they can record video of up to two IP cameras to the QNAP NAS without the need for a PC. You can simply use the Internet Explorer browser to check out live audio and video monitoring, playback, and camera configuration.
Since summer's here already and you're all ready to strip down to your swimsuit, why not consider the Nextar wireless speakers? All you need to do is hook up a compatible MP3 player to the Bluetooth-enabled dock and you're good to go. Of course, you've got to make sure that the dock itself stays far and dry away from the pool. As for the wireless speaker, it can be left to bob on the pool, gently moving wherever the waves carry it to. The Nextar wireless speakers will retail for $119 a pop.
Emoze is a well known name in the world of push email, and it is consistently the winner in speed battles with the Blackberry. Despite it's speed, Emoze does have some drawbacks such as an automatically-added Emoze signature, support for only one email account at a time and handset limitations. Emoze has overcome the third item on the list by adding Windows Mobile, and iPhone support. From next month onwards, dumb phone users will also be able to obtain the speed and efficiency of push email on their handsets which is on par with a smartphone thanks to a Java client.
.Mac members are strongly advised to sync their .Mac bookmarks to a computer (Mac or PC, it doesn't matter) before July 6th since web access to bookmarks won't be supported in MobileMe, .Mac's replacement by then. For the more alert readers, you'll notice that July 6th is actually later than the originally intended date of June 30th. Good call on Apple's part to give all .Mac members enough time to get all their bookmarks in order.