Don't you hate power outages and surges, along with what they do to your precious electronic equipment? The Laptop Surge Protector could go some way in making sure your notebook remains protected from voltage spikes, where it functions with figure 8-style notebook plugs while sitting between the mains outlet and the transformer. A light will show that the protector is working just fine, going out whenever the surge protector has given up the ghost. For those who want the 3-prong version, it is also available, where either model will retail for $9.95.
Sony engineers must have been pretty busy lately, having announced that they will be unleashing five Blu-ray recorders and a Blu-ray player later next month, where the BDP-S360 will take prominence. This BD player will roll out on the 5th of September, and is tipped to retail for around $320, which is slightly more than the recently announced PS3 Slim, making us wonder yet again who would want to pick up a specific Blu-ray player when you can get the PS3 Slim that does that and plays games while acting as your all-round living room entertainment box simultaneously. A Sony executive has denied that both models will compete against each other directly though, citing that "the purpose of the PS3 is to play games, and that of the BD player is to enjoy movies and the sound quality." Right...
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Don't you just love the name play found on the Philips Watt Time Alarm Clock? Made from high gloss, hard plastic, it not only acts as a reading lamp by your bedside, it also illuminates bright blue LED light to tell the time. For those who hate waking up to noise but do much better with having natural sunlight flood into the room instead, the Philips Watt Time Alarm Clock allows you to set a light alarm as well. Nice to see something quirky like this not costing an arm and a leg at $24.99 a pop.
If you happen to be one of the 10 people in your area to own a Palm Pre and are an absolute fan of the Twitter service, then how about performing a little programming magic on it to have the Pre tweet its current location at set intervals? You'll need to set up SSH and dynamic DNS on your Pre before getting started though, as shown below.
$gps = `luna-send -n 1
2>&1 | cut -d, -f4,5 | sed -r ’s/[^-\.0-9,]//g’`;
Other instructions are available here, but do exercise caution when doing so.
Altec Lansing has released yet another digital boombox, the MIX IMT800 for the iPod and iPhone. This was inspired by retro, audio rack-style equipment, where it boasts a built-in Universal Dock, horn-loaded silk dome tweeters, a pair of mid range drivers, a 5.25” side-firing subwoofer and 5.25” tuned passive radiator and an integrated digital FM radio. Depending on the situation, you can choose to have it run on AC power or take the more expensive long-term route - using eight D batteries, although the latter option does lend an air of portability to the entire setup. Other features include an LCD with track, artist, album, and station display, a seven-band graphic equalizer, dual top-mounted auxiliary inputs and a clip-on carabiner remote control. Expect the Altec Lansing MIX IMT800 digital boombox to go for $300 thereabouts.
Hopefully the Xenics ddung speaker won't playback audio like its namesake, but considering its diminutive 115mm x 60mm x 20mm size, it shouldn't be able to bring the house down either, making it good for cubicle use. We suppose it will come with a 3.5mm connector that makes it good for most computers, notebooks, portable media players and handheld consoles. You can choose from black, white, blue and red colors to decorate your work area with some ddung.
Evergreen is offering a couple of wooden speakers that come with a built-in digital clock which looks as though the time glows right out of the wood. The single block DN-WSP1406 features speakers in each end for those who love stereo output, while the DN-WSP1802 looks like more of the traditional stereo pair. Both models will feature a 3.5mm jack, and nice to note that the digital alarm clock has the all-essential snooze function that most people cannot do without. Available in Japan currently, both models are tipped to retail for around $25 a pop.
Epoq's latest foray into the pico projector industry resulted in the EPP-CEP1 that comes with Windows CE 5.0 loaded inside, featuring a trackpad right on top of the projector itself, enabling it to power native Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF viewers for standalone presentations without the need for an external computer. Even better is the inclusion of Windows Media Player that offers broader video file format support. The innards of the EPP-CEP1 is decent enough to run a small computer, featuring a Samsung ARM9 400MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 64MB internal memory, an SD memory card slot, a built-in mono speaker and a 3.5mm jack. It can throw a maximum image size of 50", while you get 10 lumens brightness and 640 x 480 VGA resolution. Battery life has been estimated at 4 hours of non-stop viewing, where this tiny wonder retails for $359.95.
Most men have fantasies that a sexy nurse will come treat them during times of illness and injury, but the RIBA robot nurse flushes that notion down the drain as it resembles a friendly bear instead. RIBA stands for “Robot for Interactive Body Assistance”, and was specially developed by researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (TRI). It will not function as a primary nurse but act as an assistant instead, helping nurses lift patients in and out of their beds and wheelchairs, as well as help out in toilet duties. Tipping the scales at 180kg, RIBA is able to pick up and carry folks as long as they don't weigh more than 61kgs. Would you rather have a bear-like robot or one of those humanoids that have realistic skin and features of a blow-up doll? We're not sure which one creeps us out more.
The Wingscapes BirdCam motion-activated digital camera will target folks who love to spend their entire morning in a shed with a pair of binoculars, remaining as still as a rock while waiting for their favorite singing friend to make an appearance. Of course, just in case they miss it, this is where the motion-activated digital camera part comes in - it will help capture your feathered friend in full color stills of up to 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, and should the 32MB internal memory run out, there is always a memory card slot that can hold another 4GB worth of images. If you're even lazier and want to manage your camera from afar, the BirdCam will feature a remote control that lets you shoot photos without spooking them birds. Expect to pick up the Wingscapes BirdCam motion-activated digital camera for $250 a pop.
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