I was owned. I mean, completely owned by the impending launch of this sexy device. The PSP images swam in my head daily, the unquenchable desire of having it in my hand invaded my dreams, and its capabilities punctuated almost all my conversations. It is handheld gaming taken to a whole new level, and after a great launch in Japan a few months ago it was finally coming to the US in grand fashion. Today we’re covering the midnight launch experience in New York City, at the same time that we look at how this thing changed lives.
Okay guys, the Sony PSP has finally hit the US, and initial reports show that it is already a huge success. We will be bringing you pictures and a report of Sony’s PSP launch party tomorrow once we get all the pictures uploaded. For now, you may want to know that Sony Connect has about a dozen or so videos available for download which are optimized for the Playstation Portable. The videos are nothing spectacular, but they give you an idea of things to come for the PSP. They range in lengths from 1-14 minutes.
Read More | Sony Connect PSP
Podbrix brings you a new type of t-shirt that may be used as a holder for your iPod shuffle. By using a magnetic clasp, the lego-styled figure printed on the shirt will hold the shuffle in place, even under vigorous activity. The website marks the t-shirt as being sold out and the description says only 300 units will be made - however, we can expect other manufactures to follow suit. Now if only the figure actually clasped its “hands” around the iPod Shuffle – now that would be sweet!
Read More | Podbrix Product Page
In an effort to be one step ahead of security exploits, Mozilla has released a critical update to its Firefox Internet browser. Our favorite browser goes out to prove once again that no software is safe, but they will take every step necessary to provide its users with the most secure and stable web browsing possible. If you haven’t tried out Firefox yet, you may do so here.
Read More | Mozilla.org
Apple’s interest in satellite HD content delivery has become more than obvious. Just a note to Phil Schiller and company: your (potential) competitors are taking notice!
The more we look into these developing rumors of Apple’s planned HDVN high-definition content delivery system, with each new report this is becoming one of the biggest stories in our 11 years dishing dirt—right up there with Mac OS X, the iMac, the iPod….yeah, that big. Seriously. - Mac OS Rumors
Just because Apple rebuffed Sirius is by no means an indication that Apple isn’t interested in satellite content delivery. Apple just doesn’t want to piggyback on someone else’s network—they’re interested in building their own on existing satellites and potentially launching more than one of their own in the next few years as well.
This “HDVN” will not just be through satellite however. The same service will be available over the Internet and as a “drop in, plug in, tune in” service at its retail stores.
Having learned the digital middle-man game with iTunes, Apple is eager to get a piece of the larger multimedia content pie but doesn’t want to go directly head-to-head with services like Blockbuster’s new flat-fee unlimited Internet rental system.
Apple believes that this network will drive sales of Macs, but also create a market for low-cost home devices which act as a sort of “video iPod” without actually handling display duties.
Read More | Mac OS Rumors
Dividuum at blOrg has found a way to use RFID tags with a reader to store and play back music. SID-files are stored on RFID tags. When you put the tag near the reader, the music is played on the stereo. A stack of tags placed near the reader will act as a playlist. Remove one of the playing tag, and the program will play the next SID-File in the stack. This could be the most awkward way of listening to music ever… but a great use of technology.
Read More | bl0rg
Engineers from the University of Michigan have developed a snake-like robot that conquers obstacles. It is composed of 5 segments which are 8 inches in diameter and weigh 26 pounds. Piloted by a human operator, the OmniTread can maneuver in extremely rugged terrain, even climbing stairs and pipes. “It moves by rolling, log-style, or by lifting its head or tail, inchworm-like, and muscling itself forward.” This robot will be used for industrial inspection and surveillance in hazardous environments, and also for military and urban search and rescue operations. It’s actually pretty cool, which you can see for yourself in this video.
Read More | University of Michigan
I hope with all my heart this is not an accurate representation of what the Playstation 3 is going to look like. It just looks cheap, and very breakable. I could see the next generation Playstation supporting the UMD movie format since Sony will be pushing that big time. However, if Sony wants to own our living rooms, they are gonna have to come up with something that might actually fit into our entertainment center. Can’t knock ‘em for trying though, nice mockup.
Read More | Gizmodo
IO Data has introduced a pen with a USB drive inside. The pen is available in five colors and in 32 MB and 128 MB versions. The pens are refillable using Pilot ink refills, and the USB connector is covered, when not in use, by a cap. While at first this seems like a great idea, I don’t know. How often do you misplace your pen? I’m looking for one now.
Read More | IO Data translated via Google
iAutomate’s HomeSeer RFID Starter Kit allows you to monitor anything in your home that’s marked with an RFID tag for only $479.95. HomeSeer software lets you “monitor and control your home from the internet, your home network, your PDA, telephone or voice” and supports both X-10 and Z-Wave devices which means you can integrate RFID tracking with hundreds of home automation products already available.
The Starter Kit includes the HA Edition R500 Long Range RFID Reader which tracks RFID tags at distances of up to 450 feet. iAutomate offers tags in a variety of form factors ranging from keyfobs to more esoteric products designed specifically for metallic assets and motion detection.
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