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Lexon E8Recent studies have shown that many of today’s youths can’t tell time on a traditional clock because they rarely see one. This watch, the Lexon E8, might just help that problem, if only partly. See, you tell the time by counting the dots. You don’t even need to count to 10. The only thing you really have to remember is which column you’re looking at.

Four columns exist on this display. The first two are the hour, and the last two are the minutes. Give it a few hundred looks, and you’ll be able to tell what time it is with just a glance. You can get one of these E8s with orange, green, or just grey dots for just $137 USD.

Read More | Lexon E8 Product Page via Gizmodo


SaitekSo you have that boring white or black or silver computer and you’re looking to liven up your desk a bit? Well, the good folks at Saitek have the answer for you. It’s a mouse that comes in a series of vibrant colors while still packing up a punch on the technical side.

First of all, the mouse does look like a certain Apple mouse from a few years ago. That’s okay. It was a good product then, and it’s a solid option now. The scroll wheel is rubberized, for ease of use. Unlike that all-white Apple mouse of yore, however, this one has the heavy-duty 800dpi optical sensor, so even the slightest movements are tracked and translated into commands or movements onscreen. Use this mouse for spreadsheets or shoot-‘em-ups.

The mouse also has two buttons and has been ergonomically designed to fit either the left or the right hand. The four available colors are yellow, pink, soft orange, and lime green. The one possible complaint you could have is that the cords are a little short. They’re made that way, though, so what can you do?

Price tag is $20, and you can get one here. BTW, Saitek is marketing these as laptop-specific products, but we see no reason why you can’t buy one for each computer you have.

Read More | Saitek Notebook Optial Mouse via Outblush

Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors at a major tech company? We hung out with the higher ups at iRiver America and got a tour of the place. We also sat down with iRiver America CEO Jonathan Sasse, and talked a bit about the company, the evolution of the iRiver clix, working with Microsoft and MTV, DRM, and a few other topics. Oh, and we got a look at the iRiver hummer.

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Del Mar Magma GrillAs summer continues to melt our non-air conditioned office, we often find ourselves thinking about technology related to the season. When we were sent news about the Del Mar Magma Grill, we laughed at how much it resembled a podium, but then realized the draw. Most grills are either too small, or just way too big and bulky. The Del Mar Magma grill goes against the grain. This thing has a small footprint, and is made out of 18-9 stainless steel. Standing 41-inches tall, it takes a very functional approach to grilling and can be doubled as an oven or stove, and you can choose from natural gas or propane models. If you want one, they sell for $400 USD. A bit pricey, but that is the cost of style, we guess.

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R7 Robot

In this day and age, it’s just too taboo to have some sort of human that you can have fetch you things, ride on whenever you please, and exist completely for your own personal enjoyment. Animals have tried to fill this space, but they typically do whatever the hell they want, leaving us with no true method of having another being answer to our beck and call. Enter in Robo3. This company builds robots from the ground up whose main purpose is to provide a fun, entertaining time on your schedule. Looking at the site, it is totally impressive. In fact, check out the R7 robot above - he has four legs, and a soft, cushy seat for you to ride in. Yeah, it costs $5,250 USD, but isn’t that a small price to pay for your own personal robo-slave?

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SlipstreamzI can’t help it. I worry every time my wife goes for a bike ride with her iPod earbuds stuck in her ears. I worry that she won’t hear the danger until it’s too late. Seems the folks at Slipstreamz have similar thoughts. They’ve come out with headphones designed specifically for those who love seeing their scenery while passing by on two wheels. The ‘phones are a nifty combination of form and function, allowing you to keep the buds in your ear while also picking up a noise that could mean that harm is approaching. Even if you rock on out at high volumes, these handy headphones should help you hear the blaring horn of the vehicle that is bearing down on you.

A good amount of thought was put in to designing these babies, too, because they’re designed to attach to the straps of your cycling helmet, holding them in place. And they also double as ear warmers, also blocking the wind from shooting past your sensitive ears.

You can pick up a pair of these handy headphones here for the nominal fee of 7.5 pounds. That’s about 13 dollars American. I’m getting a pair for my wife.

Read More | iWorld via OhGizmo

CarGoDeskWith utilities like a cellphone, Wireless Broadband, GotoMyPC, and a laptop, is it now part of the business plan to spend rush hour on the clock?  Well, now with the CarGoDesk, drivers stuck in traffic can boot up that laptop and get to work. 

Specs include a large lockable compartment for the laptop, a secondary storage area for necessary files, a non-skid hinged desktop, and several attachment points for cell phone, PDA, etc.  The CarGoDesk fits in the passenger seat and is secured with the seatbelt.  It’s dimensions are 26.87” L X 16"W X 10.66"T and it weighs 13.7 lbs. empty - but don’t worry, it’s wheels prevent having to lug it around.

Production begins summer 2006.

Read More | CarGoDesk Product Page

We are glad to see that there are finally PlaysForSure MP3 players being released that can match up to the iPod not only in features (easy to do), but in form factor and ease of use as well (hard to do). At first glance, the iRiver clix looks like such a device. The clix is a redesigned iRiver U10, remixed with input from both the Windows Media Player 11 team and MTV, and is currently one of the only three PlaysForSure devices that is compatible with WMP 11 and the MTV URGE service. Does that make it good? We give you our full iRiver clix review after the jump.

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Optimus Mini Three

Well kids, it may not be the OLED keyboard that we hoped for, but it may be a sign of things to come. After what seems like an eternity, the Optimus Mini Three is now shipping from Lebedev Studios. The Mini Three is the much (much, much) smaller version of the Optimus keyboard that we were wetting ourselves over exactly one year ago. Announced in February, the Mini Three saw a delay this past May, but it is now finally ready for it’s debut. If you pre-ordered, expect yours to arrive by August 15th. If you didn’t, you have until August 1 to get one at the discounted price of $126 USD - afterwards, the price shoots up to $160 USD. Yes, that is just for three keys.

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Sony PSP White Ad

Not one to run from controversy (as evidenced by the last year’s DRM scandal), Sony has placed billboard ads like the one above in Holland.  Though the ad appears to carry a racist sentiment against black people, Sony responds to criticism by stating that it has numerous photographs in this ad series focusing on the contrast between the new ceramic PlayStation Portable and the classic black model, and that there are no racist overtones intended.  It is true that other photographs in the stark black and white series show the black woman in a dominating position, but even if this is the case, Sony’s argument that it is merely using chiarscuro for effect is weak in the face of the evidence.

Whether the ads take sides is not the issue.  At issue is Sony’s apparent use of racial schism to promote its products, and so far, the pictures speak much louder than Sony’s defensive rhetoric.

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