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iVod Video Review

In case you missed our video review of the Vaja iVod Video, we figured we would flesh out our thoughts in print as well. The Vaja iVod Video cases for the 5th generation iPod with video are impressive, and this one was made using the Vaja Choice service. First impressions count, and as you can see, the product was custom-made with Gear Live orange and gray taking center stage. We took tons of images which you can find in our iVod Video Gallery, and give our full impressions, after the jump.

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SCOTTeVEST Performance ShirtWe have given some love to SCOTTeVEST products in the past, mostly because they impress the hell out of us. Recently, the company announced availability of the performance version of the SeV T-Shirt. This one is made from 3M Quick Dry fabric, and pulls moisture away from the skin in the event that you are in the midst of a two-hand touch football game at the park, or full-on tackle while playing Madden from your couch. The shirt has one pocket on the left, which has the now infamous SCOTTeVEST Personal Area Network tunneling system for your earbuds if you want to keep an MP3 player in there. You can pick up a short sleeved shirt for $29.99 USD, or a long sleeved version for $34.99 USD.


Read More | SeV Performance Shirt


In this special episode of The Bleeding Edge, we take a look at Gear Live’s latest Mind Camp event. Held semi-annually in Seattle, Mind Camp is a gathering featuring some of the smartest tech geeks around. Here is what we have for you:

Best part for me? The massage. Hurt so good, and had me feeling like a new man. One note - the Xbox 360 contest that we mention in this episode is now over, and the winner will be announced shortly.

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Xbox 360 Contest

Alright peeps, we have yet another opportunity for anyone out there to walk away with an Xbox 360, courtesy of Gear Live. We are looking to see what our readers can come up with in terms of creating a simple video game. We just made one ourselves, and despite not having any previous coding knowledge, we are pretty happy with the way Tennis Challenge turned out. Yeah, it may appear to be a Pong rip, but we made it our own. Now it’s your turn. Here is how it’s gonna go down:

  • Download the game we created in Visual Studio Express, Gear Live’s Tennis Challenge
  • Download Visual Studio Express. This also enters you in the Upgrade Your Game Sweepstakes.
  • Create a game from scratch, or edit one of the game templates that Visual Studio Express gives you.
  • Let us know about your game. Blog about it and link us to it. Let us know on our forums. All games will be made available for public download.
  • The contest ends on June 23, 2006, but seriously, it took us all of ten minutes to create Tennis Challenge. Of course, we want you to do better than we did.
  • We will choose a winner, and that person walks away with a brand new Xbox 360.

Now, this contest is open only to Gear Live members. Of course, signing up is completely free, and takes all of ten seconds. If you have a forum account, you are already a member. Now, go ahead and get to work on creating a game - we want to see just how creative you guys can be. Oh, and we have this extra Xbox 360 that needs a home.


Hydorgen Fuel Cell Toy CarWhat to get for your budding engineer offspring?  How about a hydrogen fuel cell toy car?  Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has patented a toy car with its own hydrogen fuel cell and requisite hydrogen fueling station.  The fueling station uses solar energy to power the process of producing hydrogen from water via electrolysis and is complete with flashing blue LEDs (to excite the young scientist of course).  From there the hydrogen can be transfered to the car’s fuel cell for powering its electric motor.  Since the amount of hydrogen used is rather small, the process is quite safe and is an interesting look at where the future of automotive power may lay.

Not currently available, the toy car is rumored to be priced at $80 when released.  One thing that’s interesting to note is that per Horizon’s brochure, the fueling station is listed as being sold seperately.  That seems a bit odd for something fairly pivotal to the whole concept.


Read More | Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies via Gizmag


Moving Color Tile

Faintly reminiscent of those Hypercolor t-shirts from the early 90’s are the Moving Color glass tiles that change color with exposure to heat.  The tiles are available in eight base-coat colors, carry a one-year warranty, and are suitable for use in any kind of installation where they will come into contact with water.  You can install the tile in a shower as shown in the picture above, or another application that depicted on their website is where a radiant heat source is installed behind the tile, causing it to change colors without any apparent external stimuli. 

Pricing starts at $25 USD per 4-inch square tile, and the only downside we can see (besides the price) is the potential life-span, or lack thereof.  The website is quoted as saying that the “Reaction life of moving color has been witnessed as exceeding 7 years.”  Assuming you may only get 7-10 years worth of color-changing goodness from the tile, it seems a bit steep for the money.  Then again, you may be tired of the look within just a few years so the life-span may be a moot issue.


Read More | Moving Color via Trendir


Ultimate Case Mod

For the ultimate in case modding pleasure, you have got to check out the Project WMD mod. The idea behind the project is to completely custom-build a computer case out of stainless steel, having it end up looking similar to an atomic bomb that one might find on a show like 24. Oh, and despite the awesome look of the case, it houses a fully functional PC - including optical media drive. If you are interested in creating something similar, be sure to check out the instructions by clicking through using the link below.


Read More | WMD Project II


Apple Store NYC

If you are in New York City, you owe it to yourself to head on down to the new Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Apple’s new flagship retail location opened for business just a couple of hours ago, and it is a beauty. Customers braved horrible weather to be one of the first to enter the magical glass cube, including guests from as far away as Scotland. Aside from the glass cube structure, the other unique feature of the store is that it is mostly underground. The subterranean levels feature iPod, Mac computers, and a large array of accessories for customers to mess around with before they buy. The Genius Bar will have dedicated Studio and iPod sections with full-time staff of 96 people available to help. The store will be open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

As for the glass - let’s just hope that the Apple Store Fifth Avenue isn’t as prone to scratches as the iPod, kay?


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In an attempt to give you a glimpse of the madness that is E3, we focus this video on some of the standard sights and sounds, along with a couple of the more obscure things that we found on the show floor. This would include something as grand as EA’s 360 degree video wall, to something as silly as a 9900-watt car subwoofer.

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Gear Live Podcast SurveyIMPORTANT: We are surveying the viewers of our show to see what it is that people like, and more importantly, what they don’t like. It is anonymous, and just takes a couple of minutes. If you have the time, we would appreciate it! As always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.

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Boeing 787

Since the Gear Live and Bleeding Edge crew has spent the past week in our travels to and from E3, this one seems more than appropriate. Boeing has released some shots of the interior of their new luxury aircraft, the Boeing 787. Looking at the images, this thing is a beauty - and would have been much more enjoyable than flying on our smaller jet via Alaska Airlines. The new place features nice, wide aisles, dynamic lighting, and larger overhead bins available throughout the aircraft. Even better, there will be area that are designed to make the air traveler feel more at home with their flight experience.


Read More | Flight Global


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