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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
So, back in July we were the first to report on the Optimus OLED keyboard. After we posted it, everyone and their mother picked it up - just check out the press clippings area on the Optimus site (notice - we are the earliest!). This is the keyboard that took the Internet by storm. In just a few days, the precursor to the Optimus Keyboard will be unveiled - that being the Optimus Mini Three.
We will be chatting with Art Lebedev, the designer of the Optimus keyboard, and wanted to be sure to get in as many of your questions as possible. If there is anything you would like to know about Optimus Keyboard, the Mini Three, or Lebedev Studios itself - let us know here.
The bandwagon - it’s that thing every manufacturer seems to jump on when it comes to product design. Original concepts and thinking take a backseat to minimal R&D costs and the ability to kick the product out the door as quickly as possible. Take the SanDisk Sansa e200 for example. It certainly isn’t an outright clone, but it doesn’t deviate too far in looks from Apple’s iPod nano. It’s got the requisitive blue glowy lights that are so popular today, and feature-wise it does have the nano beat on a number of points. Unlike the nano it comes in 2, 4 and 6GB versions, includes an FM radio (with recording), native support for WMA files, and has video playback capability (although the nano can be hacked for video). For those craving even more storage space, the e200 also includes a microSD slot which could net you an additional 1GB of storage (the largest size microSD at the time of this writing). In an apparent dig at Apple’s problems with the nano, the Sansa has the following - “Strong Liquidmetal® back casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance”. News flash for SanDisk - it’s the FRONT of the nano scratching easily that has everyone up in arms, not the back. Barring any issues with the user interface, the Sansa e200 sounds like a great little player when it arrives at the end of March. It’s hard to argue with what’s popular, but it’s a shame a little more thought wasn’t given to the exterior to differentiate the e200 from it’s competition.
Apparently nothing is sacred anymore. Take the humble flashlight for example. A ubiquitous device, the flashlight as we know it has its origins in 1896. Along the way it has received various upgrades - LED technology and magnetic induction come to mind. However, the core idea of a simple object that spits out light on demand, has remained the same - until now. Enter the MII Flashcam - an 85,000 candlepower LED flashlight that adds the ability to record audio/video as well as take digital still shots. For covert operations it has a ring of infrared LED’s to light up your subject, and all video can be viewed on it’s 1.5” TFT-LCD. For storing your audio and video the Flashcam has 1GB of integrated memory which will allow for up to 2 hours of footage. Seeing as how the Flashcam is being marketed toward the law enforcement industry, it comes as no surprise that the light is shock resistant (handy when the need arises for incapacitating a fugitive). If you can afford it ($2,500) the MII Flashcam can be yours, but don’t expect to be allowed the privilege to record audio unless you’re a member of law enforcement. Video functionality on the other hand is seemingly “a-ok” regardless of who the purchaser is.
We really thought we’d seen just about everything - we were wrong. We came across iAttire, a company devoted to outfitting…your iPod. Their selection ranges from the feminine to the masculine, from the cute to the absurd, and there’s a costume to fit any iPod - even the Shuffle and Nano. These aren’t the silicone wetsuits you’re used to - these are actual, honest-to-goodness costumes for the iPod, including a whole line of “Valentines Day” themed outfits like a chiffon negligee, boxer shorts, or even a corset.
The rest of the line covers just about every fashion you’d think to, er, dress your iPod in, from Pop Diva to Fairy Princess. And for the boys (is your iPod a boy or a girl?) there are a variety of manly disguises, like the Pirate, Cowboy and even Santa Claus - and here we were, thinking the iPod madness couldn’t get any crazier. We’ll give points for creativity and good fit, however, who’d have thought to make iPod costumes?!
The best part? They’re planning on releasing a series of iPod Portraits painted on velvet. Oh, the cheese of it! While my iPod is perfectly happy lounging about naked (that perverted iPod!), we’ve got to admit, iAttire has a great idea - it sure brought a smile to our faces.
Read More | iAttire
It’s pure speculation as to what would cause three engineers to create a startup company whose current focus is creating a hybrid vehicle that they claim will get 330 MPG (miles per gallon). Maybe they have a grand vision of the future as a place with little dependency on fossil fuels or possibly they just saw dollar signs. Regardless, their goal is admirable even if it seems a bit hard to swallow. Their company, Accelerated Composites, is hell-bent on mass-producing this lightweight (850 lbs), aerodynamic, two-seat vehicle that will combine incredible fuel efficiency with a high safety factor. Oh, did I mention that all of this can be yours for under $20,000? While I remain doubtful of the vehicle ever achieving large scale production numbers, I’m hoping they can achieve some success with their product.
We love insanely odd gadgets from the Orient. Today, Sega’s iFish has caught our attention. The iFish is basically a toy fish that “swims” across your desk on two wheels. It plays 50 “healing” sounds (read: nature, oceans) and reacts to movement with light effects built into it’s head. Hook it up to a music source, and the iFish will move and groove to the beat, similar to the way the iDog does it’s thing. If you want to import, check out Brando where you can pick one up for $64.90 USD. The iFish hits stores in Japan later this month.
Read More | iFish Product Page (Japanese)
You know, some products are just better explained by an image rather than with words, this being one of them. I mean, a knife block shaped like a human head, with slots for the knives located all over the scalp? Pure genious. When they start taking picture submissions so that they can re-create the head of the guy who stole your prom date, let us know, kay?
If you haven’t been getting your Buddha belly rub on lately, break out your credit card and order yourself a BuddhaPad. Simply put, this is a mouse pad that had you rubbing Buddha while you surf the web. Even better, your other hand is still available for any other rubbing you need to be doing at the same time. You can pick one of these up for $10.95 USD - a small price to pay for happiness, prosperity, and good karma, no?
Read More | BuddhaPad
Newpoint is set to show off the next generation of their PowerSquid power multiplier at CES. The PowerSquid power multiplier’s unique design offers a flexible alternative to rigid, straight-line power strips – featuring 6 tentacle-like cords to accommodate adapters of all sizes. The new additions to the line offer surge protection for the first time as well as a $150,000 Connected Equipment Warranty, adding practical functionality to the stylish design. Expect the new PowerSquid’s price range to go from $29.99 to $69.99 USD.
Read More | PowerSquid
I’ve been needing a new computer chair for a long time now, along with new computer speakers. I finally decided to go out and get them, and as I was shopping I couldn’t help but think about the prospect of combining the purchases, with the end result being a hybrid office chair-surround sound system. Sure, they make them - but doing it yourself is a lot cheaper, plus it would satisfy the geek within. Read on for details on how to do the same.
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