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AminaAIW5loudspeakersTalk about getting plastered! NXT has announced the US debut of Amina Technology Ltd’s In-wall loudspeakers. With a combination of high definition audio reproduction and some serious designing, these 16” speakers can be placed within any wood or metal stud-work wall. Sounds are recreated in a less directional, more evenly based way than traditional cone speakers so that no matter where you sit, you get the same great sound as everyone else.

The AIW5 can handle 80 watts of continuous power while generating 105 db of sound after applying plaster. Check with Amina for pricing and special sizing. The loudspeakers will be formally introduced at Denver’s CEDIA Expo 2006 starting September 13. In the meantime, think about all that room you will have for your next party.

Read More | AIW5 Speaker Product Page

Gallery: Amina AIW5 In-Wall Loudspeaker


Belkin Compact Surge Protector

Belkin continues their surge protecting ways with the Compact Surge Protector. This one uses a unique design, offering a total of 11 outlets - 6 regular, 4 BlockSpace, and 1 convenience (for cell phone chargers, etc.) - in a compact (go figure) enclosure. The Compact Surge Protector offers a six-foot cord, a closing cover to protect pets and the kiddies, 1-in/2-out phone/fax/modem protection, and 1-in/1-out for coaxial cable and ethernet. Oh, and if it messes up your gear, you can rest easy knowing that it comes with a $300,000 Connected Equipment Warranty, sho ‘nuff. The compact surge protector will hit retail for $39.99 USD.

Gallery: Belkin Compact Surge Protector

Belkin Clamp-On Surge Protector

Belkin aims to please those who hate crawling under their desk to plug things in. The Clamp-On Surge Protector is the first of it’s kind, hooking on to the edge of your desk, workbench, or other similar area, allowing you to simply plug and unplug things from the comfort of your chair, if you so choose. Aside from the whole clamp thing, the surge protector also has a ten-foot cord, and 6 outlets - four normal, and two “BlockSpace.”

“Most of the time, surge protectors are made for placement on the ground,” says Kelly Berg, Sr. Product Manager for Belkin. “By adding the clamp-on feature, you can move and mount the Surge Protector to an easy-to-reach spot—whether it’s your computer desk or your workbench in the garage.”

The Belkin Clamp-On Surge Protector will retail for $34.99 USD, and will ship in North America in October, with launches in Asia, Europe, and Australia to follow shortly thereafter.

Gallery: Belkin Clamp-On Surge Protector

Lie back and enjoy a good readWant to hunker down for a good read without having to get up every so often to get something else to peruse? A design company called Umamy has you covered.

The name of this super-comfortable couch is the Groovy Banana. We’re guessing that it’s named that because of it’s look. We’re also guessing that we’d be very comfortable rocking back and forth in its rubbery depths. Notice the “shelves” underneath, on which you can store your books, magazines, even an e-reader or laptop.

You certainly would not want to do tricks on this baby. For one thing, your books would go flying. For another, you might not be able to get back up if the Groovy Banana landed on you. Better not to monkey around.

Wondering about price? So are we ...

Read More | Umamy

Gallery: Groovy Banana: Chair, Books, and a Relaxed Attitude

Knock-knock Door ChimeWhen is a door chime not a door chime? When it’s a knock.

Check out the Knock-Knock Door Chime, a device that doesn’t show itself off as itself. You install it on the inside of your front door, on an adjoining wall, or up to 100 feet away, and let the chime do the rest. When a friend or neighbor or door-to-door salesman knocks on the front door, the chime sounds inside the house, alerting you to the presence of someone you do or do not want to see. No wires are needed, and you can pick one up for $49.99 USD.

Read More | Gizmocity via Coolest Gadgets

Gallery: Knock-Knock Door Chime: No Doorbell Needed

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.

Read More | Magma Products

Gallery: Del Mar Magma Grill

D-Link SecurespotD-Link today rolled out the Securespot, an Internet security device designed to provide business-level threat protection for up to four computers on a home or small business network. This new device is priced at $99.99, the price of which includes one-year licenses for the computers being protected.

The Securespot, according to D-Link, uses a combination of hardware, software applications and Web-based management services to prevent unwanted content from breaching a protected network. Features included in this Internet security device include firewall and intrusion detection, a plug and play design, web-based control panel, multi-layer security, support for Windows and Mac based operating systems and content filters for 82 categories. The Securespot is powered by Bsecure Technologies.

Read More | D-Link Securespot Product Page

Gallery: D-Link Securespot Begins Shipping

Digital HomeA major player in wireless transmission of music and video says that a purely wireless and digital home is still about a decade away. Sonos CEO John MacFarlane believes that although both Redmond and Cupertino are banking on the technology, as well as third party hardware companies like Belkin and Philips, consumer interest and technology are still in their infancy.

The issue may be that the technology relies on home networking, and at current time, only 1 in 6 users have a network.  This is largely due to the “flashing VCR” crowd not understanding what a home network can really do.  When all that changes, the tipping point for consumer interst and technology isn’t far behind.

Read More | BBC Technology

Gallery: Digital Home Still A Decade Away

Cooper CoolerPerfect for a backyard BBQ party or a game when you need a chilled beverage in a hurry, the Cooper Cooler can chill a can of soda, bottle of beer, or even a bottle of wine in a few minutes. And when they promise refrigerator cold 43F/6C or even “ice cold” in about 5 minutes, they aren’t kidding. The secret is 35 cubes of ice water, 2 cups of water, and rotation of the beverage as the chilled water is pumped over it.  And the best part is, it doesn’t shake up the contents of whatever you’re drinking before you open it.  Optional car lighter plug can even make it portable for that tailgating party.  At around $80, it’s a must for anyone who entertains.

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Gallery: The Cooper Cooler

Fujitsu PalmSecureFujitsu is now offering in North America their second generation PalmSecure biometric authentication device. This little security product is already in wide scale use in Japan, seeing over 10,000 sensors already installed in banks, universities, hospitals and private condominiums.

The PalmSecure, which can be used in a variety of settings such as room access security systems and PC/network login systems, “offers a contactless, hygienic and non-invasive means to authenticate identity by leveraging each person’s unique palm vein architecture. The device works by capturing a near-infrared image of the palm vein pattern. The proprietary algorithm takes this data, converts it into a digitized biometric template, and then matches it against a pre-registered template.”

Read More | Fujitsu Product Page

Gallery: Fujitsu Begins North American PalmSecure Sales