For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand. Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable. At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D. The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation. Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s.
No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is. If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.
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Digital Picture Frames are very common these days, but Toshiba Digital Media Frames are quite uncommon. Toshiba announced three new types at Rockefeller Center today, as well as its partnership with FrameChannel. Not only do these Wi-Fi connected frames offer personalized weather, traffic, sports, music and video, but a FrameChannel account gives users access to Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook.
The 8-inch models are available in white (DMF82XWU) and black (DMF82XKU) for about $179.99. The black 10-inch frame (DMF102XKU) is priced at $229.99. All three frames should be available in August.
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When I first saw the Illuminated Message Board, I wondered who could need such a showy product. Then I thought of all the businessmen who could use some extra attention-getter for their small shops, and I began to see a market for it.
You will notice that I didn’t say who would want the LED Illuminated Message Board. The idea of owning a board that I could write glowing messages and pictures is a never-granted wish plucked from my own childhood. Sadly, the luminescent pics are not forever, but they do last 50,000 hours. All in all, it sounds like a good deal, as you should be able to get it at Chinavision for about $20.
Sega will have a new projector out this August, with a decided twist. The 190×205×200mm portable device has the ability to show electronic fireworks on your wall or ceiling. With a library of 55 different virtual displays, it is powered by 3 AAA batteries. Not many details were given out besides its ¥15,540 price (~$160.00,) but here’s what we are thinking: If you have ever seen an electronic fireworks greeting card, it gets rather annoying after the first thirty seconds. Ooh, ahh.
Sanyo, parent of the Eneloop brand batteries, has come up with a lamp powered by 2 AA eneloop batteries (naturally.) The ENL-Y1S(W) can be used as a bedside table lamp with either white or blue light. It also doubles as a flashlight. The lamp will run for up to 35 hours shining white light, or 16 hours with blue light, depending upon brightness. Included in the ¥15,000 (~$156.00) price is a non-metallic contactless charging stand.
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Sharp has released DL-L60AV LED bulbs that are energy efficient, have a long service life and have no mercury. They screw in like ordinary incandescent lamps and feature an adjustable color function that allows users to alter the white light to seven different shades. It also has a built-in dimmer for brightness adjustment. Available in Japan for now, it comes with remote. While the upfront price may be more than an ordinary bulb, Sharp says that they can run for 11 hours at a cost of only 1 Yen (~$.01) and has a service life of about 40,000 hours.
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Neither Apple devotees nor iPhone users with other computing proclivities want dirty floors. How can all of those floors POSSIBLY stay clean and yet still let visitors know that this household strongly supports the telephonic ventures of Apple? The “Slide to Unlock” doormat. Made of washable rubber and available from the Meninos Store for $50, it’s a piece not-tech that will add some personality to your entry while keeping the rest of the house ship-shape.
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If Jaime Sommers is wrong when she says that the cause of insomnia is because we don’t have a Sleep Number bed, at least we can now find out more scientifically. The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach alarm clock includes a wireless headband that reads your brainwaves and transmits the data to the clock’s SD card. When you get up, transfer the info to your PC, upload results to Zeo online and they will suggest what you can do to get a decent night’s sleep. At a cost of $400.00, they had better not tell you to drink a glass of warm milk or take a hot bath.
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Literally rock to the music with the Music Locker Sofa. Available in orange, green or gray, the seat features built-in 2.1-inch speakers on each side with a 2W amplifier output and a 4.5W subwoofer. It has an RCA input terminal as well as RCA and headphone output for the music player of your choice. At a size of 50 X 72 X 95cm, the comfy seat will be available this July for JPY 19,800 (~$202.00.)
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Nag your loved ones with this Video Fridge Magnet. Record up to 30 seconds of A/V with its built-in camera and recorder, and it will playback on a 1 1/2-inch LCD screen and speaker. When a message is stored on the device, an LED lights up. With one click of a button, the message plays back. When it needs a recharge, plug into your PC’s USB port. Although the magnet is temporarily out of stock, contact them if you would like to pre-order for GBP 29.99 (~$48.92.)
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