Michael Jackson died today, and since I grew up with the man who many would argue is one of the greatest entertainers of all time, I thought we’d do a tribute to one of the cooler pieces of tech that played into his dance moves. If you remember the Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson video, he did an amazing lean. We know the video used special effects to make that look as good as it did, but he also incorporated that lean into his live show.
In the video above, you see that Michael and his dancers have special shoes that seem to hook into the stage, allowing them to lean. Notice how one of his backup dancers gets his foot stuck and has to shake it loose afterwards.
We’ll miss you, Michael.
For those who like to mix the old with the new, the Crosley Attic Radio Speaker will be a welcome gift. The working AM/FM tuner with analog display and large knobs promises clear tones through its AroundSound technology that eliminates “hot” spots no matter where it is placed. Even better, the 7.5 x 5.25 x 5.75-inch wooden radio doubles as a speaker for MP3 players or other audio components. You can get one for $98.00, but this is an online only price.
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CPAs and others who are constantly fighting with numbers will appreciate this Mouse Pad that also works as a 10-digit calculator that includes M+, M-, MRC calculation and has an on/off switch when only the pad is needed. It will light up in the wee small hours of the morning and can be used as a USB 1.1 port hub. The device will work by LR44 battery (included) or 5V adapter (not included) and has a price of $17.99.
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The BOSS TU-88 works as a micro monitor and tuner. Available in black or white, it has three tuning modes, chromatic, guitar and bass and a flat tuning function with ACCU-PITCH verification by audible beep. It also has a built-in headphone amp with speakers simulator (including pedals) a metronome with patterns and volume control and MIX IN for jamming with PMPs. Contact BOSS for pricing.
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Check out your friends, neighbors, work buds and anyone else who seems suspicious with the ATOS Video Camera Sunglasses. The 1.3MP camera records in VGA for about 80 minutes before needing a charge. Holding up to 8 GB memory, it can be extended 12GB with a microSD card. The VCS-8G will be available for ~$200.00 and is unisex for both budding James Bonds and Mata Haris.
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We have seen plenty of pedometers of late, but we think that this one may really encourage you to exercise. Bandai’s latest toy allows you to be a famous samurai warrior from the Sengoku or Warring States Period and take your foot soldiers to battle. The more you walk, the higher up you get in rank. The device also has a calorie counter, will be out mid-July and carries a price of ¥4,725 (~$49.00.)
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Dazzle your relatives at the next family picnic since this is no ordinary Frisbee. Toss this Flying Disc-O around and its LED and fiber optic illumination system goes through 7 different colors. Durable, yet comfortable to handle, the disc has a 10.5-inch diameter and comes with two replaceable lithium coin cell batteries. Not recommended for kids under three or dogs that like to chew their toys, the Disc-O can be yours for $29.98.
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Motorola has a new bone-conduction headset. The Bluetooth Endeavor HX1 catches jaw vibrations that allows the user an option to speak in a normal voice even if there is ambient noise around you. Based on the same technology used by the military, the headset can be used in normal mic mode. The HX1 can go about 7 hours per charge and can be paired with multiple devices and gets spoken status updates. Look for it to appear next month.
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Sharp has released DL-L60AV LED bulbs that are energy efficient, have a long service life and have no mercury. They screw in like ordinary incandescent lamps and feature an adjustable color function that allows users to alter the white light to seven different shades. It also has a built-in dimmer for brightness adjustment. Available in Japan for now, it comes with remote. While the upfront price may be more than an ordinary bulb, Sharp says that they can run for 11 hours at a cost of only 1 Yen (~$.01) and has a service life of about 40,000 hours.
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If you like to make statements with bold jewelry, make statements about alternative energy or just make statements in support of glowing in the dark, we have found the necklace for you! May Yokoyama’s Lux neckace is constructed of solar panels strung with LED bulbs. After two hours of charging the necklace will glow for four hours, ensuring your statement is made clearly and for a long time.
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