The Power Bridge is a concept device that solves the problem that most anyone with a computer or home entertainment system has run into: power strips, with their mess of cords, are unsightly. The simple idea, designed by Hyukjae Chang, takes the outlets and flips them upside down. The result? Something that is functional, and appears to even be a bit safer. Way to go, Mr. Chang, for this long-needed idea of improving the power strip aesthetic. We hope it catches on and sees the light of day.
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For those parents that are nervous about their kids, and really want to know where their children are, then they should probably purchase the Amber Alert GPS 2G device. It works as a GPS beacon, which allows not-so tech savvy parents text to find out the exact location of their kid. True, I’m not certain whether a longitude and latitude will help, but the “Breadcrumbing” feature allows them to track their steps like Billy from the Family Circus. The Amber Alert costs about $379.99, with monthly plans being $9.99 and $59.99.
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We try to cover concept technology with some form of regularity, because it generally sounds cool. The problem with concept tech, however, is that it fails to become what we in the business like to know as “reality.” With that caveat stated, check out the Window Phone.
This Window Phone looks like an iPhone screen, with the main feature being that it gives you a weather report by simulating what a Window would look like in that kind of weather. See the rain? Just imagine what happens if it snows. When it is clear and sunny out, the screen is crystal-clear.
By the way, you can also fog the phone up and draw on it, as seen by the illustration after the break. This would result in your illustrations being sent over MMS.
Fun concept, but not something we think will see the light of day anytime soon.
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Looks like Duracell is looking to follow in the footsteps of products like the Wildcharge system with one of their own. Yup, the copper-top battery giant is jumping on the wireless charging bandwagon with their new “Smart Power” line.
The MyGrid that you see here is one of those that can charge several mobiles at one time including products from Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It should be available in October for $80.
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The toy robot, Evoia, that you see in the picture here has actually broken two Guinness World Records. The first was its climb of the Grand Canyon, and the other is the “longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote controlled model car”.
Yes, you can watch the YouTube video below of Evoia trailing a car going 0.6 miles per hour on the historic Le Mans race track. It traveled for 24 hours, covering 14.82 miles, on just two EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries.
I’ll be Evoia is feeling good about itself, and I’m sure the Energizer Bunny wants to kill him.
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Okay, we get it, watching colors change on a lamp is supposed to be therapeutic, but aren’t these soothing treatments supposed to get us away from our technology-overtaken lives? Modula doesn’t seem to think so, as their therapy lamp allows you to manually change the colors with a Bluetooth-enabled, device like a mobile phone. Yeah, I don’t know exactly how it works either, but if you want to find out for yourself, feel free to lay down $281 for it. It might be more expensive than a relaxing fish tank, but at least it will have less maintenance.
These days, everything from our mobile phones to our iPods have WiFi capability, so why not put it in a device where it really matters, like a pacemaker? Apparently, a New York woman was the first to receive such a device, and it is designed to upload any troubling stats tol her doctor should it pick up anything abnormal.
We like seeing technology used to keep people safe, and this saves time as well, since most of her normal tests are now done on the fly, with results delivered without an appointment needing to be made.
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We haven’t talked about WildCharge, since we saw it running on BlackBerry Curve a while ago, but the company finally has some pretty compelling things going on, and so it’s time to share. They’re now offering the Powerdisc Dongle, a device that can offer wireless power to devices like the Amazon Kindle, certain LG headsets, and Samsung devices. The Dongle itself retails for about $19.99, but you need the WildCard pad to get any use from it, and you can get a bundle with both for $64.99. Oh, and it’s not truly wireless, what with the wired dongle and all, but whatever works.
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Last week we covered the imminent release of the Samsung SNE-50K e-book reader, so it seems reasonable for us to give as much information as we can about Sony’s two new e-readers: the PRS-300 and PRS-600, or as they are known to the masses, the Pocket and Touch editions. We’ve got full specs on each for you after the jump, but in a nutshell, both sport USB 2.0 connectivity, 512MB internal memory, Mac compatibility, and a lack of Wi-Fi. Remember, these are budget readers, but Sony says a Wi-Fi model is on the way soon. Both the Reader Pocket and PRS-600 will be available at the end of the month.
Will Alsop has been designing buildings and public spaces in chic European locales for decades - Hamburg, Marseilles and London to name a few. Recently he has begun lending his designing eye to Alessi, an Italian design firm responsible for a wide range of products too high-end and/or cerebral for me to understand much less afford.
One thing that I do understand, though, is my need for ironic/retro kitsch - and nothing says retro kitsch quite like a neon green polygonal watch. If you are looking for something cool and ergonomic that reminds you a bit of the 80’s yet don’t want to wave your nerd-flag too high with calculator watch then this is the timepiece for you. At $118.48 (83 Euro) it is a small price to pay for a modernized piece of your childhood… if you were a child in the 80’s. Wow, having to preface that makes me feel old. Now where is my Prince - Purple Rain concert t-shirt?
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