An incredible invention for the use of technology for quadriplegics has been developed by Cynerkinetics Neurotechnology Systems. BrainGate aims to make computing a whole lot easier for those who are unable to use a keyboard and mouse. Having the hardware installed consists of implanting a silicon chip where the motor functions of the brain are, and drilling a hole in your skull for the “plug” for the chip-computer interface. This will allow quadriplegics to email, surf and play video games just by thinking actions. I doubt we get any product reviews on this one.
Read More | CyberKinetics
Do your friends and family complain that you seclude yourself from the world when you are busy fragging away? Put an end to those complaints with the GameOptics X1620! This USB LCD interacts with your software such as Instant Messengers, POP email, music programs, stocks, local weather information, memos, and even display system information such as CPU usage/Memory usage/IP information. All that while playing your favorite game. The X1620 displays all that information through the use of a 2 line yellow/green display. I’m not sure if a 2 line display is enough to carry on a conversation on your favorite IM client, but at least it will bring some people one step closer to enjoying life outside of Half-Life 2 and Doom 3.
Read More | Think Geek
In an interesting twist, it appears that Apple is now working on a two buttoned wireless optical mouse. AppleInsider is reporting that because of Apple’s slow-but-sure market share increase, it is now essential to provide a two button mouse for those who are used to them. Many a Windows user has made the claim that a one buttoned mouse just doesn’t cut it in the world of computing. The thing is, this is going to be an add-on product, probably retailing at $69 USD. For that price, users can purchase an alternative wireless optical mouse for their Mac - but who am I kidding? Mac users will snatch these up in droves.
RELATED: Why Apple Makes A One Buttoned Mouse
Read More | AppleInsider
I can think of only a couple things that might taste worse than room-temperature coffee. But you can avoid the trauma altogether by getting one of these warming pads that connect to your PC (or laptop!) via USB. Simply plug it in, pop your mug on top, and try not to touch the pad with your bare fingers. $18 at ThinkGeek.
Read More | Think Geek
Well now here’s an accident waiting to happen. I was actually a little worried about posting this because it might get people to look into purchasing it. Sure, the product comes with all kinds of warnings against using it on the road while driving, but why tempt folks? This $50 device from Arkon lets you use laptops weighing up to 10 lbs right from your steering wheel. I just fear that people may opt to use this instead of spending the crazy money you need for an in-dash GPS system. And you guys thought people driving with cell phones were a hazard.
Read More | Gadget Madness
Can’t wait for a commercial version of a dock for your brand new Mac Mini? Why not build one yourself? This may not be a clean looking design, but it works. Consisting of a milled aluminum stock with ventilation, ProPoxy around the connector ends, and Velcro, this dock can be used to hook the Mac mini up to your automobile or desktop. Apple could learn a thing or two from this design.
Read More | Lazzwaldo
Posted by Categories: Peripherals
The newest iPods to come from Apple have not only come with a reduced price, but also with reduced features. The FireWire cable that many Mac and PC users alike use to sync their iPods with has been removed from the packaging. If you are looking to buy a new iPod photo or iPod mini, Griffin has you covered if you want to use FireWire. The new Griffin Dock400 Fire wire cable from Griffin is 48” inches long and uses Apple-approved connectors so that you can connect it to any FireWire device and any Apple iPod or dock. The Dock400 costs $17.95, and will be available for purchase the first week of March. You can also preorder one now from the website.
Read More | Griffin
Corsair appears to have decided that there just aren’t enough things flashing and glowing inside of PC mod boxes these days. Their new XMS Xpert memory sticks have LED panels, which displays information and statistics about the memory in the box on a scrolling marquee and power meter. Aside from the glowing sign mounted on top of the sticks, the Corsair DDR400 memory that lurks below is familiar to us all. From its 2-2-2 ultra low latency timings to the Corsair lifetime warranty it all seems to be on the up and up. The 1 GB memory stick covers 2 DIMM slots, but you can fit another non-Xpert stick underneath the LED panel.
Read More | Corsair
With a 24” viewable image size, Dell’s 2405FPW monitor is the largest available flat panel offered by Dell. It’s 1920x1200 resolution provides great image detail perfect for gamers and graphics designers, although you may need to use two nVidia cards in SLI to take advantage of that resolution. Its response time is 12ms, which provides clear images for gaming and video editing. The features don’t stop there - Dell’s next flat panel has Picture-in-Picture for viewing alternate sources connected through S-video, composite, or component inputs, and includes a 4 port USB Hub and a 9-in-1 card reader. Look for this display in March 2005.
Read More | Dell
Just when you thought Corsair’s 2 GB Flash Drive was big enough, Solid Alliance announces the World’s Smallest 8 GB Flash Drive. “Worlds smallest” seems to be a trend that is being used over and over again at what is almost a daily affair. This one looks like any other generic flash drive out there but has huge storage capacity. You can almost pack 2 DVDs in this little bad boy. Solid Alliance has also released 2GB and 4GB versions on February 7th. The 8GB flash drive is set to be released in the middle of 2005. These flash drives are compatible with Microsoft Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.2 and Linux 2.4.
Read More | AkibaLive