What holds up to 2GB of memory, has a 3.5” TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 320x240, plays MPEG4, WMV9 and AVI videos, weighs 5.4 ounces, and comes in stainless steel? No, it’s not a new video player from iRiver. Instead, it’s a belt buckle that has a video screen built-in, and displays videos and pictures of your choice. Tacky? Extremely. Popular with clubgoers? Probably so.
This travesty of good taste goes by the name Egokast, and as its name implies, it’s certainly not for the shy. In addition to the features mentioned earlier, the Egokast will also play MP3s, has a li-polymer battery which provides up to 9 hours of music playback and up to 6 hours of video, has USB 2.0, and recharges in approximately 3 hours. Pre-formatted video clips are available online for use with the Egokast or you can quite easily make your own.
If this strikes you as something you have to have, it can be yours for $279 USD.
We got our hands on the new SCOTTeVEST Performance T-Shirt, the latest from the company that makes Technology Enabled Clothing. Check the video for our full review.
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There are those among us who just can’t get enough of Spinal Tap, particularly the Stonehenge sequence. For those people, we present the Stonehenge watch. Flip open the lid, erect the gnomon (that’s something you don’t read every day), orient yourself using the included compass, and let the shadows tell you the time. Or just flip it over and look at the analog watch dial on the back.
Impress your friends, confuse your enemies! With this watch, some glittery eyeshadow, and a custom amplifier that goes to eleven, you’re sure to be a shoe-in for the Spinal Tap tribute band now forming in your neighborhood.
Read More | Stonehenge Watch
We had our girl Ponzi take the new Tom Bihn Archetype bag (in Leopard print!) for a spin since we knew she would look a lot better carrying around a bag like this than we would. She tested the bag with her 12” ThinkPad, and reports back with her thoughts on the new bag. You can check out the Archetype Gallery for more images, and the full review after the jump.
We have given some love to SCOTTeVEST products in the past, mostly because they impress the hell out of us. Recently, the company announced availability of the performance version of the SeV T-Shirt. This one is made from 3M Quick Dry fabric, and pulls moisture away from the skin in the event that you are in the midst of a two-hand touch football game at the park, or full-on tackle while playing Madden from your couch. The shirt has one pocket on the left, which has the now infamous SCOTTeVEST Personal Area Network tunneling system for your earbuds if you want to keep an MP3 player in there. You can pick up a short sleeved shirt for $29.99 USD, or a long sleeved version for $34.99 USD.
Read More | SeV Performance Shirt
laughingstock of your peers with this unisex t-shirt that features a built-in digital clock. Operating off of four AAA batteries, the t-shirt will emblazon your way for 12-36 hours depending on what flash mode it’s in. “Flash mode” you say? Yes, as if glowing digital numbers on your chest weren’t enough, there are eight flashing patterns, with two that are user selectable: fade-in/fade-out and stopwatch mode.
When the shirt is all grungy and ready for its bath, a little extra caution needs to be taken. Hand washing is required with the battery pack removed, and due diligence rendered to ensure that the display does not get folded.
Available for $59.95 AU and in a wide veriety of colors, provided any color you want is black.
The Voltaic Messenger bag is designed to safely carry a laptop and all of your electronic gadgets. This is not your standard tech-chic bag though; this bag will actually charge your cell phone, satellite phone, PDA, GPS, iPod, camera, etc. This bag is not designed to charge a larger device like a laptop, but does a fine job with any smaller device. The power to charge devices comes from 3 solar panels that are waterproof, tough, and lightweight. A 2,200mAh Li-Ion battery pack with 3 voltage settings is included with the bag so that the bag keeps charging even if there is no available sunlight. The battery can also be charged via the included AC or car adapter. Also included are 11 standard adaptors including a car charger socket and USB adaptor so you can always use a standard charger for your device. Available in several color schemes, this bag retails for $239.00.
Read More | Voltaic Systems
For those who travel frequently, and like to have clean clothes (and who doesn’t?), Astone introduces the Traveller. The Traveller is a portable washing machine that you inflate to use, and just as easily deflate to stuff into your luggage. Holding approximately 1.7 gallons of water, it might be enough to wash a few pairs of socks, or maybe a shirt, but not much else. Interesting in theory, but arguably doomed in practical use. Now all they need is a portable dryer, and no, the hotel hair dryer does not count.
Available this June for $70 USD.
Astronauts working at the International Space Station depend on their space suits to keep them alive, but some innovators in Europe are looking to adapt the technology for activities closer to home. Firefighters, industrial workers and other people subjected to extreme temperatures could benefit from the built-in cooling and protective systems integrated into a space suit.
“The main goal is to keep the temperature and humidity levels inside [work] suits at a comfortable level when operating in harsh environments,” Stefano Carosio, Safe&Cool project manager for ESA at the Italian firm D’Appolonia, told SPACE.com. “We used in particular the concept of cooling vests worn by astronauts for thermal management.”
Part of the appeal of the suit is the ability to not only keep the wearer cool and comfortable, but to manage humidity and keep the wearer from losing concentration or ability to perform during strenuous tasks in extreme conditions.
Read More | Space.com
Fossil has a watch out that’s perfect for everyone who enjoys something a little offbeat for a timepiece. It’s the Positive/Negative Display watch, which doesn’t read like a conventional wristwatch. Instead, it delivers typical slang for time telling in the form of “20 til 3” for 2:40, and “half past 11” for 11:30. For indicating AM the LCD display is shown with a negative background and for PM the background is positive.
Designed by postmodern architect Frank Gehry, the watch is available as shown with a titanium bezel and black croco leather band (exactly what kind of animal is a croco?). Other options include brown croco leather with a gold ion bezel and a black ion bezel with gray suede. No matter your choice of color and style, the watches are available for $150 USD.
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