TotalVideoGames has some photos of what might be the next Mario game from Nintendo. No word yet if Nintendo plans to launch the next Mario game for its next generation gaming system, code named Revolution, or if it will grace the Gamecube instead. The have a few more images up at their site, all of which are fuzzy and dim - two indicators that this is probably someone trying to put one over on us.
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GameSeek will be offering a keyboard attachment for the PSP that doubles as a screen protector. There’s not much information or even a feature list on the website, but by the picture you can see it’s a small fold-away keyboard. I don’t know if I would want to use my PSP as a word processor per se, but this attachment would be handy when surfing the web or jotting down some quick notes. Get your hands on one on May 27th for £19.99.
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What you see above are images I took using the NASA World Wind mapping software. If you have never used it before, you have to check it out. It uses satellites to show you images of anywhere in the world - and it blows Google Keyhole out of the water. Using buttons in the menu, you can change the view to show actual imagery (see top image), or a traditional topo map (see bottom image). The two images above are actually different views of the same thing - that being The Museum of Natural History right next to Central Park. The screenshots were also taken using the software’s built in capture feature. Click on the above images for more detailed shots. It is well worth the 180 MB download.
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Yesterday, I posted news of the release of the Sleeptracker Watch over at I4U. Well, today I got a call from Lee Loree from Innovative Sleep Solutions (the guys behind the Sleeptracker) in response to an email I sent him. It turns out that the amount of orders they have gotten as a result of the press they have been receiving has them simply stunned. They weren’t expecting anything like the success that they are currently enjoying, and to that I simply say, congratulations. If you make a unique product that meets a need, people that hear about it are going to want it - it’s that simple. When it gets covered on sites like Gear Live, I4U, and Gizmodo you can expect that the early adopters are going to snatch them up as quickly as possible. The Sleeptracker Watch monitors your sleep state during the night, and wakes you in the morning during an interval of time that you set. The catch here is that it makes sure to wake you at the best time for your body, ensuring you wake up energized rather than while in the midst of a deep sleep cycle.
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Spectrum Online has an article up on some of the better tech cars of 2005. Sounds like hybrid electric vehicles are all the rage now, along with advanced safety features. It’s a good read for those of us in the market for luxury whips, as you might want some of these features. Still, a couple of them fall into either the concept or supercar (read: expensive) category.
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Secure Signature Systems is developing a pen that reads your biometrics to allow access to your sensitive information. For those of you who manage to write your signature a little differently each time, there’s no need to worry. it doesn’t go by the final image of your writing, but by the motions and angles of the pen. Just when I was getting used to remembering all those passwords…
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Adidas is gearing up for the launch of its new sneaker, which features a microchip that helps to adjust the fit as you engage in various walking/running activities. Small cables inside the shoe adjust the heel cushion as the microchip senses the pressure on the sneaker. At $250, I was expecting it have a wireless MP3 player built in too. The worlds first “smart shoe” will hit stores on March 18.
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If it weren’t for the steep price tag, this might be one of the better selling MP3 players out there. Check out the specs: 4 line OLED screen, FM tuner, line-in and headphone ports, microphone, and IR support which allows you to also use this thing as a remote control. It supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV, and OGG Vorbis - pretty tight. You can expect to see it available in the Land of the Rising Sun starting at $150 for the base 256 MB model. Ouch.
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Wouldn’t someone as important as the VP of Intel - Don MacDonald - realize that showing a blatant knock-off of one of the fastest selling computers on the market would just seem, well, cheesy? Apparently not. At the Intel Developer Forum, he brought out this concept Entertainment PC. It certainly looks familiar, doesn’t it? Oh wait, this one has a little clock on the front, and a remote with some sticky adhesive on the bottom. Gotta love it when they break out the awesome technical advances.
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The E.S.R.B. has decided to add a new rating to its arsenal – E10+. This rating will be approved for audiences of at least 10 years of age. Seems that they want to be more specific on the age groups each game is tailored for since this rating tag will be for the following video game description:
“moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
Are we getting too specific here? Probably not since most parents are all for ratings, especially since most don’t know what most games are even about. All they have to go on when at the store is the box art and the rating sticker. Expect to see the new labels on video games soon.
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