If you have someone in your life who is destroying your home due to being essentially stuck in front of the television, the Couch Potato Tormentor has arrived. Simply put, it is a device that interferes with the component of your choice by performing random actions on the said component. For example, it can simply turn off, mute, or change the channel on the television every so often. Or you can set it to change the audio setting on the receiver every then and again. This is all in the spirit of annoying the person who is trying to enjoy their favorite evening sitcom. Of course it’s just a gag, but I would love to set it up someone discrete and just watch the reaction it gets. However, I know when my components act up, it is no laughing matter. Full release after the jump.
One thing many people neglect to take care of is their ears. I have seen so many people on the subway who listen to portable audio devices, and although I am a legitimate five or six feet away from them, I can hear everything that is coming out of their headphones. In the interest of creating something that would be both comfortable, and ultra-functional, the EarLove earplug is designed for those nights when you know you are going to be in a loud music environment. Whether that means a night out at the club where you might end up dancing near a speaker, or an outing to a rock concert, these earplugs are designed to both protect your ears and allow you to hear the music perfectly. They are available in a few colors, and are said to work better than old-school foam earplugs.
Two more great game creators have joined the Microsoft Game Studios in order to develop Xbox exclusive role-playing games for the Xbox 2/Xbox 360°. Yoshiki Okamoto and Tetsuya Mizuguchi will now be creating the new games for Microsoft Okamoto has been best known for Street Fighter and Resident Evil; however his best talent is his ability to create new game genres. Together with the next generation gaming tools, these industry greats will surely produce games worth anticipating and saving up for. Microsoft has shown in the past weeks that they not only plan to deliver us a high powered gaming system, but also plan on providing what makes a great console – exclusive games that make people want to buy the hardware.
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Set to be located on the actual sea floor, this stunning facility will offer suites with transparent acrylic windows allowing you to view aquatic life from the comfort of your own room. Fully pressurized for atmospheric comfort, the resort will also feature a 5-star rotating restaurant, a tennis court, and…get this: a swimming pool. Each suite will also have its own underwater lights controllable from an inside switch and an external fish feeder. This way guests will be able to push a button and feed the fish outside. The Bahamas location is set to open late 2006 at the earliest. Suites will run you $1500 a night.
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As if being the world’s wealthiest man wasn’t enough, William Gates (also known as Bill Gates to the commonfolk) will be knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on March 2, 2005. His title will be Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. An honorary title, nevertheless this honor is well deserved of the Microsoft co-founder whose visions have led us to many of the great technologies we now enjoy – and profit from.
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Good news for everyone who has yet to preorder a PSP while hoping to pick one up on March 24th. Sony has now confirmed the availability of 1 million PSPs by launch day. This comes as great news since it was earlier said that the one million systems would not be available until March 31st. This should not stop you from preordering one if you are serious about picking one up come launch day - however, if you feel adventurous go ahead and try to fight the crowd with a now better chance of walking out victorious.
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If you have ever wanted a way to make your tech a bit more personalized, DecalGirl has your hookup. DecalGirl makes high quality skin decals for all sorts of devices, including the Nintendo DS, iPod (3G, 4G, shuffle, mini), Xbox, Gamecube, PS2, etc. We got a few skins in house to test them out, and I must say we came away impressed. More pictures, along with our thoughts, after the jump.
Why carry along a portable music player and a cell phone when you can carry around a cell phone Walkman? Sony Ericsson wants you to be able to take your favorites songs wherever you take your cell phone without having to take along two devices. The W800c cell phone allows you to transfer your music to your Memory Stick Duo using the included software. With 38MB of memory, be prepared to buy some memory sticks if you want to really take advantage of its Walkman features. The W800c also comes with a 2 megapixel camera so you can take pictures and video on the go while listening to your favorite tunes. No word yet on when it will be released or how much the device will set you back.
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I don’t pretend to know much about cars, even though I do own one. That’s why I find articles that help explain their complexities so invaluable. Case in point is How Stuff Work’s overview of the Lotus Elise, which has been available in Europe for some time, but is about to enter the US market with its 2005 model. It comes with a sticker price of $40,000…which is actually a lot cheaper than most supercar prices. If you still don’t find yourself drooling at some of the pictures though, then maybe cars aren’t for you.
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Little Shop of Horrors fans rejoice! Now you can have your very own eating plant that actually burps after snapping down on those pesky flies. This little curiosity measures about 8 inches and operates on three AAA batteries. A non-toxic bait (read: not dog dung) based at the bottom of the jaws lures the insect inside. As the insect crawls into the mouth of the trap, two sensors detect the insect causing the mouth to shut, swatting the insect dead. I’m wondering if it works on cockroaches too - and also, how you are supposed to dispose of the bugs?
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