It doesn’t get much more unique than this. Check out the Hotspot Bloom Wi-Fi detector. All you do is clip it on, preferably in a spot that is visible to you, and walk around town as normal (as if walking around with a flower is as normal for you as it is for me). When you come into range of a wi-fi hotspot, the Hotspot Bloom flower will simply light up with a designated color to let you know how strong the signal is. Hotspot Bloom glows red in a location with a strong wi-fi signal, green to orange for a medium signal, blue for a low signal, and pulses blue if there is no signal available at all. Nice job, Karen!
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Okay, I know this isn’t the Revolution - but we all know that Nintendo has been talking a lot about how they plan to introduce a new way of playing games with their next generation console. Many a gamer has been scratching their head, theorizing on what exactly the technology would bring to the table. As soon as I saw this video, I thought “THAT"S revolutionary.” Check it out - Total Immersion’s D’Fusion software solution allows for real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects. All you need is a camera, a few sensors, and a HUD. This turns your world into an immersive gaming experience, where you are IN the game…or where the game is all around you. Words cant really describe this, so just check out the video. What do you think?
Edit: Here is another video file (80 MB)
Last month we told you about Napster’s newest idea for renting music instead of paying 99 cents a track. We informed you that the service, at $14.99, was being beta tested. The service is now available on Napster’s To Go website. The only drawback is that only a few portable MP3 players work with the service. The current list of To Go compatible players include the iriver H10, Creative Zen Micro, SMT5600 Smart Phone, Zen Portable Media Center, Gateway GCM-4 Photo Jukebox, iriver H320, iriver PMC-120, and the Samsung YH-999 Portable Media Center. More compatible players are sure to be released, just look for the “Works with Napster To Go” logo. Of course, the Apple iPod is not supported. Will that make it harder for Napster to compete with iTunes? This seems to be a good service since you are able to have unlimited downloads for $15 a month. Say you download 1,000 songs, instead of paying $1,000 using iTunes, you only spend $15 a month. A very completive price, however, could the incompatibility of the iPod be this service’s downfall?
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While it is just a mock-up, we can certainly dream - can’t we? I tell you, most of the time Apple fans can come up with better designs than the actual company does. Of course, who knows how long the battery would last if there was a screen on the unit. Nonetheless, check out the rant from Chris at YukonMac as well. Does the shuffle really need a screen, or does the straight shuffling add to its allure?
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Two big announcements from Sony in just as many days, cool! Sony’s much-anticipated new handheld, the PSP, is coming to the US on March 24th. It’s coming in Value Pack form only, which includes a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc. Those who have already pre-ordered are getting an extra treat: The first one million PSP Value Packs will include a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Now, ready for the bummer? The price of the Value Pack is going to be $249.99, almost $50-100 more than many expected it to retail for.
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Alright, I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I absolutely hate the produce section. Why? I simply don’t know what the heck I am supposed to be looking for in there. Too hard, too soft, too green…it’s just a nightmare. The fine peeps over at ripeSense must have heard the calling of many a confused shopper, as they have released a nice tool to aid in the fine art of produce shopping. ripeSense is simply a colored sensor that changes color based on how ripe the fruit is inside the container. No need to even squeeze the darn things, as the package lays out exactly what the color stages are for you! Currently, they have only released the version that tells you how the pears are doing - but wait just a little while longer, and there will be ripeSense sensors on kiwfruit, melon, mango, avocado and stone fruit. Holla!
You knew it was coming. Someone picked up the cheaper 1.25GHz Mac mini and decided that it just wasn’t fast enough for him. Instead of exchanging it for the 1.42GHz version, he just overclocked it to that speed (and beyond) himself.
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As a PC user, you just bought that new slick Mac mini and can’t afford a second set of keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. What do you do? This tiny bad boy is all you need. IOGEAR has just announced their latest KVM switch, the MiniView Micro USB PLUS KVM Switch. This nice little gadget will allow the user to connect two computer systems to one set of keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. This low-cost solution works well with either PC or Mac, making it an ideal choice for anyone that has recently obtained a Mac mini. The unit even comes with built in cables, no need to spend extra cash on them. The MiniView Micro PLUS KVM switch is the smallest two-port switch available today that includes audio support. The only drawback is that the audio is only stereo. The MSRP is set at $79.95, way cheaper than buying a new peripherals for your new computer.
“Consumers who purchase the new Apple Mac Mini are able to save their old computer and switch back and forth between the two computers, depending on what computing solution is needed,” said Miranda Su, vice president of sales and marketing at IOGEAR, Inc. “IOGEAR’s affordable KVM switches are an ideal solution because they connect two computers with just one keyboard, monitor and mouse, while allowing consumers to share multimedia speakers. That old computer no longer has to sit around and collect dust. PC users can now have the best of both worlds.”
Full press release after the jump.
Continuing on with the whole “2005 is the year of convergence” thing that the tech industry is currently into, take a look at Pantech & Curitel’s PH-L4000V camcorder/cell phone. It includes a 2.1 megapixel camera, and is supposed to be able to record camcorder quality video clips to mini MMC. Of course, many people can have a different idea of what camcorder quality actually means.
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In what has got to be the most shocking bit of news we’ve heard today, Gran Turismo 4 has been announced for release on February 22 in the United States. Reports had previously confirmed the European release as being next month, so we were wondering what was the hold up stateside. The latest installment of this driving simulation series had been previously scheduled for a release here late last year. Since then, it’s been released in Japan and we’ve waited for what feels like an eternity for additional cars and features to be added. Now we can all go and complain about something else for a change.
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