High octane MP3s are soon to be a reality. DTI Energy of California has joined the small group of licensees trying to create fuel cells using methanol as a base. Methanol, air and water are combined to create a thermodynamic (heat releasing) reaction between the hydrogen in methanol and oxygen, which produces electricity. These fuel cells are estimated to be 5 times more powerful then standard batteries, and when they run out, you simply refill the methanol. Estimates say these cells are ten times more powerful than Lithium Ion batteries.
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Want to keep creeps away from from you, but don’t have a pair of nunchucks with you at all times? Wearable Warnings, a project by Philip Worthington at the RCA in London, is a prototype coat that helps you do just that. From their website:
The prototype design is a coat with warning strips of fur that become electro-statically charged in situations where the wearer feels threatened. When charged the fur begins to stand on end; a visual indication that the wearer is uncomfortable. If someone invades the wearer’s personal space they will begin to feel a second warning; as they enter the coat’s electrostatic field they will feel tingling skin sensations and their hair will stand on end. The fur will begin to twitch toward them and emit crackling sounds. If the ‘threat’ proceeds to touch the fur then 100,000 volts of electro-static charge discharges from the fur, into the offender’s body (non-lethal but definitely a bite).
They forgot to mention that it makes you look like a B-movie monster.
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Japanese company Thanko has introduced their headset MP3 player. The Thanko Mubie Jogger has an LCD screen and weighs in at 50 grams. With 500 MB of storage and an FM tuner, the 3-color 96x64 pixel LCD isn’t as large and bulky as you would imagine. Load it up via USB and you are on your way.
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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about how Logitech was giving away 100 Harmony 676 remotes per day for a week. If you weren’t lucky enough to cop one, we have your hookup. While we aren’t going to give away anywhere near 100 of these, we are going to give one away to a lucky reader. All you have to do is let us know what you would use this item for in the comments area. What kind of setup do you have in your living room? And hey, it’s a random drawing, so you can still win even if you have a poor man’s system. Don’t thank me, thank PrizeCube. As always, this is open to US residents only. You have a week.
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.
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AMD slashed the prices on some of their chips today following the introduction the new Opteron server chips. Some chips saw price cuts of up to 35 percent. The two most notable drops belong to the Athlon 64 3800 and 3700+ processors which have been made popular by many a PC gamer. These chips were lowered by 34 percent and 30 percent respectively. If you are in the market for one of these chips or thinking of upgrading, now is your chance to get high performance at a lower cost.
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How many times have you wandered to the refrigerator to get yourself a nice chilled beverage and find that there are none? No one wants to put more warm ones in there and wait until they cool down. Thanks to the Cooper Cooler, you won’t have to wait that much longer. With some water and ice, you can “Chill-On-Demand” any beverage of your choosing to a cold drinking temperature of 43 degrees fahrenheit. According to the website, this little gadget can chill a can in 1 minute, bottles in 3.5 minutes, wine bottles in 6 minutes - plus it will not cause carbonated beverages to foam or fizz over upon opening. This is definitely a great product for those who throw parties often or have pesky roommates that never refill the refrigerator when they take the last
soda. You can grab one for $89.99 USD.
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There are a few reasons we’re stoked about this announcement. First, the game should benefit from the added development time that has passed since the last game, which was rushed to market in order to coincide with The Matrix Reloaded release and suffered for it. Secondly, this game will allow us to play as Neo himself, as the subtitle “The Path of Neo” suggests, as opposed to secondary (and some might call the tertiary) characters Niobe and Ghost. Thirdly, it’s not going to involve card-based combat, or monthly fees, ala “The Matrix Online”, which is scheduled for release next month. “Path of Neo” is coming this Holiday season on PC, PS2, and Xbox. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.
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It’s nice to have a change from the regular listing of albums and singles Billboard is normally known for. USA Today reports that the company has actually been tabulating downloads, using Nielsen SoundScan, since 2003. Now that they’ve ironed out all the kinks and feel more comfortable they’ve begun publishing the lists. They are only tracking songs that have been legally purchased though, for obvious reasons. For top song swaps, you might want to check out BigChampagne.
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Wires on our devices are still a pain. Just last week, someone accidentally snatched my headphones right out my ear when they walked too close to me. If that wasn’t enough, people who wear sunglasses are even more limited, because generally only one device can loop around your ear at any one time. Today at 3GSM Motorola and Oakley announced their new line of premium Bluetooth wireless technology, sure to keep you connected and cool at the same time. The Oakley RAZRWire is simply a pair of Oakley’s that have an earpiece attached to the frame, allowing you to talk on your cell phone wirelessly. The device is expected in the second half of 2005, and will be available in three different frame colors. No word on the pricing, but the word “premium” should hint to that.
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