Ever get ticked off at the airport because of a delayed or canceled flight and have to crash there (no pun intended)? There is hope for travelers with the Pod Hotel. $89.00 buys you 7 x 12 feet of sleep space with climate control, an iPod docking station, wireless internet, and LCD TV with no remote. The down side is that you have to share bathrooms, you cannot smoke in them, and there is not much moving around space. Originating in Japan as far back as 1979, they are now available in London and Amsterdam, having been built early this year, as well as one in New York City that was built last year. There are now plans for expansion which sounds to us like a great idea for a budding entrepreneur.
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Sumajin’s Flex Champion Character brings good things to light and sound. Standing a foot tall, it will hold your iPhone, Touch, classic, or Video iPod or cellie while it syncs and charges. Available in white, black, or silver, it features an E14 socket for energy saving 7W of light and a special socket plate for a tea candle (not included.) Based on their former Flex character key chains and other inexpensive accessories, this one will set you back $200.00.
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In this episode of Unboxing Live, we open up the Microsoft Zune 80 and Zune 8. These are both from the Zune 2 line, which features the Zune Pad - a touch-sensitive pad that also functions as a button.
The Zune 80 features an 80GB internal hard drive, matching it up with the current entry-level iPod classic at $249 USD, while the Zune 8 has 8GB of flash storage available in its smaller frame, which sells for $199 USD. Of course, you can find both products for less than their MSRP if you do a little looking around. We also give you a look at the included accessories with each in this episode.
The iHome iP99BR claims itself to be the first iPhone clock radio that will also dock, charge, and play tunes. The device is also compatible with iPods and features a buzzer alarm, AM/FM presets, snooze, and 3D stereo sound with Reson8 speakers. It also has a customizable playlist ability, a DST switch, an LCD display with dimmer, and comes with a remote. iHome says that it has been designed to shield TDMA noise which makes it even more desirable. Expect the iP99 to make its June 1 debut with an MSRP of $149.99.
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If you are looking for a baby present, but the kid is too young for an iPod, what would be better than a Onesie to get the little nipper in the correct frame of mind? Unfortunately, it won’t change itself if you push a button and there is no mute. The American made garment is screen printed and available for $25.00 in a size of 6 to 12 months. Those greedy 3 to 6 month olds bought up all of them in the smaller size but you can pre-order for when they are back in stock. Of course, by then the infant will have outgrown it.
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iLuv has a new 2.1 channel iPod Docking/Charging Station with a built-in woofer. The i399BLK features an FM tuner with 20 preset keys, a digital clock, beat-sensitive mood lighting, remote control and aux. inputs for 3.5mm headphones and alternate devices. The station supports Bluetooth and comes with a detachable BluePin for turning your cellie into a speakerphone. Compatible with most dockable iPods (the exceptions being 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gens,) it comes with a price of $229.00.
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We just received a tinbot and couldn’t be happier. Designed by artist Christopher Lee, it fit perfectly with our iPod classic. Everything is quite snug inside and we think that it gives our music player quite a bit of class. We figure for all our clumsiness that this case, with tin on the outside and neoprene inside, is perfect for travel and a lot classier than our basic iPod case. We definitely recommend them for the terminally clumsy who have an iPod video 30/60/80GB or a classic 80/160GB at the MSRP of $29.95. Although it is not waterproof, the tinbot is certainly water-resistant to a spring rain. A very kewl gift for others, too, especially if you want to decorate it yourself, as they have one you can customize for $10.00 less.
Check out more shots after the jump.
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It’s Panasonic’s turn to challenge the iPod by coming up with the D-Snap SV-SD870N. The player will run for over 100 hours on a 3 hour charge and features noise canceling technology that they say will get rid of up to 83% ambient noise. It also allows recording with a 2 gig SD card for up to 1,000 tunes and USB 2.0 connectivity. At a size of 35.0 × 90.7 × 11.4 mm and a weight of 40g, manage your music with its SD-Jukebox. The D-Snap will be available in red, white, black, silver, or blue in mid-April in Japan.
There is a new way to play DJ. The iSpin allows you to hook up two iPods or other MP3 players, or a combination of the two, and mix up a few tunes. The portable kit features cross-fading and other fun tricks with the ability to switch audio between original and mixed effects.The combo headset/microphone also lets you route your mic either directly or through the effects . At a price of $140.00, contact Sergio to get more info on availability.
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Gameloft, who already creates mobile games for the iPod, has announced that this year it will bring about 15 games to market for the iPhone. They will be using Apple’s SDK and are thrilled that they will have a new venue.
Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft, said, “The release of the SDK is a tremendous opportunity for Gameloft to apply its creative and innovative approach to mobile gaming.”
The App Store will open in June with Gameloft’s products as well as other applications.
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