Whether your precious Nintendo Wii is having overheating issues or you just want to snazz it up a bit, we have a rather interesting item for you, from those USB-obsessed folks at Brando. It’s the Wii Crystal Cooler, a clear stand for your console that has a built-in “high velocity” fan to cool off the machine. The stand is also lit up by a blue LED light, adding a dosage of coolness
or amusing tackiness
to your Wii. The stand is powered via USB, and the LED has an on/off switch for quieter moments. Available for $20 USD.
The zen of a quiet surrounding, say your work environment, is easily ruined when someone’s cell phone rings - especially if they have an annoying song-of-the-moment ringtone. If it’s you with the offending phone, avoid the scorn of the disrupted with the SIGNAL Cellphone Holder. Just silence your phone and put it in the holder, which will blink when you receive a call. It works by picking up on cellular phone waves…very smart in our book. Yes, we realize you could just put your phone on vibrate, but that’s not always a convenient option, and besides, we think this gadget will look uber-cool on anyone’s desk. The SIGNAL costs $30 USD.
So, CES is all about the glitz and glamour. I think that is pretty much universally understood. Gennum was at the show showing off a huge LED wall in partnership with Daktronics. We talk to them a bit about this technology in this episode.
Some readers over at MaxConsole have offered up pictures of a pretty sweet-looking mod for Nintendo’s famous Wiimote. Who hasn’t looked at the beautiful, clear A button before and thought “Dang, I bet that thing would look sweet lit up!”. Well, if you did, you were right… click the jump for more pictures of this mod. Hopefully the user will post instructions on the hack sometime soon, or at very least give us some pictures of the increased-lumens Wiimote without the controller glove.
Read More | MaxConsole.net
Here’s another reason to never have to leave your computer. The USB Rechargeable Shaver will keep you looking your natty best while you are commuting to your next business meeting. Plug it into your laptop and the blue LED indicates NiMH battery charge status. At dimensions of 10.9 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm with a weight of 74 gm, the shaver features a floating double-head system, an ultra-thin outer foil, a rotating plug, and is available for $22.00 at USB Geek (cleaning brush included.)
Read More | USB Geek
Today Nokia introduced their N75 at New York’s Open Studio. This small multimedia computer offers digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and what they refer to as a “rich” Internet communication. Housed in a thin clamshell and utilizing its 2.4-inch screen for a slide show, it can print 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) photos with up to 16 million colors. It also features a 16x digital zoom, an integrated flash LED, and accepts files in JPEG/EXIF format. Wait, there’s more. The N75 doubles as a mini-TV screen, supports formats MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA, and its advanced digital music player includes an equalizer, playlist, shuffle and repeat features. There’s still more. With an internal memory of up to 40 MB, it can be further expanded with an optional microSD card of up to 2 GB. We’re simply exhausted, so visit Nokia if you want even more details, such as availability and price.
Read More | Nokia Press Release
If you are a pet owner, this new product is definitely up your alley. The Hear Now is based on a 2-way radio communication system that you control with a handheld walkie-talkie. Place The Hear Now around your dog’s neck and you can communicate with Fido from as far away as 12 miles. It also has LED that is visible up to 2 miles.
This pet-tracking and communication device was created by Simon Wilby in Calgary, who is also company president. “Lost pets in the urban and rural areas is a substantial problem. The Hear Now will help facilitate a quick recovery.” Future models will include instant GPS and GPRS tracking capabilities that could be sent directly to your palm, blackberry, or voice mail. Also in development is geo-fencing (invisible boundaries for your pet) which will alert you if Fido decides to visit the poodle down the block.
The HearNow also comes in a harness model for cats, a halter model for horses, and can be attached to a wheelchair. Greg Miller, who is in charge of worldwide distribution, told Gearlive that can be pre-ordered on line and will be available in about 4 weeks in retail outlets. Prices range from $199.99 to $259.99. We think that this is a much better solution than zapping Fido every time he tries to leave the yard or fitting him with a nasty electronic implant.
Read More | The Hear Now Home Page
The argument for the past few years regarding the performance of plasma displays versus LCD panels has always come down to the contrast ratio. LCD’s are physically lighter, can produce the same resolution and don’t have the “leaking” issues associated with plasmas but just haven’t ever been able to hit the brightness levels of plasma displays which have contrast ratios of up to 10,000:1. Some of Samsung’s displays released within the past year have pushed closer, hitting the mark of 4,000:1, and some of the newest Full HD displays being released will touch higher reaching 6,000:1, but that still only hits 60% of plasma. Well, that’s all about to change.
Samsung has released its first LCD screen using LED backlighting. The LE40M91 uses LED light sources instead of CCFL panels allowing this LCD panel to produce a dynamic contrast ratio of a plasma best 10,000:1. This means richer colors, darker blacks and even brighter whites. As an added bonus, the LED sources double the life of the CCFL panels with an average life span of about 30,000hrs. That’s almost 3.5yrs of constant viewing. This first display is only capable of producing images in 1080i, but it is a great first article to show the potential of LED backlit LCD panels.
Unless you dropped off the face of the earth a few weeks ago, you probably ran across our own Nate True’s Time Fountain. In case you missed it, do a quick search and you will find it all over the Internet. We decided to take a closer look at what makes the Time Fountain tick. If you were amazed by the original video, consider this your “behind the scenes” look, explaining how the DIY project works.
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