We love us some SOL Republic here at Gear Live. They sound great, look great, and are super customizable. Now, the company is set to release the SOL Republic Tracks HD Anthem edition, which are inspired by Michael Phelps. If you watched the summer 2012 Olympics, you probably caught footage of Phelps rocking a bunch of different pairs ot SOL Republic headphones prior to each of his races. These are just a custom-designed version of the standard Tracks HD headphones, but expect to pay $149.99 for the Anthem edition, a $20 premium over the standard Tracks HD. We've got one more image after the jump.
I know we're all very busy watching this running, jumping, swimming thing from London, but fortunately there's still time to see the gold, silver and bronze of the internets.
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We love those Lego gadgets and couldn’t pass this one up. About 4,500 people that comprise the Hong Kong Lego User Group were so inspired by the Beijing Olympics that they created their own version. The mini-tribute measures 10 x 26 ft. and took over 300,000 bricks. Included are the Birds’ Nest Stadium, the Water Cube aquatic center (inside and out,) equestrians, cyclists, ping pong, and beach volleyball. It was recently on display at the Grand Century Palace in Hong Kong. We think it should go on tour. More pictures available via the link of the Daily Mail.
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Samsung took the opportunity of utilizing the Olympics to introduce its new E200 Eco Cell Phone. Instead of being made of petroleum-based polycarbonate plastic, this one is made of bio-plastics that is created out of corn. Even the box has been made of non-coated, recycled paper. The Eco will debut in September and is part of their environmentally friendly line that includes the W510, which is also made of bio-plastic, and the F268, a BFR/PVC free mobile phone.
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We don’t suppose we are telling any big secrets here by divulging that researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a technique last year that uses stop motion video to help the Olympic swim teams. Professor Timothy Wei and team’s Digital Particle Image Velocimetry video-based flow measurement helps trainers analyze how much energy is exerted by a swimmer and how their body affects the water. Whew. Check out the video to see how it’s done.
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First we hear that some of the fireworks displayed during the opening night ceremonies in Beijing were a 3D CGI. Created by Crystal Digital Technology Co, the excuse was “for convenience and theatrical effects.” Now we hear that China has used one little girl’s pretty face to lip sync to another’s voice. Okay, but is this the kind of image China wants to project? About 1 billion watched the ceremonies with about 34.2 million from the U.S. alone.
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Have you ever watched the Olympics only to find that they didn’t televise the event you wanted to see? No need to leave your computer this summer as NBC has made plans to stream the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when they begin August 8. They estimate 4,000 hours of events which adds up to 200 hours per day. NBC’s SVP of Digital Digital Media Perkins Miller says that viewers can isolate events by sport or individual and can rewatch those that they want to see again. Over 17 different technology partners will be involved worldwide.
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This is what the well-dressed ski bum will be wearing in the future. Presented as part of Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the LED-lit ski suit was designed by Willy Bogner. Solar-powered, it has an optical output ration of 55 Lumens/Watts. Also featured was the “Private Space Suit” with its flexible LED panel that can go on a jacket or pants with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. We hope that Germany has a lot more sun during its winter than we do or the clothing will be merely expensive and gaudy.
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We poignantly remember the video game industry of the early 1990’s, when it was all about Super Nintendo vs. Sega Genesis, and their respective mascots, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. You either preferred one or the other (this writer still owns all her beloved SNES hardware and games). Anyway, the rivals are making history by teaming up for “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games”, a video game for the Wii and DS systems, due shortly before Christmas. In the game, players will control Mario, Sonic and their assorted buddies, including Luigi, Yoshi, Tail, and Knuckles, as they compete in the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, including the 100 meter dash, table tennis and swimming. Sounds like a blast for old-school gamers and youngsters alike. “Mario and Sonic” will be published by SEGA in Europe and North America, and by Nintendo in Japan.
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Nintendo and Sega today announced that two icons of past console wars, Mario and Sonic, will be teaming up for a licensed game set at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Titled Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the new title will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS. No official pricing or launch date was set for the titles, but additional details have been revealed in an interview held between Sega and Nintendo representatives and N’Gai Croal at the Level Up blog. While the interview tends to focus a little more on the rivalry between the two companies, a few nuggets of development information can be found. First, while Sega will apparently be handling the development of the game, Shigeru Miyamoto will be overseeing the development process to some degree. Also, Sega’s Sonic Team apparently will not be involved, which may be a good thing given the spectacularly bad reviews that Sonic on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 received. This mascot match-up has been a long time coming; here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.
Nintendo and Sega’s press release continues after the jump.
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