For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand. Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable. At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D. The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation. Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s.
No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is. If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.
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Sony’s VAIO VGP-BMS77 Mouse is both Bluetooth enabled and rechargeable. The charger uses electromagnetic induction technology so no contacts are involved. The lightweight peripheral adjusts between 800, 1200 and 1600 dpi and has an ergonomic shape, five buttons and a scroll wheel. Expect about almost a month of life on a full charge. Look for the VAIO mouse to ship this week for $99.99.
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How clever of MoGo Talk to create this iPhone case with built-in Bluetooth headset that folds down to a 5mm thickness. Compatible with a 3G or 3GS, it has a small slit to include the MoGo headset. This makes for simplified changing of earbuds as well as recharging. The case has a talk time of about 4 hours before needing a charge and will be in limited distribution until moving on to Apple and AT&T shops. Look for a $99.00 price and an outing this July.
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Want to save some energy while making the commute to work? The GoCycle is a possible alternative. The electric bike weighs a mere 16.2kg and can go for about 20 miles before it needs recharging. That will take you only about 3 ½ hours. The GoCycle has a super suspension system for literally saving your bottom, 3 gears and a sealed-for-life chain. Leave those other commuters in your dust for £1,158 (~$1,765.00.)
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How literally and figuratively green is this? The device is both a re-chargeable battery and USB charger. The single pack comes with one battery and charger for £17.95 (~$ 25.00.) The double pack includes a double charger and two batteries for £24.95 (~$35.00) and will fit into one USB port. The description doesn’t say how long a charge takes or how long the batteries will last, but hey, you always have an extra port, don’t you?
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Live Luggage, the company that made the first power assisted suitcase, has now come out with a lightweight Hybrid PA Bag, which features a removable laptop case and overnight bag. The case features the company’s “anti-gravity” handle that pivots and is height adjustable so that 85% of the weight is balanced on the bag’s wheels. Motors are built into the wheels to help over inclines or rough areas. Rechargeable 12V NiMH batteries power the Hybrid PA that can go for about a 1.5 mile trek. The bag will be available this April for £695 (~$955.00.)
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We are so pleased that Sanyo has produced the eneloop bike. The electric hybrid vehicle has a power-up mode assist ratio of 1:2, a 25.2V 5.7Ah loop self-charge function that works while it is being ridden, and a 2-wheel drive system. A part of their “Think GAIA” series, energy is generated by the rider to recharge the auxiliary battery while conserving from the main battery. The bicycle features a cruising range of 100km in auto-mode. The eneloop bike will be available in Japan in February in 4 different colors for ¥136,290 (~$1,461.00)
Neuton has released the CE 6.2 Mower. The energy conscious company’s product has a removable, rechargeable battery that will run about an hour on an 8 hr. charge. The cost of recharging is only about a dime, a price that puts a gallon of gas to shame. The lawnmower cuts a 19-inch path with 360 watt-hours of energy. At the end of the summer, fold up its handlebars and stow it in a closet or under a table. The CE 6.2 comes with a collection bag, a side discharge chute, a mulching plug, a battery charger, and safety key. The price is $449.00 for a tool that should pay for itself in about a season.
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We like the triangular look of Kenwood’s AS-IP300 iPod Speaker. It works with all models of the Apple player and charges while playing your tunes in 3D sound. The device features a stereo mini-jack AUX input and comes with a rechargeable remote and adapter, batteries, and AC cord. At a size of 380 x 157 x 221mm and a weight of 1.2 kg, the speaker is available in black or white at a price of $199.95 in Japan.
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Speaking of WowWee, their FlyTech Butterfly will soon be available. The toy is lightweight and as garish as it can be. You charge it, then push launch and there it goes, running into walls, furniture, and people as depicted in this video. With a wing span of 11.8-inches, the winged insect can fly for about 20 seconds after a recharge time of 10. The company claims that its being constructed from durable, highly flexible materials makes it “safe and able to withstand multiple crash landings.” We’re not sure that your lamps and electronics would agree with that. Needing 3 AAA batteries (not included,) the Butterfly will be available in upcoming weeks.
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