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Ecotronic Self-Powered Toys

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Toys, Videos,

If you are going to buy toys for your little nippers anyway, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about batteries? The UK based Ecotronic has developed a linethat you shake or wind up to create its own energy by dynamo technology. The company has a myriad of products, including eco flashlights, microphone, a robot, radios and a rocket. The toys range in price from $9.99 to $29.99 at International Playthings.

 

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Rocket Launcher Alarm Clock

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Toys,

Rocket Launcher Alarm ClockThe Rocket Launcher Alarm Clock will please any fan of rocketry or those who can’t face early mornings. Set the time and alarm on the LCD display and, at the designated time, the countdown begins. If you don’t turn off the alarm, the soft-headed rocket goes off. It will keep going until you get up and grab the flying bugger. The clock displays time in a 24 hour format, has a plastic base, and needs 4 AA batteries (not included) and an included LR44 battery. Get ready for early a.m. lift-off for $29.95.

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Gladiators Fail to Slay Competition

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Editorial,

American Gladiators Season 2

won big ratings and big press during the writer’s strike, prompting NBC to immediately sign the series for another season, cast new gladiators and create bigger, better events for a triumphant second season return. The season kicked off last night…but was it as victorious as NBC hoped?

Ratings-wise, American Gladiators is already going the way of other shows (to third or last place). FOX’s House led the night, while the Gladiators raked in only about 4.9 million watchers.

The season premiered with bigger obstacles, more competitors and a bevy of new Gladiators, all in hopes that this could be the show to secure NBC a first-place ratings slot. For those of you who didn’t watch it, I did.

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Estes Launches Digital Video Rocket

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Misc. Tech, Science, Toys, USB,

Estes Video Rocket Cam

Imagine being able to create Google Earth in your own neighborhood. Estes, our fave rocket folks from the time we were old enough to fly them, are finally getting into the technology game. Their Digital Video Rocket can shoot footage from as high as 500 feet in the air. It is capable of recording a 12 second video at 640 x 280 pixel resolution or can capture up to 3 pictures per flight for a total storage of 15 images.

Connect the flying cam to your PC with included USB cable to download video and images. The injection-molded plastic rocket also comes with a launch pad, software, a controller (batteries not included,) and two sets of L1194 button cells. Also not included are C6-C5 engines which can be purchased for $9.95 per 3-pack. At a size of 16 x 3-inches, the rocket will be available for delivery around the third week of this month for $59.95.

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First Space Hotel Planned for 2012

Galactic Suite

What began as an idea from former aerospace engineer Xavier Claramunt may become reality in 2012. Galactic Suite will be the first hotel in space and allows a round-the-world experience in only 80 minutes. Booking a room doesn’t come cheaply, as a 3-day stay will cost $4 million. While there, guests can wear velcro suits to crawl and stick around their pod/rooms and will be able to see sunrise 15 times a day. Claramunt, the company’s director,  says that the hotel was created keeping in mind that each pod had to fit inside a rocket.
“It’s the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge,” says Claramunt. “How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy.”
Even if we had sufficient funding to travel to the posh resort, we think we will pass, as we get a bit nauseous just eating in revolving restaurants.

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