Sony has introduced its new VAIO Type G notebook, which actually has a drainage system built under the palm rest, and draining holes under the notebook itself. Plus, if you spill your Pumpkin Spice Latte on the machine, it automatically shuts off (Sony does recommend having the computer checked out anyway). In addition, the LCD screen has a special coating to prevent scratches, and can withstand a drop from 28” while turned on, and almost 35.5” when powered off. This take-no-prisoners VAIO is available in Japan for approximately $1500 USD, depending on how it’s customized. No word on when it will be available stateside.
You can now dispense with candles and electric radios near your bath. The JVC XA-AW33 Bathtime plays MP3s, WMAs, and WMA-DRMs. The PMP is waterproof, has a built-in 256 MB memory, hooks up by USB, has an NXT flat panel speaker, and gets up to 15 hours of playback time at a price of $239.00. It also comes with a stand if you simply want to sing in the shower. We dig the way that the company referred to its blue LED (at least in the translation,) “With music the relaxing space is produced.” We want our relaxing space to be filled with Mr.Bubble and strains of Barry White.
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How often do you forget to point your remote at the VCR but instead aim it at the TV? Sony’s new waterproof RM-PZ1FD with three infrared LEDs offers wider cover and is designed for tables, counters, or nightstands with soft buttons for both digital and analog transmissions. The remote also works with fifteen other brands such as Matsushita, Sharp, and JVC. At a size of 4 x 5-inches, it will be available sometime this month, and comes with the mini-price tag of ¥1,980 (~$17.00) in each of three different colors.
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GoPro’s Digital Hero 3 is a perfect answer/gift for those who surf, swim, or just like to play around at the beach. The 3 megapixel waterproof cam can flip up or lock-in flat, takes still photos and up to 54 minutes of 640 x 480 pixel video and sound with 16 Mb of internal memory (expandable up to 2GB with an SD card.) It can handle depths of 30 meters, is attachable to wrist, handlebars, ankle, etc. and can be used in always-on mode for simplicity in shooting. At a size of only 1.25 x 1.75 x 2.6-inches and a weight of 4.5 ounces, the Hero comes with 2 AAA batteries and can be hooked up to your PC by USB or RCA connection. You can find the camera at BB-Shopping for £99.99 (~$201.59.)
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Sanyo’s Exacti E1 is another of those diminutive video cameras that can do a lot with very little. At a weight of only 8.3 oz. and utilizing H.264, it will capture 640 x 480 video at 30fps with the use of a 1 GB SD card for up to 80 minutes. With a 2.5-inch LCD display, the cam also takes 6 megapixel stills, features a 5x optical zoom, has image stabilization and the unique bonus of being waterproof. The Exacti is available in blue, white, or yellow for prices between $449.99, and $499.99 depending on where you shop online.
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Are you the type that cleans your mouse with a toothbrush when no one is watching? You only have to wait until late August if you are in the U.S. until Belkin releases its Washable Mouse. No need for a pad, this mouse works on wood and upholstery in any direction and features optical technology with 1200 dpi with its USB connection. The best news is that the little techie rodent is only $29.99, a decent price to pay for this modest mouse.
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Motorola has recently unveiled its analog GP628 Plus walkie talkie in Korea with an IP67 (International Protection) rating, so that next time you are hanging around a war, you will not have to fear being told to stop using it. Both waterproof and dustproof, it also features a push-to-talk feature, an LED in case its battery is dying, and an emergency siren. Contact Motorola for price details. We’re wondering just how important this rating is considering some of our soldiers in the Middle East are wearing homemade body armor and using Silly String for bomb detection.
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We chat with Mark Domaille of Atlantic, a company that manufactures completely waterproof and shockproof iPod cases. While they aren’t the prettiest things, we aren’t sure that anything short of a bulldozer will be able to destroy your iPod while it’s encased in one of these. The case also has built-in neoprene waterproof speakers. Available for $199 USD.
H20Audio has a waterproof case for your iPod, so that you can go snorkling or swim laps at your leisure, with your iPod in tow. Atlantic Inc. showed us their EGO Waterproof Sound Case—A floating, waterproof iPod hard case that includes built-in speakers, driven by four AAs (30 hours of playback time). It floats! And its silicon membrane allows you to control the click wheel with relative ease, straight from the bathtub. Oh, and the speakers spit water up as they bump to your… mad tunes. Or something. It sounded pretty cool, and it would be a fun addition to the above-ground pool behind your friend’s house that he got from Sam’s Club on discount, in its quirky way. It fits the iPod nano, and the 4th and 5th gen iPods, with inserts that allow you to get a nice, snug fit for each. Available for $130-ish. Soon-ish.