Archive for September, 2009

29 September

VholdR ContourHD1080p helmet cam announced, we go hands-on

VholdR ContourHD1080p helmet cam announced, we go hands-on

VholdR ContourHD1080p helmet cam announced, we go hands-on

If you live in the north you’ve probably noted a chill in the air. The leaves are turning, the days are shortening, and anybody with a pair of skiis or a snowboard in the closet is walking with a bit of a spring in their step. A whole new season of extreme powdery antics is just a few months away, and for those looking to capture those antics — or those on the streets, up in the air, or anywhere else in between — a rugged helmet camera is the way to go. Earlier this year we got a chance to run the 720p-recording ContourHD through a few helmeted trials, and now we’ve been given exclusive access to test the company’s new version, the ContourHD1080p. The name tells you the biggest news here, full 1080p recording in a tiny package, but there’s more to it than just pixels. Read on for the full details, and a video of a couple of dudes jumping off a cliff.

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Filed under: Digital Cameras

VholdR ContourHD1080p helmet cam announced, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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27 September

Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010

Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010

Remember how Intel showed off its new, advanced optical standard — Light Peak — this past week on a Hackintosh? Well it turns out there’s more to that story than you probably know, and it all leads back to some revealing facts about the connection… literally and figuratively. Engadget has learned — thanks to an extremely reliable source — that not only is Apple complicit in the development of Light Peak, but the company actually brought the concept to Intel and asked them to create it. More to the point, the new standard will play a hugely important role in upcoming products from Cupertino.

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Filed under: Cellphones, Desktops, Handhelds, Laptops

Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Sep 2009 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Alienware Aurora M9700
Alienware Aurora M9700
Knog Demonstrates Keyless Electronic Bike Lock
Knog, the Aussie bike accessory maker, has been showing off a new keyless, electronic bicycle lock at Interbike 2009 in Las Vegas. The lock is a U (or D) type, fashioned from hardened steel with a fetching orange rubber internal trim which is alone an excellent feature, obviating top-tube pads immediately. The folks at bike blog [...]
Boy Are You Stressed
I wouldn t have realized if your watch hadn t indicted that you re all stressed up. Like the stress lines on your forehead or the outbreak of pimples are NO indications at ALL! Ok, I m KIDDING! But really, do we need gadgets and gimmicks to inform of us of our stress levels? …

25 September

Razer refreshed DeathAdder gaming mouse is more accurate, still hates southpaws

Razer refreshed DeathAdder gaming mouse is more accurate, still hates southpaws

Zanily enough, nearly three full years have passed since Razer first introduced what would eventually become one of its best-selling gaming mice, so it goes without saying that the aging DeathAdder was due for an update. For those looking for a clean cut, straight-up gaming mouse to use between the hours of 10PM and 5:30AM, this revamped critter might just fit the bill. The biggest change is the inclusion of a 3.5G 3500dpi infrared sensor and a tangle-free braided cable, and fans of the existing design will greatly appreciate the fact that it’s essentially the same (externally, of course). It’s still not ambidextrous in nature (sorry, lefties), but you will find on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, five independently programmable buttons and all the blue glow your retinas can handle. It should be available to order momentarily for $59.99 (US) / €59.99 (Europe).

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RAZER REVAMPS DEATHADDER GAMING MOUSE WITH WORLD’S MOST PRECISE INFRARED TRACKING SENSOR

Major upgrades under the hood for one of Razer’s best-selling gaming mice

Carlsbad, Calif. – September 24, 2009 – Razer[TM], the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, is pleased to announce the long awaited update to the Razer DeathAdder[TM]. Newly upgraded with a state-of-the-art 3.5G 3500dpi infrared sensor and tangle-free braided cable, the Razer DeathAdder maintains its legendary right-handed ergonomic form factor and rock solid build quality that made it famous. With these new upgrades, the Razer DeathAdder has been equipped with the world’s most precise infrared sensor to date – trumping the competition yet again.

“The DeathAdder is undoubtedly one of Razer’s best selling gaming mice,” says Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, President of Razer. “To date, the Razer DeathAdder has served the gaming community for a good 3 years and with all the advances in sensor technology, we put our sensor scientists and engineers to task to imbue it with the most precise infrared sensor in the world – but at the same time maintain the specially designed form factor that gamers have come to know and love.”

About the Razer DeathAdder[TM]

The new Razer DeathAdder is an upgraded replacement for the original and is now equipped with the ultra-precise 3500dpi Razer Precision[TM] 3.5G infrared sensor and tangle-free braided fiber cable. The Razer DeathAdder utilizes a right-handed ergonomic design to provide optimum comfort for intensive and extended game play. Its 3500dpi Razer Precision[TM] 3.5G infrared sensor provides gamers with 4x more precision than a standard 800 dpi mouse. The 1000Hz Ultrapolling[TM] response time of 1ms delivers instantaneous execution, giving gamers the competitive edge over opponents with faster communication between the Razer DeathAdder and the computer.

The Razer DeathAdder maintains all of its competitive features, including its five independently programming Hyperesponse[TM] buttons, On-The-Fly Sensitivity[TM] adjustment, Always-On[TM] mode and Zero-acoustic Ultraslick Teflon[TM] feet. All of these lead to a superior, elevated gaming experience.

Razer DeathAdder[TM]

COST: US: $59.99, Europe: €59.99

AVAILABILITY:

Razerzone.com – 24 September

In Stores – Late September

Features

· Ergonomic right-handed design

* 3500dpi Razer Precision[TM] 3.5G infrared sensor

· 1000Hz Ultrapolling[TM] / 1ms response

Technical Specifications

o 3500dpi Razer Precision[TM] 3.5G infrared sensor

o Ergonomic right-handed design
o 1000Hz Ultrapolling[TM] / 1ms response
o Five independently programmable Hyperesponse[TM] buttons
o On-The-Fly Sensitivity[TM] adjustment
o Always-On[TM] mode
o Ultra-Large non-slip buttons
o 16-bit ultra-wide data path
o 60-120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
o Zero-Acoustic Ultraslick[TM] Teflon(R) feet
o Gold-Plated USB connector
o Seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
o Approx. size in mm: 128(L) x 70(W) x 42.5(H)

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Razer refreshed DeathAdder gaming mouse is more accurate, still hates southpaws originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 Smartphone
Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 Smartphone
8 Outrageously Annoying Tech Videos
Most TV commercials are annoying, but the tech industry takes the cake for making ads so bad that you have to question if it was intentional. Ever seen Snakes on a Plane? Now imagine that the creators were given the Microsoft account and told, “Make us look cool with one of those ‘viral videos’ that we [...]
Wall Plugs No Frills
These plugs are circular. Holy goodness it is a complete revolution in interior decorating. It’s another step back from decoration, that’s what it is. It’s the pushing back of details, creating a simpler, more chi-flowing world. Isn’t it? Take a vast look at these terrifically simplistic plug-ins and wonder to …

23 September

R2D2 turned into retro gaming shrine, includes head-mounted projector

R2D2 turned into retro gaming shrine, includes head-mounted projector

We don’t know exactly how to say this without overloading your nerd subsystem, but this R2D2 unit packs eight consoles, an integrated sound system and a projector for throwing your Jet Grind Radio sessions onto a wall. The only extras you’ll need are the masses of controllers you see above and the steady constitution to not erupt into geek euphoria. Popular Science reader Brian De Vitis is the man you have to thank for this splicing of console goodness, and he’s been kind enough to also provide a picture of the R2′s mobo-laden innards. It awaits just past the break.

[Via Hack N Mod]

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Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

R2D2 turned into retro gaming shrine, includes head-mounted projector originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Sep 2009 05:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E3 2009: Just Cause 2
E3 2009: Just Cause 2
Best Camera: Like Photoshop for The iPhone
The best camera is the one you have with you. And – possibly – the best camera software designer is a photographer. At least, that’s what Chase Jarvis hopes. Chase is the man who proves that, in the right hands, the iPhone can make an awesome camera. Chase has collaborated on a new iPhone app called [...]

21 September

Ninja Kunai USB Drive: the tech equivalent of getting a foreign language tattoo

Ninja Kunai USB Drive: the tech equivalent of getting a foreign language tattoo

You know how the vast majority of us would like to be ninjas, but don’t know where to start? Well, we have found the answer — that missing link between geek and ninja — in the form of the Ninja Kunai 2GB flash drive. This USB accessory-cum-gimmicky 90s toy is inscribed with … something, and, well, looks mildly threatening. Here’s the really awesome part: it costs $125.35. Some might scoff and others might scowl, but just think of how exclusive this thing is going to be. Buying one of these will mark you out as truly individual.

[Via TechnaBob]

Filed under: Storage

Ninja Kunai USB Drive: the tech equivalent of getting a foreign language tattoo originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS
Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS
Humanoid Robot Plays Soccer
Set aside your fears of world-dominating cyborgs and say hello to Hajime 33, an athletic robot who’s about as tall as Kobe Bryant. Granted, this bot plays soccer, not basketball (yet). Created by Hajime Sakamoto, Hajime 33 is the latest addition to Sakamoto’s fleet of humanoid robots. Powered by batteries, the robot is controlled with a [...]

19 September

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 to launch in France within two months?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 to launch in France within two months?


According to the French (who we’d like to take this opportunity to thank for Histoire de Melody Nelson), the WinMo 6.5-packin’ Xperia X2 (which we got our hot little hands on about two weeks ago) will be hitting store shelves in France “within two months” from now. The cited price, some €600 (about $880) doesn’t take carrier subsidies into account, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for that bit of information. We’re looking forward to seeing how that new OS handles itself outside of the realm of preproduction, although the resistive touchscreen nature of the device doesn’t give us much hope. Salut!

[Via OLED Display]

Filed under: Handhelds

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 to launch in France within two months? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009
Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009
After Office Tie With Built-In Bottle Opener
An argument could, quite successfully, be made that everything should contain a bottle opener. Board-shorts come with on on an elastic cord for easy surf-and-suds. Bike wrenches are often notched with a lid-popping slot, and there are even bottle-opener/cigarette-lighter combos. You may notice a trend. All of these tools are likely to be owned and used [...]

17 September

Samsung announces Omnia Pro B7330, spills WinMo 6.5 plans for entire Omnia range

Samsung announces Omnia Pro B7330, spills WinMo 6.5 plans for entire Omnia range

If you knew nothing of Samsung’s lineup you might think that they’d just announced five Windows Mobile smartphones, but the reality is much, much less interesting: they’ve basically announced one (which was already widely known) and whipped up a rebranding and relaunch campaign for the other four. To the Omnia range, Sammy has now officially added the Omnia Pro B7330, essentially an upmarket B7320 with a square 320 x 320 display in place of the earlier model’s QVGA unit and HSUPA thrown in for good measure. The bigger news might be that the i8000, B7320, B7300, B7330, and B7610 — every current Omnia model — will be packaged with Windows Mobile 6.5 going forward, while updates will be offered to Omnia IIs, B7610s, and B7320s currently in the field running 6.1. The B7330 launches on October alongside the previously-announced Omnia Lite B7300; Samsung’s being a little more coy about dates for the upgrades, but we’re hoping owners aren’t waiting too long.

Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds

Samsung announces Omnia Pro B7330, spills WinMo 6.5 plans for entire Omnia range originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Sep 2009 01:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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15 September

Logitech’s Portable Lapdesk N315 takes a stand against carpal tunnel syndrome

Logitech’s Portable Lapdesk N315 takes a stand against carpal tunnel syndrome

It’s no CushionSpeaker, but Logitech’s $30 Portable Lapdesk N315 is just as curious and probably as useful. Designed to help those sick and tired of mousing about on the built-in trackpad, this laptop table is engineered to grip tightly to machines 15-inches and smaller and provide a pull-out tray that doubles as a mousepad. It’s like having a desk, but on your couch. Get it? Get it?

Filed under: Peripherals

Logitech’s Portable Lapdesk N315 takes a stand against carpal tunnel syndrome originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Sep 2009 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sidekick 2008
Sidekick 2008

13 September

Packard Bell’s Viseo 200T display gets multi-touchy-feely next month

Packard Bell’s Viseo 200T display gets multi-touchy-feely next month

We don’t see too many multitouch displays for desktop systems in these parts, but if Packard Bell has its way that’s likely to change tout de suite. Not only has the company just announced its oneTwo line of all-in-one PCs with touchscreen displays at CEDIA, but now its back with the Viseo 200T Touch Edition — a 20-inch multitouch monitor featuring built-in stereo speakers, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 50,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and VGA and DVI input. When this thing hits Merry Olde England in mid-October, you can expect to pay roughly £200 (about $330) to take advantage of all that Windows 7 multitouch magic. And, believe us, it is truly magical.

Filed under: Displays

Packard Bell’s Viseo 200T display gets multi-touchy-feely next month originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia N96 Smartphone
Nokia N96 Smartphone
Hands On: Motorola s New Android Phone Nails Design, Fumbles Software
Motorola announced its first Android operating system-based device, the Cliq yesterday. The hardware is beautifully designed while the software makes a serious attempt to incorporate social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. But more importantly, the future of Motorola may ride partially on the success of the Cliq. First off, let’s just say the handset [...]
Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired
Off late we have seen a flood of designs which bring out ways to make life easier for the sight impaired. A few good examples are the Braun Bell Mug, Touch Color Digital Braille Drawing Board, and The Universal Phone. These designs inspired me to compile a list from YD s …

13 September

Sony’s PS3 Slim gets the ColorWare treatment

Sony’s PS3 Slim gets the ColorWare treatment

You know, sometimes it’s just fun to go to ColorWare’s site and see just how ugly we can make our favorite consumer electronics. It was while trying to find just the right shade of puce for that Cisco 7900 Series desk phone when someone pointed out that the company is now offering custom-colored Sony PS3 Slims. Color the logo, the top, the base, and up to four controllers. They’ll sell you a console outright for $449, or send yours in and they’ll ugly it up for $149 (controllers cost extra).

[Via Chip Chick]

Sony’s PS3 Slim gets the ColorWare treatment originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Sep 2009 10:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SanDisk Sansa Fuze PMP
SanDisk Sansa Fuze PMP