Archive for December, 2010

30 December

Wicked Audio’s 3D headphones aren’t what you think, border on unsightly

Wicked Audio’s 3D headphones aren’t what you think, border on unsightly

Okay, so maybe “border” is being generous. Wicked Audio is well known for its — shall we say, vivacious — line of earbuds and headphones, but none compare to the outfit’s new 3D series of cans. Set to officially debut at CES next week, this line actually has embossed logos on each ear cup, enabling you to “feel” the graphics on the side. Hard to say who exactly this benefits, but for those who love raised artwork upside their noggins, we suppose it’s perfect. As for specs? Keep dreaming — all we know is that you’ll be choosing the least offensive design from the three above next month when they go on sale for $29.99 at FYE.

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Wicked Audio’s 3D headphones aren’t what you think, border on unsightly originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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28 December

Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget’s Achilles’ heel

Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget’s Achilles’ heel

One of my favorite activities around the holidays is visiting my ever-growing collection of discontinued (and often hilariously outdated) mobile hardware that I keep in storage. It’s an annual tradition for me — an opportunity to pull stuff out of the box, make sure all the devices, accessories, and documentation are insect- and vermin-free, clean the battery contacts, blow off a years’ worth of dust, and generally check that everything’s in good working order. Let me tell you, I feel like a kid in a candy store each and every time I pull out and open those bins. I’ll know that when I stop feeling that way, it’s time to sell off the collection — but for now, it’s still every bit as exciting as when I started buying random gadgets from my childhood a decade ago.

On the surface, you might assume that electronics are timeless. They’re made of materials that are designed for daily use and abuse, after all, and it’d be easy to think that a gadget left in storage — unused — would remain in exactly the same condition as the day you left it. I’ve learned the hard way, though, that the reality is a little more unpleasant: plastics seem to dry out and become brittle as the years go by, and things start cracking and shattering. Boxes and packaging degrade, almost as if they’re recycling themselves whether you like it or not. And batteries — particularly alkalines — will leak all over the place, eating through circuitry and oxidizing contacts beyond repair.

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Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget’s Achilles’ heel originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple MacBook 2008
Apple MacBook 2008
Fujifilm Posts New Details of X100 Hybrid Viewfinder
Fujifilm has posted many, many more details about the innovative new hybrid viewfinder on its upcoming X100 rangefinder-style camera. As you may remember, the viewfinder combines both a straight-through optical ‘finder and an electronic viewfinder. Further, these can be combined to overlay histograms and other info onto the optical image. The finder operates a lot like [...]

26 December

HRP-2 humanoid robot learns to use obstacles to its advantage

HRP-2 humanoid robot learns to use obstacles to its advantage

There may be plenty of robots out there able to avoid or overcome obstacles, but we can’t say we’ve seen too many that are actually able to use obstacles to their advantage. That’s the claim to fame of this so-called HRP-2 robot built by researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, however, which is able to detect objects around it and discern how they can be used to help it with a specific task — like leaning on a table to help balance while kicking a ball, for instance. As New Scientist points out, whether intentional or not, the end result is a robot that behaves remarkably like an elderly person — see for yourself in the video after the break.

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HRP-2 humanoid robot learns to use obstacles to its advantage originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Press Conference Part 3 CES 2009
Samsung Press Conference Part 3 CES 2009

24 December

Volvo turns the C30 hatchback into an EV, loans it out for a short test drive

Volvo turns the C30 hatchback into an EV, loans it out for a short test drive

Volvo turns the C30 hatchback into an EV, loans it out for a short test drive

In many ways, Volvo‘s C30 is the perfect blend of modern styling and retro sensibility with its aggressive front-end and that oversized glass hatch on the back. Now, with the EV model, it’s looking better than ever. Okay, so we could do without the obligatory graphics up the side, but the wing on the back (shown below) gives it a smooth profile and, oh yeah, did we mention it’s an EV? The car has been graced with a 110hp equivalent electric motor and 24kWh battery pack that’s expected to deliver an average of 100 miles worth of range along with performance that, according to The Truth About Cars, matches the current petrol-powered version’s. Handling too is said to still be taut despite a 260lb weight disadvantage. Volvo is pledging the car will be making an appearance as a 2012 model, though we’re guessing lucky Swedish drivers will be getting a first crack at this one.

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Volvo turns the C30 hatchback into an EV, loans it out for a short test drive originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2009: Intel 3D Touch-Screen Display
CES 2009: Intel 3D Touch-Screen Display
Podcast Predictions: Tablets, High-Powered Processors and 3-D to Dominate CES
This week Brian X. Chen and I get all giddy and excited about the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, aka CES. Gadget Lab will be there blogging what we find at the weeklong preview of what kinds of gadgets you’ll see in 2011 from January 4-9.
Fancy Colors and an Icon

22 December

CIA’s WTF to investigate impact of WikiLeaks

CIA’s WTF to investigate impact of WikiLeaks

We’re not quite sure what’s prompted all the hilarious names today, but the CIA has now formed a new group with an acronym of the likes we haven’t seen since the days of Nixon’s CREEP (or the Committee to Reelect the President). The WikiLeaks Task Force — yeah, WTF — has been charged with assessing the impact of the leaked cables on the agency’s foreign relationships and operations, and it seems that the acronym has unsurprisingly already become the normal parlance at HQ. No word if the CIA is planning on holding a WTF BBQ to mark the occasion.

CIA’s WTF to investigate impact of WikiLeaks originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP dv9000z Laptop
HP dv9000z Laptop
Hands-On With Camera+ 2 for iPhone
Our favorite iPhone camera app just got a boatload of new features after its four-month exile from the App Store.
Plant Pods in Packages

20 December

YikeBike foldable electric bike now available for the low, low price of $3,595 (video)

YikeBike foldable electric bike now available for the low, low price of $3,595 (video)

YikeBike foldable electric bike now available for the low, low price of $3,500 (video)

The first time we saw the YikeBike we couldn’t help but think it was a little too stylistically shaped, a bit too svelte, and a lot too carbon fiber to actually exist in the real world as anything but a prototype. But now, over a year later, here we are looking at a little green “Add to cart” button on the company’s website. Yes, the 6 mile range, 15mph top speed foldable cycles are starting to roll out of the warehouse with an estimated ship date of just one week. The best news? The price is $3,595, far from cheap but about $2,000 less than they were originally estimated to cost and a downright bargain for something that offers this unique blend of bizarreness and fun. How much fun? Get a refresher course in the video after the break.

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YikeBike foldable electric bike now available for the low, low price of $3,595 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 December

Keepin’ it real fake: iPhone 5 provides foresight to a falsified future (video)

Keepin’ it real fake: iPhone 5 provides foresight to a falsified future (video)

Of course you knew this was coming, you probably just didn’t expect it so soon. If Apple keeps up with its usual schedule, we don’t expect an iPhone 4 successor to rear its head until summer 2011, but already some KIRF scientists are making forward-looking projections and produced what it thinks might be the KIRF iPhone to go tête-à-tête with the presumed iPhone 5. Resolution’s apparently low, but it does its best to make up for it with dual SIM capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, a microSD slot, built-in camera with flash, an all-too familiar UI — all at a price guaranteed to assuage regret: about 700 yuan (US $106). The future is now, why wait? Video after the break.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Keepin’ it real fake: iPhone 5 provides foresight to a falsified future (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2010 Toshiba's Qosimo X505 Laptop
CES 2010 Toshiba's Qosimo X505 Laptop

16 December

Best Buy nabs exclusive Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster

Best Buy nabs exclusive Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster

If you’re in the market for a new Rock Band axe, it looks like you’ll be heading to Best Buy very, very soon. That’s right, the Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is seemingly a BB exclusive. The $280 peripheral, which requires the MIDI PRO-Adapter to function, will hit shelves on March 1st. Until then, we’ll just have to be happy with the Mustang Pro.

Best Buy nabs exclusive Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Turtle Beach AK-R8 Headphones
Turtle Beach AK-R8 Headphones
How Flipboard Turned Web Noise Into iPad Gold
Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series of profiles about hit apps and the successful app programmers behind them. Every day from morning to night, Maria Popova hunts for digital gold on the web. Some of her finds: A neuroscientist explains how brains feel emotion. A lost, unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript resurfaces. An [...]

14 December

Toshiba building new factory to churn out iPhone LCDs, says Nikkei

Toshiba building new factory to churn out iPhone LCDs, says Nikkei

Word on the street — and by that we mean a Nikkei Business Daily report — is that Toshiba’s dropping a cool 100 billion yen (around $1.2 billion in US currencies) for a new factory in the Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. Its raison d’être? Low-temperature polysilicon LCD panels, primarily for the iPhone (no indication on which version; Apple is said to be investing in a portion of the factory, as well). Construction begins early next year and production is apparently slated to commence in the second half. More than enough time to stockpile unicorn tears for the assembly line.

Toshiba building new factory to churn out iPhone LCDs, says Nikkei originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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12 December

Navy’s prototype rail gun projectile hits mach 7 at 33 megajoules, our hearts skip a beat (video)

Navy’s prototype rail gun projectile hits mach 7 at 33 megajoules, our hearts skip a beat (video)

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Rail guns play a major part in nearly every fanciful battle of the future, whether it be giant robots fighting for control of the Inner Sphere or the last remaining member of Noble Team holding off the Covenant invasion for as long as possible. They’re the stuff of geeky dreams, and thanks to the US Navy they’re closer to deployment than ever. Three years ago our sea-borne force managed an 8 megajoule blast, now its researchers have more than quadrupled that: 33 megajoules accelerating a projectile using magnets. That power means speeds of Mach 7 for the slug and a current range of 100 miles, though the hope is for at least double that by the time these things start finding themselves mounted on the decks of battleships in 2025. At that point they’ll reduce the need for rooms full of powder charges and the associated dangers that come along with explosive shells, but will instead need to make way for what looks to be a warehouse full of capacitors. There’s a video of the thing in action below, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it.

[Thanks, Jacob L.]

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Navy’s prototype rail gun projectile hits mach 7 at 33 megajoules, our hearts skip a beat (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 11 Dec 2010 15:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E3 2009: Microsoft Press Conference Part 1
E3 2009: Microsoft Press Conference Part 1
Time and Memories