Category Archives: GADGETS

Gadgets cover wide and varied areas including accessories, imaging, audio and visual and the likes.

1TB storage on the new Western Digital TV Live Hub

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finally, a new media player has been rolled out by Western Digital. the WD TV Live Hub (WD added a ‘Hub’ to this new iteration of their popular Full HD 1080p media player) now spots a 1TB networked hard drive. it’s definitely a much welcomed move. connectivity department remains largely unchanged with the usual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4, Composite A/V, Component video and Optical audio. Continue reading 1TB storage on the new Western Digital TV Live Hub

inflatable photo studio let you shoot almost anywhere in 3 minutes

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(photo source: ips-studio.com)
don’t have a photography studio? fret not. the inflatable photo studio or IPS takes 3 minutes to become your temporary photo studio. bring in your equipment, and you are good to go. the large IPS comes a 2 ft drum fan that is very quiet and pushes over 3500+ cubic ft of air per minute making the walls pretty solid. the IPS is going for US$599.00. so stop renting and start inflating your own studio.. provided you can find a space to do that and remember to grab a power generator too.

via DVICE.

the heavy sound of Marshall in the form of Marshall Headphones

Marshall Headphones
(photo source: marshallheadphones.com)
from guys who rock your world with their guitar amps, comes a more personal equipment – the headphones. Marshall teams up with Swedish headphones specialist, Zound Industries, to create their own line of headphones. not much info is available at this point as Marshall is keeping mum about their new line of products. heading on to their website doesn’t give any hint as well, except for a count-down to the date of release, which is on 15th of November 2010. Continue reading the heavy sound of Marshall in the form of Marshall Headphones

when style meets technology: AlessiTab

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(photo source: alessi.com)
if you are into designer’s gadgets, you are in for a treat. Alessi, an Italian company specializes in beautifully designed contemporary housewares, has announced the AlessiTAB, an interactive multimedia tablet. developed in conjunction with Promelit, the tablet is designed exclusively by Stefano Giovannoni. Stefano is the man behind many beautiful creations such as AlessiPHONE (2009), Alessi Scale (2005), Alessi Toaster (2006), TOTO washlet (2008) et cetera. his attention to detail and forms can certainly be seen in the AlessiTAB.

the AlessiTAB spots a 10.1″ high definition touch screen and runs on Google’s Android 2.1 OS with 1GB of internal memory. the idea behind AlessiTAB is be “the focal point of advance household communications” where everyone in the household will be able to find a use for it. i have no doubt about this. i definitely would have a lot use for it. other features include auto-rotation with gravitational sensor, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connection, DVB-T with antenna, integrated microphone and camera, HD support with HDMI output, USB Port / SD card.

a tablet is only as useful with the right contents, with this understanding Alessi has made quite a few agreement with several establishments to provide content for the AlessiTAB. these include ANSA news and weather, Editoriale Domus – Il Cucchiaio d’Argento, DOKI, Radiotime 13,000 radio stations across the world and INRAN Italian National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition (perfect for health-concious home chef).

The AlessiTAB is scheduled to be available this coming November. However, no words on what’s the price for such a sexy gadget. wait, did i just said ‘sexy’? hmmm…

visit Alessi website.

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(photo source: alessi.com)
 

Porsche Design’s USB thumb drives and mouse

before you realize your dream of owning a Porsche (or owning yet another Porsche), get a piece of Porsche lifestyle with these geeky stuff from Porsche Design…

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design Computer Mouse
thinking of carrying over your need for speed to your desktop? this PC & Mac compatible, 2-button scroll-wheel mouse should do the job. no, not really. it’s not a speeding mouse but rather a mouse that features aluminum scroll-wheel, high-res 2000 dpi sensor and 2.4 GHz technology in the shaped of Porsche 911. or at least you can pretend to be cruising down the ocean drive in the luxury sports car while you are slogging through your daily work. the Porsche Design 911 mouse retails at £42.55 (US$67), which is on the high side considering an average pricing for a wireless mouse is around US$25.

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
take step a further to your Porsche ownership (whether you are or you are not a Porsche owner) by grabbing this 4GB USB thumb drive, in form of a Porsche sports car vehicle key. it will work with most operating system, like most thumb drives do. it also works with Porsche Communication Management system. er… what’s that?… ok. it’s obvious i’m not a Porsche owner. the Porsche USB stick retails at £22.98 (US$36), again a more expensive option to ordinary brand thumb drives. but a small price to pay for a dream (almost) comes true. start fantasizing about starting up the Porsche sports car whenever you plug in this thumb drive into you PC, just don’t try to crank the thumb drive.

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(photo source: shop1.porsche.com)
Porsche Design Panamera USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
if Panamera is your kind of thing. there’s also a Panamera car key USB stick, which would be my personal choice. i have always liked the Porsche Panamera, regardless of what critics said. capacity is 4GB on this Panemera USB stick and there’s a sliding mechanism to extend and retract the stick. sneaky. with the USB retracted, it certainly looked like an actual Porsche Panamera car key. just make sure you don’t grab the wrong ‘key’ for your Panamera on your way out. as with the Porsche USB stick, it will work with most operating system and the Porsche Communication Management system. owning a Panamera stick is slightly dearer at £24.68 (US$39). design is nice but i hope Porsche Design would understand that 4GB is so over these days and minimum capacity would 8GB.

visit Porsche Design Driver’s Selection.

Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD & SD cable for iOS devices

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i hesitated a little when was putting this up. i asked: am i going to put up another Apple-related accessories? there are just way too many iPad/iPhone accessories flooding the market. despite many claims (or predictions) that Android is going to overtake iPhone/iPad sales, but then the wave of iPad/iPhone accessories hurling to us like a giant tsunami, suggest otherwise. or at least not any time soon. however, this Scosche (Scosche – sounded like Porsche, doesn’t it?) item sounded too good to give it a pass.

if big screen is your kind of thing, then iPad screen is definitely not for you but then again, we all gotta have an iPad, don’t we? so what do we do then? we hook it up with a video-out cable to our big screen, such as the Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD and Standard Definition (SD) A/V cable. in fact, it works with most of Apple portable devices that plays video with the 30-pin connector. on the end, connection to the TV is via either composite (SD) or component (HD) cables. sorry, dude – there is no HDMI here. a micro USB cable is included which allows you to charge while you play, ensuring you never run out of juice in a middle of a movie.

combine with the Just Mobile UpStand, it could be a perfect set-up.

visit Scosche website.

new to A/V jargons? read more on what is: composite, component and HDMI.

Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder – the easy finder for luggage

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if locating your luggage at the luggage carousel is a stressful task for you, NAFTALI inc., an US-based company has an interesting solution. the product that NAFTALI thinks will help to relieve your problem is the Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder. the Easy 2 Pick notifies user when the luggage emerges onto the luggage carousel, taking the guess work out of whether your luggage is out or it hasn’t. the Easy 2 Pick consists of a luggage tag transmitter for your luggage and a wireless keychain receiver.

when activated, the keychain receiver will beep, flash and vibrate once your luggage is within 90 feet of you. according to it’s manufacturer, Easy 2 Pick is FCC and CE approved and safe to use for flight. interestingly, the usage for Easy 2 Pick is not just restricted to traveling. you can use it to locate your car, keys et cetera. or maybe secretly tag someone you dislike or like so that you will know if he/she is in your vicinity. for whatever reason. nasty. not that i encourage this but that was just a thought.

read the review by TMCnet here.

visit NAFTALI inc.

techART. changing times – boombox of now and then

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(doodled by mike.)
i find that life could be monotonous without a spice of art, in this case – tech-related topic. so it is tech.get aim to break those boring times with an occasional techART or techTOON, as some would refer it as. and here’s the very first.

this week it’s ‘changing times’. remember the 80s? shoulder pads, permed hair, fluorescent colors fashion, break dances (my personal favorite) and of course, the D-size batteries-operated boom boxes that you carry it anywhere. fast forward to today. you can still do the same but with a sleeker boom box in the form of portable iPod speaker dock. basically, we never changed. only difference is, technology changes.

Just Mobile AluPen & Upstand for iPad – designer-style accessories for iPad

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(photo source: xtand.net)
can’t enough of aluminum products? Just Mobile, a Taiwan-based company has a range of product to satisfy your need for aluminum-based products. we have seen quite a number of stylus around in market now, how about a aluminum item styled in the shape of a pencil? sounds cool? then AluPen is for you (and me too!).

AluPen is a chunky pencil-shaped stylus, sculpted from aluminum, with a soft rubber nib. if you like doodling on your iPad. this will be the stylus to doodle in style. seriously, it does look cool. doesn’t it? no iPad? no worries. it will work with any capacitive touch screens. but if you’re looking to use with your iPhone or iPad, it will work with all iPhone/iPad apps. that’s the kind of assurance that all consumers need. the AluPen measures 12cm x 1.3cm x 1.2 cm – pretty chunky indeed. the AluPen retails for US$24.95.

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(photo source: xtand.net)
from the product photo above, you might mistaken it for a new Apple desktop. well, it isn’t. it’s another sleek product from Just Mobile, the UpStand for iPad. needless to say, it is made out of aluminum with radial finish. add in a bluetooth keyboard and you have a instant boot-up desktop.

i don’t need to tell you what you can do with your iPad propped up on the UpStand. do i? never mind… here are some possibilities: you can make as a digital picture frame, watch movies et cetera and with the appropriate apps, you can read your receipt book off the iPad while you mess around trying to make a nice Italian meal, or use it as a giant alarm clock. throw in a bluetooth keyboard (not included), you can surf the net, jot down ideas for your next novel et cetera. pretty neat.

the UpStand retails for US$49.95. *note iPad and bluetooth keyboard not included.

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(photo source: xtand.net)

Revo Heritage Renaissance Radio iPod Dock: sleek retro look

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(photo source: revo.co.uk)
we just can’t get enough of modern vintage look and here’s the prove: we love the Revo Heritage Renaissance Radio. it has the modern tech livery and an exterior designed around classic European table radio designs from the 1960s. constructed out of aluminum and real walnut veneer, this multi-format digital radio provides coverage of DAB, DAB+, FM and Wi-Fi internet radio and offers wireless audio streaming and docking for iPod. a custom-designed 3” neodymium speaker driver delivers the audio, driven by a superb high fidelity 7W amplifier.

there is also a large graphical OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display and a innovative joystick control system for maximum ease of operation. other connectivity includes 3.5mm auxiliary cable jack, USB port and composite video out. i just don’t understand. why Revo always something that i wanted so bad? for £229.95 (US$360), you can have a piece of this modern vintage.

visit REVO website.