Category Archives: GADGETS

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

mini-size sharing: Verbatim MediaShare Mini

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(photo credit: verbatim.com) Verbatim MediaShare Mini | US$90 | verbatim.com

Verbatim proves that Network Attached Storage or NAS doesn’t need to be big with the new MediaShare Mini, albeit some trade off. the Mini has no internal storage, instead it lets you connect any existing external drive to your network.

the Mini supports up to four USB-connected external drives which you can access via your home network or the Internet. it is strange that Verbatim decided to head this way. i mean isn’t having a basic storage with addition of USB port(s) to accept any other external drives a more ‘cuts both ways’ solution?

maybe we would be able to save some desktop space, but putting a hard drive or in this case, up to four would undoubtedly clutter the space too. in anyway, this could be good for those who need to have high turn over of drives. the Mini offers the same features as the full-size counterpart such as remote access, photo album sharing, mobile device supports, social web integration and media streaming.

seriously, i thought the Mini can’t be considered as a NAS proper as it has no built-in storage. it’s more like a network attached bridging solution. don’t you think so?

the future of computer: Xi3 Modular Computer

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Xi3 Modular Computer | from US$849 | www.xi3.org

just when we thought computer couldn’t go any smaller, Xi3 unveiled a small cube-like computer, dubbed the Xi3 Modular Computer. measuring less than 4-inches (101.6mm) per side, the Xi3 base model is being powered by AMD Athlon Dual Core 3400E 22W processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM and comes with a 8GB SSD flash drive.

in order to keep the size to the minimum, the classic motherboard is separated into three boards. the first board house the processors and RAM, and the other two are the I/O boards, handling all connectivity and input/output requirements. the Xi3 is designed in a way that the boards can be quickly removed, modified and/or replaced.

accordingly to Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation, the concept behind the Xi3 is the “believe that computers should be upgradeable and up-dateable over and over and over again” and the Xi3 is “potentially the last computer you ever need to buy.”

the Xi3 is suited for both office and home use and with the sleek aluminum casing of Xi3 serving as a heat sink for the computer. together with the aluminum casing, a flow-through design and the placement of the processors play a part in “mitigating and dissipate heat blooms inside the enclosure itself.”

aside from being petite in size, less than 20 watts is required to power the Xi3. the Xi3 is available in limited quantities today for evaluation and proofs-of-concepts purposes. the standard model comes in gray but for an additional US$15 to US$30, you can choose from nine other different colors. the Xi3 will be slated for the mass market in early 2011.

personally, i thought this is one computer that i wouldn’t want to miss. frankly, i am rather tired of conventional computer with bulky casing. the Xi3 could means an awesome space-saving solution for our work desk and aesthetically pleasing too. place this on your work desk and people will be asking ‘wooo…. hey what’s that?’

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sleek lines of the Xi3 modular computer
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this is how small the Xi3 is
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the different color options, including a chrome version
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the Xi3 optional mounting accessories
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leathery messenger: Knomo Kobe Soft Messenger Bag

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(photo credit: knomobags.com) Knomo Kobe Soft Messenger | US$285 | www.knomobags.com

Knomo has a new bag in town in the form of the Kobe Soft Messenger bag. the Kobe features full grain cow hide leather and recycle PET fabric exterior with brushed nickel hardware, should fit a 15-inch laptop nicely along with other miscellaneous items.

if fabric or nylon messenger does not speak of the executive-ness in you, then the leather item is the way to go. i love leather stuff but usually that love does not applied to messenger, but this one from Knomo looks pretty sleek. the interior is of soft fabric lining with scotch guard coating.

the bag features several compartments, among them is a quilted laptop pouch with high density foam around the base to help cushion any knocks. i say, Kobe is nice on first look, but quite hefty price for a messenger. the Kobe will be available end of the month.

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60x microscope with illumination for iPhone 4

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(photo credit: mobile.brando.com) iPhone 4 Microscope | US$17.50 | www.mobile.brando.com

first, there was a possibility of iPhone becoming a POS machine and barcode reader, now it can be a microscope as well. sounds far fetch? not with the iPhone 60x microscope with illumination attachment.

retail by Brando, this US$17.50 accessory allows you the opportunity to transform your iPhone 4 into a micro-organism observer. it comes with 2x white LED for your scientific observation under dim or dark environment and also a LED for note detector.

powering the LEDs are three LR1130 batteries, so nothing will be sapped from your already poor performing iphone battery life. looks pretty cool and i suppose its a great way for an impromptu microorganism study.

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yet another Android Tablet – NEC LifeTouch Tablet Terminal

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(photo credit: nec.co.jp) NEC LifeTouch Tablet | US$tbc | www.nec.co.jp

questions: which product is flocking the market besides iPad cases/sleeves? answer: Android-based tablet, or simply put ‘tablet’ in general. after iPad, manufacturers are feeling more comfortable in rolling out tablets to the mass market. this can be witness by the introduction of Blackberry Playbook, the Galaxy Tab, AlessiTab and more recently, the Creative Tablet.

NEC is no exception and it announced its Android-based tablet, dubbed the “LifeTouch” tablet terminal on the 10th this month. according to NEC, it will be a “new cloud communicator”, “in support of corporate client services through cloud computing“.

the LifeTouch will spot a 7-inch LCD with Android operation system and reportedly to be of “thin design”, weighing at approximately 370 grams. other than these, nothing much is known about this “cloud communicator” which will start shipping at the end of the month in Japan. strangely, not much info is available at this point despite the availability date is just round the corner.

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vintage gadget: the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera

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one look at the rusted can, we all know this is not the latest gadget but a gadget from the past. the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera was introduced in the 1957 and had a rather short lifespan ended in the 1960. it’s classified as a “Box rollfilm” camera and features Kodet f/14 with close-up lens and single blade shutter.

while there’s not much value to this box camera, but it is certainly a true vintage. how about a remake of this camera with modern digital technology? that would be really cool. don’t you think so?

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moshi moshi… who’s there? Native Union Moshi Moshi 04

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(photo credit: nativeunion.com) Native Union Moshi Moshi 04 | £150.00 | www.nativeunion.com

guess what is this? if you guessed ‘speakers’, you are almost right. essentially, it is a Bluetooth-enabled speakers from Native Union Moshi Moshi series, simply called Moshi Moshi 04. beside’s looking neat, the Moshi Moshi 04 Bluetooth speakers lets you pair and answer calls on two different Bluetooth devices.

the use of Moshi Moshi 04 is not limited to mobile or smart phones. it can connects to Bluetooth-enabled laptop where you can use it for VoIP Internet calls. it will also works as a Bluetooth stereo speakers and a noise-reduction conference call unit.

i am guessing this one will be a perfect match for those who are constantly on mobile for conference calls. so your hands can be free to do something else, like taking a sip of water, maybe?

sophisticated docking: the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 dock

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(image: B&O) B&O BeoSound 8 Dock | US$999 | www.bang-olufsen.com

you can always trust Bang & Olufsen (commonly known as B&O) to come up with product that make you exclaim ‘wow’ and the BeoSound 8 is no exception. finally we have a sound dock that docks the iPad as well, not just your iPods or iPhones. the new BeoSound 8 can be hanged on the wall, and place anywhere as long there’s a power outlet to power it. Continue reading sophisticated docking: the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 dock

cooking up to the sound of DAB: DUALIT DAB Lite Radio

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(photo credit: dualit.com) DUALIT DAB Lite Radio | approx. US$194 | www.dualit.com

if you think cooking and music can’t go together. think again. the DUALIT DAB Lite Radio features a 6-watt, 3-inch speaker with a in-built charger so that you can cook up a storm in the kitchen while listening to any of the 20 preset stations.

of course, you can use it anywhere but with a 99 minute kitchen egg timer as part of its feature, why would you use it anywhere else? having a BBQ party? lug the DUALIT DAB Lite outdoor and the rechargeable NiMH battery has enough juice to power it for the day on one single charge. it can also run off 6 x AA batteries (not included) or via the mains.

among the features include bass port for rich sound, alarm with snooze & sleep options, 3.5mm headphones jack – all these clad in a sexy contemporary chrome body with a LCD white on blue display (which automatically dims to save power). well, i gotta say the DUALIT DAB Lite is definitely an eye-candy but my worry is… it’s going to be a fingerprint magnet.