the problem with using a wireless mouse is the constant need to change batteries. this is especially true for Apple’s Magic Mouse, which would require a quarterly refreshing of batteries (depending on usage). it is a hassle and not to mention, it is environmentally unfriendly. one alternative is to use rechargeable batteries, which i did but the downer is, standard rechargeable takes significantly long time to charge, which means you will need to have two sets of those batteries to do the rotation.
Mobee Technology’s The Magic Charger solves this switching of batteries issue by the use of inductive charging. simply replace the batteries and battery compartment cover of the Magic Mouse with the Magic Charger item, and charging will start once the mouse is placed on the base station. the base station is USB powered so there will be no worry about wall outlet availability. a full charge takes 6 hours which gives the Magic Mouse enough juice to last up to 6 days. not exactly the kind of duration that we were expecting but it is a trade off for the convenience, besides you don’t ever need to do the whole changing batteries ritual. well, at least until its rated 500 cycles are up.
(credit: screenshot from The Cosmonaut video) The Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus | from US$1.00 | www.kickstarter.com
tired of skinny pen-like stylus? then i bet you’re going to dig this. from the folks who brought you the glif, is this adorable wide-grip stylus dubbed The Cosmonaut. the Cosmonaut is not actually a Russian Astronaut but a simple adorably fat, soft grip stylus that reminiscent of a dry erase marker. according to Dan and Tom, writing or doodling on the tablet is nothing like writing on traditional paper, but it is more akin to writing on the whiteboard. which makes a lot sense as our palm can’t touch the screen – which is precisely what you don’t do on a whiteboard. Continue reading The Cosmonaut is a cute, fat capacitive touchscreen stylus→
it may surprise some that there is an unpublicized feature in the new MacBook Pro, that is, it sports an extra 1600 mA of current in its USB ports. the higher current means your iPad could be charged up as fast as they would from a standard wall socket. for the uninitiated, the 1600 mA is extra on top of the existing 500 mA, making it a total of 2100 mA. i don’t know about the rest, but it is certainly a welcome addition as i just got my new MacBook Pro to replace my two year own unibody. Continue reading new MacBook Pro sports higher power USB ports→
(credit: Mobiado) Mobiado CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone | US$tbc(concept) | www.mobiado.com
during last week’s BASELWORLD 2011, Mobiado announced an exciting concept phone in collaboration with supercar maker Aston Martin, dubbed the CPT002. the CTP002 is not just a phone, it is also the key to your Aston Martin where it will automatically unlock the door as you approach the car. while in the car, the phone stays connected via your car display, so your phone can remain in your pocket.
combining with the car’s GPS, the CTP002 aims to provide a whole new level of social networking experience. for example, the car display will show your current location, your friends’ location and nearby venues via the social network, Foursquare. these information will help user to better plan a night out, right down to where to park their precious vehicle. i guess, for a car like Aston Martin, valet parking will be the preferred form of parking – so that you can do your throw the key to the valet thing or wait, you won’t have a key!
the integrated cameras (yes, despite its transparency it will have cameras) is able to set to update your status periodically to Facebook and Twitter with images, videos and information of landmarks along your road trips in real time. or perhaps, updates on your racing progress during one of those track days. in the event of an unfortunate accident, the airbag system of your vehicle will receive accelerometer information from the phone. these information allows a more responsive control over safety deployments such as airbag sequence, timing and seatbelt stiffening.
the CTP002 design embodies the essence of what most of us have perceived about the future of communication devices: the center piece of the CTP002 is a solid sapphire crystal, see-through capacitive touchscreen while the sides are crafted from platinum where it will house the battery, electronics and SIM card.
don’t know what to make out of an old trumpet? artist Christopher Locke has a brilliant idea: turn it into a natural-amplifying speaker for your iPhone. check out the video after the jump to see the amplification in action. not that we are blowing the trumpet for Chris but it does work as it should and besides, it should be one heck of a conversational piece. aside from the obvious brass trumpet, the rest of this art gadget is constructed from steel and stainless steel. steel parts are coated with brown patina and the whole unit has been coated with a gloss clear coat, which explains its irresistible glossiness. Continue reading old trumpet turned into a power-free iPhone amplifier→
among the slew of iPad 2 accessories flooding the market, the MINIOT Cover for iPad 2 is the probably the coolest yet. functioning same as the Apple’s Smart Cover, the MINIOT takes advantage of the magnetic property on the iPad 2 to perform the same task as the Smart Cover, but looks a whole lot cooler in wood. the MINIOT Cover is made out a single piece of wood and divided into individual sectioned strips, allowing it to be rolled up to prop up your iPad 2 as a landscape stand or for typing position. it also allows the iPad 2 to stand in portrait position, though i’m a little wary about the near perfect vertical portrait position which i thought would topple easily. similar to Smart Cover, opening and closing of the lid will turn the screen on and off. the use of single piece of wood offers an aesthetic advantage as it gives the cover a natural, continuous look.
the MINIOT Cover for iPad 2 retails for €50 or US$69. unfortunately, it is currently out of stock but you can head on down to MINIOT website and opt to be notified when it comes back on. check out a short intro of the MINIOT Cover for iPad 2 after the break.
accordingly to its designer this condom USB flash drive will “reliably protect your information from viruses” (translated). now, this may be yet another novelty flash drive but you can’t deny it’s irresistibly charming factor, isn’t it? guys, take note. if you have an insatiable penchant for the ‘safety contraption’, why not pay your homage to your ‘penchant’ with this device? unfortunately, we have no idea where to buy this but if you are proficient in Russian language, perhaps you could contact Filatov about it. you know, there is something very alluring about the statement “all tactile sensations are identical with natural” (translated). we don’t know about you, but we want a pack of this! Continue reading will this condom USB Flash Drive keeps your data safe?→
so you think the MAME-CAM‘s 640 x 480 resolution is kinda of lame? probably Thanko is reading your mind cos’ it has announced yet another micro size digital camera weighing just 14 grams. this time round, this 8MP device is capable of HD video recording in 1280 x 960 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) and capture still images at 3,264 x 2,448 resolution. pretty incredible for something that measures just 45 x 29 x 10 millimeters. as a bonus, this nifty device can also be used as a voice recorder. storage is via micro SD/SDHC card (up to 32 GB) and data can be downloaded to PC or Mac via the included USB cable. the MAME-CAM DX is available via Thanko webstore for ¥7,890 (about US$97) a pop.
pocket watches or some call it fob-watches used to be a symbol of masculine stature, however its presence was gradually overtaken when wristwatch were invented. in an attempt to bring back this stature symbol, De Bethune, a Swiss avant-garde mechanical time piece maker, introduces the DM-M – an iPhone case with a pocket watch fused to its back. powered by hand-wound mechanical Calibre DB 1024 with 6-days power reserve, the 31-jewels pocket watch features 212 components that are hand-decorated and snailed manipulate. Continue reading De Bethune DB-M gives your iPhone a pocket watch twist→
just announced this Tuesday are the new tablets, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 from Samsung. i was like: “didn’t i just reported the GALAXY Tab 10.1 like last month?” apparently, Samsung went back to drawing board right after the 10.1 announcement during the Mobile World Congress last month and here is the result: a 10.1-inch tablet, together with the 8.9-inch model, takes the world’s thinnest tablet crown – beating the iPad 2 by a mere 0.2 mm. apart from the physical size difference both tablets are pretty much similar to each other. the Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 both features dual core processing, dual camera set-up and three storage capacity options. Continue reading new Samsung GALAXY Tablets are the world’s thinnest→