Category Archives: GADGETS

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

Arcade Tables injects 80s gaming with a contemporary look

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(image: Arcade Tables) Arcade Table STEALTH | from US$3,000.00 | arcadetables.com.au

remember those days of Space Invaders and 1942? you can relish the old-school gaming experience right at your home with Arcade Tables. Arcade Tables, an Australian firm that specializes in creating coffee-table sized arcade tables since 2001 has a new kid on the block, dubbed the Stealth. the Stealth presents a more minimalist approach with its clean, contemporary lines as compared to Arcade Tables previous offerings. Continue reading Arcade Tables injects 80s gaming with a contemporary look

SANUS iPad mount adapter is VESA 100 x 100 compatible

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(image credit: SANUS) SANUS VMA301 iPad Mount Adapter | US$24.99 | www.sanus.com

everyone that uses an iPad have their own idea of how they want it to be used, for example, some people have ingenious way of marrying an iPad with velcro thus enabling the iPad to be used in a variety of situations or environments. strangely, Sanus, the home AV furnishing specialist renowned for its TV and speaker wall mounts, thinks that you need to mount your iPad on the wall. the recently launched VisionMount VMA301 iPad mount adapter is compatible with any VESA 100 x 100 Sanus TV mount, allowing you to tilt, turn and rotate your iPad, just like you would do with your Sanus mount equipped TV. Continue reading SANUS iPad mount adapter is VESA 100 x 100 compatible

Anti Sleep Pilot app lets your iPhone keep your awake

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(image credit: ASP Technology) Anti Sleep Pilot iPhone App | US$19.99 | www.antisleeppilot.com

remember the Anti Sleep Pilot gadget that we posted last November? in the recent Mobile World Congress, ASP announced the availability of an iPhone app version that works just as it would with the original hardware version. the Anti Sleep Pilot app version makes whole lot sense as the iPhone already possessed sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope and as well as GPS capability. with these technologies already built into the iPhone, the Anti Sleep Pilot app is able to offer extra features like real time stats on how long you have driven and checking in your position on a map, which also indicates how far you could drive before needing a break. the app has a built in music control, so user can continue to use the app if you happen to be using your iPhone for music at the same time. having a visual display, means driver can tune-in to his development in terms of fatigue level and be aware of when he should have a break.

the Anti Sleep Pilot app is available now on iTune Store at $19.90. it may sounds expensive for an iPhone app but if you really consider the life-saving potential, then it is not expensive at all. besides, it certainly beats having a hockey puck-like gadget sticking on your dash. don’t you think so? non iPhone-user will not be left out in the cold, the Anti Sleep Pilot app will be available for other platforms, including Blackberry and Androids in the coming months.

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Hitachi Maxell announced wireless charging for iPhone 4

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(image credit: Hitachi Maxell) Hitachi Maxwell Wireless Charging Pad and Case for iPhone 4 | about ¥7,100.00 | www.maxell.co.jp

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. or more commonly known as Maxell, recently announced the released of the wireless power transmission pad for iPhone 4. this battery charger is designed to be compatible with the standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), an industry group that sets the international standard for interoperable wireless charging.

the wireless charging kit consists of two components, the power transmission pad and the sleeve charging case. two models of the power transmission pad will be made available. the first model to be released is the WP-PD10.BK is capable of charging two sleeve charging case-equipped iPhone 4 simultaneously. while the WP-PD10S.BK charges one unit at a time. the power transmission pads are marked with the ‘qi’ logo, indicating its compatibility with the WPC’s standard.

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the charging system incorporates the “coil array method” developed by ConvenientPower HK Ltd. Hitachi Maxell arrayed multiple power transmission coils across the charging pad to achieve a wider charging area. the power transmission pad measures 215 x 85 x 15mm and 112 x 188 x 15 mm for the WP-PD10.BK and the WP-PD10S.BK, respectively. slipping on the sleeve charging case will add 40 grams to your iPhone 4 overall weight.

the WP-PD10BK and the sleeve charging case (designated model WP-SL10A.BK) is slated to release from April 25, 2011, while the single unit charging pad is scheduled to be released in May 2011. the WP-PD10.BK and the sleeve charging case is set to retail around ¥6,900 (about US$83) and $2,900 (about US$35), respectively. no words on the price for the WP-PD10S.BK though.

via TechOn!

Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

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(image credit: Samsung) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 1 GHz Dual Core processor.

announced recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are two exciting new mobile devices from Korean electronics giant, Samsung. first off is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, which now sports a larger 10.1-inch WXGA TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. powering this larger sibling of the original Galaxy Tab is the 1 GHz Dual Core processor and a low power DDR memory and an incredible 6860 mAh battery. it will be interesting to see how well this larger tablet will perform in terms of battery life. Continue reading Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

iPhone Telephoto Lens gives your iPhone 8X zoom

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(image credit: Photojojo) The iPhone Telephoto Lens | US$35.00 | photojojo.com

with The iPhone Telephoto Lens, you can pretend your iPhone is a mini DSLR – the keyword here is ‘pretend‘. i will put this under the ‘not the real thing but novel item’ category. in fact, the physical item looks so nice that i thought its a fun thing to have for your iPhone. don’t get me wrong, of course the zoom will work just fine but don’t expect superb DSLR-like quality. yeah, who am i kidding? iPhone camera will always remains as an ‘iPhonegraphy’, not less, not more. the iPhone Telephoto Lens package comes with a matte black iPhone case, the telephoto lens, a collapsible table tripod and a cleaning cloth.

to get the lens working, all you have to do is slip on the accompanied iPhone 4 case and twist the lens onto the case. the use of the tripod is entirely up to your discretion. The iPhone Telephoto Lens is available for both iPhone 3/3GS and iPhone 4. both models retail for $35.00 and is available via Photojojo web store.

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HTC unveils the first tablet with HTC Sense, the HTC Flyer

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(image credit: HTC) HTC Flyer Tablet – click on image above to view larger image

after the success of Apple iPad, we have seen a slew of tablets coming on to the market and the latest to join the fray is the just announced HTC Flyer. clad in a gorgeous aluminum unibody design and powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz processor, the HTC Flyer is ready to position itself as a compact and yet powerful tablet. the HTC Flyer will spot a seven-inch display and incorporating HTC Sense user interface, reengineered specifically for the tablet. coupled with the support for high-speed HSPA+ wireless connectivity, HTC Flyer will offer unparalleled web-browsing experience, supporting both Flash 10 and HTML 5.

one of the highlight of the Flyer is its ability to accept both touch input as well as pen input, thanks to the HTC Scribe Technology. according to HTC, this technology “introduces a wave of digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a webpage or photo.” it’s touted to let user “rediscover the natural act of writing.”

judging from the incorporation of HTC Scribe Technology alone is enough to tell us that HTC is taking user experience extremely seriously. here’s an excerpt from the press release that explains about how this technology is going to change the way we take notes:

“HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off.  In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with EvernoteTM, the world-leading notes application and service.”

HTC also announced the premiere of HTC Watch, a new video download service that is touted to be a “low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios.” the Flyer also has the gaming aspect covered in the entertainment department with the integration of OnLive Inc.’s cloud-based gaming service. when fully integrated, this service will allows user to port the gaming experience from the tablet wirelessly to their television sets, or play the game directly on the HTC Flyer. this will means that future users of the HTC Flyer will be able to enjoy popular games such as the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter. however, there’s no indication of when both the HTC Watch and the cloud-based gaming will be made available and whether will it be restricted by regions. which we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will not be restricted.

at this point, technical specifics are sparse but we should be getting more information pretty soon. even though its only a single image and a lengthy passage on the HTC Flyer, i’m already sold. the HTC Flyer is slated for a worldwide release sometime in the second quarter of 2011.

HTC ChaCha and Salsa are the most sociable phones ever

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(image credit: HTC) HTC’s social phones: (left) HTC ChaCha and (right) HTC Salsa

Facebook addicts, rejoice! the long speculated HTC Facebook-centric phone has been unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. it turns out that HTC has not just one but two phones catering to the Facebook generation. the two phones, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa has Facebook integrated into HTC’s proprietary touch interface, HTC Sense. both phone has a dedicated Facebook button which allows for one touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service.

as you would have imagined, the one-touch button allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website, lets others know what song you are listening in. all these sharing happens intuitively which means if you are currently listening to a song, upon touching the Facebook button, the track that you’re listening to would be automatically identified and shared on your Facebook. the dedicated Facebook button is just the tip of the iceberg. being a social-centric phone, or in this case Facebook-centric phone, everything else is integrated with Facebook.

for example, when making a call to a friend, you will find the dialer screen displaying information such as your friend’s status, photos and even your’s birthday. these same information will be displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. this is (almost) literally, information at your finger tips. it doesn’t stop there, Facebook-manias can also further personalize their handsets with a number of new Facebook-branded widgets. on the messaging front, your Facebook messages and conversations now appears within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations. think of it as a unify inbox of sort. though HTC never declared explicitly, the reason for two phones is clear: to cater to both touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard users. on the marketing standpoint, HTC has it covered.

on the hardware end, ChaCha spots an unique tilt design separating its 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution screen from the physical QWERTY keyboard which is said to give user an easier view and comfortable type position. imaging for ChaCha consists of dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera. on the other hand, Salsa is touted to provide “a fast, high performance smartphone experience” and will spot a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touchscreen display. it also has a dual cameras set-up with a 5-megapixel camera as the main camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

both HTC ChaCha and Salsa will run on the latest version of Android OS, the Android 2.3.3 aka Gingerbread. both phones will be available to EU and Asian markets sometime in the second quarter of 2011, with US getting them later this year exclusively with AT&T.

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IDAPT i1 Eco – saving the earth while you charge your devices

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(image credit: IDAPT) IDAPT i1 Eco Universal Charger | about €20.00 | www.idaptweb.com

an universal charger that charges more than one device at the same time isn’t all that new but one that charges two devices simultaneously and does its part to saves the environment while doing it, is something new altogether. well, IDAPT just added one that does the aforementioned to its portfolio of universal chargers. dubbed the i1 Eco, this universal charger features two charging outlets – one being the interchangeable tip and the other, a USB port – enabling it to charge just about anything imaginable.

besides its dual charging capability and its huge compatibility list of over 4,000 devices, this eco-friendly charger is made out of recycled materials and features an auto-off system that turns the charger off while not in use. a restart button lets you wake up your charger when you need to juice up your devices. the i1 Eco uses the IDAPT interchangeable tip which ensure continuous compatibility as new tips will be introduced when new devices are launched in the market. the i1 Eco is aesthetically pleasing too. call me superficial or whatever, but aesthetic is one ‘feature’ that i looked out for besides the obvious functionality.

the IDAPT i1 Eco is expected to be available from second quarter of 2011 with a retail price of “under €20.00.”

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Bone Collection Horn Stand: amplification without battery

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(image credit: Bone Collection) Bone Collection Horn Stand | US$24.95 | www.fruitshop.com.tw

before i proceed, i must clarify that i do not have an obsession with horns. just yesterday, we posted a non-powered amplification speaker from ARK, and now we stumbled across yet another similar item from Bone Collection – dubbed the Horn Stand. the amplification principle for the Horn Stand remains the same as the ARK’s item but the Bone Collection’s item is little more compact in terms of size (the horn is noticeable shorter). made from silicone, the horn resembles the olden time hearing aid but with a slip-on case which covers the whole of the iPhone 4’s bottom including the HOME button.

as the name suggest, the Horn Stand also doubles as a stand for your iPhone for both landscape and portrait orientations. an opening is also included to allow charging or syncing of your iPhone without having to remove the Horn Stand. Bone Collection Horn Stand is touted to be “washable, dirt and scratch resistant.” huh? scratch resistant are common words these days but how it really performs is altogether another matter. the Horn Stand is available in four colors and retails for $24.95.

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