Category Archives: GADGETS

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

start from young: PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop

PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop

(photo credit: peeweepc.com) PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop | US$549 | www.peeweepc.com

why settle for monochrome LCD screen toy laptop when you get a real one for your kids? adults won’t settle for less, why should kids? i wanted to say this for a long time: i wish those pretend-to-be toy laptop doesn’t even exist. seriously. luckily, we have the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop to keep the kids happy and actually learn something about computer.

granted it is an expensive gadget for kids as compared with cheaper “adult” notebooks in the market today but the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop is designed (or rather, conditioned) for kids. with its ruggedized outer casing which is drop-proof (tested with 50cm drop test) and spill-resistant keyboard, it will take just about any torment your kid can unleash on it.

there are real laptop for kids, and also touchscreen for kids (such as the upcoming Fisher-Price iXL) but the Pivot 2.0 is both. its a “dual mode” PC meaning its a resistive touchscreen tablet and a PC laptop in one package. powered by Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and Intel 945GSE Chipset, the PC also features 160GB 1.8″ PATA HDD, 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2GB), 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader, USB 2.0 ports, touch pad and a touch screen that’s capable of handwriting recognition.

PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop
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connectivity includes RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1/8″ external mic-in jack, 1/8″ external headphone jack, 15-pin VGA port, Bluetooth-ready, WI-FI 802.11 b/g/n and Kensington Lock ready. completing this full-feature tablet/laptop are rotatable screen 10.1 inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, integrated UMA Intel Graphics, integrated 2-channel audio with 1W speakers, a 1.3MP webcam and built-in accelerometer.

there’s no CD-ROM though, but you can always get an external CD-ROM drive to go with it if required. the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop comes preloaded with Windows XP Home, 15 games and 2 security apps. talk about starting from young.

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a duo of QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone

typing or poking on touchscreen without tactile feel can take away the fun of composing messages. agree? well, both ThinkGeek and Boxwave has a solution for us (the tactile-freaks): a QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone. personally, i have used smartphone with slide out keyboard, and i liked the convenience (except for the added thickness to the phone). these add on physical keyboards are cleverly hidden and not only let you type but also act as a case for your iPhone. Continue reading a duo of QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone

TikTok and LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits

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(photo credit: MINIMAL) TikTok Multi-Touch Watch Kit | US$25 | www.MNML.com

if the mutewatch €180 (plus shipping) price tag is stopping you from getting a touchscreen watch, you can get yourself one at an Apple iPod Nano price plus US$25 to US$50. if you already have the latest iPod Nano, it will be just US$25 to US$50. Scott Wilson of MINIMAL has an idea that will turn your latest Apple iPod Nano into a watch. introducing TikTok and LunaTik, which are basically watches without a watch face until your iPod Nano “fused” with them. Continue reading TikTok and LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits

C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

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(photo credit: customslr.com) C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution | US$35 | customslr.com

simple and effective solutions to our everyday problems are around us. these guys, collectively known as Custom SLR, just proved this to be so. whether you are a professional camera man or just a casual shooter, you would probably notice how the camera strap tends to get in the way. well, Customer SLR has a solution for us and before i go on, i would like to be thankful for this solution (to the strap-gets-in-way issue). Continue reading C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

the fastest key money can buy: LaCie FastKey USB3.0 SSD

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(photo credit: lacie.com) LaCie FastKey | from US$149.99 | www.lacie.com

don’t have a fast car? fret not. you can have the fastest key. it looks like LaCie is moving pretty quick with the implementation of the SuperSpeed USB on its line of portable storage. the latest to join the rank is the LaCie FastKey. the FastKey boost a lightning-fast speed of up to 260MB/s* and uses a Solid Sate Drive (SSD) with DRAM cache for storage clad in a stylish and sturdy metal casing. Continue reading the fastest key money can buy: LaCie FastKey USB3.0 SSD

new old vintage of the week: USB Classic Atari Joystick

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) USB Classic Joystick | US$24.99 | www.thinkgeek.com

ah…. remember your Atari days (and missing it, sorely)? now you can relive those days of furious joystick bending with the USB Atari Joystick. how cool is that? the joystick is, well… USB and it works with PC or Mac without the need for driver. it will work with classic Atari 2600 games and also works as a standard USB joysticks. download the emulator for Windows, Linus or OS X, plug in this retro joystick with a modern tech twist and you are ready to rock the retro gaming world. besides being a functional joystick, it will be a retro piece on your desk among your shiny high-tech stuff. Continue reading new old vintage of the week: USB Classic Atari Joystick

is it a book or a Kindle? made by hand DODOCASE for Kindle 3

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(photo credit: dodocase.com) DODOCase for Kindle 3 | from US$49.95 | www.dodocase.com

remember the made-by-hand iPad case by DODOCase? well, now Kindle 3 users can also don up their Kindles with DODOCase. as with the original DODOCase, the cover are made from black faux leather and constructed using traditional bookbinding techniques. an elastic strap keeps the Kindle sealed tight. Continue reading is it a book or a Kindle? made by hand DODOCASE for Kindle 3

zip up those ear buds: Zipbuds By DGA

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(photo credit: dgastore.com) Zipbuds By DGA | US$39.99 | www.dgastore.com

if you are looking for a tangle-free earphones, and you need something more than just fabric cords then Zipbuds by DGA could be it. the highlight of the Zipbuds is the tangle resistant zipper integrated cable. tangle-free? makes sense to us, cos’ we can’t really tangle a zipper, can we?

while it may seems quite bulky looking (as compared to traditional cord), but the concept of zipper makes it a style-statement. the zipper portion only runs up to a few inches before the noise-isolating stubbed ear buds, so you won’t look ridiculous wearing it. other features of the Zipbuds include Dupont Kevlar reinforced cabling, braided nylon cable, gold plated audio jack, 8mm driver with a rated output of 2mW (max input: 5mW).

the Zipbuds come in 5 different color and includes three custom fitted ear tip sizes, two sport ear clips and a storage pouch. pretty neat huh? just don’t confuse with your jacket’s zipper.

i thought the Zipbuds is suitable for those who’s looking for tangle-free earbuds and at the same time, doing it with style.

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it’s official: pre-order Gran Turismo 5 and receive one exclusive downloadable car.

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(photo credit: playstation.com) Gran Turismo 5 | from US$59.99 | www.playstation.com

i received an email from Sony Playstation network regarding the release of the much anticipated Gran Turismo 5. “much anticipated” is very much an understatement. year after year, fans like me has been waiting for this sequel ever since Playstation 3 made its debut to the world. looks like the date is confirmed, at least for North America. Continue reading it’s official: pre-order Gran Turismo 5 and receive one exclusive downloadable car.

now showing on your TV: Boxee Box by DLink

Boxee Box by DLink
(photo credit: dlink.com) Boxee Box by DLink | from US$200 | www.dlink.com

DLink has joined the flock of media players in the market with Boxee Box. yes, it is a box that looks as though a quarter of the box has sunken onto a flat surface. last month we reported on the Western Digital TV Live Hub and we go ‘wow’… however the Boxee Box definitely had us go ‘Wow… wow…”

not only did this Linux-based Boxee Box look gorgeous but it is packed with features. first off, the box offers full 1080p playback via the HDMI, optical out, two USB ports, Ethernet port and standard audio out. the biggest boost for Boxee Box perhaps is the content it promise to deliver.

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something that caught our eye is the remote which doubles up as a QWERTY keyboard. we completely understand the pain of trying to scroll through the (on screen) alphabets just to make some searches, thus we welcome the implementation of QWERTY keyboard with open arms. the QWERTY definitely will be make users feel more at home when using this set top box. those who gone through the onscreen input ritual (Playstation 3, WD HD TV Live etc) will know what we mean.

we certainly love the Boxee Box and hope it will land on out shore soon. for those in North America, you are are just so lucky! and with HULU and NETFLIK in the pipe line, couch potatoes will be totally spoilt for choice!