Category Archives: GADGETS

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

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

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(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!

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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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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