Toshiba USB powered mobile monitor is affordable and compact

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(image credit: Toshiba US) Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor | US$199.00 | us.toshiba.com

USB powered display isn’t the newest news but this compact little item from Toshiba could be a winner by just its price alone. this mobile monitor sports a 14-inch widescreen high definition display with a resolution of 1366 x 768px and can be powered via USB or the optional AC adapter. however, the former will only give you a lower brightness. measuring less a inch thick and weights a mere 2.8 lbs, this is one display that you can easily pack in along with your laptop. the monitor comes encased with a custom-fitted carrying case which not only protects the device but also doubles as a stand. you know, if i didn’t scrutinize closely, i would have thought this $199 gadget is an oversized tablet. Continue reading “Toshiba USB powered mobile monitor is affordable and compact”

iPhly turns your iPhone into a radio control transmitter

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(image credit: iPhly) iPhly Radio Control with iPhone | from US$70.00 (special) | www.iphly.org

iPhone takes on the task of controlling your radio controlled model with a twist. typically, a radio controlled model uses a transmitter (TX) to relay your inputs to the model’s receiver (RX). the RX in turns send the input to the necessary components such as the servos, electronic speed controller et cetera. however, Ari Krupnik has another idea: using your iPhone as the transmitter instead, using his invention called the iPhly. Continue reading “iPhly turns your iPhone into a radio control transmitter”

Hublot to unveil Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Chrono at Basel Fair

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(image credit: Hublot) Hublot Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Chrono | US$tbc | www.hublot.com

Hublot is marking the 2011 Basel Fair by presenting the Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Chrono luxury time piece. the Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Chrono, the world’s first minute repeater watch featuring two “Cathedra'” type gongs, a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, topped with carbon fiber bridges in a 48mm case made from matte carbon fiber. aside from the obvious, eye-catching carbon fiber, the watch also features titanium bezel and screws, black PVD titanium crown and lateral inserts in black composite resin. the combination of materials truly illustrates the Art of Fusion that Hublot holds so dearly. Continue reading “Hublot to unveil Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Chrono at Basel Fair”

Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition

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Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition | €3,550.00 | www.it.vespa.com

65 years and 3 million sold worldwide are numbers that show the cult popularity of the Vespa scooter. in celebration of the 150 years of the unification of Italy, Piaggio Italy has launched a special edition of the Vespa PX 150 scooter – the Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition. sporting a white paint job, this pop culture vehicle is accented with stripes in Italy’s national color and the official logo of the 150th anniversary. each special edition scooter carries a nameplate “certifying the membership of each copy” of this commemorative series. which simply means “certificate of authenticity”, differentiating the true-blue anniversary unit from those wannabes, if any. Continue reading “Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition”

RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution

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RED EPIC-M | US$58,000.00 | www.red.com

movie-goers hardly gave a thought to what equipment the filmmaker uses. unless, of course, you are an avid videographer or a videographer by trade. what you see in the above image is the latest professional grade and yet compact digital still and motion camera from RED, dubbed the EPIC-M. RED is no newcomer to the film industry equipment. in fact, many award winning movies were shot using their equipment which includes the likes of The Social Network, Winter’s Bone, The Lincoln Lawyer, among the many others. so its no coincidence that the RED EPIC-M is also director Peter Jackson’s weapon of choice for his upcoming movie The Hobbit. Continue reading “RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution”

take your DSLR pop-up flash potential to the next level

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(image credit: Photojojo) Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop | US$30.00 | www.lightscoop.com
we don’t always use external flash. most of the time, we would rely on the trusty built-in pop-up flash of our DSLR but there is a slight issue with pop-up flash. that is, we can’t control the strength of the flash, which often results in gleaming foreheads, bright overblown faces or glare on the posters. this little add-on for your DSLR, dubbed Lightscoop, aims to solve this problem. the lightscoop is a simple hood that contains a mirror that reflects the flash from the pop-up flash upwards to the ceiling, thus creating an even, natural light. not everyone will want to splurge on an expensive external flash, so this gadget will prove to be an affordable go-between. check out the before and after images after break. Continue reading “take your DSLR pop-up flash potential to the next level”

Bat Mirror lets you play out your fantasy as the Dark Knight

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(image credit: Katz) Bat Mirror | €290.00 | katz.lv

what? a mirror featured here??? yeah but this isn’t just any other mirror. at a glance, it looks to be just another gothic, arty wall mirror but if you scrutinize closely, the mirror is actually the Batman logo. if Batman has a mirror, it would probably look something like this. not a bad idea cos’ the Dark Knight can check out how he looks before he heads out to bash up the villains. you know, life ain’t a bed of roses for a public figure like Batman and even a superhero needs to look sharp, don’t they? well, you can do the same too for just €290 (about US$412). i mean, just ‘the looking into the mirror’ part, the ‘bash-up-the-villians’ part is entirely optional. Continue reading “Bat Mirror lets you play out your fantasy as the Dark Knight”

steel legend turns scrap metals into Transformers sculptures

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remember the Chinese guy who build a Megatron tank out scrap metals? what we didn’t know was, he actually had a slew of other Transformers created out of scrap metals prior to creating the Megatron tank sculpture. pretty cool, huh? these include the recognizable Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, the Fallen and Jetfire – all created out of scrap metal parts. check out more images after the break. our favorite would be Jetfire and we thought Steel Legend did an excellent job for the scrap metal Jetfire. the movie version’s Jetfire was quite a looker as compared to the more boxy classic Jetfire. Continue reading “steel legend turns scrap metals into Transformers sculptures”

XBOX 360 transformed into an Atari portable gaming machine

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expert electronics modder, better known as the gaming consoles tinkering maestro, Ben Heck has created a XBOX 360 laptop in the form of an 70s Atari 2600 system, albeit being much bigger. a LCD was also incorporated to realize the mobile gaming aspect of this wonderful hybrid gaming machine, though the system still relies on AC power supply for power but that’s already good enough for most of us. Continue reading “XBOX 360 transformed into an Atari portable gaming machine”

Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid

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Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid | US$845,000.00 | www.porsche.com

if you are a tree-hugger with huge pockets, you will glad to know that Porsche is taking pre-orders for the 918 Spyder Hybrid. the supercar was first showcased back in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was originally destined to remain just as a concept, until Porsche received overwhelming response for this beauty. Continue reading “Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid”