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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this is how small the Xi3 is
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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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classic elegance: UniformWares 300 series Chronograph Wristwatch

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UniformWares 300 Series Chronograph Wristwatch | £480 | www.uniformwares.com

nothing like a good time piece to adorn your wrist. UniformWares‘ upcoming 300 series Chronograph Wristwatch speaks of classic elegance with its simple lines. at the heart of the 300 Series is the Swiss made ETA 251.471 (23) jewel movement with a timing precision to 1/10 second. Continue reading “classic elegance: UniformWares 300 series Chronograph Wristwatch”

smartphone equipped bike: ECODRIVE Bicycle (Seoul Cycle Design Competition)

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(photo credit: designjoo.com) ECODRIVE Bicycle | US$tbc (Concept) | www.designjoo.com

i love this bicycle. really. just check out those sleek lines. this beautiful bicycle is the brain child of Korean designer JUIL KIM with the purpose of improving riding experience and safety aspect of riding. it is not just any other bicycle. its a bicycle that has a proper built-in head lamp and turn signals for safety. no more putting your hands at risk in trying to signal your turns (be it balancing or risk of hitting someone or somethings). Continue reading “smartphone equipped bike: ECODRIVE Bicycle (Seoul Cycle Design Competition)”

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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this bike rack sucks – in a good way: SeaSucker Vacuum-mounted Bike Rack

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SeaSucker Vacuum-mounted Bike Rack | from US$146.99 | www.seasucker.com

seldom the word “suck” can be so positively used. well, “suck” is what the SeaSucker Vacuum-mounted Bike Rack does – in a good (& firm) way. the sucker on the Vacuum-mounted Bike Rack is different from your ordinary suction cups – it has a built-in pump which enables the rubber suction cups to stay in place, holding up your precious Cannondale bike while you whiz off (in your automobile, of course) to your favorite riding spot.

there’s a catch though. the cups will loose it’s pressure over time and when that happen, the red line on the pump button starts to appear. all you have to do is to top up the pressure of the suction cup. hence, its not a “mount and forget” kind of gadget; you gotta do your due diligence every now and then, or you may risk loosing your precious Cannondale bike on the highway.

SeaSucker claims that the product has enough suction force to allow people to climb up the sides of buildings – quite probable but i wouldn’t want to verify the claim myself though. on the SeaSucker website, one of the photo shows a person standing on the mounted bike rack which is pretty impressive.

after reading this awesome bike rack mount for your automobile, and you just can’t get enough of SeaSucker, no worries – the company has a range of other products that sucks too. ranging from mobile phone holders to cup holders to camera mounts.

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the built-in vacuum pump
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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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basic gesture interface use in Public Mall (video & photos)

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the recent Christian Dior history showcase features a basic gesture interface for public information service. while it was not as sophisticated as the one that Hitachi showcased in CEATEC Japan 2010, it indicates a promising start for such technology for public service information application. by not touching the interface, it is definitely going to be more hygienic.

we tested it and found it to be quite smooth, though the page sometimes tend to stick to the “hand”. it even works when trying to page it at faster pace, albeit a little jerky. for this showcase, its only limited to swiping gestures but we hope to see more gestures such as pinch-zoom, rotate et cetera, in future development. looks like Minority Report isn’t too far away. cool.

check out a short video clip below.

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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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more news on soon-to-launch Marshall Headphones The Major

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the release for Marshall Headphones The Minor has been postponed but the launch of The Major is drawing closer. here’s a photo of the Major to satisfy the curious cats out there. Continue reading “more news on soon-to-launch Marshall Headphones The Major”