Pioneer ELITE SC-57 AV receiver – multichannel prowess

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(credit: Pioneer) Pioneer ELITE SC-57 AV Receiver | US$2,100.00 | www.pioneerelectronics.com

in the A/V receiver industry, it is certainly bold to claim that one of theirs is the most powerful in the market but that’s exactly what Pioneer claimed that its new ELITE SC-57 A/V receiver is. within its standard bulk enclosure lies a nine channel system that pumps out 140 watts per channel and a new Class D3 amplification technology. as if 7-channel isn’t enough, this elite monster has nine channels and is totally capable of zoning up your home with its awesome prowess. other features of this premium AV receiver includes THX Ultra 2 Plus certification, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding, 32-bit Digital-Analog-Converter, and Marvell Qdeo video processor that does video upscaling to 1080p/24fps. connectivity is in abundance, and apart from its usual audio and video connectivity, it is also WiFi and Bluetooth-ready, DLNA 1.5 certified and supports Apple’s AirPlay technology. so what’s the price of such powerful piece of equipment? the Pioneer ELITE SC-57 AV Receiver carries a hefty price tag of $2,100. ouch. another look from its back after the break Continue reading “Pioneer ELITE SC-57 AV receiver – multichannel prowess”

Sony’s new car stereos with SiriusXM and Pandora support

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(credit: Sony) Sony CDX and DSX In-dash Car Stereo | from US$70.00 | www.sonystyle.com

Sony has just announced a new line up for its car stereo which include six models that has SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility and Pandora Internet radio support. it makes perfect sense as we are already enjoying such services in our home, and why should we miss out on those services when we are commuting from point to point? but is it too late? well, perhaps not for Sony fans. among the eight models announced two models, namely, CDX-GT565UP and CDX-GT660UP supports both SiriusXM and Pandora. Continue reading “Sony’s new car stereos with SiriusXM and Pandora support”

OutRun: 80’s Arcade Game goes on the real world road

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remember the 80’s arcade game, Out Run? well, it has make its comeback, albeit not commercially, to our today’s world. however, evolution has it that it now takes on a real drivable car. simply put, it is an arcade driving game on wheels. developed by researchers from University of California Irvine’s Information and Computer Sciences department, the OutRun arcade car is built on a golf cart and has a couple of cameras mounted up front to capture the forward view, while custom software translates the view into an augmented reality view for the driver. Continue reading “OutRun: 80’s Arcade Game goes on the real world road”

Pennwick Custom Golf Carts – mini ride of luxury

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Pennwick Custom Golf Cart | from US$15,500.00 | www.pennwick.com

if you live on an unusually huge estate, then you probably would want something to save your legs the aches. a car would be nice but too big to be practical, so why not grab yourself a custom golf cart that look like your real road-going Ferrari F5? yes? perhaps the folks over at the Pennwick Custom Golf Carts will be able to assist you. currently, there are five different styles available for your choosing: Ferrari F5-inspired Sports Car, Bentley-inspired Brooklyn, 30’s Roadster-inspired Smoothster, 50’s truck-style golf cart, and a Rolls Royce-inspired Shadow. Continue reading “Pennwick Custom Golf Carts – mini ride of luxury”

KAMMOK is the new generation hammock

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(credit: KAMMOK) KAMMOK | US$85.00 | kammok.com

if you think the name KAMMOK sounds suspiciously like a hammock, then you are right. the KAMMOK is the latest in hammock innovation, utilizing light but strong and yet breathable diamond rip-stop nylon fabric called LunarWave. it surprises me that there’s even any further innovation further for a hammock but apparently, there is. the LunarWave is said to be “softer than a baby’s backside” (figuratively speaking and we are not pedophile or anything of sort) and it conforms to the shape of your body with a ‘no-tip’ design. i.e. you won’t risk falling over while you are deep in your dreamland. its thin form allows it to be stored away in its water resistant compression sack easily and the compressed size is slightly bigger than a softball and is light enough (20-oz or 567-grams) for you to bring it anywhere or anytime. Continue reading “KAMMOK is the new generation hammock”

Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo for Preschoolers

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(credit: Hasbro) Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo | US$69.90 | www.hasbro.com

Elmo is back and this time round, he is going to proof that he can handle more than just tickling. come this September, Hasbro will launch the Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo. yup. this time, Rock is the path that our cute, red furry friend is taking. dressed in a concert-style tee, albeit still not wearing any pants, embarks on his musical career with his Let’s Rock musical instruments. give Elmo any one of the Let’s Rock instrument and he will “magically” (not my word, Hasbro used it in their description) recognizes them. Continue reading “Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo for Preschoolers”

if this is how the iPhone 5 would look like. i will take two!

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we have seen a handful of iPhone 5 ‘designs’ but this could be the closest to the real deal yet. the render was created by design house CiccareseDesign as commissioned by MacRumors, and it was rendered “as closely as possible to the original leaked case designs.” apart from modeling after the supposedly leaked iPhone 5 case design, the render also took some hints from the rumors that has been flying around the Internet, such as aluminum back, large edge-to-edge display et cetera. seriously, if the iPhone 5 is going to look like this, i’d take two of those. no kidding. i am such a sucker for design and i must say CiccareseDesign and MacRumors did quite a spectacular job in their rendition. way better then the supposedly iPhone 5 clone built by a Chinese guy we have seen earlier. join me after the break for a few more images. Continue reading “if this is how the iPhone 5 would look like. i will take two!”

BMW i3 electric hatchback and i8 hybrid coupe

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(credit: BMW) BWM i Series Electric Car | US$tba | www.bmwusa.com

late last month, BMW took the wraps off its pair of electric cars that look more like cars that pops straight out from sci-fi movie sets. the duo, namely i3 and i8 are no longer concepts and are cars consumers could be seeing in near future. honestly speaking, we have heard and seen many electric cars but none has the “look of the future”, so to speak. but the i Series is what future electric cars should really look like. no less. first off is the i3 hatchback that has a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastics for its body, while an electric drive train that is said to developed 170 horses (126 kW) and 244 Nm (180 lb-ft) of torque propels it to a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and a century sprint of under eight seconds. the i3 could make anything from 80-100 miles per charge. Continue reading “BMW i3 electric hatchback and i8 hybrid coupe”

Denon’s new DNP-720SE Network player is AirPlay enabled

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(credit: Denon) Denon DNP-720SE Network player | about ¥50,400.00 | www.denon.jp

we believe digital music is on the brink of making traditional player like the CD player obsolete and to that end, Denon has strengthened our believe with its new DNP-720SE Network player that’s DLNA certified and supports Apple’s AirPlay technology. as the name suggest, the player can retrieve and play your music collection stored in your Network Attached Storage (NAS) or any other remote drive. the set itself is WiFi-enabled, albeit being just B/G only and apart from the usual file formats (you know, MP3, WAV, AAC and the likes), it also support the growing favorite among audiophile – the FLAC (short for Free Lossless Audio Codec) – a lossless audio compression and decompression format. Continue reading “Denon’s new DNP-720SE Network player is AirPlay enabled”

Vision Research’s Phantom v1610 video camera

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(credit: Vision Research) Vision Research Phantom v1610 Video Camera | US$PoA | www.visionresearch.com

ever dreamed about shooting a 1 million frames second video? it is certainly not far-fetch dream when you have the Vision Research Phantom v1610 Video Camera, but the trade-off for such an insane frame rate is an extremely low resolution of 128 x 16 pixels. ok, that resolution is a little ridiculous for our pampered eyes but at a HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, it still does a mind-boggling 16,000 frames per second with a 28-micron pixel size, at 12-bit depth. you will have a choice of 24-GB, 48-GB or 96-GB high-speed internal RAM or cut down your saving time with the CineMag storage (256-GB or 512-GB). one look, you will know that this isn’t your everyday consumer video camera. i have little doubt about where the v1610 video camera is targeted at. as for the price, in case you are brave enough to wonder, you will have to request for a quotation from Vision Research. honestly, i was totally overwhelmed by the specs given – not technically impress but more like, technically indigestible to a layman like me. check it out here. Continue reading “Vision Research’s Phantom v1610 video camera”