Creationary definition: when LEGO meets Pictionary

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(image credit: LEGO) LEGO Creationary | US$34.99 |

if you love LEGO like i do and love Pictionary, you will love Creationary. as the name suggests, players create things for others to guess, instead of fiddling with play-doh or doodling with pencil and paper. hmmm, wouldn’t that take quite a longer time? players will have the opportunity to build from four categories: vehicles, buildings, nature and things. designed for three to eight players, LEGO Creationary comes completed with one buildable LEGO dice, 1 LEGO minifigure (affectionately known as minifig), 1 LEGO microfigure (micro???), 96 cards and 1 rule book.

excellent for an hour of fun with family and friends. i hope Death Star isn’t part of the to-build list though. sounds like whole lot of fun to me. the LEGO Creationary retails for $34.99 and is available at the LEGO web store. i hate to sound like i’m a ambassador for Creationary, but it is a fact that i am so wanting this.

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via Oh Gizmo!

Anti Sleep Pilot app lets your iPhone keep your awake

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(image credit: ASP Technology) Anti Sleep Pilot iPhone App | US$19.99 |

remember the Anti Sleep Pilot gadget that we posted last November? in the recent Mobile World Congress, ASP announced the availability of an iPhone app version that works just as it would with the original hardware version. the Anti Sleep Pilot app version makes whole lot sense as the iPhone already possessed sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope and as well as GPS capability. with these technologies already built into the iPhone, the Anti Sleep Pilot app is able to offer extra features like real time stats on how long you have driven and checking in your position on a map, which also indicates how far you could drive before needing a break. the app has a built in music control, so user can continue to use the app if you happen to be using your iPhone for music at the same time. having a visual display, means driver can tune-in to his development in terms of fatigue level and be aware of when he should have a break.

the Anti Sleep Pilot app is available now on iTune Store at $19.90. it may sounds expensive for an iPhone app but if you really consider the life-saving potential, then it is not expensive at all. besides, it certainly beats having a hockey puck-like gadget sticking on your dash. don’t you think so? non iPhone-user will not be left out in the cold, the Anti Sleep Pilot app will be available for other platforms, including Blackberry and Androids in the coming months.

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not only can you drive an Audi, but now you can ski with it

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Hublot isn’t the only non-sports related firm to exhibit a beautiful snow-related equipment in the recent World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Audi has a pair of beautiful crafted skis to show off, and skiers will get a chance to try out these prototypes skis too. dubbed the Audi Carbon Ski concept, the skis are designed and developed by Audi Concept Design in collaboration with ski manufacturing specialist, Head and the German Ski Association.

beyond its carbon fiber exterior lies a wooden core, surrounded by layers of aluminum and titanium and the result is a pair of ultra light weight skis that weighs just 960 grams per ski. with this design, the skis will flex on moguls, achieving maximum grip but not twisting on icy patches. this enables the skis’ steel edges to maintain constant contact with the icy surface throughout its entire length. the ultra light weight is also said to result in a highly maneuverable skis.

this pair of concept could be a reality by next winter, though there’s no indication on its pricing but we suspect it will be beyond the reach of many. from the look of the skis, we all know it will goes straight into the luxury goods category (read: pricey). however, if it becomes a reality and you eventually get yourself a pair – then you can proudly proclaim your Audi is 100% zero emission (but it’s not a car, duh!)

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via Gizmag

luxury style: pop the golden question at a cost of $10,000

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they say, money can’t buy you love. however, in case you choose to ‘pop the golden question’ to your sweetie via the Minus5 Ice Bar, then you better be rich enough to be able to fork out $10,000 for the whole pop-the-question affair. so what do you get for $10k? you will get a glass of the Monica Martini with the Jewel of Russia Ultra Vodka martini and instead of cherry, Monica will be topped with a diamond ring. all you have to do is give Minus5 Ice Bar a 48 hours notice, and they will get the Aaron Lelah Jewelers ring of your choosing embedded into a martini glass crafted out from pure New Zealand artesian water. Continue reading “luxury style: pop the golden question at a cost of $10,000”

Mjoinir hammer wielded by Thor now launches a missile!

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(image credit: Hasbro) Hasbro Thor Lightning Hammer | US$19.99 |

ahead of Thor – the movie release this May, Hasbro wants you to wield this mighty Thor Lightning Hammer and calls upon the rain, wind and lightning. well, i’m just kidding, i made that up but the part about the hammer is real. however, you will not be able to call upon the power of the nature with this hammer, except if you consider the flashing lights and thundering sound effect as ‘lightning’. while you may not have the supernatural power of the godly son, you can have his hammer, ermmm, albeit being a toy version but with the additional capability of launching a miniature missile at your enemy. launching a projectile is not an extraordinary feat but hey, Thor’s Mjoinir hammer can’t do that, isn’t it?

the Hasbro Thor Lightning Hammer cost $19.99 a pop and is available for pre-order at Hasbro Toy Shop.

Hitachi Maxell announced wireless charging for iPhone 4

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(image credit: Hitachi Maxell) Hitachi Maxwell Wireless Charging Pad and Case for iPhone 4 | about ¥7,100.00 |

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. or more commonly known as Maxell, recently announced the released of the wireless power transmission pad for iPhone 4. this battery charger is designed to be compatible with the standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), an industry group that sets the international standard for interoperable wireless charging.

the wireless charging kit consists of two components, the power transmission pad and the sleeve charging case. two models of the power transmission pad will be made available. the first model to be released is the WP-PD10.BK is capable of charging two sleeve charging case-equipped iPhone 4 simultaneously. while the WP-PD10S.BK charges one unit at a time. the power transmission pads are marked with the ‘qi’ logo, indicating its compatibility with the WPC’s standard.

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the charging system incorporates the “coil array method” developed by ConvenientPower HK Ltd. Hitachi Maxell arrayed multiple power transmission coils across the charging pad to achieve a wider charging area. the power transmission pad measures 215 x 85 x 15mm and 112 x 188 x 15 mm for the WP-PD10.BK and the WP-PD10S.BK, respectively. slipping on the sleeve charging case will add 40 grams to your iPhone 4 overall weight.

the WP-PD10BK and the sleeve charging case (designated model WP-SL10A.BK) is slated to release from April 25, 2011, while the single unit charging pad is scheduled to be released in May 2011. the WP-PD10.BK and the sleeve charging case is set to retail around ¥6,900 (about US$83) and $2,900 (about US$35), respectively. no words on the price for the WP-PD10S.BK though.

via TechOn!

Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

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(image credit: Samsung) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 1 GHz Dual Core processor.

announced recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are two exciting new mobile devices from Korean electronics giant, Samsung. first off is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, which now sports a larger 10.1-inch WXGA TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. powering this larger sibling of the original Galaxy Tab is the 1 GHz Dual Core processor and a low power DDR memory and an incredible 6860 mAh battery. it will be interesting to see how well this larger tablet will perform in terms of battery life. Continue reading “Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II”

iPhone Telephoto Lens gives your iPhone 8X zoom

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(image credit: Photojojo) The iPhone Telephoto Lens | US$35.00 |

with The iPhone Telephoto Lens, you can pretend your iPhone is a mini DSLR – the keyword here is ‘pretend‘. i will put this under the ‘not the real thing but novel item’ category. in fact, the physical item looks so nice that i thought its a fun thing to have for your iPhone. don’t get me wrong, of course the zoom will work just fine but don’t expect superb DSLR-like quality. yeah, who am i kidding? iPhone camera will always remains as an ‘iPhonegraphy’, not less, not more. the iPhone Telephoto Lens package comes with a matte black iPhone case, the telephoto lens, a collapsible table tripod and a cleaning cloth.

to get the lens working, all you have to do is slip on the accompanied iPhone 4 case and twist the lens onto the case. the use of the tripod is entirely up to your discretion. The iPhone Telephoto Lens is available for both iPhone 3/3GS and iPhone 4. both models retail for $35.00 and is available via Photojojo web store.

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HTC unveils the first tablet with HTC Sense, the HTC Flyer

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(image credit: HTC) HTC Flyer Tablet – click on image above to view larger image

after the success of Apple iPad, we have seen a slew of tablets coming on to the market and the latest to join the fray is the just announced HTC Flyer. clad in a gorgeous aluminum unibody design and powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz processor, the HTC Flyer is ready to position itself as a compact and yet powerful tablet. the HTC Flyer will spot a seven-inch display and incorporating HTC Sense user interface, reengineered specifically for the tablet. coupled with the support for high-speed HSPA+ wireless connectivity, HTC Flyer will offer unparalleled web-browsing experience, supporting both Flash 10 and HTML 5.

one of the highlight of the Flyer is its ability to accept both touch input as well as pen input, thanks to the HTC Scribe Technology. according to HTC, this technology “introduces a wave of digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or even write on a webpage or photo.” it’s touted to let user “rediscover the natural act of writing.”

judging from the incorporation of HTC Scribe Technology alone is enough to tell us that HTC is taking user experience extremely seriously. here’s an excerpt from the press release that explains about how this technology is going to change the way we take notes:

“HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional note-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A feature called Timemark enables you to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that exact place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when there is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to continue where the last meeting left off.  In an industry first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features built-in synchronization with EvernoteTM, the world-leading notes application and service.”

HTC also announced the premiere of HTC Watch, a new video download service that is touted to be a “low-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios.” the Flyer also has the gaming aspect covered in the entertainment department with the integration of OnLive Inc.’s cloud-based gaming service. when fully integrated, this service will allows user to port the gaming experience from the tablet wirelessly to their television sets, or play the game directly on the HTC Flyer. this will means that future users of the HTC Flyer will be able to enjoy popular games such as the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter. however, there’s no indication of when both the HTC Watch and the cloud-based gaming will be made available and whether will it be restricted by regions. which we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will not be restricted.

at this point, technical specifics are sparse but we should be getting more information pretty soon. even though its only a single image and a lengthy passage on the HTC Flyer, i’m already sold. the HTC Flyer is slated for a worldwide release sometime in the second quarter of 2011.

HTC ChaCha and Salsa are the most sociable phones ever

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(image credit: HTC) HTC’s social phones: (left) HTC ChaCha and (right) HTC Salsa

Facebook addicts, rejoice! the long speculated HTC Facebook-centric phone has been unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. it turns out that HTC has not just one but two phones catering to the Facebook generation. the two phones, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa has Facebook integrated into HTC’s proprietary touch interface, HTC Sense. both phone has a dedicated Facebook button which allows for one touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service.

as you would have imagined, the one-touch button allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website, lets others know what song you are listening in. all these sharing happens intuitively which means if you are currently listening to a song, upon touching the Facebook button, the track that you’re listening to would be automatically identified and shared on your Facebook. the dedicated Facebook button is just the tip of the iceberg. being a social-centric phone, or in this case Facebook-centric phone, everything else is integrated with Facebook.

for example, when making a call to a friend, you will find the dialer screen displaying information such as your friend’s status, photos and even your’s birthday. these same information will be displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. this is (almost) literally, information at your finger tips. it doesn’t stop there, Facebook-manias can also further personalize their handsets with a number of new Facebook-branded widgets. on the messaging front, your Facebook messages and conversations now appears within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations. think of it as a unify inbox of sort. though HTC never declared explicitly, the reason for two phones is clear: to cater to both touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard users. on the marketing standpoint, HTC has it covered.

on the hardware end, ChaCha spots an unique tilt design separating its 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution screen from the physical QWERTY keyboard which is said to give user an easier view and comfortable type position. imaging for ChaCha consists of dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera. on the other hand, Salsa is touted to provide “a fast, high performance smartphone experience” and will spot a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touchscreen display. it also has a dual cameras set-up with a 5-megapixel camera as the main camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

both HTC ChaCha and Salsa will run on the latest version of Android OS, the Android 2.3.3 aka Gingerbread. both phones will be available to EU and Asian markets sometime in the second quarter of 2011, with US getting them later this year exclusively with AT&T.

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