blog news: temporary no-post for a couple of days

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we going to have a ‘no-post’ for a couple of days due to some administrative effort on the backend. sadly, you won’t be seeing any physical changes to the blog after these two days, though. however we promise to do a facelift once we have reached a ‘reasonable’ traffic level. on a side note, we are glad to receive more than 100,000 hits over the last three weeks. we will be making use of the next two days to gather up more useful, fun and ‘life-style centric’ articles for everyone out there. we believe there are like minded people like us who believe in gadget-tech-lifestyle fusion and we don’t need to go all technical or dwell into emerging trend – we just want share the wonder of life with of gadgets, technologies and lifestyle. so just hang in there. we will be back posting in no time. cheers! – ed.

from materials of trucks and cars: FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack

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(image credit: FREITAG) FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack | approx. US$325 |

with so many shiny gadgets to lug around, we definitely need a bag that is tough enough to lug them around. new from the Switzerland company, Freitag, is the F48 Hazzard Backpack which promise to deliver storage for your electronic gears with diligent toughness. judging in the promo video, we believe this bag was designed with cyclist in mind.

the F48 HAZZARD Backpack is made from used truck tarpaulins and the straps are of used car seat belts. both are tough materials which has been proven by their use in automotive industry. seat belts? well, i guess you can’t get any safer than that, unless you want an airbag to go with it.

FREITAG expects the square design would suit “business use without losing uniqueness” and it comes in a variety of design prints and colors. the bag can be easily converted to shoulder bag carrying too. i don’t quite agree with “business” unless you are in the creative field. i am not so sure if you would want to bring this to a big corporate meeting.

being unique (and square) will set you back at $325. i’d say that’s pretty pricey for a backpack but if being unique is what you are into, then the F48 HAZZARD might be just for you.

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a table of speakers: La Boite Concept Laptop Dock

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La Boite Concept LD 120 | US$1,300.00 |
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we are probably familiar with sound dock for iPhone and iPod. how about your laptop? sure you can get any of those puny speakers that probably don’t do much good to your ears, or you get the La Boite Concept Laptop Dock LD 120. basically, the LD 120 is an elegant looking table stuffed with speakers and a bunch circuitry that promise to turn your laptop in to a high-fidelity music player.

if you are those that demand more from your laptop musically, then this 120 watts RMS, 7 drivers equipped table might be your weapon of choice. the LD 120 has a built-in Burr Brown Digital-to-Analogue converter (DAC) (USB sound card) and requires only one wire to get you going. you must be wondering where are the 7 drivers? well, a pair of two-way drivers are located upfront, another two are designed to face the wall and a down firing subwoofer goes underneath the desk.

all these awesome goodness of hi-fi quality audio are beautifully clad in piano lacquer finish and natural leather for the desk pad (which is insulated agains the vibration from the sub-woofer). the LD 120 also lets you charge other devices via its two auxiliary inputs and outlet within the storage compartment. time to give yourself a perfect excuse such as “i have ran out of desktop space to put my laptop” and get this hi-fi quality table. how i wish. except that i don’t even have space for another table…

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want some Kinetic Art of your own? Space Warp 10000 does that

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(image credit: Japan Gadgets Shop) Space Warp 10000 | US$155.00 |

if you are impressed with the kinetic art by Chris Burden’s Metropolis II and inspired to do the same but don’t know where to begin with, then check out the Space Warp 10000 from the Japanese toy maker, Bandai. well, maybe Space Warp don’t have 1200 die-cast cars and is puny compared to Chris’s art piece but it’s a start, right? based on the original toy in the 80s, the Space Warp 10000 uses kinetic energy to get the marbles going down a roller coaster ride. yes, it’s marbles not cars. Continue reading “want some Kinetic Art of your own? Space Warp 10000 does that”

yet another keyboard case for iPhone 4: Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case

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(image credit: Mobile Fun) Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case | £69.95 |

last week we featured a duo of keyboard case for iPhone 4, now we have one more to add to the rank of keyboard case for iPhone 4. introducing the Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case for iPhone 4. similar to the ThinkGeek TK-421 and the Boxwave Keyboard Buddy, the Nuu Mini-Key spots a protective case and the a slide out keyboard but that’s where the similarity ends. Continue reading “yet another keyboard case for iPhone 4: Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case”

Anti Sleep Pilot keep you awake while you drive

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remember the time when you felt sleepy on a long drive? those were dangerous moments where you would almost dozed off behind the wheel which could lead to unimaginable accidents. these guys over at Denmark has a gadget, dubbed Anti Sleep Pilot, that promised to eliminate this dreadful problem.

the Anti Sleep Pilot is not an autonomous pilot that drives you but rather, it is a compact gadget that sits on your dashboard and keeps you awake when it determine you are tired or falling asleep behind the wheel. the product uses the patented Anti Sleep Pilot algorithm to calculate how tired you are, maintain your alertness and lets you know when it is time to take a break.

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when first set-up, the Anti Sleep Pilot will ask you a few questions to determine your personal risk profile. the built-in accelerometer determines the movements of the car, and while on the move, it constantly monitors your fatigue level and update you via its color code display. it will also maintain the driver’s alertness by regularly testing the driver. the reaction timing for the tests are recorded and taken into account to determine the driver’s alertness.

when it determines the fatigue level has reached a critical level, visual and audio signals alert the driver to take a break. if you are on the road always, you will definitely appreciate what this gadget can do for you. we appreciate the innovation but we hope to see this innovation not only as a gadget add-on to your vehicle but to incorporate into all future vehicle.

China largest hand-built electric remote control aircraft maiden flight (video)

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a group of radio controlled model airplane enthusiasts in China hand-built this huge radio controlled model which took them half a year from design to its maiden test flight. the airplane was based on the retired China Air Force “Yi Er” (or Ilyushin) IL-18 Chairman Mao’s exclusive aircraft. this 3.8 meters radio controlled airplane has a wingspan of 4 meters and weighs in at 25 kg.

i say it is looking good and cannot help but to marvel at the work put into it. if you don’t know, the real IL-18 was a Soviet Union built passenger aircraft powdered by four Ivchenko AI-20M engines. introduced in 1959, it was thought to be the most elegant airliner ever built by the former Soviet Union.

check the video of this huge radio controlled airplane maiden test flight below.

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via YouKu & M.I.C Gadget

6-inch e-ink-based ebook: iRiver WiFi Cover Story

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iRiver Wi-Fi Cover Story | £149.00 |

2010 has been a amazing year for gadgets. among the gadgets that are steadily gaining popularity are tablets and ebook readers. sure, both tablets and ebook readers was introduced well before 2010 but this year, we saw more advancements and also more manufacturers getting into the tablets and ebook readers market. iRiver has announced earlier this month its second generation ebook, dubbed WiFi Cover Story – a successor to the original ‘Story’.

the Cover Story features a 6-inch e-ink display with a 600 x 800 pixel touch screen. unlike the ‘Story’ it does not have a physical keyboard. the only obvious physical button next to the display is a long button that houses its Home Button on one end, a Previous Button on the other and a Page Button in the middle. in the aesthetic department, the cover of the Cover Story is changeable to other colors – a reminiscent of the old Nokia 8210 when customizing to the color of your liking was a rage.

another highlight is the built-in Oxford English Dictionary. users can look up any words when reading an ebook by holding the word down and the definitions will pop-out at the bottom of the display. touching the ‘X’ button at the top right hand corner of the pop-out closes the dictionary. with the WiFi model, user can check or send email via the Cover Story, as long as there is WiFi coverage. however, at this moment only POP3 account and GMAIL are supported.

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the Cover Story also let users scribble notes, doodle on their ebook and listens to music while reading their ebook. as for battery performance, the built-in 1800mAh Lithium Polymer boost a battery life of up to 11,000 pages, 30 hours of music and 5 hours of recorded voice on a single 5 hours charge. the Cover Story has built-in auto-rotation thus allowing either portrait or landscape mode reading.

other specifications include 2GB of storage, SD/SDHC slot supporting up to 32GB and the WiFi model features the WiFi 802.11b/g standard. connection to PC is via the built-in USB 2.0. the Cover Story supports a variety of ebook formats: PDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, DJVU. aside from ebook publication formats, it support a host of office and comic formats including PPT, PPTx, XLS, XLSx, Doc, DOCx, HWP, JPG, BMP, PNG and GIF.

no doubt this ebook has a wide variety of formats covered but are you prepared to view your comic and office document without colors? until color e-ink comes into the market, i guess an e-ink based ebook will always be for books (& probably e-newpaper) and nothing else. in fact, using email on this device reminds me of my Palm Pilot days, only that the resolution is much better on this device.

at £149.00 (approximately US$232.00), it is way more expensive even compared to the higher range Kindle 3G + WiFi model. frankly, i am not sure if the specs and Open Content justify the price premium.

tough clamshell mobile phone with 12megapixel camera: G’zOne Type-X

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if you are an adventurer, this tough clamshell mobile phone could be just the phone for you. KDDI and Okinawa Cellular is releasing a mobile handset that will keep the elements out during your outdoor adventure. introducing the G’zOne Type-X clamshell mobile handset. and guess what? Casio Computer Co., Ltd is also involved, therefore you can expect some of their G-Shock treatment to be carried over to the G’zOne Type-X. Continue reading “tough clamshell mobile phone with 12megapixel camera: G’zOne Type-X”

its no AirPrint but this Photo Printer lets you print direct from your iPhone

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(image credit: Mobile Fun) Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer | £119.99 |

the latest iOS 4.2 software update supports AirPrint, but what if you don’t have a wireless printer to take advantage of this features? if its just photo printing you’re looking for, then Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer might be just the gadget of choice. the BP-10 concept is similar with the Canon Selphy Photo Printer, but dedicated to iPhones rather than any other digital cameras. it is compatible with all iPhone and it doubles up as a charging dock for your iPhone.

the printer provides full size 4 x 6 inch photo printing. however, it requires the Bolle app which is available free from the iTunes store. the app facilitates user to select photos from the iPhone album or take a fresh photo for direct printing. operations is simple enough: dock the iPhone on the printer, select the desired photo and hit the print button. other print options include printing multiple photos on one single page and multiple copies printing (up to four copies each time).

is there really a market for dedicated iPhone photo printer? does the resolution of the photo taken with the iPhone justify for a £120 dedicated printer? i don’t know. i am skeptical about printing out hard copies of photo taken with my iPhone 4. then again, i am probably stuck in time with the impression that iPhone camera quality is less than ideal. but i guess the fun and novelty factor are there.

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