NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics card for Mac Pro later this month

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(photo credit: nvidia.com) NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Graphics Card | US$1,199.95 | www.nvidia.com

if you’re looking to give your Mac Pro a boost in the graphics department, here’s a piece of good news: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit with Fermi technology will be available for Mac Pro later this month.

the Quadro 4000 card features the 256 NVIDIA CUDA processing cores with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 3D stereo bracket. connectivity will be in the form of DisplayPort and a Dual Link DVI-I port.

for a grand price of US$1,199.95, graphic and video professionals on Mac Pro can stop envying their Windows counterpart. wow. if only i have a Mac Pro…

via ZDNET

an efficient way of filling sandbags: GoBagger One Man Sandbag System

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GoBagger One Man Sandbag System | US$59.95 | www.gobagger.com
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sometime, the simplest things should also deserve some form of innovation. hence, even the simplest chores should deserve an update in the way it has always been done. this is what GoBagger aims to do: change the way how we bag our sands. traditionally, filling of sandbag requires at least two person – one person holds the empty sandbag, and the other shovels the sand into the bag. sounds simple enough but what if we could speed up the process by, say, five times?

GoBagger does exactly that and all it takes is one man to do the job that quickly. the concept is simple: a scoop-like device with a handle upfront, a mouth (entrance), a back handle and an exit. the user use one hand to hold the front handle, while the other hand holds the back handle with the sandbag tucked in place. with a scooping down action, the mouth of the device receives the sands and the upward swing action, throws the sands back through the exit and into the sandbag. simple and quick action.

depending the size of the sandbag, and the user’s scooping action, one scoop with the GoBagger could be enough to fill a single bag. well, why we didn’t think of that? constructed out of low-density polyethylene, the GoBagger weighs in at just 1.9 kg which makes it easy to transport around. on top of that, the nature of its design enables several of the GoBagger to be “stacked” together for easy storage and transportation.

according to GoBagger, the traditional way of sandbag-filling can produced 85-90 bags an hour, but with the GoBagger, the same two person can churn out 480 bags in an hour. this is THE model for efficiency. we simply love innovation.

via Gizmag

professional recording: Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone

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Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone | US$79.95 | www.bluemic.com
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what else an iPhone can’t do? it has a potential to become a POS machine (Point-of-Sale), a field microscope and now even journalists can use their iPhone to record interviews – in professional-quality. Blue Microphones‘ new Mikey is a professional-grade, pocket-size microphone that lets you record anything from concerts to lectures to interviews.

the Mikey 2.0 features three different gain settings which allows it to record in a variety of environment. the official website have several recording samples (recorded with different gain setting) which sounded promising. while microphone is important, software also plays a part in the final recording. the Mikey 2.0 features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording and there’s a line-input which allows direct recording from other audio sources such as another iPod.

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the Mikey 2.0 also can be used in conjunction with your video recording on your iPod or iPhone, enabling you to capture a much better audio. it also comes with a free Blue FiRe recording app to aid you in your recording tasks. other features include seven angle of adjustments of the microphone and a soft carrying pouch to store your Mikey 2.0 while on the go. the Mikey 2.0 works with iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod Nano 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; iPod Classic; iPod 5G and also works with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

sounds good. especially now that iPhone 4 is capable of HD recording, it certainly deserves a good sound recording to go with those HD videos.

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home-made videos in 3D: ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder

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(photo credit: viewsonic.com) ViewSonic 3DV5 HD Camcorder | US$180 | www.viewsonic.com

looks like consumer 3D recording/imaging is being realized faster then we thought. recently, ViewSonic announced the ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder capable of taking 3D HD videos and 3D still images which you can preview instantly (in 3D) on its 2.4 inch 3D TFT LCD screen, without the need for special 3D glasses.

this palm-size camcorder has a pair of lenses with 5 Megapixel sensors (CMOS) built-in. the 3DV5 comes embedded with ArcSoft Wizard and a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses, which allows you to enjoy 3D videos and images on a standard PC or notebook. the 3DV5 is also capable of 2D recordings/images and HD is the form of 720p videos at 30 frames per second (fps).

the 3DV5 has an internal 10MB storage and an SD/SDHC card slot that supports 256MB up to 32GB SDHC, which should give you ample storage for your HD recordings/shots. the lenses are fixed focus lens but comes with 4X digital zoom. powering the camcorder is a NP60 1200mA Li-ion rechargeable battery. there’s no formal indication of it’s battery expected performance though.

other features include mini HDMI and a USB 2.0 port for connectivity, a standard tripod mount socket, built-in stereo microphone and one 0.5W speaker built-in. the camcorder measures 71mm x 120mm x 29mm and weighs in at 120 grams. given the size which is much larger than an iPhone 4, the 3DV5 is consider pretty light (just give you a rough idea, iPhone 4 weighs about 140 grams).

with all the hype about 3D, sometimes i wonder if we really need 3D at all? but then again, at US$180, its certainly a budget way to take a dip into the world of 3D and once there, if you find that 3D isn’t your cup of tea, the 3DV5 can always take 2D videos and images.

purpose built LCD monitor for different Gaming Genre

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Mitsubishi Electric LCD Monitor | US$tbc | www.mitsubishielectric.com
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ghosting and blur images resulting in fast game play maybe a thing of the past. Mitsubishi Electric will be releasing a LCD monitor that is designed with gaming in mind. so how do they intend to do that? the trick is by controlling its LED backlight and the use of a double-speed interpolation technology at a frequency of 120Hz.

this 23-inch monitor will spot an IPS (in-plane switching) full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px) display designed for three genre of game modes, namely shooter/music games, role-playing games (RPG)/adventure games and sports/racing and action games. each genre or category has a different priority in terms of image quality improvement technologies. Continue reading “purpose built LCD monitor for different Gaming Genre”

3D video becomes a reality on your iPhone and iPod Touch

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after the successful “invasion” of high definition displays and imaging devices, manufacturers has been working fervently on 3D technologies for consumer electronics, extending it beyond just displays but also to imaging and playback devices. so shouldn’t iPhone be 3D capable as well? we don’t have to look too far, the i3DG Palm Top Theater makes 3D playback on your existing iPhone and iPod Touch possible.

the concept was a simple one. a contraption with three half-silvered mirrors, tilted at an angle in a box-like package, creates an illusion of 3D display on your device. designed by Jitsuro Mase, this box-shaped accessory plugs in to your iPhone or iPod Touch to let you enjoy 3D playback. the result looks pretty convincing and cool. check out the video below.

cool as it is, however there’s just one catch: you have hold up your iPhone or iPod Touch with the i3DG device attached and view into the small oblong display screen of the i3DG. definitely something you won’t want to do for extended period.

via CNET

keep your mobile phones from the elements: CleverWraps RingerWraps

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(photo credit: cleverwraps.com) CleverWraps RingerWraps | US$9.99 | www.cleverwraps.com

mobile phones are susceptible to element like water, perspiration, snow, sand et cetera the list just goes on. these guys over at CleverWraps developed a Zip-Loc type bag specifically to protect your precious communication devices. in a nutshell, RingerWraps are downsized Zip-Loc bag complete with zip closure and re-sealable tape.

RingerWraps come in three sizes: small, medium and large, catering to different phone sizes. slip in your mobile, zip it and tape it and your mobile shall be protected from the nasty elements. CleverWraps promise that users will still be able to dial, talk, text, browse and listen to your favorite tunes while the phone is sealed in the RingerWraps.

some heads up of the RingerWraps sizing: small size caters to bar phones or devices (also known as candy bar phones/devices) such as iPhone, Blackberry, iPod Touch and iPod Classic; medium size caters to vertical flip and slide phones and; larger size caters to horizontal flip and slide phones, and also extra large smart phones.

since the mobile phones these days are similar in size, we would think that the sizes available should cover most devices. with your device securely in the RingerWraps, you can now go jet-skiing, slope skiing or hit the beach without the worry of getting your device wet and the best part: not missing a single call or text message. we just don’t have any clue how you’re going to answer your phone while skiing down the alps. not that we recommend anyone to do so.

via CNET

start from young: PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop

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(photo credit: peeweepc.com) PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop | US$549 | www.peeweepc.com

why settle for monochrome LCD screen toy laptop when you get a real one for your kids? adults won’t settle for less, why should kids? i wanted to say this for a long time: i wish those pretend-to-be toy laptop doesn’t even exist. seriously. luckily, we have the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop to keep the kids happy and actually learn something about computer.

granted it is an expensive gadget for kids as compared with cheaper “adult” notebooks in the market today but the PeeWee PC Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop is designed (or rather, conditioned) for kids. with its ruggedized outer casing which is drop-proof (tested with 50cm drop test) and spill-resistant keyboard, it will take just about any torment your kid can unleash on it.

there are real laptop for kids, and also touchscreen for kids (such as the upcoming Fisher-Price iXL) but the Pivot 2.0 is both. its a “dual mode” PC meaning its a resistive touchscreen tablet and a PC laptop in one package. powered by Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and Intel 945GSE Chipset, the PC also features 160GB 1.8″ PATA HDD, 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2GB), 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader, USB 2.0 ports, touch pad and a touch screen that’s capable of handwriting recognition.

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connectivity includes RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1/8″ external mic-in jack, 1/8″ external headphone jack, 15-pin VGA port, Bluetooth-ready, WI-FI 802.11 b/g/n and Kensington Lock ready. completing this full-feature tablet/laptop are rotatable screen 10.1 inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, integrated UMA Intel Graphics, integrated 2-channel audio with 1W speakers, a 1.3MP webcam and built-in accelerometer.

there’s no CD-ROM though, but you can always get an external CD-ROM drive to go with it if required. the PeeWee Pivot 2.0 Tablet Laptop comes preloaded with Windows XP Home, 15 games and 2 security apps. talk about starting from young.

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a duo of QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone

typing or poking on touchscreen without tactile feel can take away the fun of composing messages. agree? well, both ThinkGeek and Boxwave has a solution for us (the tactile-freaks): a QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone. personally, i have used smartphone with slide out keyboard, and i liked the convenience (except for the added thickness to the phone). these add on physical keyboards are cleverly hidden and not only let you type but also act as a case for your iPhone. Continue reading “a duo of QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone”

TikTok and LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits

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(photo credit: MINIMAL) TikTok Multi-Touch Watch Kit | US$25 | www.MNML.com

if the mutewatch €180 (plus shipping) price tag is stopping you from getting a touchscreen watch, you can get yourself one at an Apple iPod Nano price plus US$25 to US$50. if you already have the latest iPod Nano, it will be just US$25 to US$50. Scott Wilson of MINIMAL has an idea that will turn your latest Apple iPod Nano into a watch. introducing TikTok and LunaTik, which are basically watches without a watch face until your iPod Nano “fused” with them. Continue reading “TikTok and LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits”