Toyota iQ-based electric car to be mass-produced by 2012

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at the recent Eco-Products 2010, Toyota Motor Corp showcased a prototype electric vehicle (EV) based on its iQ mini car. powering the four-seater iQ electric vehicle is an electric motor producing 47kW and 163Nm of torque. pretty decent torque level for an electric car, not to mention for such a petite car. the maximum speed of the iQ electric vehicle is 125 km/h and it will take 14 seconds for it to reach 100 km/h mark from stand still. Continue reading “Toyota iQ-based electric car to be mass-produced by 2012”

sWaP Rebel multi-function watch is a watch spies dream of

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(image credit: sWaP) sWaP Rebel Watch | £189.99 |

the sWaP Rebel beats all the dual-function watches we featured here last month, hands down. the sWaP Rebel will definitely have James Bond-wannabe drooling all over. granted it may not be the Omega that has a laser that cuts through steel but it has more functions packed in to more than make up for the lack of laser. Continue reading “sWaP Rebel multi-function watch is a watch spies dream of”

HKS-branded hybrid game controller for racing games

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(image credit: EAGLE3) HKS Racing Controller | US$44.99 |

the usual form of control for racing game on playstation 3 is via the Sixaxis or Dualshock 3 controller, or for those who has deeper pockets, it would be the gaming steering wheel. for those who are not ready to splurge on a steering wheel, fortunately, there is the HKS Racing Controller, which fills in the gap between a stock controller and a full-fledge gaming steering wheel.

the HKS Racing Controller is born out of a collaboration between the California-based peripheral maker, Eagle3 and the legendary Japanese automotive racing modification company, HKS. with a 37 years old history, HKS is synonymous with racing and it couldn’t get any more appropriate then to brand the controller under HKS Racing. the form and shape of the HKS Racing Controller resembles the DualShock 3 controller and spots the familiar R1/R2, L1/L2 trigger buttons but that’s where the similarity ends. Continue reading “HKS-branded hybrid game controller for racing games”

Sharp Shooter to please fans of PS3 shooter games

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(image credit: Sony) Sony Sharp Shooter | US$40.00 |

playstation 3 shooter game fans looking to improve their game play experience can probably get this soon-to-be released gun attachment for Sony playstation MOVE motion controller and navigation controller. personally, i thought it looks a little less realistic than the ICON Playstation 3 MOVE Battle Rifle, but if sub-machine guns are you’re kind of thing, then Sharp Shooter might be your weapon of choice. Continue reading “Sharp Shooter to please fans of PS3 shooter games”

Yamaha introduces slim sound bar with HDMI 1.4a

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(image credit: Yamaha) Yamaha YSP2200 Sound Bar | US$999.95 |

Yamaha proves that a powerful sound system shouldn’t takes up a whole lot of space with its slimline YSP2200 sound bar. measuring just 50mm thick or should i say thin, these sound bar will spot 16 micro-drivers. the package comes with a 137mm tall subwoofer which can be placed either horizontally or vertically. what can i say, even the sub is non-obtrusive. Continue reading “Yamaha introduces slim sound bar with HDMI 1.4a”

C60 Redux lets you touch your music once again

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remember those days when we used to physically put our music to play? be it a 8-track tape, a vinyl record, a cassette tape or (more recently) CD. with the revolution of digital music, i can’t remember the last time i have handled another physical media to play my music. with the physical feel being missed, this guys over at IDEO came up with a working concept to put touches back to your music.

the C60 Redux is basically a music player with loads of RFID readers in it (to be precise, underneath it). the concept, shaped like a square-off vinyl, plays the music associated with the music card embedded with two RFID tags. to play the music, all you have to do is placed the music card onto the C60 platter and the music will start. you are able to place a few music cards on the platter, and it will churn out the music in clockwise sequence.

novelty? perhaps, but if the C60 makes into the market, i want to one. it is true that click and play does get boring sometimes. on top that, i am sure it will put some fun back into listening music.

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c60 Redux from IDEO on Vimeo.

Jawbone JAMBOX gives small package a big sound

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Jawbone JAMBOX Portable Bluetooth Speaker | US$199.99 |

new from the maker of Bluetooth headsets, Jawbone, is a portable Bluetooth speaker dubbed JAMBOX. Jawbone promised to deliver the biggest sound in a smallest package with the JAMBOX. the JAMBOX touted an output capacity of 85 decibels (dB) which measures somewhere between a motorcycle and a rock concert sound level. you get the idea how big the sound is. the JAMBOX features a pair of proprietary acoustic drivers which are capable of producing “extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker” and a proprietary moving-wall passive bass radiator. all these goodies are enclosed in an airtight enclosure constructed out of stainless steel and industrial-weight molded rubber casting.

the JAMBOX runs of a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery which is capable of 10-hours of continuous play (subjects to volume level and audio content) which recharges via the micro-USB port. the JAMBOX measures 151 x 57 x 40, weighs 327 grams and comes in four designs for your choosing, namely, black diamond, blue wave, grey hex and red dot. if paired with an iPhone, the battery life of the JAMBOX will be displayed on the iPhone. JAMBOX employs Bluetooth 2.1 EDR with a range of at least 33 feet (10 meters) and supports both Windows and Mac. with all the specs (though not specifically detailed), it certainly sounds promising but we just have to wait to audition it before we can really believe what we read. retailing at $199.99, it looks like big sound doesn’t come cheap.

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free Thoughts app for iPhone from Aliph

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if you don’t already know, Aliph is the maker of the Jawbone series of Bluetooth headsets and they have just introduced a new iPhone app called Thoughts. so what is Thoughts? basically, Thoughts is a sort of voice messaging platform bridging the gap between text messaging and phone calls.

we already have voice mail and text messaging, so what’s up with the concept of Thoughts? well, for voice mail you got to wait for the beep to start recording, and most often than not – its because the other party fails to pick up the call. as for Thoughts, it lets you record a message and send it without the hassle of waiting for the beep. it’s kind of like a voice-mail on purpose. as for text messaging, we all must agree that short messages are often void of emotions. while it serves it purpose, it can be so cold. perhaps that why we have emoticons to add a spice of emotion to our messages. in anyway, Thoughts, does the aforementioned along with emotion from our voices, be it with anger, excitement or whatever.

the Thoughts integrates with your phone’s contacts list which will much similar to sending text messages. you simply pick the contact your want to send your Thoughts, record and send. you can even send to multiple contacts, and in return, they can reply to all. just like text messaging. if the contact that you’re sending the Thoughts doesn’t have the app, they’ll receive either an email or text message with a link to a Jawbone website where they can play the audio message. quite an hassle for this part, really. reminds me of the days of when multimedia messaging or MMS just took off. those who have not set up for MMS will receive a text message with a link to the telco website for them to log-in and view the MMS.

Thoughts uses Internet connection so it will peg on your monthly data instead of monthly talk time and monthly text messages allotment will be spared too. though this app is usable with or without a headset but it is better to use it with a headset, as Aliph has put it that “it will be easier to go from Thought to Thought without having to lift the phone to ear repeatedly.” the Thoughts app is more a value-add service to its Bluetooth headsets, that goes without saying, its their core business. Thoughts app is available free on iTunes store.


Blomp Coat Hanger lets you hang your coat and keeps your keys

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(image credit: David Cathro) Bomp Coat Hanger | from US$tbc(concept) |

i don’t have a place to hold my keys, but i do have something to hang my clothes, jackets etc. usually, in a rush you would like to have both category of item handy by the door. i’d say if i have a device that can contain both, it would be a good to have thing.

designer David Cathro came up with simple and yet beautiful solution to keep both items together. in case of a rush, you would not forget either item – keys or coat. i can’t imagine how one would forget to grab the keys on the way out, but that’s beside the point. the nifty concept, dubbed the ‘Blomp Coat Hanger‘ is a contemporary coat hanger and a recepticle for your essential nitty gritty things like your car key, house keys et cetera.

the Blomp is made out of polyester and resin and it comes in white, orange or black. it measures 16.5 cm by 16.5 cm, which provides pretty huge space to contain your keys or whatever stuff you might fancy, as long they fits in the recepticle. pretty neat stuff. if you have a home with contemporary theme, the Blomp Coat Hanger will definitely find itself at home. however, there are no words on its availability or will it even be mass produced. we are waiting, David.

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via Yanko Design

custom gaming PC under the guise of V8 engine

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(image credit: Wayne aka v121) V8 Gaming PC | $Auction Price

PC enthusiasts has thousands of ideas to customize their gaming rig. this one is my personal favorite, though i don’t use PC that much these days. this one of the kind V8 gaming rig is the work of art of New Zealanders, Wayne and his Dad. some of the features include bits of lightings, card reader, fan controllers, sound DB meters and light color changers. it even has a florescent light within the PC for working light.

this V8 gaming rig does come with manuals and CD-ROM. on the site, Wayne stated it comes with Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit). not sure if its preinstalled or come with the disc for Windows 7. other specs include Intel Core 2 Extreme X9650 CPU (3GHz), 4GB of RAM, ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Mother Board, 2 x 500 GB hard drives, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB (SLi) graphic cards and Pioneer DVD-RW drive.

according to Wayne, the machine is so huge that he would recommend a 4WD to pick this rig up. if you want to own this, you gotta be in Auckland, New Zealand or somewhere near so you can actually pick it up. but first you got be the winner of this auction which ends on December 14th @ 1041 hours – New Zealand time i presume. perfect compliment to your real V8 powered automobile. why no one pimps a Mac like this?

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