now your iPhone is also your Universal Remote control

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(image credit: Gear4) Gear4 UnityRemote | £99.99 | www.gear4.com

another hardware and apps combo that turn your iPhone into something else other than a phone. seriously, what else iPhone can’t do? this time round it’s going to be an Universal Remote control for your home devices, as long the devices use infrared signal.

new from Gear4 is the UnityRemote that transforms your iPhone into an advanced Universal Remote that controls your home devices with the help of a free app and the discrete UnityRemote unit. using iPhone as a remote means ability to take advantage of gestures to control your devices. with the UnityRemote and the app, gestures can be pre-programmed to swipe from left to right to change channels, for example. you can’t get any more intuitive than this.

basically, the iPhone uses low power Bluetooth signal to communicate with the UnityRemote hardware and the unit in turn, uses its five infrared blasters to send out a 360° signal to your devices wherever they are in the room. as long as the device to be controlled is within the range and sight, the iPhone can controls it. up to eight different Apple devices can be paired with the UnityRemote, so your roommate won’t be caught without a remote when you are not home.

as with all good Universal Remote, this system allows user to create ‘Actions’ to control multiple devices simultaneously. such as as turning on the TV, DVD player and sound system. the system will select the right channel and start playing the DVD in just one touch. of course, that would require some programming first. no words on how huge the existing remote database is but whatever it is, it has the ‘Learning’ capability which allows the UnityRemote to learn controls that it doesn’t already know.

the UnityRemote works on three AA batteries, hence it can place virtually anywhere in the room without the burden of mains. the hardware measures 51 mm high and 64 mm in diameter which is pretty discrete, but then again it’s not ugly that requires us to keep away from sight. the UnityRemote will work with iPhone 3/3GS/4, iPod Touch (2nd/3rd/4th generations). the Gear4 UnityRemote retails at £99.99 (approx. US$156.00) which is considered affordable for an Universal Remote – if it works as promised.

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a Tron Light Cycle concept that might actually works

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the Tron fever has started well before the film was screened and spread fore even after the film was screened. not only commercial entities are jumping on the Tron bandwagon, even designers and self-professed fans have their take on the blue streaks. to date we already seen DIY Tron messenger bag and Skatecycle, just to name a few… Continue reading a Tron Light Cycle concept that might actually works

HAMANN makes the desirable Lamborghini even more desirable

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if you belong to the super rich, then a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is probably not enough. straight out of the German tuner, Hamann’s garage is the Hamann Victory II Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, which should be enough to let you stand out from the rest of the super rich boys. Continue reading HAMANN makes the desirable Lamborghini even more desirable

eco-friendly power: Mission R TTXGP Electric Superbike

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a superbike is not uncommon but an electric superbike is something don’t see very often, not to mention one that’s built to race. with the electric cars becoming a reality for mass production, there’s no reason the same can’t be done for bikes, and in this instant, a superbike. Mission Motors‘s Mission R is an all new electric superbike that is built to race with a purpose-built frame. Continue reading eco-friendly power: Mission R TTXGP Electric Superbike

Thrustmaster announces Officially Licensed PS3 Steering Wheel

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Thrustmaster T500 RS Wheel and Pedal Set | US$599.99 | www.thrustmaster.com
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seriously, a racing game isn’t complete without a good steering wheel/pedal set. though traditional game pad does the job adequately but it just lacks the realism in it. having said that, a steering wheel/pedal set is a must if you want to get the most out of the most advanced racing game, Grand Turismo 5. i am not posting this because just because this product is new in the market but rather, i am in the process of searching for a quality steering wheel for this game (i am a huge fan of GT franchise). i am a few percentage into the game and stopped because the stock dual shock just don’t justify the driving experience that i will get from GT5. Continue reading Thrustmaster announces Officially Licensed PS3 Steering Wheel

911 GT3 Cup racetrack set from Porsche Design

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Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set | £97.02 | shop4.porsche.com/uk
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i am sure this one will appeal to both kids and adults alike. though this is new from Porsche Design, it still gives me a sense of nostalgic. back when video game racing was virtually non-existence, this type of toy racetrack is the next best thing you can get to quench your need for speed. if one-make race is your kind of thing, the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set could be the dream set you are looking for.

the set boost two exclusive 1:43 scale Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars and the track itself features two loops, and two crossover points. doing loops are something that you can’t do with real car. it’s like a roller coaster and car racing rolled into one. needless to say, the track can be customized to your liking and players can expect the thrill from overtaking and lane changing. it is said that up to three cars can be raced at the same time which is something i don’t quite comprehend. two lanes, three cars?

constructed of mainly plastic, the track measures approximately 8.3 meters. though X’mas is over, it’s never too late to get yourself something. besides, you don’t need X’mas as an excuse to buy.

Ken Block, Traxxas collaborated on RC version of Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta

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it make sense for a rally car driver to team up with a (long time) radio controlled car maker, especially when the driver in question is no stranger to marketing. seriously, this could be a hit. we are talking about Ken Block’s collaboration with TRAXXAS to create a 1/16th scale Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta.

driving this miniaturized monster is the Velineon 380 brushless motor, transferring its power to all its four Gymkhana-Compound slicks. out of the box, this Officially Licensed Ford Fiesta body covered with Ken Block Monster Energy graphics is capable of 30 mph (48 km/h) but throw in an optional pinion gear, a speed connector and a dual batteries set-up, it could reach an incredible 50 mph (80 km/h). wow.

and it doesn’t stop there. this RC speed maniac comes with Officially Licensed Volk Racing Wheels in its green glory and comes ready-to-race with included TRAXXAS Power Cell NiMH battery and charger. i want one!

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LEGO-style sockets let you expand your sockets as you desire

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being a gadget-geek, sockets are part of my life. i use the Belkin Concealed Surged-protectors to get the job done but there are two issues that always bugged me. firstly, the shape of plugs which sometime hinders other plugs from using the next socket. secondly, sometime i have more sockets than i actually requires which takes up unnecessary space. then again, what if i need more sockets but it ran out? it’s a chore and cost extra money to get another multi-outlet with more sockets in it.

looks like designers Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin has a solution to solve the aforementioned issues that i have: a Rotating 360DEG Multi-outlet Socket. it is modular, meaning that additional socket modules can be added if more are needed, or removed if not required. keeping things neat and tidy. aside from being modular, the individual sockets are rotatable to different angle, allowing odd-sized or bulky plugs to fit in without being hindered by its neighboring plugs.

the sockets are between two stand bases which also ‘streamline’ all the cable going out from the multi-outlet sockets, thus managing your cables. this is best practical concept so far and it is one concept that i hope to see productions. maybe a concealed variant could be even more ideal. i hate to see those black plugs sticking out.

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CLAMCASE turns your iPad into a full-fledged netbook, sort of…

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(image credit: CLAMCASE) CLAMCASE Keyboard Case | US$119.00 | clamcase.com

the CLAMCASE is by far the most impressive keyboard case for iPad to date. spotting a chiclet keyboard with 14 function keys, the CLAMCASE does make your iPad looks like a netbook. the unique torque hinge allows the keyboard to be flipped to the rear and props up the iPad for watching videos or turn it round to the front and it snaps close just like a netbook.

if you miss holding up your iPad, no problem, just fold the keyboard all the way back and use the iPad as a tablet. albeit, being a little bit more bulkier (it will add 771 grams to your iPad). the CLAMCASE boost a 90 hours continuous use and a 100 days standby time. charging of the CLAMCASE is via the mini-USB port with the supplied cable.

needless to say, the keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth connection and the internal battery means the keyboard case will not tax on your iPad juice. alas, now you can get the best of both world: a slate and a netbook in one device. not to mention the wonderful world of apps. awesome!

the CLAMCASE retails at $119.00 but shipping only starts in January 2011.

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new Mini Paceman concept to debut in Detroit Auto Show

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i am surprised BMW managed to come with so many variants under the brand name ‘Mini’. when the Mini first reappeared in the automotive market, i thought it would be another one-model lineup (what lineup?) car. never mind my skepticism, it has proven that there can be many Mini variants and more to come. Continue reading new Mini Paceman concept to debut in Detroit Auto Show

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