Tag Archive: Gadgets

The Toshiba Thrive’s very aggressive pricing gives it an advantage over most other tablets. Its grooved back, full HDMI and USB support, full SD card slot, and replaceable battery justify its very bulky design. Also, its built-in file management system makes finding and accessing files in Honeycomb easier. Available at ebay for only $441.26

Lounge on the couch and play!

When you get home from a long day in front of a computer at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is sit in front of your computer at home. Maybe you want to play your iTunes while relaxing on the couch with your significant other. Or maybe you just want to be able to stretch out on your stomach on your bed and type on your desktop computer at the same time. We all have such needs and desires and now, we have the device to fulfill your wishes!

The new game-enabled boxes are known as the Roku 2 line–a particularly curious name, since it’s the third or fourth incarnation of the streaming-media box (depending on how you count) that first debuted in May 2008. Truth in numbering notwithstanding, the new models carry over the basic functions of the existing Roku line, with more than 250 streaming media channels (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, MLB, NHL, NBA, UFC, and dozens of others), HD video, and built-in Wi-Fi support. The tiny enclosures are smaller even than archrival Apple TV–just 3.3-inch square, and less than an inch high.

The three models are known as the Roku 2 HD ($60), Roku 2 XD ($80), and Roku 2 XS ($100); all should be available at retail by the end of July. They replace the existing Roku models (Roku HD, Roku XD, and Roku XDS, respectively) that are currently available at those same price points. Notably, all three models utilize the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, and all offer a MicroSD expansion slot on the rear.All three also include Bluetooth compatibility for the new game remote–though that Wii-like motion remote will only be included with the top-of-the-line $100 model. The remote will be available separately (bundled with a 2GB MicroSD card) for $30. The HD and XD will ship with standard infrared remotes, and–thankfully–all Roku 2 models retain an IR sensor, so unlike the Wii and PlayStation 3, Roku 2 boxes will still be controllable via standard universal remotes. Available at roku.com for 59.99 , 79.99 and 99.99 respectively.

Shoot in Pitch Dark and Experiment with Infrared Photography

Digital cameras aren’t exactly the most exciting gadgets these days… that’s why you can trust your friends at ThinkGeek to up the ante and deliver the Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera. You get 5.0 megapixels and an invisible infrared flash to light up your subjects in total darkness. Or experiment with Infrared photography that lets you do crazy stuff like see through some types of fabric and materials.

The Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera is switchable between standard photography mode and infrared night-shot mode. When you enter night-shot the infrared blocking filter normally over the lens retracts to let all infrared light through, at the same time a super-bright IR LED invisibly illuminates (to your eyes) the entire scene. Available in Think Geek at $149.99

The Wrist Charger, or as we like to call it, Bracer of Battery Life +2, straps comfortably to your wrist and plugs in to just about any electronic device you like. It’ll power cell phones, mp3 players, gaming systems, or any device compatible with mini USB.

Now you’ll have plenty of power to get through long days traveling (or long lines at the DMV, we’ve been there, too!). When you reach your destination, simply plug your bracer in and charge its battery back up so you’re ready with plenty of entertainment for the long trip home. Available at Think Geek for 39.99$ only.

The 3830T sports a 13.3-inch screen, is 4.12 pounds but just 0.87 inches at its thinnest point, according to ZDNet . It features a dual-core Core i5 processor and discrete graphics courtesy of am Nvidia GeForce GT 540M. With 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive but no optical drive, the 3830T will sell for $779.99.

The 14-inch 4830T also comes with a dual-core Core i5 processor but substitutes Intel’s HD 3000 integrated graphics for the Nvidia. With the addition of a DVD drive and a hard drive bump to 640GB, the 4830T weighs in at 4.88 pounds and costs $699.99.

The cheapest of the new laptops at $599.99 is 15.6-inch 5830T, which features the less-powerful Core i3 processor and weighs 5.6 pounds.

Notebooks with integrated graphics should get up to nine hours of battery life, while those with discrete graphics will get up to eight hours.
Available at acer.com and Amazon

If you’re not a fan of iPhone because of its lack of a physical keyboard, you may now rest, all thanks to Naztech’s Ultra-thin Sliding Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 4.

The keyboard “easily pairs over Bluetooth using wireless connectivity and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that includes Search and Home buttons. It’s powered by a lithium rechargeable battery and is charged via its Mini-USB port.”

You can turn it on and off independently to help conserve battery power, and it works on any iPhone 4 (Verizon or AT&T).

The Naztech Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 4 is available from Hypercel for just $79.99, though it currently shows as “Out of Stock” with no indication of when shipping may occur.

The Bury CC 9060 IQ is a voice-activated touch-screen device that you attach to your car‘s dashboard. The CC 9060 IQ works with several smartphones, offering hands-free calling and memo recording functionality. This  is designed to fit you; the colour screen be tailored to suit the interior of your vehicle and the speech recognition technology enables the kit to learn your voice, just perform a quick voice training session to ensure maximum ease of use.

With some phones, the device offers text-to-speech capability, reading text messages back to you. And if you’re using a BlackBerry, the Bury CC 9060 IQ can read your e-mails out loud.

Drivers juggling more than one phone for work will appreciate the device’s multipoint functionality that lets two smartphones connect at the same time. Not all smartphones work with the SMS and e-mail read back feature, so before buying you will want to check the phone compatibility list (PDF)to see what features work with your phone.
Both Bury devices integrate with your car’s stereo system, and lower music volume when making or receiving phone calls. Although not listed in the specs, a YouTube video shows that the Bury will also mute music when turn-by-turn directions are announced on a Droid Incredible with external audio turned on.
This is an a very convenient gadget and worth the $’s, available at Amazon

This accessory will add a slick look to your iPhone/iPod. Besides acting like a really stylish docking station that’ll keep your iPod or iPhone recharged it’ll play their contents (both music and HD video) through any Bridge-ready A/V Harman Kardon receiver and hook up with it seamlessly.

If you have a Harman Kardon system today this might just be worth taking a look at. Available at ubergizmo.com and harmankardon.com

Bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level with the JOYSTICK-IT Tablet Arcade Stick. The JOYSTICK-IT gives you a real physical joystick for increased precision with touchscreen based games. Simply press down to attach the JOYSTICK-IT to your tablet based computer’s screen for improved gaming. No wires or batteries needed.

Any game that has an on-screen control pad of some kind is perfect for the JOYSTICK-IT. Simply run your game of choice, place the JOYSTICK-IT over the on-screen control pad and push down. The JOYSTICK-IT sticks to the glass of your display and is ready for action. The lightweight solid milled-aluminum construction of the JOYSTICK-IT adds more precise movement and faster response time for enhanced playability. When you’re done, simply pull-up on the JOYSTICK-IT to remove from the screen.

Add a real physical joystick to your tablet computer for enhanced gaming precision available at Think Geek