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Keyport ships Mini-LED, offers Slide in four splendiferous new hues

6 Apr

It ain’t a mind-bending concept, but the Keyport Slide solves a problem that far too many humans have. Put simply, this multi-key tool allows users to store both key imprints and digital files in a single tech gadgetsand for those on the hunt for something to match their Sunday best… well, look no further. The outfit has just introduced a foursome of new Slide colors: Gunmetal, Zircon Gold, Copper, and Champagne. Starter bundles are still listed at $79, and if you believe the outfit’s CEO, there’s “much more on the horizon.” You know, like the initial shipments of its $10 Mini-LED, which was also revealed today. Tap that source link if you’re gushing with joy (and we know you are).

 

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Nikon D5100 Announced

6 Apr


The D5100 is a new digital SLR from Nikon that has been described as being for the advanced beginner. The camera is a successor to the older D5000 electronic gadgets.

The D5100 can capture both still and full HD video at 1080p. When capturing in full HD, you have the option of 24/25 or 30 frames per second. On the back you’ll find an articulating display that measures 3 inches (about 921k dots) and is capable of relaying Live View.

The sensor found inside is 16.2 megapixels which is the same as the high-end consumer camera called the D7000 electronic gadgets.

When launched, the camera will cost £669.99 for the body only and £779.99 with the 18-55VR Kit lens. The camera will be made available in the UK on April 21 in just a few weeks time.

Modernized Commodore 64 PC Will Confuse Co-Workers

6 Apr

Commodore USA is now taking pre-orders for their modernized Commodore 64 keyboard PC; shipping dates are expected in mid-May or June. The base electronic gadgets come with a 1.8 GHz Dual Core Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, the Ultimate version gets 4GB of RAM with built-in WiFi and Blu-ray. While these aren’t the greatest for playing the latest games, it would be cool to own one and judge the reactions of people who see you use it.

 

Source from CrunchGear

Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic to explore the ocean’s depths

6 Apr

Sir Richard Branson may have already branded his Necker Nymph aero submarine with the “Virgin Oceanic” moniker tech gadgets, but he’s now finally taken things to the next logical (and ambitious) step. He’s just announced a new, full-fledged venture of the same name, which promises to do to nothing short of dive to the deepest part of each of the Earth’s five oceans — all within the next two years, no less. That will be done with the one-manned sub pictured above, which was designed by Graham Hawkes and will be piloted by Chris Welsh on its first dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench later this year — those two are Branson’s partners in the venture, and Branson himself is set to pilot the sub on its second mission to the Puerto Rico Trench tech gadgets. Not surprisingly, one of the team’s goals is to set a few world records, but they’re also planning to conduct some scientific research along the way, and are already musing about future vehicles that could collect samples and allow for more extensive research. Head on past the break for a teaser video, although we’re told it should not be assumed to reflect an actual mission.

Source from Engadget

Samsung Digimax V800

6 Apr

Samsung Digimax V800 is a digital camera with 8 megapixel camera. It has a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The camera is equipped with auto and manual focus functionality. It has an auto exposure which saves JPEG file format. It is registered under ISO 64-200. Samsung Digimax V800 tech gadgets have a 2.5 inch LCD screen. It uses 2 AA batteries and offers movie mode with sound. The camera was released with January 12, 2006. The camera will cost you around $50 and has removed all the frustrating flaws that were present in the previous Samsung Digimax V800 series. So, this is a camera that must be bought immediately if you are looking for precision.

Motorola NYXboard surfaces from the dead, XBMC reclaims it

6 Apr

Seven months ago, Motorola unveiled a dual-sided, QWERTY-laden TV remote control: the NYXboard. These electronic gadgets were never heard from again. Today, we’ve learned why — the open-source community will be selling a version specially redesigned to control your XBMC rig. The folks at Pulse-Eight — a spinoff of the XBMC Foundation dedicated to designing hardware — tell us they actually talked Motorola out of bundling the remote with set-top-boxes in favor of a nefarious plan. Simply put, they want you to be able to purchase an IR and RF remote that natively supports XBMC for a penny under $60 this June.

While we don’t have any real pictures of the unit quite yet — just the renders you see above and below — developers say it will work with installations on Mac, Windows, Linux and the original Apple TV on day one, and will actually turn off the side of the remote that’s face down to avoid accidental inputs. You’ll find the NYXboard electronic gadgets up for pre-order now at our source link, with the first shipments slated for around June 27th. Then again, you might want to wait, as we’re told there are more surprises in store: a second version that can control the Apple TV 2, and a secret method which would allow the remotes to control your home entertainment center without pesky line-of-sight infrared. The best laid plans and all that… but it sounds like Logitech’s Harmony may finally get some competition.

 

2011 Chevrolet Volt

6 Apr

The good: The weight of its battery gives the 2011 Chevrolet Volt a planted feel, and its electric power train can greatly reduce gasoline usage. The hard-drive-based navigation system warns of traffic problems. A smartphone app lets you set charging times and offers other features, such as car location.

The bad: The Volt brakes unevenly, which can lead to panic stops. The cabin interface buttons are strewn around the center stack with no apparent logic, and the navigation system does not list electric car charging stations.

The bottom line: Although pricey, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will work excellently for anyone who commutes less than 40 miles, as it requires almost no gas during a typical week while providing a comfortable ride.

Introduced in early 2007 as a concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt has made it to production as a 2011 model. Four years is not a lot of time for automakers to develop and produce a new model, but the Volt seemed to take forever because of the hype around this innovative new car.

But does the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electronic gadgets meet expectations? It certainly does not look like the concept car shown at the 2007 Detroit auto show. But that car did not offer the practical interior dimensions of the production Volt.

And despite Chevrolet’s initial claims that the Volt’s wheels would only be driven by its electric motor, Motor Trend published details showing that, under certain conditions, the Volt’s gas motor supplies motive power to the wheels.

Chevrolet calls the Volt an extended-range electric vehicle, but technically it is still a hybrid, as it has both an electric motor and a gas engine to power the wheels. It is, however, a very different hybrid from the Toyota Prius. In fact, it feels light years ahead of that car, which became indelibly associated with the term hybrid.

The Volt that finally reached production looks mild-mannered, like one of the many thousands of suburban sedans rolling down the roads every day. On the streets of San Francisco, the 2011 Volt nabbed barely a look from passersby.

The largely closed-off grille gives some clue to the car’s nature, favoring aerodynamics over air intake. The rear of the car also separates itself from a typical sedan, because the Volt is actually a hatchback. The rear lip sits just higher than that of a sedan, and a big rear hatch opens to show a spacious cargo area.

Chevrolet chose to put two bucket seats in the rear, limiting the Volt to four passengers. This arrangement, which somewhat limits the car’s practicality, is because of the T-shaped 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack running down the center. But fold down the rear seats, and you can pack a lot of gear into the back of the Volt electronic gadgets.

Unconventional dashboard
The dashboard, unlike on current Chevrolet models, echoes the futuristic power train of the Volt. It still has a steering wheel and pedals for acceleration and braking, but the shifter is a big white lever that nestles into the dashboard when in Park.

Above the shifter is a set of touch buttons with labels that get backlit at night. These solid-state buttons work well, showing good response and tactile behavior. But they are not logically laid out, strewn as they are across the center stack. The navigation button is on the lower left, the phone button about midway up on the right, and audio source buttons up on the left. This layout is about the only fault with this interface.

At the top of the stack sits an LCD touch screen with good resolution. Although a knob in the center of the stack makes it convenient to scroll through list displays on the screen, it is quicker to use the touch screen for the onscreen keyboard. A voice command system also offers some basic control over the audio system, along with phone dialing and destination entry.

The Volt’s navigation system makes use of the car’s hard drive for map storage. It shows maps in 2D and 3D views, the latter showing select landmark buildings rendered in 3D. The map quality looks excellent, with easily readable street names and route guidance graphics.

Traffic data appears on the map as incidents and flow information. The system warns of traffic jams ahead, bringing up a screen showing the incident and an Avoid button, which recalculates the route. The system even proactively warns of trouble ahead when you haven’t programmed in a destination.

The navigation system offers the usual points-of-interest database, but it doesn’t offer much help in finding places to recharge the car’s batteries. Strangely, the database shows not only gas stations, but locations for diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, and even hydrogen. Locations for quick charges would be convenient, even if there are not that many available yet.

Chevrolet keeps 30GB of the Volt’s hard drive reserved for music storage. The single CD/DVD player can rip music to the drive, with a Gracenote database automatically tagging all songs appropriately. The Volt also has a standard USB port, which works with an iPod cable to play music over the stereo. Both the hard drive and iPod interface make it easy to find music by the usual artist and album categories. The satellite radio interface works better than most, showing not only each channel name, but also the current song playing on each.

As a means of limiting onboard electricity use, Chevrolet uses a Bose audio system designed for efficiency. Although it doesn’t boast hundreds of watts, the sound coming out of the seven-speaker system comes through with reasonable detail, the subwoofer adding some richness. It is not audiophile-quality, but it sounds better than typical six-speaker systems.

Along with the Volt’s robust Bluetooth phone system, Chevrolet electronic gadgets include an OnStar application designed specifically for the Volt. The app can remotely unlock the doors, show the car’s location, and initiate charging if the car is plugged in. This last function helps when taking advantage of non-peak electricity rates.

Range helpers
As another means of getting the most electric range from the car, the climate control screen offers an Eco mode, useful for moderately hot or cold days. Seat heaters, part of the Premium package, make it possible to drive the car without cranking the vent heat. Hypermilers in warm climates will want to rely on the Fan Only mode during most of their driving, as the air conditioning causes a hefty drain on the battery.