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Lego Audio Book Helmet can read to kids

27 Apr

Since the beginning of recorded audio, there has been books written to work in tandem with a record, cassette, CD, or digital file so that children can be read to.

This concept helmet is by Jonathan Robson, and his helmet allows a child to hear a story by plugging a Lego Brick USB stick in back on a USB slot in the back. On the Lego bricks/USB sticks are stories that go along with Lego comic books, and I believe that the child is supposed to read the comic, while the helmet electronic gadgets provide the sounds.

I’m not certain how the technology of that would work, nor what would power this (presumably batteries or some USB charging of some type). I think it is interesting that it is shaped like a helmet from a Space Lego minifig, and made so the kid is in a private world of narration.

I believe that the comic books would be available by subscription via the mail, and the info on the Lego bricks will probably be downloaded via some iTunes service of some type. However, it is still in its concept stage, but we’ll see if it ever comes to pass at the Lego catalog.

by Coolest Gadgets

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Origin EON17-S gaming laptop overclocked to 4.5GHz, up for order

27 Apr

You won’t need to compromise much with Origin’s EON17-S gaming notebook, though a $3,000 dent in your wallet could severely compromise your purchasing power for the next few months. That’s the starting price for this gaming laptop electronic gadgets , with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-2920XM Quad-Core processor factory overclocked to 4.5GHz, and maxing the system out with 32GB of RAM, dual 480GB SSD’s, and a 2GB NVidia GeForce GTX 485M GPU will send the price tag north of $10,000.

Small price to pay for months of geek cred at your neighborhood LAN party, right? We’d rather use the money as a down payment on a Tesla Roadster, but if helping to rebuild the economy with the best, brightest and heaviest (at 8.6 pounds) computing monster sitting on your lap is just what you need, then look for yours in the mail come May 17th.

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Dell’s new powerhouse Precision M4600 and M6600 workstation laptops on sale May 10

27 Apr

We got a dose of details on Dell’s new Precision M4600 tech gadgets and M6600 workstations yesterday, and though impressed by their specs, we were left without answers to two very important questions: when can we get them, and how much will they cost? There must be some mind readers in Round Rock, because today Dell revealed that the machines will make their debut on May 10 with prices starting at $1,678 for the M4600 tech gadgets and $2,158 for its 17-inch big brother, though prices surely escalate quickly from there. Turns out, the laptops also have optional IPS and four-finger multi-touch displays for your viewing pleasure and RAID support for your (and your employer’s) peace of mind. That’s some stellar hardware for some serious coin, so interested parties should start brown-nosing the bossman immediately — or maybe just get a second job.

Source from Engadget

Rugged Casio G’zOne Commando official, coming to Verizon on April 28th for $200

27 Apr

We knew it was coming, and now it’s official: Casio’s macho G’zOne Commando is coming to Verizon on April 28th for a price of $200 on-contract. The Commando strays from a long line of durable dumbphones, and is the first ruggedized Android handset tech gadgets on Verizon’s network.

In addition to meeting 810G military specifications for water, dust, shock, vibration, salt fog, solar radiation, and temperature extremes, it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and has a 3.6-inch (480 x 800) display, 5 megapixel autofocus camera, microSD slot, WiFi, stereo Bluetooth, and a hotspot feature allowing it to share its 3G connection with up to five tech gadgets.

And, being built like a tank, it also bundles a handful of apps for outdoorsy types, including a compass, pedometer, star gazer, and thermometer. If you’ve never handled a rugged smartphone, you’ll get your chance Thursday when it hits Verizon retail stores.

Source from Engadget

iFixit Tears Apart The Nikon D5100, Warns Of “4 Billion Screws”

27 Apr

There are some electronics that are totally worth fixing yourself. Most modern electronics aren’t, though. But you still do it anyway for shits and giggles. Then there are DSLRs — or in this case, the new Nikon D5100 electronic gadgets. You’d have to be John Biggs-crazy to tear this thing apart.

Still, iFixit did just that for the good of the Internet and posted their traditional how-to guide. Before you grab your buddy’s camera to see what magic is inside, you might want to jump the last step and read notes: 2 out of 10 in the Repairability Score (the iPad 2 electronic gadgets scored a 4), there are wires that need to be desoldered, “4 billion screws”, and you need to discharge the flash capacitor. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun to me. It’s probably best to leave this one to the pros.

Source from CrunchGear