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5″ Angry Birds Plush with Sound

3 May

Now this is one cash cow – or should I say, cash bird, that needs to be milked for all it is worth while still possible? I’m talking about the Angry Birds franchise, where you will now be able to carry those pesky avian friends in the comfort of your bosom while letting out their signature sound – sans the creaking of the catapult, of course.

The 5″ Angry Birds Plush with Sound can be triggered simply by tapping its forehead, and you can choose from birds or pigs – subject to availability, of course. These are soft and hand-washable plushes, and are actually officially licensed Rovio (Angry Birds) products. At $9.99 a pop, they aren’t exactly cheap nor expensive, but you might just want to hurl it at your mate or friend during one of those more boring moments at home.

Just imagine the audio chaos that occurs when you decide to go all out with a pillow fight using these!

by Coolest Gadget     Electronic Gadgets

iMac rumor mill suggests new models could be coming next week

26 Apr

This one is obviously still very much in rumor territory, but a couple of separate reports have cropped up today that suggest Apple could be set to debut some updated iMacs electronic gadgets as soon as next week.

That includes a report from 9 to 5 Mac that iMac orders are being delayed until May 2nd, despite the fact that they’re still listed as shipping within 24 hours on Apple’s website, and a separate confirmation from a trusted source of the site, who says that Apple will stop shipping iMacs to retailers this week in advance of next week’s supposed release.

That’s further backed up by a report from Mac Rumors, which cites another source who says that Apple will be changing the promotional materials in its retail stores for a launch on Tuesday, May 3rd. Details are comparatively light on the rumored new iMacs electronic gadgets themselves, but the safe money seems to be on Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports.

Source from Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac, Mac Rumors

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 confirmed, faster-charging integrated battery detailed

25 Apr

Yesterday’s speculation has turned into today’s fact. The ultraslim Lenovo ThinkPad X1 electronic gadgets are most definitely real, coming soon, and just so happens to be packing some fancy new battery technology as well. This intel comes straight from Lenovo’s own servers, where a highly informative PDF (intended for reseller partners, but accessible to all) dishes the dirt on the upcoming laptop.

The X1’s “slice” battery won’t be user-replaceable, but what you lose in flexibility will be made up for in sheer performance gains, as Lenovo is touting it’ll last three times as long as a normal battery and will recharge 2.5 times faster than previous ThinkPad cells. That’s thanks to some fanciness named RapidCharge that will revitalize the X1 to 80 percent within 30 minutes.

The presentation slides show the X1 electronic gadgets right alongside Lenovo’s latest Edge models, the E420s and E220s, as part of “a new generation of ThinkPads,” and given that both of those are now shipping, the ultraslim, but still unannounced, X1 can’t be far behind. Finally, just for some added intrigue, we’ve also spotted mention of an “X Slate” within the document — any ideas as to what that might look like?

Source from Engadget

Acer’s Web Surf Station looks like a monitor, acts like an all-in-one

23 Apr

We’d say we’re pretty well-covered when it comes to tech gadgets that turn on instantly to let you surf the web, scan your Facebook feed, and browse photos.

But if you crave that immediacy and a larger, more comfortable viewing space, Acer’s DX241H Web Station might be the product you’re looking for. Available in wired and wireless models, this 24-inch monitor has a built-in browser, and can get online without being connected to a PC. While web surfing is clearly the marquee feature, you can also watch movies on its 1080p display by using Acer’s clear.fi software to stream video and other media from other tech gadgets on the network.

Spec-wise, it also boasts DLNA compatibility, VGA and HDMI output, USB ports, and a memory card slot. People in the UK too impatient to wait for an all-in-one to boot up can snag the Web Station for £299 ($495) in May.

Source from Engadget

Razer’s Hydra Motion Controller Gets Priced And Dated

22 Apr

We first saw the Hydra, then called the Sixense (after the company that originally developed it) back at CES 2010 almost a year and a half ago. I was impressed with it then, as it felt more natural and responsive than a Wiimote (what doesn’t now?), and used a genuinely different and powerful technology. It’s based on magnetic detection of the controller, instead of optical, and it felt great then, though they had some work to do on latency. It seems like they’ve finished polishing it off, because it’s headed our way in June.

It’ll detect position and rotation quite accurately, and each Wii Nunchuk-like controller has an analog stick and four buttons.

The Hydra controller tech gadgets will be open for pre-orders in May, and it comes in a special Portal 2 bundle; they actually worked with Valve to make this thing work extra well with Portal 2, and have done so (they told me back in the day) with a number of other big games and developers. It says 125 games are compatible out of the box, and they’re listed here.

The Portal 2 Bundle includes the game, the Hydra (base and two controllers), and some special DLC levels, and will set you back $140; no word on the non-bundle version, but I’d guess it’ll cost around $90 or $100. There’s more information at the Hydra minisite.

Source from CrunchGear

ThinkPad Edge E220s available now for $749, runs spreadsheets like the wind

21 Apr

Lenovo has been on a bit of a tear recently. Heck, it was only yesterday that the sleek and powerful X220 and X220T tech gadgets went up for sale online. Today it’s the ThinkPad Edge E220s getting some “buy now” love.

This more budget-friendly, 3.25-pound ultraportable is shipping to consumers starting at $749 with a 250GB hard drive, Intel HD 3000 graphics, a Sandy Bridge-class Core i5, and a paltry 2GB of RAM.

You can bump that to 4GB and a Core i7, but any further upgrades will have to be performed after-market. We’re sure you didn’t expect to do a ton of heavy tasks, like video editing, on a 12.5-inch screen anyway.

sourceLenovo

Maxell’s Vibrabone HP-VBC40 earbuds can rattle your skull, if you’d like

20 Apr

Maxell has taken a slightly different approach to the bone conduction trope with its new Vibrabone HP-VBC40 earbuds electronic gadgets – headphones that combine standard stereo drivers with the same bone-rattling, vibration-based technology we’ve all come to know and love.

According to Maxell, the Vibrabone’s hybrid system enhances the bass that would be coursing its way through your cranium, while its dual volume control allows users to fine tune that bass flow.

Apparently, this bass adjustment mechanism puts less stress on your eardrums, which might make the entire bone conduction concept seem slightly less creepy. The earbuds electronic gadgets come in black, blue and white, and will be available in Japan toward the end of April, for a little under ¥4,000 or about $50.

sourceMaxell

Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch

15 Apr

Do you participate in triathlons as though it was a walk in the park? Those who nod their head in agreement would want to get a timepiece that is capable of living up to their highly active lifestyle – we’re talking about the Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch. As you know, Garmin deals mostly with GPS navigation systems, and when they aren’t dreaming up of better ways to let you know where you’re going, along comes an idea like a GPS watch.

This slim, robust and weatherproof touchscreen electronic gadgets will cater for serious runners who want an advantage during their routines, as the Garmin Forerunner 610 is capable of shrugging off water like a duck, and is responsive enough to work even when you’re wearing running gloves. Basically, the Forerunner 610 intends to stick to you like a barnacle, coaching you at every single step to help you cross the finish line in the fastest time possible.

The Forerunner 610 lives up to its billing though, since it is capable of “going ahead” of you in some way so that you can figure out the next move as you digest an inflow of basic information including your pace, distance and time, keeping track of your effort via your heart rate. This will help you create interval workouts or perhaps even race a friend who is residing on a different continent from yours.

A vibration motor inside the Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets will be able to let you know your training intensity courtesy of the new Training Effect feature. Basically, any well read athlete need not have a coach or sports scientist right beside if you know what to do with the kind of information garnered by the sports watch itself. Also, you can learn to do your best always thanks to Virtual Racer, letting you race yourself or the previous bests of other users – sort of like the ghost function in Mario Kart as you zip around the track to beat your previous best time.

There is no word on pricing just yet for the Garmin Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets, but with it being a flagship, we don’t think it will be cheap. On the bright side, at least your pockets will be lighter after getting this so that you are more fleet-footed.

Source from Coolest Gadgets

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review

12 Apr

Review: The Nike+ SportWatch GPS caters to casual runners with loads of options for tracking and monitoring runs rolled into a sporty design.

 

Highs:

Comfortable, smart design
Built-in USB connector
Powerful, intuitive Web-based interface
Long battery life
Accurate GPS by TomTom
Reasonably affordable

Lows:

Not practical for everyday wear
Using Nike+ sensor requires Nike shoes
Little flexibility and zero non-running features

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is not the first sports watch to plug into a computer, the first to offer GPS electronic gadgets, or the first to put your data online where you can share, compare and brag to friends. So how did Nike saunter back from CES this year with an armload of awards a queue of eager customers?

Like the Apple of the athletic world, Nike’s not looking to do it first, it’s looking to do it simpler, sleeker, and with a marketing budget that would make Kobe Bryant blush. The SportWatch GPS takes the same tech previously wrapped in button-studded watches for diehard competitors and makes tracking runs novel, easy and just plain fun for folks who wouldn’t know Prefontaine from Plantar Fasciitis.

Design

Though Nike makes some sharp conventional timepieces that look as good with khakis as they do with nylon running shorts, the SportWatch is not one of them. From the rigid rubber watchband and overly beefy face to the fluorescent “volt yellow” highlights, this is clearly an athletic watch through and through.

It works. An inch-wide band keeps it firmly grappled to your wrist, a sturdy dual-pronged clasp ensures it won’t unhook accidentally, and the closely-spaced perforations let your wrist breathe while allowing tiny adjustments for just the right fit. The “excess” end of the watchband even has two prongs that snap into the holes beneath to keep it from flapping around.

The display on the SportWatch electronic gadgets uses the same inverted white-on-black color scheme that a lot of trendier sports watches use, which can be easier to read in the sun. It’s also surprisingly dense with pixels, so numbers and even tiny print look smooth and easy to read.

Features

The same running-centric design that dictates the SportWatch’s styling applies to the features Nike has crammed in: If it doesn’t have anything to do with running, the SportWatch won’t do it. Even the most basic features you could find on a kid’s digital watch, like an hourly chime or alarm, have been stripped out. There’s no question Nike could have included these features, but we suspect it was an intentional move to cut the clutter and avoid anything that could interfere with the running settings.

Put it in “run” mode and things start to get interesting. Using an internal GPS sensor (“powered by TomTom”) or the Nike+ sensor you pop in a shoe, the SportWatch GPS will tell you your pace, total distance, total time elapsed and total calories burned, all at a glance, on the move. Though it saves every run in the watch, the real fun comes when you get home. The wristband actually conceals a full-size USB connector which you can pop open, plug into your PC, and push every detail of your run online to a Nike+ account. Your runs are chronicled by date, available for others to see, and meticulously plotted against Google Maps with your pace overlaid in full color.

Setup

Part of the beauty of owning a watch that plugs into a computer comes from actually setting it up on the computer, rather than spending twenty minutes reading a matchbook-sized manual and clicking buttons the size of pinheads to set the time. The first time you plug the SportWatch in, it prompts you to download Nike+ Connect software, a lean and unobtrusive app that interfaces with the watch. Really, you’ll only use it to configure the watch and upload data, the meat and potatoes reside online. Consequently, Connect requires you to create a Nike+ account electronic gadgets the first time you use it, which serves as repository for everything you’ll add from then on. After that, it’s a simple matter of choosing your preferred distance units, entering your weight, gender and a few other specifics, and you’re off and running. Literally.

Testing and usage

Tracking a trip around block with the SportWatch GPS is as easy as selecting “run” from the four options on its main screen. Sort of. Before you start trotting down the driveway, you’ll need to wait for the watch to sync up with a nearby GPS satellite, which took surprisingly long in some cases — up to two minutes. We used the extra time to stretch, but getting amped up for a run then idly waiting by for your watch to get GPS signal can be a buzzkill.

The SportWatch can talk with Nike’s shoe sensors as well, which comes in handy indoors or in areas where the GPS receiver can lose signal, like dense woods. We never had any issue with the watch losing signal, but keep in mind you’ll need a pair of Nike kicks to plant the sensor in if you do plan to use it, cramping your choice of footwear.

As you run, the SportWatch displays four vitals: elapsed time, mileage, pace and calories burned, which are calculated based on your weight input on setup. One “favorite” stat is permanently displayed in huge print that’s easy to read with a quick glance, while the others need to be manually cycled through with buttons. Nike keeps the interface idiotproof: two buttons to scroll up and down and a bright yellow “select” button.

The interface may be dead simple, but it also ends up lacking flexibility. For instance, you can’t pick your favorite stat to display big on the watch, you need to set it on the computer. The pace also always reads in mile times (ex. 4’ 40”), with no option for absolute speeds (ex. 5.6mph). Most runners will prefer it this way, but it seems silly not to offer an alternative like miles per hour, which could come in handy on a bike. No, it’s not a cycling watch, but when it’s only a tweak of the firmware away from serving as one, the rigid bias toward running can be aggravating.

In true Nike fashion, the SportWatch serves as much as a motivational tool as a statkeeper electronic gadgets. When we kicked in our training run at the end, it recognized the boost in pace, congratulating us with a “Nice Finish!” Demolish a previous record and it lets you know. You can even turn on “run reminders” to have your watch nag you to take it for a run if you’ve been slacking.

Fun as it is to see the miles rack up as you pound pavement, the real function comes when you get home. Plug the watch in and it will automatically upload your results to your Nike+ account, where you can probe more into them. You can view a bar graph of mileage by day of the week, see pace plotted linearly like an EKG, and most importantly, see any map overlaid on Google Maps with the route highlighted, mile markers flagged, and color coding (green fast, red slow) to represent how quickly you were clipping along. A shaded-in “heat map” even shows which parts of your city are most popular with other runners, and you can view top routes to get ideas for your next trip out of the house. More intense runners can see their runs dissected with individual mile splits, view elevation gain on a graph, record notes, and flag runs with the type of terrain, weather, and even how they felt. Dig a step deeper and you can set goals, compete with friends, win medals and trophies, and even follow a training regimen set by a real coach.

In short, the SportWatch takes running and turns it into almost something of an online game akin to FarmVille, where every step you take is logged for fun. Companies like Garmin have long offered all the graphing you could want, but Nike takes the social, competitive and training aspects to new highs with an interface that will make even the most casual runners want to get out and start logging more miles.

Battery life

If you’ve ever left a GPS tracking app open on a smartphone only to find it dead in a matter of hours, you know how hard GPS is on batteries. Fortunately the SportWatch electronic gadgets have a built-in rechargeable battery that fills up via the USB plug every time you reconnect it to upload data. After three runs, we saw battery drop from full to about ¾ full, which should be plenty for even the most frequent runners.

Conclusion

Whether you want to start logging your adventure runs, turn your boring neighborhood loop into a race with friends thousands of miles away, or just need a motivational tool to get you off the couch, the SportWatch GPS will do it. Nike clearly knows its audience, and has loaded the SportWatch and its online counterpart with smart features catering precisely to them. Just don’t plan to wear it to your next gala or even check out your max speed on your bicycle: The SportWatch is a single-minded device that does what it does very well, but won’t get much use when it’s not collecting sweat.

Source from digitaltrends

Walking Table

12 Apr

Oh sure, the invention of the wheel was a pretty big milestone in the history of mankind, but let’s not forget that before its creation our good old legs were more than capable of getting us around. So maybe it was designed as an homage to a simpler time before man got caught up in wheel-hysteria, but I have to say I really like this walking table electronic gadgets from Wouter Scheublin which forgoes casters in favor of a set of legs to move it around.

A fairly simple set of wooden mechanics results in a natural walking motion of its 8 legs as you push it across the floor, but unfortunately it’s limited to motion in only one direction. Turning it or moving it lengthwise is out of the question… You win this round wheels!

The Walking Table electronic gadgets is also exclusively available from Priveekollektie in a limited edition run of 8 walnut pieces, so if it’s not already sold out, you can safely assume it’s not going to be cheap.

 

VIA Tuvie