Saturday, March 31, 2012

Salt Water Fuel Cell Giant Arachnoid Kit – Yikes!

Salt Water Fuel Cell Giant Arachnoid Kit – Yikes!:

I am sure most of you remember OWI’s award winning Salt Water Fuel Cell Car. Well I have to tell you that the second generation of this awesome technology appears to be that much cooler, unless your afraid of spiders! The Salt Water Fuel Cell Giant Arachnoid Kit gives once again gives our kids the opportunity to learn about new forms of clean energy, and they get to build and power their very own toy and then feed it some saltwater and watch it scurry away! *shudder*
 This environmentally friendly concept seems to steer us in the right direction. Everyday our kids are learning about ways to help protect our Earth and keep our world clean. This nifty little guy demonstrates to our kids a much more effective utilization of our natural resources and its fun at the same time. Can’t go wrong there.
Anyway, almost all kids love a little creepiness and our eight-legged friend here certainly has ample “let’s scare mom” factor. After assembling and activating the fuel cell module with a saltwater mixture, the magnesium metal sheet (3 sheets included) will operate the Spider for up to 7 hours. If having a giant spider crawling around your living room ceases to be appealing, one needs to simply take out the fuel cell module and rinse with tap water and dry, no insecticides required.
 The manufacturer tells us that all the materials used in this kit are environmentally safe and clean, non-toxic and carry no disposal concerns. It will not produce heat, so it is completely safe for child’s play. Available now for pre-order at for well under 20 bucks.

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Withings Smart Baby Monitor

Withings Smart Baby Monitor:
Withings has finally rolled out their Smart Baby Monitor, where it will merge world-class technology alongside sophisticated design in order for parents to be able to monitor, interact and communicate with their precious bundle of joy regardless of where they are in the world at the moment. Granted, the Smart Baby Monitor from Withings, the France-based company, is not exactly the most sought after item on the consumer electronics market, but that does not mean it is not essential to any modern household.
The Withings Smart Baby Monitor will come with a pre-loaded application affectionately known as WithBaby, and will function as a modern take on traditional baby monitors, while offering parents the advanced technology in the monitoring and interaction with their newborn.
Just how did the Smart Baby Monitor come about? Well, every story has a beginning, and the Withings Smart Baby Monitor was developed with both technology and design in mind. Not only does the Smart Baby Monitor look pleasing to the eye, it also delivers important information on their child’s environment and allows them to interact with their child – no matter where they are. The Smart Baby Monitor is capable of detecting sound, movement, temperature and humidity levels, letting parents know what kind of “move” to make next, in addition to interacting with their baby by speaking through the phone to the monitor, turning on/off lullabies and nightlight.
The French do have good design sense, where this model comes in a sleek, modern, simple and unobtrusive look. With a hinge design that allows parent to open the camera to activate it or adapt it to the right vision angle, most folks will most probably flip the camera shut to turn it off and stop camera monitoring. There is no amount of money that can guarantee the safety of someone or something, but surely forking out $299 for this ought to help new parents sleep better at night?
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR announced

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR announced:
Canon is at the forefront of DSLR technology yet again with their latest model, the EOS 5D Mark III. It might not be the highest end model in the market, but that does not mean it is a slouch in terms of performance – I do not think a company like Canon that has so much riding on their name would settle for something sub-par, do you? Anyways, back to the main topic – the Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be placed in between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II as well as Canon’s top end model, the venerable EOS-1D X.
Just what does the EOS 5D Mark III carry? For starters, it is capable of delivering superb image quality courtesy of its new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, which works in tandem with a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III will continue where the Canon EOS 5D Mark II leaves off, incorporating enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking. Old users as well as new adopters alike ought to find that this model delivers better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring purposes.
Just how does the Canon EOS 5D Mark III fare when it comes to shooting videos? For starters, it is capable of capturing 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, which opens up a whole new world of opportunities for cinematographers and videographers when it comes to capturing memories for posterity.
Expect the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to roll out at the end of this month, where the body alone will retail for a rather hefty $3,499. For those who want to pick it up with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens kit, that will bump the price up to $4,299. At least you know where your salary is going to at the end of this month.
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Vizio Internet Apps TV Video Camera offers Skype service in living room

Vizio Internet Apps TV Video Camera offers Skype service in living room:
Skype – now this is one VoIP service that has attracted millions upon millions of users, where the most recent milestone included breaking the 34 million users on Skype – simultaneously. Over the years, smart TVs have made their way into the market, with some of them sporting Skype functionality. Vizio wants to jump aboard the smart TV bandwagaon as well, where their latest Vizio Internet App TVs will feature Skype pre-loaded.
Even better is this, Skype users will not need to make the rather difficult choice (First World problems, anyone?) between their favorite TV show and a Skype call, where all incoming calls will appear on the TV, giving you the option of whether to pick up the Skype call whenever you watch a show. A quartet of built-in microphones are able to work within a radius of 16 feet, although I do not think that you would be sitting that far away from your TV in the first place.
The Skype app will automatically drop into the app dock on Vizio Internet App TV owners, making it extremely easy to hook up face-to-face with loved ones as well as friends on the big screen. In order to boot up Skype on a Vizio TV, you would need a decent broadband Internet connection (sorry to the handful of you who are on dial-up connections), in addition to Skype account, of course. Just in case you have been living under a rock for the longest time, Skype is free to download and use, it is only when you need to make a call to a landline overseas or a mobile phone, will you need to fork out money for that in the form of Skype credit.
Have you started to chat on your Vizio TV already? IF you have, how has your Skype habits changed – aren’t video calls a whole lot more enjoyable on the big screen?
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Archos Child Pad targets the little ones

Archos Child Pad targets the little ones:
Like father, like son, or so the saying goes. Most young parents would have most probably gone through this particular conversation with their little ones – as to why daddy and/or mummy can carry an iPad and an iPhone, but little Jeremy cannot. The reason is simple – how can a little kid know about good stewardship? Surely there will be mistakes along the way, and replacing a broken iPad is definitely an expensive mistake to make. Not only that, most tablets do come with adult-centric apps (obviously), with very little (or no) attention being paid to apps and programs that appeal to kids.
Well, Archos sees this particular niche and has decided to step up the game by announcing the Archos Child Pad. This 7″ tablet will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and is said to deliver a safe, fun, full tablet experience – all for just $129 a pop.
The Archos Child Pad will come in a compact and lightweight design, running on a 1GHz processor and boasting 1GB of RAM. It will arrive at international markets at the end of this month, and Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of Archos has this to say, “As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids. ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”
Some of the kid friendly features of the Child Pad will include access to the Kids App Store that is powered by AppsLib, where 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, and sports among others are on offer. That ought to keep little Jeremy more than occupied for a long time. Not only that, Archos ensures the entire user experience is kid-friendly, sporting colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles as well as the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.
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Wacom Intuos5 tablet

Wacom Intuos5 tablet:
Tablets are dime a dozen these days, and with the iPad 3 being prepared to roll out this coming March 7th in San Francisco, you know for sure that there will definitely be queues when the time comes for the iPad 3 to be released to the masses. After all, it is the next best thing since sliced bread (or at least that is what a $500 billion company wants you to believe), but spare a thought for tablets of a different variety – now I do not mean those from the Android-powered camp, but rather, a digitizer tablet.
Yes sir, you know how all these pretty looking webcomics are done up these days? Well, a digitizer tablet certainly plays a role in the lives of such digital artists, and Wacom, being an old hand in this niche market, has taken it upon themselves to deliver the Wacom Intuos5 digitizer tablet that will target professional photographers, designers and artists who have every intention of bringing their digital content creation to the next level.
Obviously, being new, it will come with a bunch of spanking new features such as multi-touch gesture support for intuitive input, an Express View display to facilitate an efficient workflow and wireless capabilities for your convenience and comfort. When you merge that Wacom’s renowned pen pressure and tilt sensitive pen, you can be sure that the state-of-the-art Intuos5 is more than capable of inspiring creativity via an immersive experience.
Boasting an ergonomic, ambidextrous design alongside and bold new look, the Intuos5 takes on a slim-profile that lets you work in complete comfort. Since designers and artistic types themselves do place a premium in terms of aesthetics, the Intuos5 does not disappoint, boasting a professional matte-black, soft-touch finish and illuminated accents that reflect a modern and durable design. One is able to select from small, medium and large sizes in order to accommodate various creative preferences. Obviously, the pricing structure will be different for each size, but we will come to that later on.
Wireless connectivity is not an issue with the Intuos5, as Wacom allows you to make the conversion via the Wireless Accessory kit that is sold separately on Wacom’s e-store. This kit comprises a rechargeable battery which will juice up via USB, a RF module that plugs into the tablet and a receiver that plugs into a USB port on the computer. Expect the Intuos5 touch Small, Medium and Large to retail for $229.95, $349.95 and $469.95.
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Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano

Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano:
Here is a way to play the piano like a boss – the Japanese way, of course. After all, who wants to lug around a really huge and heavy piano, and a keyboard is a poor substitute when it comes to the actual warm sound of a piano? Enter the $39.99 Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano to save the day – this new musical instrument hails from the Land of the Rising Sun, and all you need to do is slip it on your wrist, coax your fingers into the tiny enclosures (which will comfortably cover your fingertips), and you are good to go.
Just how do you play it though? Individual finger bits will play a note when you press it on a hard surface, and when you add a trio of buttons/notes to the top of the wrist unit, you end up with an entire octave of fun. There are three volume levels and a trio of sound banks. The latter, its sound banks, are what makes the entire Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano really special. You are able to play piano (sound 1) or bells (sound 2), as well as the third sound – cat. Who wants to play cats all the night through?

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Classic Manual Typewriter – Complete with Clickity Clack

Classic Manual Typewriter – Complete with Clickity Clack:

We reported sometime ago that the India-based typewriter manufacturing company known as Godrej and Boyce had closed its doors, and we suppossed that meant that no typewriters would ever be on the market again. I guess we all felt that way for a good reason, I mean, with computers and notebooks and countless other ways to get your thoughts on paper, who needed a typewriter, really?
Well Hammacher Schlemmer realized that there may be more than just a few old school devotees who pictured themselves click clacking away at the next great novel, and has brought back from the dead, a newly manufactured manual typewriter. Forget about the next great novel, I’ll just be happy to be able to address an envelope without having to read my printers instruction manual and figure out how to use the envelope tray. Geez.
Unlike old refurbished models, The Classic is newly manufactured to the exact standards of the originals, complete with seven tab stops, adjustable line spacing, and a backspace key. ”This 44-key machine produces 88 symbols in 10-characters-per-inch Pica 87 font—the typeface used to compose some of the greatest novels, screenplays, and poems of the 19th and 20th centuries.” Pretty Cool.
The typewriter is contained in a lightweight plastic housing with a hardshell carrying case, and comes with not only a black ribbon, but a red spool ribbon as well, just in case you really need to get your point across..
The Classic Manual Typewriter is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for around $199.95. For more information about this product, please visit

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Military Bullet Proof Underpants – Protecting your Privates

Military Bullet Proof Underpants – Protecting your Privates:
Soldiers patrolling roads in Afghanistan on foot face a multitude of dangers that wouldn’t befall them in an armored car. One such risk would be to step on an improvised explosive device (or IED) to do so, one risked the loss of limbs and extensive damage to their, well, lets just call them their “boy parts”. The Army and the Marines felt the need to do something to protect these soldiers, and taking a cue from British forces they found a solution to the problem in a knitted Kevlar material and then developed the Pelvic Protection System.
This system includes two layers of protection, including a protective under-garment, called the “PUG,” and a protective outer-garment, called the “POG.” Both components of the system are worn like shorts. The PUG is worn easily under a Soldier’s pants and can be worn in place of underwear. They look pretty similar to bicycle shorts and are designed to be worn underneath your pants, real close to the skin, like kick ass leggings. Literally. The POG carries even greater ball-istic protection (I went there didnt I?) and is designed to be worn over, and in conjunction with, the PUG.
All joking aside, anything that keeps our troops even just a little bit safer is a good thing in my book and it appears that they also protect the oh-so-important femoral artery, and while it certainly cannot fully protect these guys from something like an IED blast, it can certainly assist in gaurding against some of the insidious damage caused by the explosion, like infections.
The PUG is manufactured with a breathable, moisture-wicking material along the outer thighs. The inner thighs are made with a knitted Kevlar to protect the fleshy inner parts and the aforementioned femoral artery. Over the groin lies another layer of  knitted or woven Kevlar. These garments are washable, weigh in at just under 7 ounces and will retail for around 95 bucks… retail? really? No word yet on color.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad:
I’m a big fan of my iPad, and while I use it a lot for viewing and sharing photographs I have taken with my digital camera, I don’t really use it for editing or tweaking them. This might change with the arrival of Photoshop Touch which is now available for the iPad
First up it’s worth mentioning that Photoshop Touch requires at least an iPad 2 and iOS 5. It won’t work on the iPad 1.
You can work on photographs taken directly with the iPad camera, or load images from your Camera Roll. You can also carry out a Google Image search from within the app.
You get a range of effects and filters to apply to your photos from the basics like blurs, glows, and drop shadows to stylized looks like Old Photocopy and Glass. Applying adjustments to any photo is easy – you can just select the effect from a series of thumbnails and then drag your finger horizontally on the slider to increase or decrease the strength of the effect. You can also add text to your images quite easily.

Processed images can be saved to your Cameral Roll or shared via Facebook, email or sent to a printer.
Teachers who are using iPads in their classroom will definitely want to take alook at Photoshop touch if you want something to allow your students to work with photographs, but at £6.99 it might not be something you’d buy for the whole class. For alternatives, Apple’s new iPhoto app is half the price, and so is a definite rival. Also worth taking a look at Snapseed too.
For more creative things for your class to do with photographs – look at Strip Designer or Comic Life, which lets you turn your photos into comic books.
You can get more info on Photoshop Touch from the Adobe website here.