As relentless as the e-reader trend has become, so to is our quest at the Gadgeteer to provide readers with even more ways to dress up their luxury literary devices. While the sleek, minimalist design of Amazon’s 2nd generation Kindle happens to be one of it’s most alluring features, sometimes we simply feel the urge to break free from the norm.
Lucky for us, the fine folks at Speck have provided us with a couple of options to make our e-book experience functional and fashionable. Read More →
Think touchscreens are cool? What about touchskins? Skinscreens? However you decide to coin the term, Chris Harrison – former
intern with Microsoft Research and “Skinput” developer – wants the process of navigating personal technology *literally* in the palm of your hand.
If you’re confused (or scared), here’s how “Skinput” works: with the help of an arm-mounted pico-projector and a Bluetooth connection, the palm and forearm of the user’s body becomes the navigation center of their phone, MP3 player, or other personal technology item. Keyboards/keypads are projected onto the user’s skin which, in turn, respond to touch/tap motions. While touch is a key component to the function of “Skinput,” much of the accuracy lies in its ability to distinguish between specific, inaudible sounds generated by particular motions in the skin and bone of one’s arm.
In addition to the keyboard projection, “Skinput” also responds to various hand gestures, all of which can be programmed per desired function – tap fingers together to answer phone calls, rotate your wrist to scroll up and down, close your fist to exit programs, etc.
According to Harrison, “Skinput” has been under development and testing for the past 8 months, but won’t be commercially available for another 2 to 7 years. Keep an eye – or an arm – out.
And Mr. Jobs called his device “magical”?
[Courtesy of CNN.com]
Are you tired of hearing and/or reading about Apple’s newest edition to the Cupertino family? No? Well, me either…BUT, if you’d like to divert your attention for a bit, Record-O-Clip may be an equally worthy investment!
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In today’s plug-and-play, wireless, streaming, hi-definition world, it’s not uncommon to find products geared towards the fusion of technology and media. TVs are now equipped with integrated wireless services, and, as Jay mentioned earlier this week, even the home telephone is receiving the tech-treatment. Micca has decided to enter the digital media fray with their introduction of the Slim Portable HDD Digital Media Player. In true Gadgeteer spirit, I was fortunate enough to give Micca’s media player the old college try. Read More →
Amazon has released the long-anticipated “Kindle for Mac” app today. The application, which is free, allows users with or without a Kindle to access the 450,000 e-books from Amazon’s Kindle Store.
If you are a Kindle user, you will experience a seamless integration between your Kindle device and the application on your Mac (Intel-based machines only). You will be able to access your Kindle library when you don’t have your Kindle with you, and your most previously read page (whether read on your Kindle device or your Mac) will always be synchronized using Amazon’s Whispernet service. System requirements after the jump. Read More →
It’s not uncommon to keep yourself up at night as you race through the mounting “to-do” lists in your mind…but why lose sleep over it? The Voice Interactive Personal Assistant from Hammacher Schlemmer lets you rest easy by recording and replaying up to six commands at the time of your choosing. This voice-activated alarm clock responds to verbal cues such as “Today’s Reminders” and “Help” (hopefully you won’t need that one, though) and replies in what HS calls “a pleasant female voice.” The device is powered via AC adapter or 3 AAA batteries. Price: $59.95
[Via Hammacher Schlemmer]
Single-purpose items are so 2009! Why invest in a flashlight that merely illuminates your surroundings when you can have one wielding enough power to light matches or prepare breakfast?! Enter the Torch Ultra-Bright Flashlight! Billed as the most powerful consumer flashlight, the Torch Ultra-Bright Flashlight packs enough power (4100 lumens) to roast marshmallows, burn plastic, and…illuminate your surroundings! For a mere $299 – you can be the life of the campsite!
Disclaimer: The Gadgeteer does not condone any misuse of severely powerful flashlights…please use with discretion.
[Courtesy of ThinkGeek]
While the rest of the world is busy drooling over the newest edition to the Cupertino family (see previous posts from Julie and Andy), there are, in fact, other interesting additions to our beloved world of gadgetry. Case in point: the BDP-S770 Blu-Ray player from Sony.
This isn’t your grandma’s Blu-Ray player, boasting a bevy of features that place the BDP-S770 in a class all its own. 3D capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi, integrated Bravia Internet Video Link (streaming Netflix, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Amazon Video On-Demand, etc), not to mention the ability to control the player from your iPhone or iPod Touch! (My Apple contribution for the day – whoo hoo!)
The unit is scheduled to be released this Summer – pricing is not yet available. Read More →