Gadgets

Reviving antique cellphones with camera, touchscreen and bluetooth

There are collectors that specialize in antique cellphones, those that are the ugliest and heaviest. Recently mainland Chinese companies have been targeting this crowd and bringing back phones with 1980’s designs. They’re huge, but today the technology has allowed them to add on touchscreens, camera, memory card slot, MP3 MP4 player and Bluetooth. The extra large antenna should help with ...

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Electronic pipe-wrench: one size fits all

Not all of us are DIY kind of people, but some are. When there’s a pipe problem we either have to handle it ourselves, or we’ll have to call a plumber. It can sometimes be annoying when we (and the plumber you paid to hire) don’t have the right size of pipe-wrench. Black & Decker has developed this 17USD electronic ...

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Chat with your friends on GPS

We’ve probably all seen movies where special agents locate eachother on a GPS map and chat. We can actually do that in real life now, if you live in Japan and happen to use NTT DoCoMo’s newer FOMA phones (903i series or beyond). All you have to do is to have the iMapFan  JAVA application running at the background, when ...

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New LG HDTVs play and record your video all by itself

LG has just announced 37 inch, 42 inch, and 47 inch LCD TVs, as well as 50 and 60 inch plasmas. What is so special about these large HDTVs? Each and every one has an integrated digital video recorder coupled with a 160GB hard drive. Take that TiVo. You also get dual tuners so that you can either record two ...

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Valentine’s Day Geek: HTTPanties

Still not sure on what to get your lady for the 14th? Check out these HTTPanties. All of the colors come with strategically placed error messages. Including 403 Forbidden, 200 OK, 413 Requested Entity Too Large, and 411 Length Required. Depending on the size of your input plug, the latter two could be a really funny joke. Of course, until ...

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The Mario-phone that never was

You thought Mac was the only media handling company to think about delving into the mobile business? Think again. The above design shows a phone subitted by Nintendo in 2001 to the U.S. patent office. The patent title was “Electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions”. The patent was not approved until June of 2006. The name on the patent ...

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Lunar Lander for sale on eBay

This Lunar Lander look alike is available for sale on eBay. You are paying for the vehicle and the chance to compete in the X-Prize Foundations, Lunar Lander Contest. Where designs are judged on their load capacity and hover height and length of time airborne. The grand prize for the best lander is $1,000,000. Is it worth the $199,000 Buy ...

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Samsung SCH-B680 springs to Korea in Spring

Samsung’s announcement for this new addition to the Korean market in the Spring, the SCH-B680, looks pretty slick. It’s available in both black and white and has a checkered style number pad which is a pretty nice looking design feature. The SCH-B680 comes with DMB, an integrated MP3 player, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and M-Bank. M-bank is some sort of ...

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MainNav MG-920 finds itself a very niche market

The MG-920 seems to be a device that could be useful, but also seems like it could be just another device that gets big and in the way. It is a Bluetooth GPS receiver and a FM transmitter coupled into one (ugly) device. What good does this do you? Here’s what it does, you judge for yourself. The FM transmitter ...

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SD to mini-SD adapter, not the other way round

SD to mini-SD, you heard that right and this is no boo. Diatec Japan will start selling this converter that with a line hanging out of any gadget’s mini-SD slot with a cradle at the end for you to shove in the large SD cards. This is really useful when you try to migrate data between your phones, PDAs and ...

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