Archive for January 7th, 2008

Video: Air Guitar Rocker thrashes at CES

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

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We've seen a few useful improvements to air guitar over the years, but Air Guitar Rocker actually managed to snag a license from Activision. Granted, it does take your nerd level to unbelievable heights, but then again, it is slated to cost just $29.95 when it lands in March. Be sure to click on through and catch a totally unprofessional air guitarist chatting it up with Mahalo Daily's Veronica Belmont after the jump.

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Sima IR Camera Nightlight is Essential for Wildlife Watchers, Perverts [IR Peripherals]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

Sima%20IR%20Add%20On%20GI.jpgWe had you at "perverts," right? Well, here's the deal; we just had some hands on time with Sima's IR light for cameras. The device promises to shed a whole host of light in areas that are missing the sun-like goodness. Although we did not get to use it in optimum conditions, i.e. in an area with no light, we did get a hold of the device and have a good grope. Check the gallery to see what the next weapon in your voyeuristic arsenal will look like.galleryPost('simairgi', 3, '');

We are waiting for a full hands on with the device before we pass judgment. I offer myself up to test the IR light peripheral; waking up with Benny leaning over me in the middle of night has become a little disconcerting. Expect to be updated when we have some new information. (About Sima's product, not Benny's sexual predation.)

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Paramount following Warner out the HD DVD door?

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

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The Financial Times is reporting that Paramount is preparing to use a get out clause in its HD DVD exclusivity deal, and go back to Blu-ray, about 4 months after ending its dual-format release schedule. The move would be a result of Warner's switch to Blu-ray, using a "get out" clause in Paramount's promotional agreement with the HD DVD camp. No details on what it might take to rip up the contract and make Michael Bay very, very happy, but if the rumor proves true this could make the slow death he predicted for HD DVD a very, very fast one.

 

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Hands-on with Mio’s dual-front GPS phone concept

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It was the end of the day and we're rather charming, so the Mio reps were nice enough to pull their super off-limits dual-front GPS phone prototype out of its glass case and let us play with it a bit. Obviously it's not the most operational thing in the world, but even with its limited functionality we were pretty impressed -- the interface was entertainingly swoopy and the phone parts even worked well enough to almost get service. There was also another connected GPS concept with a SIM slot, but you know us -- we're not taking more than one photo if it doesn't light up. Check it all out in the gallery!

 

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SoundTech Ediface Will Play Guitar Hero With Real Guitar [Music]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

guitarwireless.jpgSoundTech, makers of some interesting computer/music peripherals, has announced a new guitar attachment called the Ediface. So what's it do? How about giving your guitar all the flexibility of a synthesizer, converting notes to trumpets or...like the headline says...playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band with your real guitar?

Windows XP and Mac compatible, the Ediface works as pickups to measure the notes being played by the guitar. Once the Ediface detects the note, it replaces the real sound with MIDI and, through that device you see in the picture, switches in any alternate instrumentation you may desire (ala synthesizer).

As for Guitar Hero and Rock Band support, it's really not all the difficult from here. Users simply program the corresponding colors/notes to the real notes they'd like to play on the guitar (like the first 5 frets of the top string). SoundTech is developing adapters for all major platforms to plug into the Ediface and make this all possible.

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Audiovox launches Lyra “by RCA” A6008 8GB slider DAP

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There might be few that mourned the virtual death of the RCA brand, but Audiovox was quick to point it out as the brand that "started the MP3 revolution." We're not really expecting this Lyra A6008 DAP to start another, but it's an interesting device nonetheless given the B-team efforts RCA historically put into its players. The A6008 features 8GB of storage and a 2.4-inch LCD for the quite reasonable pricetag of $200. The slider function unveils a scroll wheel, which we're guessing gives the unit a bit of unnecessary heft, but obviously allows for more player face dedicated to that screen -- it's always a give and take. No word on when exactly this'll hit.

 

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Unclutter Your Winter Fridge [Cleaning]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Uncategorized

full-fridge.pngWeblog Serious Eats rolls up their sleeves and cleans out the post-holiday clutter from their overflowing refrigerator. While it's easy to let your fridge fill up with all those leftovers, there's actually no better time to declutter your fridge than during the winter, when you can normally find plenty of places to keep refrigerated leftovers cool if you're not ready to toss them yet. Then again, don't forget that the more you've got in your freezer, the more efficient it will be, so aim for a cleaning that gets rid of the clutter but doesn't leave you with an empty fridge. If you've got a favorite way to declutter your winter fridge (besides binging), let's hear it in the comments. Photo by Michael_L.

In Gear: How to Unclutter Your Winter Fridge [Serious Eats via OrganizedHome]



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What’s Your Biggest Energy Zapper? [Reader Poll]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Uncategorized

lightning_sm.jpg Weblog Dumb Little Man offers tips for overcoming the stuff that sucks the energy right out of you: like lack of sleep and exercise, stress, sickness, dehydration, and toxic people. Just reading this list is draining, and it made me wonder what your productivity Kryptonite is.

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Like everyone else on the internet, I've been fighting off a winter cold for weeks now, so that's been my biggest energy drain. How about you? How do you stamp out the stuff that sucks you dry? Tell us about it in the comments.
How to Avoid the 10 Worst Energy Zappers [Dumb Little Man]


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Lian Li Cranks Out Super Hot Armorsuit PC Case [Cases]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

Lian%20Li%20Armorsuit%20PC%20case%20GI.jpgWe just checked in with the guys at Lian Li, and we managed to peek a look at their hot new PC cases. The best of the bunch is the Armorsuit enclosure, shown in the image above. It's smoking. The case has a solid aluminum construction (with plastic side windows), nine 5.25-inch device bays (including two 3.5" x 3 HDD cages), three LED fans, LED lined heat exhaust and liquid pipe inlets for solvent cooled systems. If that doesn't sound great; check out the gallery, revise your opinion and eat humble pie.galleryPost('armorgi', 3, '');


Lian Li has been busy at work; they have an entire product refresh that is expected to drop soon. Unfortunately, the website is yet to be updated, but the new range will consist of at least 10 new models. As we said, the big daddy is above, but if you want something a bit more moderate, Lian Li has you covered. (Check the gallery for different iterations of the above Armorsuit.) [Lian Li]

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Slacker Streaming Net Radio Player Limited Trial Units In the Wild [Slacker]

Posted by Ry on Jan 07 2008 | Technology

slacker.jpgWe just talked to the guys at Slacker who told us that they've offered trial test units to people who've pre-ordered. Here's our hands-on video from November in case you wanted to see what the thing was all about. [Slacker]

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