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The Alpine Racing Sled

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

How would you like to sled in style?  Well now you can*, with the Alpine Racing Sled!

This is the Alpine racing sled with a built-in shock absorber that irons out bumps during rapid, downhill descents. Designed in Germany, the sled’s corrosion-resistant, aircraft aluminum alloy frame uses a shrouded 6 1/2″ spring–the same used in off-road bicycles–to significantly reduce the effect of bumps on the lower back. The wide runners have polyethylene glide bars that provide superior gliding and tracking, and you can even use ski wax to optimize their performance. Turns are performed by leaning to either side or using one’s feet. The polycarbonate seat and footholds place riders 11″ above the ground. The handbrake located between the legs consists of an aluminum claw that grips the snow and ice directly beneath the center of mass of the sled without altering the direction of travel, enabling you to slough off speed, but also providing absolute, confident stops. Supports riders up to 220 lbs.

The frame collapses and the sled comes with a travel bag and total awesomeness.  And trust me, after seeing it, you’ll agree with me.

Buy it at Hammacher Schlemmer

*After parting with $899.95

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The Ring Wall

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Behold the largest touchscreen in the world!  The Ring Wall!  It is 45 x 2 meters in size, with 15 HD projectors displaying 34.5 million pixels.  On top of thaqt is a 400 square meter LED screen.  Insanity at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.  Imagine the possibilities.

The video doesn’t embed, so here’s the link: http://vimeo.com/6648869

Source: Coolest Gadgets

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New York Times Hates The Nook…. Really, Really Hates It

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

So The New York Times finally posted their review of the somewhat-anticipated Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader… and from the very second sentence, the hatred begins. Here are a few fun quotes:

““Over one million titles?” Yes, but well over half of those are junky Google scans of free, obscure, pre-1923 out-of-copyright books, filled with typos.”

“Worse, the touch screen is balky and nonresponsive, even for the Nook product manager who demonstrated it for me. The only thing slower than the color strip is the main screen above it. Even though it’s exactly the same E Ink technology that the Kindle and SonyReaders use, the Nook’s screen is achingly slower than the Kindle’s.”

“That “color touch screen,” for example, is actually just a horizontal strip beneath the regular Kindle-style gray screen. (In effect, it replaces the Kindle’s clicky thumb keyboard.)”

You can see the whole thing on at NYTimes.com.

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The Airbot

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

The Airbot is a robot that can manipulate objects (that wasn’t a very good description) using an air stream coming out of a gimbaling nozzle.  It is limited to any object weighing up to 188 grams or having a radius of 97 mm or below.  This robot was created by two students and a professor at the University of Illinois.  The video speaks for itself, and I thought it was amazing.

It can even peel an onion!

Source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20091209/airbot-robot-xman/

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The Castoven

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

If you’re like me, when you microwave something, you do something more productive than waiting there until the microwave is done.  Then you get distracted, and by the time you get back to your food it’s cooled down.  How can you prevent this dreadful occurrence?!  Enter the Castoven.

From what I understand, you put food in the microwave, set the time, and then the microwave (which is connected to a computer) automatically finds a YouTube video of the same time length and plays it on a 10.4 inch LCD screen on the microwave door, keeping you by the microwave and entertained. The microwave itself is connected to a Mac and includes a pair of speakers, and the video is found using an Adobe AIR app through YouTube’s API.  Sadly, this is only a concept by two researchers at Keio University, but I think we’re all hoping it becomes a reality.

Source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20091208/castoven-watch-youtube-video-microwave/

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Eee Keyboard Coming October

September 14, 2009 2 comments

Eee KeyboardI’m starting to think we should have a category dedicated only to Asus, as there is yet more Asus news, though this is somewhat less exciting.

The Eee Keyboard is coming out next month in the U. S. and Europe, barring any unfortunate problems. It’s interesting to note that there is not any specific date; Asus has simply confirmed that it will be coming in October.

Considering how soon it will be releasing, the specs that Gizmodo has seem to be correct: the screen will have an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16 or 32 GB SSD, and 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and a battery, all of which powers a 5-inch touchscreen and an Ultra Wideband HDMI (with receiver) to connect to your TV. It will run Windows XP, though it may end up with Moblin Linux or Windows 7.

Did I mention this was all part of a keyboard?

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Yet More Asus: A Home Server?

September 12, 2009 Leave a comment

asus_home_server_croppedAccording to some Chinese shaky cam shots (see above), Asus may be about to join the home server market with the Asus Mini TS, which is supposedly 600 MHz faster than the Asus easyStore announced in May, even if it does lose two internal SATA slots. This would put them competing with Acer once again.

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