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09.25.2006

Video game exhibition returns to london

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First opening in 2006, the video game exhibition, Game On, has returned to London where it first started. In the past four years, the exhibit has been shown in the rest of Europe, Israel, Chicago, San Jose and Seattle. The exhibit showcases games, old and new. Most notable, it includes the PDP-1 system, which plays Spacewar, the granddaddy of video games, created at MIT in 1962.

Game On runs from October 21st 2006 to February 25th 2007.

Via Joystiq.

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09.25.2006

Finger ignites: Film @ 11:00

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I thought I had solved the problem of remembering my wedding anniversary by having it inscribed on the inside of my platinum ring. Yeah, you guessed it...I forgot to check . Fortunately, my husband thinks it's hysterically funny.

But there would be no forgetting when you had the "ultimate reminder," the Reminder Ring, which heats up to 120F degrees for at least 10 seconds, on every hour starting from the day before your anniversary date. The ring is powered by a battery that will charge itself using your body heat, so it will not go dead before it gets to burn you. Good to know.

When you order the ring you have it programmed with the date you need/want to remember.

Available in seven styles ranging from gold to silver, with a lifetime warranty.

Before you race to buy one for yourself (or your mate) it's only a concept product so far.

Via Gizmodo.

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09.24.2006

Talk for Free Dialog Phone

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Miglia, known for their digital media products (I'm a fan of their computer speakers) has designed a phone for your computer, Dialog, which offers Skype and iChat AV integration, letting you chat for as long as you want to anyone in the world. Free.

Like all Skype phones, the Dialog takes advantage of your computer to make all your phone calls, and by installing Dialog for PC, you can use almost any Instant Messaging application with voice support, such as MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

It will look strange to you at first, as there isn't an LED screen or any buttons or numbers, just a call button and a volume control key, which you also use to scroll through your list of contacts. If you're like me, all your phone numbers are stored on your computer. It's wireless too and you can use your phone within a 20-feet of your computer, allowing you to pace during those tense buiness calls

We got the Channel Marketing Director, Charles Kennard, on the phone, who was quite clearly was wandering the office as he talked : "Dialog phone sets it's self apart from other Sykpe phones because of it's huge sense of style and simplicity of use."

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Works with both PC and Mac, just plug in the wire free adapter into a USB port on your computer and start yakking.

$79.99 on the Miglia site.

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09.24.2006

Urban Terrain bike with e-Power

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Driving into the city, I often see bicyclists riding to work; some of them zip along even going uphill for long stretches (the ones with muscular calves that look like they belong on a race horse). You can always spot the novices, who seem to be having a grand old time, all smiling and rosy-cheeked, until they encounter that impossible hill. Nothing like a nice uphill struggle to take the wind out of your sails when you're trying out a new, healtheir lifestyle. I tend to avoid uphill rides altogether, having no aspirations whatsoever of being an athletic rider. So I've often thought it would be nice to have a bike that helps you only when you need it, giving your pedaling just a little extra push.

This Urban Terrain electric bicycle has a torque-sensing motor that provides 100% assistance on hills and 50% on flat terrain, for up to 30 miles on a single charge, and at a maximum powered speed of 18 mph. The aluminum frame is lightweight (well, if you consider 49.5 pounds lightweight) and foldable, so would work well for taking on trains, or commuting all the way to the office, where you can carry it up the stairs, remove the 9-pound battery and charge it up for your ride home (5 hours for a full charge). This e-Power bike, available from Gaiam for $1,199, is equipped with Shimano Axus 6-speed derailleur gears, thumb-shift gear change, alloy wheels, and front and rear V-type brakes.

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09.24.2006

ArchPort sandals

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Though we’re at the tail end of sandal season here in New York, those of you in the warmer climates may still have some time left in the year to enjoy the benefit of ArchPort sandals.

Arch Port sandals have a storage box built into the sole, allowing you to store money, keys, a driver’s license and other small essentials within foot’s reach! Perfect for days at the beach when your wearing that thong that leaves no room for storage.

Reminiscent of the original KangaROOS sneakers that had pockets in the tongue, ArchPort also has an athletic shoe available that has the same sole functionality as its warm-weather counterpart.

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09.24.2006

The comprehensive video game console collection

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For whatever reason, growing up, my friends and I seemed to end up with different gaming consoles. I had an Atari 2600, another kid a Colecovision, and still another had an Intellivision. We'd go around to different homes to play each other's games. That's why my jaw dropped when I saw this impressive collection of just about every popular system ever made. I like how there is shelf space reserved from the soon to be released Wii.

Via Engadget through Joystiq.

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09.24.2006

Clio's Popgadget highlights on Myspace

I have decided to inflict my opinion on everyone and share a few of my favorite Popgadget highlights semi-regularly on our Myspace page. Please enjoy my witty commentary.

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09.23.2006

iTrax Mixing Console

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For all of you turntablists or DJs wannabes out there, here’s a new bag of tricks being offered by Gemini DJ, a division of GCI Technologies. The latest addition to the iSeries product line, the iTrax Mixing Console utilizes dual docking stations for iPod music players. Each iPod channel comes equipped with 3 band EQ control and 2 phono/line convertible inputs so you can use it with other devices such as CD players, turntable, etc.

On the back of the console, the iTrax provides a composite video output that can be used with the latest Photo/Video iPod product. USB connection allows the user to manage playlist and music library from both iPods via a computer.

In addition, the iTrax also features master volume control, dual VU meter display, a user-replaceable X-Fader, a fully featured cue section, and a microphone control panel with 2-band EQ and volume control. With a Phat system like this, you’ll be able to cue up more than just Celebration at your next wedding gig.

Suggested retail for the iTrax is $179.95

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09.23.2006

Cutting scale

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My initial reaction to the cutting scale designed by Jim Termeer and Jess Giffin was instinctively positive; in retrospect probably because it combines two of my main interests: technology and cooking.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think the idea of incorporating a scale onto a cutting board in and of itself is rather interesting, but as hard as I try to find a practical reason for these two kitchen instruments to be combined, I can’t.

I can’t think of a single “choppable” ingredient – because that is what you use a cutting board for – that also needs to be measured in grams. I chop onions, but even assuming I can’t judge how much I need without following the recipe step by step, recipes hardly ever tell you how many grams of chopped onions you need; they will more likely say you need 1, 2, etc. onions.

On the other hand, all the ingredients I usually need a scale for don’t seem to be very suitable for weighing on a cutting board: for instance, 250g of flower; 100g of cocoa, and so on.

That said, the 10’’ x 5’’ cutting scale looks really edgy, and will maybe be followed by many future products that will bring more “geekiness” into the kitchen.

Via Sci Fi Tech.

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09.23.2006

Pixel Samplers: embroidery for geeks

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Now, this is what we mean by digital craft. Pixel Samplers by endfile.com make all sorts of kicky nostalgic pieces of needlepoint and more. The pieces highlight the relationship between old technologies and new, drawing attention to the simlilarity in approach of needlepoint and pixel art. (Each uses techniques which fill in small squares of color to produce a picture.) The images, like the hard drives pictured above, are taken from old windows control panels, reminding us of GUIs of long-past, much like the scenic landscapes of needle art in earlier times.

As we fall ever more in love with our computational horizons, it's nice to bring a bit of tradition up to speed in the twenty-first century, and to keep our upgrades up-to-date when it comes from things of the past.

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