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GraGraph Home Richter Scale

GraGraph Home Richter Scale:

GraGraph (Image courtesy EnokoShop)By Andrew Liszewski

Since I’ve never experienced an earthquake I don’t see the need for your having a Richter scale measuring device at home but I’m sure if I lived on the west coast or in Japan it might bring me some type of comfort. While the GraGraph won’t predict or warn of an upcoming earthquake it will measure the intensity of one in real-time while sounding an alert for those people who don’t realize the earth is shaking beneath their feet.

Once the tremor has passed the GraGraph will announce the strength of the event and will also make suggestions on what you should do in the event the quake was particularly violent.

It’s currently available from EnekoShop for about $85.

[ GraGraph ] VIA [ SCI FI Tech ]

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September 30, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Beer on tap, straight from the fridge door

Beer on tap, straight from the fridge door:

(Credit: Asko Cylinda)

It’s a good thing colleague Caroline McCarthy is swamped at DigitalLife, or she’d be accusing of blatantly poaching on her beat with this item. (And she’d be right.) But some things just can’t wait.

Behold the ‘HomePub‘ fridge freezer from Sweden’s Asko, …

(Via Crave.)

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

More DIY Halo than you can shake a stick at

More DIY Halo than you can shake a stick at:

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Our crafty kin over at DIY Life have put together a repository of do-it-yourself Halo swag in celebration of the trilogy’s conclusion, which was released this week if you didn’t notice. Our favorite part of the list is probably the home-made armor sets. It’s hard to believe people can make cardboard look so good, but there you have it. Other items of note include paper craft Spartans, LEGO models, K’Nex weapon replicas, and pretty much everything except a scale model of a Halo built from popsicle sticks. Hit the ‘read’ link to check out the impressive list.

(Via Xbox 360 Fanboy.)

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Samsung’s Armani phone has a surprise: a haptic feedback UI

Samsung’s Armani phone has a surprise: a haptic feedback UI:

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All hail, all hail, official pics of the Samsung / Armani mashup: the Armani phone. Here’s the haute couturey poop: tri-band 900/1800/1900 GSM, 3 megapixel camera, 2.6-inch 262K color QVGA touchscreen LCD, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, microSD expansion, full Internet browser, and support for H.263, AAC/MP3/WMA audio and MPEG-4 video. Fine and dandy but this little guy also features a haptic feedback user interface like Samsung’s SCH-W559 handset loosed long ago in China — ‘users can feel an immediate mild vibration when they touch icons on the display.’ How you like them Apples, Apple? The Prada-esque slab currently measures in at 87.5 x 54.5 x 10.5-mm and 85-grams; less after it starts making regular, post-meal trips to the toilet following its November European release.
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September 25, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Kam Kam Mobile Alert detects GSM calls, wags tail

Kam Kam Mobile Alert detects GSM calls, wags tail:

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We’ve seen this type of toy before, but never in such a plush and cute form factor. The Kam Kam Mobile Alert — that’s the cat version — and Don Don Mobile Alert detect the GSM radio on your handset from up to five feet away when a call or message comes in. Instead of blinking or spinning, Kitty or Rover will wag its tail for 15 seconds to let you know if your ringer happens to be silent. The desktop critter has a handy spot to plonk your handset in when in use, but sadly doesn’t offer a charger option. The holiday season is approaching and this would likely make a cute gift, and at $30 a pop, it shouldn’t break the bank.

[Via ShinyShiny]

(Via Engadget Mobile.)

September 25, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

The hot tub with a 61-inch LCD

The hot tub with a 61-inch LCD:

(Credit: HGTV)

This can safely be categorized as one of those only-in-California items because 1) it requires a hot tub, 2) there’s a huge TV involved and 3) it’s absolutely ridiculous. Making it even richer, there’s competition between two appropriately named companies: CalSpas and Catalina Spas.

(Via Crave.)

September 18, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Unaffordable Watch Unlocks And Starts Unaffordable Car

Unaffordable Watch Unlocks And Starts Unaffordable Car:

Aston Martin DBS Watch

By Evan Ackerman

If you have James Bond ambitions, backed by an MI6-sized bankroll, this $50,000 watch is for you, since it’ll lock, unlock, and even start your car. The watch works exclusively with the new Aston Martin DBS (featured in Casino Royale), which costs only about 10 times as much as the watch itself. Apparently, a (somehow) even more expensive version of the watch is in the works, but in the mean time, you’ll have to content yourself with choosing between the regular grade 5 titanium model or the more exclusive rose-gold edition.

Picture of the DBS after the jump, just because it’s pretty.

Aston Martin DBS

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(Via OhGizmo!.)

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

‘Meowlingual’ claims to translate cat-speak

‘Meowlingual’ claims to translate cat-speak:

(Credit: Inventor Spot)

There are a fair number of gadgets on the market that are aimed at controlling dogs, perhaps owing to that best friend’s reputation for occasional unruliness. Yet there are relatively few technologies designed specifically for their feline counterparts (with one notable exception, of course),

In an …

(Via Crave.)

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Everything you wanted to know about Phantom Hourglass but were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about Phantom Hourglass but were afraid to ask:

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Sure, Phantom Hourglass is probably going to be the hottest game of the year — or at least one of them, considering the Pokémon invasion we’ve experienced — but do you know everything about it? IGN has put together a helpful FAQ for the highly-anticipated DS title that’s just chock full of information. Some of it is pretty basic, like ‘Who developed this one?’ (Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development! Interesting tidbit: this is the team’s first handheld Zelda), but there are more complicated and subjective questions as well, such as, ‘I never played Wind Waker, will I be totally lost?’ IGN says no, and hopefully relieves some tension for some of you in the process.

They also get into the complex matter of the Zelda timeline, and the many delays this latest entry suffered prior to release. It’s a nice recap for those of you dying for more scraps about next month’s release. We recommend taking it in with a video or two.

(Via DS Fanboy.)

September 15, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Nextfest07: Sans Digital NAS with iTunes Support

Nextfest07: Sans Digital NAS with iTunes Support:

sansdigitalNAS.jpg At first glance the Sans Digital‘s MN2L NAS looks pretty standard. It has two SATA drive bays, USB2, Ethernet, and even FTP access. But what sets this NAS apart is the built in iTunes support. It can take your music files and dupe iTunes into thinking that it’s just another PC and then streams the audio files to any PC/Mac running iTunes. This looks to be a great alternative running a separate PC as a dedicated server. The MN2L is available now and will set you back $299. [Product Page via Electronista]

(Via Gizmodo.)

September 15, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment