PS3 owners, take note – if you were wondering how come communication with the rest of your mates whenever you game never seem to turn out right, and instructions are not followed, why not take the elimination approach when it comes to solving this particular problem? Apart from making sure that your articulation, even in times of distress, is loud and clear, the next step would be to check out the kind of headsets you wear. Are they up to par? Why not settle for Mad Catz’s most recent release, the Tritton SwitchBlade wireless headset that will target PS3 owners? If after a few rounds of gaming with this puppy fails to yield a different result, you might need to find new gaming buddies.
Shipping worldwide in spring this year, the Tritton SwitchBlade features Bluetooth connectivity, and will come with rechargeable batteries and a docking station that lets you pair with a couple of devices simultaneously, so that you can connect with the PS3 in addition to another device like a smartphone. Not only that, the SwitchBlade comes with a folding boom mic so that you can turn the device on or off through the simple action of flicking the mic.
We’ve seen a couple of Tron lightcycles in the past with different price tags, but what you see here is yet another model which hails from custom chopper builders Parker Brothers. This amazing machine is 100% electric – so you need not worry about harming the environment whenever you zip around town with it, not to mention having the ability to hit a whopping 100mph when you let the throttle loose, while sporting the glowing blue lights of the movie original. This is definitely the bike to ride only when dusk falls, and I wonder whether there is an option to turn off the blue lights to conserve battery power?
Too bad the limits of physics in our world has yet to cross paths with those in Hollywood, so this model cannot turn 90-degrees instantaneously. Powered by li-ion batteries with a one hour lifespan, it takes a mere 35 minutes for a full recharge – nice.
This is one street legal bike that I’m sure most blokes would love to own – check out a video of it in action (in daylight, too!) right after the jump.
Steve Jobs pretty much meant using your iPhone for everything when he said “there’s an app for that”. In this case, we’re talking about controlling an RC car with your iPhone. Sure you won’t be able to do it without the help of an additional dongle, from AppToyz, that plugs into your iPhone’s 3.5mm slot (iPhones don’t have infrared support) but once it is in, you just have to download the app, and you’re set. Fly an RC helicopter or drive a RC car around a course just by dragging your fingers across the phone’s touch screen – it is that easy. The AppToyz RC helicopter and car will be available later this year for about $80 and $30, respectively – significantly cheaper than the usual Bluetooth offerings available at the moment. How many of you would purchase toys like these for yourself (or your kids)?
Twitter recently introduced a new policy that allowed stalkers to access to view and follow the users who blocked them. Although this seems completely illogical—what good is blocking another user if they can still view and interact with your account?—Twitter assured the concerned public that they had a perfectly valid rationale behind the decision. Twitter claimed the new policy was designed as a means protect users who want to block certain people from any type of retaliation.
What does that mean exactly? Twitter wanted to make blocking more discreet so that none of the users who were blocked became offended to the point of seeking offline revenge or harassing the user who blocked them through other social media channels. The policy allowed blocked users to read, retweet and even favourite tweets by the accounts that wanted to block them.
As expected, Twitter did not receive positive feedback for its new policy, which was introduced Thursday. Critics pointed out the redundancy of having the option to block someone without being able to restrict their interactions with your account. So, in response to the extremely negative reactions towards their new policy, Twitter revoked the changes on the same day they were implemented.
“Earlier today, we made a change to the way the ‘block’ function of Twitter works,” said Twitter’s Michael Sippey on the company’s blog. “We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users. We never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.”
With the old policy restored, Twitter users are once again capable of blocking certain following from reading their tweets and the social media company can breathe again after a day of mass criticism.
If speakers designed in the conventional manner bore you, you might want to take a look at what Floyd Davis IV has done with his Gentleman’s Boomboxes series. He originally started out creating sound systems out of old luggages but has recently turned to toolboxes instead (as pictured above). While we can’t really speak for the sound quality of the Toolbox Boombox since it is housed in a metal enclosure (wood seems to be the preferred material of choice when it comes to audio), it is a pretty novel idea and its design appears to be quite interesting.
According to Floyd, the boombox is powered by a Pyle Pro stereo amplifier, with the speakers bought second hand from a thrift shop and with plywood being used as the front panel. Unfortunately it does not appear that Floyd is selling his creation since his website does not appear to have any sort of online store, but we’re sure if you really wanted one for yourself, you might be able to work something out with him.
However if you’re more of the hands-on type of guy, you could try making one yourself by watching the video below of Floyd appearing on the Craftsman Experience teaching the audience how to make a toolbox boombox for themselves.
When you were a kid, surely you would have come across some of the more famous optical illusions that played tricks on your eyes and mind, such as a moving bicycle wheel illusion, or the Penrose triangle. Man, we did not need the Matrix back then as kids to really give our minds an out of this world experience. Having said that, Tokyoflash, a purveyor of watches that sometimes require far more brain power to process the current time compared to studying for a law degree, is back with yet another timepiece – the Optical Illusion watch.
This unique timepiece is inspired by many of the illusions spotted in print, or in more recent times, online, where you can train your eyes to see the time in puzzle mode which can be pretty tricky, or you can alternatively opt to press one of the four hotzones on the touchscreen display in order to reveal the current time if you do not want to exercise that brain for a couple of seconds or so. Not only that, Tokyoflash has also thrown in a mode that cycles between puzzle and time mode every 20 seconds, which is a surefire conversation starter. It will retail for $179 if you are interested, and free shipping is thrown into the mix, now how about that?
Toshiba demonstrated their TransferJet technology at the recently concluded CES 2012, and just in case you have no idea on what TransferJet is all about, this is a new protocol for transferring data across devices without having to be tethered by another cable. Great, you say – another wireless protocol, which is just what we need considering there is already Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct. Wait a minute here, Toshiba’s TransferJet is the bomb simply because on paper, it can hit speeds of up to 560Mbps, making it faster compared to your average Wi-Fi network at home. Not only that, Toshiba claims that TransferJet will sip far less juice compared to Bluetooth – and if their claims hold true, it would definitely be an accomplishment to be proud of. The only thing there is left to do is to make sure the rest of the computing industry “catches up” with Toshiba – will industry players bite on TransferJet technology?
You will find loads of unique high finish mice readily available for the PC or Mac, but when you fancy something a little much more standard then you may want to take a look at the Retro USB Mouse.
The Retro USB Mouse has taken it is design inspiration from personal computer mice from the 1980′s, and it is actually compatible with both PCs and Mac’s.
Do you yearn for that simpler time? This Retro Mouse has all of the style in the days of big hair, punk, blue eyeshadow, and leather, but the insides of a fancy optical mouse. It is compatible with PC or Mac; just as long as you may have an accessible USB port, you can swap it in for the often scheduled mouse and sing some Journey when you click around the web.
Thanko launches a new Full HD camcorder, the HDDV-506 with a swivel 2.5-inch LCD screen and swivel lens. It is capable of recording 1920×1080 Full HD video at 30fps and up to 12 Megapixel still images, using its 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
Competition in the ebook reader space just gets hotter and hotter. As expected, Barnes and Noble announced this morning an inexpensive monochrome touchscreen ebook reader tablet, the All-New Nook, “The Simple Touch Reader.” Priced at $139, the Nook Touch matches the lowest-priced ad-free Amazon Kindle 3 and features a similar 6-inch touchscreen, but is 10 percent squatter and features a two-month battery, more than twice as long than the Kindle 3, according to B&N. It will go on sale June 10, but can be pre-ordered now.
The All-New Nook also offers many of the lending features available on the Nook Color, and includes Wi-Fi. It also eliminates up to 80 percent of the often annoying page turn flashing, probably thanks to a new e-Paper graphics controller.