Rosie Brings Home Control But No Maid Service

Rosie Brings Home Control But No Maid Service

Short of having the real Rosie the Robot Maid in your house, this Linux-based Rosie whole-house control system might just be the easiest to program yet. Its makers at Savant Systems say they’re developing the open-architecture multi-room lighting and audio/video control system to be configured in a hundredth of the…

Paper-Thin Flatwire Disappears Under Paint

Paper-Thin Flatwire Disappears Under Paint

Until we get the miraculous wireless plastic electrical sheets mentioned above, Flatwire is so flat you can stick it on the wall and paint over it, and its manufacturer says you can’t even tell it’s there. Now you can get a variety of types of wiring in this ultra-flat format,…

Romteck Heat Stress Monitor Can Predict Heat Stroke

Romteck Heat Stress Monitor Can Predict Heat Stroke

Anyone who is off to somewhere very hot this summer”it could be the Burning Man Festival or a tour of duty in Iraq”might find Romteck’s heat stress monitor useful. The gadget, which is a miniature weather station, can predict whether your body is in danger of collapsing due to excess…

CeBIT: Done for Day One

CeBIT: Done for Day One

Me and the BloggerZone are friends again now. 🙂 Everything got silky smooth in the afternoon, as you can see from the flurry of entries I got in over the past couple of hours. Hopefully we get more of the same tomorrow. We’ll be back then to show off anything…

CeBIT: Flash drives to fit your wallet

CeBIT: Flash drives to fit your wallet

Small is all well and good, but sometimes tiny flash drives are a nuisance. Where do you keep them handy? Wallet Flash is showing off their custom made credit card sized flash drives. Get them branded however you like, then keep them in a card spot in your wallet. 2GB…

CeBIT: Jabra’s golden headset

CeBIT: Jabra’s golden headset

Jabra has some sexy headsets on show here, crafted by designer Jacob Jensen. They are special editions of the JX10 model Bluetooth headset, deubbed the JX10 Cara. One in brushed steel finish, which looks the goods. But the other… oh, just your everyday 24-ct gold plate. As tacky as these…

Ulead VideoStudio 11: Another to edit AVCHD Format

Ulead VideoStudio 11: Another to edit AVCHD Format

We’ve heard a lot of complaining about the paucity of editing tools for the nascent AVCHD video format, and now Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus comes along with that capability and a lot more. With AVCHD originator Panasonic’s latest solid-state camcorders using the format, and Sony rocking more cameras using it…

Cubic Pillow Has Holes for Sound, Phones

Cubic Pillow Has Holes for Sound, Phones

Talking with your girlfriend on the phone for hours on end is such a chore, but it can be less of one with this cubic pillow. Each of the six sides has a hole in the middle, so you can easily stick a phone receiver in there but still have…

Jake’s Steampunk Computer Mouse

Jake’s Steampunk Computer Mouse

The fetish-driven industrial nut inside of us all squirms with joy at this steampunk mouse designed by Jake of Jake of All Trades. He even wrote up an old-timey narrative about this mouse. Role-playing and steampunk? It’s like an explosion in my pants! It is actually smaller than it looks”reminds…

MacBook Mini Pushed Back to 2008?

MacBook Mini Pushed Back to 2008?

It was never confirmed by Apple, but the folks at AppleInsider are reporting that Apple’s ultraportable MacBook Mini won’t see the light of day till late this year or possibly next. The reason? Apparently Leopard’s delay will also affect the MacBook Mini because the flash-based ultraportable will rely on software…

Martinis Not Shaken, Not Stirred, But Yo-Yo’d

Martinis Not Shaken, Not Stirred, But Yo-Yo’d

Tanaka is a design that will add a bit of flair to your bartending, combining a martini shaker with a yo-yo to let you shake things up and entertain your drinking audience all in one smooth motion. Just fill it up with your favorite ingredients, and throw that sucker down,…

You May Not Actually Want an OLPC For Yourself

You May Not Actually Want an OLPC For Yourself

OLPC: They’re cute and colorful and can be powered by the pull of a string. They run Linux and Windows, and cost just $175 apiece. But unfortunately for your well-heeled ass (is that even anatomically possible?), these laptops are for underprivileged kiddies only. And even then, as the name informs…

NeuroSky Gamer Headset Reads Brain Waves

NeuroSky Gamer Headset Reads Brain Waves

A US company has come up with a headset that reads your brainwaves – and they plan on marketing it to gamers. NeuroSky’s prototype measures a person’s baseline brain-wave activity, including signals that relate to concentration, relaxation and anxiety. So, if you’re playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour and you lose…

Big week: CeBIT and Photo Imaging World

Big week: CeBIT and Photo Imaging World

We’ll be hitting our stride this week in local coverage, starting with on-location blogging from two major events taking place in Sydney and Melbourne. We’ll be on the floor at CeBIT Sydney tomorrow and Wednesday, then down to Melbourne on Friday and Saturday for PMA Photo Imaging World. Check out…

JVC DD-3 Networked Home Theater Unboxed, Groped

JVC DD-3 Networked Home Theater Unboxed, Groped

Recently I got all excited about a pretty cool-looking networked 3.1 home theater system from JVC. Since it seems most of the innovative networked products are coming from brands that aren’t as easy to find at Best Buy, and since JVC said it supported a wide range of file formats…

WidgetWare: My Fav Phone Apps at the Moment

WidgetWare: My Fav Phone Apps at the Moment

Yes, the joy of weekend shift. That’s 3 times in 6 weeks, you know. Anyhow, I’ve got a wedding to dash off to in a bit (not mine) but I’ve been using some cool stuff on my phone that you should try. Especially if you’re at a wedding and are…

Home Swimmer Reminds us of Special Needs Children

Home Swimmer Reminds us of Special Needs Children

It was so abnormally hot yesterday that we could walk around solely in our underwear without feeling the least bit drafty, which really made us wish we had the Home Swimmer to use in our apartment’s pool. If you’ve got a tiny pool of your own, the Home Swimmer allows…

One Lamp, Twelve Bulbs, Lots of Blindness

One Lamp, Twelve Bulbs, Lots of Blindness

With 12 chrome balls and sockets for 12 light bulbs, this sputnik table lamp is perfect for lighting up your desk or a small city. Unfortunately, the bulbs are not included in the €325 (roughly $440 US by Nerd Approved’s calculations) price tag, so sending messages to outer space in…

OLPC = One Cancerous Deathtrap Per Child?

OLPC = One Cancerous Deathtrap Per Child?

Oh those Brits. On Monday they were kvetching about a Wi-Fi-induced “health time bomb.” Now they’re telling you to keep laptops out of the, um, laps of your oh-so-precious children because it’s like dropping”oh the horror”a mobile phoneright into into their pocket in terms of signal exposure. That $100-but-really-$175 laptop’s…

Meizu M3 Music Card Preview

Meizu M3 Music Card Preview

We’re actually fans of Meizu’s players, despite (or maybe because of) their similarities to Apple’s offerings. Their latest, the Meizu M3 Music Card, has 8GB of storage, 1.5-inch display, FM radio, 20-hour battery life, and a $100 price point. You can get 2 and 4GB models for $65 and $80,…