VinylDisc: Hey You Got Vinyl on My CD

The concept behind VinylDisc is valid, that there are people out there who want to hear their music in pristine digital sound, yet are still drawn to the eclectic analog nature of vinyl, yet want it all on one disc. And they've even found a band who wants to try it out. British rockers Fightstar will be the first band… » 10/17/07 2:30pm 10/17/07 2:30pm

Psst! Who wants $100?

Okay, guys, here's the deal, you take this little survey (it's only 6 questions) and then you'll be entered to win an Amazon gift card worth $100, courtesy of the Giz. » 10/17/07 12:28pm 10/17/07 12:28pm

Impact Jackets (a.k.a. Wearable Airbags) Finally Make It to the US, and…

Impact Jackets, originally designed to save Japanese construction workers from long falls by inflating prior to impact, have finally made it to the United States. Only instead of construction workers, it's our motorcyclists that seem to be reaping the benefits. And it didn't take too long to see some results. » 10/16/07 4:20pm 10/16/07 4:20pm

The Supper Surround Stereo: When a Mug isn't a Mug

This concept stereo designed by Taguchi Craft, is made to blend in with your kitchen. There's currently no word on pricing, but they're scheduled to pop up around winter 2008. Might be better in a shelf in the kitchen than on the table. I'd keep trying to drink from the midbase driver or something. [Design Spotter via » 10/15/07 5:20pm 10/15/07 5:20pm

U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi Lets You Reach Out and Touch a Virtual Friend

U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a system that lets you both see and touch a virtual humanoid. Developed by Michihiko Shoji, it works by combining a head mounted display with a creepy green sensor-laden robot. As you interact with the bot, not only will it react accordingly, but you'll be able to see the virtual buddy via the HMD… » 10/12/07 5:30pm 10/12/07 5:30pm

Mechanical Patent Dispute Could Result in Hard Drive Ban

Hot on the heels of yesterday's potential Australian plasma ban, comes news of the U.S. possibly banning many popular hard drives due to a patent dispute. The issue involves a patent for "dissipative ceramic bonding tips," also known as wire bonding tips, which Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, HP, and Dell either… » 10/11/07 3:10pm 10/11/07 3:10pm

'80s Stereo Turned Into a HTPC

With everyone trying to slap more chrome and neon on to their custom PC creations it's nice to see someone going old school for a change. This enormous stereo form the '80s has been modded and prodded into a decently capable HTPC complete with built-in 15-in LCD, Hauppauge TV tuner, 1.83GHz Athlon XP 2500+ processor… » 10/10/07 3:00pm 10/10/07 3:00pm

Australia to Ban All Plasmas

And it looks like it just might happen, which would spell bad news for the gadget gurus down under. ABC Australia claims that If a revised Australian energy rating guide gets passed, then all current plasma televisions would be banned from sale by 2011. That's right, all plasmas and even many power-hungry LCDs would… » 10/10/07 2:00pm 10/10/07 2:00pm

DirecTV Sat-Go Gets a $500 Price Drop

For those of you who wanted the Sat-GO, DirecTV's briefcase shaped TV that can pull in satellite broadcasts, but weren't willing to pay the exorbitant $1499 price tag, good news! DirecTV dropped the price of their Sat-Go portable satellite system by $500, to the still relatively expensive price of $999. But hey, $500… » 10/09/07 4:20pm 10/09/07 4:20pm

Slight MacBook Upgrade in November?

In the face of ultra-thin MacBook rumors, Think Secret claims that a modest processor bump for the MacBook will be the only hardware refresh for the rest of the year. Keep in mind, however, that Think Secret only says there won't be any more hardware updates. They don't say anything about new hardware announcements.… » 10/09/07 3:20pm 10/09/07 3:20pm

AT&T Palm Centro?

There's an image floating around the web today of a Palm Centro running AT&T software. Now, we're just trying to figure out if this an actual future GSM model or just the bastard offspring off a failed deal between Palm and AT&T. Given the trumpeting of Sprint exclusivity, the latter is more likely. Thoughts? (Here's … » 10/04/07 8:20pm 10/04/07 8:20pm

Leopard to Ship on October 26th?

Rumor has it that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is going to be shipping in just a few weeks on Friday, October 26th. Although it's not very surprising, given that Apple usually releases new OSX versions on the last friday of the release month. If we were betting people, our money would be on the 26th. [AppleInsder] » 10/04/07 5:40pm 10/04/07 5:40pm

$75,000 Swami Conversational Robot is a Very Expensive Psychic

Sure we've covered other robotic fortune tellers in the past, but none of them have cost anywhere close to $75,000. Now, to be fair, as far as robotic swamis go, this one looks amazing. Utilizing "cutting-edge" AI and over 30 facial motors, this swami can learn his own name, wink at you as you walk by, or even answer… » 10/04/07 4:30pm 10/04/07 4:30pm

Computerized Pillow Reduces Snoring and Gives Neck Massages

German scientist Daryoush Bazargani has invented a computerized pillow that can stop you from snoring. Where this one improves on previous attempts is that it actually tries to stop your snoring itself, rather than just telling you how you should have slept the next morning. Bazargani's pillow inflates and deflates… » 10/03/07 5:40pm 10/03/07 5:40pm

Vers 2X Wooden iPod Sound System

Metal or plastic, it seems like if you want to be a part of today's gadget world those are your options. Well, no one told Vers Audio that. Their new iPod sound dock, the 2X, is handmade with cherry veneer. I know, veneer? Yuck, but it's better than plastic and is hand-crafted. It comes with two 15-watt 3" speakers,… » 10/03/07 4:22pm 10/03/07 4:22pm

Linux Based Palm OS Pushed Out to End of Year '08

Yesterday during Palm's Q1-08 Conference call, CEO Ed Colligan dropped some tidbits about their release schedule for the Linux-based Palm OS » 10/02/07 6:20pm 10/02/07 6:20pm

By the end of 2008? Are you serious? This OS needs to be out right now, not a year from now. Hopefully with the addition of the Centro & Foleo team they will be able to get it…

Vertu Goes "Budget" With the $6,600 Ascent Ti

We told you about Vertu's Ascent Ti a few months ago when it was found in an FCC filing. Well, it's been a couple of months and the Ascent Ti is finally being released along with official details. So what does $6,628 get you? For starters, a quad-band GSM phone with 3G and a 3MP camera. » 10/02/07 3:41pm 10/02/07 3:41pm

USB Whack It (Like Whack-a-Mole You Pervert)

At first glance this USB Whack-a-Mole–like game stirred up all kinds of great Chuck E. Cheese like emotions. Then we realized that Whack It doesn't have two things, one being moles and the other being fun. Everyone knows that the fun part of Whack-a-Mole is when you get to take out all your pent-up aggression on some… » 10/02/07 2:15pm 10/02/07 2:15pm

Spin and Mist Your Way to Cleaner Air With the Antibac2k

Is your air too dirty to merely filter? Then check out the Antibac2k. This little rotating sphere one-ups all of the gigantic air filtration systems in the US by proactively sending out an air filtration mist that rids your room of bacteria and dust. Think of it as Purel for the air. And if that's not enough, the… » 10/01/07 5:00pm 10/01/07 5:00pm