February 04, 2008
Gateway is giving away a $4,500 high-performance PC setup for the best user-submitted video. The rules are: 1) video should be no more than 3 minutes long; 2) a Holstein cow
(real or fake) must be in the video. Oh, and you are not allowed to hurt any people or animals.
The videos need to be uploaded to a YouTube group. YouTube, given the correct approach and a bit of luck, can be a great marketing tool. For example, the Dove Evolution video was accessed over 5 million times.
For details on the contest please click here.
February 25, 2007
Resembling a gigantic LED alarm clock grafted onto an undergrad-era coffee table, the Time Table is nonetheless sneakily cool. The digits are glowing electroluminescent film that comes in at only 6cm thick. Unsurprisingly, it does include an alarm feature (but probably not a snooze button)
February 25, 2007
From the maker of the Optimus keyboard
comes an equally quirky clock - the Art Lebedev Verbarius clock. The diffference? It doesn't go for numbers, it goes for words. For example, "forty-five minutes past four", "fifteen minutes to ten", "six forty-five" or "midnight". And yes, you can already see the problem - I would say "quarter to five" rather than "forty-five minutes past four", but as this clock is available in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian as standard, the intricacies of each language seem to have been passed by.
January 29, 2007
Point. Click. Drink! MugMouse is a new mouse that holds coffee or tea so you have to move it more carefully than a normal mouse. This means you have to move the mouse really slow, especially if its filled with hot coffee. Talk about slowing down productivity! The mouse works like a mouse - you push down on the whole mug to click. The whole bottom section of the mug is a mouse button. The mouse connects to your PC via USB and can hold about 150 ML of your favorite drink.
January 20, 2007
Don't you just love your iPod so much you wanna love it and hug it and squeeze it and hold it and caress it? You're in luck then, because Princess International (what a name) has been showing off these Plush MP3 Speaker & Radios at CES. And there's no chance of losing your iPod down the side of the sofa when it takes up most of the space anyway. It is compatible with any iPod or MP3 player and holds your device in a pouch in the back. If you get bored of your own tunes, you can listen to the FM autoscan radio. Only the volume control and on/off switch are mentioned in the spec list so I'm guessing a few of those in the picture are purely ornamental. It is powered by 2 x AA batteries.
January 18, 2007
I suppose it depends on how clean you keep your toilet seat, but new research shows that the average mobile phone contains more bacteria than the trusty throne. Dial-a-Phone conducted this vital research, taking swabs from everyday objects and testing them for bacteria. "The phones contained more skin bacteria than the any other object; this could be due to the fact that this type of bacteria increases in high temperatures and our phones are perfect for breeding these germs as they're kept warm and cozy in our pockets, handbags and brief cases. These bacteria are toxic to humans, and can cause infections if they have the opportunity to enter the body," commented Joanne Verran, Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. There's a simple solution, though. Clean your phone thoroughly with an antibacterial wipe more than once a year.
January 17, 2007
After Etherfast presented the world's smallest PC. It's called Jack PC, and it can fit into a network wall port. Just plug your keyboard, mouse and monitor into the wall. The Jack PC runs Windows CE and it's equipped with an equivalent of a 800MHz to 1.2GHz x86 desktop processor. The Jack PC comes in 3 models, ranging from £209 to £349, and it's produced by a company in Israel, called Chip PC Technologies. So, if you're fed up with your big old PC, you can always get a replacement the size of a small box, or one that can fit into your wall.
January 04, 2007
Competition in the smallest MP3 player market is fierce with the likes of the shuffle and the Mobiblu offerings, so how about the thinnest? That's what you get with the Walletex MP3 player. It's just slightly thicker than a credit card, has all the controls you need to play music and will be available in capacities ranging from 128MB to 2GB. And if you're a business wanting to show off, you can have them custom-made with your corporate design.
January 04, 2007
The Time Machine is fascinating. Somewhere between an abacus, kerplunk, a newton's cradle and an executive toy, the Time Machine is actually a kinetic display clock. The clock works by releasing a series of chrome balls at timed intervals, which move through the machine until they fall into a series of slots. By viewing the last ball bearing in each line, you can calculate the time in hours, minutes and seconds with as much accuracy as your own watch. This is not only a clock but also a wonderful stress reliever. Powered by four C size batteries, the clock must be situated on a flat surface for optimum working, and 3 extra balls are included as spares.