Watch your DVDs anywhere, without the need of a TV

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Aiptek's little £159.99 portable projector might not be one for great picture quality, but it'll let you watch your favourite DVDs anywhere you want, without having to plug it into a TV.

Capable of projecting images on a screen of up to 50-inches, this available online 'Mobile Cinema DVD Projector' is ideal for kids' bedrooms, family get-togethers, and slumber parties. Simply plug it in, slot in a DVD and you're good to go.

Article: DVICE
Product Page: Firebox

Easily find out why your newborn baby is crying

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009


One of the first true tests for new parents is finding out why their newborn is crying - which can be quite difficult. Finding out if a baby is sleepy, stressed, bored or hungry can be a daunting task for some, but with the 'Why Cry Baby Analyzer', these problems might be a thing of the past.

This portable, alarm-clock-looking device features an advanced frequency analyzing technology that only needs 20 seconds to know why your child is crying.

Once the gadget analyzes the cries and screams of the baby, a representation of the baby's mood is displayed on its screen.

This innovative device has been clinically tested, tried out in nurseries, and has been proven to be 98% reliable.

The Why Cry Baby Analyzer also comes with a symptoms chart which provides you with information on how you can help the baby stop crying.

Product Page: ThinkGeek, Why Cry

The elegant successor to the highly successful Nokia E71 impresses

Posted by Brunei Foodies | Posted in , , | Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009


The highly anticipated successor of the popular Nokia E71 is finally here. The Nokia E72 introduces some new features that will surely improve user experience, especially to those who are upgrading to this even more elegant looking model.

Featuring a new highly-responsive Optical Navi key, the E72 lets you navigate across every function smoothly, intuitively, and much quicker than ever before.

The smartphone now features a 5 megapixel digital camera with flash and one-touch autofocus, as opposed to the 3.2 megapixel one of its predecessor, letting you capture high-quality photos and video on this 'business' device.

Built-in remote device management options including device lock and device wipe protects your files and personal information in the event of theft.

Available now at Incomm, The E72 boasts not only great features and amazing looks, but more importantly retains that 'affordable' price point once again. Retailing at just B$688.00, with further discounts available when you show your DST Card, the E72 is more than worth buying.

The Nokia E72

Official Distributor: Incomm
Product Page: Nokia

Make your normal car sound like a V10 powered super car

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Monday, November 09, 2009


At first glance, the SoundRacer might just seem like another ridiculous accessory for wannabe super car owners, but although that might be half true, this gadget might just be something that'll make revving your car engine much more fun.

Simply plug the SoundRacer into the car's lighter and it'll use it's built in FM transmitter to play real V8 or V10 engine sounds through your car's stereo, every time you rev your engine! What's cooler is that the sounds actually correspond to the RPM's of your car engine.

Retailing at just US$39.99, the SoundRacer might just be the cheapest way to transform your car into a beast of a ride.

Check out the SoundRacer in action and see for yourself just how cool this little gadget is..

Article: OhGizmo!
Product Page: SoundRacer

Belt out your favourite tunes on this cool guitar shirt from ThinkGeek

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009


The guys at ThinkGeek have done it again, turning a normal T-Shirt into a rockin', fully playable guitar, complete with its own mini amplifier.

Using a special magnetic pick and your fingers, you can actually strum and play the guitar that's printed on the shirt.

The miniature amp that's included clips to your belt lets you adjust the sound, just like you would for a normal guitar.

The Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt is a bargain at just US$29.99, and is available online on the ThinkGeek website.

The Electronic Guitar Shirt

Product Page: ThinkGeek

Apple announces world's first Multi-Touch mouse

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Following the somewhat recent touch innovations on their iPhone, iPod Touch and notebooks, Apple introduced its Multi-Touch technology to their new 'Magic Mouse'.

Bringing gestures to mice for the first time, the Magic Mouse brings a whole new feel to the way you get around on your Mac.

Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere.

The wireless Magic Mouse uses powerful laser tracking that's far more sensitive and responsive on more surfaces than the usual optical tracking used on current mice.

Technologies aside, this mouse is visually pleasing too, featuring a low-profile design and a sexy, seamless top shell.

The Magic Mouse comes free with the new iMacs, and also available separately for B$108, all of which should be available in Brunei by the end of this month.

The Magic Mouse

Product Page: Apple

Apple updates iMac range with new edge-to-edge glass design

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009


As predicted, Apple yesterday also introduced new iMac models featuring a new beautiful edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure.

The desktop computers, apparently now faster than ever before, boasts Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for up to twice the performance.

All new iMac models, available in Brunei by the end of this month for prices starting at B$1888, all come with the recently introduced Multi-Touch Magic Mouse.

Price & Model List
iMac 21.5” 3.06GHz, NVidia GF9400M - B$1888
iMac 21.5” 3.06GHz, ATI Radeon HD 4670 - B$2388
iMac 27” 3.06GHz, ATI Radeon HD 4670 - B$2688
iMac 27” 2.66GHz Quad-Core i5, ATI Radeon HD 4850 - $2988

The all-new iMac

Product Page: Apple

Apple introduces gorgeous new unibody Macbook line

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009


In a move that was anticipated by the tech world, Apple introduced its new line of MacBooks yesterday, which now feature a sleek, gorgeous and sturdy unibody enclosure made of rugged polycarbonate.

Weighing in at 4.7 pounds, Apple's entry level notebook is now just a mere 1.08 inches thin, making it almost as thin as its big brother, the MacBook Pro.

The 13.3-inch device now features glass, multi-touch trackpads and LED backlit displays, just like the MacBook Pros.

The new MacBook, which now boasts up to 7 hours of battery life, will be available in Brunei by the end of October for US$1,688.

Product Page: Apple

The world's first, and only spherical wall-mounted fireplace

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009


Fireplaces are perhaps very essential purchases in homes in countries with cold winters. Unfortunately, to build one, you'd have to have chimneys, or vents. The "Cupola" is a wall-mounted fireplace that burns hassle-free flames.

This unique spherical fireplace comes integrated with an advanced, adjustable bio-ethanol burner that allows flames to be burnt without the need of vents, or chimneys.

The Cupola, available in black or white, is made of lightweight aluminum, and is available for US$2,735.

Articles: Born Rich, DVICE

The ingenious, blade-less, Dyson Air Multiplier

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009


The maestros at Dyson, more famous for their ultra-cool vacuum cleaners, have created the US $300 Dyson Air Multiplier, an ingenious blade-less table fan that works very differently from your average conventional fan.

Using its very own Air Multiplier Technology, it draws air in and amplifies it 15 times, producing an uninterrupted stream of smooth air, which makes a huge difference when compared to typical 'choppy' airflow produced by the blades of normal fans.

This device sucks air into its base and accelerates it through a small aperture in its ring, and then over a ramp to channel its direction.

With no blades or grill, the Air Multiplier is super-safe, and is even easy to clean.

Dyson Air Multiplier - How it works

Article: Uncrate
Product Page: Dyson

Touch-activated faucets make it easy for you to wash your dirty hands

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009


When you've got your hands dirty, it can always be quite hard to turn the knob off your tap, without fumbling, or getting it dirty too. Delta's new "Pilar" faucets feature their Touch20 touch-sensitive technology that lets you simply tap or touch them to turn the water on or off.

The faucets use two touch sensors which are located in the handle and the spouts to detect when you've touched them, but surprisingly are smart enough to know when it's been grabbed instead - so as to not turn water on and off when you try and adjust its positions.

The Pilar faucet is available at prices that start from US$547.

Articles: Popular Science, OhGizmo!
Product Page: Delta

Apple introduces new iPod Nano with built-in camera

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009


Apple announced updates to the entire iPod lineup at their "It's only rock & roll, but we like it" media event recently, including the new iPod Nano which now features a built-in video camera.

Appearing on stage for the first time since his liver transplant, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a variety of iPod updates, most of which were capacity increases, but none was as significant as the introduction of the 5th generation iPod Nano.

The media player now not only features an ultra-thin and sleek design with a larger 2.2-inch color display, but also a camera that will let users shoot great quality video wherever they are - a move that sees Apple directly targeting the currently popular Flip ultra-portable video camera market.

The Nano, the world's most popular music player with over 100 million sold, now comes in 9 colors, all featuring gorgeous polished aluminum and glass enclosures.

One of the most notable new features of the Nano is the built-in FM radio tuner that boasts live pause and iTunes Tagging. Live pause lets users pause and resume live radio, while iTunes Tagging lets them tag songs that they like that's on air, and later have the ability to preview and purchase the songs from iTunes.

The iPod Nano is available in Brunei with prices starting at B$228.

iPod Nano Commercials

Product Page: Apple

Who would've thought that the bookmark could be re-invented?

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Regular bookmarks come in different types of designs, but they all are more or less just pieces of card or types of fabric that are thin enough to place in books. Product designers Propaganda have re-invented the bookmark to make it not only look elegant, but even manages to make it more useful.

The "Bookmark II" is a simple rubber band with an arrow on one side, and a tab on the other. Once you've wrapped the band around the appropriate page, all you'll need to do is point the arrow to the line you last read.

The next time you want to read the book, simply pull the tab and you'll be taken to the specific line you last read.

Simple, yet highly useful!

Article: OhGizmo!
Product Website: Propaganda

Stay cool with the Handycooler Personal Air Conditioner

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009


At first glance, the Handycooler might look like your average handheld fan, but it actually turns out to be a portable mini air conditioner.

This little device harnesses the power of evaporative cooling to give you air-conditioned bliss anywhere you please. All it needs is a few ounces of water for you to dampen a sponge with, and you're good to go.

Running on a set of 4 x AA batteries (up to 5 hours), the US$39.99 Handycooler can provide you with up to as low as -4 degrees celsius of cool air!

Articles: 7Gadgets, OhGizmo!
Product Page: ThinkGeek

Star in the middle of your favourite movie scenes with Yoostar

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , | Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Have you ever wanted to star in the middle of your favourite movie scene? If you have, then your wish has come true with the introduction of Yoostar.

Yoostar lets you act our roles from some great movies including Forrest Gump, Friday The 13th, Casablanca, and even Rocky. The device records your performance, then digitally adds it to the original movie clip.

This fun piece of kit consists of a studio-grade web cam, portable green screen and stand, remote control, 12 movie scenes and 2 bonus scenes (with many more available for download).

Yoostar is available online for US$169.95.

Yoostar at E3 2009

Article: Uncrate
Product Page: Yoostar

The modern, most advanced, highly efficient mouse trap

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Gone are the days of the lovely sight of a nearly dead mouse in the morning, trapped in your usual caged mousetraps. Hammacher Schlemmer has created the Victor Mousetrap, the world's most advanced rodent control system.

Mice a drawn into the trap by peanut butter and bacon bits, frying them when they walk on three electrically charged plates.

After the mouse dies, the shock chamber automatically rotates and deposits the dead mouse in a container, keeping it hidden from sight, ready for its next victim. This device can hold up to 10 dead mice before it has to be emptied.

Unlike traditional mousetraps, curious fingers or pets won't get trapped or be harmed by it as the trap automatically deactivates when the lid is opened.

The Victor Mousetrap is available online for US$129.95.

Article: Uncrate
Product Page: Hammacher Schlemmer

Everyone can now sound like rap superstar T-Pain

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009


If you're a fan of rap / R&B music, then you've probably heard of superstar T-Pain's famous "Auto-Tune" voice. iPhone application developers Smule, popular for creating the worldwide sensation music app 'Ocarina', have just released a fun new application that lets users re-create that T-Pain sound, or create their own.

Developed in collaboration with the hip-hop star himself, "I Am T-Pain" lets you sing along to bundled T-Pain tracks, or if you think you could do better, you can write your own songs with the Auto-Tune technology, and share your songs via Facebook, MySpace, or email them to your friends.

Music stars trying out "I Am T-Pain"

Everyone can be T-Pain

This potentially infectious application (if you're into this kind of music) is available now for US$2.99 on the iTunes App Store.

Article: 9 to 5 Mac
Product Page: I Am T-Pain

Nokia introduces impressive-looking mini-laptop

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , , | Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009


Nokia recently shocked the tech industry by revealing their new Booklet 3G, a 10.1-inch netbook that's only 2 cm thick, and boasts a 12-hour battery life.

This mini-laptop will let you connect to Internet at almost anywhere with built-in 3G HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and A-GPS connectivity.

Wighing in at only 1.25kg, this machine will run on Windows 7 and an Atom processor and will also feature premium construction - an ultrathin design, durable aluminum metalwork, and a high-gloss finish.

There's no telling how much Nokia will charge for the Booklet 3G, but all is expected to be revealed at Nokia World which will kick off next week. In the meantime, check out the video posted on Nokia's Europe website..

Nokia Booklet 3G

Article: OhGizmo!
Product Page: Nokia Booklet 3G

Apple announces August 28th (Friday!) launch of Snow Leopard

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , , | Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009


After multiple rumours from international gadget sites about the possibility of Apple releasing their highly anticipated operating system 'Snow Leopard' at an earlier than scheduled August 28th date, the computer giants finally confirmed the news yesterday.

Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will go on sale this Friday at Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers worldwide, with their online store now accepting pre-orders.

With features arguably far more superior, and much more easier to use than Windows, Snow Leopard builds on the success of their current Leopard operating system. Snow Leopard will feature tons of refinements, including a far better user experience, faster loading applications, and some cool new features, which of course will give the upcoming Windows 7 OS a run for its money.

Apple gave the world a sneak peek at Snow Leopard during this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we were impressed..

Snow Leopard Sneak Peek Highlights

Snow Leopard will be available for only US$29 for current Leopard users.

UPDATE: Snow Leopard is now available for pre-order at AV Electronics, but will be launched around 31st August 2009. Upgrades from Leopard will cost just B$48.

Press Release: Apple
Product Page: Snow Leopard

Verbatim's sexy new external hard drive with Always On display

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Verbatim, the world's leader in storage media technology, have just announced their new InSight portable USB hard drive, which not only looks great, but features a display that's always on.

The sleek, palm-sized new drive's enclosure is enhanced with a sexy premium piano black finish, adding a touch of elegance that will not only be appealing to professional users, but to home users too.

The Always On display is an interesting addition to this drive, letting you continuously see how much more free space you have available even when the drive is no longer connected to your computer.

The InSight, which works with both Windows and Macs, is now available in two models, 320GB and 500Gb, for US$119.99 and US$149.99 respectively.

Articles: Ubergizmo, OhGizmo!
Press Release: Verbatim

The literally one horsepower, ultra-green, eco-friendly car

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , , | Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009


The world has seen a good increase in eco-friendly cars like the Toyota Prius in recent years, but nothing beats the Naturmobil - brainchild of Iranian engineer Hadi Mirhejazi - which is literally powered by a horse.

When the horse, that's tethered to a treadmill, trots, it recharges the battery, which in turn powers the car.

Mirjehazi spent more than two years building the 28 mph Naturmobil, but admits that he had to experiment with many types of technology to make the horse comfortable - the horse now sits under a jacket of cold water.

Articles: The Guardian, Inhabitat, OhGizmo!

Dell and Nickelodeon unveil new netbook aimed at kids

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Zune HD

Computer giants Dell and kid entertainment network Nickelodeon have recently announced the new Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition, a netbook computer that's designed specifically for children.

Sporting Nickelodeon's trademark slime on it, the netbook comes with entertaining and educational content that will probably also appeal to moms and dads - who can easily monitor and control the device as their children grow more Internet savvy.

As it's built for children, the 10.1-inch machine is very much durable and highly portable - weighing less than 3 pounds - making it easily be carried around by kids.

Each Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition features an easily customizable user interface, with Nickelodeon-branded desktop wallpapers and icons that give a truly unique, kid-friendly experience. The interface also provides an easy way to access Nickelodeon's dedicated web portals where kids can select their own dynamically updated content including the latest games and TV shows.

This netbook, Dell's first ever kids-focused product, will be available from October.

Article: HotHardware
Press Release: Dell

DormVault will keep your laptop safe from college thieves

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Zune HD

College dorm rooms or university halls of residences are probably not the safest places to leave your laptop and external hard drives lying around, but the DormVault Laptop Safe can keep prying eyes and untrustworthy friends from getting to them when you're not around.

This tough, 9-pound, "rugged steel" vault can hold a 17-inch laptop, accessories, and even a couple of external hard drives. If you're paranoid about losing your cash, then it'll be a safe enough place to store your wallet too.

Zune HD

The DormVault, available for US$59.99 from ThinkGeek, bolts to furniture from the inside making it impossible for thieves to unscrew it.

Articles: Gadget Review, WIRED Gadget Lab
Product Page: ThinkGeek

If you didn't know it already, texting while driving can kill

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009


The local police department in Gwent, Wales, will be screening a 30-minute movie showing the possible dangerous consequences of texting while driving to their local schools soon, that they hope will help prevent texting-related accidents.

Not content with the usual scare tactics, they've created "COW", a visually graphic and bloody, yet probably very effective public service announcement.

If you tend to text while you drive, then we hope that this video will wake you up.. [warning: not for the feint-hearted]

A clip from "COW"

Articles: BBC News, Gizmodo

Microsoft Zune HD to ship September 15th, could give iPod Touch a run for its money

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009


Zune HD

Gadget sites from all around the world have lately been flooded with news and photos of the upcoming sexy-looking Zune HD, Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod Touch, which seems like it could be a winner among media player enthusiasts.

Scheduled to be launched on September 15th, the Zune HD, as it name suggests, is capable of playing High Definition 720p media when it's hooked up to a TV (via HDMI).

Zune HD

The player boasts a super-crisp 3.3-inch 16:9 OLED touchscreen, which from the video below looks like it has a smooth and super-sexy interface - probably much more fun to look at than the current iPod Touch.

Microsoft Zune HD Demo

Besides the usual media player features of music and video playback, Internet connectivity and picture viewing, the Zune HD will also be able to receive HD radio.

The fashion conscious will be able to choose from 10 new exclusive designs, available in five different colours (blue, lime green, red/maroon, beige, black and silver).

Probably the most appealing thing about the Zune HD is its price - US$219.99 for the 16GB model and US$289.99 for the 32GB model - price points that could tempt buyers away from the US$229 (16GB) and US$399 (32GB) prices of the iPod Touch.

Could this device finally be the iPod killer? Only time will tell..

Zune HD

Article: DVICE
Product Page: Zune HD

Samsung unveils camera with front-facing LCD display

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009


It's been quite tricky trying to take self-potraits with point & shoot cameras all these years - especially when you have more than just yourself to take. Samsung has probably solved the problem by introducing a camera that has an extra LCD screen in the front, making it easier for you to take those tricky shots.

Besides being able to give you a preview of what your shot will look like, the TL225's 1.5-inch front-facing screen will also display a countdown timer if you decide to place the camera down, instead of holding it during self-portrait shots.

Another unique feature of the front-facing screen is that it can be used to play animations that will help you get the attention of children when you want to take their photos. The camera's 'Child Mode' will display a video of an animated clown, among others.

Besides sporting the front-facing screen, the 12.2-megapixel TL225 boasts some other great features too, including the ability to take HD movies, and wide-angled shots, HDMI connectivity, and touchscreen functions that make it easy to operate the camera. For example, to turn it on, simply tap on the main 3.5-inch screen, and to delete a photo, just swipe an "X" over an image.

The TL225 will be available in September for around US$350.

Article: DVICE
Product Page: Samsung