Archive for March, 2011

Nintendo 3DS: Glasses-Free 3D Gaming

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


The latest handheld gaming gadget is the Nintendo 3DS, which features a three-inch touchscreen and a 3.5 inch glasses-free 3D screen inside the cover. The 3D screen has a resolution of 800 x 240 pixels, which is quite high for a portable game device. New owners say that the 3D works surprisingly well when the screen is held at the right angle and the correct distance from the eyes.

The 3DS is compatible with Nintendo DS games, though more and more 3DS titles are becoming available. PCMag.com calls the 3DS “a solid first in a new generation of handheld game systems.”

Read a complete review of the 3DS on Engadget and see it in action in this YouTube video. Then if you’re ready to buy, visit the Nintendo 3DS home page. It’s priced at about $250.

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Mugo MP3 Player & Toy

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Mugo is an MP3 player, USB flash drive and toy with a unique form and function.  The vinyl body is available in a variety of colorful designs.  Connect the plug-and-play USB to a laptop and download your tunes and then use the Mugo faceplate to browse and select.  Earbuds are provided or you can plug into headphones or speakers. 

Mugo’s USB is embedded in the character’s tummy and no extra cables or software are required.  Once charged, it provides 8 to 10 hours of listening.

Find out more and check out the great designs on the Mugo website.

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PC-free VoIP with netTalk Duo

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The netTalk Duo is a compact gadget (about half the size of a pack of playing cards) that lets you connect your phone to the Internet.  It works through a computer or just plug it directly into a router for computer-free use.  At $70 (which includes the first year of service), netTalk is a bit more expensive than competing device Magic Jack, but according to netTalk you will make up for the extra cost in energy savings.

Find out more on the netTalk website.

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Chemex Coffemaker

Friday, March 04th, 2011

The clean design of the Chemex Coffeemaker looks like something straight out of a chemist’s laboratory. No wonder, since it was invented by a chemist who was looking for a way to concoct the perfect cup of coffee using a chemically correct method. This coffee beaker is made entirely of glass, a chemically inert substance that does not absorb chemical residues or odors.

The Chemex Coffeemaker uses a bond filter and hot water to brew up to 8 cups of coffee. It’s made from hand blown heat-resistant glass, has a wooden handle around its middle and is safe in the dishwasher or microwave. Find out more about this futuristic coffeemaker on the Chemex website.

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