The Cinema One is a Pricey, but Incredibly Interesting, Alternative to Video Streaming
I love Netflix and Hulu. Hell, I think most of us do.
If I had to make a complaint about those services, though, it’s that they both have an incredible tendency to not have the exact movie I want to watch at that time. This isn’t so much a fault of their massive libraries, as it is the result of the impossible task that is acquiring every film and TV shows that have ever been made, along with being able to anticipate the exact whim of every user.
The Cinema One from Kaleidescape proposes an interesting solution to this dilemma. It allows you to store up to 600 DVD quality titles or 100 Blu-Ray quality titles within the player to be accessed at your leisure. The movies themselves can either be downloaded from the Kaleidescape store, or ripped straight from the DVD and Blu-Ray source.
Think of it then as your own personal steaming service then that is catered entirely to your tastes. Even better, it offers services that Netflix and Hulu can not such as custom DVD like scene skips for every title, and video and sound quality that is simply not possible with the traditional streaming methods.
As absolutely incredible as the concept and actual product is, the price is a real buzz kill. Coming in just shy of $4000, this is already a big ticket item before you even consider the additional costs of purchasing movies to add to it (though it does come with 50 free movies upon purchase). While the whole “no subscription fee” thing helps somewhat, even then that’s a price tag that limits the market considerably.
Based on concept and design alone, though, this is one of the most notable devices released this year, and will certainly serve well as the centerpiece of any true film buffs entertainment center.
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This World Noise Cancelling Prototype Is Well Worth Your Attention
Perhaps I’m just odd (I’ve been accused of it before), but I really enjoy the sounds of the city in my apartment. Much like staying inside and listening to the rain, there is a certain joy that comes from absorbing yourself in the world outside while also enjoying the comforts of your home.
However there are times when the hustle and bustle of the city is not the optimal soundtrack for your relaxation. Sure you can play some music or ambient noises to drown them out, but the effect can be quite harsh and serve as a poor substitute or combatant to the ambience of the outside world.
Designer Rudolph Stefanich apparently felt the same, which may explain what led him to design a world noise canceller prototype of sorts called the Dial it Down.
Featuring a touch controlled dial and affixing to the inside of your window, the Dial it Down acts much like a pair of noise cancelling headphones and can either tone down, or completely block the noise of the outside based on your settings. More impressive, though, may be its ability to filter and replace the exterior noise and turn it into something more docile like the sounds of nature or even just isolate certain noises until you’re hearing exactly what you want to in your home.
While still in the prototype stage, it’s clear that the complex design of the Dial it Down is more than just a whimsical notion and is realized enough to actually come to fruition. Let’s hope that is the case too, as its ability to allow the user to control the noise of their home in a more organic and natural way not reliant on blasting as many decibels as possible is a very desirable luxury.
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Tired of “Accidentally” Running Over Bicyclists With Your Car? These New Gloves May Help
Originally this was going to be something about Black Friday sales, but whilst browsing the interweb I came to two conclusions.
- Nearly every site on the internet advertises Black Friday sales right on their front page.
- The sites which do directly feature sales, collect the best Black Friday sales from said sites.
So, with approximately 100% of the internet already on top of this Black Friday thing, I thought I’d focus on something that traditionally goes completely ignored on Black Friday.
Yes, since today is the day millions of shoppers will be packing stores and attacking their wares without a single regard towards basic decency and safety, why not highlight a product aimed at providing just that?
The turn signal gloves from Zackees are aimed at providing bicyclists and skateboarders a much needed alternative in making their intentions known to pedestrians and motorists around them. It gives the non-motorized street travelers of the world an electronic turn signal of their own, and requires little more than a hand movement in the appropriate direction to activate.
Even better, knowing their product will primarily be bought by hipsters, Zackees paid special attention to the style of the gloves, so wearing a turn signal on your hands looks as un-nerdy as humanly possible.
There’s no guarantee for success in the gadget market, but when you create something that is practical, useful, stylish, clever, and innovative it’s usually a good sign that your product will find an eager market. We’ll see if that holds true when the turn signal gloves start crowdfunding on December 9th through Kickstarter.
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A Technologically Superior Fib That Just May Get You Out Of Work Early
As Bevis, Buthead, and Blink-182 informed me before I was able to make the conclusion based on my own experience, work sucks. Sure it might not suck for those people that have those “jobs they actually like,” but for the rest of us normal people, it most certainly does.
Sometimes though, it can suck worse than other times. Especially when its right before the end of the day, and some menial task appears preventing you from leaving at the prearranged time. Or, alternatively, when nothing is keeping you from leaving at the prearranged time, except for your desire to be literally anywhere but where you are right now, preferably with a beer in hand that will mute the knowledge that you’ll be right back to the grind soon.
While many of us have developed our own methods for getting out of the whole work thing a little early, one developer came up with a unique approach to the issue and has been kind enough to share it with the rest of us.
It’s called the Happy Hour Virus, and it “breaks” your computer so you can feign dismay and duck out early owing to the sudden lack of functional computer. The virus comes in three flavors (blue screen of death, broken monitor, and kernel panic) all of which are purely cosmetic and can be removed by hitting the escape button. Use couldn’t be simpler as you just head over to the happy hour virus website, choose your favorite poison, and get your best acting chops ready for the rest.
It’s a ballsy maneuver to be sure, and likely to backfire against the user in the worst way, but when it’s 1:00 on a Monday when you know damn well it should be at least 4:00, consider taking the risk* and utilizing the Happy Hour Virus to get home, or the bar, right when you want to.
*WARNING: Risk not advisable
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Simple and Advanced Technology Combine to Make a Compelling Bluetooth Speaker in the Lyrix Jive
The sound quality of the average mobile Bluetooth speaker is so great that for many the deciding factors in buying one have quickly shifted to price, portability, and ease of access and use.
While more than a little unconventional, the Lyrix Jive speaker from Digitial Treasures is an intriguing blend of all those qualities. That’s because along with the usual array of Bluetooth speaker features such as speakerphone capabilities, the Jive also has some less than usual attributes which are headlined by its suction cup base. By incorporating this simple addition, the Jive finds itself in the unique position of being quite possibly the most versatile and mobile speaker around, considering that you can stick it to just about any surface and have it ready for use.
While certainly a little gimmicky, that’s never a bad thing as far as gadgets are concerned as long as that gimmick is interesting enough to make the gadget desirable. In this case, the amazing range of placement options the simple addition of a suction cup allows (especially in the shower) makes this a compelling buy for those in need, while the $39.99 price tag keeps it from hurting the wallet too much.
The Helmet of the Future is Here
I’ve mentioned a few HUD assisted driving products recently, but I’ve never mentioned my resentment of the fact you can’t really wear any of them, thus depriving me of the chance to live out some “Halo” master chief fantasies while on a commute.
Thankfully the Skully P1 is here to pick up that particular slack in the HUD assisted driving department. It’s a motorcycle helmet with a built in heads up display in the interior of the visor that provides you with blind spot information, GPS, and a host of other driver assistant tools. Among them, the most intriguing has to be a rear view camera angle that allows the rider to get a rare safe look behind them. Adding to the cool yet actually safe features list, is the built-in smartphone integration which lets you field calls and texts as well as control your music while riding through voice commands.
I’m actually disappointed this is only being advertised as useful for motorcycle riders, when its uses in everything from paintball to zombie apocalypses are evident. Perhaps they’re trying to get away from the 80’s sci-fi evil biker image this thing can attract if not carefully handled, but they can’t stop me from wanting this despite my intentions to use this for anything but riding a motorcycle. In fact the only thing likely to stop me is the Skully P1’s price available on request policy which will deter many from living out there sci-fi fantasies through this amazing piece of technology for quite some time.
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Why The ChargeDrive is Everything You’ve Always Wanted In a Cell Phone Accessory
There are some burdens, like hang overs, we learn to live with because we come to accept them as the way things are. A big part of the reason the gadgets world is great, is because it’s essentially the combined effort of a group of people trying to make those burdens as few as possible. However, even in that effort there are a few added burdens that not always get addressed properly.
Thankfully one of those few burdens may soon be getting addressed thanks to a Kickstarter project for the ChargeDrive. Essentially the Swiss army knife of cell phone accessories, the ChargeDrive combines a charger, a stand, a tripod, and a USB flash drive in the hope of eliminating the burden of dragging around all the accessories needed to get the most out of your cell phone. It’s about as large as an older model flash drive so the size is about right, and its clever design which includes a base that folds out into a sturdy tripod supported by the flash drive handle, and charger that only requires a USB drive on the other end, mean it looks to be practical as well.
If I had to throw a complaint here, it’s that the charger set up is better for a laptop, but otherwise this is a hell of a design. The problem with devices like this in the past, is that they incorporate a design just isn’t visually appealing, and often detract from the supposed usefulness of the all-in-one. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, and the inclusion of a tripod into the usual accessories combinations without ruining that design is genuinely inspired.
Going for an early backers price of $39, the price is about right for the ChargeDrive if it really is all it looks to be. Jump on this now then, while you have the chance.
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A Kitchen Knife Worthy of Michael Myers
I thought, perhaps, about putting some horror movie survival gear on here to help all those who find themselves in supernatural situations this Halloween, or in the rarely known fallout period after Halloween when the real monsters come out because they know everyone’s got their guard down. However, when you break down the sheer numbers of horror movie films, you’ll find that we humans have actually come out ahead fairly often. That being the case, I think it’s time the bad guys got a little help.
Particularly, I’d like to assist one of the original, and still best, horror film icons by suggesting a tool to “Halloween” star Michael Myers. Fitting his low-tech, yet still timeless, choice of weapons, the Kyocera knive is quite possible Japan’s finest attempt yet at perfecting the ceramic knife. Expanding upon the inherit advantages of the typical ceramic knife, the Kyocera not only holds its edge 10x longer than a steel blade and is more lightweight, but is just as powerful when cutting all possible manners of items, all while it’s rivet handle and sleek design make it more versatile and easier to handle. It doesn’t easily corrode, requires little upkeep, and even comes in black.
An elegant weapon for a more civilized horror slasher age, this is a certain horror icon’s dream, and quite possibly the perfect kitchen knife for the home. Should you want it in yours, they go for $119 on Amazon, but you must of course first ask yourself if you’d like to have it laying around, should a certain Shatner masked horror legend come pay a visit just because you didn’t make sure the house wasn’t owned by anyone named Myers previously.
Oh, and Happy Halloween everybody.
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This Water Fueled Jetpack Will Have You Thinking of Summer Long Before You Should
With the possible exceptions of the laser gun and the flying car, I feel the longest running sci-fi tech desire is the jetpack. Though we may have advanced in unthinkable technological ways since the first time someone came up with the idea of strapping rockets to your back and soaring through the world with absolute, and badass, freedom, there still remains a great interest in popular culture concerning the classic idea of the jetpack, despite the number of practical barriers impairing it from existence.
The always entertaining folks at Hammacher and Schlemmer offer up the newest interpretation of the jet pack design, by taking the concept out for a swim with the Hyrdo Powered Jetovator.
This seat with dual throttle controls is powered by a 40 foot hose which supplies the main component the user rides on with enough water to support its three jet propulsion system, which both gets it airborne and keep it afloat. Capable of speeds up to 25 MPH (upwards?), the ferocity of the Jetovator is not in question, nor is its maneuverability, as through the throttles the user can allegedly perform a variety of aerial stunts which include barrel rolls, flips, and even underwater dives.
Though conversations of safety and practicality can often hamper any gadget discussion, here the questions are impossible to ignore as every capture of the Jetovator in action instantly conjures the image of something going terribly, terribly wrong. However, part of the appeal of the jetpack design has always been its carefree disregard of practicality, which is one aspect of the traditional model the Jetovator nails on the head. You can only imagine the sheer joy that comes from using this thing successfully before those brief moments where everything goes terribly, terribly wrong.
I say “only imagine” because with a $7,000 price tag, this isn’t likely to become a household item any time soon. It is a reasonable facsimile of a water fueled jet pack though, and is well worth cozying up to as many rich folk as possible just on the off chance they’ll purchase one for the summer and let you have a go on what just may be the most dangerously exciting aquatic gadget produced yet.
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The Only Gun That Can Make Aquaman Flinch
Have you ever had to pursue an armed and dangerous international criminal while underwater?
Really? Earlier today you say? Well that’s unexpected…and a little impressive.
Well it turns out that situation is a fairly common occurrence for Russian spec ops as well, and in encountering it they’ve determined that most guns absolutely suck at shooting underwater, and that it’s a real pain in the ass to have to carry a separate weapon designed specifically for aquatic battles (I should really watch “Thunderball” again…)
Instead of lamenting the situation though, a Russian arms designer went ahead and solved it with the creation of the ADS, which is billed as the world’s first amphibious assault rifle. By allowing for the gun to fire a smaller, more aquatic friendly round, along with the more traditional magazines, the ADS is able to effectively work both on land, and underwater where it has a range of about 85 feet, and is capable of shooting an impressive 800 rounds per minute. It also has a grenade launcher attachment, and while nothing specific was mentioned regarding its aquatic functionality, as with most grenade launchers it’s safe to assume the specifics are largely irrelevant.
As mentioned, this weapon is mostly intended for use by Russian forces, and is in fact being tested by them now, so it might be a while (if ever) before you’re convincing a very worried fish and game warden that the aquatic assault rifle you’re carrying is just for streamlined hunting and fishing purposes. As per usual though, you can enjoy a YouTube demonstration of the ADS from a Russian news segment on it, which gets bonus points from using one of the songs off of the “Casino” soundtrack for the highlight video.
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