Griffin Technology has come out with an expected addon for the iPod nano, the iTrip FM transmitter. Why Apple doesn’t integrate these basic features into the iPod is beyond me, but it does leave great headroom for manufacturers to create their attachments. Using the Griffin SmartSound volume control, optimizes audio quality and allows users to control the iTrip’s volume level through the iPod nano click wheel. Features include selectable mono or stereo mode, USB powered from the nano’s built-in port, on-screen tuning, US, International and Japanese tuning modes and last 3 station presets.
Many ancient fighting disciplines have a version of, what’s lovingly called, The Circle of Death. It varies from martial art to martial art, but normally it involves a centering of energy or an arranging of personal fighting space. This is exactly the concept behind the Wolf Claw II. A circle of all the important FPS keys surrounds your left hand in a unique configuration. Arranging your fighting space, and centering your FPS energy. The keys are made to be silent, adding a little verisimilitude to any stealth gaming operation. The Wolf Claw II also features two revolutionary advancements. First, is the vertical space bar. It falls directly under your left thumb, which lets you keep your thumb in its natural position. Second, is the K-Lock key. Many online FPS games use the K key as a press-to-talk button. Well, now you can just kit the K-Lock, and talk all you want. Add two USB ports, some internet hot keys, and you have perhaps the greatest FPS keyboard ever designed. Time to get fragging! . Available for $ 49.99 from Thinkgeek.
The LG SV360 is renowned for being the fastest handset in the world (for graphic drawing making it perfect for game playing). In fact thats the reason that the SV360 can handle 3D games. It has a special graphics chip inside it. The SV360 supports miniSD cards for expanding its memory. The 2.2 inch display enjoys a resolution of 320 x 256 pixels. The handset has a form factor that would best be desribed as that of a Casio Digital Diary. It open up to reveal a numeric keypad. QWERTY has been given a miss despite enough space for the same, since two joysticks, large and comfortable to play games easily have been included. Check out the dual stereoe speakers on either side of the landscape screen when the handset has been opened up. The phone canbe used in normal mode when closed since it has a joystick and seperate keypad at the front (in candybar mode) as well. The SV360 must be the only cell phone to have two numeric keypads. Via – Phoneyworld
Prototype cars using “steer-by-wire” systems designed by Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corp., and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (FHI) filled the site of the 39th Tokyo Motor Show. Steer-by-wire is a system in which a tire turning angle is controlled by a motor. The system is used in Toyota’s fuel cell concept car “Fine-X,” Nissan’s electric concept car “Pivo,” Suzuki’s fuel cell concept car “IONIS,” and FHI’s concept car “IVX-II” Japanese auto makers predict that as electrification of the powertrain advances, as seen in hybrid, electric and fuel cell cars, “by-wire” systems including steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire (braking control by electrical system) which utilize abundant electricity generated in the car will become more pervasive. Thus, auto makers are making a strong effort to develop such “by-wire” systems.
T-net will be launching the BTK-6000 Bluetooth keyboard in November. It is compatible with Mobiles, PDA and PC’s. The body is made of aluminium which makes it very light and sturdy. The lever at the center provides stability when the keyboard in unfolded. Rubber padding underneath the keyboard prevents it from slipping. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries and runs for approximately 90 hours.
What do you get when you combine a flash drive, an MP3 player, and the Zen Micro’s touchpad? The “innovative” T.sonic 310 hybrid player from Transcend of course! Okay, well it’s not really innovative, but between the passworded partition, bootable partition, and PC-lock feature that lets you use the player as a key to your computer, it does sound pretty neat.The integrated lithium ion battery is good for 18 hours of music, either in MP3 or non-DRM WMA formats. Devoid from the chains of Windows Media Player or iTunes, the T.sonic 310 was born to be free, able to be used on Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Linux 2.4 or greater. Two models are available, 512MB in red for $78, and 1GB in Gray for $119. Via – EverythingUSB
Sharp has announced a PDA phone called as the “W-ZERO3″ which will make use of the latest edition of the Windows Mobile 5.0 (Japanese edition). The W-ZERO3 enjoys a slider form factor where the QWERTY keypad slides out from underneath the large, make that huge 3.7 inch VGA LCD. The handset will have 128 megabytes of built-in memory and a megapixel camera as well(1.3 megapixels to be precise). The Intel PXA270 processor makes short work of computing by operating at a clock speed of 416 Mhz. The W-Zero3 is also Wi-Fi compatible. The handset has USB and Bluetooth and supports a miniSD card slot which can swallow a card with 1 GB memory capacity. It will be priced at $ 450. Via – Phoneyworld
In yet another interesting twist to the Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD Gen-X format war, Warner Bros. Entertainment and its home entertainment division – Warner Home Video, have joined the board of directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association and will now release their films on the Blu-ray format. In support of the launch of Blu-ray players in Europe, North America and Japan, Warner Home Video will release its titles on the Blu-ray format, thus enabling viewers to enjoy on that format, a wide variety of movies – including new releases from Warner Bros vast library, as also from HBO and New Line. Blu-ray Disc is a Gen-Next optical disc format developed for high capacity software applications and high-definition video. While a single layer Blu-ray Disc can store up to 25 GB of data, a dual layer Blu-ray Disc can hold around 50 GB of data.
Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha unveils the concept model of a high-performance hybrid motorcycle, the ‘Gen-Ryu,’ equipped with a 600cc engine and electric motor hybrid system which can achieve over 1,000cc class machine performance at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari.
Sony plans to sell between 2.5 million and 3 million PlayStation Portable handheld video game devices in its first North American holiday season, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment America said. Sony had sold about 2.3 million PSPs in North America as of the end of September. The company also said it would begin offering a PSP Giga Pack for $299. The PSP bundle will hit stores in time for the holidays and include various accessories such as a 1-gigabyte memory stick, which can store about 30 hours of music. Sony will continue to sell its $249 PSP Value Pack with a 32-megabyte memory stick which holds the equivalent of one to two albums of music.