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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Trism: iPhone Bejeweled-like game

Trism is a Bejeweled-like game for Apple’s iPhone that incorporates the iPhone’s accelerometers into the gameplay. Depending on how the iPhone is held (the angle) determines how the pieces fall after a 3-pair match is found. Just watch the video and you’ll understand. If you want to read the full interview, check it out here (GameSetWatch).

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Via: Boing Boing Gadgets

Dummer: iPhone Drum Machine

First, there was the iPhone Guitar:

Then, there was the iPhone Piano (iAno):

Now, here’s the iPhone Drum Machine (Drummer):

The Drummer allows you to play 15 different drum samples and can play up to 5 sounds at one time, thanks to its multi-touch support. It comes included with several pre-set drum kits: Jazz, Rock, Dance, and Electro. You can even play along with your MP3′s. The software is currently in beta and requires a jail-broken iPhone.

Features after the jump.

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Firefly demo of Microsoft’s Surface

A video game demo of Firefly running Microsoft’s Surface has been hitting the Internet tubes. If you aren’t familiar with Surface, just think: large touchscreen computer monitor. The game requires the players to collect fireflies into their glass jars. Players must use their fingers to coax the bugs into their jar. For more evil players, you can smash the fireflies by touch the bugs directly. Microsoft’s Surface is multi-touch capable, able to detect multiple fingers touching the screen. Firefly was a rather simple demo, though, as stated in the video, won’t likely see public release. Enjoy.

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Via: TechAmok

Pearl Izumi Microsensor MP3 Bib Short

peral izumi microsensor bib short

The Peal Izumi Microsensor MP3 Bib Short, is a pair of cycling shorts with an embedded MP3 player. The integrated music player is Bluetooth compatible and can store up to 16 hours of bike riding tunes. Audio controls are integrated into the suit on the left thigh. The outfit itself features a ventilated rear panel which ensures you don’t overheat during your cycle session. It also features a MicroSensor fabric with MicroSensor mesh bib. MicroSensor fabric is Pearl Izumi’s technology which enables better sweat transfer.

The Peal Izumi Microsensor MP3 Bib Short costs $499 via Pearl Izumi.

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Via: Gizmo Watch

Freeloader Portable Solar Energy

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If there’s one thing that gadgets eat up, it’s batteries. I can’t even calculate the amount of dough I’ve spent buying AA and AAA batteries.

The Freeloader is an “advanced portable charging system” that is capable of powering several handheld devices (see the list below). Utilizing solar panels, the Freeloader connects to your gadgets via USB, though for some devices you’ll need a special connector which some are included. The Freeloader can power an iPod for 18 hours, a cell phone for 44 hours, a Sony PSP for 2.5 hours, and a PDA for 22 hours. It sports an aluminum body so it can take all the travel abuse you throw at it.

The Freeloader costs £29.99 ($60 USD) and is available in silver or pink.

See the compatibility list and what’s included after the jump.

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IBM 8Tbps bandwidth technology

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IBM has developed a new type of low-powered wire connection capable of delivering 8Tbps. IBM’s new technology “merges optical chips and data buses into a single arrangement” and is cable of streaming 5,000 high definition movies simultaneously. The new digital chips consumes the same amount of power as a 100-Watt light bulb. Wow.

Initially, IBM plans to implement the new digital connection to back-end servers delivering HD or large sized content. Consumer application of the new optical links is being considered.

I can see the Bittorent pirates having a field day once this reaches mainstream.

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Via: Computer Weekly