July 11, 2007

Time to trade in that Betamax and get yourself one ‘o those fancy new disc thingamajiggies. All seriousness aside, the ultra-slim Philips DVP642 Progressive DVD Player is quite a machine. The DVP642 provides progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs; SmartPicture and 4x video upsampling enhance all outputs. In addition, it plays a plethora of formats, including DVD-Video, video CD, audio CD, JPEG image CD, and CDs loaded with MP3, MPEG-4, or DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x files. It also features optical and coaxial digital-audio terminals which pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals. Circuit City is featuring this great DVD player for the low price of $29.99 after rebate, $3.99 shipping. Not convinced? Take a look at the customer reviews toward the middle of the page.
This is truly a first. There has never been a product featured as THE GIZMO that didn’t have batteries or needed to be plugged in. I think that’s what I like about the Carl Mertens Wine Thermometer. All you have to do is clip it on your bottle of wine and within a minute the temperature appears on the heat-sensitive band. There are many misconceptions and misinformation out there regarding the proper serving temperature of wine. For instance, most of the time we drink our white wine too cold and our red too warm. With the Mertens wine thermometer, you can take the guesswork out. Just find the type of wine you’re serving on the band and make sure the temperature is within that range and you are ready to pour. A bargain at $40.
Who doesn’t like a good hammer drill? But we’re not talking about plastic and steel here. We’re talking about the new Porsche Design P’7911 hammer drill from Metabo. That means a carbon fiber/aluminum body that keeps it strong and lightweight and a new ergonomic design. The designers put the handle on the top of the drill allowing the tool to be held at its center of gravity giving more control and causing it to feel lighter. In addition, it features Metabo’s „Quick“ drill chuck change, Variospeed [V] electronics for continuous speed changing, a pneumatic high performance impact mechanism and the Metabo S-automatic safety clutch. No word yet on US availability, but I have found a few on eBay UK and other British sites. Retail price seems to be right around $670. Here is a link to the brochure. Lots of juicy photos and details.
When it comes to green vehicles, many times all the effort is put into the green part with the aesthetics getting the short end of the stick. However, this new electric motorcycle from Brammo Motorsports is pretty sweet. It reminds me a bit of Philippe Starck’s Aprilia Moto 6.5. Brammo has put together a beautiful design that has a great combination of old and new. Besides its beauty, the Enertia is 100% electric and can recharge with a normal plug in a short 3 hours. That’ll get you about 45 miles at a top speed of about 50mph. That’s not a great top speed, but it gets you there in a mere 6 seconds. Coming in at a feathery 275 lbs, the Enertia utilizes a carbon fiber chassis, six lithium-phosphate batteries and posts some impressive efficiency and carbon emission numbers. The Enertia will be available next year for $11,995.
After all the iPhone dust has settled, it looks like old Steve Jobs done good. With sales estimates reported to be at around 700,000 units, Apple has made some serious cabbage. Predictably, many news outlets have been reporting that the iPhone is now sold out in an effort to keep the iPhone juggernaut story rolling. Well, in the immortal words of those gentlemen from Public Enemy, don’t believe the hype. By Friday, Apple had already begun to replenish stock in 74 stores. That’s more than 50% of their stores. If you’re looking to pick one up or maybe just curious, make sure you check availability here on the Apple Store. Every day they update it after 9:00 p.m. when the stores are closed and an accurate count can be determined.