August 22, 2007

Ready to go cordless? Get over to ClubIT and get yourself the Logitech Cordless Desktop LX710. The LX710 includes a laser mouse and a premium keyboard with adjustable angles that includes one-touch controls for music playback and photo editing, plus direct access to advanced features of Windows Vista such as Document Flip. It also features hot-keys to instantly open applications, games, folders, and web pages. If you’d like more info or feeling skeptical, I’ve included a review here. ClubIT is offering the LX710 for the low price of $29.99 after a $20.00 rebate. For reference, Amazon has this listed for $60 and has it for $67.
Whether you’re getting your investigative reporter on or just hangin’ out with the boys from Jackass, the V.I.O. POV.1 may just be your best friend. The POV.1 is a completely self contained point-of-view video system that is dustproof, waterproof (the whole system is waterproof to 1m and the camera separately to 10m) and shock-resistant in a package the size of most remote controls. It operates so efficiently that it can record hours of video on four AA batteries. It does so on simple SD cards up to 2GB which allows about 80 minutes of high quality video on a single card. In addition, operational temperature range for the recorder is from freezing to over 150° F. The camera head can withstand down to -40°F and up to 185°F. In my opinion, however, the coolest feature is the wireless remote control that allows you to control all the action from the palm of your hand. The POV.1 begins shipping in late August for $849.
The Confederate Motor Company, which was founded in 1991 by Matt Chambers, had quickly earned a reputation for turning out some of the most amazingly beautiful motorcycles. They kept their line to just a few models and only released a limited number for each. The bad news is that in 2005 the factory was completely wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. The good news is that they are back in business in their new location of Birmingham, Alabama. Continuing with their tradition of clean, minimal, almost aerospace-like design, they have added a new model, the Renovatio. Besides the absolutely insane look of the bike, the Renovatio will feature a 90 degree water cooled GM based engine which produces 150 HP normally aspirated and 190 HP with the optional supercharger. Weighing in at a feathery-light 340lbs and constructed from aircraft aluminum and titanium, the Renovatio should be quite the rocket ship. Click here to take a gander at the complete line. No word yet on pricing or availability.…
Sometimes that monolithic behemoth that we call the refrigerator is just too much. It just stands there waiting for you to open it up so it can release all the coolness it’s been idly storing up. Besides the inefficiency of a vertical door unit, sometimes it’s just a matter of pure overkill. Most households of a few people can get by just fine on a smaller unit. Especially if you are the type that shops often for fresh fruits, vegetables and other forms of victuals. If you fit this profile, the new drawer model from Norcool may just be the answer. Norcool, the Scandinavian company that has been a leading supplier of refrigeration solutions since the 1970s, has just released a new model that is not only efficient; it also blends in fantastically with the rest of your cabinetry. The Drawer fridge has a total capacity of 170 liters and at maximum power consumption draws only 105 watts of power. It includes two outer drawers and an inner drawer. The drawers can be pulled out completely and have an easy-glide self-closing mechanism and shock absorption. Click here for some juicy shots of those fridge drawers in action.
In their never-ending bid to take over the world, robots have taken another giant step. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced the successful test of an autopilot program that lets an aircraft perform air-to-air refueling. You know, that’s where the plane attempts to stick a tube into a funnel trailing a tanker plane, at 18,000 feet while doing 250mph. Apparently, this maneuver is “one of the most challenging routine flight tasks outside of carrier landings.” Dubbed the Autonomous Airborne Refueling Demonstration, the AARD completed 11 perfect robotically controlled refueling missions over the past year. This included conditions of severe turbulence and even while the tanker plane was doing turns, something pilots don’t generally do. I am reminded of a quote an old friend of mine would often recount. It was from Arlen Rens, a Lockheed Martin test pilot who would philosophize about the future of flying. He would say, “Airplanes are now built to carry a pilot and a dog in the cockpit, the pilot’s job is to feed the dog, and the dog’s job is to bite the pilot if he touches anything.”…