February 20, 2008

[THE GET IT]
With the integration of video into VOIP and some of the instant messenger programs, if you don’t have a video cam, you’re really losing out on a lot of functionality. So if you’re ready to make the leap, look no further. The highly reviewed QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam is a winner. This webcam features a Carl Zeiss lens, a true two-megapixel sensor (gives you up to 8 megapixel photos), and an integrated microphone with RightSound technology for crystal clear conversations free from echo and annoying background noise. PC Connection is offering the QuickCam Pro 9000 for just $59.99 after a $30 rebate. Check around, you won’t find it for less than $80 anywhere. In fact I just ordered one for myself. I’ve listed just some of the reviews here, here and here.
http://www.pcconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail…
 
[THE GIZMO]
Do you often find yourself in the middle of nowhere while asking yourself, “I could really use an espresso right now”? Well, fret no more; I’ve got something that’ll ease that caffeine jones. It’s called the Handpresso. This new portable espresso maker will give you 16 Bar of pressure in your back pocket. Give it a few pumps, add hot water from a kettle or a thermo insulated bottle, add any old E.S.E. pod (Easy Serving Espresso) and with a push of the button, you’re ready to serve. In addition, you can pick up all sorts of accessories for the Handpresso like a thermo insulated flask with integrated thermometer, portafilters, outdoor cups or a nifty carrying case. Click here for a video of a very handsome European couple enjoying the Handpresso out in the wild.
http://www.handpresso.fr/index.html
 
[THE GORGEOUS]
I know it’s hard to believe that a camera claiming to be “the toughest point-and-shoot camera in the world,” could also be called gorgeous, but to me, the new Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is a thing of beauty. Packing 10.1 megapixels, the 1030 SW is also shockproof (6.6-ft drop), waterproof (33ft), freeze proof (14°F), crushproof (200LBF) and dustproof (air-tight seal impervious to dust). Clad in a rugged, but stunning, all-metal body, the front plate is secured with four large chrome hex bolts, giving it a great armored look. It also features revolutionary shock-absorbing construction and has waterproof seals and gaskets. In addition, the 1030 SW sports a 3.6x wide-angle zoom lens, 2.7” HyperCrystal™ II LCD and comes in black, silver and green. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product…
 
[THE GREEN]
Talk about your renewable energy. A student at Virginia Tech has developed an LED lamp, dubbed Gravia, which uses that all too available energy source, gravity. Clay Moulton, who received his Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in industrial design, won second place in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition as part of the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City. The lamp consists of an acrylic tower roughly four feet tall which generates energy by the ultra slow freefall of a mass that in turn spins a rotor. The lamp powers 10 high-output LEDs that generate 600-800 lumens, roughly equal to a 40-watt incandescent bulb. When the mass reaches the bottom, you simply turn it over, much like an hourglass and the process starts all over again. Operation is silent and Mr. Moulton estimates that the mechanism is nearly indestructible. Here are some detailed images of the patented design.
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2008…
 
[THE GOSSIP]
Ripped straight from the pages of a James Bond script, the US military is planning to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite. They plan to accomplish this with an interceptor missile relying on a ship-based weapon developed to defend against ballistic missile attacks. Apparently the satellite contains a half ton of Hydrazene, a nice little rocket fuel that can burn the lungs and even be deadly in extended doses. So that sort of thing falling in our backyard would not be a good thing. According to the New York Times, this “makes it a real-world test both of the nation’s antiballistic missile systems and its antisatellite capabilities” and these systems “have not been used except in carefully controlled tests.” Yikes! A real-world test? Are you kidding me? My question is who is going to shoot down the missile when this little bit of technology malfunctions while attempting to shoot down the original little bit of malfunctioning technology.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/science/…

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