March 5, 2008

If you’re still doing that landline thing, here’s your chance to upgrade the whole house in one shot. The Panasonic 5.8GHz Cordless Answering System comes with four handsets and a built-in digital answering machine. In addition, it features call-waiting/talking caller ID, speakerphone, visual ringer, handset locator, built-in clock with alarm, four-way conferencing, voice enhancer technology and intercom. Circuit City is offering this feature-packed system up for the low price of $99.98.…
After nearly a year and a half of lighting up the photography blogs and web sites, the new Sigma P1 will finally begin to ship the end of this month. The P1 is unique in that Sigma has managed to crowbar a full size sensor (14MP) and specs of a full-size, high end SLR into the body of a compact camera. It features a 14 megapixel Foveon X3 image sensor that is currently found in Sigma’s SD14 dSLR, a 16.6mm F4 lens that is equivalent to a standard 28mm, providing low distortion, high contrast images, QVGA video mode (320 x 240 @ 30fps) and an audio capture mode. In addition, it has support for RAW, the “TRUE” image processing engine and features full manual controls for photo enthusiasts. The Sigma P1 is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $799.
Looking for a nice place to keep that new gadget warm and safe? ‘Cause you know that new little anorexic MacBook Air of yours is always complaining its chilly. Then definitely check out the simple, beautiful, handcrafted line from Working Class Heroes. These sleeves and pouches are made from soft, water-repellent 3mm grey German wool felt and are finished off with nice simple snaps for closure and a bit of leather for accent. The line currently features pouches for your laptop, moleskin or iPod/iTouch along with a mousemat done up in the same style. Trying to distinguish themselves from the plastic and rubber usually used for these types of products, founder James Teal says. “We were inspired by the past, when handcrafted items were almost an everyday commodity.”
This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Morgan, creator of those crazy wooden-framed, retro-styled roadsters, unveiled the much anticipated hydrogen-fueled LifeCar. Beyond the advantages of zero emissions, the LifeCar has some beauty and a little beast in it. Along with a well appointed interior featuring steam-bent plywood covered in hand stitched leather and a wood-rimmed steering wheel, the LifeCar is slated to do 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and have a top speed of 100 mph. In addition to the hydrogen-fueled powerplant, the LifeCar sports an advanced regenerative braking system that rescues some 50% of its kinetic energy giving it a maximum range of 250 miles. Okay, I get it, beautiful, powerful and green but do I have to look like I just carjacked Liberace or Cruella de Vil?…
A small device that you attach to your surfboard or wetsuit to repel sharks? Sounds great, doesn’t it? The Shark Shield was designed to emit electrical waves, giving sharks uncomfortable muscle contractions to drive them away. However, while being tested in South Africa, under the supervision of the Natal Sharks Board, a female great white shark actually ate it! I’m no scientist, but that doesn’t sound so good. This on the heels of the death of Jarrod Stehbens, who was “taken” by a shark while studying cuttlefish for the University of Adelaide after being provided with two Shark Shields. Probably feeling a bit on the defensive side, Rod Hartley, director of Sea Change Technology, which manufactures the Shark Shields, states “The surf product only can be guaranteed to work when it’s stationary, not when it’s surfing in the wave or paddling.” Huh? Now you just have to figure out how to stay stationary while surfing.…