March 19, 2008

[THE GET IT]
Wake up your next presentation with the Trust TK-4300p Wireless Presenter Mouse. It’s a 6-button 2.4 GHz wireless controller that’s a presenter, trackball, laser pointer and desktop mouse all in one device. It charges via USB so you don’t need to lug around a power adapter or travel plug and automatically switches to presenter mode when picked up. In addition, it can be used for browsing the internet and playing your movies/music, wirelessly, from up to 15 meters. Buy.com is offering the TK-4300p for the low price of $49.99 with free shipping. That’s nearly half the price of anybody else.
http://www.buy.com/prod/trust-tk-4300p-wireless…
 
[THE GIZMO]
Back in December of ’06 I featured the DARPA-funded BigDog, “the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth.” It was developed by Boston Dynamics and included a video that was quite unsettling. For those of you that remember it, you know what I mean. Well, Boston Dynamics has announced a new version of the BigDog and a video to go with it. The new unit is more capable, able to now carry 340 lbs, and just to warn you, much creepier. The video shows it navigating through all sorts of hazards like ice, piles of cinder blocks and deep snow, all the while able to regain its balance on its own. Honestly, this thing is more fit and athletic than most of your coworkers. I will say no more, just watch the video and be prepared to be frightened. Mules everywhere are emitting a collective sigh of relief. It’s a little long, but well worth the time.
http://blogs.spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/2008/03…
 
[THE GORGEOUS]
Said to be inspired by old train station clocks, the new Snap, designed for Diamantini & Domeniconi by Lorbus, looks more to me like a nice big slice of juicy candy. Kind of like a giant Starburst. The force behind Lorbus is Lorenzo Bustillos Galavis, a 32 year old industrial designer from Caracas, who now lives in Milan and is a self-proclaimed “freak for technology”. In addition to its beautiful design, the Snap features a base that rotates, allowing it to either be hung on the wall or used on a table and comes in two sizes: 28 x 28 and 37 x 37 cm. No word yet on pricing or availability. Unfortunately, the D&D site isn’t much help either.
http://lorbus.com/snap-for-diamantini-domeniconi-2008/
 
[THE GREEN]
I know what you’re thinking, not another piece on e-cycling, but I promise you this is different. Normally, you get information on a particular company or organization that handles a particular product. Or maybe a guide or web site that points you in the right direction. Well, e-cycling is about to get that much easier. You can now e-cycle your crusty old gadgets for free with the new “Mail Back” pilot program launched by the US Postal Service. Customers can pick up free envelopes in over 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players, free of charge! Clover Technologies Group is picking up the tab and there’s no limit to the number of envelopes customers may take. Clover is a nationally recognized company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets your old gadgets and anything that cannot be sold is then broken down into components for reuse or safely recycled.
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2008…
 
[THE GOSSIP]
As you know, THE GOSSIP section of the Hit List is usually reserved for stories like this one chronicling how the House of Representatives defied President Bush and the Senate by passing their version of a surveillance bill without legal immunity for telcos. Or maybe this one reporting that Toshiba will take nearly a $1 billion hit this year for its losing HD DVD campaign. So when I first came across this video, I knew that it really didn’t fit here, however, it was so good, I felt that I had to put it somewhere. So here it is, no real story, just an independent dog, passing the time away with his very own gadget.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcL6-mjRNk