TiVo may be falling under the superficial spell of techno-fashion with its Glo Remote, but competing gadgets know that beauty is only clamshell deep. Take, for example, the InVoca voice-activated universal remote, which supposedly recognizes up to four voices and 25 commands for your TV, VCR, DVD player and other devices. It also has a charging base--shouldn't all products have those by now?--and a hands-free surfing function (we're not sure exactly how that works). The InVoca's name reminds us of an Italian scooter, but we've already gotten over that. If it works as billed, we … Read more
As new iPod cases are churned out all the time, everyone is trying to outdo each other with increasingly gaudy designs. But iPodMods, as Uncrate points out, is clearly going in the opposite direction.
Taking a cue from classic skeleton watch designs, iPodMods' iVue Crystal Case shows off the beauty of the media player's internal mechanics--exhibiting an unabashed appreciation for the true geek asthetic. Sometimes, less is indeed more.
At the risk of being called an Apple fanboy, a Microsoft basher and a dog kicker, I gotta say the Zune does not impress me.
Microsoft recently sent an emissary to CNET with three Zunes to demonstrate Redmond's new offensive against the Apple/iPod juggernaut. While the Zune certainly has some interesting features, such as Wi-Fi capability and a decent-sized screen for a front-pocket device, the overall theme of the day appeared to be that this should be a considered a first-generation device that nails the basics and is easily expandable through software to learn new tricks.
Fair enough, … Read more
As one of our fellow Cravers reminded us yesterday, bikers are often neglected in the gadget realm (as in mountain bikes, not Harley choppers). So we did a little digging and came across this gift for your cycling loved ones: a frame-mounted bicycle MP3 player from Hammacher Schlemmer. Waterproof and detachable, it comes with headpones, a built-in speaker, 1GB of memory and a USB port. Depending on your bike model, there may even be enough room left over for a GPS device and garage door opener.
(Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
If you aren't careful, your iPod could easily get stolen. It's a fact of life, right? Well, it doesn't have to be, according to the creators of the iDisguise iPod Nano cases. They're cleverly designed to look like they're for toting around breath mints, not music players. Inside, a foam core keeps your iPod snuggly and scratch-free, and if all goes well, potential thieves will ignore the camouflaged iPod entirely (assuming, of course, that they aren't trying to steal mints). The iDisguise comes in both peppermint and wintergreen variations.
Anti-theft implications aside, it could … Read more
Underscoring the unmatched marketing prowess of Steve Jobs once again, the crimson Nano will be getting another round of press--and the addition of an 8GB model--as it makes its debut on Apple's online store today. As you'll recall, $10 of each sale will be designated for Bono's (Product) Red campaign against AIDS in Africa.
The only question is whether any will be left if Oprah places another order.
(Photo: Apple … Read more
Tons of products are coming out to help you enjoy your iPod while driving, but many of them seem a bit complicated for our Luddite sensibilities. For us, something like the modestly named iMe might be more appropriate.
The dash-mounted dock hardly qualifies as seamless integration, but at least it's versatile. The iME--which also is an acronym for its maker, Integrated Mobile Electronics--is designed to work with all the most popular MP3 players, including the iPod, Zune, and Creative Zen. Its dock, which also charges the player, connects directly to your car's entertainment system and supposedly allows you … Read more
This may sound heretical, but we don't think smaller is always better for gadgets. Especially if it means needing a magnifying glass to use them.
Take, for example, the Digital Cube Mini just released on the Korean market. It does what you want it to do: play videos, live TV, and music, as well as display photos and support e-books, according to Ubergizmo. And it's portable, that's for sure, measuring about 3 by 2 inches and a little more than a half-inch thick.
But is that a good thing? The cube's diminutive stature means that its … Read more
Some studious (and undoubtedly very bored) German iPod fans found mention of a "touch-screen" iPod in the "official Apple document" pictured above. The paragraph, which is part of an Apple developer PDF file, has since been changed by Apple to read "touch wheel" rather than "touch-screen." This is pretty plainly a case of an overlooked typo, but it begs the question: was it an innocent slipup, or did the writer have touch screens on the brain because of current goings-on in Cupertino? This in turn brings to mind another question: how many … Read more
What would you get if you crossed an iPod with an LG Chocolate? If you've actually pondered that question, we delicately suggest that you get out more.
But some people, like the editors at Mobile Magazine, get paid to think such big thoughts, and we're glad they do. Because that's a perfect way to describe the latest version of the "Pico" by Luxpro, a thin MP3 player that combines the design of a Nano with Chocolate-like features such as touch-sensitive buttons. It also has a 1.5-inch color screen, FM radio, and USB connection. But … Read more