Saturday, November 15, 2008

GPS underwear

underwear featuring a tracking system

Controversial: Critics have said underwear featuring a tracking system is the high-tech equivalent of a chastity belt

Feminists around the world have reacted with horror to a new line of lingerie that comes equipped with a GPS tracking system.

The 'find me if you can' range of underwear has been described as a modern-day, high-tech chastity belt.

'It is outrageous to think that men can buy this, programme it and give it to their partners and then monitor them,' said Claudia Burghart, leader of a Berlin feminist group.

'It is nothing more than a chastity belt for insecure men.'

Lingerie maker Lucia Lorio of Brazil says her design targets the 'modern, techno-savvy woman'.

The lingerie combination set consists of lace bodice, bikini bottom and faux pearl collar, with the GPS device nestled in the see-through part of the bodice next to the waist.

'This collection... is a wink to women and a challenge to men because, even if she gives him the password to her GPS, she can always turn it off,' Lorio said.

'It's not a modern chastity belt. Some men think they can keep tabs on their girlfriends with it, but they're wrong,' she added.

Unconcerned with the controversy her collection has raised, Lorio is also dismissive of the global financial crisis and its adverse impact on luxury items sales.

The GPS lingerie sells from a cool £500, complete with a standard Global Positioning System, to £700 with a more advanced model.

'Some women are now interested in buying it for protection,' she said, programming it for partners themselves so they are safe on a night out alone.

'In London, New York, Rio de Janiero - wherever there is danger, the underwear may prove to be a lifesaver,' she added.

But feminists in her homeland have called her a modern-day slaver and urged women to boycott the GPS underwear.

Hollow Spy Coins

We know that coins can be used to play a prank on others by squirting water, but here is something much more serious. It allows you to store precious information within without giving the game away. Do you have a microSD memory card containing risqué images of your weekend that you do not want anyone else to see, ever? Well, store it within the Hollow Spy Coin, of course! You can use it as a form of currency without being detected or charged for fraud, although that wouldn’t make real financial sense since the nickel alone will cost $30.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Doughnuts is a staple kid food - I haven’t met a little one who has refused a donut even until today, although there are times when parents who are more concerned with their kids’ dental health turning my free doughnut offer down. Well, for grown adults who have long escaped the clutches of their parents when it comes to eating sugary stuff, here’s a way you can catch up on all those lost years - with the Dough-Nu-Matic.

Serve yourself up a piping hot doughnut in less than a minute! It’s almost as fun to watch the Dough-Nu-Matic as it is to eat the donuts! The Dough-Nu-Matic automatically forms, fries and drains delicious mini-doughnuts in under 60 seconds. After your donuts are finished top with your favorite sprinkles, frosting or powder! Sure you could just go to your local donut shop - but why?… when you can enjoy warm and delicious doughnuts at your fingertips! Just add dough, sit back and relax…. Dough-Nu-Matic’s on the job!

It will retail for $129.99 and comes with easy to use dials, a safety guard lid to keep hands away from oil (handy when in the office) and stainless steel automatic spatulas that turn, cook and deliver doughnuts to the dispensing chute. Yummy!

Geek Webcam


It's Veteran's Day, so why not show your appreciation and buy your favorite veterans a present? And while you're at it, check out these sweet deals.

1. If Oprah likes it, it must be good: Woot! is selling a set of two Clique HUE HD Webcams for only $34.99. One camera alone usually costs between $79.99 and $99.99, so this really is a bargain. You can use the cameras for audio or video recording, and they work with both Macs and PCs.

2. Today, is giving $10 off to those who spend $100 or more. If you're looking to buy a digital camera, now's the time. The Panasonic DMC-FX12 digital camera is only $126.99--take $10 off, and it's just $116.99. For a camera with an original price of $229.99, that's a steal. The "$10 off" lasts until the end of the day, so make sure you get there fast. Also, the site is charging only $1 for shipping today.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

LaCie Internet Space

Everyone is always talking about the “cloud” and syncing up your data across multiple platforms so that it is accessible from anywhere. LaCie has obviously listened to this cloud talk and have come out with the Internet Space, which looks nice and provides a valuable function at the same time.


One thing that must first be noted about this LaCie model is that is good looking. It’s so simple that it could easily act as a companion to any of the newer notebook or desktop set ups that have come out of the gates boasting style as a feature.

But beyond its exterior, the LaCie Internet Space features a 500GB hard drive. But the real beauty of it is that you can sync up your computers and mobile devices with the device. Then, you can access your information from any computer from anywhere, just by visiting their website at It will cost you $205 and five minutes to set up, but that seems pretty worth it to put all of your data within a browser’s reach.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Webcam that's Cute, Creepy and Cuddly?

bunny_webcam.jpgThe verdict on this one is out - it's cute, but at the same time slightly terrifying with a dash of creepy. I think it's the slit eyes that have done it. Perhaps so much emphasis shouldn't have been put on the fact it's a bunny (yes it's a bunny - in case you didn't get that) seeing as the ears are buried underneath its hat and it doesn't obviously look like a "cute bunny", as suggested on the product page.

As a webcam it's a little inconspicuous and you wouldn't be able to tell first-hand whether it's a webcam or an old childhood toy. It makes it great for American Pie style webcaming though - no one will suspect a thing (although that would be very very naughty).

1.3 megapixels are on offer with high resolution ¼-inch CMOS colour sensors and a large window capture size of 640 x 480.

Into cute and creepy novelty webcams? Pick one up here for $16.99

ECCI Trackstar 6000


This ECCI Trackstar 6000 is apparently the numero uno sim-racing rig in the world. We’re talking a two-tone leather steering wheel, fluid damped steering which emulate the feel of tyres on pavement, fine tuned customisable steering resistance, high precision USB electronics and a shock absorbing desk clamp. Matching pedals also available. That’s enough for us, we’re sold. Now where’s that copy of Colin McRae’s rally from 1992? Priced from $989.00 and up.

Unlike most wheels that are circular in grip section, the 6000 Talladega wheel is deeper than it is wide in frontal profile. This creates a more natural grip shape for the hand. The grip contour at the nine and three o’clock positions is ideally suited to actuate the close fitting shift paddles behind. Lock-to-lock road course racing is a snap, but it is large enough in diameter to offer the incremental control critical to oval track racing.

Gravitonus Workstation

Workstation is a revolutionary, multifunctional
computerized system, created to
provide for optimal ergonomic
conditions at work.

System constantly changes
position of the user to maintain
comfort in relation to the
Earth Gravitational Field vector.

Matrox TripleHead capability with special
displays attachment allows to align the
display in the user’s best field of vision
in any body position.

Onboard LED lights array provides
shadow-less and glare-free local illumination
of the working area and guaranties good
conditions for visual control.

Active ventilated seat plus heating feature
with automatic control of blower speed and
airflow distribution.

Special keyboard attachment allows
moving the keyboard freely in 3D and fixing
it firmly in space as per user’s wishes.

Dynamic exoskeleton for both hands promotes
freedom of movement while stabilizing user’s
position. It easily follows task-related postures
and arm positions, thus reducing muscle loads
on the neck, shoulders and arms.

With 5.1 surround sound system,
the music, cinema and game action
and excitement envelops you.

Subwoofer is integrated into the back
of the seat to add a sensation effect.
The sound is felt - not just heard.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

MicroStation portable Solid State Drive

Buffalo introduces the MicroStation portable Solid State Drive. This compact external SSD is available in 3 capacities - 32GB, 64GB and 100GB and a transfer rate of up to 35MB/s with TurboUSB. The MicroStation has a Shock Resistant chassis.

Buffalo MicroStation will be bundled with Secure Lock Ware Encryption Software and Memeo Backup Software.

No pricing for the three drives has been given yet.

Nintendo wireless router

If you’re tired of your black and blue Linksys router not matching the glossy white finish on your Nintendo Wii, you might be interested in this wireless router that was recently announced by the house of Mario. But other than that, and maybe the ~$50 price tag, I can’t see why anyone would choose this over a more robust offering from a company like Linksys. On the other hand, I guess there are plenty of Wii owners who don’t necessarily have a mountain of home theater and computer equipment all networked together, and are just looking for a simple solution to getting their consoles online. The router will be available in Japan as of September 18th and while there’s no word of a wider release at this time, I’m sure it will eventually be made available worldwide.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

HP buys Via nano processors, but for which laptop?

Despite Intel's barrage with its Atom architecture, Via has managed to land a contract with HP for its nano low-power CPU. To be fair, the Via nano is actually good and has surpassed Intel's Atom in many performance benchmarks, even if Atom is lower power. Now, we don't yet know what HP will do with these CPUs. Is it for a successor of the HP mini-note 2133? Only time will tell.

Dell to dump 1 million UMPCs on the market

Ultra-mobile PCs are getting all the attention these days, but even if we don't own or want one, is it really possible not to like these cute little machines? The word on the street in Taiwan is that Dell has ordered 1 million UMPCs to local contract manufacturers. The small computers would have solid state drives (SSD) of 4GB or 8GB.

We're still waiting for the official announcement of the Dell Inspiron 910 aka Dell mini-Inspiron aka Dell E.

British Army bomb-dropping UFOs to deploy

This little UAV is capable of surveillance missions and even drop a (grenade-sized) explosive device into locations like building interiors. Small and without external blades, it could sneak-in via by a window. I suspect that surveillance is going to be the primary use (yup with HD video and all). Right now, it runs on gas, which is quite noisy, but there is hope that a future electric engine could make it quiet enough to do some serious espionage missions.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Password Stealing Trojan On The Loose

Security experts at MicroWorld have reported an alarming increase in the number of infections caused by the ZBot-D Trojan. The ZBot-D Trojan also known as ZBot, first surfaced in February, 2008 and mostly spreads via e-mails.

It can effortlessly disable the firewall, steal financial data, and can also provide the hacker remote access to the infected system.

ZBot has been designed very craftily to perform multiple malicious activities at a given point of time. It can modify system files, create new system processes and automatically delete cookies in the Internet Explorer URL cache, so that key strokes are recorded and sent to the botnet herder, when unsuspecting users enter their passwords on online banking Web sites.

Once a user opens a ZBot infected e-mail, a file named ‘ntos.exe’ is automatically installed in the system folder that adds entries in the registry to automatically invoke the Trojan at the system start up. The Trojan then creates havoc in the system such as, forwarding your personal details to remote Web sites from where the details are used by hackers and botnet herders, which in turn is sold to criminals for financial gains.

The little bastard also starts flooding your inbox with loads of spam and transforms the infected machine into a zombie computer, member of a botnet network. The zombie machines are then used for performing criminal activities like, Coordinated DDOS Attacks, spamming etc. by the botnet controller.


iBUYPOWER has just launched its new line of Video PCs that target the growing amateur videographer market which has strong drivers such as YouTube to keep the community abuzz with new material daily. Known as the Video Bot, this NZXT Appollo cased computer will come with the following specifications :-

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor
  • nVidia 9800GT graphics card
  • 4GB RAM
There are Pro and Extreme models available, boasting much more RAM, superior processors and a meaner-looking case, no doubt capable of keeping things inside running cooler as well. All of them will come with integrated 8-channel surround sound, Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition, and a 12-in-1 memory card reader.

LaCie Air Vents Speakers

LaCie does its level best to introduce both form and functionality into its creations, and the latest pair of portable USB speakers are known as Air Vents. Taking the minimalist route, this two-piece speakers will look pretty much like air ventilation outlets that sit atop most modern skyscrapers, featuring 2" drivers and a rubber ring at the bottom to prevent these speakers from slipping away. It also comes in business-like colors of black and white, making it suitable for either the office or at home. It is USB powered, so there is no need to lug around an additional power adapter on your travels although you would stand to benefit by carrying a USB hub around. The LaCie Air Vents speakers will retail for $59.99 while the FireWire version goes for a much more expensive $99.99.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Viruses Hide Behind Facebook/MySpace Identity

Social networking fans, beware! There is a virus going around that parades around as messages from your 'friends' from your MySpace or Facebook accounts, but in reality is an extremely destructive virus. Known as Win32.Koobecaf.a, it sends malicious content to MySpace users, while Facebook fans will have to contend with a variant known as Win32.Koobecaf.b. Be on your guard always, put on your thinking cap before you click on just about any link, and do keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus software (and definitions) always.

500GB Disc From Pioneer

Pioneer engineers seem to love breaking barriers as they unveil a 500GB optical disc, throwing in an additional 100GB compared to the earlier 16-layer optical disc. This time round, you will get 25 layers crammed inside, and it can be manufactured to function just fine with Blu-ray players. I'm not too sure what to do with all that space on a single disc - perhaps Sony can release 20 full HD movies on a single disc in order to save on shipping costs? It will take around two to four years before this new optical disc is made available to the general public, making me wonder who is brave enough to be an early adopter when this is released.

HP Wants Touchscreen Notebook

HP has plans to roll out a notebook with touchscreen capability within the next 18 months that will further improve upon the current tx series, aiming for a more natural interface that does not require on a stylus to work within a conventional model. According to HP, the sense of touch is almost the preferred method for non-technical savvy users - just how intuitive this will be remains to be seen. Will it go one up on the iPhone's multitouch interface? I don't know, but this custom interface won't wait for Microsoft Windows 7. What do you think?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Asus Offers new Eee PC Accessories

Asus has officially killed off the Eee PC brand in my eyes by unveiling yet even more accessories for the range. There is no official announcement yet, and I have no idea on whether these will arrive in the US or not, but the world will soon be able to have a peek at the Eee Drive (an external hard drive), the Eee Writer (an external Eee PC optical drive) and a 3G connection card known as the T500. Well, I would say it is now imperative for you to get a USB hub to go along with these new accessories because your poor Eee PC will definitely need it.

NZXT Guardian 921 PC Chassis

NZXT has a new PC chassis that targets gamers - the Guardian 921. It will hail from the NZXT Crafted Series line, featuring an interior that is spacious enough for you to stuff in a couple of high-end video cards as well as up to four hard drives. Made from 0.8mm and 1mm steel, features include integrated temperature monitoring and silent cooling with a trio of 120mm fans. Other ports consist of eSATA, HD audio, mic and dual USB on the front. This will target those who love building their own rigs from scratch, and at $89.99 a pop, it is definitely one of the most affordable gaming chassis around.

Chinavasion CVSJ-1304 is Super Slim

Chinavasion might not manufacture any iPod-killing devices, but they do have what is touted to be the "thinnest portable media player" on the planet - the nigh unpronounceable CVSJ-1304. Measuring a mere 4.5mm thin, you get 4GB of internal memory, ASF format support, compatibility with major audio formats, an integrated FM tuner and USB 2.0 connectivity to get all those files transferred over. Just how thin is 4.5mm? Stack up a quartet of credit cards and you'll have your answer. The Chinavasion CVSJ-1304 will retail for $39.55 a pop.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Methanol-powered PC

PCs don't go down well with booze, but that idea could offer a sign of things to come as computers of the future could run using a 'direct methanol fuel cell' (DMFC) method that involves methanol which is then converted into an electricity to power a computer. This is in essence, a new type of fuel cell that can be refilled whenever you run out of juice, and will definitely be a greener way to running things. Imagine the positive environmental impact if all computers were to run in this manner - those folks at Energy Star would be out of a job then, and tree huggers will have to look elsewhere for victims to pick on.

Sony to enter ultra-low-cost laptop market

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It might be the “race to the bottom” that Sony had feared: the netbook market is getting hot (if that wasn’t obvious), and with major players like Dell & HP jumping in, Sony has little choice but join the fight. Digitimes reports that Foxconn Electronics (a contract manufacturer) is “set to manufacture the notebook for Sony”. While not everyone agrees with the scope of the work to be done by Foxconn (build the whole thing, or only provide the components), there’s little doubt that major Japanese manufacturers are going to enter this market. And I bet that they will overwhelmingly choose Intel’s Atom as their processor of choice.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wall Climbing A Cinch

The C-Bot may be peering thru your office window soon. Based on biomimetics, it uses a gecko’s innovative foot design as a template to climb walls without any artificial adhesion. Tho it may not look like it, a gecko’s foot is hairy, fine enough to only be seen on the micro level. This molecular adhesion, combined with C-Bot’s array of ultrasonic sensors means costly (and ugly) scaffolding may be obsolete. Theoretically you can build them big enough to carry a human. Now wouldn’t that be something!

UPDATE: it’s essentially a bionic climbing robot which creates a diagnosis of the building fabric. Designed by Niklas Galler.

The sensor emits ultra-sonic rays and gets the required information through specific ray reflection. Inner damages of buildings, like rust inside of reinforced concrete, or mildew infested walls, can be detected.

Three symmetry axis enables the robots to move in different directions, without gearing. The complex leg architecture, qualifies the C-Bot to navigate and kind of edge or spherical surface - also vertical walls constitue no problem. C-Bot can be steered via GPS or a 3D-map with all required information can be uploaded on its hard disk.

Bean Vac Vacuum Cleaner

Now the Bean Vac vacuum concept is certainly a friend to homes in Asia, Europe, or the Americas. While it does not compromise quality and build, the Bean Vac vacuum offers the agility to maneuver within Asian homes when it is in canister mode. Making it stand upright makes the Bean Vac vacuum suitable for homes in North America and Europe where they are in general, much larger and more spacious. You just gotta love that green color though. The Bean Vac vacuum was designed by Ying-Hao Juan.

Bluetooth Umbrella

I guess it is only a matter of time before somebody came up with the idea of a Bluetooth Umbrella - this concept device features a Bluetooth-enabled handle that offers you handsfree connectivity to your cell phone. In addition, it also comes with an integrated FM radio to allow you to stay entertained despite the gloomy weather all around. I don't think many people will prefer to use this as their conversation device of choice, especially in public, as you will then make all your word exchanges public - dirty linen and all. Kudos to designer Mikhail Stawsky for the luscious design and concept art though. Why not throw in a solar panel on top so that this is self-powered indefinitely?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Vye S41 Mini PC and Tablet Computer

The S41 is a mini-v which can handle full versions of Microsoft software applications such as Office. A mini-v is a new category of mobile device that is in between a large tablet PC and a small PDA. Since it can function as both a tablet PC as well as a laptop it is considered to be a mini version of both; hence the term mini-v. The S41 in tablet mode is a decent gaming device, having buttons on the side of its screen for that as well as a d-pad and mouse pointer on the left, and on the right there is left and right click and the scroll up ad down hardware keys which can be bound to an action.

Priced at $1499, the Vye comes with:
  • Intel A110-800MHz processor
  • DDR2 667MHz 1024MB memory
  • 7" WSVGA(1024x600) TFT + TSP Touchscreen display
  • 80 GB HDD
  • Internal DVD Burner
  • Internal GPS receiver
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

Starmac Quadcopters

STARMAC is a multi vehicle test bed used to demonstrate new concepts in multi-agent control on a real-world platform. The fleet, consisting of six quadrotor vehicles that can fly indoors and outdoors as well as being able to carry computing and sensing resources sufficient for autonomous operations. Among the computing resources on board are a low level microcontroller board called the Robostix, the Gumstix Verdex for positive estimation and control, a PXA270 based single board computer and a PC-104 computer running Linux(Fedora) for onboard processing of vision information, optimal path planning and other high level automation tasks. These vehicles will be able to be used in real-world application with enough computing resources and excess lift capacity to get the job done… autonomously.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Digital Door Viewer

Record every visitor and increase your home security

Want to find out who's knocking at your door, ward of burglars, or capture evidence against anti-social behaviour, problem neighbours or nuisance callers? Increase your door security and feel safe in your own home with the Digital Door Viewer. This ingenious gadget is essentially a door camcorder with colour LCD display that fits over your current peep hole and automatically records every visitor who triggers the motion sensor. See who's at the door before you answer and playback recordings of previous visitors on the high resolution 1.5 inch screen without them knowing – this is your first line of defence against unwanted visitors and can help bring confidence to anxious or frightened residents.An on-screen grid of video clips allows you to find the recording you want fast, while straightforward navigation keys allow you to quickly scroll through older recordings according to their time and date. The patented mounting system is quick and easy to install and the internal memory is expandable up to 4GB with an SD card, providing 11 hours of recording. Kit your house with the Digital Door Viewer today and increase your home security!

Main Features
  • Record every visitor to your door whether you are in or out
  • Increase your home security and enjoy peace of mind
  • Quick and easy installation over your current peephole
  • On-screen playback with time and date stamp
  • High resolution 1.5 inch display for crystal clear recording
  • Capture evidence against bogus tradesman, anti-social behaviour, problem neighbours, nuisance callers, door to door sales

Unichal Dixau Dictionary

SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'WIS 2008') -- Unichal( revealed its new concept of dictionary 'dixau' in Korea market during World IT Show 2008. By adopting their own technology for letter recognition, the dixau offers English dictionary content on the computer monitor with authentic native-speaker voice when users puts and clicks the dixau on the words they want to konw the meaning of. According to the company, the dixau can support up to 17 dictionaries with connecting to the Internet. Suggested price is 99,000(KRW).