World’s smallest printers

February 2nd, 2007

They’re powerful, they’re cool and they are the smallest printers ever made. The perfect choice for traveling, these little gadgets are not expensive as it may seem. In fact, they’re quite affordable, and they will definitely match your portable notebook. They’re all developed by PrintDreams along with their patented technologies, RMPT lite and RMPT full.
Feel free to check them out. I can fully guarantee they’ll make great presents.


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The Xyron Design Runner is probably world’s coolest creative tool. The first printer from the series, running their RMPT lite technology, the little printer is is a cordless, battery operated, handheld device that allows creative users to print a large variety of letters, shapes, icons, WordArt, borders and phrases directly into their projects. Creative users appreciate the fact that it is possible to print directly in media types that would never fit into a conventional printer device, thus allowing exceptional flexibility. There’s no need of a computer, wires or complicated download processes. The Xyron Design Runner retails somewhere around $160.


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The Whooosh is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2007 and it’s expected to be the coolest printer device. Using PrintDreams’ RMPT full technology, this will be the ideal tool to complement common drawing activities and make them even more fun and creative than ever. Users will be able to print out their favorite movie characters, figures, animals and much more directly in drawing books or other surfaces no matter format or size. Kids can also create their own art and uploaded to empty memory cards through an optional USB memory card burner accessory. The expected price will be around $150.


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The PrintBrush is the smallest printer ever made that can print full size format (A4 or letter size). Featuring the RMPT full technology, this gadget is expected to launch within one year from now. It will retail around $200 and in many ways, it will be even better than stationary printers or other so called “mobile” printers. For example, it will be possible to print directly in notebooks or other media that would never fit into a conventional printer device. It will also be completely silent allowing you to print during ongoing meetings, etc. On top of all that, no wires, no cables, no mess.

I’m looking forward to try and closely review at least one of these little gadgets.


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The $25,000 computer mouse

January 24th, 2007
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Now here’s a little gadget that aims directly to those that really have money to spend. However, that doesn’t keep us, mortals, to have a look. What you can see in the picture is the world’s most expensive mouse, that costs ~$25,000. The retail price is set at 18,600 Euro.


The product is called the Diamond Flower and is being produced by Pat Says Now. You might be wondering why a simple concept as a computer mouse can be so expensive. Well, 59 brilliants are scattered all over the mouse’s surface. Also the main surface is made out of 18-K white gold. Out of the 59 stones I mentioned, one is about 4mm in diameter, practically doubling the others.

After reading a few details on the producer’s website, I noticed that technically speaking, the gadget is just a plain old computer mouse. Has 3 buttons, a scrolling wheel, PS/2-USB connectivity PC or MAC. What I’m showing you in the picture is the scattered version of the mouse, but its name (Diamond Flower) comes from another designed version of the product, one whose brilliants are arranged to form a flower silhouette.

Personally, even if I’d have that much money to practically throw away, I wouldn’t spend them on this kind of a gadget. What about you?


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Build your own iPhone! It’s simple and quick. Everyone can do it!

January 21st, 2007

Yeah, you can also build your own iPhone. No IT genius required, just some ingenuity, …and perhaps some scissors, transparent duct tape and a cool printer. Yeah, a printer, because this isn’t the real iPhone, but rather a cardboard mockup. Here’s some photos of mine, in different stages of progress:
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Keyboard that glows in the dark

January 21st, 2007
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Now you can light up your Quake sessions between friends. I’m going to review the Zippy EL-610 USB keyboard. In its essence, it’s a notebook style keyboard, with a low keystroke and with a special feature. The buttons will glow in the dark, lightening up your keyboard when it’s dark in the room. As you can see in the picture, the light has a blue nuance.

Behind the 88-translucent keys is a flat sheet of electro-luminescent material – the same stuff that puts the glow in “Indiglo” which lights up watch faces around the world.

Like I mentioned, the keyboard should be connected to your USB plug, to receive power, and its main purpose is usage in environments where there is insufficient light. Being only 18mm thick and weighting less than 500g, it would be a great asset to any travel bag. No software is required for this keyboard to work on Windows 2000 or WindowsXP platforms which have at least one USB port free.

The electro-luminescent light generates no heat, but it creates a little imperceptible buzz sound that you hear when you’re a first time users. By using it everyday on a regular basis you finally get to automatically ignore the sound.

Despite my thinking, they’re not expensive. The cheapest I’ve found goes up to ~$45 and the most expensive retails around $60.


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Mousepads with tits :-)

January 17th, 2007
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These quality mouse pad feature a CLEVER (get it? clever?) ergonomic wrist rest on a pair of gel boobs. Your friends will love it and will poke at it when you’re not looking. Your girlfriend will probably think you’re a pervert, but hey, if your wrist is comfortable, it’s OK. These beauties (literally) are provided by Busty Mouse Pads, and they cost around $20 each.

They would make a perfect present for every guy that owns a computer. I wouldn’t mind receiving a few of them myself. Hurry up, there’s a discount if you get at least 20.

This is the breast, uhm, I mean best… mouse pad ever! :-P

All mouse pads, delivered to a U.S. address (APO/FPO OK), are US$19.95 each + shipping & handling ($8.00 for 1 order, $11.00 flat rate for 2 to 6 pieces). We will ship anywhere in the United States via USPS Priority Mail. Only PayPal is accepted, but you may use any major credit card through PayPal even if you don’t have, or don’t want, a PayPal account.


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The toughest keyboards ever – Perfect for smashing against the floor

January 16th, 2007
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I don’t know about you, but I have friends that call themselves “gamers”. Yes, passionate gamers that take the gameplay seriously, and literally hit their keyboards and mice with anger when they’re losing, a match, a race or a fight. Personally, I have a friend that switches at least one keyboard a month because of his FIFA addiction.

After a quick look, I present you the toughest keyboards around. They’re protected against atmosphere dust, and have a quite compact (360.0 x 117.6 x 38.5mm) design. Not only that it filters dust, but it’s also waterproof with the help of a special seal that keeps unwanted liquids out of them.

There are several models, including trackballs if you like. If you’re going to browse a bit, I’m sure you’ll find something at your liking. The company that distributes them is called Storm Interface.

I really liked the idea. You can calm down while taking out on your keyboard, and you get to use it afterwards too.

However, the important aspect (actually the first question that hit me at the end) is the price of this gadget. Should you want to find that out, you will have to e-mail the producers and ask.


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World’s smallest PC

January 15th, 2007
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It’s only 2x2x2.2 inch! It’s called the Space Cube and it’s supposed to be the smallest personal computer in the world. It has a built-in 300MhZ processor and it’s also equipped with 64MB of SDRAM. There are a bunch of ports visible in the picture, such as USB, Ethernet, Flash memory, a monitor output port, serial connection and even a microphone slot.

The monitor is capable of displaying up to 65k colors at a resolution of 1280×1024 pixels. Less than a year ago, this fancy piece of equipment was retailing ~$325/piece. Isn’t that cool?

Supposing I’d posses ten of these beauties, I would be running a LAN party from a small cardboard box ;)


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