Archive for: gadget

#CES2011 — ViNCi Tablet: The Tablet for Babies and Young Children.

  • January 6, 2011 3:27 pm


“The tablet for babies”? It may sound crazy to give a baby who may not even be able to walk an electronic that normally costs many hundreds of dollars and is incredible fragile. But the ViNCi tablet developed by Rullingnet is something different.

250 GB Android Tablet Unveiled by ARCHOS. #archos

  • December 29, 2010 6:08 pm


Android tablets are set to become the “big thing” in 2011, with scores of manufacturers looking to whittle away at the iPad’s dominance. On that note, consumer electronics company ARCHOS, announced a tablet of their own today. Officially going by the name of “ARCHOS 70″, the 7-inch tablet looks to set the standard for Android tablets moving into 2011. And on paper at least, it looks like as if it will be able to hold its own in the current market. But against the upcoming crop of Android tablets such as the Motorola XOOM and iPad 2, we’re not so sure anyone will remember the ARCHOS’ name at the end of the night:

  • Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
  • Display:: 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT LCD
  • Storage:: 250 GB hard drive
  • Operating System: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Price: $350

At $350, it’s cheaper than stand alone tablets from many other manufacturers. Though if you’re willing to sign over a couple years of your life to the carrier of your choice, you can net yourself a tablet for much cheaper. We’ll be sure to give the ARCHOS 70 a thorough hands-on inspection next week at CES. Check back then.

Press release after the jump…

Giveaway: IDAPT i4 Gadget Charging Station. #idapt

  • December 21, 2010 11:40 am

When we gave away the IDAPT i4 gadget charging a few weeks back, it received quite a few comments, telling us that you guys really liked it. So in the spirit of Christmas, we’ve got another IDAPT i4 to give to one lucky reader of Gadgetsteria. All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re entered. (Re-tweeting and commenting on the same post on our Facebook fan page helps too!)

Have at it folks!

[Update: Price and Release Date Added] ZTE Peel Coming to Sprint with 1GB Contract-Free Data Plan in Tow.

  • November 8, 2010 7:20 am


Many, many months ago, a device by ZTE called the “Peel” surfaced. It’s goal was to bring cellular data to non-cellular devices. The most obvious example of this is an iPod Touch. Simply sliding it inside the hallowed confines of the peel would turn your local-only device into a go-anywhere monster.

Fast forward 4 months and we now have a little bit clearer picture. Specifically, BGR has heard that device is in fact coming to Sprint. The price is still up in the air, however, data plan pricing looks to be somewhat restrictive — $30/month for 1GB of data. The saving grace of it all is that this is a contract-free plan, meaning no feeling of being stuck to said carrier for any amount of time.

Would you forgo the iPhone-carrier relationship in order to spend some quality time with a more casual iPod Touch, Peel-ified hybrid?

Update:

Updated information via BGR: November 14th for $79.99. Overage charges on data are set at $0.05/MB.

The supreme t-shirt launching machine launches cotton over 200 shirts over 150 yards!

  • October 28, 2010 6:41 pm

We’ve all played with a potato gun in one form or another. Yeah, they’re a lot of geeky fun. But they don’t have anything on this — a t-shirt launching gatling gun that can launch 200 shirts over 150 yards @ 3 shirts per second! Those lucky members of Team 254 Robotics

The water vaporizing gadget life saver : JMC Dryer Box

  • August 10, 2010 10:29 am

Water is the fear of any self-respecting gadget lover. H20 it seems isn’t so cuddly with the electrons that propel our digital lifestyles. There’s few protections for us digitized folk either. Sure — there’s a smattering of “Waterproof” cases and accessories. But nothing is definite. Leaks happen. So what do you do when your gadget of desire falls victim to the slimy fingers of the water goddess?

Again, any self respecting nerd will immediately reply with the following: (1) remove battery as quickly as possible (2) put in bag of rice, and (3) leave sit in a dry area for 24-36 hours. Pretty standard affair. There’s no guarantee your gadget’s life will be spared, but you’ll give yourself far greater odds that don’t end in massive amounts of weeping. However, there’s a second option. The JMC Dryer Box…

Sandman Bed is the castle of sleeping nerds. 40″ LCD, LED backlights, and all the A/V equipment you could dream of.

  • July 23, 2010 9:26 am

Most areas of our lives we love to geek out. In whatever ways possible, advertising our nerdy intentions is in some weird way, fulfilling. But there’s one area that many of us travel to each night that is void of any such geekery — our beds. Now some of you may still be rockin’ the Darth Vader or race car kiddie bed, but those are rare in our older years. Not to mention, most adults just don’t fit into such small containers. But this, this bed is for the king of nerds.

Developed by Visual Comfort and RB Vision, the “Sandman Bed” is a A/V junkies dream. In the foot board you have your typical stowaway spot for a large 40″ LCD TV. And then there’s the rest: LED backlit headboard, drawers not for clothes, but A/V equipment and optical disk drives, CAT5, and RF all packed into the frame. Adding to the luxury of such a finely crafted sleeping vessel are the options for various types of wood, leather, and upholstery finishes.

Looking for a price tag? £4995 ($7,630vUSD) will net you the luxury wood finish while £5995 ($9,150 USD) is required for the premium wood finish. Are you in the market for a $10k bed?

How-to: Make your own glow sticks!

  • July 18, 2010 1:16 pm

Who doesn’t like glow sticks?! From E-rated to XXX-rated, glow sticks have uses for just about anyone and any purpose. Usually we just snap ‘em and watch them glow, not caring about the chemical background behind it. But glow stick science isn’t really that complicated at all — just a few chemicals and dyes really. You know what that means? They’re really easy to make at home. Hop on through to check out a video that details the painless process in detail…

The mother of all chargers — Army issued RAPS allows charging via raw power lines!

  • June 30, 2010 7:47 am

Those in the military already have that rough ‘n tough image about them. Their trained to withstand the toughest conditions with the smallest amount of resources. But in today’s increasingly electronic world, a pack full of gadgets cannot be escaped. So how exactly do you charge all of that mobile electronic gear on the battlefield were the sun, movement, and traditional wall outlets can’t provide any digital relief?

If your battlefield has live power lines, you simply take it! Above you is an image of the RAPS (Remote Auxiliary Power System). It’s evident by the simple shape of this device how it’s used — simply throw it over a power line where the barb pierces the power line’s insulation and the metal design shuttles bajillions of electrons down the wire. At the other end, a DC transformer and insulated adapter ensures all of that raw power is safely converted to something a little more manageable and easily harnessed by smaller electronic as to not fry the hell out of them (or the person standing near). Even cooler however is that the RAPS is supposedly safe to use even in heavy rain. (I’d hate to be the person testing that bullet point…)

It’s beyond cool. Civilians shouldn’t hold their breath for a consumer model anytime soon though. The last thing we need is senseless idiots running around, throwing metallic objects over power lines in efforts to nab a quick recharge.

Hop inside to see the RAPS in action…