We are constantly trying to decide whether to use our extra USB port for downloading more music to our iPod or keeping our infra-red mouse hooked up. The IncipioHitch connects to the Apple sync and charge port on a second generation nano and converts it to a simple USB. The gadget is available in black or white for $14.99, but you can also get a Limited Edition Zebra from IncipioHitch soon. We’re all in favor of anything that can make our cords a bit less chaotic behind our PCs. As it is, we are almost too scared to look back there.
If you are one of those neurotic finger drummers, you can really impress your friends and annoy your coworkers with this Finger Drum Kit. Approximately 18 cm wide, it has five fully functional parts. The kit is comprised of a large and small tom-tom, snare drum, base drum with pedal, and cymbal. The gadget features recording and playback capabilities, internal LED, and has a demo so that you can hear what your riffs should sound like. The mini-kit needs 4 AAA batteries (not included,) and is available for £14.99 (~$30.00.)
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Some time ago we introduced you to Miuro, a playtoy for your iPod, and now its newest generation has arrived. This one not only boogies, it does so spontaneously instead of having to be pre-programmed with software that is based on what is referred to as “chaotic itinerancy.” This means that instead of you instructing your Miuro to dance, it can probably teach you a few steps.
ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi says that the bot uses algorithms to analyze and translate beats into dancing the way that bees move around flowers. He is hoping that someday Miuro will be the “ultimate virtual pet” which will feature built-in sensors that can seek you out and play you a tune, whether you want it to or not. The release date has yet to be determined, but it will only be available in Japan at start up. Do you suppose that if we let it play “Achy Breaky Heart,” it could teach us to line dance?
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To promote his upcoming album “Planet Earth,” Prince is giving away the first single to cell phone subscribers. Yesterday “Guitar” became downloadable to those with Verizon’s V Cast song ID, the free service that identifies tracks by holding your phone up to a speaker. You then go to MySpace or Revver to play the video from your phone and you will receive instructions on how to load. Thanks Prince, for sharing your music with those of us who are old fans, and the rest of us that will undoubtedly become new ones.
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Our chums at Gobaz finally came out with a some funky speakers that work with your iPod, PC, PMP, or CD player. Sound activated, I LIt features a sensitivity dial for regular sound or ambient effects. You don’t want to miss the light show when these gadgets get going. Then again, if you are more of a Michael Buble fan than one of Ozzy Ozbourne, maybe they will put your next date more in the mood. Get a pair for £34.90 (~$69.00) or a couple of them if you want to make an impression in more than one room.
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So we just informed you about the iPod Digital Drumsticks which, when hooked up to your iPod, allow you to release your inner Tommy Lee. You say drumming isn’t enough for you? We present the MiJam Mini Keyz, a tiny keyboard that can also be hooked up to an iPod, and features drum loops and 8 synthesizer-like keys, so you can add beats and sounds to your fave tunes. Plus, the Mini Keyz allows you to customize your jams, with Tempo Up/Down, Volume Up/Down and Rhythm and Style buttons. You can even add a recording device (not included) to save your symphonies. Available now for $20.
This has to be one of the gaudiest iPods we have seen to date. Buy a Limited Edition Tide “Loads of Hope” t-shirt in blue, yellow, or black for $10.00 and you will have a chance to win a customized Tide iPod or a $50.00 gift card from the iTunes store from Proctor and Gamble. All proceeds from the sales will go to the St. Bernard Project, which is endeavoring to build 10 houses for New Orleans’ families. We realize that not everybody wants to sport a shirt that turns you into a walking billboard, but maybe you could just purchase one for your Uncle Malcolm for Father’s Day and keep the reward, should you win one, for yourself. The promotion is open until June 25.
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London bus stops now sport interactive touchscreen ads designed to promote their Nokia N95 cell phone. You tap a jean pocket and when it is uncovered, try to find its match. With a 5 megapixel display, the N95 has advanced browsing, e-mail, GPS, DVD quality graphics, Carl Zeiss optics, and music download capabilities. It comes with a $749.00 price tag, making it understandable why they are doing some heavy promotional tricks. Let’s just hope that playing around with the display will not get so addicting as to make the Londoners miss their buses.
Paul McCartney’s soon-to-be released album, “Memory Almost Full,” is now an exclusive at the iTunes store. Pre-order the 13 tracks and receive a complimentary “Dance Tonight” music video with Natalie Portman and McCartney’s single “Ever Present Past” with your order. If you are outside North America, you receive an exclusive acoustic version of the “Dance” single track.
Apple also announced that all of McCartney’s 25 solo albums will be available digitally for the first time this month. We suspect that this may have something to do with the contract over the use of the Apple logo, but we are content enough in the knowledge that we finally have access to Sir Paul’s music. If you don’t have the cash right now, not to worry. “Memory” will become available to all June 5.
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This home theater, designed by Harmony Interiors, can not only play to a roomful of people, it can accommodate the viewing pleasures of those on the other side of the screen. Designed as a Golf Dream Home at the Jack Nicklaus Signature community in North Carolina, it features an outdoor motorized 11 x 7-foot phantom screen that can be seen from the porch or the lawn with its own putting green.
It also comes with a SharpVision XV-Z3000 video projector, a projector lift located on the ceiling for storing when not in use, and a Bose AV 38 Media Center for DVDs, music, and high-definition cable programs. It also includes a built-in Visable amp, a subwoofer, Bose Jewel, Adapt IQ, and FreeSpace environmental speakers, and has a Universal remote control MX3000 touchscreen.
Imagine being able to watch this 2007 Home of The Year award winner and practice along with the pros at the same time. You may not have to be a Tiger Woods, but hopefully you have enough expertise to putt away without endangering the equipment.
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