What is the status of your current home theater? If it looks like ours, it could definitely use a make-over. Enter The Makeshifters contest with your own sob story and images or video and you could win a new center with A/V equipment from Denon and Boston Acoustics, some La-Z-Boy loungers and DVDs, CD, and free installation from Circuit City. The winner is to be determined by viewers choice, so make your tale of woe a good one.
If you don’t receive the grand prize you might still get the First Runner-up Award of a recliner and $500.00 shopping spree, or be one of 4 Third Prize winners or a monthly prize. All participants will receive a $10.00 gift Certificate from Circuit City, which means everyone wins. Voting will begin June 8 and the last time you can submit an entry is July 20.
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Finally there is an earbud case cool enough to go with your iPod. The earBuddy is made by SendStation of ballistic nylon and can withstand 200 lbs. (90 kg) of force if you happen to get caught in foul weather. The case also has an inside frame so that you can keep your earbuds wound up, as opposed to just shoving them inside. Available with a detachable keyring and weighing less than an ounce, the earBuddy can be yours in orange/silver or black at the SendStation Store for $14.95.
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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.
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