AT&T to Cooperate With OpenPeak, Zeebo, American Security Logistics

March 25th, 2010 |

att-to-cooperate-with-openpeak-zeebo-american-security-logisticsWell, it looks like AT&T is maintaining a steady pace with its non-cellphone news during CTIA (in addition to cellphone news, of course), with it now following up announcements with another three.

That includes a deal with OpenPeak that will see AT&T provide 3G service for the company’s OpenTablet device (now slated to be available in “late 2010″), and an agreement with Zeebo to provide mobile broadband for the company’s gaming / entertainment / education console.

That’s currently only available Brazil and Mexico, but Zeebo is apparently “planning for commercial opportunities in the domestic market ” sometime next year.

Rounding things out (for now) is a deal with American Security Logistics, which has announced that it will be using AT&T to wirelessly connect a whole range of location-based tracking devices — including everything from cargo shipments to pet tracking to Alzheimer’s patient monitoring. Read More »

Nokia Scrapped 6216 Phone Model

February 22nd, 2010 |

nokia-stopped-wireless-payment-phoneNokia has scrapped its third NFC handset, the 6216, which never got launched despite being scheduled for last year and despite China Unicom’s plans for an NFC launch.

The 6216 would have been Nokia’s third NFC handset, but the first to have handed control of the payment system to the operator’s SIM through the Single Wire Protocol (SWP): exactly the architecture that China Unicom will be deploying in the next six months, as NFC World reports.

“We felt the quality of the consumer experience was not what it needed to be,” Nokia told NFC World when asked about the cancellation of the 6216, before confirming that the company was still committed to the idea, just not the architecture that gives operators control. Read More »

Kitchen Concept 2015 – the High-tech Kitchen

February 17th, 2010 |

kitchen-concept-2015-e28093-the-high-tech-kitchenIt has been just days since we covered “Kitchen Concept 2015,” and the future of kitchens as we saw was high-tech, but this Kitchen Concept from Electrolux has changed it to extremely high-tech.

Dubbed the “Heart of the Home,” this exciting new kitchen concept would make the kitchen get rid of the pots and pans to give a big warm welcome to digital recipes and emorphous surfaces.

Heart of the Home is an integrated solution, functioning as a kitchen table, cooking surface and bar all in one that adapts to your needs to enhance the enjoyment of cooking.
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LEGO Unveils New Huge Dinosaur

January 5th, 2010 |

lego-unveils-new-huge-dinosaurRemember Dirk VH’s giant LEGO Mario? Well it looks like LEGO Mario has a new bricky dinosaur friend, in the form of LEGO Yoshi.

Dirk took about 60 hours to build this 2-foot tall LEGO Yoshi, complete with bulbous proboscis. Sure, he’s nowhere nearly as tall as the 5-foot 9-inch tall Mario, but that doesn’t make Yoshi any less cool in my book

Check out the video clip below to see timelapse footage of the build in progress. —
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Odd and Stylish iLamp

January 5th, 2010 |

odd-and-stylish-ilampOn January 7, 2002 Steve Jobs introduced a beautifully redesigned iMac loaded with an 800 MHz PowerPC 7445 (G4) processor and 15″ Flat Panel LCD screen.

The new iMac was nicknamed the “iLamp, since Apple advertised it as having the flexibility of a desk lamp. Almost eight years since the official launch, our old friend iMac has actually been reimagined as a proper desk lamp. Because old macs never really die… they just continue on as works of art.

Designer Randal180 has three of these clever creations for sale on Etsy. Expect to pay $75 each plus $20 dollars for shipping. It’s the coolest way to light up your life like it’s 2002. — Read More »

Nice iPod Touch Bedding

January 5th, 2010 |

nice-ipod-touch-beddingIf you love your iPod Touch, then maybe you should get yourself this nice bedding that’s just been made available. You’ll be snug as a bug in a rug all night long under the covers of your iPod bed linens.

This design is being made available through a Swedish store and I don’t know if it’s official, but it comes with a matching pillowcase and duvet cover. The pillowcase has got your favorite iPod on it, while the duvet has got a giant screen with all of those nice icons.

What do you think? Do you like it? It beats some more traditional designs, but I’d expect your significant other to complain if you brought this into the bedroom this on a whim. I know that my wife wouldn’t like it. Read More »

Datamancer Unveils New Retro-style Keyboard

December 28th, 2009 |

datamancer-unveils-new-retro-style-keyboardIf you have missed out on many of the limited editions and are still looking out for that last-minute holiday gift, what could be better than the “Sojourner” Keyboard from the house of Datamancer? The keyboard crafted in polished brass and artificially tarnished makes it look like it had been traveling for ages with some explorer.

The slightly weathered keys electroplated in brass perfectly complement the aged leather faceplate and parchment key inserts. As it is with the steampunkish designs that these art works are instant sellouts and it remains unclear if it is still in stock. Read More »

Adding LED Anywhere on Fabric

December 15th, 2009 |

adding-led-anywhere-on-fabric[Eli] is sharing the building details on her fabric based display. For lack of a better name she’s calling this a fabric Lite-Brite. This is because LEDs can be added anywhere to spell out a message or create a simple drawing.

The device consists of a positive bus of conductive thread sewn onto a regular piece of fabric. A second piece of fabric separates this from a ground plane made of conductive fabric. The LED leads are then bent into a spiral and can easily be wrapped around the appropriate part of the conductor.

We’re happy to see this creative design coming from a hacker that frequents a hackerspace; Pumping Station One in Chicago. This would be a wonderful application for banners or flags at hackerspace events. — Read More »

Nexus One Phone to Be Subsidized by Google

December 15th, 2009 |

nexus-one-phone-to-be-subsidized-by-googleAhh, the Nexus One. We’ve seen screenshots and we’ve read the FCC report. Aside from a bunch of screenshots and some incomplete information on the specs, we know very little about the Nexus One. Thankfully, Android and Me has helped us to reduce our ignorance.

They’ve come upon a tip from an anonymous source. Again; this is unconfirmed and may have no veracity. Only time will tell us for sure. The tip states that the Nexus One will cost $199 at launch.

The cost of the phone will be subsidized by Google themselves in order to push their handset to as many users as possible. On one hand, that would be a very Google thing to do. On the other hand…that’s a lot of money. Read More »

Batmobile is now a Limo

December 15th, 2009 |

batmobile-is-now-a-limoWe never knew that the Batmobile also came in limousine form - obviously neither does Batman or the creators of the fictional character but that’s beside the point.

The limo is inspired from the Batmobile that was featured in the 1989 and 1992 Batman films directed by Tim Burton.

You can see more pictures of the BatLimo as well as a video that we discovered on Youtube after the jump. — Read More »