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Google Nexus One

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As you read this, Google is holding a press conference at their Mountain View headquarters to announce the Nexus One, a phone that many feel is the first true arrival of what the Android OS was meant to be. The device, built by HTC, features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1 ghz processor, 5 MP camera with LED flash, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD (upgradeable to 32GB), 3G (T-Mobile only, Edge on AT&T), and is slightly thinner and lighter than the iPhone. It is running Android 2.1, a release that is exclusive (for now) to the Nexus One. Many people are approaching this device expecting it to be an iPhone killer. The problem is it does not have to be. It simply needs to disrupt the market and it certainly will. Putting hardware aside for a moment (what’s there to talk about? read the specs), the user experience is what really drives this device. For those looking for your next smart phone, moving away from the iPhone or Blackberry, give the Nexus One a look. It won’t usurp the iPhone’s throne but it certainly will challenge its dominance.

iPhone’s Pocket Heat

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It’s cold in NYC. Like, really cold. This Hand Radiator iPhone App turns your iPhone into a hand warmer. This might be the smartest dumb thing I’ve ever seen. Or is it genius. I can’t decide.

The app puts your iPhone on overdrive, using 100% of its processing power. That, as you probably have noticed with some applications, makes the components to overheat, which in turn can warm up your hands

How bad is that for the battery life? Via Gizmodo

Seca 700 Race

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As we power through fall and into winter, my time on the bike has significantly reduced. I used to ride anywhere from 45 to 80 miles a week and this past Saturday was the first time I was on the bike in the last two months. One of the reasons my group of friends don’t ride anymore is that after work it’s simply too dark. There are long stretches on our route that are in complete darkness and that’s never a safe situation.

Light & Motion, a company from picturesque Monterey, CA has been tackling the issue of darkness by providing illumination solutions for cyclists and underwater videographers. I am really digging their Seca line of high performance lights. The number on each of their models refers to lumens rating, or simply how much light is put out the front. The Seca 700 Race outputs a staggering 700 lumens from its five LED’s. In comparison, a Mag 3D puts out a measly 76 lumens. It has has three brightness levels, as well as a fast-switching race mode, and is able to shine on high for an impressive 3.5 hours before needing a charge. It uses a 6-cell Li-ion battery pack that fills in just 2.5 hours making it perfect for long commutes and a favorite among 24-hour racers. The kit comes complete with full mounting accessories for your handlebar and helmet.

In use, I found that I rarely needed to go past the medium mode. The beam pattern is very wide, giving me light at nearly a 180 degree sweep. The beam shape is odd, not concentric like you might be used to from a flashlight. There is little artifacting, thanks to the parabolic reflector design. The whole body acts as a heatsink, with fins serving both design and practical purposes. I noticed inductor whine at the high level, but that was only in a perfectly quiet room, standing still. Mounted on a moving bike, I am certain the rider would not notice.

If you are looking for a high-output, rechargeable light system for your bike, and you’re willing to make an investment ($549 MSRP), I would recommend the Seca 700. And, if you need something to just jot down to the market and you are going to be mostly be riding under streetlamps, the company has wide range of products to help you there as well.

The Reverb Solar Powered iPod Dock

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Perhaps a competitor to the Geneva Sound System (I’ve got one in my house and I LOVE it), is the Reverb Solar Powered iPod Dock (it stands 3 feet tall, so that’s some dock).

It has built in solar panels so it can be used outside your home power-cord free! It fits a majority of iPhones and iPods but also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack so you can use it with just about anything. It goes on sale April 2010 for $2,299 and you can pre-order now with a deposit of $500 (a serious leap of faith that it sounds as good as it looks). Looks great though!

Dyson Air Multiplier

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Look mom, no blades. The future is here. Silent velcro. Space travel. Fanless… fans. And one of them there doohickeys just miraculously showed up on my desk today. Should I dispose of it in a landfill? Should I convince people it’s a space beacon and I’m conducting a wild experiment communicating with aliens?

So, what’s awesome about it? It’s relatively quiet, easy to clean, and I wont chop my hand off reaching through it. What’s not awesome about it? I can’t do the Luke, you’re my father thing. Serious bummer.

The Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan works very differently to conventional fans. It uses Air Multiplier™ technology to draw in air and amplify it 15 times, producing an uninterrupted stream of smooth air. With no blades or grill, it’s safe, easy to clean and doesn’t cause unpleasant buffeting.

The Dyson Air Multiplier (or space beacon if you decide to call it that) costs $299 for the 10-inch model and $329 for the 12-inch. Smart dude, that Dyson guy is.

SteriPEN Adventurer

SteriPEN-Adv-on-case-cap-off-3143Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you should know that clean water is one of the major issues plaguing the world right now. You guys helped Josh donate a well via Charity Water and last month, I was in Central Mexico scouting locations for a filtration system for a local elementary school. On a smaller scale, clean water is just as important to an individual whether you are hiking or simply in a foreign land where the quality is questionable. Enter the SteriPEN Adventurer. The pocket-sized unit weighs only 3.6 oz with the batteries. It uses UV light technology to purify 16 oz of water in 48 seconds or a full liter in 90 seconds. It uses lithium CR123 batteries included which have a shelf life of 10 years and work in extreme cold conditions; this means you can truly toss this tool in your bag and forget about it until you need it. The Adventurer’s probe is protected by a quartz sleeve and provides insulation in cold water. For your convenience, the optical LED also serves as a flashlight for emergencies. The unit provides 8,000 UV treatments which will likely last a lifetime for
most people. The Adventurer works in containers with a minimum 1.7 inch
diameter and retails for $99.95.

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