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Happy 4th of July 2009

Happy 4th of July for those of you located in the USA.  I found this themed USA Flagged Flip MinoHD which you should consider if you don’t have one.  I just recently made the switch from MiniDV video tape to a solid state memory video recorder like this MinoHD.  It’s so much nicer because there is no more transfer of analog to digital process.

USB USA

With the USB Flip MinoHD you just connect via USB and start downloading your video.  This translates into doing Continue Reading

Truly First USB Monitor For Laptops

Typically we see a USB monitor in the form of a screen with some sort of VGA converter with a USB port, like the one from USB Fever, but today we see a different version.  Samsung has introduced a monitor which runs by simply plugging in the USB cable to any laptop.  There is no adapter or converter required.

Samsung USB monitor

The conversion from an analog signal to digital signal is made within the monitor itself, thus eliminating the need for external VGA converter. The Samsung model reports an impressive 30,000:1 contrast with speedy 5ms response time. Samsung did not comment on availability within the states or the pricing, but it’s nice to see the trend of external monitors go the route of USB.  After all, what other connectivity is as simple and convenient? Continue Reading

Ultra HD from Pure Digital USB Flip Camcorder

Pure Digital announced the second gen Flip camcorder.  The Flip Ultra is now available in HD.  It now includes a transflective display so it’s easier to see playback in the bright light.  The FlipHD still has the embedded FlipShare software to quickly and easily share files and of course includes support for both Mac and PC.

fliphd

Here is a quick run-down of the FlipHD: Available in black or white.  Cost is just around $200.  8GB of flash memory.  2 hours of record time.  TV output with widescreen support and 2X digital zoom lens.  HDMI output as well.  2AA recharable batteries included. Continue Reading

USB Snake Video Borescope – View What You’ve Never Wanted to View

The new USB video borescope from USBFever gives you the chance to check things out that you’ve never wanted to see.  Ok maybe that’s a bit odious [and suggestive], but the option is available considering the water resistant camera head and tube.

usb borescope

The USB borescope has a 300k digital camera on the front end, plus a nice accessory magnetic kit for the tip.  Now it’s easier than ever to find your keys lost behind the couch. Two white LED lights are positioned at the apex to illuminate those dark holes or areas.

usb video snake

What is especially cool about the USB borescope is the ability for taking pictures or live video.  With the video option you can take those YouTube clips to the next level. The USB snake scope retails for $64 + a couple bucks shipping. Product Page here. Continue Reading

How To: TV Spy Remote To Wreak Havoc

So lets clarify exactly what I’m talking about here…a TV spy remote is a device that allows you to control someone else’s TV without being around, thus wreak havoc in their life.  After all, what could be more upsetting then turning off the TV at your neighbors house during American Idol or watching Jack Bower kick a$$ in 24?  I don’t think there is a greater pleasure. Since you can’t buy a TV spy remote at buy.com or Amazon, or anywhere else, check out this TV Spy Remote tutorial I found at Instructables.

tv spy remote

The tools and materials you need could be found anywhere, as this hack was done at a college dorm room and you know those kids have not $$ or resources. Required materials include: Continue Reading

Ion 35mm Photo Negative Scanner – Not a Single Negative

Ion Audio, the guys known for their vinyl record ripper, expands their analog conversion product line, with the Ion 35mm Photo Negative and Slide Converter. Quickly and easily transfer slide film or 35mm film into beautiful, high resolution, digital images with the Ion unit.  USB 2.0 connection and USB 2.0 port. There is fixed focus range and auto exposure/color balance with high-quality 4 glass optical element to bring you the best quailty of digital copies.

35mm photo negative scanner

Although you wont get the very best image quality the Ion 35mm converter is definitely an economical solution for small jobs or home transfer projects. The product is available at Amazon for well under Continue Reading

USB Powered Mini Monitor from D-Link

usb monitor d-linkD-Link introduced a sweet little 7 inch LCD display powered by USB.  The SideStage, which I think is a great name, is a 800×400 resolution monitor which extends your primary screen.  It’s great to stream stock quotes, or run IM applications or other small utilities you don’t want to use on the main monitor.  Yet not the first one we’ve seen. The SideStage would also be ideal for Photoshop users and such who want to move the toolbar out of the main screen. The SideStage from D-Link is expected to sell for about $100, although no price point has yet been announced.  The other piece of info we didn’t get is launch date.  Set to be summer time, which isn’t soon enough. According to D-Link’s representative Les Goldberg, the SideStage is compatible with virtually all CRT and flat-panel monitors, has standard and wide-screen aspect ratios, 32-bit True Color depth for high-quality images, and ultra-low power consumption, which is consistent with the D-Link Green initiative. Continue Reading

BenQ Palm Top Projector is Easy USB Connect

What is more simple than connecting via USB?  Especially for projectors.  Sure the VGA isn’t hard, but who wants to screw in the anchors.  That’ why the BenQ projector is so appealing.

benq projector

Once more, BenQ turns the USB connection into an easy way to upload images, video and slide shows to the portable projector.  So not only is the USB an easy way to connect a laptop, it’s also an easy way to data load for a standalone projector. The GP1 USB projector from BenQ offers a throw of 100 lumens, which is nearly twice of some other brands of the same size.  It’s 1.4 pound unit with a distance of 80-inch diagonal for imaging. The GP1 from BenQ is offered at the MSRP of $599. Continue Reading

Little Is Better Says Mini USB LCD Monitor

Nanovision is aptly named because their product line is compiled of mini LCD monitors which connect via USB.  The monitors are designed to be a single use screen for dedicated applications such as IM windows, stock quote streamers, toolbars for programs like Photoshop and calendars.

usb lcd monitor

Nanovision is introducing 4 models of the mini LCD size with their technology backed by DisplayLink.  The MIMO USB Monitor starts at a 7″ display with a 800×400 resolution, with higher end models including webcams, speakers and even touch screen capability. Nanovision didn’t comment on availability in the states but the currency conversion gives the MIMO USB Monitors a price tag of just under $130. Source:  EverythingUSB. Continue Reading

Belkin GoStudio Is Aptly Named After It’s Functionality

Are you addicted to creating PodCasting content?  Need a mobile studio for those on-location interviews or content recording?  Well the all new Belkin GoStudio is worth a look. The GoStudio is compact, portable, and sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of a mobile digital lifestyle. Designed GoStudio for a wide range of users from podcasters to students, teachers to journalists its shape offers easy access to the controls and simplifies the audio recording process.

gostudio

Features include a built in microphone for immediate recording or use [up to] two connectors for dynamic mics.  Controls include ability to adjust the sound level and gain, limiter and low cut filter to help you maintain the quality of the recording. What’s so ideal about this Belkin package is the solid dock station for your iPod.  You can see the full configuration here: Continue Reading

HD Media Player From Western Digital

Western Digital released a hard drive compliment to their USB Passport hard drive, the WD TV HD Media Player.  What they’ve done is develop a high resolution real time streaming device capable of recording up to 1080p to your USB hard drive or super sized USB stick.

usb video streaming

It’s clear to me Western Digital will begin developing products to complement or enhance the need of their core business products – hard drives and storage. The WD TV HD Media Player has a memory buffer inside but uses two USB ports on the backside where you can plug in USB sticks or USB hard drives, like the Passport, to store the digital stream. The WD TV HD is competatively prices at $129.99 and has HDMI composite outputs. Continue Reading

USB Powered Mini LCD Screen For Your Laptop

Century is coming out with a mini LCD screen for your laptop which is powered via USB.  The hand-held size screen is ideal for users with a laptop and don’t have the horse power to run a second screen or don’t have the space.

mini lcd display usb

The LCD-4300U seems to be the perfect companion for running Instant Message or maybe Toolboxes for your Photoshop program.  Resolution is up to 800×480 with a total width of 4.3″ And if for some odd reason you fall in love with these little monitors you can daisy-chain up to 7 of them from your PC. The concept is great, but the problem I have with this is the cost.  Starting street price this November will be around 195USD.  I can get a 19″ flat screen for less then that…but sometimes you have to pay the price for the small size. Source:  CyberEddie. Continue Reading

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