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USB Tengu Is Your Front Man

Update: The Tengu is now available from ThinkGeek for only $45ish. SolidAlliance might be on to something with their USB Tengu, self talking USB gadget. At the size of a cigarette box this guy comes to life upon USB connection. The LEDs turn bright red into a friendly face, then reacts to music and sound – ideal for those looking for anonymity and in need of a front man (Jeffrey Skilling could have used this a couple years ago).

usb tengu

Not on sale yet – but will be in Japan mid August. Price tag – about $40USD. Now Available! YouTube video below will make you laugh, worth the look – if you have IE6 click here.
The Tengu is now available from ThinkGeek for only $45ish so shut down that YouTube video and click over to grab your Tengu today. After all, everyone needs a front man.
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7 Wireless Technologies Which Make the World Go Round

Wireless technology is everywhere. Whether it’s buzz about something new or a product currently available, I cannot go through a day without reading or bumping into something related to wireless technology.There are seven built in wireless technologies that make the world go round. When I say “built in” I’m talking about products which have wireless technology inside the device. Most familiar to most people are Wireless USB, Bluetooth and RFID. However, there are four more technologies you should at least know about. So here are all seven technologies: WUSB, Bluetooth, RFID, WiMedia, UWB, NFC and ZigBee.
wimedia
WiMedia – WiMedia refers to the Ultra Wide Band radio platform which enables high data transfer rates. The goal of WiMedia is to standardize the protocols or code used in wireless devices. For example, WiMedia standards are used in Ultra Wide Band (UWB), Bluetooth and WUSB technology products. The end result for a consumer is that WiMedia guarantees Continue Reading

Hand Crank USB Lego Charger

So here is a simple project to groom your child into the geek parent you are. Over at Hacked Gadgets Alan pointed out a “how-to” on creating your own USB charger from Lego’s.
hand crank lego USB charger
The charger uses a Lego motor to generate current which passes through a voltage regulator and off to the USB port. If you don’t already have the Lego motor you can pick them up at target and the voltage regulator at Radio Shack. When all done, rather then sending your kid to time-out, have them hand-crank and recharge your favorite MP3 player. Here is a picture of the hand crank with electronics already installed. Continue Reading

ShowCase: Boot AppleTV from USB

Another Update: Use external drive via USB for unlimited storage! Update: The guys at AwkwardTV.org have been very busy. Here are some quick links to their wiki site with some great AppleTV hacks. The full wiki is here. None of this could be done without the hard work of Ozy and his clan at AwkwardTV.org ————— Ozy from AwkwardTV.org figured out how to write a bootstrap from USB so that he can now start to hack AppleTV without opening the box. Here is a showcase of the USB boot.

If you’re interested in more details on this hack and others, visit AwkwardTV.org for updates. Continue Reading

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