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The Pixel 2.0 is a tiny OLED screen for your wearable Arduino pleasure

March 3rd, 2017 Comments off


The tiny Pixel 2.0 is basically an Arduino board wedded to a tiny 1.5? 128×128 color OLED screen. This means you can stick it inside a wearable and address the screen directly from the Arduino board, an improvement on current “solder the screen to the Arduino and hope it works” world of DIY electronics.

This teeny-weeny board costs $75 on Kickstarter and should ship in June. It’s completely open source so you can dig into the schematics, build your own, or generally do whatever you want with it. An on-board SD card slot lets you store data like games and videos and you can program graphics to the screen using the Arduino SDK.

The Pixel 2.0 has surpassed its goal of $5,000 so it’s ready to ride.

This is the second version of the Pixel created by Rabid Prototypes of Boston. They also make a nice high speed Arduino board called the Neutrino and offer lights, motors, and other gadgets for your DIY funhouse. I’d love to see a micro arcade game running on one of these things and, given the acceptable pixel density, it sounds like it just might work.

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Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

February 27th, 2017 Comments off


When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups.

The product is made by Podo Labs, which you may remember from two different stickable Bluetooth cameras, both funded very successfully on the Kickstarter platform, too.

“We were on the Highway1 accelerator,” Eddie Lee, Podo’s co-founder, tells me, and we’re doing a lot of work developing our own Bluetooth stack. When Apple announced they were going to remove the headphone jack, we looked at each other and thought — well, that’s something we can help with.”

The result is Jack. Jack is a simple Bluetooth device that helps music and podcasting fans reconnect with their phones, even if the headphones they love are encumbered with the ancient technology of “wires,” on which Apple so courageously declared its violent putsch.

I may have slightly disassembled Podo's Jack when I met the team. Whoops. Sorry, guys.

I may have slightly disassembled Podo’s Jack when I met the team. Whoops. Sorry, guys.

I tried out the Jack last week, and it delivers on its promise. Crystal-clear sound, easy to pair and the device is designed to be unobtrusive. The metal clip encircling its case could be mistaken for a tie clip. If anyone in the café where we met would have worn a tie, that is. Either way; design-wise, it’s simple and understated.

“We’re hoping to sell Jack at $39, eventually,” says Lee, “but for the Kickstarter campaign, we’re selling them for $29.”

The Jack has a couple of cool tricks up its sleeve, too. The Podo crew tells me you can hook several of them up to each other wirelessly, connecting them to several sets of headphones or speakers. Perfect for creating a tiny silent disco experience, I suppose.

“In theory, we can hook up an infinite number of Jacks to each other,” Lee says, before admitting that they’re not yet able to consistently do that. “On the Kickstarter campaign we are selling two of them as a buddy pack, because we’re able to get two Jacks to connect and work well consistently. We are optimistic about being able to do more than two, eventually.”

The Jack can work both as a receiver and a transmitter. The case for the latter is to add Bluetooth functionality to devices that typically don’t have it — televisions, for example.

I feel that Podo’s biggest challenge is going to be defending the price-tag; $39 may be worth it if you have a $500 pair of headphones you can’t use otherwise, of course. Nonetheless, there are cheaper devices already available — convincing customers to shell out more money may be a hard argument to make, even if Jack does prove to be higher quality with better battery life and snazzier design. That hasn’t stopped more than 15,000 people from backing the Kickstarter campaign with more than three-quarters of a million dollars so far, though, so what do I know.

 

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CTA MR-BG1 Mini Battery Charger Kit for Sony NP-BG1 Battery

September 24th, 2009 No comments
CTA MR-BG1 Mini Battery Charger Kit for Sony NP-BG1 Battery
Product CTA MR-BG1 Mini Battery Charger Kit for Sony NP-BG1 Battery
Manufacturer CTA Digital
ASIN B000S1ADYY
List Price $14.99
Price $2.74
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This mini rapid charger from CTA plugs directly into your wall outlet and charges your digital camera battery in approximately 60-90 minutes. Its unique flat pin, foldable design allows easy storage and makes it the most compact battery charger on the market. Features include:; Foldable flat pin for easy storage; Slim, lightweight design; Smart charging LED indicator; Automatically turns to trickle charge after fully charged; Auto switching power voltage from 110V-240V AC; Constant voltage and current charging; Output short circuit and electronic shock protection; Can connect with home/car adapter; Includes universal 110-240V AC power source, European plug, and a car adapter; For use with the SONY NP-BG1 digital camera battery

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Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver

September 23rd, 2009 No comments
Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
Product Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B00020S7XK
List Price $12.99
Price $7.35
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Take me out to the ball game… If you can’t get there, a radio is the next best thing. Even if you made it to the stadium, the radio provides commentary that you wouldn’t ordinarily hear. The Sony ICFS10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio lets you enjoy the wide range of radio programming more conveniently. Tune in to sports, news, commentary, talk, and music. Listen anywhere with the built-in speaker for earphone jack, while you carry it around in your pocket. It’s sized to be taken anywhere! Powered by 3V DC current or 2 AA batteries Carrying strap Color – Silver Weight – 7 oz (202g) with batteries Dimensions(WxHxD) – 2-7/8 x 4-3/4 x 1-3/16 (71 x 118.5 x 30mm)

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Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black)

September 23rd, 2009 No comments
Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black)
Product Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black)
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B000MXWSWI
List Price $14.99
Price $8.00
Used Price $7.00
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Always know what time it is. The Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio has a 0.9″ green LED display, which is easily viewable from across the room, but takes up very little space on your nightstand. It hosts a number of features including automatic time set, automatic Daylight Savings Time adjustment, built-in calendar, AM/FM tuner and full power memory back up. The correct EST (Eastern Standard Time) has been preset at the factory, so just plug the clock in and adjust the time zone as necessary. In the case of a power interruption, the built-in Lithium battery maintains the correct time so when the power returns you don’t have to re-set the clock.

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Sony NPFH70 H Series Actiforce Hybrid InfoLithium Battery for most Sony Camcorders

September 19th, 2009 No comments
Sony NPFH70 H Series Actiforce Hybrid InfoLithium Battery for most Sony Camcorders
Product Sony NPFH70 H Series Actiforce Hybrid InfoLithium Battery for most Sony Camcorders
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B000MEANKQ
List Price $99.99
Price $46.99
Used Price $31.00
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Be sure your camcorder is always ready to capture just about anything with an extra Sony batteries. The compact NP-FH70 rechargeable battery pack features InfoLithium(R) & ActiForce technologies which ensure maximum power, minimum charging time and excellent battery performance. It’s the perfect battery for newer, ultra-compact camcorders.

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Sony NP-FG1 InfoLITHIUM Type G Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack for Sony W & H Series Digital Cameras

September 18th, 2009 No comments
Sony NP-FG1 InfoLITHIUM Type G Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack for Sony W & H Series Digital Cameras
Product Sony NP-FG1 InfoLITHIUM Type G Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack for Sony W & H Series Digital Cameras
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B0012DHJ44
List Price $49.99
Price $19.99
Used Price $17.99
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Stay powered up for a long time. This Sony infoLITHIUM camera battery pack NP-FG1 conveniently shows you how much time is remaining until you need to recharge.There’s no need to feel powerless again when you carry an extra Sony InfoLITHIUM battery pack NP-FG1 for your camera. Only genuine InfoLITHIUM batteries reliably show you exactly how many minutes of power are left, so you’ll never have to worry about unexpectedly running out of charge.

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Sony HTCT100 Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer – Black

September 17th, 2009 No comments
Sony HTCT100 Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer - Black
Product Sony HTCT100 Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer – Black
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B0015HS1HQ
List Price $399.99
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Used Price $179.12
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This amazing system brings simplicity and performance together by pairing a Center speaker that recreates a surround sound experience all by its self. Now add a powerful external subwoofer and you are ready to bring your Movies to life with the HT-CT100. With three HDMI inputs on tap, this system is tailor made for the Gamer looking for an easy, quick and great sounding solution for their Next Gen gaming system . It can playback LPCM from the HDMI connection, plus you can listen to your favorite music from the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT that works with various accessories (sold separately). The HT-CT100 can also control a select number of BRAVIA televisions with BRAVIA Sync via the HDMI interface. With ¿One Touch Play,¿ operations that took several steps have been reduced to one.

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Sony MiniDV Cleaning Cassette

September 17th, 2009 No comments
Sony MiniDV Cleaning Cassette
Product Sony MiniDV Cleaning Cassette
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B0000632H7
List Price $14.99
Price $7.99
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Improve the quality of your MiniDV with the DVM12CLD Cleaning Cassette. Keep the heads of your Mini DV camcorder clean for picture-perfect performance! Just insert the DVM-12CL cleaning cassette, and play for about 10 seconds.

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PlayStation 3 80GB

September 16th, 2009 No comments
PlayStation 3 80GB
Product PlayStation 3 80GB
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B001COU9I6
List Price $399.99
Price $369.95
Used Price $299.99
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Includes PlayStation 3 80GB system, Dualshock 3 wireless controller, free PlayStation Network membership, internet ready Wi-Fi, and 80GB of hard disk storage for all your games, music, videos, and photos. Every PS3 comes with a built-in Blu-ray player to give you the best high-definition viewing experience and pristine picture quality. Plus, the PS3 can play your entire catalog of CDs and DVDs.

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