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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by admin On December - 29 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

According to this article. the Samsung Galaxy Tab may be the closest rival to Apple’s iPad.  I am a very satisfied owner of an iPad, but my only complaint is that AT&T is the wireless carrier.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab described here is offered with Verizon Wireless and is for US buyers only (my apologies to my other international readers).  My personal opinion is that Verizon is the best US carrier. Recently released, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 6 buyers at Amazon.    Available Now at Amazon. (Offered with Verizon Wireless – US Buyers Only)
Cool Tech Gadgets: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Product Description

Enjoy a rich, brilliant viewing experience wherever you roam with the Android-powered, 3G-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab mobile tablet for Verizon Wireless–a powerful, entertainment device ideal for home or on the go. Weighing just 1 pound, it features a vibrant 7-inch touchscreen display with 3D-like graphics, speedy 1 GHz processor, and the Android 2.2 operating system–all in a sleek and compact form factor.

The slim design makes it perfect for travel and one-handed grip (see larger image).

The Galaxy Tab includes a 3-megapixel rear camera as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats (see larger image).

Offering the fast speeds and reliability of the Verizon Wireless 3G network, you’ll be able to connect to a wide range of streaming media choices and enjoy fast downloads of music, movies, and documents while on the go. Verizon Wireless customers can add a monthly access plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB. Additionally, you can share your 3G mobile broadband connectivity with up to five other devices–laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more–using Wi-Fi.

With integrated Google technology, the Galaxy Tab brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, Gtalk, YouTube, Picasa, and contacts/calendar synchronization. It also includes popular mobile applications such as V CAST Music, V CAST Song ID, and VZ Navigator from Verizon Wireless as well as Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video.

Through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will also feature V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront offering hundreds of applications for businesses and consumers.

The Galaxy Tab offers full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for accessing Flash-enabled websites, watching video and playing games, and with built-in support for ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi, the Galaxy Tab’s portable screen is ideal for watching the latest movies and entertainment.

Designed to fit in one hand, typing messages or notes is simple and easy with the Galaxy Tab’s virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, which allows you to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard. It’s outfitted with a rear-facing camera for photo capture and sharing as well as a front-facing camera for video chat. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 2 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion (with included 16 GB card), HDMI video output (via optional dock), and up to 13 hours of battery power.

Samsung Social Hub

Offering one-stop shopping for all your updates, the Samsung Social Hub all your social networking services, messages, personal and business e-mail, calendars and contacts. It’s built around Messaging and Contacts, both of which initiate the sending and receiving of information–whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

The familiar text messaging experience is enhanced with group messaging and “reply all” functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • Powered by the Android operating system (version 2.2) with deep integration of Google services, access to thousands of apps via the Android Market, and support for Adobe Flash 10.1.
  • 7-inch touchscreen display (1024 x 600 pixels, 16 million color depth) with 6-axis motion sensor and accelerometer.
  • 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor speeds up everything–from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Swype input system allows you to input text faster and easier by gliding your finger around the keyboard, moving from letter to letter in one continuous motion. The Swype technology then calculates what word you’re intending to type.
  • Samsung Social Hub provides one stop for all your updates integrates all your social networking services, messages, personal and business e-mail, calendars and contacts.
  • 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash captures still images and video that that can be edited, uploaded, and shared.
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat

    The exceptional 7-inch screen is designed for reading books and magazines, watching movies, playing games, editing documents, and more (see larger image).

  • Multi-format media player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files plus DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, and H.264 video files.
  • Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO connection, which can then be shared among up to five Wi-Fi-capable devices. Just open the 3G Mobile Hotspot app in the Applications tray and turn on the service. (Note that 3G Mobile Hotspot sharing uses the device’s regular data plan and does not require a Mobile Broadband Connect plan.)
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. It’s compatible with new Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices as well as backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as headsets and printers. It includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • 2 GB internal memory
  • Included 16 GB microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Blockbuster movie rentals and purchases
  • DLNA capabilities via AllShare
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Widgets including AccuWeather Clock, Daily Briefing, news and weather.
  • Support for personal and corporate e-mail
  • Text and picture messaging with threaded conversation messaging

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs 13.58 ounces and measures 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 13 hours of battery life, and up to 500 hours (20+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.

What’s in the Box

Samsung Galaxy Tab, wall/USB charger, 16 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide

Verizon Wireless Services

  • Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you’ll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
  • VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you’ll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
  • VZW Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.

Pre-loaded Apps on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

  • Kindle for Android: Pre-installed on the Galaxy Tab, the Kindle for Android application lets you shop for hundreds of thousands of books in the Kindle Store, including New York Times Best Sellers and new releases from $9.99. Use Amazon’s Whispersync technology to automatically synchronize your last page read, bookmarks, annotations, and more across your various devices — including Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android phones.
  • Slacker Radio: With millions of songs from thousands of artists, Slacker is the best way to discover new artists and hear your favorite music. Listening to Slacker is as easy as selecting one of over 120 DJ-programmed genre stations or searching for your favorite artist or song. As you listen, you can tell Slacker what you like and don’t like with the click of a button. Get the ultimate in music discovery while you listen with detailed artist biographies, in-depth album reviews and more.
  • ThinkFree Office Mobile: The award-winning ThinkFree Office is a Microsoft Office compatible application suite comprised of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software–all usable online and offline. You’ll be able to view, edit, and create Office documents (compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint) as well as view PDF documents.
  • Let’s Golf (Gameloft): Discover a fun atmosphere making golf accessible to anyone with 63 holes in 4 environments in 3D and 4 characters to customize. 63 holes in 4 distinct locations remodelled in 3D: Fiji Beach, the American Mountains, the English Countryside, and Scottish Lochs. 4 cool and animated characters customizable with your own style. Each player has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Swype Keyboard

An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.

In the image to the left, the word “quick” was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50G25

Posted by admin On December - 28 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

When it comes to flatscreen televisions, I believe the two top technologies belong to Sony’s XBR LCD line and the Panasonic’s Viera plasma series. Samsung though is a credible competitor as well.  This Panasonic 50″ plasma screen provides online streaming capability over the internet as well as video conferencing over skype in addition to its many HD features. This television is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 115+ buyers at Amazon. Available Now (23% Discount) with Free Shipping at Amazon. Cool Gadgets: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50G25 50 inch Plasma TV

Amazon.com Description

Building on its award-winning 2009 Plasma line, Panasonic’s 50-inch VIERA TC-P50G25 Plasma HDTV features a new panel with NeoPDP technologies that provide the best balance of black and white under brighter environments while also offering higher energy efficiency. The new NeoPDP Plasma panel also further reduces reflections and creates sharper pictures with higher contrast in brighter environments. This G25 series model provides 1080p resolution, full-time 1080 TV lines of moving picture resolution, and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity.

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50G25 50Panasonic’s VIERA G25 series Plasma HDTV with streaming content from VIERA Cast partners.
This and other models in the G25 line offer Panasonic’s improved VIERA Cast functionality, which enables you to stream Internet video and audio programming as well as turn this HDTV into a high-definition, wireless video conference center with Skype capabilities (when using the optional Panasonic communication camera and Wi-Fi adapter accessories). You can also play back JPEG images and AVCHD videos stored on SD memory cards and operate a variety of VIERA Link components–from Blu-ray Disc players to digital cameras–through a single remote.Adhering to Panasonic’s commitment to the environment, this VIERA model–as well as all 2010 models–features improved power consumption and meets the new, more stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements. And you’ll get a long Plasma panel life of up to 100,000 hours–more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day–before the brightness of the panel decreases to half.

Key Features

VIERA Cast: Enjoy a variety of streaming movies, TV shows, and music, photo slideshows, and home video conferencing with VIERA Cast’s assortment of online content–including Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, and Picasa. VIERA Cast’s addition of Skype (requires optional communication camera; model TY-CC10) enables you to connect and communicate through voice and video calls from the comfort of your own living room.

This VIERA HDTV includes two USB ports for connecting a keyboard or a Wi-FI LAN adapter (sold separately) as well as an Ethernet port for wired LAN connection. No PC required.

VIERA Image Viewer: View full-HD images with the integrated SD card slot, enabling you to view JPEG photos and AVCHD videos captured from your digital camera or camcorder on the big screen. Navigate your images via an easy-to-use thumbnail display, and choose from among five types of background music and five display effects. Plus, messages and memos can be added to photos from a PC to create detailed travelogues and original slideshows with messages.
VIERA Link: Allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices–from DVD and Blu-ray Disc players to home theater sound systems to digital cameras and camcorders–using only the VIERA remote control by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable (see pop-up illustration).
Game Mode: With Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What’s more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.
NeoPDP: By redesigning the Plasma panel’s cell structure and developing an innovative new filter, Panasonic has tripled the luminous efficiency (compared to 2007 models) of its VIERA Plasma HDTVS–resulting in stunningly beautiful images while also reducing power consumption.
1080 Moving Picture Resolution: With 1080 lines of moving picture resolution and integrated NeoPDP technology’s high-speed drive performance, the display time for each image frame is shortened to minimize afterimages, making decisive calls in football matches and delicate motions in figure skating performances appear crystal clear.
600Hz Sub-field Drive: 600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology, which converts the motion in each scene into data. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects (see an illustration of 600Hz technology).
Infinite Black: The luminous efficiency of this NeoPDP Plasma panel has been improved by reducing the electrical pre-discharge that causes graying has greatly enhanced black gradation. The result is crisp blacks with no graying–even in living rooms with bright, afternoon lighting. And minimizing the electrical pre-discharge helps to both raise contrast and save energy.
THX Certified Display: THX reproduces film images as the filmmakers intended them. To receive THX certification, TVs undergo stringent tests to determine, for example, whether the exact same brightness and color are displayed at all screen locations, and whether black levels satisfy standard criteria.

Key Specifications

  • Series: G25
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 50 inches
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Infinite Black with 5,000,000:1 native/dynamic contrast
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities
  • Image viewer: AVCHD, MPEG2, JPEG compatibility
  • Aspect control: Normal, Zoom, Full, Just, H-fill for TV/AV modes 4:3, Full for PC mode
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Ethernet: 1
  • USB: 2
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
  • Digital audio output: 1

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 48 x 31.9 x 13.2 inches (WxHxD); 63.9 pounds
  • TV without stand: 48 x 30.3 x 3.5 inches (WxHxD); 57.3 pounds

What’s in the Box

Panasonic G25 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Viewing Distance

HDTV Size chart

With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Panasonic TC-P50G25 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

Posted by igadget On December - 25 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

To highlight the significance of today, I thought it will good to add a little humor. Actually, the inspector gadget shows were one of my favorite cartoon series growing up as a kid. I don’t remember this particular one about saving Christmas though. The dvd is rated an average of 4 stars out of 5 from 9 buyers at Amazon.    Available Now at Amazon with Free Shipping.

Cool Tech Gadgets: Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas DVD

Amazon.com Description

The evil Dr. Claw has thrown Santa down a manhole and hypnotized the elves into breaking the very toys they’ve just been making. It’s a job for Inspector Gadget (voiced by Don Adams in his irrepressible Get Smart mode) with a big hand from his whip-smart niece Penny and her brainy dog. The trio heads up to the North Pole to rescue the big red guy, cheerfully butcher a Christmas song or two, and restore Yuletide order. Kids ages 3 and older will enjoy the hijinks as the bumbling inspector arrests the real Santa for impersonation and uses his jet propeller hat, spring legs, and other gadgets to great effect in Santa’s workshop. This 23-minute video won’t teach the kids their ABCs, but it’s a lot of fun and there’s something endearing about Penny’s efforts to help her clueless uncle.

Product Description

There’s trouble at the North Pole… and Doctor Claw, Inspector Gadget’s nefarious arch-nemesis, is behind it! By capturing Santa Claus and programming all the Elves into drones, Claw hopes to ruin Christmas. Inspector Gadget is sent to investigate and takes a perilous tour of the Workshop with Santa’s replacement – Santa Claw! Will Claw succeed in his diabolical plan or will Gadget, with a little help from Penny and the Brain, save Christmas and bring joy back to the world?

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

Posted by admin On December - 24 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

I own the previous generation of this Canon Point-and-Shoot camera – one of my top cool gadgets in my collection.  Released in February of this year, the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS takes great pictures, but the real selling point is its size.  Its comes with a 28mm wide angle lens with a 4x optical zoom, great low light capability, optical image stablization, and a 2.7 inch screen. The camera is currently rated 4 out of 5 stars and reviewed by over 150+ buyers.   Available Now (28% discount) at Amazon with Free Shipping Cool Tech Gadgets: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

From the Manufacturer

It’s all about the power of contrast. Color that defies convention. Sleek, gentle curves that merge art and technology into a camera designed to inspire. The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH camera captures your world as much as it expresses your originality, with bold innovations that include remarkable low light performance. Everything looks right. Hold it, and everything feels right, too.

PowerShot SD1300IS Highlights

28mm wide-angle lens, 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
The Canon commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH with its 28mm wide-angle lens and 4x optical zoom that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes.

Canon Powershot SD1300IS highlights

This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning life-like color. So you can brilliantly capture a closer shot of a landscape, or a child’s big smile.

The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with the acclaimed Canon Optical Image Stabilizer, which automatically detects and corrects camera shake–one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And the Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Canon Powershot SD1300IS highlights

Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects from 18 settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture-taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 15 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

12.1-megapixel resolution makes it a breeze to print large size images
With the PowerShot SD1300 IS, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 12.1-megapixel camera lets you create impressive, large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot SD1300 IS can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

Canon Powershot SD1300IS highlights

Bright, clear 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD
The PowerShot SD1300 IS gives you a large 2.7-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. The Canon PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light–a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

Shoot in Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations
With an ISO of 400-6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS boldly into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Canon Powershot SD1300IS highlights

What’s in the Box

  • PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC7
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Product Description

Its all about the power of contrast.Color that defies convention.Sleek gentle curves that merge art and technology into a camera designed to inspire.The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH camera captures your world as much as it expresses your originality with bold innovations that include remarkable low light performance.Everything looks right.Hold it and everything feels right too.

Pandigital 7″ Digital Picture Frame

Posted by igadget On December - 23 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Prices have decreased dramatically since the introduction of digital picture frame technology.  This latest offering from Pandigital priced at $59.99 USD can play audio and video files. Furthermore, the digital frame has a built-in calendar and alarm clock. It is rated an average of 4 stars out of 5 from 105 buyers at Amazon.  Available Now (40% Discount) at Amazon with Free Shipping!
Cool Tech Gadgets: Pandigital 7

From the Manufacturer

The Pandigital PAN7000DW is an impressive member of the Pandigital family of digital picture frames.The 7-inch LCD screen with stunning 800 x 600 resolution gives excellent clarity and definition to your favorite photos, while the 4:3 viewing aspect ensures that your images will not be distorted from their original aspect ratio. Up to 6400 compressed images can be stored on 1 GB of internal memory. The black wood frame blends with any décor and your choice of charcoal gray or white mats add a professional finished presentation. Founded in 1998, Pandigital recognized the need to bridge new and traditional technologies like a digital camera and an elegant picture frame. Photography captures the special moments in our lives, moments that cannot be properly displayed or appreciated on the back of a digital camera. Pandigital has shipped more that 4 million digital picture frames and is one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in the US. In 2008, they were the #1 supplier of digital photo frames in North America. Their digital picture frames are of substantial quality, elegant and intuitive designs, they are versatile and affordable. They have helped millions of people move images out of their camera and back into their lives.

A brilliant presentation of your happiest moments
The tabletop easel allows for easy placement on mantel or bedside stand, bookshelf or desk

The perfect companion for your digital camera
We capture our most precious, and our most common, moments because they are not to be forgotten or taken for granted. The moment when we take a picture we are making a decision to be conscious, to be in the moment and to be grateful for it. But a photo in a camera or on a flash card is only an unfulfilled intention. Let your images free. Give them the power they deserve in your life to make you smile, to remember, or to pause for a moment and consider the past. Take advantage of customizable features like rotate and resize, programmable on and off, and your presentation will be both seamless and earth-friendly

The gift of a digital photo frame to a friend or loved one is every bit as meaningful as the gift of one to yourself. Who doesn’t need a pick-me-up right about now? It is said that the gift of experience is so much more meaningful than a mere material object. If that is the case, then the gift of re-experiencing those special moments must be priceless. The PAN7000DW includes 4 free digital greeting cards, which you can personalize with any message to your lucky giftee. The message will be displayed when the frame is turned on. Imagine the happy surprise of your recipient.

Share yourself with a slideshow
Framed pictures are such great conversation starters, and we get to know each other a little better when we share ourselves by displaying photos of friends, family, and favorite occasions. How much better we get to know each other through the use of slide shows, which allow us to showcase many special moments. We have seen our photo frames set in slide show mode at parties, family reunions, and gatherings to help establish a theme, at wedding anniversaries and bridal showers to highlight special moments in a couple’s past. A slideshow on this Pandigital frame is as easy as inserting your memory card. You can also add digital music, voices, or sound, to be played via the built-in speakers or audio out port. Transition effects between images can add to the entertainment. The built-in card reader accepts SD, xD, MS, MSPro, MMC, MicroSD (MicroSD to SD adaptor not included) and USB flash drives.

A little known feature is the built-in calendar and alarm clock. If space on your bedside table is tight, there’s no reason to not have a digital picture frame, just consolidate. The panel can be turned off at night so that the light won’t interfere with your sleep and a handy remote allows you to control major functions without crossing the room.

Accepts many media formats with no pc or software required

The Pandigital PAN7000DW can play digital audio and video, as well as images, straight from your memory card via the 5 in 1 card reader.JPEG, AVI and MP3 files are all accepted, no PC is needed. Alternatively, if you have files on your computer or camera, you can transfer them to the frame with the included USB cable. Don’t forget the images on your cell phone, those can be transferred too. Drop and drag technology makes selecting images from your computer and transferring them to the frame’s internal memory fast and easy, with no software needed. The PAN7000DW is Wi/Fi Bluetooth compatible when paired with the PANWF01 WiFi dongle and will allow wireless transfer with other Bluetooth devices.

The Pandigital PAN7000DW effortlessly moving images out of your camera and into your life

  • 7-inch Digital Photo Frame in black domed wood
  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 800 x 600 resolution
  • Stores up to 6400 images on 1 GB of internal memory
  • Interchangeable white and gray mats
  • Built in 5 in 1 card reader
  • USB 2.0 port and Mini USB port
  • JPEG, AVI and MP3 digital video and audio
  • WiFi/Bluetooth compatible (with PANWF01 WiFi dongle)
  • Brightness control dial
  • This comes with one speaker

Whats in the Box:

  • Panimage PAN7000DW digital photo frame in domed black wood
  • White and charcoal gray mats
  • USB cable
  • AC adaptor
  • Remote control
  • Owners manual
  • Quick start guide

Product Description

The world’s first 7″ frame displays in 4:3 aspect ratio for no stretching, cropping or distortion. Digital screen displays up to 6400 images on 1GB of internal memory. Transfer images, audio and video from a memory card via 5-in-1 card reader or from PC with included USB cable. Customize the look of your frame with the interchangeable white and charcoal mats. WiFi/Bluetooth compatible.

Canon EOS 7D

Posted by igadget On December - 22 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The Canon EOS 7D may the best consumer digital SLR camera on the market.   If I had a choice of any camera to own, I would choose this camera.  My only problem is that I have an investment of Nikon lenses that I had purchased in a 20+ year span which makes it difficult to transition to the Canon line. Some of the great features of his cool gadget camera include a whopping 18MP sensor, full HD video capture, awesome photos taken under low light conditions, state-of-the-art autofocus capability, and continuous 8 fps shooting capability. This camera is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 170+ buyers at Amazon.   Available Now and packaged with a 28-135mm lens (22% Discount) at Amazon with Free Shipping.
Cool Tech Gadgets: Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera

From the Manufacturer

With a host of brand new features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the new EOS 7D represents a whole new class of camera. Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS 7D features an all-new 18.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 image processors, capturing tremendous images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 8 fps. The EOS 7D has a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF area selection modes for sharp focus no matter the situation. The EOS 7D’s Intelligent Viewfinder, an entirely newly designed technology, provides 100% coverage and displays user-selected AF modes as well as a spot metering circle and on demand grid lines.

New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provide accurate exposure even in difficult lighting. The EOS 7D also captures Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection. The EOS 7D features a magnesium alloy body that is dust and weather resistant and shutter durability of up to 150,000 cycles. Compatible with over 60 EF and EF-S lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, the creative opportunities–not just with stills but also with video–are beyond amazement.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights
Enjoy amazing low-light capability

Canon EOS 7D Highlights

18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 image processors
The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution it’s easy to crop images for enlargement without concern of losing detail. A major factor in reducing noise, the CMOS sensor assures that images shot at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth. Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors ensure that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS 7D’s ability to capture and process data of images shot at 18.0 Megapixels at 8 fps, as well as Face Detection Live Mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral optimization are all possible thanks to the Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors.

ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800) for shooting from bright to dim light
With a broad range of ISO settings, the EOS 7D enables shooting from dawn through dusk and ensures capture of the finest detail. With enhanced, low-noise high-sensitivity optimization, shooting in situations previously possible only with flash becomes as simple as point and shoot.

8.0fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with UDMA CF card and 15 RAW
Capable of shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with a UDMA CF card and 15 RAW at 8 fps, the EOS 7D is a perfect camera for action. Canon’s remarkable shutter, combined with speedy, sophisticated electronics, ensures instant response and performance. A rapidly-occurring scene can be captured moment by moment, second by second, so that even the briefest of opportunities are captured in perfect clarity.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights
Capture action as it happens

Advanced movie mode with manual exposure control and selectable frame rates
Boasting the most advanced EOS movie capturing features to date, the EOS 7D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional movie-making tool. By shooting video with a large sensor camera, it’s simple to take advantage of the image characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography and not necessarily to video cameras. In addition to a number of different recording size and frame rate modes, the EOS 7D enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. The large CMOS sensor and compatibility with over 60 lenses provide a wealth of depth-of-field options. And it’s all as easy as the press of a button–the EOS 7D has a dedicated Live View/Movie Recording lever with a start/stop button that gets the shooting started fast.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights

Three recording sizes for video Full HD Video is captured at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) or 25p frames per second, for up to 4GB per clip. Movies are saved as .MOV files and can be viewed in Full HD with HDMI output. Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 720 (50p / 60p (59.94) fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50p / 60p (59.94) fps).

Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% field of view and wide viewing angle
The EOS 7D features a phenomenal redesigned viewfinder that not only offers 100 percent coverage, 1x magnification, a 29.4-degree angle of view and user-controlled dioptric adjustment, it also features a newly-designed transparent LCD display which enables a number of viewfinder displays to be overlaid at the touch of a button. Whereas with other cameras the representation of AF points and metering areas are static, with the EOS 7D, they can be displayed, adjusted and hidden, in camera, with ease. This means less distraction and more clarity to view the image in its entirety. Display options include: grid, spot metering, AF points display, hide all, zone AF, spot (single-point) AF, AF point expansion and Dual Axis Electronic Level display.

The EOS 7D even features a brilliant new Dual Axis Electronic Level and tilt display that aids in achieving perfectly level shots, displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments, either in the viewfinder or on the LCD

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights

New 19-point, all cross-type AF system equipped with dual diagonal cross-type sensors
Canon packed its most advanced technologies into the EOS 7D’s AF system. With 19 high precision, cross-type AF sensors, any of which can be selected automatically or manually, the EOS 7D is equipped to handle even the trickiest of focus situations with ease. The high-speed microcomputers in the EOS 7D use advanced algorithms that help ensure the fastest, most accurate AF performance under the widest variety of conditions. In addition, Canon’s Light Source detection AF automatically compensates the focus by taking into account artificial lighting sources and making appropriate adjustments and the EOS 7D’s new Intelligent Macro focusing tracks the object or the cameras movement when shooting close-up, to ensure focus is never lost. AF modes can be customized to suit the situation, ensuring reliable focus, every time.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights

iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor
The EOS 7D features a new, 63 zone dual-layer sensor designed to complement the 19-point AF system. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS 7D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as in a theater or concert hall. This makes the EOS 7D ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness such as brightly lit scenes or backlit scenes; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights

Magnesium body with shutter durability up to 150,000 cycles
The EOS 7D is constructed of the highest quality materials, to exacting standards to ensure unfettered performance at all times. For example, the shutter can shoot at speeds up to 1/8000 sec for 150,000 cycles; the chassis is built of lightweight and rigid magnesium, and the camera’s seals are built to resist water and dust. This combination makes the EOS 7D will be ready for anything.

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR highlights

Included Software

Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 21.0)
The EOS 7D comes bundled with a Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon’s EOS Utility (Version 2.7.0), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.7.0), ZoomBrowser EX for Windows (Version 6.4.1), ImageBrowser for Macintosh OS X (Version 6.4.1), the Picture Style Editor (Version 1.6.0), PhotoStitch (Windows Version 3.1.22/Mac Version 3.2.2), WFT Utility (Version 3.4). Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow.

Compatible Operating Systems:
Windows: Windows XP SP2 or SP3 / Windows Vista (all version except the Starter Edition)
Macintosh: OS X 10.4 to 10.5

EOS Utility (Version 2.7.0) for Macintosh or Windows
Handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they’re connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it’s used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.

Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.7.0) An image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it’s CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.

Picture Style Editor (Version 1.6.0)
Canon’s Picture Style Editor enables you to create custom Picture Style profiles that can be used to customize the appearance of JPEG and RAW images captured with EOS Digital SLR cameras. Picture Style files created with Picture Style Editor can be loaded into the EOS cameras that support Picture Style and may also be used when processing RAW images in Canon software applications Digital Photo Professional, ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Mac).

ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.4.1) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.4.1) for Mac OS X Easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.

Product Description

Canon EOS 7D 18MP Digital SLR Camera w/ 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens 3814B010

Nokia E5-00 Unlocked GSM Phone

Posted by igadget On December - 19 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The Nokia E5-00 is a cost effective (under $170 USD) alternative to the Nokia N6 and N8 phones. The E5-00 is GSM-based and be used worldwide.   One of the awesome features of this cool gadget phone is the free “worldwide walk and drive navigation” application.  There is currently voice-guided navigation for both pedestrians and drivers for 74 countries in 46 different languages as well as maps for over 180 countries.  Additional cool features include a 2.36 inch touch display, 5-megapixel camera, a 2GB microSD card, and a battery rated at 5.5 hours of talk-time on a 3G network.  This phone is rated an average of 4 stars out of 5 by 22 Amazon buyers.   Available Now (29% Discount) at Amazon with Free Shipping.
Cool Tech Gadgets: Nokia E5-00 Unlocked GSM Phone

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Great for mobile messaging as well as providing excellent voice communications, the Symbian-based Nokia E5-00 unlocked mobile phone follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. It combines high-quality business features–such as synchronization of contacts and e-mail with Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler environments–with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone. The E5 also provides access to social networks directly on the homescreen, enabling you to view, comment, and update your status and share pictures to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

The Nokia E5–designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives.

You’ll stay on track thanks to the integrated GPS with free Ovi Maps Navigation for voice-guided directions, and you can find nearby restaurants, landmarks, events and other points of interest as you travel from place to place. Keep on top of your emails from your phone or computer using the free Ovi Mail service, and discover and download apps and games via the pre-loaded Ovi Store. You’ll also be able to sync, store, and manage your documents and files remotely with Ovi Files.

The Nokia C6 comes with a pre-loaded 2 GB microSD memory card that includes Ovi Maps data for the US, Ovi Suite, and bonus content–no need to download anything from the Web or discs. And you can add more memory via optional microSD memory cards up to 16 GB in size.

Type a quick email, SMS or note using the full QWERTY keyboard–built for fast, efficient messaging–and see everything clearly on the 2.36-inch widescreen display. Other features include Wi-Fi networking, 5-megapixel digital camera with DVD-quality video capture, Web browser with RSS feed support, multi-format digital media player, personal organizer tools, and up to 5.5 hours of 3G talk time (18.5 hours on standard GSM networks).

Unlocked Phone

This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider. This phone comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty.

When paired with a compatible 3G network, you’ll enjoy a high-speed connection offering a variety of feature-rich wireless services–from data connectivity to your office to multimedia streaming, and take advantage of simultaneous voice and data services. In areas not served by a 3G network, you’ll continue to receive data service via EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity with broadband-like speeds via 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA (with EDGE data connectivity where 3G not available).
  • Integrated assisted GPS (A-GPS) receiver with free Ovi Maps enables you to find your route quickly and easily, whether walking or driving. Use the Walk pedestrian navigation to find your way, or the voice-guided Drive navigation to find the best route. (Learn more)

  • Stay on top of all your communications: from instant messaging and corporate e-mail to Twitter and Facebook
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  • 2.36-inch LCD screen (320 x 240 pixels, 256K color depth)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with dedicated home and messaging keys; five-way Navi key with soft keys, call and end keys.
  • Symbian OS version v. 9.3 (S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2)
  • See and share your Facebook and Twitter feeds from friends and colleagues right from your homescreen
  • 5-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom, LED flash, multiple scene, white balance, and capture modes (such as panorama), and still image editor
  • Video capture capabilities with VGA resolution (640 x 480) at 15 frames per second (fps)
  • Digital audio/video player with compatibility for MP3, WMA, and AAC/eAAC+ audio formats, plus MP4 and 3GPP video formats
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • 256 MB internal memory
  • Included 2 GB microSD memory card with support for optional cards up to 16 GB.
  • SMS and MMS messaging with common inbox
  • Instant messaging via AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Live, and Google Talk
  • Corporate e-mail connectivity via Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler
  • Access to personal e-mail via Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail, and other popular POP/IMAP services. Easy Ovi Mail free email account creation directly from phone.
  • Nokia Web Browser (OSS) with Mini Map, Web feeds support (RSS) and xSP framework support
  • Pre-loaded applications include Quick Office Suite, PDF reader, ZIP (for compressed files), and Dictionary
  • Organizer tools including calendar, to-do list, notes, active notes, recorder, calculator, clock, and converter
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB 2.0 port

Vital Statistics
The Nokia E5-00 weighs 4.4 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks (18.5 hours on standard GMS networks), and up to 705 hours (29+ days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, plus 850/1900/2100 3G networks (HSDPA).

What’s in the Box
Nokia E5-00 handset, rechargeable battery (BL-4D), charger (AC-8), 2 GB microSD card, connectivity cable (CA-101D), wired stereo headset (WH-102), user guide

Free Worldwide Walk and Drive Navigation

Nokia now offers its Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation application free across the globe. Drivers receive turn-by-turn voice guidance including lane assistance, traffic information (in 10 countries including the U.S.), and safety camera and speed warnings, while pedestrians will be guided on shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones in over 100 cities across the globe. And unlike other mobile navigation mapping solutions, Ovi Maps works offline–no cellular service is required.

Driving directions.

3D landmarks.

Lonely Planet guide.

Real-time weather.

With the new Ovi Maps for mobile you get for free:

  • Maps for over 180 countries and free map updates
  • Drive and Walk navigation available in over 70 countries with real-time voice guidance
  • My Position enables you to find your current location easier and faster than ever.
  • New one box search for quicker access to finding places and addresses.
  • Save your favorite places and routes, then synchronize them with your Ovi account over the air.
  • Car navigation with voice and visual instructions, lane assistance and speed limit information. Now also with text-to-speech voice guidance.
  • Pedestrian navigation with routing through pedestrian zones and shortcuts, pathways through parks and buildings, stairways and plazas. Now with text-to-speech voice guidance.
  • Get real-time weather information including a 5-day forecast, for your current or any location found via search.
  • Lonely Planet and Michelin offer you dynamic access to the best and most relevant editorial travel content for over 1000 destinations. Find thousands of listings for sights, restaurants, hotels, shops, nightlife, and more. Look these places up on the map and get to them with Walk and Drive navigation.
  • Discover the events happening nearby your location on the map or any place found via search.
  • Share your location on Facebook–where you are, what you are up to and finish with a photo.

No Hidden Costs

The new version of Ovi Maps comes with all the maps and high-end, car grade navigation features you need for free and is yours to keep for the life of the smartphone. No additional licenses needed for extra countries, regions or services like traffic information or city guides. Data charges from network operators may apply.

Voice Guidance and Traffic Information

Turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation comes free for both drivers and pedestrians. For drivers this includes lane assistance, traffic information, safety camera, and speed warnings. For pedestrians, this includes shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones for over 100 cities around the world as well as 6,000 3D landmarks in over 200 cities to help you find exactly where you are.

Unique Hybrid Technology

Ovi Maps is built on an advanced technology called hybrid vector maps. Vector maps are high quality but less data intensive and allow you to continue to navigate even if you lose your network connection. This means that maps downloaded or updated across a network connection are about half the size of bulky bitmaps used by other mobile map providers. The hybrid technology ensures that, unlike other providers, any downloaded map data is stored on the device for future use.

No Network Connection Required When Navigating

Avoid expensive, battery-draining network connections with Nokia’s unique hybrid technology. Maps can be pre-loaded on to your Nokia smartphone so you can set Ovi Maps to offline mode, saving battery power, and the navigation system will still work. This is particularly useful for those worried about data connection costs when travelling abroad or when you are travelling through areas with little or no network coverage.

Best Global Coverage

You take your mobile with you wherever you go in the world so, as standard, voice guided navigation for both pedestrians and drivers is available for 74 countries in 46 different languages and there are maps for over 180 countries. This gives you the best maps with the largest global coverage for free.

Product Description

Discover more ways to stay connected with friends, family, business contacts and everyone important to you with the Nokia E5-00. It has everything you need to stay in touch with a variety of email and messaging options, while also helping you to take and share pics and videos, explore the web, connect through social networking, access work and personal email, navigate your day and more. The affordable Nokia E5 even manages to fit a full QWERTY keyboard into its compact, eye-catching design for quick and easy messaging on the go. Plus, there are plenty of features to make it the perfect business-focused device. Stay productive and stay in the loop with work no matter where you are with simple setup and access for your corporate email account. The Nokia E5 makes communicating with work a breeze with Mail for Exchange, the free, direct and secure corporate email solution that offers a robust desktop-like email experience right on your phone, with email, calendar, contacts and more. Plus, your work email shows up on your phone instantly, so you don?t have to wait for important emails. The Nokia E5 also features a fully integrated Microsoft Communicator Mobile client, to provide your mobile device the same great IM, contacts and usability that you enjoy on your computer. Keep in touch however you like with a variety of ways to connect to others with the Nokia E5. The home screen offers an easy visual way to view your contacts and makes it easy to organize the people you talk to most. The Nokia E5 also features one-click access to messaging as well as easy email setup and support for plenty of popular personal email services. The leading IM services have also been seamlessly integrated onto the phone. The Nokia E5 also offers free voice-guided navigation from Ovi Maps so you always know where you?re going. Plus customize your phone with thousands of available apps from Ovi Store. Connect with everyone and everything you want with the Nokia E5.

Wii Fit Plus

Posted by admin On December - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

This is obviously not a new gadget, but it is still a cool gadget and is the second generation of the Wii Fit product line. I have the older version at home and it provides great motivation for “getting off the couch.” In an increasingly sedentary society, the Wii Fit system is an awesome interactive system to increase the burn rate of those daily calories (especially after those great holiday meals!). The Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 680+ buyers at Amazon.    Available Now at Amazon.
Cool Tech Gadgets: Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board

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Wii Fit attracted millions of new players to the world of video games. Now Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new features and enhancements to help players reinvigorate their workouts, along with exercises and balance games designed to keep them fun. Players will find a new dimension to the Wii Fit experience as they easily set their own customized workout routines, or choose 20-, 30- or 40-minute workouts based on how much time they have available.

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Yoga and strength activity selector in 'Wii Fit Plus'
6 new yoga & strength activities.
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The 'Perfect 10' balance game from 'Wii Fit Plus'
The ‘Perfect 10′ balance game.
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Workout personalization options in the Locker Room in 'Wii Fit Plus'
Personalization options.
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The 'Obstacle Course' balance game from 'Wii Fit Plus'
‘Obstacle Course’ game
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Targeting specific body areas for excercise in 'Wii Fit Plus'
Target specific body areas.
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Users will also be able to choose from specialized workout routines that focus on all-around individual personal fitness goals or certain target areas. And with the addition of activities like Skateboarding and Rhythm Kung Fu, players will be using the Wii Balance Board accessory in a variety of new and fun ways.

Gameplay
As with the original Wii Fit release, Wii Fit Plus is designed, as its name implies, to improve the user’s fitness. The game contains a large number of activities that fall into a variety of categories, including: yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games. With all but a few exceptions, which utilize variations on a standard Wii Remote configuration, all activities utilize the Wii Balance Board (included with this bundle), either alone or configured with either a Wii Remote alone or the Wii Remote and nunchuck. The Balance Board, like any other Wii controller acts as a motion/pressure sensing device wirelessly synched to your Wii and replicating your body’s movements. Each controller employed occupies one of the Wii’s four wireless inputs, together mapping the reference points needed to recreate most full body motions on screen. Although this limits the majority of the activities to a single player orientation, various activities throughout the game support up to eight players in alternating play.
To use Wii Fit Plus players import their Miis from their Wii system, set up profiles, establish a current physical baseline, set fitness goals, and embark on a routine to reach them. Wii Fit Plus tracks your usage, weight and progress towards your goal over time, giving you a status report as you start each session. At any time players can choose whatever activity they want, whether exercise or balance game, and as they progress in these they will level up in each, gaining points, setting high scores and unlocking more activities.
Personalization Option Via ‘The Locker Room’
The original Wii Fit was designed to have something for everyone. Now Wii Fit Plus raises the bar by providing users with personalization options that allow them to find/create a specific workout routine that is exactly right for them, their family and their lifestyle. One example of this is “The Locker Room.” Easily accessible throughout the game, here players can choose from a number customizable options that allow them to maximize their time with Wii Fit Plus without having to navigate through the game menu while in the middle of a workout. In essence this allows players to become their own personal trainer. Customization options available within The Locker Room include: preprogrammed and timed Wii Fit Plus Routines; My Routine, where you choose your own set of activities, optimizing their length and area of the body to be focused on; and Favorites, a notation of activities you frequent, which provides fast access to exercises you enjoy doing the most.
Addition Yoga and Strength Exercises
Designed as an addition to the already substantial list of focused, physical exercises available in Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus contains six new and challenging strength and yoga activities. But continuing with the game’s commitment to personalization, the key to these additions is not in their volume, but in how the player chooses to mix and match them. Do them in the order they are presented, or combine them in whatever order you want. The choice is yours. The player even has the ability to repeat the ones that he/she prefers, maximizing attention and effort where it is needed most. In addition, for those to whom time is a commodity, you can now omit unnecessary interludes between exercises, making for a continuous, timesaving routine.
A Wealth of New Balance Games
Regardless of the considerable fitness factor packed into Wii Fit Plus, the Nintendo brand is and will always be all about having fun. With that in mind Wii Fit Plus also comes packed with 15 new, entertaining balance games suitable for every member of the family. Just a few of those that players can expect to see are: Juggling; Skateboarding; Snowball Fight; Obstacle Course, a log-leaping, cannonball-evading event reminiscent of what Nintendo icon Mario must go through; and Perfect 10, a balance game designed to promote a combination of physical and mental health. In this final example the player’s Mii is situated between multiple color-coated balls, each showing specific numbers, with the goal to swing your hips, hula style, in different directions to tap out a total of ten as many times as possible before time runs out.
Key Game Features

  • The Wii Fit Plus Bundle includes the game software and the Wii Balance Board.
  • Users can input the amount of time they want to spend on their workouts or select an area for personal improvement, and Wii Fit Plus will suggest a number of diverse activities for them.
  • For the first time, users can mix and match which strength and yoga activities they prefer on a given day. The seamless exercise flows make it easier than ever for users to maintain their daily workout routines.
  • Users might be asked to run an obstacle course across a series of platforms, zoom across a beach on a Segway x2 Personal Transporter or flap their arms to help their hilarious chicken-suited characters aim for targets.
  • The range of games and customization options will make players want to play every day. They’ll be having so much fun that their workouts will seem to fly by in no time at all.
  • Players also can see estimates of calories burned and can even activate a feature that lets them weigh their dogs or cats.

Product Description

Your life as a couch potato is officially over. Welcome to Wii Fit, an innovative challenge that combines the strategy of video games with the movement of exercise. Simply step onto the included Wii Balance Board and run and jump your way through energizing challenges. With more than 40 activities based on strength training, aerobics, yoga and balance, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Take the fun route to physical fitness with this new, active way to play on your Nintendo Wii.Start by creating your personal profile. Set up your Mii, enter your height and let the Balance Board take your weight. In just a few short seconds, you’ll know your current Body Mass Index (BMI), a measurement used to determine your Wii Fit age. You’ll also take a balance test to determine how well you can maintain your left and right balance. As you progress, you can watch these statistics improve and find the motivation to practice every day. Keep at it and soon new exercises and activities will become available. Wii Fit will even remember the activities you choose the most and put them in your Favorites category. Get out of your seat and into the winner’s circle with this entertaining way to get in shape. FeaturesIncludes Wii Fit video game, Wii Balance Board and 4 AA batteries Requires Wii Remote (not included) to play Earn Fit Credits that unlock additional exercises and activities within four categories: Strength Training, Aerobics, Yoga and Balance Games Yoga exercises include Deep Breathing, Half-Moon, Dance, Cobra, Bridge, Spinal Twist, Shoulder Stand, Warrior, Tree, Sun Salutation, Standing Knee, Palm Tree, Chair, Triangle and Downward-Facing Dog Perform muscle-toning exercises such as Single Leg Extension, Sideways Leg Lift, Arm and Leg Lift, Single-Arm Stand, Torso Twists, Rowing Squat and Single Leg Twist; challenges include Push-Up, Plank and Jackknife Get moving

XM XDRC2V1 XpressRCi

Posted by admin On December - 15 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Below is a great budget alternative for those who want satellite (Sirius, XM) radio capability without purchasing a new automobile :-) . As many of you who enjoy satellite radio, it is a great diversion for the long hours in traffic. The radio includes do-it-yourself instructions for installing it into your vehicle and is rated an average of 4 stars out of 5 from 17 buyers at Amazon.    Available Now (27% Discount) at Amazon.
Cool Tech Gadgets: XM XDRC2V1 XpressRCi

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With the XM XpressRCi, it’s easy to enjoy satellite radio in any vehicle. Do-it-yourself installation with PowerConnect is quick and effortless, and the large split-screen color display and other advanced features let you get the most from your satellite radio. You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live radio; get alerts when your favorite artists, songs, and sport teams are playing on live radio; and use the real-time program guide to browse programs and artists playing on other channels without having to change the channel. Note: SIRIUS|XM Satellite Radio is a subscription service, see below for details.

With the XM XpressRCi, it’s easy to enjoy satellite radio in any vehicle. Click to enlarge.

Enjoy Satellite Radio in Any Vehicle

Hear More of What You Love … Effortlessly
SIRIUS|XM Radio delivers subscribers over 170 channels of commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, and weather, covering the entire continental U.S. via seamless satellite transmission.

Please note that XM Radio is a paid subscription service, and a plan is not included with this radio. You will need to select and purchase an XM subscription plan to activate the radio before use.

Split the screen to simultaneously view what’s playing on the current channel and up to three other channels.
Hardware is included for dash or vent mounting.
The color-coded vehicle dock makes it simple to connect.

Complete PowerConnect Vehicle Kit Included
The revolutionary SIRIUS|XM PowerConnect FM Transmitter works through your vehicle’s radio–all mounting accessories are included; just plug it into your vehicle’s power adapter socket and you’re good to go. The color-coded vehicle dock makes it simple to connect, and if your vehicle features a standard 3.5-mm auxiliary input, you’ve got a wired option rather than using the FM radio route. As for mounting, both vent and dash mounts are provided to suit your preference/requirements.

Vibrant Color Display
View artist name, song title, and channel information on a display with stylish color backgrounds and graphics.

Split Screen Display Mode
Split the screen to simultaneously view what’s playing on the current channel and up to three other channels, or view what’s playing on the current channel and the last channel you were listening to at the same time.

Enhanced Real-time Channel Guide
Browse programs, artists, and songs playing on other channels without having to change the channel you are on.

Pause and Replay
Want to hear a song again? Miss a detail on a newscast, or have to leave the car on an errand? The XpressRCi lets you pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live radio, so you never miss a beat.

Don’t Miss Your Favorite Teams and Artists
TuneSelect and GameSelect alert you whenever your favorite artists, songs, or sports teams are playing on any XM channel.

When a match is found for an entry in your TuneSelect or GameSelect list, you’ll be prompted with audio and a displayed alert. From there, you can immediately tune the channel on which the song or game is playing.

Save That Song
The unit’s SongSaver feature lets you store up to 10 songs so you can listen to them later.

Stock Ticker
Track the price and daily movement of your favorite stocks.

Universal Docking Capability
The XpressRCi features universal docking capability, allowing you to add accessories to use it in your home, office, additional vehicles, or even outdoors.

What’s in the Box

XpressRCi Radio, PowerConnect vehicle dock, PowerConnect power adapter, remote control, aux-in cable, vent and dash mounting accessories, quick start guide, and user’s guide.

Product Description

With the XM XpressRCi, it’s easy to enjoy Satellite Radio in any vehicle. Do-It-Yourself Installation with PowerConnect is quick and effortless. The large split-screen color display and other advanced features let you get the most from your Satellite Radio. You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live radio; get alerts when your favorite artists, songs and sport teams are playing on live radio; and use the real-time program guide to browse programs and artists playing on other channels without having to change the channel. Add accessories to enjoy XM XpressRCi in the home, office or anywhere in between. XM XpressRCi Features: •Revolutionary SIRIUS|XM PowerConnect™ FM Transmitter works through your vehicle’s radio – just plug it into your vehicle’s power adapter socket. The color-coded Vehicle Dock makes it simple to connect. •Customize the large split-screen display to see what’s playing on up to four channels at the same time. •Pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of live radio. •Be alerted when your favorite artists/songs are playing on live radio. •View your favorite teams’ scores/stats and get alerts when they’re playing. •View artist name, song title, and channel information on the large color display, with dynamic color background art and graphics. •Browse programs, artists, and songs playing on other channels without having to change the channel. •Store up to 10 of your favorite songs to listen to later. •Save and enjoy fast access to up to 10 of your favorite channels. •Complete Vehicle Kit included. •Universal docking capability – add accessories for your home, office, additional vehicles or even outdoors.

Nikon 3100 Digital Camera

Posted by admin On December - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

If I were in the market to buy my next Nikon Camera, the 3100 would be the model I would choose. This camera sports a whopping 14.2 MP image sensor and it is Nikon’s first camera that can also record 1080p video. Furthermore, it comes with a nice wide angle (18-55mm) lens. For a limited time only, Amazon is also offering savings of up to USD $250 for purchasing additional qualifying Nikkor lens. The Nikon 3100 camera is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 55+ buyers at Amazon.    Available Now at Amazon.
Cool Tech Gadgets: Nikon 3100 Digital Camera

From the Manufacturer

Nikon’s affordable, compact and lightweight D3100 digital SLR features a high-resolution 14-megapixel CMOS DX sensor, high-quality 3x NIKKOR 18-55mm VR image stabilization zoom lens and intuitive onboard assistance including the learn-as-you grow Guide Mode.

Capture beautiful pictures and amazing Full HD 1080p movies with sound and full-time autofocus.

Easily capture the action other cameras miss with a fast start up time, split-second shutter release, 3 frames per second shooting and 11-point autofocus.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Highlights
Capture 3 frames per second for fast action shooting.

Capture pictures and make movies in near darkness with an ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800-Hi2). EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure and noise.

One-touch Live View and movie recording lets you see the action on the 3-inch monitor and the Scene Recognition System automatically chooses the ideal settings.

You can also select from 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.

Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.

A built-in pop-up flash is ready for those times when there just isn’t enough light and in-camera image editing allows creative freedom and effects, without the need for a computer.

Nikon D3100 Highlights

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Highlights
Easy-to-use Guide Mode walks you through the settings you need for the shot you want.

14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
Delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches.

Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
Included lens offers the legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail and VR image stabilization to ensure the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies.

Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video
Features full-time autofocus and sound; record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Easy-To-Use
The D3100 features Nikon’s Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way.

Compact and Lightweight Design
Beautifully styled–ready to go wherever life takes you.

Split-second Shutter Response
Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.

Fast 11-point Autofocus System
Delivers razor-sharp pictures.

ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
Delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Highlights

3-inch monitor
Features One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.

Scene Auto Selector
Lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View.

EXPEED 2
Nikon’s new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.

Scene Recognition System in Live View
Automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself.

6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes
Just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.

Active D-Lighting
Restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Highlights
D-Lighting in action.

Picture Control
Choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures.

Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
Ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.

Built-in pop-up flash
Perfect for those times when there isn’t enough light.

In-camera Image Editing
Allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.

Compatible Lenses

  • AF-S and AF-I: All functions supported
  • Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
  • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
  • Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
  • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
  • Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function.

Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.

What’s in the Box
D3100 digital SLR camera body; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens; EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Battery Charger, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-20 Rubber Eyecap, AN-DC3 Camera Strap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, BF-1B Body Cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

Posted by admin On December - 13 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

In development for over 5 years, Sony recently released Gran Turismo 5 in late November for the Playstation 3. I saw my kids play this game and the graphics are awesome. For a detailed review of the game playing features, click here. The Gran Turismo series is one of Sony’s landmark games that has popularized the playstation console, and recent reviews indicate this fifth generation release to be another winner. The game is already rated an average of 4 stars out of 5 from 170+ buyers at Amazon. Available Now (10% Discount) with Free Shipping at Amazon.

Cool Gadgets: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

Amazon.com Product Description

The next installment of the award-winning Gran Turismo simulation racing franchise, Gran Turismo 5, is designed for play exclusively to the PlayStation 3 system. Known for its signature beauty and precision, this highly anticipated racer showcases new jaw-dropping cars, real-life tracks, and diverse racing styles. Gran Turismo 5 promises to deliver exciting advancements to the series, and in the process deliver in the most comprehensive racing experience ever.

Gran Turismo 5 game logo

The Real Driving Simulator is Here
True to its pedigree, Gran Turismo 5 takes the GT series, as well as the simulation racing genre as a whole, to a whole new level. The game features over 1,000 realistically rendered cars. This is nearly 300 more than were included in GT4 for PlayStation 2, and literally several hundred more than what was available in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, the first GT game variation developed for PS3. This tremendous list includes standard categories of vehicles, including stock cars, tuned pre tuned vehicles and tunables, but keeping with modern automotive technology GT5 also includes the latest, hybrid and electric car models. Just like any car, these can be raced, but as with their real-life cousins, players can also do things with these cars like monitor battery power as related to speed and other car usage. In addition, GT 5 features over 20 courses, more than 60 variations, a new physics engine allowing for realistic damage, a new in-cockpit view, HD support, and much more.

Camera angle from inside the cockpit in Gran Turismo 5
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Multiple Play Modes
Local play options in Gran Turismo 5 include both a single player and split screen two-player arcade mode. GT Mode includes world map, my garage for storing your rides, car dealer, tuning shop, championship race, and license test. Online support through the PlayStation Network includes multiplayer support for up to 16-player races, an open lobby, text/voice chat, private room, online photo album, online replay album, and the ability to export replays to YouTube.

Key Game Features

  • 1,000 Vehicles – 170 Premium new models, including hybrids and EVs, and 830 kinds of standard models similar to those seen in previous games.
  • Plenty of Courses – Rip it up in more than 20 courses, more than 60 layouts.
  • New Physics – The in-game physics system simulation is brand new to the series, and allows for greater realism and damage.
  • Arcade Mode – Allows for single race functionality and 2-player battle.
  • GT Mode Features – World Map, My Garage, Car Dealer, Tuning Shop, Car Washes/Oil Change, Race Championship (Series system, point system), License Test.
  • Online Features – 16-player support, Open Lobby, Text / Voice Chat, Private rooms, Online Photo Album, Online Replay Album, YouTube replay output.
  • Photo Mode – Photo Drive and Photo stage.
  • Gran Turismo TV – Video output to a PSP or PSP Go, Progressive Download, Improved user interface, continuous play for videos.
  • Sound Features – Custom soundtracks pulled from your PS3 hard-drive; Dolby Digital 5.1 and 7.1.

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Two Ferraris playing follow the leader around a tight turn in Gran Turismo 5
1,000 powerful cars.
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Two cars spinning out and taking damage in Gran Turismo 5
Realistic damage.
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Multiplayer race in Gran Turismo 5
16-player online support.
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Urban track location in Gran Turismo 5
Real locations and tracks.
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Product Description

Gran Turismo returns with the most realistic and complete racing experience. An unprecedented collection of over 1,000 meticulously detailed cars, complete with robust online racing and community features, and just about every style of racing imaginable – all in Gran Turismo’s signature cutting-edge graphics.

Kinect Sensor

Posted by igadget On December - 12 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Just released over a month ago, the XBox 360 Kinect Sensor provides motions sensing to enhance the XBox 360 experience.  The graphics are far better than the Wii and preliminary indications are that it is a top seller this holiday season.  The sensor is currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and reviewed by 340+ buyers at Amazon. It is currently the number 2 bestseller in the video games category on Amazon.    Available Now at Amazon.
Cool Tech Gadgets: Kinect Sensor

From the Manufacturer


Product Description
Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine. And the best part is Kinect works with every Xbox 360 right out of the box*.

What’s in The Box?

  • Kinect Sensor
  • Power Supply Cable
  • Kinect Adventures Game
  • Manual
  • Wireless Network Adapter Cable

Product Features

  • Array of 4 microphones supporting single speaker voice recognition
  • Depth Camera 640×480 pixel resolution @30FPS
  • Color VGA Motion Camera 640×480 pixel resolution @30FPS
  • Fully compatible with all Xbox 360 models*
  • Revolutionary technology that includes body recognition

About Kinect Adventures Game (Included in the box)
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Good Science Studio
Format: DVD compatible with Kinect for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Availability: November 4th 2010

Developer Information: Good Science Studio, formerly code-named “Spawnpoint,” is a Microsoft Game Studio game development studio founded in 2009 by a combination of industry veterans and creative newcomers. “Kinect Adventures” is the first title from Good Science. Float in outer space. Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountain top obstacle courses. And dive into the deep to explore a leaky underwater observatory — all from your living room. With “Kinect Adventures,” you are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations.

What else you need to play Kinect:

  • Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • Room to Play (6ft between you and the sensor)*
  • You!

* Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for online multiplayer and Video Kinect. 190 MB of storage required; subject to change with system updates. Play space will vary with sensor placement and other factors.

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Product Description

Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways with no controller required. Simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect recognizes you and responds to your gestures. Connecting in a whole new way is as easy as a wave of your hand. Kinect removes the last barrier between you and the experiences you love. Best of all, when Kinect arrives this November, it will work with every Xbox 360 console.

Lego Star Wars (Wii)

Posted by igadget On December - 10 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

On day 11 of Amazon’s daily video games (click here), the theme is “kids playtime.”   One of the cool Wii games offered for $14.99 USD is the “Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga” title (note that this is just one of 58 deals offered by Amazon today).  I originally purchased this game for $39.99 USD. My kids are both Lego and Star Wars fan, and this is one of their favorite games.   The Wii Lego Star Wars is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 by 340+ Amazon buyers.   Available Now (25% Discount) at Amazon with Free Standard Shipping.

Cool Tech Gadgets: Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Product Features

Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Play through the events of all 6 Star Wars movies in 1 videogame for the first time ever
  • Solve puzzles that encourage creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations
  • New characters bring the total count to over 160; upgraded Character Customizer
  • Enhanced Force powers; new power-ups; new Challenge mode; revamped levels
  • Wii version provides motion-sensitive inputs for exciting new ways to control the LEGO Star Wars characters

Little Big Planet (PS3)

Posted by igadget On December - 9 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Little Big Planet is one of the best games made for the Playstation 3 and provides great entertainment for the entire family. My kids love this game and as a warning, it is somewhat addicting. Note that Amazon has a number of great daily deals for video games (click here). Little Big Planet is rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 by 110+ Amazon buyers.   Available Now (33% Discount) at Amazon with Free Shipping.

Cool Tech Gadgets: PS3 Little Big Planet

Platform: PLAYSTATION 3

Amazon.com Product Description

Winner of over 80 prominent awards, including several Game of the Year awards, LittleBigPlanet returns with its signature “Play, Create and Share” experience plus irresistible new bonus content valued over $30! With the new Game of the Year Edition, players can play 18 brand new levels, create their own experiences with bonus costume and level packs–including the Metal Gear Solid Level Pack–then go online to share their levels with other players around the world or play over 1 Million user generated levels that have been uploaded since the launch of the original game release. There is no better time to join the world of LittleBigPlanet!

LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition game logo
18 new bonus levels included in LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition
18 new bonus levels included.
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Metal Gear Solid costume pack included in LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition
Free costume and level packs.
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500+ objects, stickers, tools and costumes as resources for your own levels in LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition
500+ objects, stickers, tools.
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A Game World Without Limits
Imagine a platformer gameworld that’s yours to shape, build and explore. Imagine the possibilities, then jump head first into the reality. LittleBigPlanet puts the power of absolute creation into your own hands. If you can see it, you can enhance it. If you can’t see it, you can invent it. The LittleBigPlanet experience starts with players learning about their character’s powers to interact physically with the environment. There are places to explore, creative resources to collect and puzzles to solve – all requiring a combination of brains and collaborative teamwork. As soon as players begin, their creative skills will grow and they will soon be ready to start creating and modifying their surroundings – the first step to sharing them with the whole community.

Characters have the power to move anything in this glued and stitched-together 3D landscape; they have the power to design, shape and build both objects and entire locations for others to view and play. There’s no complicated level editor; all of these skills can be learned by simply playing the game. Creativity is part of the game play experience and playing is part of the creative experience. Fathom out ways to overcome tricky obstacles as you interact with the surrounding environment, or compose inspirational locations and objects that are totally unique to you. Immerse yourself in an organic world that’s just waiting to be personalized. Players can make their world as open or as secretive to explore as they like. When it’s ready, they can invite anyone within the LittleBigPlanet community to come and explore their patch – or can go and explore everybody else’s.
Key Game Features

  • Meet Sackboy, an iconic new character that you can customize to reflect your own personality.
  • Dive into a brand new gaming genre that unleashes the creativity in everyone.
  • Explore over 50 awesome levels which will inspire and teach you the skills to build your own content.
  • Share your creations and enjoy access to unlimited content – a new experience is waiting to happen every single time you go online.
  • There’s not just one way to play. Players craft their own individual experience based on their own creativity.
  • Unlimited possibilities for user-created content – players can customize everything: their characters, the landscape around them and their own patch on LittleBigPlanet.
  • Online and off-line. multiplayer modes supporting up to 4 players mean that you never have to play alone. Modes include cooperative and competitive play options.
  • LittleBigPlanet global community for players to get involved with: includes player comments, rankings and easy communication with new and existing friends
  • Additional Game of the Year Edition features include:
    • Collect over 500 objects, stickers, tools and costumes as resources for your own levels.
    • Over 1 Million User Generated Levels to play.
    • 18 New Bonus Levels designed by actual LBP Community Members.
    • Free Costume and Level Packs including the Metal Gear Solid Level Pack.

Product Description

Winner of over 80 multiple awards, including several Game of the Year awards, LittleBigPlanet returns with its signature “Play, Create and Share” experience plus irresistible new bonus content. Players can play 18 brand new levels, create their own experiences with bonus costume and level packs, then go online to share their levels with other players around the world or play over 1 Million user generated levels that have been uploaded since launch. There is no better time to join the world of LBP.

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