Inspected Gadget: Leica V-Lux 20

Leica is about to release the V-Lux 20, the latest in their line of pocketable point-n-shoot cameras. These are wildly similar to the Panasonic Lumix variants, but if you need that Leica “L” you know which one you’ll hold out for (aside from the lens being different, the general knowledge is that the image processing software in the camera is somewhat tweaked). Specs are solid: 14.5 megapixel, 25-300 mm zoom lens (would like to see this in action), 720p HD video, and SD/SDHC/SXDC card compatibility. It’s also got built-in GPS for geotagging shots which is definitely a must-have these days.

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Inspected Gadget: Droid Incredible


This lucky gentleman received his Droid Incredible preordered phone a tad bit early (9 days to be exact – the release date is April 29). It’s the latest Google Android phone,  available on Verizon, and is looking like a pretty strong contender in the smartphone arms race: it’s got all the usual touchscreen, powerful processor tidbits, wifi, bluetooth, gps – but it’s also got an 8 megapixel camera sensor.

P.S. You get a gold star if you can make it past the 1-minute mark without muting the guy.

Via Engadget

Inspected Gadget: Pano App for iPhone

Skipping past the news (or, non-news) of the weekend’s technology-world-a-tittering over reports of a new iPhone, I was digging around this morning for some fun photo apps and came across a reduced price on the Pano app. I’ve always been into true panoramic photography, even going so far as to rent some of the real deal, rotating-lens variety of cameras. So if you can’t justify carrying around a Linhoff, Horseman, or even the Lomo Horizon, at least there’s an app to get you wet. To quote RoboCop, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” (I stitched together the photo above by taking six portrait photos from left to right, covering a three block span of buildings. Another random test shot after the jump.)

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Inspected Gadget: Nintendo NES / Sega Genesis Cartridge Converter


The Retrode converter is a USB cartridge converter that takes your old Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis cartridges and converts them to ROMs for use in desktop or mobile devise game ROM emulators. Having bought most of these games over 20 years ago, it’s amazing to continue getting use out of the original code.

Via Crunchgear

Inspected Gadget: Panasonic AF100 Micro Four Thirds video camera

The four thirds world just got a little more interesting. I was thinking about this over the weekend, that it was only a matter of time before a more video-focused device started using the lenses from these cameras. Looks like Panasonic is dipping their toes in the water first.

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Inspected Gadget: Tape2USB Cassette to PC Transfer Deck

The Grace Digital Tape2USB Cassette to PC deck is ugly as sin, but is exactly what I need to transform some old mix tapes from analog to digital. Yes, there is a full sized stereo component version of this, but I want to be able to hide it away when I’m done.

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Inspected Gadget: Thodio A-Box Speakers

The Thodio A-Box is a speaker-filled ammo box that comes in two options: with a 2 x 25 Watt amp and woven glass speakers, or a heavier-duty version with a 2 x 70 Watt amp and kevlar speakers. Solid, portable, and powerful.

Via Uncrate

Inspected Gadget: iPad – Yes, It will blend


Let’s stick with the iPad for another day, shall we? In this edition of Will It Blend, Tom Dickson put Apple’s latest device to the test.

Inspected Gadget: iPad Apps, business in the front…

Everyone will be spouting about all the fun apps and entertainment consumables for the iPad, but there are plenty of serious apps that push it beyond being yet another couch potato device. If you get your hands on one, here are a few that can help make it pay for itself…

Inner Fence’s Credit Card Terminal for iPad makes sure you get paid:

Webex has an app that handles meeting shares:

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Inspected Gadget: Music Library for Google Chrome

[twbeyt]diSVhlQkHNA[/twbeyt] is a Google Chrome extension that grabs mp3s from the sites you visit and creates an iTunes-like library of audio from the web, all inside the browser. It is indeed unique among all the browser plugins I’ve seen for Chrome so far, auto updating from sites that offer ‘mp3 of the day’ etc. I’ve been using it for a little over a month (since I switched over semi-exclusively to Google Chrome on all my machines).

It’s still in alpha version and invitation only, and it works beautifully. Developed by our friend Dan Kantor, the creator of Streampad and one of the original developers for Delicious.

Inspected Gadget: iDapt i4 Multi-charger

Stop the mess and cable slop with iDapt’s forthcoming i4 four-device-at-a-time consolidated charger. Put it away when you’re done and hide all the junk. It can charge just about anything – from devices to actual batteries.

Via gizmodo.

Inspected Gadget: iBUYPOWER Paladin Gaming CPU

iBUYPOWER makes some crazy overclockable CPUs. The latest model, the iBUYPOWER Paladin series, is pretty crazy – I would love to have one of these monsters in a room somewhere.

Specs: 12GB of DDR3 memory, 1 TB of storage minimum, Blu-Ray Disc players, liquid-cooling, choice of ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce – they start around $2G’s. More details on their site.

Via Slashgear