Inspected Gadget: TDK Life on Record Boombox

TDK’s Life On Record boombox – solid, heavy, with three 6″ speakers (center is a subwoofer) and 30-pin iPhone/iPod connector. Also plays external USB flash/hard drives, all controlled via the knob and display on the front.

Inspected Gadget: Bebot iOS Synth


Bebot – the robot synth. So simple looking, yet has all the adjustable features of real synthesizers. Thanks Marshall/Mike.

Inspected Gadget: Fabulous Hello Kitty Robo

Sanrio’s Hello Kitty robot. 5 G’s. If you’ve got the cash… I guess?

Inspected Gadget: Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Tablet

Motorola’s Xoom will be available starting March 27th in a WiFi-only configuration. If you’re interested in this Android-flavored tablet, it means that you’ll be able to get your hands on one without bucking up for the 3G version.

Inspected Gadget: Play with a Nintendo 3DS

You’ll have to wait until March 27th to get your hands on your own Nintendo 3DS – but starting today, you’ll be able to play with one at the following locations:

Chicago – Citigroup Center
Los Angeles – Third Street Promenade
New York – Grand Central Terminal
San Francisco – Pier 39

… and a bunch of other spots.

Inspected Gadget: Lego Minifigure USB Flash Drive

Stick this little guy in your computer and he’ll give you the best 2GB of USB Flash goodness he’s got.

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Inspected Gadget: Geminoid DK Ultra-Realistic Android


Geminoid DK is the most human-looking robot to date from Intelligent Robotics and Communications Laboratories.

Skynet just wet its pants.



Inspected Gadget: Tiny Wings for iOS

Tiny Wings is one of those games that you download because it looks like it’s cute and could entertain you for a few minutes. Until you realize it’s insanely addictive and you’ve been playing for an hour straight, and also at every teensy opportune gap of free time in between other activities. It’s also controlled by just one finger tap, which means that while playing, you can snack and have chips, eat entire meals, or sit on the couch sipping a hot cocoa, or use it on the subway, or pretend you’re reading email. Not that I did any of this in the past 48 hours.

Inspected Gadget: A quick ride in Google’s Self-driving Car

Seems like it’s making those turns with just enough speed to make your hair stand on end. How long before you get crap for driving “manually” like that scene in the TNT-TBS-Will-Smith-rerun fodder, err I mean, adaptation of Asimov’s I, Robot?

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Inspected Gadget: Sidekick No More

The future keeps on coming… In 2009 Panasonic killed the Technics SL-1200. A month ago, Hasbro gave the original Easy Bake Oven under a year to live because of the forthcoming ban on incandescent bulbs (though you shouldn’t worry too hard, there will be a replacement version that uses a heating element).

Now, fitting news as the release of the iPad 2 is imminent. Microsoft is killing off the Danger Sidekick. It was always an interesting device, ahead of its time, and was the first true consumer cloud-based smartphone that wasn’t a Blackberry.

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Inspected Gadget: Fabricate Yourself

At the intersection of Microsoft’s XBOX Kinect being used as a body scanner, and lightweight 3D printing, you’ll find Fabricate Yourself from Interactive Fabrication. Video after the jump.

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Inspected Gadget: Mega Hurtz Paintball W.R.O.M.P.

Chris Rogers’ Weaponized Remotely Operated Mobile Platform for paintball is a Kickstarter project inspired by a moment of playtime with his son. After ten years and several incarnations, he’s trying to create the ultimate version.

Via OhGizmo! & Mobile Magazine