Inspected gadget: Canon Powershot S95

What if Canon made a camera using the exact same tech specs as their recently updated G12, but it was smaller and you could actually slide it into your pocket? It would be called the Canon Powershot S95. You’ll give up some buttons and knobs and the optical viewfinder. But you get the G12’s 10MP sensor, RAW file format ability, 720p HD stereo video, and DIGIC 4 image processing. And you also get a nifty user-programmable manual ring control around the zoom lens, a larger display screen, and you get to keep an extra hundred bucks.

Inspected Gadget: Wifi for your engine

If you recognize that plug, you know it’s an OBD interface for your car’s engine. What’s that black box, you ask? It’s Innovate Motorsports’ 3831 OT-2 OBD-II Wi-Fi Interface – which transmits engine diagnostics via Wifi to your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, displayed on the free LogWorks Mobile App (after the jump). You can even directly wire in other sensors, such as air/fuel ratio or temperature, and yes, you can use it to wirelessly reset those “check engine” warnings.

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Inspected Gadget: Fuji Finepix X100

Coming soon: the Fuji Finepix X100. Classic styling contains a nice assortment of features: 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens with an aperture of f2, an APS-C sized 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor for stills and 720p HD video recording, and a switchable optical and electronic “hybrid viewfinder.”

Inspected Gadget: iPhone one-cent DefaultCase


Yes – defaultcase is another iPhone case (currently for iPhone 4 and 3GS, coming soon for others), but a pretty nice one overall – tight tolerance to the shape of the phone, snap-on reassurance, and gives you a solid grip on the phone while still feeling somewhat sleek from its perforated design. Comes in a very wide range of colors – and for a limited time it’s selling for one cent. Totally legit, a couple of weeks ago I bought four and received them within about a week. Shipping on each one ordered is four bucks, but still not a bad deal to get four for $16 considering phone cases are usually $35 ripoffs.

Inspected Gadget: Viewsonic 3D HD Camcorder

Viewsonic’s 3DV5 is their entry into the game of flipcam-sized 3D camcorders – it even looks an awful lot like one we already told you about (maybe it’s the same device, rebranded?). Specs are much the same: SDHC card compatible, shoots 3D video in 720p HD and has the ability to take 5 megapixel stills, all viewable without the need for special glasses on its 2.4″ 3D paralax display. Includes software to convert videos and images for 3D televisions and 2D display.

Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: Philips ActionFit Bluetooth Headphones

Philips ActionFit Bluetooth headphones are water resistant for easy washing, and made with an antimicrobial agent so that you can sweat all over them without grossing up the plastic. As a result they’re probably a bit more durable for the throw-around reality of everyday life that small electronics accessories get put through. Aside from that, packed with the usual goodies like noise cancellation, music and phone control on iPhone.

Via OhGizmo!/ChipChick

Inspected Gadget: Avenger XBOX 360 Controller

The Avenger is a mutant add-on for XBOX 360 controllers, and aims to replace too-slow button pressing with quicker finger-flicking. As one commenter notes, it’s “like a saxophone for gaming”.

Via Kotaku

Inspected Gadget: Hex iPod Nano Watch band

The Hex watch band is the latest, nicest implementation of wearing an iPod nano on your wrist. Most obvious use is for running, and sorta makes sense in jacket/long-sleeve weather… but might look a bit silly in the warmer months. Via Gizmodo.

Inspected Gadget: Axsotic’s 3D Control

Axsotic’s 3D “mouse” bridges the physical disconnect from the virtual world of modelmaking with a truly tangible, seemingly natural input device. Seeing it, I struggle to believe something so obvious hasn’t already been available on the market…

Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: The digital sands of time

The KWID hourglass watch is pretty cute, and made so that kids can learn how to tell time, but the makers probably didn’t realize they could be making a pretty deep physical-digital statement with the hourglass/pixels design…

Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: Wanderlust Digital Pinhole Lens

Wanderlust has created a very affordable, easy-to-use Micro 4:3 pinhole lens/cap. The pinhole is recessed inside the camera, and is relatively wide since the precision-cut hole is extremely close to the camera sensor. This allows the lens to deliver an 11mm (22mm equivalent) experience. For more examples and to preorder go here (also cool since it’s being made via kickstarter).

Inspected Gadget: Black Diamond Avalung II


Winter approaches and riding snow is on the mind… When heading into back country, avalanche-prone areas, you’d make sure to carry a shovel and a locator beacon – so why not carry this too: the Black Diamond Avalung II. It extends your under-snow breathing capability from under 15 minutes to over 45. And remember rule #1: don’t ever need it.