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Hands on: Griffin iTrip Auto Universal FM Transmitter

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Hands on: Griffin iTrip Auto Universal FM TransmitterThe iTrip is a pretty simple device. The idea is that you plug one end into your car cigarette lighter socket and the other into the earphone jack of your MP3 player, replacing your car radio with the soothing sounds of your own music collection playing through FM radio.

It’s just that simple. Just plug it in and find a frequency where you hear only static. You’ll get better results if you find one that has some neighboring frequencies with static. Then use the + or – buttons to tune your MP3 player to the same frequency. Just like that your player has replaced your car radio.

Apple patent would auto-tune volume

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Apple patent would auto-tune volumeIt’s a common problem. You have your headphones on and you’re in a crowd, but the music is drowned out by the crowd. Well, check this out. This Apple patent takes a look at dynamic volume adjustment that is based on your surroundings, not your music.

Looks like a sound sensor would detect the ambient noise and adjust itself based on the situation. The system wouldn’t force you to keep it at it’s own preferences and would take into account the user’s own choices for volume when setting the sound level. Interestingly, the patent application was first filed shortly after the launch of the original iPhone. Obviously Apple isn’t using it to date, but they already use ambient sensors to detect light for the displays on the iPhone, iPod touch etc.

Eee PC gets modded into a car

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Eee PC gets modded into a carIt’s been awhile since we’ve seen a good car mod. The last one was an Xbox 360 modded into a Suzuki. Now, thanks to some crazy Ruskie hacker, an Eee PC gets crammed into an automobile dashboard. He’s posted an article showing how to take a 7 inch Eee PC apart and turn it into a carputer that hooks into an auto stereo system and it even acts as a graphic equalizer.

The finished product is a computer in your car with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built in storage plus an 8GB SDHC card, a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, Bluetooth, a slot-loading DVD-RW drive, GPS, 5.1 channel audio, a touschreen, and a boatload of USB adapters that string the whole thing together.

Craftsman Nextec Hammerhead Auto Hammer

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Craftsman Nextec Hammerhead Auto HammerThe name is a mouthful, but this tool is a long overdue upgrade to the traditional hammer. Without a single swing, it will drive up to 3.5-inch nails with just the pull of a trigger. It’s powered by a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery and works great in tight spaces.

The best part of course is that it’s a tool for the extremely lazy. Much like me, it nails at 2000 impacts/minute. Just ask the ladies. It also sports a retractable nail sleeve and magnetic head that makes it easy to operate one-handed.

Exhaust Air Jack uses exhaust to lift your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2008

xhaust Air Jack uses exhaust to lift your car
Let’s face it people, these days there are a lot of sissy men out there who are puny and helpless. We just aint producing many John Waynes these days. Then you’ve got your traditional damsels in distress. How do you make it easy for these people to jack up their vehicle and change a tire? We aren’t all muscular either.

Well, here’s a car jack that doesn’t require feats of strength. The Exhaust Car Jack will easily lift your vehicle within half a minute. Just connect this to your exhaust, turn on your engine and you’re good to go. The exhaust will inflate the bag, lifting the vehicle’s frame 17″ off the ground. The bag remains inflated even after the engine is turned off thanks to a one-way valve. It’s been proven to work in mud, snow, and on uneven ground where a regular jack won’t work. It costs $129.95.

Callme Prism swaps phone numbers on the go

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2008

Callme Prism swaps phone numbers on the go
One rule I always follow is that I never ever buy any object that has a suction cup on it. Even if it is going to get me the phone numbers of hot girls who drive by me in my car. That is exactly what the Callme Prism is made for. You know, it’s for those times when you’re at a red light, and you see an attractive girl pull up beside you.

Do they really think that girls are that into strangers with a suction cup mounted screen on their window? This device is not going to help you get laid. It’s not like said hot babe is going to drop everything, call you, and have sex five minutes after seeing your girl-bait in the window. C’mon this device isn’t Myspace. If you are still not convinced, it retails for about $26.

Incase 2-in-1 car and wall charger

Posted in Chargers by Darrin Olson on February 6th, 2008

Incase 2-in-1 auto and wall charger for the iPhone and iPodYou just have to love these gadgets that seem so simple and are so handy. InCase launched a new 2-in-1 charger for Apple’s iPhone and iPods which doubles as a wall charger and a car charger.

The Incase 2-in-1 Wall & Car charger has the connectors to connect to a wall outlet, which can then fold out-of-site when you want to transport it or instead use the cigarette lighter adapter for charging up your iPhone in your car. No more need for carrying two chargers around when you travel.