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Handyscope turns your iPhone into a Dermascope

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

If you like to get all science-nerd on your skin, check this out. Handyscope is an optical attachment that transforms your iPhone into a dermascope. That’s what a dermatologist uses to examine your skin. The gadget uses its own app, which lets your iPhone multiply its magnification power.

You’ll be able to check out your zips or other skin irregularities. The handyscope is scheduled to arrive in February when the app can also be purchased at the Apple app store. I wouldn’t recommend it for hypochondriacs.

South Korean scientists transmit broadband signals through a human arm

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Need a hand with your data? How about an arm? Turns out that human skin is a very energy-efficient conduit for transmitting data. And why not? It can transmit electricity. In fact, a recent experiment achieved a rate of 10Mbps. In the experiment they used small, flexible electrodes.

The news might lead to new medical devices that can monitor blood sugar or electrical activity in the heart. Devices that could cut energy needs for a monitoring network by about 90 percent compared to wireless devices that run on batteries.

iBand with d3o shock-absorbing iPod skin

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

iBand with d3o shock-absorbing iPod skinTech21 is a case manufacturer offering a product that is best described as a state-changing material that can handle impacts the way Silly Putty does. If it hits a hard surface it becomes more solid, takes the impact, then releases it, all without damaging your device which is safely inside.

According to the company, the molecules at rest move freely in a gel that’s soft and flexible, but upon impact, the molecules “lock together to spread and absorb the force,”. This increases protection up to 134% compared to other cases. That means that your device can have a longer life.

Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Panasonic "Nano Care" webcam-styled beauty gadgetLook at that gargantuan webcam. It’s not a webcam at all. It’s Panasonic’s Nano Care beauty appliance. Model numbers EH-SA42 and EH-SA41. Both devices will keep your area moist throughout the day so that your skin will be moist, not dry.

The EH-SA42 doesn’t even need any water to do it. So yes, what we have here are a pair of simple humidifiers. Who knows if it will help your skin, but at least you’ll have a honking huge webcam looking thing on your desk. Both models will arrive in Japan this November, where moistness will reign.

TomTom’s Homer Simpson voice skin

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2009

TomTom's Homer Simpson voice skinNovelty GPS products are few and far between. Sure, we have the Knight Rider GPS, but do you really want to be re-living all of those car chase scenes while behind the wheel? Probably not a good idea if you are easily convinced that your car has rocket boosters.

So how should the average guy use GPS? I’m glad you asked. The official Homer Simpson voice skin for the TomTom GPS of course. It features Homer’s voice saying things like “Take the third right. We might find an ice cream truck! Mmm…ice cream.”

Pip-Berry 3000

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Pip-Berry 3000The Blackberry does some things that Apple can’t. User defined homescreens. A clever modder skinned a Pip-Boy theme for the device, which is cool. Even cooler, it actually functions, where the iPod Touch mod is just for show.

If you have a BlackBerry and want this, you can pick it up over at Crackberry in green and blue. The creator, sadosdemetrios, would appreciate your donations. Who would have thought that Vault Boy would make it to so many other devices?

Exclusive Vaio C Series Crocodile style

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2009

Exclusive Vaio C Series Crocodile styleSony Japan has updated their C series of laptops with a strange new design. One that we think will catch on just because it’s different. Crocodile skin laptops. Crikey! Sony wants to cater to those who like the skinning of cranky stabby-toothed dinosaurs and want their laptop to reflect that. The new CS series are available now for pre-order and this exclusive Vaio Owner Made edition will be available in brown, red, and pink.

Don’t worry, no Crocs were dipped in pigment and flayed alive. Sony reproduced the crocodile effect by creating real bumps and irregularities of textured patterns on plastic. The official model numbers are VGN-CS92DS, VGN-CS92JS, and VGN-CS92XS and this should be available on April 18th only in Japan for about $1,024.



I hope this is the new iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

I hope this is the new iPhoneNot that there’s any chance in hell of getting a new iPhone that looks like an old school gameboy, but I’m hoping I can find me this cool case at least. Who cares if it cuts your screen size?

It’s what you might expect if Steve Jobs was a Nintendo fanboy. Someone somewhere probably made this themselves. Another cool wrap that would look good over your iPhone is a Vintage Walkman. I have no idea where to get one. I just thought it was cool.

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorder

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorderAh, the Swiss. While Germans have been busy doing useful things with street lighting, the Swiss have been busy treating people who actually still play a Sony console for injuries.

Here’s the story. Swiss scientists have ID’d a new skin disorder that they believe came from prolonged gaming. They’re calling it “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis,”, a condition where painful lumps appear on the palms. The diagnosis came when a 12-year old girl visited a Geneva hospital with hand lesions. Allegedly from a gaming marathon that lasted hours. She fully recovered after a ten-day break from the PlayStation.

Skin gun shoots Stem Cells to heal wounds

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

Skin gun shoots Stem Cells to heal wounds
It’s bound to be controversial, because the dreaded “Stem Cells” have been mentioned, but this gun could be a great life saver on the battlefield. Or if you get cut up battling aliens and the like. Or if you are a cutter like Amy Winehouse, you could spray it on everytime you leave the house.

The Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine has officially invested $250 million in the project. With the help of this gun, gaping wounds could heal in a matter of just hours, getting soldiers on their feet to fight again. It could save lives, money and time. It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Probably be applied to the face-lift industry somehow.

iPhone runs windows vista, kinda

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2008

iPhone runs windows vista, kinda
Here’s a cool iPhone hack. Some of you would really love this while others would really hate it. VistaPerfection 2.0 is a complete re-skinning kit for Apple’s iPhone that lets it mimic a Windows Vista machine. Why would you want to? Hell if I know. You create things like this just because you can.

The install comes with wallpapers, sliders, sound effects and over 90 Vista-themed icons for everything from the computer to the recycle bin, plus all of the standard iPhone apps. It even gives you a simulated version of Vista’s Sidebar and Start menu. If this appeals to you, go ahead and get the full download and instructions.