The iBand from Tech21 isn’t particularly attractive nor svelte, but after watching the video below there’s little doubt about its effectiveness. It’s made of a substance called d3o, which is a fancy orange non-Newtonian substance, starting out stretchy and gushy but, when put under pressure, hardening and protecting its precious contents. We’ve seen this stuff applied to high-impact applications like motorcycle armor, but we’re glad to see gadgetry getting a little attention too. [...] Right now the £15 ($25) iBand is only available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but future gadgets should receive the oobleck treatment soon.
The bad boy pictured above was put together by a Mr. Daniel Eindhoven for €100 (that’s about $133). A semiautomatic single stage gun that boasts a 14 shot capacity, the weapon’s capable of firing a 42 gram projectile at speeds up to 110km/h, with a charge time of 8 seconds when plugged into mains power (or if you’re on the go, the internal batteries will light up in about 90 seconds).
So I just had the task of trawling through all the Engadget posts that I missed while I was away (some 43 pages of posts). I must say, Endgadget has turned into something that doesn’t quite cut the mustard for me. Maybe I’ll have to start subscribing to Gizmodo – maybe they’ll have a better SNR. 20 out of 440+ isn’t so bad! /sarcasm.
In any case, there are a hell of a lot of links, so I’ll just get right into it:
DIY Screw-Nut Rings
Corny? Undoubtedly. Geeky? For sure.
DIY Prosthesis in Tasmania
A post on Engadget, about Tasmania! Woot!
DARPA’s 1.8 Gigapixel digicam
Whatever happened to “less is more”? Then again, this is DARPA we’re talking about…
Cell Phone Reunion
iPhone is bad-ass. Owning one doesn’t make you so.
Lazors fire! PEW PEW PEW!
Recompute – the cardboard PC
Cool design. Recyclable exterior.
Windows 7 SKUs
Wait – how many versions?!
Tokyoflash’s Heko watch
Again, this is the watch I’d be wearing. If I wore watches.
Seagate’s 2TB HDD
Lots of data (to lose).
Western Digital’s 2TB HDD
But this ones’s GREEN-er.
Days to 1 million
How long did it take to each smartphone to hit 1 million units sold? FYI, the iPhone 3G took 3 days.
Canon doesn’t suck
No, they do not. For those of you that don’t know – no, Canon do not make vacuum cleaners.
Windows 7 Beta Impressions
It’s good, actually. Better than Vista, and better than XP.
Apple vs Palm
A good read, if a little long.
Go away – I don’t want your comments anyway.
It’s 2009, folks, so we figured we’d start it off with a bang (and about a gazillion comments in this post). George, a proud member of the USMC, is pondering what to do about a new smartphone, and given that your New Year’s resolution was undoubtedly to ditch your dumbphone in favor of a more sophisticated model, you’ll probably be interested as well.
Requirements? WiFi, camera (with flash if possible), touchscreen. Must be under $200 with 2-year contract.
No consensus as yet – but the Nokia E71 has been volunteered.