September 27, 2012

Kickstarter Adopts New Guidelines


We sometimes wonder about Kickstarter when we see some projects that are wishful at best and only supported by vague sketches. They seem to have the same attitude and have tightened up their requirements. Instead of simulations or renderings, projects must include a working prototype. There is also a "Risk and Challenges" section that will foresee any problems ahead. Finally, no more multiple quantities can be offered as a reward premium.

Via Kickstarter

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February 20, 2012

Lego Minecraft Becomes Reality


It seems that although Lego puts out new collections frequently, there seems to be a good deal of Harry Potter and Star Wars, so we were pleased to see the CUUSOO website, a Japanese partner now in beta where fans of the building blocks can propose their own designs and actually help complete the finished product. The Minecraft Micro world is the third idea to come from the site and has four cubic vignettes, and characters Steve and a Creeper. Below the surface are mines and hidden resources.

The set should be out for the public by summer and can be pre-ordered now. If you have any ideas, head over to the site or vote on others projects. It takes 10,000 votes to be considered and the idea person gets 1% of the profits.


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January 18, 2010

Lady Gaga Concert to Assist Haiti


Lady Gaga is doing her part to help Haiti earthquake victims. All proceeds from her January 24 Monster Ball performance in New York City will be donated to the cause. Sales from her merchandise that day will also be used for relief, so go to her online shop, order a T-shirt or other item and you can do your part as well.

Via Lady Gaga Official Site

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December 25, 2009

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!


Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa and have a great Festivus! And thanks to all of you for reading us from NAV!

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November 20, 2009

eneloopy Tests Your Juice


Sanyo is releasing a battery checker for their eneloop batteries for the holidays. Dubbed eneloopy, of course, his nose will change colors depending on the charge. Green means full, orange is partial charged, red mean charge now and the absence of light means dead, dead, dead. The company will also be offering multi-color batteries named "tones" in December. We don't care about the gimmicks, just keep those eneloops affordable.

Via Sanyo eneloopy (Japanese)

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June 26, 2009

Mini-Tribute to Michael and Farrah


We don't often pay tribute to those who have met their demise but think it is time to make an exception. After learning about Michael Jackson's sudden death, I want to take a minute to acknowledge one of the greatest artists of all time. My oldest daughter's first album was "Thriller" (she was 3 at the time) and she now plays it for her children. We think that is a fitting tribute to keep his music alive.

Farrah Fawcett, in her own way, was a groundbreaker. Her strength and positive attitude, even when she lost her trademark hair, showed her great courage. The documentation of her struggle with cancer that she insisted be made will be looked upon as further evidence that her beauty was more than skin deep.

Michael and Farrah, vaya con dios.

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May 27, 2009

Injuries Rise Because of Flat-Panel TVs


A recent report, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has stated that almost 17,000 children were rushed to ERs after heavy or unstable furniture fell on them. Those injuries had risen 41% since 1990. Forty seven percent of them were caused by televisions, many bigger flat-panel TVs. To kidproof your house, have your plasma mounted by experts, or make sure you use a Plasma TV Standthat is stable and can handle a toddler who thinks it is a jungle gym.


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April 2, 2009

Feel the Film With Philips Jacket


This has to be the ultimate method of literally getting into a film. Philips has designed a jacket that is lined with vibration motors and 64 actuators that are linked along a serial bus across both arms and torso. The clothing simulates outside forces, but fortunately not the violent type. So instead of feeling a kick to Bruce Lee, you feel his emotions such as tension and anxiety. Not only will a shiver go up your spine, it will create a pulsing that is meant to simulate an elevated heartrate. The jacket was displayed at the recent IEEE-sponsored 2009 World Haptics Conference 2009.

Via IEEE Spectrum

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February 19, 2009

Sell Your Old Electronics, Buy New Ones


Rousseau Aurelien has quite a business going. He says that only about 1% of people in the U.S. sell their old electronics online. So he came up with Gazelle, a site that does just that. Enter the name of the product you want to sell, rate its condition and get an automated bid based on their inventory and success rate of resale. They will probably take almost anything, although the best sellers seem to be the Blackberry Curve, the Motorola Razr and of course, the iPhone. Wouldn't this be a great excuse to update your equipment?

Via Gazelle

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December 31, 2008

Cisco Getting into the Home-Networking Business

cisco_logo.jpgIf you've ever been in the corporate IT realm, you know Cisco is the standard for routers and networking hardware. Now Cisco wants to be known as the home-networking brand also. At CES in January, Cisco will show a digital stereo system designed to play music throughout your house. The bigger picture though is mentioned at

And it wants to develop technology with which Internet providers and media companies can sell new Internet-based services for a monthly fee. One example would let people store music and video on the Internet, rather than on discs or their own hard drives, so they could get access to it anywhere.

Of course there's a big roadblock for storing music and video on the net, which the article points out:

Sounds a bit like Cablevision System's network-DVR technology, in which programming designated by the user is recorded and stored elsewhere and then streamed back on demand. The only problem is, programmers hate the idea, and sued Cablevision to stop it. After winning at the district court level, the studios and TV networks were stunned back in August, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York overturned that ruling, finding that such remote storage and streaming does not violate U.S. copyright law.

If Cisco can figure out the hardware and storage issues, they can probably be a big player in the home-networking business. The question is will consumers pay for the Cisco name or will they look for cheaper options? Only time will tell.


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December 30, 2008

BlueEcho Introduces hd EZ Lock for USB Devices

hdlock.jpgEver have trouble with your USB cable or drive mysteriously being unplugged from your computer? Then you'll want to check out the handy hd EZ Lock from BlueEcho, a simple device that locks the USB plug into place. Some of the main features include:

Key Features:

  • Locks your HDMI™ Cable in place to prevent it from coming loose or unplugged.
  • Supports your HDMI™ Cable by using your component's chassis instead of relying on your HDMI™ Input for support, significantly reducing or eliminating potentially damaging stress on your HDMI™ Input.
  • Low profile, easy to use two piece design works with most HDMI™ Cables up to 7/16" high and 7/8" wide (measured at the HDMI™ Cable head), and with most HDMI™ Components on the market.
  • Innovative Floating Design centers around your HDMI™ cable to hold your HDMI™ Cable in its natural position.
  • Accommodates various fixing screw distances up to 3/8" from center of HDMI™ Input to center of fixing screw or mounts to chassis using supplied VHB adhesive.
  • Ultrasonic Threaded Insert allows for variable adjustment and repeated use. Use your hd EZ lock™ over and over again, as you change your system or your HDMI™ Cables.

2 locks will set you back $20 but if you have a need to make sure your USB cables don't get yanked out, be sure to drop by BlueEcho's website.

Product Page [via EngadgetHD]

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December 22, 2008

Have you Bought your HDMI Cables Yet?

hdmi_cable.jpgA friend of mine just buy a really nice 50 inch plasma tv and was having trouble hooking it up. When I went to his house to help him, I noticed he was having trouble with the AV cables. Yep, he was hooking up a $3,000 plasma TV with AV cables.

After I came to, I explained HDMI cables to him and we went got a cable for him. The reason I'm bringing this up is that one of our sponsors, HDMI King is having an incredible deal on HDMI cables. The last time I looked you could get a 2 Meter Gold Plated HDMI to HDMI Cable for under $12 (locally, my friend paid $22.00).

So if you haven't got your HDMI cable for you new TV, be sure to check out the special.

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December 8, 2008

Get the Most Out of your MP3 Collection with Free Tools

mmpanel1.jpgIf you're an MP3 nut, you probably have a few tools on your PC that'll help you get the most out of your music. Still, we wanted to point you to a small but informative article that lists some free MP3 tools. The article at Software How-tos starts out:

Ok, you've got loads of music on your computer - but is that all cluttered, unorganized, unmanaged and simply not easy to access? May be you need to do something. Literally hundreds of free software let you play, organize, burn and do lots more with your digital MP3 music collection. Have a well tagged, sortable music collection that you can be proud of!

Here comes a carefully chosen list of free programs that might help you squeeze the best out of your MP3 collection.

A few of the items on the list are:

  • VLC Media Player(VideoLAN)
  • Winamp5 Full
  • Songbird
  • MediaMonkey
  • J.River Media Jukebox
  • Mp3tag
  • Magic MP3 Tagger
  • And more.....

Be sure to check out the full article so you can get the most out your music.


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December 3, 2008

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide - The First Wireless Toothbrush

oralb.jpgOkay, we don't usually cover toothbrushes at NAV but a wireless toothbrush is just plain cool. We're talking about the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide. According to OralB:

The Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide is the first and only power toothbrush that uses a wireless digital display to help improve your brushing habits. It also has sensor to tell you if you're brushing too hard and alerts you when it's time to change the brush head!

Pretty snazzy, we've got a review unit on the the way and we'll let you know what we we think but in the meantime you can sign up for a $15 mail-in rebate on Triumph by visiting

More at

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide at Amazon

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