Eitan Shefer has created an instrument that takes wild electronic sounds and quite possibly ab exercises to a whole new level. The Samchillian is a modified computer keyboard that produces a series of a seriously erratic yet catchy electronic noises simply by mashing on the keys. Check the video to see it in action. Each key on the Samchillian doesn't actually create a specific note, but rather changes the current tone's pitch, so just about anyone can bust out some whimsical tunes with relative ease. While currently just a concept, I'm sure thousands of people who don't like to "practice" or "work" will be eager to get their hands on one. People just like you and me.
Panasonic designers had to dig deep into their bag of design tricks for these "new" headphones. Just how deep? I'm guessing deep enough that they reached that old box in their basement marked "eighties cool." If you want to get technical, these headphones provide "40Ω, 99dB/mW on a 7 to 22Hz range." They weigh a hefty 135g, and they're the polar opposite of those snobby iPod earbuds. My recommendation? If you're dying to wear goofy headphones, go to your local thrift store and pick up an actual pair of headphones from the eighties. They'll carry a lot more soul, and you can probably pick up an old ventriloquist dummy while you're there.
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Motorola has confirmed that they are shipping their polished MING multimedia smartphone to distributors in Hong Kong. This svelte new phone carries a 2MP camera, a 2.4" touch-screen, Bluetooth, FM radio reception, microSD slot, and an "outer-space transparent cover," which I can only assume means it's made from technology discovered in space. The MING runs a Linux-based OS with document viewer, POP3 email support, scheduler, and Realplayer. You can also use the MING's camera as a business card reader. Imagine, each scan of a successful friend's business card will remind you just how much of a failure you really are. Thanks, Motorola!
Japanese company, nay, musical savior Vestax has managed to pick up the torch that the Keytar dropped in the 1980s. Feast your eyes upon the S-1 Premium, a CD player/mixer with looping, sampling, and cross fading capabilities that also lets you make an ass of yourself on the stage. Vestax states that DJs from around the world have been begging for this for the past 10 years, which proves that even DJs secretly dream of rocking out on a guitar. Be wary before you decide to smash your S-1 over the head of a concert attendee or set it on fire, the production run is only limited to 20 units, and they might already be sold out.
European computing firm Eurotech has announced the WWPC, a "wrist-worn PC" that runs either Windows CE or Linux. The WWPC is made for occupations that are extremely mobile, like emergency rescue, healthcare, security, and probably Civil War reenacting. Input for the WWPC is through the touchscreen LCD or microphone, and it has support for GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The WWPC weighs seven ounces without the battery, so it's safe to say that it's going to be pretty heavy. If you were planning on buying this to wear around and calculate on the fly how many girls you will impress, you should probably just write "zero" on a piece of paper and carry that around instead. It will be a lot lighter.
Between messing with your GPS, your iPod, your in-dash video player, and your cellphone, you probably have a ton of free time on the road. Why not spend some of that time frying up a nice egg or two? Thanks to RoadPro's 12-volt frying pan, you can have a nicely cooked egg anytime, even while you're barreling down the highway at 80 mph. RoadPro offers other appliances for your car as well, so prepare to haphazardly take your eyes of the road for minutes at a time. Now that these devices have arrived, I'm left wondering how previous generations lived without roasting up a nice pizza on the way to work.