It's not too often that a new musical instrument is invented, let alone presented before a bunch of experts. Yet that's precisely what Sophie Leger did with her creation a few days ago at the 151st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Providence, R.I. Introducing the Tritare, "an electric, guitar-like instrument which uses six 'Y'-shaped networks instead of six simple strings."
Monitors may be getting more and more sleek and sophisticated, but a new Sony line still makes room for an office staple workers can't let go of: ye ole Post-it.
The E Series monitors, introduced by Sony Europe this week, extend from below the screen to the desk, hiding the control buttons within a slot on the lower right side. This extension of the monitor, according to Sony, provides a ready-made area for keeping Post-it notes and other memos in one place while also sporting a groove for holding pens.
In this era of desktop stickies and Outlook reminders, … Read more
For England's flag wavers, options abound from the practical to the absurd. The U.K.'s Tech Digest has an amusing compilation of the "five worst World Cup gadgets," which are likely overstocked items that have been slapped with St. George's cross and marketed to soccer fanatics. These include portable speakers bearing the national flag and … Read more
Sometimes, it's difficult to imagine online communication without emoticons and other graphic tags. Recognizing our growing dependence on them, Mikons.com provides a way to create and share "your own personal tags that symbolize your life."
It's backup mania over at hard drive maker Seagate, which has launched its second annual Backup Awareness Month to get consumers hip to the importance of backing up priceless data. As part of the June education campaign, the company is promoting a five-step "best practices" program to protect digital files. Seagate, which recently acquired rival Maxtor, is also sponsoring a Drive-A-Day Giveaway in which consumers can win a new 100GB portable Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition.
A recent poll sponsored by Maxtor showed that nearly half of adult U.S. computer users who have digital content stored … Read more
Foodies obsessed with home kitchen performance, here's an oven for you: the TurboChef 30-inch Double Wall Speedcook Oven. It's a conventional/convection oven topped with a high-speed oven that uses the same technology normally reserved for professional appliances.
The upper oven supposedly cooks meals 15 times faster than regular ovens. So if you have, say, a 12-pound turkey, it'll be done in all of 42 minutes vs. the usual four hours. Rack of lamb? Three and a half minutes. Frozen pizza? Piping hot in 90 seconds.
The company says small jets in the upper oven use patented … Read more
Video games have been the subject of much nostalgia lately, but Nintendo has taken the ultimate trip down memory lane. It has taken its titles to the brick-and-mortar world, according to PressTheButtons.com, in the form of a "Nintendo Collector's Edition of Monopoly."
Call us cynical, but we doubt that cities will be blanketing the country with high-bandwidth Wi-Fi networks anytime soon. In the meantime, we'll be left to our own devices--literally, as well as figuratively. So we're thankful that the ever-useful Lifehacker has posted this article, which gives instructions on how to "turn your $60 router into a $600 router."