Windows 7 Will Run Fully Accelerated Graphics From Your CPU

Adding to the already impressive pile of Vista-deflating features we're expecting to see in Windows 7 is WARP, a tech which will allow your PC's CPU to act as a graphics accelerator, possibly doing away with the need for integrated graphics hardware to render user interfaces and low-end games. Not-so-seductively… » 12/01/08 8:30am 12/01/08 8:30am

Philips Luxe Bluetooth MP3 Player Is Simultaneously Bare-Bones and Feature-Packed

The sparkly, diamond-esque Philips Luxe mp3 player is a tale of contradictions. On the one hand, it's an mp3 player with a mere 2GB of memory, a scant 10 hours of battery life, a one-line LCD screen, and an expected price of around $90. On the other hand, it's a feature-packed Bluetooth 2.1 headset, providing 100… » 10/25/08 3:00pm 10/25/08 3:00pm

Gemalto Converges Two Things You Shouldn't: Adds DVD Track to SIM Card

Now the credit-card sized plastic thing that cellphone SIM units are shipped in can carry the cellphone's associated data files, thanks to Gemalto's DVD-SIM "Smart Video Card." In the name of convergence (and possibly environmental friendliness) the company is making the cards for the Italian operator Wind, where the… » 9/15/08 9:15am 9/15/08 9:15am

Retromodo: Microsoft Takes a Few Steps Back With "The Veda" Computing System

While The Veda concept is a fairly new idea out of Microsoft's R&D labs, the design itself looks as though it was picked out of a time capsule sealed in the mid '90's. Apparently, the Veda can be used as a phone when the screen is closed, as a multimedia player when the screen is open, and as a normal portable PC by… » 6/16/08 7:00pm 6/16/08 7:00pm

Portable Digital Frame, Webcam and Alarm Clock All-In-One

Hong Kong-based WinWin Industry has recently unveiled a product that combines a digital picture frame, webcam and an alarm clock with temperature and calendar functions in a single, semi-portable device. It also features 8MB of memory, a built-in rechargeable battery, a 1.44-inch screen and a 300K pixel camera… » 2/28/08 8:40pm 2/28/08 8:40pm

Couple-It Handset Takes a More Practical View on Convergence

When it comes to convergence, the trend these days is to cram all sorts of functionality into a single device—even if those functions seem to be massively impractical given the limitations of current technology. However, a UK based design firm named Alloy has taken a more practical approach with their Couple-IT… » 2/19/08 5:20pm 2/19/08 5:20pm

S(tool) Turns Garden Fork into Garden Chair

It's been a long summer day tending the garden and you need to sit down, but there is no chair in sight. If only you were using the S(tool), then you wouldn't have to worry about finding one. Designed by Langton Stead, the S(tool) is a bent wood handle with two garden forks on either side. All you have to do is shove… » 2/12/08 5:10pm 2/12/08 5:10pm

Evergreen Genius Navigator 365: It's a Mouse! It's a Gamepad! It's a Gamemousepad!

Evergreen's new Genius Navigator 365 is described by the English translation of Impress as "a USB gamepad deformed laser mouse", and we couldn't agree more. The mouse is 1600dpi, the gamepad has eight buttons and a D-pad, and it sells for $33 (¥3,499). Be warned, of course, that you get what you pay for. [Impress]
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Nintendo DS Picking Up Information, TV Programming Functions

Looking to expand the DS's base even further beyond casual gamers in its plan for world domination, according to the WSJ, Nintendo's going to roll in some not-so-game-y info-oriented functions, like a TV programming feature for the Japanese market that will let users "check television listings, run searches by keyword… » 10/30/07 3:40pm 10/30/07 3:40pm

Ashtray Clock Keeps Track of Your Smoking Habits

Time sure does fly when you are tarring over your lungs. The Ashtray Clock is a unique twist on a couple of old products. This clock can actually be used as an ashtray, but once the cigarette butts and ashes start to accumulate it may be a bit hard to count down the minutes until your next fix. Maybe you should just… » 5/07/07 3:20pm 5/07/07 3:20pm

Gorenje Table Keeps Those Frosty Beverages Frostier

Convergence is the name of the game with this table from Gorenje. The table, which already looks futuristic as it is, has an automated refrigerator built in that will rise to the top with the push of a button. No longer will you have to make the painstaking trip from the dining room to the refrigerator for another… » 10/26/06 5:14pm 10/26/06 5:14pm