SALT. Optic’s BOONEY Shades feature a chunky design that somehow manages to be sleek at the same time; choose from four organic tones, including buffalo tortoise and oiled bark.
Created in part thanks to input from WePC.com, the Asus Dual-Screen Laptop may be a work in progress but is plenty tantalizing; the keyboard is replaced entirely with a second display.
Developers, journalists and gamers alike give Halo Wars a proper introduction with this Universe Expanded Trailer; Part One explores the Halo back story, Spartans and Harvest.
True to their name, AlwaysInnovating’s 8.9″ Touch Book features a touchscreen that detaches to serve as a tablet; other features include internal USB ports, Linux OS and an ARM CPU.
The RuckJack is an interesting two-fer: it’s a lightweight, waterproof jacket that can be easily folded down into a backpack, making it ideal for any number of outdoor situations.
Apple’s Mac mini gets a long-overdue refresh; nothing too revolutionary, but the extra 5th USB port, FireWire 800, GeForce 9400M and 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo keep the tiniest Mac relevant.
Our favorite grinning hatch gets teeth with the 2010 Mazdaspeed3; a hood scoop, revised grill, bigger shoes, fog lamps and twin exhaust join a power bump to 268hp at the end of 2009.
Apple’s Mac Pro gets a $300 price drop and the Nehalem CPU, available in 4-core or 8-core flavors; both models come with the NVIDIA GT 120 (dual ATI Radeon HD 4870s are optional).
A concession towards bargain hunters, the 24″ iMac now starts at $1,499, although the 20″ can be had for $1,199; all iMacs get NVIDIA graphics, from the GT 130 down to the 9400M.
Artist Chris Grine is working on an ambitious but very cool project: three new robots each week for an entire year. He’s on #13 but already has several winners, including Warm Tender Heart.
Get a unique pair of Beats by Dre cans courtesy ColorWare; 11 areas and 35 colors are available to customize, as well as your choice of brand new headphones or your own used pair.
It’s very short, but this gameplay video of Resident Evil 5’s Uroboros has us slack-jawed over just how advanced graphics have gotten; it’s a nightmarish, shapeshifting mass of tentacles.
Linty Fresh’s Petrol Kid tee is somewhat political, but it’s funky enough (Ham Burglar x gas pump holding up a bearded Joaquin Phoenix) that the artistic merits alone justify a purchase.
While still in its early stages, Intel explains how programmable matter is coming sooner than we think; it allows for 3D fast prototyping with on-demand color and shape changes.
A natural fit, Rand McNally contributes 250 scenic routes to Navigon’s 7300T; other goodies include a 4.3″ touchscreen, voice command, Panaroma View, and verbal traffic cues.
Two noteworthy watches for Alpina in 2009: the 257-piece Extreme celebrates the “12 Hours of Sebring” race, while the 18-piece Extreme Tourbillon features a silicon escapement wheel.
Pilot Alan Norman shows off Lockheed Martin’s 5th gen airplanes, the F-22 and F-35, above; he explains how stealth, aerodynamics and integrated avionics all contribute to air dominance.
Created in 1970 by Christian Râ€šÃ Ã¶¬âˆ‚der, the Joker Light looks more Batman than Joker; the hand-assembled pendant lamp has been reissued by Le Klint and is available in black or white.
Asus’ Marine Cool is a concept motherboard with two key innovations: a micro-porous ceramic backplate designed to dissipate heat and SO-DIMM slots in place of DIMMs.
Slam back a pint of Cherry Grog with your very own World of Warcraft Beer Stein; handcrafted in Brazil/Azeroth, they’re covered with bas-relief art for the Horde, Alliance and Lich King.
Lighter and faster than its siblings, Lamborghini’s Murcielago 670-4 SuperVeloce is “exceptionally purist”; it goes 0-60 in 3.2s with a tuned 670hp 6.5L V12 while dropping 220 lbs.
In your face, Facebook: Microblogging predates the stone age in Twitter Throughout History, a short romp through time; you’ll meet such luminaries as Apeman and Futurama’s Professor.
Purists may fret, but Samsung’s NX Hybrid replaces a DSLR’s mirror box with an EVF (electronic viewfinder) which reduces bulk and allows for live viewing; it’ll be available 2H 2009.
Most free games have little value beyond entertainment, but Globetrotter XL is an educational diversion that’s still fun; it tests how good your geography is while racing against the clock.
Asus’ full touchscreen P835 is noteworthy: it not only features a large 3.5″ WVGA screen, 5MP camera, and HSPA speeds, but can also serve as a Wi-Fi access point for up to 10 devices.
The post-apocalyptic version of tag is sharply different from your familiar childhood version in this Tag You’re Dead t-shirt; replacing fingers with frag grenades tends to do that.
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