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Olympus E-30 dSLR

Olympus E-30 dSLR

Olympus’ E-30 dSLR competes with the EOS 50D and D90, except it’s a bit pricey for the features: a 12.3MP sensor, fast AF, flip and twist 2.7″ LCD, and updated Zuiko 14-54mm lens.

Alienware CrossfireX M17

Alienware CrossfireX M17

Alienware’s M17 is their first CrossfireX capable notebook, with support for up to two ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards; it can also handle Intel quad-core CPUs and 4 GB of RAM.

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MDS Robot

MDS Robot

Developed by MIT and UMass students, the Mobile Dextrous Social (MDS) Robot is now available for sale. It can manipulate objects, as well as interact verbally and with facial expressions.

OCZ DIY Notebook

OCZ DIY Notebook

OCZ’s line of 15″ DIY notebooks have been updated with the Centrino 2 platform; although the video card is locked in, owners can choose their own CPU, hard drive and RAM.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

Like their Eee notebooks and PCs, Asus’ Atom powered Eee Top is not a powerful system. However, its clean, all-in-one form factor and touchscreen LCD make it an ideal second PC.

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio

We have to admit we’re mostly smitten by the Pro-Idee MP3 Radio/Alarm’s looks; it’s got a swanky analog meets modern style, with chrome buttons, a usb port and SD/MMC card slot.

The Bullet

The Bullet

Weak wireless no more: Ubiquiti Networks’ Bullet gives wi-fi capabilities to any antenna; it packs 1000mW of power, an Atheros processor, 16 Mb SDRAM and 4 MB of Flash memory.

9999 Boom Box

9999 Boom Box

William Kang’s 9999 Boom Box concept is updated for the 21st century; not only does it have a design that Apple would be proud of, but it sports both video and mp3 players.

Recon Scout

Recon Scout

Looking like a dumbbell and weighing only 1 lb, the Recon Scout is actually a remote controlled robot with a built-in camera that SWAT teams can chuck into hostile environments.

Aquos Fulltouch Cellphone

Aquos Fulltouch Cellphone

With a 3.8″ 1024×480 touchscreen that rivals that of netbooks, Sharp’s Aquos Fulltouch is arguably the world’s highest res cellphone; it also sports a 5.2 MP camera and 3G speeds.

Sanyo R227 Wi-Fi Radio

Sanyo R227 Wi-Fi Radio

Mixing a bit of the old with the new, Sanyo’s R227 tabletop radio gets FM tunes as well as internet stations and podcasts via Wi-Fi or ethernet; there’s also an input for your iPod/mp3 player.

Dreamoc 3D Display

Dreamoc 3D Display

Obi Wan paging Leia: RealFiction’s Dreamoc projects holograms that appear to interact with real objects; in other words, the cellphone above is only for aesthetic purposes. Thanks, Alex!

Dell XPS One 24

Dell XPS One 24

If Dell’s XPS One left you wanting for power, the XPS One 24 answers with a 1080p 24″ screen, Q8200 quad core CPU, 4GB RAM standard and optional GeForce 9600M GT video card.

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JBL Eon 510 Speakers

JBL Eon 510 Speakers

JBL’s Eon 510 is their next gen portable speaker, perfect for impromptu parties and performers; with 280 W of power and a sturdy composite copolymer case, they’ll blast and last.

Feldar Walkie-Talkie

Feldar Walkie-Talkie

Jian Guan’s “Feldar” Walkie-Talkie concept is part compass, part tracking device; using built-in GPS, it locates nearby Feldar units so that you can find/hunt down nearby buddies.

Dell Optiplex 960

Dell Optiplex 960

Despite its humble workhorse purposes, we’re actually liking the industrial design of Dell’s new OptiPlex 960 series; they’ll come in three sizes which are designed to be power efficient.

Mac-O-Lanterns

Mac-O-Lanterns

We kinda wish we had some Mac Classics lying around, because these custom Mac-O-Lanterns are pretty easy to make: just some epoxy, spray paint and a JPEG jackolantern face.

Mitsu 65″ LaserVue

Mitsu 65″ LaserVue

Get me a frickin’ laser beam: Mitsubishi’s 65″ LaserVue HDTV is hitting retailers now; it sports 120Hz tech and a 1080p DLP display at roughly half the power of an LCD or plasma.

Open Source Game Boy

Open Source Game Boy

GamePack is an Arduino-powered Game Boy that is as open source as it gets: there’s nary a case to be seen, with all the internals laid bare. It’s sold as a DIY assembly kit.

Concept: FieldCREW

Concept: FieldCREW

Its official name is FieldCREW User Research Workstation concept, but “tricorder” works for us: it’s made for researchers, with subvocalization and wireless tagging.

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HP Mini 1000

HP Mini 1000

HP’s Mini 1000 is a 10.2″ netbook that stands apart from other offerings, with a sleeker “clutch” style form-factor and your choice of XP or a custom HP MIE OS that uses Ubuntu Linux.

Casio Exilim W63CA

Casio Exilim W63CA

Although it’s Japan only, we’d welcome Casio’s W63CA Exilim cameraphone in the States; it features an 8.1 MP camera, anti-shake and a 3.1″ organic EL display which swivels.

Review: Powershot G10

Review: Powershot G10

PhotographyBLOG has a review up of our favorite not-quite a DSLR, the Canon Powershot G10. The verdict: it’s a winner, with a high quality 28-140mm lens, though ISO noise is a bit high.

Color E-Paper

Color E-Paper

This upcoming waterproof mp3 player by Freestyle Audio isn’t much of a looker, but it’s the tech we’re digging: it has a color e-paper display. Translation: it can be easily read in direct sunlight.

Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Love the Mini 9’s portability but want a larger screen? Dell’s Inspiron Mini 12 will arrive stateside in late November; less than 1″ thick, it’ll get an Atom CPU, 12.1″ display and weigh only 2.72 lbs.

Headphonies

Headphonies

Similar to Marka’s Mini-Gods, Headphonies are portable speakers with an urban vinyl twist; they’re actually made with ABS plastic and will be released in limited editions of 500-1000 in November.

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