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Enicycle, the electric unicycle, gets ridden on video

April 20th, 2009 by

While the Enicycle may look eerily similar to Focus Design’s SBU unicycle, it’s decidedly different when looking at the nuts and bolts of things. As of now, just two of these devices exist in the entire world, and one Ortis Deley was able to scoot over to Italy in order to give one of them a ride. Thanks to what is described as “a clever system of gyroscopes, embedded processors and a 1,000W hub motor,” the bike was said to be exceptionally easy to control, and the foot-steering apparatus seemed to also work quite well. We’d say that this doesn’t really have a chance in hades to make it in the commercial market, but if the P.U.M.A. can find buyers, absolutely anything is possible. Check the exhilarating vid in the read link.

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LitPhone projector phone, new pocket PJs surface in Hong Kong

April 20th, 2009 by

Outside of Samsung’s W7900 Show and a few nondescript prototypes, the projector phone sector has been largely stagnant. Thankfully, it seems at least one no-name company is looking to make a name for itself by developing yet another entrant. The LitPhone, designed and showcased by China’s own SCT Optronics, is a GSM handset that sports CMMB TV tuning, a touchscreen and a built-in projector with an undisclosed native resolution. Furthermore, the company also demonstrated its USB-powered PCLit mobile projector at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, which debuted alongside Join Technology’s JP77 and WE3 Technology’s WE8626. Have a glance at the whole bundle down in the read link — just don’t get those hopes too high about a US release date anytime soon.

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LitPhone projector phone, new pocket PJs surface in Hong Kong originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

April 19th, 2009 by

Just hours after General Motors put forth a proposal for a standardized plug for electric vehicles, in flies this. German energy firm RWE has stated that a cadre of respected automakers and energy firms have all come together in agreement on a three-point, 400-volt plug that will enable electric cars the world over to be recharged anywhere, regardless of which recharging station they stop at. Caroline Reichert, an RWE spokeswoman, noted that the idea here is to ensure that “a car can be recharged in Italy in exactly the same way as in Denmark, Germany or France.” We’re told that the agreement includes nods of acceptance from the likes of Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Eon, Vattenfall, EDF, Npower, Endesa and Enel, and while there’s no time frame for when it’ll be introduced, we’re pretty stoked to hear that at least something has been decided upon.

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Apr 2009 16:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Pentax DSLR shots blur the boundaries of Mr. Blurrycam

April 19th, 2009 by

Trust us, we’ve seen some significantly distorted sneak peeks before, but the three Pentax DSLR shots in the links below are certainly amongst the blurriest to ever tease our retinas. Obviously, it’s next to impossible to glean anything other than the brand (Pentax) and style (DSLR) from the shots, though we will say that the mode dial’s copious amount options has our interest piqued. Give ‘em a look if you’re not susceptible to motion sickness, and feel free to dish out your wildest accusations in comments below.

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mophie Juice Pack Air hands-on and impressions

April 19th, 2009 by

mophie’s Juice Pack Air — better known as the planet’s thinnest iPhone 3G extended battery and case — doesn’t officially go on sale until Tuesday, but we’ve been toying with one over the weekend in order to share with you whether or not it’s a solid buy. We have to say, our early impressions are pretty positive, and if you’re hankering to know more, follow us past the break for a few more details.

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Samsung Instinct S30 now on sale at Sprint: $129.99 on contract

April 19th, 2009 by

Right on cue, Samsung’s retooled Instinct (that’d be the Instinct S30, if you had any doubts) has gone on sale at Sprint. You’ll also notice that the $129.99 on-contract price we heard about is completely in tact, despite the fact that Best Buy Mobile could be selling this same handset in stores later this week for $80 less. At any rate, those champing at the bit to get one headed their way can now do so after choosing between Cobalt Metal and Touch of Copper hues, and if you’re looking to snag one with no strings attached, you’ll be paying $449.99 in order to do so.

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OCZ outs its first Mini-PCIe SSDs in 16GB / 32GB capacities

April 19th, 2009 by

Just as Buffalo did in December of last year, OCZ Technology is busting out a duo of netbook / notebook-ready SSDs in 16GB and 32GB capacities. Obviously aimed at the smaller, more low-cost machines, the company’s first ever Mini-PCIe solid state drives are a so-called “affordable flash-based storage option to significantly increase the capacity for netbooks.” The pair will be available in SATA and PATA interfaces, which will deliver read speeds of up to 110MB/sec and write speeds as high as 51MB/sec (or 45MB/sec [read] and 35MB/sec [write] for the PATA versions). Regrettably, there’s no mention of price, but you can bet these will come packed in a specced-out version of the firm’s Neutrino.

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