These Dada Sneakers Were Made For...Music
Move over Oakley Thump MP3 sunglasses. There's a new wearable MP3 system to stomp the competition.
Dada Footwear is launching a wireless footwear system dubbed, "Code M." The Code M System delivers both audio and data—through your sneakers! Say goodbye to wires and carrying an MP3 player.
The Code M System is integrated into the basketball sneaker's heel and tongue. It can hold up to 100 songs, running on a 6-hour battery life. To transfer songs onto the system, just use the USB port on the side of the shoe. To listen to your music, use the included wireless headset, which picks up the music playing from your sneakers up to 30 feet away.
Here comes the real kicker: the sneakers will also feature house speakers for listening to music out loud. (I can just imagine Michael Jordan being the spokesperson.)
If the Code M Sneakers prove successful, the company plans on expanding their line to a Get-Fit program in which you can receive workout-related data from a personal trainer's voice. It doesn't end there. The shoes may also be designed as a way to forward your phone calls to it.
I think this is a really cool idea, although I hope they're sweat-proof out on the court. I don't know how well the sound quality will be, but Dada certainly knows how to think out of the box. Hopefully they'll come out with other colors.
The Code M Sneakers will sell for $199.99 beginning in April 2006.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
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Friday, March 10, 2006
Live from CeBIT: Samsung's SCH-B600 10 megapixel cameraphone
Ever hold a ten megapixel cameraphone? Naw, neither had we, not until today anyway. Straight from the floor at CeBIT, we've got the Samsung SCH-B600 with an integrated 10 megapixel shooter. It's never gonna come anywhere close to the US or Europe so nuzzle up to your monitor real close-like and take in this beauty. Click on for more pics.
At least they can't brag about it being RAZR thin -- still, not bad.
Camera controls right up top where you'd expect 'em.
Posted by Just Cool at 5:55 AM
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
A remarkable, if slightly creepy, tree-climbing robot is being developed by robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and several other US Universities. And here's a video of it scrabbling up several different surfaces.The aim of RiSE (Robots in Scansorial Environments) is to develop a robot capable of walking on land and also crawling up vertical surfaces. And it is funded by DARPA's Biodynotics Biologically Inspired Multifunctional Dynamic Robotics (BIODYNOTICS) Program.Obviously such a robots could have plenty of useful applications, in search-and-rescue and space exploration, for example. But presumably it could also help you reach those really hard-to-prune branches.
Posted by Just Cool at 7:34 PM
Monday, March 06, 2006
The Toilet Guitar..
The Toilet Seat Guitar. Complete with toilet paper strap. Apparently it has a very good bottom end. Boom, boom. Thank yew, we’ll be here all week, folks.
Okay, I don't think this one needs much narration. This little gem was brought to our attention by our pal Andy way over there in Canada (Hi Andy! *waves*), and although it isn't a bass, I nonetheless felt compelled to share this work of art with you. It is, in my opinion, the very definition of amusing. I especially appreciate the attention to detail - the toilet-appropriate hardware, the toilet paper strap (which actually looks pretty comfy to me), the realistic turd (I almost used the phrase 'life-like'! Yikes!) pick-up mount. Andy tells me that a bass version is available - I know a certain bass player out there who can hardly contain himself (no pun intended). Right, Keith?
Posted by Just Cool at 4:50 PM