With Samsung releasing a flexible smartphone next year, bendy laptops aren’t too far off, and this conceptual device from Lenovo proves it. This computer will use “new screen technologies” to enable users to fold it when not in use, complete with a flexible display that stretches across most of the laptop and curves towards the keyboard. It will also offer voice control and of course retain the iconic red pointing stick found on current ThinkPads. A company representative mentioned that it will be constructed from “advanced materials”, but unfortunately, no other technical specifications were released, though it’s safe to say that most components will have to be custom-built to safely fit the bendy chassis if this ever makes it into prototype form. Read more for additional interesting images from around the web.
The iQue Player is a lost Nintendo video game console that was manufactured by iQue, a joint venture between the Japanese company and Chinese-American scientist Wei Yen. Even though the console was never released in any English speaking countries, the name “iQue Player” appears in the console’s instruction manual. There was no separate console, you plug the controller itself directly into the television, but a box accessory is available that allows multiplayer gaming. It was officially released on November 17, 2003, but unfortunately, the launch was not successful, with total estimated sales between 8,000 to 12,000 units. Games are stored on a 64 MB flash card that is contained within a cartridge that plugs directly into the controller, and titles were purchased at a special “iQue depot”, where they could be downloaded and played later. Read more for an unboxing video, additional pictures and information.
The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit lets you build an interactive robot suit, complete with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot, and it’s being offered for just $59.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Simply insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into the designated slots on the backpack and visor to assume control of the robot, which is shown on your display when the Nintendo Switch console is docked. Experience a variety of fun game-play modes, including one in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs. Product page. Read more for an in-depth review showing all that you can make with this kit.
The use of smartphones, especially near bedtime, is associated with worse quality of sleep, according to a new study. “When we looked at smartphone use around the time when participants reported they went to bed, more smartphone use around that time in particular was associated with a longer time to fall asleep and worse sleep quality during the night,” said Dr. Gregory Marcus, author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. NITE by industrial designer Oliver Sinclair is basically a smartphone lock that also functions as an alarm clock and wireless charging. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 is no ordinary digital camera, as it’s the powerhouse of superzooms, with an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics. It’s the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and yes, even celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. The 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 also captures 4K UHD video and offers a host of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy for photographers of all levels to explore and share their creativity. Product page. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
Before the Nintendo Wii, there was the Game Boy Player, which enables Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance cartridges to be played on a GameCube. It was the very last Game Boy-based add-on for a Nintendo console, and connected via the high-speed parallel port at the bottom of the GameCube console. Unfortunately, it required the use of a boot disc to access the hardware, but on the bright side, it doesn’t use software emulation, instead relying on physical hardware nearly identical to that of a Game Boy Advance. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Apple’s Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones are designed for rugged use, complete with water resistance, and you can pick up a pair for just $89.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.95. Featuring up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge that’s designed to last through multiple workouts, while secure-fit earhooks maximize comfort and stability. You can easily take calls, control music and even activate Siri with RemoteTalk. Just pair your device through Class 1 Bluetooth technology for instant wireless listening. Product page. Read more to see how they fared for one user 1-year later.
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This followup to the Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera and a true full-screen display, the NEX 2 builds upon its predecessor in a dual screen way. In addition to the dual screens, with the main one being nearly bezel-free, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, an RGB LED-illuminated “Lunar Ring” on the back that lights up for notifications, and possibly a time-of-flight camera – a range imaging camera system that resolves distance based on the known speed of light, measuring the time-of-flight of a light signal between the camera and the subject for each point of the image. Read more for two additional spy shots and information.
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Nubia introduced the Red Magic Mars in China today, and just like its predecessor, this device features a single strip of RGB LEDs down the back, but is now powered by a Snapdragon (SD) 845 CPU and runs Android Pie (9.0) out of the box. The 6-inch IPS LCD 1080p display remains the same, with an added ‘shoulder-button’ set-up that boasts four touch-sensitive, haptic-enabled areas along the edge of the phone to act as additional buttons during gaming sessions. The top-of-the-line model boasts 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
The Seagate Desktop 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STGY8000400) ensures that you’ll never run out of space again on your computer, or at least for casual users, and it’s being offered for just $124.99, this week only, originally $149.99. Back up all of your computer’s contents with ease, especially since there is no software or hardware to install. Just leave it plugged in, and access stored content as needed, all at SuperSpeed USB 3.0 speeds. Best of all, it’s compatible with the PlayStation 4 as well, so you can easily increase storage in seconds. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.