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Polaris’ pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Polaris' pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive

It’s been almost exactly a year since Zodiac Pool Systems last expanded its line of Polaris-branded pool-cleaning robots, and it’s now back with two more additions that fill out the top and bottom end of its lineup. That includes the company’s most advanced robot to date, the $1499 Polaris 9400 Sport (pictured above), which adds four-wheel drive for the first time, as well as the company’s new accelerometer-enhanced ActivMotion Sensor technology — something Polaris says allows the robot to continually sense where it is in the pool and optimize its cleaning action accordingly. The 9100 Sport, on the other hand, gets neither of those new additions, but it’ll “only” set you back $799, and will still clean pools up to 40 feet long in about two hours. You can get a closer look at those, as well as the company’s existing offerings, at the source link below.

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Polaris’ pool-cleaning robots get updated with added intelligence, four-wheel drive originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 teased by FCC, launching with 9.7-inch display this month?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Lenovo’s been hard at work with various phones and tablets so far this year, and here’s yet another one that’s just popped up in FCC’s database. Dubbed the IdeaTab S2109 (or S2109A-F, to be specific), we’re told by a reliable source that ’tis an Android 4.0.3 tablet assembled by Foxconn, and it’ll come with a 9.7-inch, 4:3 IPS display (supplied by Chi Mei), a TI OMAP chip and four powerful SRS-ready speakers as featured on the beefy K2010. The above diagram suggests said slate has a microSD slot accessible from the outside, and if you take a closer look at the product label, you’ll see that the device requires a whooping 2.5A input at 5V, which means it’ll come with a 12.5W adapter — a lot more powerful than many tablets’ consumption at 10W (including the new iPad) or below. Here’s hoping that this is an indication for a faster charge time.

As for availability, we heard that this S2109 will launch at some point this month, though our shy friend didn’t specify which market it’ll debut in — the FCC document lists Germany, Canada, US, India, Russia, Turkmenistan, Mexico, Chile, Japan and China. If Ice Cream Sandwich on a 4:3 screen sounds like your cup of tea then stay tuned for more news.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 teased by FCC, launching with 9.7-inch display this month? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung confirms Pink Galaxy Note coming soon, we go hands-on (video)

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Sure, you can personalize your Galaxy Note by sketching with the 5.3-inch phablet’s S Pen, but there’s no better way to express your mobile-obsessed self than by dressing your device in a flashy new color. Pink is the flavor of the month over at Samsung, which just gave us a sneak peek at its rosy Android hybrid at its CeBIT booth in beautiful Hannover, Germany. The sample on hand is of the shell-only variety, in that it doesn’t include any internals, but looks pretty juicy even in its static state. The device is virtually identical to its blue and white counterparts, though its backplate is textured like that of the blue model, rather than the glossy rear you’ll see on the white. There’s not much more to say about pinky here, considering that the sample device won’t even power on, but jump past the break for our hands-on video if you’d care to take a closer look. And keep an eye out for the pink Note in a store near you — it’s expected to land (in Germany, at least) within the next two months.

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Samsung confirms Pink Galaxy Note coming soon, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 07:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Insert Coin: Alarm clock makes you enter a code to silence it, in another room (video)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.

We love the snooze button as much as everyone else. But we’ve all postponed exiting the comfort of our Tempur-Pedic one too many times. Enter the Ramos alarm clock, a rise-and-shine solution that integrates a Defuse Panel in order to silence your wake-up call. Don’t expect to stay in bed to enter the code either, as the keypad can be wirelessly situated in another room to prevent further slumber. Two time keeping options, LED and Nixie models, await your minimum pledges of $160 and $350 before the April 1st deadline. The latter features a nixie tube display that will put any regular ol’ alarm clock’s digits to shame. You can spring for a long-range kit if you need to place your key panel more than 50 feet away from your nightstand. If you’re feeling extra generous, a pledge of more than $800 will allow you to select the type of wood used for your Ramos. In need of a bit more convincing? Peep the video on the other side of the break for a closer look.

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Insert Coin: Alarm clock makes you enter a code to silence it, in another room (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nikon confirms 36.3 megapixel D800, we go hands-on

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Thirty six megapixels. That’s the native resolution of Nikon’s long-awaited FX-format digital SLR. The D800 was designed with all professional photographers in mind, but with 36.3-megapixel captures (yes, that also means 36.3 megapixels in RAW, or 15.4 in DX format), the Japanese camera maker’s latest DSLR output is likely to far exceed the needs of many. It also limits low-light shooting capabilities — the D800 is a full-frame camera, but even so, with a standard sensor capturing 36.3 megapixels, its high-ISO performance is unlikely to match the likes of the D4, or Canon’s new 1D X. It’s for this reason that Nikon limited the camera’s top native sensitivity to ISO 6400, or 25,600 in Hi2 extended mode. Want to see more? Thumb through the gallery below and jump past the break for a closer look at the latest full-frame DSLR to hit the market.

Gallery: Nikon D800

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Nikon confirms 36.3 megapixel D800, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Feb 2012 23:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PowerPad 16 USB station charges your iPad and 15 others

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

So you’ve found the perfect solution for staying juiced up during your month-long African safari, but how are you possibly going to keep all 16 iPads powered until just before it’s time to go? Why the Datamotion Systems PowerPad 16 ES-IP-PP16 USB Charging Hub, of course! Sure, there’s no practical household application for the PP16, even in the most gadget-obsessed of families, but it’d be more than welcome in an enterprise environment or even an airport (especially an airport). The PowerPad’s maker claims that it was “designed for charging Apple devices,” though there’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to put 16 2.1-amp USB ports to use with other battery-powered devices. And we do need to address the elephant in the room — that rather beastly fan-sporting housing — but as Datamotion points out, the thing can always live under a counter and out of view. Hit up the source link for a closer look.

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PowerPad 16 USB station charges your iPad and 15 others originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 03:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Retrobit RetroDuo portable and RetroPort hands-on

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Inspired, perhaps, by the fruits of Ben Heck’s dual-console handheld dreams, Retrobit has retrofit their Retroduo NES / SNES hybrid game console to fit in your hand. The Retroduo Portable, a handheld SNES console shown for the first time at CES 2012, hopes to one-up Hyperkin’s SupaBoy by adding support for classic NES games. We dropped by their booth to get a closer look.

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Retrobit RetroDuo portable and RetroPort hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Retrobit RetroDuo portable and RetroPort hands-on

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Inspired, perhaps, by the fruits of Ben Heck’s dual-console handheld dreams, Retrobit has retrofit their Retroduo NES / SNES hybrid game console to fit in your hand. The Retroduo Portable, a handheld SNES console shown for the first time at CES 2012, hopes to one-up Hyperkin’s SupaBoy by adding support for classic NES games. We dropped by their booth to get a closer look.

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Retrobit RetroDuo portable and RetroPort hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Griffin and Third Man Records team up for add vinyl to your iPhone case

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In the market for a new case for that iPhone 4S? A fan of all things Jack White? If so, Griffin and Third Man records have teamed up to put a vinyl spin on your next Apple-friendly smartphone case. The pair has introduced a set of accessories that make use of a legit 7-inch record die-cut to protect the back of your mobile device, blending analog and digital without making a sound. Each case is comprised of a two-part frame that wraps those precious edges — with openings for controls and jacks, of course — and a piece of genuine vinyl, pressed right in Nashville. You’ll have your choice of three color variants that come with a Third Man-branded vinyl. If that’s not enough, you can spring for a set of three inserts, one from each of Mr. White’s musical projects. Protip: If you happen to opt for the extras and snag The Racounteur’s insert, this collaboration marks the first pressing of “Steady, As She Goes.” Each case is $30 and the set of extra inserts will set you back another Jackson. If you want a closer look before parting with fifty bucks, hit the gallery below.

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Griffin and Third Man Records team up for add vinyl to your iPhone case originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iLuv outs iSM524 ArtStation Pro, ‘world’s first’ Galaxy Tab compatible audio dock

Monday, December 12th, 2011
If you’ve been in the market for a Galaxy Tab friendly audio dock, your wait could be over. iLuv has debuted it’s iSM524 for your Samsung Android slate, calling it “the world’s first and only audio docking station” for the Galaxy tablet fam. Equipped with the company’s jAura Sound technology, the dock’s arm rotates for portrait or landscape viewing modes and tilts so you can get the best possible angle for catching up on that Boardwalk Empire season finale. You’ll also find an IR remote and a 3.5mm auxiliary input to boot. iLuv promises that this ArtStation will play nicely with the entire Galaxy Tab family, but you can find out for yourself later this month if you’re willing to drop $149. So whether you’re sporting the 10.1 or the 7.0 plus, hit the gallery below for a closer look or check out the PR after the break for all the details.

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iLuv outs iSM524 ArtStation Pro, ‘world’s first’ Galaxy Tab compatible audio dock originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aldebaran Robotics announces Nao Next Gen humanoid robot (video)

Friday, December 9th, 2011
Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao robot has already received a few upgrades from both the company itself and other developers, but it now has a proper successor. Aldebaran took the wraps off its new and improved Nao Next Gen robot today, touting features like a 1.6GHz Atom processor and dual HD cameras that promise to allow for better face and object recognition even in poor lighting conditions. What’s more, while robot’s outward appearance hasn’t changed much, it has also received a number of software upgrades, including Nuance voice recognition, an improved walking algorithm, and a number of other measures to cut down on unwanted collisions. As before, the robot is aimed squarely at researchers and developers, but the Aldebaran’s chairman notes that the company is continuing to pursue its goal of providing a Nao intended for individuals — a goal he notes is being aided by the contributions from its developer program. Check out the gallery below and the video after the break for a closer look.

Gallery: Nao Next Gen

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Aldebaran Robotics announces Nao Next Gen humanoid robot (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet harder to repair than Kindle Fire, teardown shows

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The team at iFixit recently tore open Barnes & Noble’s brand new Nook Tablet to get a closer look at its inner workings see how they compare to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The group found that the Nook Tablet is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor clocked at 1GHz, and it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal SanDisk storage. It also has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood that’s rated for up to 11.5 hours of reading time, 3.5 hours longer than the previous generation Nook Color device. The Nook Tablet received a repairability score of 6 out of 10 points, which is worse than the Kindle Fire’s 8/10 score. The LCD can be easily replaced because it isn’t fused to the bezel, however one would need to remove the motherboard in order to replace the battery, and there are “excessive amounts of adhesive” and even hidden screws that made the teardown a bit more tedious than usual.

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Volta BCN electric motorcycle announced, set to go on sale in Q2 2012

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Your all-electric motorcycle options are getting more and more plentiful these days, and it looks like you’ll soon have yet another option consider. Volta Motorbikes officially announced its new Volta BCN motorcycle this week, with a complete unveiling set for the EICMA Motorshow in Milan next month. It will be available in three different models — the BCN Sport, BCN City, and BCN My Volta — each of which pack the same 35 horsepower and 70 kilometer range, but have various other tweaks to suit different tastes (with the My Volta being customizable through an online ordering tool). Details remain a bit light otherwise, but pricing is expected to come in around the €7,000 mark (or just under $10,000), with the first units set to roll out in the second quarter of 2012 — a reservation list will also be opened up at the start of the year for those interested. Head on past the break for a quick teaser video, and check out the gallery below for a closer look.

Gallery: Volta BCN

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Volta BCN electric motorcycle announced, set to go on sale in Q2 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo announces multitouch-friendly C325 all-in-one desktop

Monday, October 24th, 2011
There’s no shortage of multitouch-friendly all-in-one desktops to choose from these days, but you can now add one more to the list: Lenovo’s new C325. This one packs a 20-inch 1600 x 900 display (also available sans multitouch in the basic configuration), along with a dual-core AMD E450 processor, integrated Radeon HD 6320 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, a maximum 1TB hard drive, and a built-in DVD burner (no Blu-ray option, unfortunately), among other standard fare. It’s also available in your choice of black or white, with prices starting at $699. Check out the gallery below for a closer look.

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Lenovo announces multitouch-friendly C325 all-in-one desktop originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wireless bike brake system has the highest GPA ever

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Color us a yellow shade of mendacious, but if we designed something that works 99.999999999997 percent of the time, we’d probably round off and give ourselves a big ol’ 100 percent A+. We’d probably throw in a smiley faced sticker, too. Computer scientist Holger Hermanns, however, is a much more honest man, which is why he’s willing to admit that his new wireless bike brake system is susceptible to outright failure on about three out of every trillion occasions. Hermanns’ concept bike, pictured above, may look pretty standard at first glance, but take a closer look at the right handlebar. There, you’ll find a rubber grip with a pressure sensor nestled inside. Whenever a rider squeezes this grip, that blue plastic box sitting next to it will send out a signal to a receiver, attached to the bike’s fork. From there, the message will be sent on to an actuator that converts the signal into mechanical energy, and activates the brake. Best of all, this entire process happens will take just 250 milliseconds of your life. No wires, no brakes, no mind control. Hermanns and his colleagues at Saarland University are now working on improving their system’s traction and are still looking for engineers to turn their concept into a commercial reality, but you can wheel past the break for more information, in the full PR.

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JBL On Tour iBT Bluetooth speaker now available for $150, iPad stand included

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Have a soft spot for wireless speakers? There were tons of options out there already, but JBL just threw one more into the ring with its On Tour iBT. As we’d expect form the audio gurus, the system boasts wireless audio internals that play nice with both A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth devices. In addition to four JBL Odyssey trasnducers, the kit packs a built-in microphone for Facetime or hands-free calls, an adjustable iPad stand and a USB connector for charging — when the Katy Perry tune blastin’ device is plugged in itself, of course. Interested? It can be yours now via the source link for $150, but if you’d care to take a closer look before committing, peep the gallery below.

Gallery: JBL On Tour iBT

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Does 50 Million Users And a 1269% Traffic Increase Mean Google + Is Now Relevant? [Google +]

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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