Archive for May, 2006

Rock Speakers for Smart Garden

The Gray Stone Outdoor Entertainment System may look like a set of three elegant garden stones, but inside is a full AM/FM/auxiliary stereo outdoor entertainment system. The main rock has an 8-inch subwoofer and 160 watts, while the satellite speakers are 6.5-inch two-way speakers with 100 watts each. The central rock includes a marine-grade digital AM/FM tuner as well as a concealed storage compartment and hookup for your iPod, MP3 player or CD player.

Outdoor Stereo Speakers

Mac Mini + Samsung HLR5078W

mac mini

Here is a good example of using newest Intel-based MacMini as HTPC. The installation includes Samsung HLR5078W, Dual-Core Mac Mini, Series 2 Tivo, Comcast HD STB.

Samsung Q1 Upgrade

Samsung is going to release a SSD-enabled version of its Q1 Ultra Mobile PC. This upgraded model features a 32GB NAND flash-based solid state disk, an Intel Celeron M 353 (900-MHz) processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 7-inch WVGA TFT-LCD display, embedded DMB tuner, 802.11 a/b/g WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0, stereo speaker (2W x 2), and SRS sound enhancement.

[via Akihabara]

TVMicro for Mac

To watch analog TV on your Mac you can use TVMicro. The TVMicro is a USB TV tuner device with a remote control and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4 and above. Also, TVMicro can record TV straight to your hard drive in VCD (MPEG-1), S-VCD (MPEG-2) or DVD (MPEG-2) quality. The price in Japan is around $100.


Smarthome Kitchen


How should look like a kitchen in the smart home? Maybe it should be something like Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®. The futuristic design and an “intelligent” environment that responds to the desires of the senses make the innovative functional kitchen:

The project envelops multimedia equipment, sound actuators and LEDs within a flowing shell of Corian® – the original solid surface from DuPont – enabling users to surf the internet, listen to music or create a particular ambience by means of a centralized touch-control panel.

It’s absolutely amazing! I like this concept! But I’m affraid I’ll be always hungry because I’m lost in the Internet on the kitchen table 🙂

[source: Yanko Design]

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