GE Holographic Storage: the Next Optical Frontier

Americans always want bigger and better. Think Blu-Ray is the last frontier? Think again, Spock. Holographic discs may be the next breakthrough for storing information. Instead of being etched with patterns only on the surface, a holo-disc saves data throughout its interior. When the first holographic discs hit the market next year, users will need to buy expensive systems (the early adopter tax) to handle the 300GB discs. But scientists at GE Global Research are working on a laser system that can read CD, DVD and holo-discs. That system may hit the market in 2012. So be smart– don’t go out and upgrade your DVD collection to Blu-Ray just yet…  [ge]

Create your own Millenium Falcon

Going to have a little time on your hands this holiday season? Shunichi Makino has created the perfect way to spend those unplanned hours….creating your own papercraft Millenium Falcon. It looks like it would be quite the ordeal to put together, but it would also be pretty fantastic to show off once you finished. Download the directions and a paper template for the masterpiece for free here. [via Geeky-Gadgets]

Google Released Unlocked Version of the Android Dev Phone

By now, T-Mobile’s G1 and Kogan’s Agora were among the only mobile phones to use the Android OS. However, things are about to change because Google just released the unlocked version of the Android Dev phone making it available for users on other networks, too. It features a three-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and quad-band GSM with EDGE for data, but for the time being its 3G capabilities outside T-Mobile are not yet known. The unlocked version of the phone comes in at $399 apart from initial registration of $25 as a Google Android developer. The handset will be available in 18 countries and will not carry all the support there is for the G1. [via electronista

IBM ThinkPad W700 with TWO intergrated displays

You may remember that sweet Apple Tribook we showed you last week. While that laptop was just a concept, this ThinkPad by IBM is actually a reality. The IBM ThinkPad W700 has one main 17-inch screen AND an additional foldable 10.6-inch secondary display. In addition to the pretty awesome screen set-up the laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA Quadro Express graphics, 4GB of DIMM memory, integrated color calibration, and integrated camera, Dual Link DVI, and dual RAID HDD high-speed storage with a 250GB max.

iGala WiFi enabeled digital photo frame

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What could be better than a digital photo frame with WiFi? A digital photo frame with WiFi and a touchscreen of course! This 8-inch digital photo frame from iGala has a touchscreen LCD and WiFi which allows it to stream pictures directly from Gmail or from your Flickr account. The frame doesn’t require a PC to set up (so it could be a decent gift for your non-computer friendly family members) and has 1GB of internal memory, allowing it to store over 5,000 different images. Order your own frame now for just under $240 from Think Geek. [geeky-gadgets]

Go-Karting through the Isle of Man at over 100 mph

If you are thinking of taking your own go-kart out on the streets and pedal to the metal, then you’d better be prepared to fill in a fat check for the speeding fine. However, things are simpler in the urban areas of the Isle of Man because they don’t have any speed limits. That would explain this pair of daredevils racing like hell at over 100 mph on public roads. Call it bravery, call it skills or just an explosion of adrenaline, these guys know what they’re doing, so you’d better not try this on your home turf. [via Jalopnik]

Celebrating 1 Billion Mice: Logitech’s 10 Best Over the Years

Last week, Logitech announced a big milestone– the peripheral giant had sold its 1,000,000,000th mouse (that’s one billion!).  How did Logitech get there, from its first mouse in 1982?  Here’s our look at the 10 Logitech mice that changed the way we use our computers…

Logimouse C7 (1985)

It was clunky, in a worn out looking beige with nothing in the way of ergonomic design. It was also the first retail mouse to bear Logitech’s name, so it deserves a little credit. The C7 featured three buttons — an idea that remained in many of the company’s designs over the years — and gained popularity by costing $80 less than Microsoft’s mouse.

Trackman (1989)

Okay, so the original version looked a bit like a transport container from the old X-Wing PC game, but the trackball on top was a great alternative for those who just couldn’t roll with a conventional mouse. The Trackman name has endured, transforming into sleeker models that look more like mice and less like space transports.

Pilot Mouse (1989)

Scrolling through this blog, are you perhaps making use of a slider wheel? If so, give it up for Logitech’s Pilot Mouse, which, according to the company, became the world’s best-selling three button mouse. The designers probably had no idea how much scrolling we’d be doing in the Internet age, but we’re thankful this feature eventually became the norm.

Mouseman (1991)

Without ergonomics, we’d all be suffering from carpal tunnel, arthritis and flat out pain from constant PC use. Logitech had already introduced mice with more natural contours two years earlier, and Microsoft beat them to the punch in 1987, but this one could be found in left-handed and big-handed models. Muscle pain affects everyone, you know.

Logitech Kidz (1991)

This one looks like a rodent. Get it? We appreciate that the Logitech Kidz design was meant for younger computer users, but we don’t understand why it resembled the creatures you’d least like to see around the house. Jump to 2003 and you can see why Logitech made their kiddie mice to resemble ladybugs and footballs instead.

MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse (2003)

Let’s face it: Cordless mice were cool at the turn of the millennium, but they were battery fiends. The MX700 was the first wireless mouse to recharge at a docking station, which doubled as the RF transmitter. It was also fast, reportedly matching the speed of a regular mouse connected by USB.

MX510 Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (2003)

Logitech had extended its Wingman series of gaming devices into mice in 1999, priding itself on fast response times. The MX510 was also fast enough for uber ownage, but added programmable buttons. In addition, it came in a sleek red or blue design for those times when your skills couldn’t impress on their own.

MediaPlay Cordless Mouse (2004)

Ideally, a good mouse saves time by making it easier to navigate your computer. The MediaPlay extended that idea by adding controls for the computer’s music and video players, such as volume, play, fast forward and rewind. Coincidentally, the retail store Media Play began to collapse around the same time period.

MX Revolution (2006)

Did we already mention how we love scroll wheels? Dubbed by Logitech as “The World’s Most Advanced Mouse,” the MX Revolution has an alloyed wheel that lets you speed through Web pages and Word documents. Individual speeds can be assigned to each application, so you don’t have to worry about driving over the limit.

MX Air (2007)

For years, mouse designers had been devising ways to beat the mouse pad. The optical mouse came first, then the laser mouse, which was conducive to a wider variety of surfaces. The air mouse, however, eliminates the surface altogether by using motion control, gesture command and wireless. Logitech’s MX Air gets bonus points for appearing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at an exhibit that explored how science meets design.

Thanks for reading, StyleCravers, Diggers, Stumblers and otherwise!  Have you ever owned a Logitech mouse, having contributed to the number of one billion?  Do you own a Logitech mouse now?  Do you prefer another brand, or no mouse at all?  Share with us your thoughts in the comments.  In the mean time, be sure to share this with your friends and vote it up on your favorite social media site!

Electric Paper Airplane launcher REALLY launches your planes

Too lazy to launch your own paper airplanes? Have no fear- the electric paper airplane launcher is here! The device is powered by a single AA battery and can launch airplanes at speeds topping 30mph (you could REALLY put an eye out with one of these). The launchers are available now from Urban Outfitters for $18, a small price to pay for automated plane throwing if you ask us. [Urban Outfitters via Coolest-Gadgets]

iLUV iNT170, the Wi-Fi Enabled Internet Radio-clock

 

Waking up in the morning is no longer fashionable unless you are using a Wi-Fi radio clock.  Turn on Slacker, Pandora and otherwise and your favorite tunes will wake you up– not fart jokes from a morning radio jockey. To make sure you’re getting on time to work,the iNT170 from iLUV allows you to pre-set 20 FM and 20 Internet channels in its memory and even synchronizes with your online clock. The elegantly shaped bedside gadget is available for $200, but we’re expecting the price to drop pretty soon. Maybe in time for X-mas?

eekend Getaway: Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Looking to plan a getaway?  Its the perfect time of year to enjoy some Italian coastal culture…  Late August and September are picturesque and perfect in Italy’s Amalfi Coast.  Not far from Naples and Salerno, the Amalfi Coast is home to a string of small seaside villages and towns that climb the coastline into the mountains.  Lovers of seafood-inspired Italian cuisine and a slow pace of life will feel right at home in the Amalfi Coast… and likely won’t want to leave.  After a flight to Rome, a short train ride to Naples and a 40 minute ride through the breathtaking Amalfi Drive, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast to be the destination of a lifetime.  Don’t forget to offer us a ticket!