Tag Archives: Übercool

Übercool is something we have embraced, more than the word though, we love the thought of an item being so far above average one forgets what average was

Most Wanted Trailer #1, Producing Movies with GTA 5…

Can a trailer exist without a film? The surprising answer to this question is Yes! Take for example the recently released video ‘Most Wanted Trailer #1’ by Commandoflauge and his merry band of gamers. A trailer that was created for a movie that doesn’t exist. A trailer that’s so damn good it may soon become a web series if the video receives enough support, so get Liking, Subscribing and Retweeting if you love it.

Having put their many years of gaming experience to good use Cammandoflauge and friends used GTA 5 to produce one bad ass video. Take a look Hollywood your biggest threat isn’t piracy, your biggest threat is Machinima. The trailer itself was a one off creation designed to test the world’s reaction to this story idea, and the world has reacted with two massive thumbs up. If you haven’t seen the video yet check it out and like, subscribe or generally just support the very creative gamers behind it. A big ‘take that’ to all those parents who said gaming was a waste of time, ha.

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EZ-Robot: Will The Real Wall-E Please Stand Up…

Robotics is a burgeoning field, just like computers 30 years ago robotics is moving from the exclusive labs of the of the übernoid to the world of the everyday enthusiast, bringing robotics to anyone with a little curiosity. EZ-Robot, a Canadian company is doing just that, aiming to bring robotics to the masses. The EZ-Robot kit and Wall-E project is just one of the many robots available on EZ’s site, from creepy insect robots to miniature Daleks. Don’t be fooled by Wall-E’s cute face this isn’t just another remote control toy, Wall-E responds to voice commands, plays chase the ball and can even dance to his favorite song. He sighs when you take his ball away and sings when he’s happy.

DJ Sures and his team at EZ-Robot have released the hardware kit and software – EZ-Builder – that will allow anyone to easily construct their very own Wall-E robot, no soldering or programming required. This includes taking advantage of voice recognition, joystick support and camera object recognition.

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My Robot Nation…

Fellow robot fanatics Rejoice!!A brand new source for the objects of our desires has appeared on the web. My Robot Nation’s website has recently opened for business allowing any citizen of the web to design their own Robot and then at the click of a button have it 3D printed.

Designing your Robot couldn’t be simpler, with the latest 3D WebGL interface the site feels more like a character builder in the latest computer game, this is point and click design at its simplest and best. The full 3D view lets you customize every millimeter of your new Robot. Once your satisfied with your creation hit the make my robot button and relax until your custom robot is delivered to your door. When unwrapping your robot you are required to pronounce, like an over-eager Dr Frankenstein, “It has Arrived”.

Built a top the latest web technology – WebGL and HTML5 – which limits to access Chrome and Firefox users at the moment. For Chrome users the My Robot Nation app can be downloaded from the Chrome Store, giving a slightly smoother and faster feel to the application.

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ASUS Transformer Prime: Übertablet, Portable Gaming Powerhouse, Sweet Business Suite…

The ASUS Transformer Prime has already had to endure such superlatives as blazingly fast, super slim, functionally brilliant and sexy as hell, it would blush if only it weren’t true. Don’t be fooled by the name though The Transformer Prime is no child’s toy, it is in fact the must have tablet for Christmas, ASUS certainly hopes it will be anyway.

Earlier this month ASUS and NVIDIA officially announced the Prime along with it’s specifications. At the same time NVIDIA introduced to the world it’s brand new QUAD core chipset, Tegra 3. Only a few days after the announcement videos appeared of Google’s latest operating system – Android 4 Ice-Cream Sandwich – running happily on the Prime. Thankfully the wait for Prime won’t be long, GameStop yesterday let the cat out of the bag by listing the Prime for pre-order with the product release date of December 9. Get ready world, the Transformer Prime is about to take over Christmas.

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Sony’s New Audio Sphere: The Omni-Direction Sound Ball Providing Audio Everywhere…

Being a little different is often the key to success, especially if your trying to introduce a product to a crowded market. Sony certainly has managed to produce something a little different with their new Omni-directional speakers, audio spheres. Using a single speaker Sony’s newly developed Circle Sound system is able to provide crisp and clear audio to every corner of a room.
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The long history of portable music has to take us back to the ghetto blasters of the 80’s. Large silver tape based portable stereo’s that were big on the noise and not so big on the portable. With large integrated speakers and dozens of D cell batteries these bad boys could pump music out to the whole block. Sony’s modern interpretation of the ghetto blaster is a ball, a ball of sound if you will. Sony have not only created a uniquely spherical design for their new wireless dock / speakers, they have also developed a new technology, Sony Circle Sound audio diffusion technology. Able to fill any room Sony Circle Sound audio diffusion technology delivers 360 sound from a single, compact enclosure providing rich sound to every corner of the room, no matter where you place the Sphere, omnidirectional audio.

Electree, Solar Bonsai aka The Electric Ninja for Power Cables…

Electricity is the lifeblood of our gadget laden world. With each new generation of gadget comes more demanding power requirements. With every new gadget we bring into our homes comes the need to charge it, keep it fed. Mobile phones are just the tip of the ice-berg, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, remote controls, keyboards and game controllers all now need a place to charge. While Wi-Fi has loosened the shackles of the network cable, batteries still need to be plugged into power some-how, usually requiring a power point. Centralizing all of your charging needs into one spot, housing it in a stylish and Über cool design the Electree frees our gadgets from the power board nightmare evolving at every power point in every household. Powered by amorphous silicon solar panels that store their charge in the Electree’s on-board battery the Electree is always ready to bring those gadgets back to life. This is one of those rare gadgets that actually frees up power sockets in the grand power board of life.

The Electree is also one of those special gadgets that combines elegant design with brilliant functionality. Designer Vivian Muller has taken inspiration from nature, specifically drawing inspiration from the bonsai tree’s of Japan which are compact but still very efficient light collectors. Here at Highpants we think it could also be described as a power shrub, it may be the shrubbery that Monty Python were searching for all of this time. The Bonsai theme is continued with the Electree’s Japanese styled base, all it’s missing is some pebbles in the bases tray.

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HP’s ZR Series IPS Professional Display, The Affordable IPS Battle Heats up with new HP Sauce…

LCD Monitors are the work-horse of every computer setup, weather laptop or desktop your monitor has to represent the entire computer world, before your very eyes. The quality of that picture and the clarity of your window into the computer world comes down to the technology in the panel. IPS Panels are the professionals of the LCD world, for video editing these monitors are essential, photographers and graphic designers swear by them. HP’s newly released ZR-series Performance Displays use the latest IPS technology to provide a powerful salvo in the Über Monitor battle. There are four new members of the ZR series, with prices ranging from $729 USD to the unbelievably low $189 USD for the little brother of the family, the ZR2040w 20″ LCD.

The secret to professional looking images as it turns out isn’t just down to the camera you use. Editing and preparing your digital media requires the right tools for the job. Professionals have had a secret sitting on their desks for years now, with the rise of the digital photographer and home editing studio their secret is out. IPS high-color panels allow you to work with your digital content in its natural form. Most standard TFT LCD monitors say on the side of the box 16.7 million colors but the truth is they only do 80% of that, meaning that some colors in your photo’s or video won’t be properly represented. With high end camera’s like Nikon’s 7100 bringing high resolution and color digital photographs to the masses it may be time to consider an IPS panel.

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The Sony Dash Übergadget! Information Device, Picture Frame, Alarm Clock, Dot Dot Dot Dash…

Computers are shrinking themselves into new places around our homes and offices. Driving this revolution is a new class of application friendly device, The Information Device. Sony’s new HID-B70H Dash is one such device, this is a 7″ Touch-screen Über Information Device. Flexibility is the Dash’s middle name, this flexibility gives it many personalities; Über Alarm Clock, electronic side kick in the kitchen, picture frame, media terminal or real-time data display. You make the choice by selecting and installing applications from a library of over a thousand free applications, turning the Dash into your own personal information – dash – hound.

Once it’s off and running there’s no restarts, no refreshing, no crash’s, no hassle operation. Sony has kept the design of the two new Dash models understated – the HID-B7 $129.95 USD and HID-B70H $169.95 USD -, they are handsome but not over the top, able to fit into any situation. Both models will be available in October and can be pre-order now. Both are almost identical, with the only difference being the built in lithium-Ion battery in the more expensive B70H. Even though the new battery does give portable pretenses the Dash and other similar devices work best in stationary roles, stationary tablets if you will. If data on the go is your thing a standard tablet can’t be beaten. Being a stationary tablet isn’t a bad thing though, as a bed side computer the Dash allows you to set it up exactly as you need for that situation and just leave it. Do you really want to have to plug your tablet into your bedroom speakers, power etc., every time you go to bed.

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The Native Union Play: Video Messaging Comment Bubble…

Video is invading all corners of our world, YouTube has brought the short clip to the masses. Now Native Union has made video personal again, demonstrating their Play personal video messaging system. The comment bubble shaped device houses a 2.4″ LCD and a video camera. At the press of a button it can record a message to be played back by the next person to pass the fridge at home or at the office.

Messages are recorded with the built-in video camera, microphone and with enough memory for up to 3 minutes of video the Play is simplicity itself. Keep recording messages until the Play is full, clear it out and start again. Make a whole series of annoying one word messages that need to be played one after the other to hear the full message. Even the shape of the Play is simplicity, a comment bubble to contain your messages. Native Union has even included a flashing LED to indicate a new message. The magnetized back makes a Fridge the natural home for the Play but many other places will learn to make the Play at home, in the office a quick note on how to turn on the video projector sits on the wall or record the ten most common answers in your job and leave Play to cover for you. Now if they can build in a label maker they may well take over the world

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Super HiVision: Sharp’s 8k4k SUPER HD TELEVISION…

Tucked away in the corner of Sharps IFA stand this year was a little glimpse at the future and it’s 8k all the way. The 85″ Super Hi-Vision TV slung unceremoniously on a far corner of the Sharp stand was this surprise. Developed in co-operation between Sharp and Japans NHK, broadcast and technology company this TV is at least two generations ahead of it’s time. NHK are the creators and experts when it comes to the Super HI Vision standards – 8k Super Hi-Vision 7568 x 4096 – and were able to provide the recording and playback hardware. With unprecedented levels of picture detail the Super Hi-Vision picture has a natural 3D depth and feel, ultra realistic textures, zero noise or distortion and colours that jump out at the audience. Welcome to the world of tomorrow.

While a current generation full HD TV will have a seemingly spacious resolution of 1920 x 1280 – 2 megapixel – Sharps 85inch giga pixel monsters resolution of 7568 x 4096 equates to 32 mega-pixels. Even todays high end digital SLR camera’s can’t compete with this, most using the 4k standard – up to 4096 x 3302 – as their maximum resolution. Even Imax sulks away in shame when it sees Sharps monster TV. Imax film is equivalent to a digital pixel resolution of 6,120 × 4,500, Imax digital uses two overlayed 2k projectors, a pseudo 4k resolution, which is actually just a brighter 2k picture. The Sharp and its 8k resolution wins hands down.

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