Thinking about having a party somewhere out in the woods or in a park this summer? Here’s Eton Soulra XL, a solar powered iPhone/iPod dock with an extra large (72 square inch) monocrystal solar panel that’ll make sure your device stays charged and will keep the background music going with its 8 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 woofers and 4 passive radiators), giving you 22W output with bass boost.
The Soulra XL will recharge your device in about 4 hours and its internal batteries will give you 5 hours of playback while there’s no sun. Other features include remote control storage and a removable carrying strap.
Link: Eton Soulra XL Preorder (Preorder, $300.00)
Harman Kardon BDS 800 is a new, slick 5.1 home theatre system featuring a 65 watt per channel digital amplifier (Dolby Digital, DTS) capable of playing Blu-ray, DVD/CD and FM-radio as well as media content through the USB port. As for the speakers (which are wall-mountable) you get four identical, two-way, dual-driver satellite speakers, one dedicated two-way, dual-driver center speaker and a subwoofer packing 200 watts.
HarmanKardon.com: BDS 800 ($1499.00)
D-Link’s Boxee Box is finally up for pre-order for those of you living in the US and Canada, and man, I really love the design on this one. This little box is ready to bring you all your tv shows, downloaded movies and streamed DRM-free content right to your HDTV and with a really neat remote sporting a full qwerty keyboard on the backside.
The Boxee Box will have a slightly later launch for Europe and Australia, the release date is set to November 2010.
(If you haven’t tried Boxee yet you can always download it for free and use it on your current Windows, Mac or Linux computer – I’m using a Shuttle PC running Boxee on Ubuntu Linux as media player at home.)
Amazon: D-Link Boxee Box ($199.99)
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PhoneSuit’s MiLi Pro Projector is a sleek pocket-sized projector built specifically for iPods and iPhones. Just hook it up and it’ll let you project a LED-illuminated 40 inch screen with a maximum resolution of 640×480 (480p). As for connections you get VGA and RCA audio input as well as USB output.
The MiLi Pro will ship in September 2009 but there’s no word on price yet.
PhoneSuit: MiLi Pro Projector ($TBA)
Edifier iF500 Luna is a 5-driver iPod/iPhone speaker system with a quite unorthodox design that has been available in Europe for a while now will make its way over the big pond to the U.S. and Canada any day now. Besides the iPod integration you get aux in for other audio players as well as digital FM radio. The speaker power output is 10W x 2 + 32W (subwoofer).
Edifier: Luna iF500 Product Page
Amazon.com: Edifier iF500 Luna ($299.00)
Here’s LHT888 by LG Electronics. A stylish DVD home theater system in that piano black finish some of just can’t get enough of these days. Besides offering 1080p upscaling via HDMI and support for media via USB you get DTS / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2 channel, XTS Pro and an AM/FM tuner.
Oh, and did I mention that the rear speakers are wireless?
LGE.com: LHT888 DVD Home Theatre System ($649.95)
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Creative Asia announced the 32GB Zen yesterday and besides the obvious excellent storage capabilities it comes with a nice price tag as well; about $378. Cheap? Yes indeed. After all, you do get a credit card sized PMP with 30 hours of music playback (mp3, aac, wma), video (DivX, XviD, WMV, AVI, MPEG4 etc), photos, a 2.5" TFT display and a expansion SD slot.
There’s no word on when the 32GB model will be available globally, but the North American site does include it in the model dropdown (with an ‘out of stock’ mark), hopefully meaning it’ll be available soon.
Creative.com: Zen Product Page
Amazon.com: Creative Zen
Here’s the Wizpy by Turbolinux. A versatile little Linux powered thing with a 1.7" OLED screen and 4 GB of storage that can do pretty much anything. Web, RSS, E-mail, VoIP, photos, play and record videos, radio and e-books, music (ogg, mp3, aac) etc.
The Wizpy was launched in February 2007 in Japan but now it’s available globally.
TurboLinux.com: Wizpy (White, $290.00)
Here’s two new videos to cure that friday morning boredom for you; the new World of Warcraft ads soon to be seen on national TV in the US.
William Shatner plays a shaman (nice quote, “Play World of Warcraft dog, you can be anyone!”), Mr. T plays a night elf… mohawk.
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This motorized replica of R2-D2 stands 15" tall (about 38cm), responds to 40 different voice commands (like “Turn around!” and “Move forward!”) while being able to navigate rooms and hallways. It’s equipped with an infra-red sensor so he can play games like tag and find you, follow you around or just act as a guard and let you know whenever someone enters the room.
Besides being able to replay sounds from the Star Wars movies and answer yes/no questions it features a rotating top and distinct moods, just like the original. If he goes sad you just need to say “R2, behave yourself” to make him snap right out if it. Hopefully.
Hammacher-Schlemmer: Voice-Activated R2-D2 ($119.95)