Tabletop computers are the latest thing this season. They’re flat enough to mount into a coffee table. The ones getting the best reviews are full-fledged Windows 8 computers and cost $900 to $1800. They have stands – like a kickstand – if you prefer it that way.
The 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is the jazziest and
Interesting new android tablet from a company we never heard of: Astak. It’s called a Neos, costs a bit under $500 and is permanently mounted on an inclined stand. The whole thing is much heavier than a tablet alone, and you wouldn’t want to hold it in your lap. In fact, our initial reaction was negative. Like: who needs this? Now we love it. It’s like having a small TV in the kitchen. Listen to music, watch news and lectures, display recipes as you work, play games. It seems to be waterproof, though we don’t want to try dunking it in the sink. Many apps are available offline, others require the Internet, cabled or wireless. It also takes camera cards […]
“SpeeCup” looks like a thermos bottle, but it’s a speaker. It can sit in your car’s cup holder and pick up Bluetooth music broadcasts from your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android phone. The maximum volume on this is loud enough to hear outside the car, and we thought the quality was decent too. True, a Beatle’s tune sounded a bit tinny but the classical hits and Elvis Presley songs sounded great.
MuseumOfQuackery.com has some strange things, like the “Revigator,” sold in the 1920s and 30s, to bring radioactive drinking water to every home and the “Radithor” elixir, which promised to contain radium and cure everything. (One man drank a couple hundred bottles, until his jaw dropped off.)
Is it just us, or have other people noticed that emergency vehicle sirens are a lot louder than they used to be? Well, the police, fire and ambulance services don’t want to talk about it, but it’s because so many people are plugged in and can’t hear what’s coming.
The most outdoor fun Joy had this summer was riding a Segway on a Chicago architectural tour, gliding around the museums on a path bordering Lake Michigan. Segways are electric scooters that respond to your body movements, You stand upright and hold a handlebar; lean forward and you go. At $7,000 we’re not about to buy one but an alternative will be out soon for half that.