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PayPerPost Upgrades

Gadgets are not the only thing that needs an upgrade, one popular advertising service has undergone a facelift. Yes, this post is sponsored by PayPerPost, but geekie readers also have to be updated  on the web’s latest goings-on.

To start with, PayPerPost v4.0 is a far cry from its previous version in terms of design, lay-out, and color. We geekies are very much into the form factor. If something falls short in the looks department, then it stays on store shelves. The same can be said of online properties. We at Geekie can say that we’re liking the new color scheme, see the old and new design.

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The site also streamlined their Marketplace to make it easier for the bloggers. Now bloggers no longer have to get up in the middle of the night to bid on new opportunities, the advertisers bid on their blogs.

At the landing page of your account, you’ll immediately find a list of advertisers clamouring for a review in your blog:

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There’s also no more blog approval needed, or prices set by the Advertiser. This time, as true publishers, the bloggers set their own price according to word count or links. Izea has certainly created a much more user-friendly method for social marketing.

Autobots, Game On! Asus G51 Gaming Laptop And Its Robotic Image

asus-g51With Transformers 2 looming around the corner, and games with mech control are still way up on the fun factor scale, it’s no wonder that the latest gaming Asus is targetting the chic geek gamers.

When you say gaming laptop, one always stumbles upon big and bulky set-ups that can only be considered portable if you’re an Olympic weightlifter. But what if you’re the stylish, GQ-ish gamer that’s as concerned about real-life image as your avatar’s?

Enter the Asus G51 gaming laptop with an eye-catching robotic and futuristic design. It sports the cool image that every gamer possesses. But it’s not all form, it’s packed with an uber gaming rig as well. You can opt for a Core 2 Duo processor, or a more powerful Core 2 Quad. The 15-inch LCD display has a 16:9 widescreen ratio and boasts of 4GB of RAM, and a real mean GeForce GTX 260M video card to accommodate top quality of all the latest games. Packing it up with games is a breeze coz you have up to a terrabyte of space to fill.

My mouth’s watering already with this ultra-portable, sleek, and sexy gamer rig. But we’ll have to hold our horses till July, when the Asus G51 is due for release.

In the meantime, there are some gaming notebook deals found over at Hostilo.com.

This Week’s Picks: Of Bionic Hands and Aspiring Gloves

This week we stumbled upon another technological breakthrough in robotics, a mechanical five-fingered hand that grasps objects. Then in our search for more wonders in the land of digits and palms (not the PDA), we encountered a robotic hand wannabe.

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robotic-handBe it a hefty tin can filled with processed meat, or a delicate and breakable egg — RAPHaEL can take it on. The College of Engineering of Virginia Tech created a Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments, or RAPHaEL. This bionic wonder is a fully detailed hand that is operated by a compressor air tank. This is the unique aspect of this design, as it doesn’t use motors or other devices. The pressure of RAPHaEL’s grasp depends on the compressor’s air pressure. The individual fingers are guided by microcontroller commands. This makes the design impressively precise.

See RAPHaEL in action:

Xtensor Gamer Hand Exercise

xtensor_hand_exerciserWell it’s not as brilliant as what the engineers of Virginia Tech came up with, but it’s definitely something new. The Xtensor Gamer Hand Exerciser claims that after a couple of minutes with this, um, glove — then your gaming prowess will be better. If athletes do warm up exercises before they train, then why not gamers too? This glove is like the gym for PC gamers.  Basically, this glove will stretch and train the ligaments and muscles that you use in constant mouse-clicking. It claims to prevent gaming cramps.

It’s worth a try. The Xtensor Gamer Hand Exercise is available here. For what it’s worth, the glove looks pretty hardcore.

This Week’s Picks: Keytar and Guitar

We’re starting a new series here at Geekie, where we bring you a scientific breakthrough vis-a-vis the latest in consumer technology. Inspired by swimming robotic penguins and invisibility cloaks amidst the silliest gadgets, Geekie will personally handpick two of the week’s biggest online finds. This will hopefully give you a taste of tomorrow today.

THE IRREGULAR INCURVE KEYTAR

keytarA mechanism thesis over at NYU’s ITP shows that technology and art are not far apart. 12 robotic ribcages, controlled by a simple keyboard, plucks strings with guitar picks to create MIDI music. Why all that hassle of arranging steel pipes into one gigantic keytar-playing dinosaur? Well it’s just effing cool to watch. The 12 notes are pre-set, but according to thesis, you can tweak each individual string to customize the sound. I can imagine this changing the face of performance art, and actually spawning a technology and art exhibit.

LOGITECH WIRELESS GUITAR CONTROLLER

logitech-wirelessPerfect for rocking out with Guitar Hero, whether for PS2 or PS3 — the Logitech Wireless Guitar Contoller will definitely get you even more hooked to those music games. Made of wood and sporting of an authentic electric guitar feel, it may have useless metal frets and tuning pegs but those add to the oomph of this classy controller.

Considering it’s wireless, it gives good seamless control. After strumming a few bars with this baby, you’ll never want to pick up the real thing again. Grab one here for $199, or feel extra-special by picking up the Premiere Edition.

Slide & Negative to Digital Photo Converter

converter1It’s the digital age, thank goodness, and there’s no more need to lug around rolls of film during your travel expeditions. What used to be an expensive way to try and capture memorable moments is now a multi-shutter click away. Doesn’t seem like too long ago when we would scan countless film negatives trying to find the photos we wish to duplicate and send. If you were more on the pro level, then slides were probably the ones cluttering up your desk.

Gone are those days, but what do you do about the echoes of a bygone era?

If you find yourself scratching your head over your box of negatives and slides, and figuring out if it goes in the keep box or throw-away box, well we’ve found a nifty solution for that. No, we don’t suggest that you have them all printed out, scanned, then backed up to your PC. Technology is far more sophisticated than that.

Again, thanks to the digital age, it hasn’t forgotten the days when analog was in. Here’s a slide and negative converter to wipe your sorting troubles away. Created by innovative manufacturers Hammacher Schlemmer, this device can convert old photo slides and film negatives into a digital image. Now why didn’t they think of that already during the darkroom era?

This slide and negative converter holds a tray that can keep your slides and film negatives firmly in place. For sure you’ll get crisp and clear results, because this gadget boasts of a 5MP CMOS sensor that can churn out 10 bits per color channel for your data conversion. It also makes use of fixed focus and auto exposure plus color balance. So in the end, there’s barely any digital manipulation required on your part. This Hammacher Schlemmer device uses three white LEDs to light up your slides and negatives, and it scans your images up to 1,800 dpi. That’s way more than you can ask for.

Can’t wait to see your old stock come alive on your LCD monitors? Just hook up this device to your PC’s USB port. It even comes with a software that allows a bit of image manipulation and editing.

For only $99.95, you are able to keep your memories alive forever. That is a small price compared to being able to archive and securely store years of accumulated images, family photos, slides, pictures, and memorable moments. This negative and slide converter is truly one clever innovation that’s vital in bridging the gap between generations.