18 thoughts on “Guess what this black gadget does…

  1. I’ve been eyeing this two years ago. After dinner with a geeky friend, I ended up window shopping at Suntec City when I saw this black one at a decent price.

    Was S$149, re-badged at S$99. Testing the waters, I asked if that was their best price. The salesman whipped out his calculator and quoted me S$85.

    Sold. I even used NETS (argh!)

    Amazon has them for US$86, so you know you can’t go wrong for the Singapore dollar. I think few Singaporeans know about these useful toys, so the poor guy had to get rid of them cheap.

    If you want one, head over to Hardware House Computer, #02-001L. Suntec City Mall. You might wish to call in for an inventory check at 6338-6267. I saw about four units left last night.

  2. I thought it looked like a powerpack for cybloggers like yourself. Hmmm… I wonder if all these gadgets could one day be connected to our body and be powered by our own metabolism and energy supply. Its a little like Johnny Mnemonic’s brain implant.

  3. @Walter: Our body expends but also generates a lot of usable energy. From body heat, to kinematics from walking, to possibly charged ions from our salty sweat.

    @nuMetal: Best guess ever. 😛

    @keropokman: Makes sense… just need to find a USB-based cooker! 😀

  4. @Yohannes: Thanks for dropping by. OK, let me do it as a video review in the near future. I actually have a lot of gadgets that need to be covered, some sponsored, so I really have to get my act together!

  5. Let’s see… portable video recorder + live vodcasting + extra juice (possible unlimited power so long there’s a light source). Watch out World! Here comes Kevin the Unstoppable Lifecaster!

  6. @Mindy: I found that it doesn’t charge my 1st gen iPod Shuffle via USB too. It does come with the standard iPod connector for the regular iPods and is initially designed to support those. If anything, check compatibility with your device before buying.

  7. @DK: If you track the price of high-grade solar technology, this should come as no surprise. It is improving though, as researchers have reached 40% energy conversion rate and prices should fall as more of us adopt this technology for a greener planet.

    Besides the well-designed and rugged Solio, a fairly similar product by popular China company Aigo has a solar-based charger for around US$87 (and that’s a cheaper brand).

    Don’t get a heart attack, but if I ever get to design my home, solar panels required to generate self-sufficient electricity (4,000 kilowatt hours per year) would cost between US$25,000 to US$30,000 for a 3 KW system.

    To sum up, the system pays for itself over time:
    High initial cost = almost free electricity for life

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