Small Vibration-driven Generator To Replace Button Batteries

Toshiyuki Ueno, a Japanese researcher at Kanazawa University, has developed a small-size vibration-driven generator that measures approximately 2mm x 3mm x 12mm and can output a power of 1.56mW with a vibration of 357Hz. The energy density of this tiny generator is about 22mW/cm3, which is roughly 20 times higher than the energy density of a normal small vibration-driven generator. According to him, the energy density is high enough to replace a button battery. Toshiyuki Ueno is planning to apply the generator to tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSes) for automobiles and mobile devices. [TechON]

VisionTek Killer HD 5770 Graphics Card

by Johan on December 1, 2010

VisionTek and Bigfoot Networks have collaborated to launch the VisionTek Killer HD 5770 graphics card. The new graphics card combines the high 3D performance of an AMD 5770 graphics processor (GPU) with the Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 processor. FYI, the AMD HD 5770 is a mid-range GPU that can run most of the latest game titles, while the Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 is basically a network controller that processes network data with minimal intervention from the main processor and the operating system. The VisionTek Killer HD 5770 graphics card is compatible with Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit) and Windows XP (32-bit only). No word on pricing at this time. [Product Page]

Audio-Technica today unveiled a pair of new noise-canceling headphones for under $100. The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27 and ATH-ANC25 use the active noise cancellation to eliminate 85% of the background noise in a room. The former comes with an over-the-ear design, while the latter features an on-ear design. Both headphones also require an AAA battery to activate the active noise cancellation feature. The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27 and ATH-ANC25 are priced at $99.95 and $79.95, respectively. Each purchase comes equipped with a 1/4-inch adapter and an airplane adapter. [Geeky Gadgets]

I-O Data To Launch 16GB Class 2 microSDHC Card

by Isaiah on December 1, 2010

I-O Data is about to launch their latest 16GB microSDHC card that comes with Class 2 speed specification. This tiny card can store up to 5,120 songs or up to 88 hours of video, and promises to provide transfer speeds of at least 2MB/s. The I-O Data 16GB Class 2 microSDHC Card will become available next month for a price tag of $82 (SD adapter included). [Softpedia]

Upcoming Mid-Tower PC Case From Spire

by Isaiah on December 1, 2010

Spire has introduced another one of its upcoming mid-tower PC case called the Sentor 6004. Designed for the professional user, enthusiast and gamer alike, this steel case supports for Micro-ATX, ATX, E ATX and HTPX motherboards, and features a front I/O panel with 4 USB 2.0 and audio ports, a large meshed side panel, five 5.25-inch external drive bays, five 3.5-inch internal drive bays, seven expansion slots and has six 120mm fans (1x front, 1x rear, 4x side). The Sentor 6004 will go on sale later this month for a retail price of $119.95. [Spire]