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by Serkan Toto on June 13, 2011

It’s about time for another Hello Kitty-branded gadget to get covered on CrunchGear. This time it’s a mini TV and navigation system that feature the cartoon cat, and both devices were announced [JP] by Seiwa Japan. The design is pretty much identical, but these are actually two separate devices.

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CrunchGear Week In Review: Nook Dome Edition
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by Bryce Durbin on June 13, 2011

Here are some highlights of the past week on CrunchGear:

Review: L.A. Noire (And Giveaway)
DIY Geodesic Dome On Kickstarter
Review: The Barnes & Noble Nook
Post-Apple Palate Cleanser: More Swiss Army Axes!
Player 1 Start: The Wii U Vs. The Playstation Vita (Fly Or Die)

High-End Revelation Watches Use Polarized Lens To Reveal Movement
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by Ariel Adams on June 12, 2011

Here is something new. I just learned about Revelation watch and am rather impressed with some of the elements in this watch. When it will be ready I have no idea, but there are a few things neat about this piece. Most notable is the dial that goes from solid to clear. Meaning you can have a more traditional flat black dial with hour indicators, or one that is totally open with a view into the movement. Well, that is the basic idea at least.

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Review: L.A. Noire (And Giveaway)
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by Devin Coldewey on June 11, 2011


Short version: An original, immersive, and fully-realized crime adventure that suffers from a few control and technical issues, and (perhaps purposefully) vague interrogation segments. The accomplishment and authenticity of the city and your work in it, however, is beyond a doubt worth the price of admission.
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by Devin Coldewey on June 11, 2011

We ran into Kim Rom from SteelSeries at E3 and he gave us a little tour of their newest gear. I’m pretty pumped about the 7XB headset, which we’ll be reviewing soon — I travel with a headset a lot, and the flexibility and breakdownability make it an attractive option. Check out the video inside.

I also get a surprise from a lady in red right at the beginning there. Why didn’t I follow up on that? What’s wrong with me?!

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by Devin Coldewey on June 11, 2011

Just last week we posted a video of the new Nook (which we just reviewed) running Angry Birds. Not exactly the best match for an e-paper display, but it does show that the underlying Android install is sound and functional. Further proof comes this weekend, with forum-dwelling hackers installing the ADW Launcher home screen and even the Kindle app on it.

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by John Biggs on June 11, 2011

Nintendo and Sony just announced the much-anticipated Wii U and the Playstation Vita last week at E3 and, well, we were pretty impressed. The Wii U, Nintendo’s new console, is a real step up for the brand as it adds HD game play and a unique new controller that incorporates third-screen features with Nintendo’s own paradigm-shifting controller style. The Vita is a little less exciting to console gamers as it’s a handheld, but it is definitely an improvement over the old PSP and PSP Go and looks to be a step in the right direction for the ailing Sony.

Daily Crunch: Dome Edition
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by Bryce Durbin on June 11, 2011

E3 2011 Is A Wrap!
The Beercan Bot: Frighten Your Drunk Friends
DIY Geodesic Dome On Kickstarter
Weekend Giveaway: A B&N Nook
Japanese Robo-Drone Will Interrogate Your Leia
Will iCloud Fly Or Die? (TCTV)

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011

Are you, like me, headed out this weekend to the park in your handsomest raincoat/shoes/socks ensemble? Or maybe you’re looking for the invisible sheep that live in Astoria park’s many verdant trees? Or maybe you want to chase squirrels away from your pot o’ gold in Brooklyn? Well now you don’t have to worry about screaming wildly into space to get Internet connectivity because AT&T is giving it to you for free.

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011

This odd robot, made of spare parts, has more in common with the IT-O than anything of this world. It can float around for 8 minutes on one charge and goes 40 miles an hour. Plus it’s a unique form factor for this sort of RC drone, making it a real one of a kind. Add some spinning blades and an arc blaster and you’ve got a party.

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011


The folks at Punchtab, eager as beavers to get their products into your hands, want to send you a new Nook. Why? They’re in love with you and you won’t accept their love, so they’re in the friend zone and you refuse to pay attention to their attempts to win your heart. It’s like 16 Candles only with start-ups.

Anyway, here’s how to win.

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011

Need a place to hide out when the apocalypse comes? Why not try a DIY geodesic dome! This Kickstarter project offers a $99 10-foot geodesics kit or a 14-foot model for $189. This isn’t really about shelter as much as it is about fun. I’ll let the folks at Effalo explain:

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011

Years ago I thought I could be in a rock band (right around the same time I thought I could make money writing poetry) but I eventually resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be a great guitarist. I didn’t have the drive to practice and the act of soloing confounded me completely. How did you play along with the Zep and the Beatles? How do you get great? How do you meet groupies? As time passed, I gave up and my guitars lay fallow in the corner, the groupies forgotten.

However, I think Fretlight may have given me a new lease on life. Fretlight makes guitars with LEDs embedded in the neck. You connect these guitars to a computer, run a MIDI player, and then follow along with the lights as the music plays. You can slow things down or speed them up and loop parts of the song over and over to practice certain riffs. The Fretlight will literally show you how to play all of your favorite songs.

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by Jay Donovan on June 10, 2011

Agile Partners, makers of AmpKit and AmpKit Link for iOS, sent me a video this morning of the Alex Skolnick Trio playing a gig at WWDC using iPads instead of amplifiers (except for the drummer). It looks like they are probably running the iPad outputs right into the P.A. system.

This setup probably wouldn’t work for all kinds of music, but in the right situation, like this one, it sounds pretty good. Indeed, if you’ve ever slugged a 120 pound bass cabinet up a rickety flight of stairs for a gig, you will be able to appreciate the small footprint going on here.

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by Matt Burns on June 10, 2011

Oh man was that a lot of gaming. John, Devin and I just spent the last week deep in the bowels of the massive gaming convention that is E3. We went to the press conferences, played the demos, and livestreamed the show floor thanks to Ustream and John and Jon from TechCrunch TV. It was a bit overwhelming, and, as viewers of our livestream quickly realized, gaming isn’t exactly our niche. But we trudged on, forced to play unreleased games, eat free food and hit on booth babes.

Nintendo and Sony brought their A Games this year with the Wii U and the PS Vita. Both will no doubt be hits in their respective markets. The Wii U will finally usher Nintendo into the age of HD while freeing gaming from a dedicated TV. The Sony PlayStation Vita is a wonder of technology. The graphics pumped out of the small handheld are simply astounding, but the novel control schemes of the back buttons, touchscreen and gyroscope opens up portable gaming to newfound experiences. Oh, yeah, Microsoft added Bing to Kinect proving you can’t win E3 every year.

Hands-On With The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY At E3 2011
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by Matt Burns on June 10, 2011


Did you hear? I’m a fan of the Xperia Play. Watch the video above and I say it about a billion times. Thanks to the flights to and from E3 (and several boring bar nights at the event), I’ve put in lots of time with the Android gaming device and have fallen in love. My little E3 meeting calmed my fears of device abandonment as it seems SE is ready to support the Play with a steady release of new games. Full review will drop in the coming days.

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by Matt Burns on June 10, 2011

People have been modding gaming consoles since the beginning of recorded history. There were glyphs found deep in Mayan temples telling a tale of how ancient gamers customized their rocks and sticks to better describe their gaming attitude. But never before has case modding been this trivial.

Calibur11′s solution involves off-the-shelf components that when combined, make a clever case mod. We stopped by their E3 booth to check ‘em out. Video after the jump.

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by John Biggs on June 10, 2011

Imagine cracking open a cold one and, before the sweet nectar hits your lips, the freaking can turns into a walking, rolling, transforming beerbot. Scary, right? Well this young Japanese man has created a canbot to end all canbots. It is controlled via Wiimote and it can transform, roll around, and even walk using a shuffle technique straight out of my worst nightmares.

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