Space Ball floats softly, safely through the air

RC helicopters are cool but I’m too worried about breaking a rotor to spend the money on one.  If you’re like me, then the Space Ball might be just what you’ve been waiting for.  The dual-rotor and gyroscope make sure that it’s always upright and the spherical, resin frame protect the blades from walls and children’s fingers so it’s a safe way to have fun indoors.  It also has a flashing LED to really set the party off and as an unexpected feature, there’s an insert near the base where a pad soaked in your favorite fragrance can be inserted to quickly freshen up all corners of the room.

Here’s a shot with the fragrance pads attached:

And here’s the LED:

Chobi is at it again with their ‘block’ camera

Available in a green, orange and red, the Chobi Cam Block is is reminiscent of your favorite stack-able childhood toy (besides Lincoln Logs).  The goal of this camera was to make something so cute and endearing that you would automatically smile when you see, thereby producing great photos.  The Chobi Cam Block is compatible with SDHC and is capable of capturing both full color or monochrome pictures and video.  Easily connect it to your PC with a USB to mini USB cable and access the contents like an external hard drive.  It’s so simple and easy to use, even your kids can try their hand at taking snapshots without you having to worry about them dropping your own camera.

Leave a personalized memo with this tiny recorder from Sanwa

Instead of taking the time to write out a note for a friend or loved one, just record a short clip of yourself, up to 30 seconds, and make it more personal.  With a 1.77″ display, the PFS-AT177 has a blue LED that will blink when a message is waiting and also includes the ability to play the video on your PC.

 

Full digital Clarion ZP1 portable speaker has built-in solar panel

Enjoy up to 30 hours of continuous playback on a full charge or approximately 1 hour for every 3 hours of solar charge.  The stylish, thin design makes it easy to take with you to the kitchen, veranda or bathroom to experience full digital sound.  Use Bluetooth to connect your smartphone or mobile device simply and easily from up to 10 meters away.  Available from December.

Buffalo announces web camera with a glass lens to capture images with beautiful clarity

In other camera news, Buffalo has announced the BSW20K10 in your choice of red, white or black with a glass lens.  Able to record video at a resolution of 1280.x 720 at 30 frames per second, it’s also ideal for streaming directly to a site.  Includes an over-the-ear hook style of headphones for clear voice or video chat sessions.

Force Media releases all-in-one emergency flashlight

In conjunction with the emergency earthquake / emergency broadcasting alert system in Japan, the LED in this this hand-cranked emergency flashlight will automatically turn on when an alert signal is received so you know where to find it when it’s needed most.  Additional features include a USB port for charging your iPhone or Android device and a radio so you can stay abreast of the latest emergency alert information.  The price is estimated to be around 6000JPY.

Elecom announces USB 3.0 thumb drives with up to 32GB of storage

Adopting the slide form factor so you never have to worry about losing the cap, these new flash drives from Elecom deliver lightning-fast data transfer while consuming less energy.  The black model is the only one with a 32GB option but all 3 other colors are offered in 4, 8 and 16GB.

 

After a long wait, Google’s first tablet is finally here

Designed by Asus, the Nexus 7 is the first 7″ tablet to run a fully functional version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).  As the Gizmodo review pointed out, the 7″ display and slim design make it very portable while being well balanced so it fits nicely in your hand.  Powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad core processor, 1GB RAM and rated at an awesome 9.5 hours battery life, the Nexus 7 sounds like it can fill the needs of a lot of consumers.  With an MSRP of 19,800 JPY, the final cost is unfortunately a little closer to $250 so higher than the originally anticipated sub-$200 price tag.