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Nintendo Warns 3DS Could Damage Kids' Eyes

Only months before the 3DS launches in Japan and the U.S., Nintendo is now warning customers on its Japanese site that children under 6 years old shouldn't use the 3-D console, because it might damage the development of their eyes. The 3DS, which features 3-D gameplay without glasses, will have the option to lock into 2-D mode so younger kids can safely play, according to Engadget. While...

Researchers Show Off Bendable Projection Screen for Mobile Gaming

According to New Scientist, the future of handheld video games might be a thin, bendable screen combined with a small projector. Zi Ye and Hammad Khalid of the Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Ontario showed off their gaming system, dubbed Cobra (.pdf link), last week at Atlanta's Computer-Human Interaction meeting. The gamer wears a small shoulder pouch, which houses a computer and a...

Wooden iPod Dock Thinks It's a Bag

If there's one type of gadget guaranteed to get groans and indifference from gadget heads these days, it's the ubiquitous iPod dock. Aside from inventive docks like the B&W Zeppelin, these mini entertainment centers tend to be plagued by ho-hum design and, let's face it, abysmal sound. Fortunately, Japanese artist Yoshihiko Satoh is keeping things fresh with the dual-purpose wooden...

Top Solar-Powered Emergency Gadgets

Are you ready for an emergency? Have you got your "go" bag packed with all the items you need for a few days after a disaster, natural or otherwise? We're not all doom and gloom here at Switched, but we do like being prepared, so when we saw a great round-up of emergency products that generate their own power, we couldn't resist a closer look. The folks at Unplggd have put together a list of...

Michigan Boy Burnt By Pocketed PlayStation Portable (PSP)

Are Sony PSPs going the same way as burning cell phones and batteries? According to WebPro News, a Farmington Hills, Mich., middle school boy felt something warm happening in his pants during band class -- and, just as you suspected (dirty monkeys!) -- it turned out that his Sony PSP was heating up to the point of causing second-degree burns. In an almost cliche-like instance of coincidence,...

Nintendo DS Gets Camera and "Facening"

Sure, training your brain, that makes sense. But your skin? Not so much. And your face? Even less. But apparently that's the next step for the Nintendo DS. A game that translates roughly into 'Face Training' is being prepped for release (in Japan) that helps you improve your looks though face exercises, or as Nintendo calls it (we kid you not), "facening." The game comes with a stand for...

Limited Edition Yellow DS

If you prefer your portable gaming like you prefer your taxi cabs -- we mean yellow and black, not smelly and unsafe -- then look no further than Nintendo's new Pokemon DS Lite. In addition to the yellow paint job and black accents, there's a matching yellow stylus and an etched portrait of Mr. Pikachu himself. But don't get too excited: The yellow DS is being produced in a limited run and...

USB Powered Portable Paper Shredder

We sure like our shredders here at Switched. And if your "business trips" are really a little more like "time away with the mistress," then you're really going to like Kinlan's new handheld USB shredder too. Don't just tear up receipts from hotel stays and dinners too romantic to be professional. Simply plug this baby into your laptop's USB port and shred away. The device is roughly 10 inches by...

Attack of the Clones

FUN A PlayStation-based cell phone has been rumored to be on the way almost since the day Sony released the PSP. But instead of waiting for Sony to come around to actually producing it, one unscrupulous Chinese gadget maker just went ahead and built one -- kind of. The FUN (pronounced F-U-N, we're guessing, to sound similar to P-S-P) is like a 50 percent photocopy of the PSP that makes calls,...

Carry MySpace on Your iPod

If you're the kind of person who loves MySpace so much that you never want to leave your computer, then Mogopop has something to ease your pain: Mogopop has released a service that allows you to sync MySpace pages to your iPod. To do this, you place a Mogopop widget (which can be created at the Mogopop homepage) on your MySpace page. The site generates a couple lines of code that you just cut and...