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Sunday, October 30, 2005

World's smallest MP3 Player

I came across this small cute MP3 player, anywhere from 256MB to 1GB in memory. This MP3 player known as MobiBlu DAH-1500 has a cube shape with only 24mm side length making it the world's smallest mp3 player. The MobiBlu DAH-1500 has a OLED display and sports a 20 hours playback time. It features a FM tuner and the headset plug is also the data connector. This cube style player is smaller than the iPod shuffle in Volume. You will get a feel of how small is the MP3 player when you compare it with the Apple iPod shuffle.


This MP3 player is available here at Yes Asia (I think it has free shipping worldwide)
and also at Wal-Mart: mobiBLU 1 GB MP3 Player and mobiBLU 512 MB Cube MP3 Player.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wake up with the SMS Pillow from Phillips

I guess Phillips decided to quit to making products like DAPs, Televisions, and DVD Players and decided to go all out with the pillow market. Researchers basically sewed a bunch of LEDs into a pillow without making it uncomfortable. When it recieves an SMS, the words will scroll across your pillow and you’ll be woken up in a fit of rage.

An SMS glowing on your pillow

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Ambient Orb

The Ambient Orb is a device that slowly transitions between thousands of colors to show changes in the weather, the health of your stock portfolio, or if your boss or friend is on instant messenger. It is a simple wireless object that unobtrusively presents information. Imagine if you had to go to your computer and type in your zip code whenever you wanted to check what time it was. Your important information should be as accessible as looking at a clock, now the Ambient Orb can make a variety of information just a glance away.
The Orb arrives set to indicate the Dow - glowing more green to indicate market movement up and red to indicate movement down, or yellow when the market is calm. If the market is up or down more than 1.5% the Orb will pulsate. It can be customized to a set of free channels, such as market indices (Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500) or weather in select cities. Optionally, you can upgrade to access more premium channels, such as your customized portfolio, local weather, pollen count, or IM buddy watch. There's also a developer interface where any semi-savvy web programmer can control the color of their Orb with a simple http "get" call. Track how full your hard drive is, traffic on your website, Slashdot posts, or your credit-card debt.
The Ambient Orb is simply plugged into any standard 110V power outlet and it is up and running on a nationwide wireless network - no internet connection required. The Orb does not attach to a PC. The channel for the Orb can be selected via a web interface and will update in a short period of time. Depending on which channel the Orb is monitoring, it will receive updates every few minutes, or perhaps once per hour for some channels.

The Ambient Orb has these features:
LED lighting that can produce thousands of color combinations
Orb can also produce color pulses
The Orb is made of glass
Pre-configured to monitor the Dow - can be reconfirgured online or through an 800 number
Premium content available for about $1/week
Does not require a computer, phone or internet connection
Three brightness level settings
Includes power supply, power cord, and glass Orb
Can monitor: Stock market, weather, pollen count, IM buddies, or custom data
One-year manufaturer warranty

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Calorie Monitoring System

I How to measure calorie burn accurately. Alex’s Bodybugg has two simple components – the Bodybugg armband (a small device worn on the upper arm) and the Bodybugg web interface – which work together to tell you exactly how many calories you’ve burned and consumed every day. It gives you the information and puts you in control of your weight loss goals.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Walk away and your PC is locked

The USB Wireless Security lock is a simple yet effective means to ensure computer access is limited to an authorized user. Each kit is composed of a USB receiver dongle connected to the computer, and a battery-powered access transmitter, which is to be carried by the authorized user. When the user moves more than 2 meters away from the computer, the security dongle will disable access to the computer until the user carrying the transmitter has returned within the vicinity of the computer.
The Wireless PC lock is superior to conventional security dongle and password-protected screensavers, because it requires zero user interaction to initiate and release security protection. This completely eliminates common user errors, such as unauthorized users accessing the computer before security timer expires on the screensaver, or user forgets to remove security key/card from the system before leaving the station. Should the access transmitter ever be lost, the computer can be unlocked by a 5-level password-protected system.

The USB Wireless Security lock is available at ThinkGeek Gadgets

Also has these great features.
Automatically locks PC when the user is physically away from the computer
PC resumes automatically when user is within range (2 meter range)
Grant access to authorized user within 2 meters of the protected computer
Requires zero user interaction to initiate/release security protection, eliminating user error
Password override can unlock PC if transmitter is lost
Reliable Radio Frequency wireless technology
USB interface, compatible with USB 1.0/1.1/2.0
Easy to install and use
Software works with Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP
Note: not designed for dual screen systems

Monday, August 08, 2005

Creative Zen Vision Portable Video Player

Creative have just officially announced the Creative Zen Vision Portable Video Player, The saga ends, it's out!
Gorgeous Magnesium-Encased Player Delivers Eight Times the Image Resolution and More Than Three Times the Screen Size of the Apple iPod Photo*
Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced the Creative Zen Vision MP3 player with a 3.7-inch SharpPix(TM) high-resolution 640x480 262,144-color screen for photo viewing and digital video playback. Featuring a transflective screen that provides excellent image and video quality even in bright sunlit conditions, the 30GB Creative Zen Vision carries up to 15,000 songs, tens of thousands of photos, or up to 120 hours of video. Available in either pearl white or black, the Zen Vision measures 4.9 by 2.9 by .8 inches and weighs only 8.4 ounces. It is available today for pre-order at www.creative.com for only US$399.99.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Stonepallete

Tucked inside the “me too” mighty mouse design is a tiny projector lamp focused on a polished riverbed stone producing rainbows worthy of your bedroom wall. It comes equipped with a timer and 3 pattern modes: variation, slow, and vivid.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Cell Phone Headset for Motor Cycle Riders

Cardo Systems Launches Headset That Provides Wireless Freedom to Motorcyclists
The New Scala-Rider Bluetooth Headset by Cardo Systems, Inc. Offers Unmatched Wireless Capabilities, Hands-Free Use of Cellphone While Riding a Motorcycle
Cardo Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of wireless Bluetooth devices for the consumer market, today began shipping the Scala-Rider, a unique Bluetooth headset for motorcycle helmets.
Specially designed for motorcycle helmets, the Scala-Rider includes a wind-resistant microphone that provides clear audio for communicating while riding a motorcycle at speeds of up to 75 m/h. Unlike any competing product, the scala-rider also offers unique voice control functions that allow users to accept or reject incoming calls without the need to let go of the handlebar. To add further safety the scala-rider also features an embedded sensor that adjusts the volume level according to driving speed and ambient noise.
The fashionable Scala-Rider kit works with all Bluetooth mobile phones* and offers superb functionality ease of use and assembly. The unit attaches to the helmet without glue or other intrusive means and its super slim speaker fits all helmets.

Scala-Rider Bluetooth Headset For Motorcycle Helmets at MobileWhack.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Softimage Face Robot

Avid Technology today announced that it will preview Softimage Face Robot, its revolutionary new facial animation technology at the Siggraph 2005.

Face Robot software is the first technology that allows 3-D artists to
achieve realistic, lifelike facial animation for high-end film, post and
games projects. The Face Robot software supports both keyframe animation and motion capture, the primary techniques used for digital acting today. The soft tissue model
at the core of the technology removes the need to manually create dozens or even hundreds of 3-D shapes for different facial expressions and allows animators to work with an optimal number of control points. More details in this press-release.

Videos and background information on the technology are available here. Information about the famous Siggraph conference can be obtained here.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mobile Phone Door Lock Roll-out In Japan


A Japanese Apartment complex is installing a door lock system that works via mobile phone. It is not based on RFID (Radio Frquency Identification Technology) like the locks I discussed about recently. The door opens via a code typed into the mobile phone. The key code is apparently managed centrally by the company. So the code needs to be transmitted somehow. The article is not going into details here. Such a system is more expensive to install, but saves money on the long run, because locks do not have to be exchanged and no keys have to be made.

To get rid of keys is a good idea. The mobile phone is more and more becoming the universal device. Some of the already existing mobile phone functions are: camera, music player, pda, payment and now access control.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

RFID Door Lock with built-in alarm and keypad


It comes with 8 RFID (Radio Frquency Identification Technology) smart keys. The RFID lock also has a keypad to be able to get in when you forget the keycard. This lock also has a built-in alarm that will deter thieves at the door itself, if the door is forcefully entered. The RFID Door Lock sells for $299.99 on ThinkGeek Gadgets

Monday, August 01, 2005

Snore Stopper Gadget

Snore StopperDo you lie awake while your beloved emits a sonic boom that confuses wildlife? (Thought this funny heh!!) But Nah, many of us need one of these to get the deep sleep for whole night.

The Snore Stopper is worn on the wrist. A sensitive micro-sound detector will detect snoring and send harmless electric signal without disturbing sleep patterns.Apparently after some time the body should automatically stop snoring to avoid the electric shocks. There is no guarantee that this stops snoring, but it is the gadget way to try fight it.

Snore Stopper Gadget is available at Gadget Universe for $59.95.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

James Bond Stealth Digital Camera

There is finally a hi-tech gadget from Q's laboratory that can be had by the measly (albeit smart) masses who are not fortunate enough to carry a license to kill. Not even the likes of Auric Goldfinger would imagine that this inconspicuous Zippo look-alike actually contains a digital camera capable of holding over 300 images.

The JB1 uses ST Micro technology to capture highly-detailed images with incredibly small file sizes. After all, you can't imagine James Bond stopping in the middle of a mission to insert another memory card, can you? Sneaking a pic indoors is kept stealthy thanks to LiteSync technology that allows you to take clear images in fluorescent lighting without using a flash.

When your mission requires an especially deft touch, use the JB1's surveillance mode to automatically capture images at preset intervals up to 90 minutes apart, spanning up to nineteen days! Of course, you can also capture video clips with sound, so you can record that elusive piece of evidence wherever you may find it.

This little gadget can also come in handy when you need to take a quick mental note, thanks to its voice recording function. This tiny little gem will record up to 12 minutes of crystal clear audio, so you don't forget any important pieces of information. A nice touch for a secret agent, or an everyday businessman who aspires to be one...

Technical Specifications available at ThinkGeek Gadgets

Saturday, July 30, 2005

I.C. Can Self-Chilling Container

The entire concept of self-chilling and heating beverage containers seems cool at first, but by no means is this a fad that will revolutionize the drinking world. Prices will be high and there is something about having an 8th grade science chemical reaction going on underneath the beverage that will be consumed. Regardless I.C. Can is nearly complete on their final model of the self-chilling can. The can will drop at least 30° Fahrenheit in just a few minutes after the reaction takes place.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Hop-On Phone and MP3 Player


Hop-On is releasing a new phone that looks strangely like an iPod. This phone packs a quite a punch with a 2.0 megapixel camera, MP3 player, touch screen and even a video recorder. On top of that the prices are strangely low for this high end of a phone compared to others currently out. Expect to pay around $300 come October when this phone will be available in the United States.

Hop-On-Phone

Thursday, July 28, 2005

LG LP3900 Dual-Slider Phone

LG and innovativeosity go hand-in-hand. The new LP3900 phone actually slides both ways for extra fun. Sliding the LCD down unveils a 1.3 megapixel camera facing the wrong direction, while sliding it up gives access to the extremely small number pad for those few people who actually use a phone for calling. There’s also a massive 256MB MP3 player for holding four to five minutes of music and some sort of remote control. I suspect that they backwards video camera is for video conferencing, but it seems kind of ham-handed. Perhaps two cameras next time, LG?

source: I4U

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

PALM VEIN READER

Fujitsu has come out with the palm vein authentication technology. Palm veins offer more consistent readings throughout different environments and are not much affected by other factors like cold weather, injury and chafing. Since the biometric palm scanner is also contactless, its deployment makes perfect sense in a hospital, where you want to try to touch faces as possible. (Price not yet declared) [Press Release]

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

GOLF SIMULATOR

Compete against your friends in a real competition. Practice as many shots as you want from anywhere on the golf course. Play anytime, anyplace. iGOLF has introduced P3Pro Swing golf simulator, which enables you play golf in a simulated environment. The computer-generated image of the golf course is projected onto a life-size 8 ft x 10 ft screen. You can simply play the shot (with your own golf clubs and golf balls) and the sensors pick up the data and show the actual ball flight.
(Approx Rs 60,000)

Monday, July 25, 2005

SMARTHYDRO INTELLIGENT TUB

There is a virtual communicative relationship built between you and this smart tub. This is a tub that takes orders from your PDA. You can send the tub special instructions and it will heat the water, set the level. It is even programmed to call you on your mobile phone, internet or pocket PC, when your bath is ready, keeping it temperature-controlled until you arrive home. Smarthydro, the fully automated bathing system from Brazil, has settings which include water temperature, water level, bath essence or foam, a variety of hydromassage programs and even light intensity.