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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.


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


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


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


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.