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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD



The Virtual Keyboard (VKB): How does it work?

You can use the VKB (Virtual PC Keyboard) with both your laptop and PC and with a compatible mobile device, compatible Smartphone and PDA.

The virtual laser keyboard (VKB) works by using both infrared and laser technology to produce an invisible circuit and project a full-size virtual QWERTY keyboard on to any surface. The virtual PC keyboard behaves exactly like a real one: direction technology based on optical recognition enables the user to tap the images of the keys, complete with realistic tapping sounds(!), which feeds into the compatible PDA, Smartphone, laptop or PC.
The VKB Virtual Keyboard has a wide range of applications:
- Personal digital assistants
- Cellular telephones
- Space saving computers
- Tablet PCs
- Laptops
- Industrial environments
- Clean rooms
- Sterile and medical environments
- Test Equipment
- Transport (Air, Rail, Automotive)

Roughly the size of a disposable lighter, (90 x 34 x 24 mm), the VKB enables users to type email or long text as easily as with a conventional keyboard. Imagine how much easier it would be if you had a proper mobile phone keyboard that fits in your pocket...






Virtual PC Keyboard (VKB) Settings

Using the VKB, the following settings can be controlled either via your laptop, your PC or your compatible Smartphone and PDA:

Sound: Users can control the virtual keyboard sound effects (keyclicks)
Intensity: Control the intensity of the projected virtual keyboard
Connection: Connection to the appropriate Laptop/PC port
Sensitivity: Users can adjust the sensitivity of the virtual keyboard
Timeouts: Adjustable timeouts to conserve the virtual keyboard's battery life
Auto-repeat: Allows the VKB to automatically repeat a key based on prescribed parameters

The Virtual Keyboard uses light to project a full-sized computer keyboard onto almost any surface. Used with Smart Phones and PDA's, the VKB provides a practical way to do email, word processing and spreadsheet tasks, allowing the user to leave the laptop computer at home. VKB observes the user's finger movements to interpret and record keystrokes. Since the virtual keyboard is an image projected in light, it completely disappears when not in use.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Malaysia launches first homegrown mobile phones



M.Mobile aims to produce 25 million phones in 5 years

By SHILING WOON

KUALA LUMPUR: M Mobile Sdn Bhd, which is 30% owned by Kosmo Technology Industrial Bhd, has set a target of producing 25 million mobile phones over the next five years.

Chairman Norhamzah Nordin said the total investment cost would be RM300mil, staggered over the period.

“If we achieve the projected production figures, it would make us among the top 10 mobile manufacturers in the world,” he told reporters after M Mobile launched its first model of the M10, the first locally-designed and developed mobile phone, yesterday.

The ceremony was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


Norhamzah Nordin (left) and Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the launch of the first locally-designed mobile phone.
Norhamzah said the company had recently secured a contract to produce 100,000 mobile phones this year for Intelpro, an Africa-based company. However, the management declined to disclose details of the contract.



The company had also secured a five-year contract worth RM2bil with Saudi Television Manufacturing Co (Satjet) under which M Mobile would be the sole supplier of mobile phones for Satjet, which had committed to buying at least one million phones annually.

“The Saudi deal also entails us setting up an assembly line in Saudi Arabia to make the phones. The plant will begin operation in May,” said chief executive officer Zainudin Mohd Salleh.

The company is also eyeing other foreign markets like Indonesia, India, Russia as well as Asean countries.

M Mobile, which spent RM15mil in research and development last year, has targeted to sell about 300,000 units of M10 locally this year.

It also plans to invest RM25mil in the next 10 months to develop six more models to be launched this year.

“We aim to sell one million mobile phones by year-end,” added Zainuddin.

There are three variants of M10, priced between RM499 and RM555.

M Mobile plans to increase its workforce from the current 70 engineers to about 200 by year-end in line with the company's overseas expansion plan.



Malaysia's first homegrown cellular phone, M.Mobile, which was designed and developed in this country, made its debut on Friday.

Named M 10, this newly launched model not only has those standard features common in this industry but offers Muslim users fresh alternatives, said M.Mobile's Chief Executive Officer Zainudin Mohd Salleh.

Equipped with Islamic features, the M 10 model can calculate prayer time, broadcast azan (the summons to prayer) and show the prayer direction, said Zainudin at the launching ceremony in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel here.

"We hope in our own small way, we are able to contribute towards the government's effort in transforming our country into a nation of multi-skilled, multi-talented knowledge workers of world standards," said Zainudin.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahamad Badawi attended the launching ceremony. While expressing his appreciation for the achievements made by the young company, Badawi also reminded the company to ensure its products can be equally accepted by non-Muslim customers.

Meanwhile, Zainudin said 90 percent of the M.Mobile products targets overseas markets. The company earlier inked a deal with the Saudi Arabian Television Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to supply one million units of mobile phones per year for the next five years, He added.

Source: Xinhua

M10 Specifications
Dimension: 100x43x17mm

Weight: 75g

Screen Large 1.8” 65k TFT screen

Network GSM Dual Band 900/1800MHz

Battery Capacity:830(mAh) Talk time: up to 240mins, Standby time: up to 120hrs

Data Comm WAP: 2.0 / MMS / SMS / GPRS Class 10

Camera 4 x zoom 330k Digital camera.

Games Fun bowling, Diamond King

Language English, Chinese

SMS 500 storage

Phone book 500 names

Ring tone 32 Polyphonic

Organiser Alarm, Scheduler, Calculator, Stopwatch, World Time,
Voice Recorder

M10i – Additional Specifications
World Prayer Times

Azan Alarm - 5 times

With the option to activate and deactivate

Qiblat

Language : English, Bahasa Melayu


M10m – Mawi Special Edition
World Prayer Times

Azan Alarm - 5 times

Qiblat

Language : English, Bahasa Melayu

Mawi Songs True tones
- Aduh Saliha
- Kian

Mawi photo Wallpaper

Signature

Special Release single CD
“Sehebat yang Ada”

GAME GADGET


Twin-screen gaming


Although largely considered to be a toy for kids, the Nintendo DS Lite is a brilliant gaming device for everybody, with a huge selection of innovative games that make use of the machine’s touch screen and dual monitor capabilities. This new model is both smaller and lighter than the standard DS, but is functionally identical. It should cost around RM530 when it goes on sale in March. You can read more about it at www.nintendo.co.jp/ds with the help of an online language translator (try www.google.com/language_tools).

NEW FROM MOTOROLA

Motorola RAZR V3x


Ok, so I get to play around with the V3X everytime I'm at work as my store fone, I did say if I could be bothered I'd post some photo's taken by it as well as a short comparison and a brief set of impressions so here you have it.

Although not exactly a fair comparison, it's the only one I could make at the time as I did not have my K750i on me. Otherwise I'm sure you guys would agree, the V3X vs the K750i and D600 would have made a better comparison.



Build Quality and Design
Aesthetically the mobile is gorgeous. Our Voda titanium finish version in my opinion looks the best out of the different colours (the one pictured). The design is a perfect blend of cutting edge futuristic sleekness, mixed in with some more organic shapes to make the fone more ergonomic. It feels comfortable and has some nice finishing touches such as the glossy glass mimicking black screen panels. The keypad is much improved over the V3, giving more responsive feedback and a subtle click with each and every tap.

I know I was caught previously criticising the fones build quality. But I retract my opinion. Compared to the V3 it is indeed, not the best quality build as the jump from metal to plastic stings.
However upon spending more time with the mobile, I can safely say the build quality is fairly decent. It’s pretty well put together and elements of the fone blend nicely with the design (screen, keypad, rear speaker and back cover release button) whereas others don’t go down to well. The side buttons are still cumbersome and un-responsive. Obvious build quality gripes are the cheapy plastic finish (though the glossy well built screens make up for it). The main thing that annoys me about the fones build is without doubt the creaky back cover which feels cheap and tacky.


UI
Next thing. The UI. This is going to sound like a bold statement. But for once I prefer the Vodafone UI version over the Moto one. Shock horror how dare he say it? Well, let me explain. Capabilities wise it is pretty much exactly the same as Moto’s. Giving you near enough all the same options and so forth. However, I actually prefer the look and usability of Vodafone’s UI version. It looks cleaner and is simpler. There are also some nice UI aesthetic touches (that stupidly I did not get a photo of) such as the fact that all menu’s now have opaque option bars and so forth. For instance when taking pictures or writing texts. The option menu bars at the bottom corners are only semi-visible. You get this semi faded menu look dotted all around the UI and it makes for a better looking and less intrusive menu system. The main menu icons are still pretty drab, but then again the standard Moto ones aren’t exactly mind blowing.
Size
This is one department where many of you might be slightly disappointed. The fone is really not that slim nor small anymore. The V3 esque design concept of pocket ultra slim has gone out the window. It’s still well sized given the feature set, but as you can see with the pics compared to the size of the 903, they speak for themselves.



The screen size of the 903 is also slightly bigger. Both are fantastic quality, with the 903 taking it just slightly on colour and clarity. After more use with the V3X I can safely say the screen is one of the best on the market. It is one of the brightest and most detailed out there, if a little too bold at times. But it's a great technological feat none the less.



Camera quality – V3X vs 903
Apologies for the unfair comparison with the 903, but it was the only fone of mine I had on me at the time

I cant say I’m overly impressed with the V3X’s camera. It’s not terrible, but it’s not that good either. In fact it’s fair to say it’s one of the poorer performing 2mp cameras on the market. The K750i, D600 and N90 all have better cameras. One thing I will give the V3X’s camera is colour clarity. It’s very good. Colours are accurate and true to reality. What kills it’s game is the overt smearing and edge softness the camera suffers. The lines are never defined, and everything looks smudged. This irradicates a certain amount of noise, but much like the N90’s camera, images are not as crisp as they could be.


Video recording
Here the V3X fares pretty badly. Even at the highest quality (examples below) the quality is pretty poor. It’s very hard to make out any detail and everything is again smeared and un-defined.

The video is also slightly juddery and lacks that smooth flow to it. I’d say it was comparable to the K750i’s video. Though even that is debatable when considering the newest and oldest SE FW models. Colour and sound pickup however both are very good.

There is only a one stage zoom, so there is a lot to be desired in this area. One good thing about the zoom however is that virtually no quality is lost in it’s transition. The resolution of video is also very small, it’s high time Motorola caught up in the video recording area as the resolution and quality is not up to the latest industry standards. Especially for a fone of this caliber and price.

There is very little comparison with the 903 to be had. The 903’s video is far superior in pretty much every way. With and industry leading zoom (you have to check it out), quality and colour accuracy that’s very accurate and a level of smoothness that comes well commended.

Opinions
Other things that are worth the mention are that the speaker volume is very good. It’s loud and the quality is pretty decent all things considered. Reception quality and ear volume also come highly commended.

I wish I could say more about the fone, but unfortunately I have not quite used it enough to make a fully realised conclusion. For instance I am yet to use the MP3 player and test battery life. I assume the battery life will be above average as the battery from what I could tell was (I think) 900mAh and looked a decent large size.

The UI was improved aesthetically anyhow, and the thing runs fast and efficient. In gallery mode images are quick to load up and close and everything seems to run without a hitch. It will be interesting to see how well this mobile sells, as it almost loses it’s fashion statement appeal and high quality build that the original V3 had for a more financially aware and multimedia focused feature set.

Will it be as popular? I honestly don’t think so. V3’s unique metal finish and size is what most appealed to users, I think the V3X tries too much and never really excels at any of the things it pertains to be.

As a style fone, it’s too big and the quality just isn’t quite there. As a multimedia fone it loses out to other mobiles such as the W900i, 903 and N series. Perhaps it slots in nicely as an all rounded flip fone, but that’s completely down to personal opinion. I personally think it’s a decent handset and I could see myself owning one. Only problem is, it could have been a lot better. Prices for the device at the moment are far too high, expect the price to drop in the near future at which point the V3X will be a solid choice.
Specifications
Date Announced 2005, 3Q
Network Technology UMTS/ GSM 900/ 1800/ 1900
Dimensions (mm) 99 x 53 x 19.6
Weight (g) 125
Display
Screen Size : 320 x 240 (External: 80 x 96)
Screen Color : TFT 256k colurs (External: STN 4096 colours)
Line of Text : 8
Design
Type : Clamshell
Navigation Key : 5 way Navigation Key
Antenna : Fixed Internal
Memory
Phonebook : 1000
Internal(MB) : 64
Expansion : T-Flash (Up to 512MB)
Battery
Battery Type : Li-ion 840 mAh
Stand-by (hrs) : 132
TalkTime(min) : 123
Entertainment
Ringtones
Polyphonic : 64-chord polyphonics
Customization : MIDI, MP3
MP3 Yes
FM Radio No
Video Record Yes
Video Support MPEG4, WMV, Real Video
Audio Support AAC+, WMA, MP3, Real Audio
Voice Support Dialing (Advanced speaker-independent voice recognition)
Messenging
SMS Yes
MMS Yes
EMS No
Email POP3, IMAP4, SMTP
Connectivity
Bluetooth Yes
Support 3G Yes
Data Types / GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots)
Infrared (IrDA) No
USB Port Yes
Software
Java (J2ME) Yes ,MIDP 2.0
WAP Yes Ver 2.0
Platform / OS Proprietary
Browser XHTML
Predictive Text Entry T9
Personals
Themes Yes
Caller ID Picture
ProfileID Yes
Camera
Lens Type CMOS, 2.0 Megapixel
Digital zoom 8x
Max. Resolution 1632 x 1224 (Secondary: VGA)
Flash Yes
Night Mode Yes
Extra Features Macro Mode, Video Call, Self-timer
Photo Format JPEG(1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320x 240)
Video Yes
Video Format 176 x 144, 128 x 96


rating : 3 1/2
Review by :By Naim Choudhury (UK)
online buy : amazon

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

COOKING GADGET


New York Times Recipe Master

Product Description


The New York Times has always been the ultimate source for delicious recipes. Now, The New York Times Recipe Master gives you more than 1,000 creations from renowned New York Times food columnist Craig Claiborne. Quickly find appetizers, soups, salads, main courses or desserts - from Oysters Rockefeller to Strawberry Shortcake - by name or category. Gives you ingrediants, directions and even preperation tips for elegant meals, all with just the push of a button! Contains a glossary of cooking terms. Includes a timer and a measurement converter. It's easy to wipe clean. Automatically makes your shopping list and allows you to add extra items. It's slim and compact so it's easy to bring to the store. Large LCD Display is easy to read. Light to hold, or set it on your countertop with its built-in stand. You'll never use a cookbook again!

rating : 21/2
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LOVE PALM?? NEW TREO 700W



The Palm® Treo™ 700w smartphone delivers everything you need without compromise. It combines a smarter phone with broadband-like speeds2 and rich-media capabilities, all in one—bringing Palm's world-class ease of use to the Windows Mobile® platform. Connect with people in multiple ways—by voice, email, SMS, or MMS3. Your contacts are always reachable, from any application. Access email, the web, and corporate networks on one of the fastest networks available in the U.S.2, 3 Or relax and play your favorite music and videos right on your device. With this easy-to-use productivity device in hand, you can stay connected3 on your terms.

Use the familiar Windows® platform.

The new Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 software brings the familiar Windows interface and file system to the Treo™ smartphone. Plus, you can easily use Microsoft's suite of mobile applications to stay on top of important documents and email. Thanks to enhanced security features, you can confidently carry your files with you. Non-volatile flash memory keeps your information safe, even when you swap batteries4. Improved Microsoft® ActiveSync® technology is easier to configure and delivers improved synchronization accuracy and faster data transfer.



Palm's world-class ease of use, built right in.

The Treo 700w smartphone is simply the best way to run Windows Mobile. Palm innovations on the Windows Mobile platform deliver the ease of use and seamless operation you expect on a Treo smartphone. Search the web3 or access contact info right from the Today Screen. Personalize your speed dials by adding photos to complement customized ring tones. Manage your call all from one screen—with speakerphone, conference calling, caller ID, and call timer. If someone calls when you're busy, send the call to voicemail and automatically respond with a discreet SMS. Plus stay on top of all your voicemail accounts with a single set of on-screen controls. learn more...
Move faster at broadband-like speeds.2

It's a busy world. Keep up on an EvDO network with average download speeds of 400-600 kbps2. Be more responsive, even when you're not at your desk. Access the web right from where you're standing using Internet Explorer Mobile3. Download large attachments and access corporate data on one of the fastest networks available in the U.S.2, 3. Purchase music and video files2 over the air and play them right on the spot. Plus, wirelessly download games, personal productivity tools, and more from Palm.com3.
Access email on the go.3

Stay connected on your terms. The Treo 700w smartphone is your central point of contact for all your email, even when you need to be on the go. Send and receive email from multiple corporate and personal email accounts, with built-in support for Microsoft® Outlook®, Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and other POP3 and IMAP accounts3. (Support for other accounts such as Lotus Notes is also available separately.) Wirelessly access corporate email, contacts, and calendar information with no middleware and minimal involvement from IT3. learn more...
Be two places at once.

Need to be off site and still get things done? Take your files "to go" and work anywhere within your coverage area. The Treo 700w smartphone comes fully equipped with Microsoft® Office Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook® Mobile. Bring your calendar, contacts, and data anywhere and synchronize them wirelessly3. View, edit, and create Word and Excel Mobile files right on your smartphone. Rehearse PowerPoint presentations anywhere. Even consult your important PDF files using the included PDF viewer. Plus, 60MB of dedicated user storage gives you plenty of room to download desktop folders and documents. learn more...
Shoot and send amazing pictures.

Use the 1.3 megapixel camera to shoot crisp, clear digital images. Then send them on the fly3—no need for you to switch from the camera to the MMS or email application. Show off your favorite shots in a slideshow or digital photo album right on your Treo 700w smartphone. You can even share your photos with other devices using MultiMediaCard or SD cards, sold separately. learn more...
Play music. Record video. Go crazy.

Play your favorite MP3 files and other PlaysForSure® audio content using Windows Media® Player Mobile. Capture moments on video5, play them back on the bright and beautiful screen, then quickly send them to friends3. Plus, grab files off your desktop and play them on your smartphone. The Windows Media Player 10 desktop software automatically converts compatible audio or video files on your computer to mobile format before you synchronize, so you can grab what you need quickly. learn more...
Customize to suit your style.

Add software and accessories to help you connect more easily. Talk hands-free with a compatible Bluetooth® headset6. Carry pictures, music, videos, and more on MultiMediaCard or SD expansion cards. Or personalize your smartphone with books, games, and more.



It's a phone first.

Even with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, the Treo 700w smartphone is compact and comfortable. It fits perfectly in your hand, rests snugly against your ear, and slides right into your pocket until it's time to make your next call.
Calling from the Today Screen.

When you make or receive a call, you stay right on your Today Screen. With the push of a button you can put a call on hold, activate the speakerphone, mute the call, answer call-waiting, and initiate a conference call. Even check your calendar or view an email2 while you're still on the phone. learn more...

Active call screen.

View the duration of the call, and the caller's name, number, and photo when available. No other Windows Mobile device makes managing your calls so simple.

Dial by number.

Look up and dial contacts in an instant directly from the Today Screen by entering just a few letters of a contact's name, or their phone number, and pressing send.

Speed dialing.

Simple speed-dialing is integrated directly into the Today Screen. Just turn on your smartphone and select the name you want to call using the 5-way navigator. Or dial using quick keys—hold down a letter and the phone number assigned to that key will be automatically dialed. If nobody answers, a simple press and hold of the speed dial lets you select an alternate number, send a text message2, or send an email instead2.

Photo speed dialing.

If the contact you're calling has a photo associated with it, you can create a Photo Speed Dial, making it even easier to find the person you want to call by simply glancing at your display.
Dial right from an application.

If you're viewing an SMS, document file, or email with a phone number in it, just select and press send to automatically dial the number. There's no need to copy and paste the phone number or try to memorize it on the spot.

Or use the dial pad.

Use the thumbable dial pad integrated into the built-in keyboard. With its "smile" shape and small, compact size, the keyboard makes it easy to reach every number with just one hand. And with the backlight, you can dial a number in the dark. Or dial any number quickly and easily by tapping the onscreen dial pad with your finger or stylus.

Manage voicemail with ease.

Stay on top of all your voicemail accounts with a consistent set of on-screen controls. Set up your voicemail once and never have to set it up again. The user friendly icons make it easy for you to listen to voicemail, save or delete messages, or skip to the next message—all with the same, simple controls. So you don't have to remember whether you have to press "3" or "9" to save a message for any given account.

Create video ringtones.

With the new Contacts application in Windows Mobile 5.0, it's a breeze to associate ringtones with individual contacts, so you know who's calling before you even look at your display. Even create fun video ringtones—a Palm innovation on Windows Mobile 5.0. With the ease of a pull-down menu, you can assign a unique ringtone to your family, another to your best friend, and others to your colleagues. With Palm's Sounds application, create more unique ringtones by downloading polyphonic audio and video files3. Even create new live voice sounds and assign them to Messaging, Reminder, and Phone notifications.

Assign photos to Caller ID.

As soon as your Treo 700w smartphone rings, you'll know who's calling by the picture that appears on your display. That's because you can assign photos to each of your contacts. Take a picture of your contact with the built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera4 or easily import an existing photo. With Picture Caller ID, you don't have to remember names or numbers, only faces.

Talk hands-free.

Use the included headset or speakerphone feature to talk and listen hands-free. Or add a wireless headset, sold separately, for both a hands-free and wire-free experience. You can also access your calendar, Office documents, and other applications while you talk.
Ignore a call with SMS.2

If someone calls when you're busy, send the call to voicemail and automatically respond with a discreet SMS2.

Make a conference call.

Conduct a meeting or have a conversation with friends by joining two calls in a conference session.
PRODUCT FEATURES





1 1Antenna
2 Ringer On/Off Switch
3 Status Indicator
4 Phone Speaker
5 Volume Buttons
6 Customizable Button
7 240x240 Color Display
8 Left Action Button
9 5-Way Navigator
10 Right Action Button
11 Phone/Send Button
12 Start Menu Button
13 OK Button
14 Power/End Button
15 QWERTY Keyboard
16 Phone Dial Pad
17 Writing Stylus
18 Digital Camera
19 Speaker
20 Removable Battery
21 Headset Jack
22 Multi-Connector
23 Microphone
24 Expansion Slot
25 Infrared Port

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
operating system

Windows Mobile® 5.0.2.0
Pocket PC Phone Edition

memory

128MB (60MB user accessible) non-volatile

processor

Intel® XScale™ 312MHz processor

screen

240 x 240 color TFT touchscreen display

16-bit color displays over 65,000 colors

wireless

800/1900MHz nationwide digital phone

CDMA2000 EvDO network—backwards compatible with 1xRTT and IS95 networks

Bluetooth® 1.2 wireless support

digital camera

1.3 megapixels with 1280x1024 resolution

Automatic light balancing

2x digital zoom

Integrated self-portrait mirror

Video capture

audio

2.5mm headset jack is stereo headset compatible—requires a stereo headset adapter, sold separately, for use with standard stereo headphones

Speaker

Windows Media® Player 10 included on CD-ROM

Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, WAV & video ringtones

External ringer on/off switch w/ vibrate mode

keyboard

Full QWERTY key layout with backlighting

Integrated number dial pad

Keyguard feature

expansion slot

Support for MultiMediaCard, SD & SDIO cards

battery

Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Talk time: up to 4.7 hours

Standby time: up to 15 days

power/sync

Multi-connector on device

USB sync cable

AC adapter (108-132 VAC/60Hz)

size

2.3" W x 4.4" H (excluding antenna) x 0.9" D

58mm W x 113mm H x 23mm D

weight

6.4 ounces

180 grams

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Nike Philips hard disk MP3 for sporty types



Philips has been treating journos, dealers and assorted hangers on to a few days in a converted palace in the mountains between Rome and Naples. However, before you get too jealous, the gathered hacks have been forced to quaff triple shot Espressos in a bid to keep up with the huge amount of product the company has pencilled in for 2005.

One highlight is the world's first hard disk player aimed at sporty types. Set to debut under the Philips Nike banner the PSA610 features some very clever technology which ensures that it is only the player's owner who jogs and not the on board hard disk. The player uses a buffer system to sample the user's music choice which it then stores, leaving the hard disk to power down.

Philips claims the whole process takes around thirty seconds. The benefits of the hard disk are much more storage than rival flash players, 3 Gigabytes in this instance, yet a retail price of just £180. Battery life is ten hours and the model will spin both MP3 and WMA (including DRM downloads) files.

With its circular shape it alos looks very different from the flash mob too. The bad news is it won't be on sale until the summer.

MAKE YOUR MOVIE........



NEW FROM SANYO : Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 5.1MP MPEG4 High Definition Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom



Product Description
Amazon.com Product Description


The Sanyo VPC-HD1 Xacti Digital Media Camera with 10x Optical Zoom is a high-definition compact digital media device that combines the functionality of a digital camera and a digital camcorder. Different than a standard digital camera that shoots short video clips, the VPC-HD1 offers advanced, next-generation video performance and high-quality stills in one small, lightweight camera.

This powerful little device is designed to record both 720-pixel high-definition video and snap 5.1-megapixel digital still images, all of which are handily stored to a standard SD flash memory card. The high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing is the real "muscle" behind the Xacti HD1's ability to record high-definition video. This powerful "high-definition engine" processes a massive number of calculations in a short period of time and enables the HD1's high-definition 720-pixel processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression, and noise reduction.

The HD1 features a top-of-the-line screen with an incredibly clear 2.2-inch, Sanyo-developed Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display with 210,000 total pixels. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis that allows you to take great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions. The OLED display technology features an expanded viewing angle and up to 5,000 times faster response speed when compared with conventional display technologies. What this means to the user is a smooth playback of even the most rapid movements. And when not in use, the screen tucks securely back into the side of the camera for a pocket-sized portability and convenience.

Leading the HD1's charge towards crisp digital video and stills is the prominently displayed, highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. The lens features 12 elements designed in nine groups with a built-in neutral density filter, and a maximum aperture of f3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles. This construction allows for clear images in even low-light situations. Combine the optical zoom with a 10x digital zoom capability, and the HD1 is capable of an amazing 100x total zoom.

As with all of Sanyo's previous digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video. A newly developed CCD captures beautiful 5.1-megapixel still images which are stored directly onto any standard SD memory card. The camera also features rapid continuous still shooting, red eye reduction, and an anti-shake digital image stabilizer. While conventional digital camcorders can often snap stills, they are usually low quality. And while conventional digital cameras can record short video, they are frequently grainy with a slow response speed. The Xacti HD1 can do it all, recording both 5.1-megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video on the same unit. You can even snap a still image while recording digital video with the simple press of the shutter button.

The HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720-pixel HD video on a single 1 GB SD card, or over 42 minutes on a 2 GB card. Alternately, the camera allows you to record in Standard Definition (640 x 480-pixels at 30 frames per second progressive) for up to two hours on a 2 GB SD card. If you're looking to shoot home videos of the kids carving pumpkins or a dance recital, you can easily store hours of video footage using the standard definition setting. If high quality is your goal, then change the settings and get crystal clear high definition video. Switching between recording modes is a breeze; you simply press the "HD/Norm" button located on the display side of the camera body. Last, but not least, the Xacti HD1 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable, one-handed grip and convenient, thumb-operated controls that make it exceptionally easy to use whenever opportunity strikes.

What's in the Box

VPC-HD1 Xacti digital media camera, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, remote control, docking station, and user's manual.

From the Manufacturer

The Sanyo VPC-HD1 Xacti Digital Media Camera with 10x Optical Zoom is a high-definition compact digital media device that combines the functionality of a digital camera and a digital camcorder. Different than a standard digital camera that shoots short video clips, the VPC-HD1 offers advanced, next-generation video performance and high-quality stills in one small, lightweight camera.

This powerful little device is designed to record both 720-pixel high-definition video and snap 5.1-megapixel digital still images, all of which are handily stored to a standard SD flash memory card. The high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing is the real "muscle" behind the Xacti HD1's ability to record high-definition video. This powerful "high-definition engine" processes a massive number of calculations in a short period of time and enables the HD1's high-definition 720-pixel processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression, and noise reduction.

The HD1 features a top-of-the-line screen with an incredibly clear 2.2-inch, Sanyo-developed Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display with 210,000 total pixels. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis that allows you to take great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions. The OLED display technology features an expanded viewing angle and up to 5,000 times faster response speed when compared with conventional display technologies. What this means to the user is a smooth playback of even the most rapid movements. And when not in use, the screen tucks securely back into the side of the camera for a pocket-sized portability and convenience.

Leading the HD1's charge towards crisp digital video and stills is the prominently displayed, highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. The lens features 12 elements designed in nine groups with a built-in neutral density filter, and a maximum aperture of f3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles. This construction allows for clear images in even low-light situations. Combine the optical zoom with a 10x digital zoom capability, and the HD1 is capable of an amazing 100x total zoom.

As with all of Sanyo's previous digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video. A newly developed CCD captures beautiful 5.1-megapixel still images which are stored directly onto any standard SD memory card. The camera also features rapid continuous still shooting, red eye reduction, and an anti-shake digital image stabilizer. While conventional digital camcorders can often snap stills, they are usually low quality. And while conventional digital cameras can record short video, they are frequently grainy with a slow response speed. The Xacti HD1 can do it all, recording both 5.1-megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video on the same unit. You can even snap a still image while recording digital video with the simple press of the shutter button.

The HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720-pixel HD video on a single 1 GB SD card, or over 42 minutes on a 2 GB card. Alternately, the camera allows you to record in Standard Definition (640 x 480-pixels at 30 frames per second progressive) for up to two hours on a 2 GB SD card. If you're looking to shoot home videos of the kids carving pumpkins or a dance recital, you can easily store hours of video footage using the standard definition setting. If high quality is your goal, then change the settings and get crystal clear high definition video. Switching between recording modes is a breeze; you simply press the "HD/Norm" button located on the display side of the camera body. Last, but not least, the Xacti HD1 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable, one-handed grip and convenient, thumb-operated controls that make it exceptionally easy to use whenever opportunity strikes.

Recommended Accessories

* Sanyo VCP-L06WU Wide Angle Adapter Lens (0.6x)
* Sanyo VCP-L20TU Telephoto Adapter Lens (2.0x)
* Sanyo VAR-L40U Compact Battery Charger
* Sanyo DB-L40AU Lithium-Ion Battery



Product Description

At about 3.1 in. x 4.7 in. x 1.4 inches and about 8 ounces, this tiny camcorder is a perfect size and weight for the active tourist. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 has a very significant edge over the others. It records video at 1280x720 resolution, perfect for 720p presentation on HDTV displays. It is also a digital-camera with 5 megapixel still image resolution. All images are stored on an SD SecureDigital memory-card that helps account for the camera's compact size and weight. 10x Optical Zoom Lens - 6.3mm to 63mm (38mm to 380mm on a 35mm camera) / Up to 10x additional digital-zoom Sanyo high capacity rechargeable Lithium-ion battery Built-in image stabilization Super Fast Start-Up (begin recording in as little as 1.7 seconds) SD Memory Card Compatibility (cards sold separately) Convenient Menu-Based Navigation Pre-Set Shooting Modes & Filters CD-Like Stereo Audio Effortless PC Connectivity with USB 2.0 connector or docking station Versatile Image Management & Manipulation Software Audio - Microphone - Built-in stereo, Speaker - Built-in mono (L/R mixed output) PictBridge & Exif Print Compatible 5.36 Megopixel gross and 5.1 megapixel effective sensor for still imaging Simultaneous video/still recording capabilities Programmable autoexposure modes Focus - Auto (Still - 5-point AF/Spot AF, Video - Continuous area AF), Manual (16 steps) Convenient Docking Station - The VPC-HD1 streamlines the whole process with an innovative docking station that provides an instant USB/AV (component or S-video) connection to a TV or PC. The HD1 even recharges its internal battery when nested in the docking station

Technical data

* Model number: VPC-HD1
* Effective pixel count: Approx. 5.1 megapixels
* CCD: 5.36-megapixel CCD (total)
* Still image resolution: 3680 x 2760 maximum, 640 x 480 minimum
* Video resolution: 1280 x 720 maximum, 320 x 240 minimum
* Focus: Auto, manual
* Exposure compensation: +/-1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
* Self timer: 2 or 10 seconds
* Noise reduction: Yes
* Zoom: 10x optical zoom, F 3.5
* Lens construction: 9 groups, 12 lenses
* ND filter: Yes
* Digital zoom: 10x
* Display: 2.2-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display
* Display pixel count: Approximately 210,000 pixels
* Angle of rotation (monitor): 285 degrees
* Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed mode
* Power source: Lithium-ion battery
* Recording media: SD card (not included)
* Recording format: JPEG, MPEG-4
* Shutter speed (still): 1/2 to 1/2000 seconds
* Sensitivity (still): Equivalent of ISO 50/100/200/400 (switchable)
* Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches
* Weight: 8.3 ounces grams with battery and SD card
* What's in the Box: VPC-HD1 Xacti digital media camera, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, remote control, docking station, and user's manual

rating : 4
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YOU LOVE FISHING??



MAGNETIC ROD RACK


This nifty magnetic rod rack was originally designed for the fly fisher who travels from hole to hole by automobile and wishes to transport his/her valuable and delicate rods without the time and inconvenience of breakdown and re-rigging.

The inherent beauty of the system is that it has two carrier assemblies capable of transporting up to four rods.

It mounts on the car, pick-up or SUV by means of powerful magnets and/or suction cups that can be easily attached and removed. Therefore it is unnecessary to purchase a new rod carrier every time you change vehicles.

The System is lightweight and portable enough to pack in your luggage on a fly-in trip for use on your rental car. An especially attractive product feature is the open-ended design that allows convenient mounting and removal of the rods.

This design was specifically developed to accommodate fly rods without a fighting butt to avoid crushing your expensive fly line in a pinch-point against the rod holder. Although originally designed for fly rods, we have found this product is sturdy enough to carry surf sticks and most any other fishing rod that won't fit conveniently into your vehices.


The Rod Rack's quality is superb, using materials and coatings that fully anticipate the corrosive and harsh nature of both salt-water and fresh-water fishing environments.

These Rod Racks demonstrate the strength, durability and quality construction expected by the discriminating and knowledgeable fisher. The experienced salt-water mariner, aware of how quickly the harsh combination of salt-air and sunshine destroys all but the finest in tackle and fittings, will be especially pleased.





Every Rod Rack is equipped with the following standard features:

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The framework is composed of precision-bent and machined aluminum bar-stock for an optimum balance between required strength, adequate rigidity and weight.
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The framework is finished with an industrial-grade, high-temperature, black, powder-coat paint process to insure both a functionally pleasing appearance and lasting resistance to corrosion.
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All nuts and bolts are stainless steel to insure both necessary and lasting strength and resistance to corrosion.
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No structural element of the carrier assembly is made of plastic. The "all-metal" construction is intended to insure a lifetime of service and safety.
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The support-bar padding is composed of the finest quality high-density, UV resistant foam tubing to ensure extended resistance to wear and deterioration while optimally protecting your fishing rods.
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Fishing rods are retained on the rod carrier by means of a length of high-quality bungee cord held secure in the center of each rod carrier assembly. The bungee cord ends are finished with high-impact plastic "balls". Our design is such that if in the rare instance a plastic ball breaks, your rods will still be retained on the carrier because the bungee cord "end-knot" will not slip through the milled cord-retention slots.

* Each of the magnetic carrier assemblies has a pair of incredibly strong 95-pound pull magnets to insure maximum bonding strength between the carrier unit and the automobile. The adhesive strength is so great that a "tip-on / tip-off" procedure is recommended for easy and safe application and removal.

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Each of the magnets is fully encapsulated in a specially developed, UV-resistant, pliable, thermoplastic coating that:
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With reasonable care, protects your vehicle's finish from scratching,
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Increases the mounted-carrier's resistance to horizontal slippage,
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Insures lasting resistance to rust and corrosion while also,
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Being of precise thickness to insure the above properties with the minimum possible reduction in magnetic adhesive force.
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This magnet coating is an especially important feature that was achieved by Tight Line Enterprises only after painstaking research and testing. It is exclusively found on our product.

The Rod Racks utilize extremely strong magnets and suction cups that were chosen for their superb holding power. Our goal is to provide a product that will hold your expensive fishing rods and reels securely under normal driving conditions. Common sense, however, must still be exercised when driving. We recommend speeds not exceeding 50 mph under optimum road conditions and this speed should be adjusted downward as you encounter high winds, sharp turns or rough roads.


rating : 4
review by :bluequillangler.com

Saturday, February 11, 2006

YOU LIKE SUNGLASSES



512MB MP3 SUNGLASS




oAKLEY is back with one of his motivating reviews. This time he reviews the Oakley Thump MP3 Sunglass knockoffs, provided by gadget store CNGTek.

Those MP3 Sunglasses are possibly made by Chinese OEM Aigo. We saw their MP3 Glasses already at the CES 2005.
Read the review below if these MP3 Sunglasses are worth their money. They sell for 50% less than the comparable Oakley Thump 2 glasses.


Overview
Music to my ears! Precisely what I envisioned and heard when I effortlessly “strapped on” a pair of these CNGTEK flash MP3 sunglasses. That’s right; no wires, Bluetooth modules or other unnecessary accoutrements dangling from any part of your body. They seamlessly contour to the shape of your eyes, nose and ears as good as any standard set of sunglasses. No, worry not, as your “looks” won’t be diminished at all by these. In fact, the opposite is probably true. You may be one of those people who “need” a very good pair of sunglasses and you receive the additional benefit of listening to your favorite music while being today’s fashion aficionado as well.



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The MP3 player.




Salivating over what you want on your next wish list from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Sin City this year? Start with these at the top and work your way down. And get rid of those cumbersome MP3 players hanging on your arm, belt or pockets. With these, you won’t have to look like you’ve just left the electronics assembly line as some wired “Neanderthalite”. This “eye candy” will have heads turning your way instantly whether you’re a femme fatale or a manly man. Yum, yum…Stay ahead of the rest of your tech mates and you will be the envy for a long time to come.

So, just what do these electro-optical auditory oculars have that your heart is palpitating rapidly for? Become Ipod-less and join the new generation of music enthusiasts. Be a “shadester” and enjoy!

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Package contents


The CNGTEK MP3 sunglasses (available in black or gray) are boxed up nicely from the factory with the shades, USB cable, instructions, soft cloth for cleaning and mini-CD-ROM with drivers for Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP/Mac OS. A charging adapter is an optional accessory, which probably should be standard, but the eight hour play time on the included Li-ION battery should give you plenty of audio fulfillment without having to recharge immediately. The directions are in English and are easy to understand to operate all functions on the shades. If you are tech-savvy at all, you won’t need those directions. Just let your fingers do the walking over the nicely placed controls and you will be ready for an infusion of tunes directly to your ear canals quickly. By the way, if you are overly concerned with having too large or small of a cranium, noggin’ or head, don’t worry; one size sunglasses fits all and in a snug way too to keep them from falling off at inopportune moments. You also may be a bit squeamish about the “looks” of the battery compartment and flash drive unit expanded on the bows of the shades, but don’t be. They’ve designed them seamlessly into the flexible bows with panache for suave contours to cover some of that obligatory bulk up.

Yes, they DO look hip and all eyes will be upon you (out of envy and not because you think you look like X-Men’s Cyclops either). Slip them on your head and the adjustable ear buds inside your yearning hammer, anvil and stirrup (yep, the anatomically short words for the tools inside your ear to receive those stimulating audible signals…not too loud, now). The ear buds fit well and they allow you to stretch them with the short, coiled wires or simply clip them on the ends of the bows into the wire slots to hold them in just the right position. Now, you’re ready to begin your untethered journey into the music kingdom.

The control buttons are all placed on the right bow (top and bottom), which makes it slightly difficult for the left-handers out there, but, hey, you always wanted to be ambidextrous right? The power button is nearest the lens of the shades. Push once to turn on and you see the red (power/USB) and blue (MP3) LED lights on the side of the bow illuminate (looks really cool at night!). The sunglasses are preloaded with a few songs for you to test before you hook up your USB and load your own precious music. Press the power button again and the sounds come alive. No fumbling around to move wires out of the way, looking at screens or worrying about dropping your new purchase. Want to partake in a conversation or listen to someone ask you where you got those? Press the power button again to pause or allow the shades to automatically power down after a predetermined time. It also serves as a mode button to switch between functions described below.

Are you a musician, author, thinker, dreamer or just someone who likes to talk a lot? Well, use the hidden microphone incorporated into the sunglasses bow and record your instant and world-changing thoughts for playback later. Take dictation and give it to your secretary when you arrive at the office and you won’t miss out on any important ideas you had before the gab session, er, ah, meeting in the morning. The yellow LED light will mesmerize you when recording. These shades also come in varying delectable flash memory sizes for your personal pleasure (256, 512MB and 1GB).

Yes, it would be nice to have that SD/MMC/CF external storage options, but, alas, then you would look a little like a geek with all that bulk emanating from your head. So, for now, just wait until those nanometer storage options of the future are here. While listening to your favorite songs, switch to the next or previous with the FF or REW buttons on the underside of the right bow with a simple tap of either. Those buttons also double as volume increase/decrease (just press and hold to blow your eardrums or save them for many years to come). Last button is toward the rear of the right bow. Press it for random play or to delete songs, recordings and files in storage. To charge/recharge your battery, open the attached rubber strap covering the USB jack, plug in the included USB cable and the “charging” LED light on the side of the right bow glows showing you the unit is receiving “juice”. While the USB cable is connected, go to your files and download/upload music, recordings, photos or files for transfer simply using the copy/paste or drag/drop method.

The sunglasses bows also have notches in the ends to allow you to attach your favorite shade neck straps to always keep them “on” you no matter where you go. The lenses are polycarbonate and slightly tinted. Yes, I did try them at night (not just to see the lights either), but I don’t recommend this even though you can see quite well. The sound pumped out of these shades was amazing for such a small form factor. The audiometer registered similar results as CNGTEK listed in their specs for these shades. I tracked signal to noise ratio of 82dB, but, alas, the type of audiometer you use will give varying results.

The frequency response was dead on with the specifications listed. I used the glasses in almost all environments (exercise, driving, motorcycle, walking, crowded/noisy streets and shopping centers) and experienced no “interference” with my preferred way of listening; meaning NO outside interruptions! So, if you plan on traveling on a plane, train or automobile, forget using noise-canceling headphones. Place these shades on and you will have no trouble not hearing the person next to you who wants to talk the entire trip. In addition, the tinted, raked-back lenses provide a relaxing, peaceful effect for your eyes to go to that “place” while hearing your best tunes. They also block out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC and that bad blue light. The nose bridge on the shades was a little tight (no, I don’t have a big nose, thank you), but with a little ingenuity on your part you can make simple adjustments to this area by padding them with black or gray foam for comfort or, well, if your nose is too big; visit the friendly surgeons from “Nip Tuck”; I mean, your local plastic surgeon.
Seriously, though, you should have no problems with fit as I tested them on children, adults, men, and women (ok, so it’s up to you to do that for your pet if you think that will soothe the savage beast). Lastly, the included sunglasses hard-sided, zippered carrying pouch is very nice as the inside is form-fitted with foam and a belt clip to offer yet another carrying option.


Wish list
And, as always, I have a little wish list I like to include, as you know everything can be improved upon:
-Photosensitive lenses
-Adjustable nose bridges or included form-fitted padding for anatomical variations
-LED controls or phosphorescent/luminescence to include control words (letters) for ease in operation at night
-Varying styles of sunglasses and tints to meet individual tastes/fashion
-Inner ear canal buds for better fit among individual ear sizes or jacks for interchangeability or personalization of “earphones”
-Bluetooth compatibility to allow for additional peripheral devices and extra storage options
-Option for flip-up/down lenses
-Equalizer for enhanced listening choices
-Complete weatherproofing for every environment/condition
-Spring loaded bows to allow for expansion and comfort
-Light padding of frame interior construction or molded injection for comfort
-Possible LED type heads-up display on interior of lens for ease in identifying song, artist, time, date, battery time and other information


Conclusion
This is a fantastic next-generation multi-functional product to utilize in many different ways.

Author: Ken Wold

MP3 Sunglasses Specifications

Model # CNG-MP3GLBL-512 SUNGLASSES with built in MP3 Player, Voice Recorder, USB 2.0 Storage Disk MP3 Sunglasses Player/Recorder/USB Flash Drive Interface
USB 2.0
Earphone / Built-in Microphone Storage (Memory) Built in Flash Memory - 512MB Also Available in 128 MB / 256 MB / 1GB
Digital Sunglasses with MP3 Player
File Format Playback MP3, WMA, ADPCM Transfer Rate MP3 (32Kbps~320Kbps)
Audio/Voice Recorder
File Format ADPCM (8Kbps~320Kbps, VBR)
Audio/Voice Recording Time 36 hrs* * based on 512 MB & varies according to memory size
Sampling Frequency 8KHz
Playtime Battery Playtime 8 Continuous hours with fully charged battery
Music Playtime MP3 Format - 8 hours encoded at 128KBPs
WMA format - 16 hours encoded at 64KBPs
USB Flash Disk
USB Mass storage Store data / music / photo / video files
Sound Output
Left & Right Channels 5mW + 5mW Signal to Noise Ratio 80dB Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20KHz
System Requirements
Operating System Support Windows98/2000/ME/XP Minimum PC Requirements Intel® Pentium® II 233MHz or AMD K6® -2 266Mhz (Pentium III 450MHz or higher recommended for MP3 encoding) 64MB RAM (128MB recommended) USB2.0 or 1.1 port 30MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage) Sound Card CD-ROM drive with digital audio extraction support
Colors
Black, Grey
Power Source
Rechargeable Polymer Battery Charges via USB port AC Adapter N/A Car Adaptor N/A Charge Time 2 Hours
Dimensions (W x D x H)
MP3 Sunglasses 160 mm x 175 mm x 35 mm Box 180 mm x 100 mm x 80 mm
Weight
MP3 Sunglasses 1.8 ounces / 51g / 0.11lb Box 7.5 ounces / 510g / 0.5lb
Operating Environments
Operation Temperature 50 C ~ 500 C Storage Temperature -100 C ~ 600 C



Rating : 4
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

iDog Review


It's not often you get a little slice of robotics in your Christmas stocking but that's what happened to LP this year when he got a Sega iDog for a present and in time honoured tradition enough time has elapsed for a gift to become a review.

The Sega iDog may not be quite as advanced as Sony's Aibo but then it's under £30 compared to the £1100+ you can spend on an Aibo. However that massive gap in price does not mean your iDog is devoid of features, far from it. In fact the i-Dog was one of the top selling Christmas gifts of 2005 with its unique combination of geeky technological wizardry and cut style that will even have your girlfriend cooing over it.

The small box that the iDog ships in looks very eastern and opening it and being confronted by instructions in Japanese only was a bit of a shock, but we soon managed to locate some English ones with a quick Google. All we needed to do was to insert 3 AAA batteries into the chest of our little K9 (which needs a small Phillips screwdriver) and our iDog chirped into life. Sega's puppy has 3 main ways of communicating with its owner, firstly the dogs face lights up in a bright pattern of LED's of varying colours and shapes, then it not only chirps but can play whole tunes and lastly it moves its head and ears.

When you first fire up your new i-Dog it is a blank canvass a newborn as they term it, this means it has not yet former its personality and can be trained to behave the way you want. A new iDog starts quite happy, you can tell the level of content ness by the colour and speed of lights on it's nose, Green is happy, orange less so and red unhappy. Plus the lights circle round faster if the iDog is playful and slower if he is resting.

i-Dog is unhappyInteracting with the Sega puppy is simple enough, he has a button on the end of his nose and two on the top of his head, plus you can twiddle his tail to get other reactions. The iDog loves to be touched and this is one of the main ways to keep him happy, the nose button can be used to pet him and to trigger bursts of musical and light displays, the head buttons have more of a calming influence. There are also a number of pre programmed moves that holding buttons for longer periods can trigger, for example holding the head buttons makes the i-Dog run though his repertoire of 10 songs.

As with any new born you need to feed this techno puppy, but his food of choice is sound or to be more precise music. There are two methods of feeding the i-Pooch firstly he has an inbuilt microphone so placing him near a source of music means he can lap up some tunes, you can tell he's happy with this by how his lights pulsate and the colour, plus when he's had his fill he'll play "little green jug" to let you know that's enough. The second method is to use the iDog as an MP3 speaker system, by hooking your iPod (or other digital audio player) to the 3.5mm jack socket in the pooches hind leg.

iDog plays a tune with a lightshowPlaying some music to the iDog makes him dance to the beat with a shake of the head and flap of the ears, the speaker isn't that loud but enough to hear the track, quality is pretty poor and the sound of the robotics is almost as loud as the audio reproduction. Luckily Sega do not promote the ipooch on the basis of it being an MP3 speaker system so we can forgive the audio playback as a gimmick and a pretty cool one at that.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the i-Dog is quick to flatter as it switches to mimic mode, speak to your i-Dog for a few seconds and the centre light on his nose switches first blue and then red to indicate he is listening. Then he proceeds to mimic you in a rather unintelligible electro dog language and with a shake of the head, but listen carefully and you can detect some elements of your words in the pace and beat of his response.

The Sega iDog is really a bit of a novelty but one which any techie will love, it's the lower end of robotics and by no means a Sony Aibo, but for under £30 you do get a relatively complex e pet which responds to music and will be the centre of attention.



Rating : 4
review by :lordpercy.com

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

FIND GIFT FOR VALENTINE`S


LOOK THIS-Vamp MP3 Player & Speakers



The Vamp players are quite simply the best MP3 players for under £70 that we've ever seen, and they come with speakers! The makers of these superb little MP3 players have thought of absolutely everything. You can chose between an on-board memory of 128MB and 256MB and both Vamps take SD and MM cards, so they're as big as you want them to be, have a Digital Voice Recorder and FM Radio, dual headphone sockets (so you can share), a very neat fold-away USB port - it's totally plug n' play - a funky seven colour screen, play MP3, WMA and WAV files, are powered by a single AAA battery which gives you a mighty 12 hours of play (and none of that re-charging nonsense), and even have their own little on-board speaker. And as if all that wasn't enough they also come with a smart set of stereo travel speakers that they dock into. The speakers can be powered from the mains (AC adaptor included), batteries, or by docking them into your computer (all USB cables supplied). These players are tiny, powerful, adaptable, expandable and versatile, and we love them. Whether you want music on the move (they're so small you can tuck them anywhere), or you're chilling listening to your tunes through the excellent and compact speakers, these Vamps are quite simply brilliant.

Features

* Vamp MP3 player and speakers available with 128MB or 256MB of on-board memory.
* 128MB version is silver.
* 256MB version is black.
* Both versions feature:
* An expandable memory up to 512MB with an SD/MMC card.
* Support MP3, WMA & WAV formats.
* A built in Speaker on the MP3 Player.
* A built in FM Tuner.
* A built in Voice Recorder.
* A 7 Colour LCD backlight.
* A fold away USB plug.
* Dock into a Stereo Speaker set.
* ID3 Tag display.
* Dual headphone sockets (so you can share).
* USB 2.0 Compatible.
* Up to 12 hours battery life (Player).
* Players requires 1 x AAA Battery - included.
* Size: MP3 Player - 8.8 x 1.2 x 3.3 cm

Speakers:

* Portable Stereo Speakers and docking station
* Transfer music and play music
* Can be powered by 3 x AAA batteries (not included), your mains power (adaptor included), or through the USB port of your computer (cable provided)
* Size: Speaker Port - 17.7 x 6.3 x 5.6 cm

Accessories:

* USB cable
* Earphones
* Neck strap
* Pouch
* CD-Rom
* User manual
* Warranty card

For Speaker Port

* USB cable
* Line cable
* AC adaptor













Reviews


This was my first venture into the world of the MP3 - can I say I'm impressed? It may not be the most attractive player, but hey, looks aren't everything. I think this is a bargain, considering what you get for your money. It does everything it says on the tin. The speakers are a bonus for holidays etc. All in all, a decent bit of kit at a decent price.
R Dixon
- Sittingbourne

This has to be the best mp3 player yet! V@mp mp3 player definitely makes all the new iPod Nanos look like crap, I got this for Christmas last year and I was extremely pleased with the result. My mates all walk around with their cheap Tesco rubbish mp3s and wish they had mine :D I mean what more could you ask for in an mp3 player? It has everything!! The thing that surprised me most was that there is a speaker on the outside of the mp3 player, so if you lose or forget your headphones you don't need them - just turn up the music and play it out loud so everyone can enjoy :P!! It's also very stylish, I love the 7 colour back light, if you go onto the display and choose to change the colour, the different colours have cute little pictures on them e.g.: yellow = Duck. You've gotta love the speakers, they are just awesome!! You can take them around with you wherever you go. And you can also plug other mp3 players into it!! And the swivel USB port is really handy because you won't get it damaged as with other mp3 players. The V@mp mp3 player is really cool because it's so tiny, my bro's have massive IRiver ones which even though they store a lot, they are quite expensive and are too big to fit in your pocket. Nobody wants a brick for a mp3 player, it's just not cool. Buy this V@mp mp3 player and I assure you, you won't be getting a brick, you'll be getting the best mp3 player around, the best-looking, and the most reasonably priced. I promise you, you won't regret it!! BUY IT NOW!!! :P
Jess
- Royston

The V@MP MP3 is my first MP3 player and I have to say it's everything I was looking for in an MP3 player. I mean today you get all these very expensive GB iPods that keep getting better and better but eventually they run out of memory. So at least with this one you can always just keep saving songs onto different memory cards plus you have the two-way headphone sockets which saves you having to buy a headphone splitter that costs you an extra £5. Easy to set up, good sound on the included speakers and a nice and handy little neck strap and bag for safe keeping. Great product - 9/10 (say no to expensive iPods etc)
JPS
- Verwood


Rating : 31/2
street price : +-96.00usd
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VALENTINE`S GADGET

FOR HIM
Wristwatch Television








FOR HER


Floating Moon Chimney Lamp
from Firelight Glass. Handblown glass oil lamps with suspended reservoir in a diamond shaped chimney. 7" to 11" tall with a lifetime fiberglass wick.


FOR BOYFRIEND

Lapiz Gemstone Globe 13 Inch Floor Model
from JewelBasket.com. Lapiz Gemstone Globes - Floor Model 13 Inch Diameter Gem Stone Globe with Midnight Blue Lapiz Gem Stone Oceans & 4 Leg Stand. Twenty five exquisite Grade A Gemstones are used for the oceans and map of the world globes.

FOR GIRLFRIEND

Creative-Labs Zen Nano Plus Portable Music MP3 Player in Red
from B&H Photo-Video ($99.99) This MP3 Player also features Voice Recording & FM Tuner. With no-skip flash memory, you will be able to store up to 250 songs on this player that you can listen to for up to 18 hours.




new Clock

There's a lot of talk about the healing energies of colour, and you may, or may not, be interested to learn that chromatherapy (that's colour therapy to the normal people) uses the seven colours of the spectrum to establish equilibrium of mind and body and other bingy-bongy stuff. If you haven't by now wandered off to check your emails or put the cat out, stay with us and hold on to your beanies, because our cubic chameleon of a clock works its way through no fewer that TWELVE colours. That means that you get FIVE extra colours for half the price of a session with an Ayurvedic practitioner.

If you're prone to seeing only shades of grey first thing in the morning, imagine the joy of waking up to this gorgeously moody little clock, which cycles through twelve different colours, quietly changing on each hour to remind you that time waits for no-one.

If you use it as a bedside alarm clock, you can switch off the rainbow effects while you sleep (though why bother when you can cosy down in its ambient glow?). All it takes is a gentle tap on the clock's tactile, rubbery top to light it up for about 30 seconds so that you can see the time without knocking your glass of water or book off the bedside table.

European Customers will require an electrical adaptor only, which can be purchased at your local store. (For local people, of course.)

Features

* Multi-Phase Colour Change
* Date and time LCD display
* Flashing light function
* Sound alarm function
* Includes Adaptor
* Or can use 4 x AAA batteries.
* Size: 8 x 8 x 8 cm



Utili-Key










This marvel of design and engineering has raised the bar on key-ring tools. Not only is the Utili-Key the size of a key, it also looks like a key, and yet opens up to reveal six excellent little tools - all the ones you wish you had with you when you're out and about, but never do. There's a Phillips screwdriver (and boy, up until now we've lost more of those than we can remember), a straight blade, a serrated blade, an eyeglass screwdriver, a bottle opener (yippee!) and a flat screwdriver. With its neat self-locking attachment, the Utili-Key is streets ahead of other key ring tools as it's so quick and easy to attach and detach from your other keys - so you can get down to work without all the other stuff on your key ring rattling around in an annoying way.

The Utili-Key snaps open at 90 degrees, or at 180 degrees depending on which tool you want to use, weighs a pocket-saving 14g (that's just ½ an ounce), comes in a very swish metal gift box, and has a lifetime guarantee. How anyone gets by without one of these is a mystery.

Features

* Self-locking to any key ring
* Snaps at 90 degrees or fully extended
* Semi-serrated knife blade
* Phillips screwdriver
* Flat screwdriver
* Eyeglass screwdriver
* Bottle opener
* Lifetime warranty
* Weight: 14g
* Size: 7 x 1.9 x 0.3cm

JF1- MIN CART

This JF1 Electric Go Kart has caused all sorts of havoc round the IWOOT building. It's only really made for kids up to 14 years old, but we couldn't resist the temptation to bomb around on it. Its unique 'lean to steer' design removes the need for a steering wheel, you simply lean your body left or right to steer it - which is just so much fun as you're literally steering by the seat of your pants. With a 24v/250W motor with a chain drive to rear axle, it has a running time about 1 hour, a speed of about 15Km/h, and a recharge time of about 4 hours. The chassis is made of steel and it has a push-button accelerator on the right handle and a brake on the left. Possibly the funkiest and most original go-kart around, the JF1 is recommended for 6 year olds upwards, with an upper weight limit of 50 kilos. Yes of course we weigh more than 50 kilos, and we shouldn't really have been thrashing it around, but it's hard to resist zooming about in it, and it seemed to survive our rather over-zealous and over-weight attentions. Any kid who gets to play on this should be sufficiently grateful to keep their parents in the lap of luxury in their old age.
JF1 Mini Cart in action


Features

* Mini Cart with unique tilting seat 'lean to turn' system.
* Handlebars: push button accelerator on right hand and brake lever on left hand.
* Steel chassis with moulded seat and rear wing
* 25 cm Rubber wheels.
* 24v / 250W motor with chain drive to rear axle.
* Speed up to 15Km/h
* Recharge time 4 hours.
* Running time approx. 1 hour.
* 2 Batteries x 12v (24v total, sealed).
* Charger - 29v at 1.5A from 230v mains supply.
* Max rider weight: 110 Lbs (approx. 50Kg)
* Suitable for ages 6- 14 (weight dependant)
* Size: 115cm x 70.5cm x 50.5cm
* Delivery in 5 working days