WOW TECH has a newer version of their ergonomically designed Wow-Pen mouse coming to the U.S. later this month called the Wow-Pen Traveler. The Traveler, like the “eco”, has a unique design that lets you hold it more comfortably like a pen to put less strain on your wrist and arm according the company. But this mouse also packs a few more nice features into is odd-looking design.
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I know, I know. The world doesn’t need yet another R2-D2 product right? Wrong. I’m not sure why, but these Star Wars speakers from Taito make the geek in me very happy. Though, I’m not sure why they felt the need to put the speakers just under the head, making it look like R2 is decapitated. Even so, this will go well with the rest of your Star Wars themed life. You know, the bedsheets, posters, action figure dioramas, lunch boxes and that shirt you’re wearing.
They stand 4.72″ tall. You get one in blue and one in red, though the color combo seems like an odd choice. You won’t even sense that much of a disturbance in the force, paying $40 for this droid pair. Let’s face it, this won’t get you many dates, but you’ll have geek bragging rights among your friends. And if they make a C3P0 version, R2 won’t be lonely for long.
The internet giant is never content to sit back and let anyone else take a large piece of the pie. Hey, that’s how they got so rich! That’s why they are following Microsoft’s lead where health and medical records are concerned. They plan to roll out Google Health sometime early next year if they keep to their schedule.
It makes sense since users all begin at the Google page to search for health and medical information anyway. So they will be applying Google’s expertise in indexing, searching, and managing vast amounts of information to the idea. It also doesn’t hurt that they will have the health industry targeted with their Adwords program. If Google’s history has shown us anything, it should be a huge success and give the giant still more dominance in the industry.
Have a $140,000 in coins under your sofa lying around you need to spend? Are you a big audiophile? If so the money and audio paths can converge with the massive new and pricey KEF MUON loudspeakers unveiled here in the United States this week.
The KEF MUON, as you can see from the photo, are quite tall at nearly seven feet. Only 100 have been made. Each pair is designed from super-formed aluminum, creating what is described as “a careful convergence between Ross Lovegrove’s design aesthetics and the physics of sound.” A four-way speaker system is mounted to the front, offering what we have to imagine is a kick ass sound. There’s also two additional bass drivers on the back of the speakers.
Virgin Mobile USA is upping its mobile phone ante today with the introduction of its first handset with streaming music capability. The new Kyocera Wild Card is priced at around $100.
The Kyocera Wild Card is a multi-function handset phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and Bluetooth support. It weighs around four ounces, sporting a clamshell design. Two color displays exist on the phone – one for voice calls and the larger one for texting, Web browsing and accessing streaming music.
Take a look at this. The picture pretty much says it all but I’ll explain some anyway. This is the SATA HDD Stage Rack which is compatible with PC and Mac and connects through USB 2.0 to your computer. By simply plugging in your hard drive like it was some old-school Atari game the drive shows up on your computer. It supports 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives and does require an external power connection to spin the drive in addition to the USB cable.
I have a drawer full of hard drives from different upgrades where occasionally I need to access. Opening your PC is a real pain and putting it in an enclosure isn’t a whole lot better. Up until now I, like a lot of people, have been using a SATA to USB adapter cable which works pretty slick but doesn’t hold a candle to how cool this hard drive dock looks.
Having square LCD monitors in the back of your vehicle’s headrests may soon be a thing of the past because Toshiba has figured out how to make a circular LCD screen. The electronics giant will unveil its no corner LCD screens next week in Yokohama at the FPD International 2007 convention. The screens use Toshiba’s proprietary low temperature poly silicon technology and allow for panel instrumentation to be circular too. Imagine having a built-in rear and side door views available on your car’s dashboard or an odometer whose background color you can change.
Toshiba can currently get these LCD screens down to 2.4-inches in diameter with a contrast ratio of 600:1 , 240 x 240 resolution and 250K of colors. We’re probably still a good couple of years away from seeing this technology trickle down to the everyday marketplace but we can start imagining now the fun it will be to watch widescreen movies on circular screens.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that “Halo 3″ would be the best-selling game for the month of September. We also know that the game sold $170 million dollars worth of product on its launch day, but how well did it do in the days that followed? Today we learn the answer to that question thanks to the sales figures released by NPD Group which calculate that a whopping 3.3 million copies of “Halo 3″ were sold in the game’s first twelve days of release. That’s correct, the 3.3 million figure is not even for two solid full weeks let alone a whole month. To give you an idea of how staggering that figure is consider that the number two best-selling game on NPD’s list is Nintendo’s Wii Play with Wii Remote which sold 282,000 units, or roughly 3 million less than “Halo 3″ did.
Microsoft was also able to translate the “Halo 3″ hype into moving more of its Xbox 360 game units off of store shelves. The console leapt to the top of the sales charts with 528,000 360s sold in September, well over the Wii (with 501,000) and the PlayStation 3 (119,000). However Nintendo posted its best month ever selling Wiis for September and usually the company is in first place for console sales, so enjoy your one month of being at the top of the heap, Master Chief.
AU Optronics must be following in the footsteps of the fashion industry. Their displays keep getting thinner and thinner as they improve on the design. Back in June, they developed a screen with a sub-one-millimeter border and now they are at it again, claiming that they have the “world’s thinnest 1.9-inch mobile device panel” at 0.69-millimeters. To give you a visual frame of reference, they describe it as being “13-percent slimmer than a credit card.”
When they say thin, they mean it. Apparently that measurement does not include a protective covering. It only weighs 2.2-grams and has a brightness of 400 nits. The display is also said to have superior anti-glare properties and retain proper image color saturation and can be easily seen under sunlight.
Gone are the days of having your USB devices tethered within the standard 5 meter limit of a USB cable. The Gefen USB 400FO USB extender kit uses fiber optics with full USB 2.0 standard compatibility to stretch the reach of not just one but four USB connections up to 1,650 feet or 500 meters.
The kit comes with two externally powered boxes, the send unit (USB 400FOS) and the receive unit (USB 400FOR). Your computer connects up to four USB cables to the sender unit which sends the signal as far as 500 meters to the receiver unit where it gets converted back to a USB connection to power your RC Car or Missile Launcher from almost a third of a mile away.
Only yesterday we saw Google bring their YouTube online anti-piracy tool to beta to help combat the illegal posting of copyrighted videos. Today an announcement by a group of technology and media companies suddenly sheds some light on the significance of Google rolling out the service when they did.
A group consisting of Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, Walt Disney, MySpace, Viacom, and Microsoft (note the absence of Google) has announced a copyright protection agreement for rules that they feel a website should abide by when publishing potential copyrighted content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the principles of the agreement are to prevent the any copyright infringing content to be uploaded before it is accessible by the public.
While the YouTube Video Identification tool that Google announced yesterday …
Here’s another one of those CE accessories you don’t think about but will probably want if you are a flat panel television fan who likes to mount his or her display. The new Chief CM7 flat panel automated swing arm should be available now.
The Chief CM7 is designed to work with 40-63” flat panel TVs weighing up to 180 lbs and controlled by a remote control. One presets the mount to limit movement of the arm relative to flat panel size before mounting the television in a low profile solution. It is designed to extended up to one foot from the wall, swiveling left or right while providing automated tilt for better viewing.
LTB Audio has added some new headphones to its line of self-described “True” 5.1 Surround Sound wireless headphones. The Q-Home-FX should be available in November.
The LTB Q-Home-FX headphones make use of six speaker chambers for directional audio effects from whatever audio source it is patched into. The 2.4Ghz wireless technology of these headphones is designed to provide a good radio frequency connection while avoiding interfering with other wireless signals around the home. Wireless strength is rated to work at up to 90 feet away from the transmitter.
AT&T is looking to give a speed boost to users of its 3G wireless network via a new wireless laptop card. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 881 will be free, subject of course to your standard rebates and two-year contract.
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 881 is compatible with new High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology being pushed by AT&T onto its existing wireless network. This card will allow average upload speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps and also support enhanced HSDPA download speeds ranging between 600 to 1,400 Kbps.
Alltel Wireless and Motorola today announced the beginning of sales of a new music phone with an exclusive feature. The Motorola MOTOROKR Z6m is priced at around $130 after a new contract and rebate.
The Motorola MOTOROKR Z6m, making use of Alltel “Celltop” technology to access and organize information available on the phone, is loaded with an exclusive XM Radio Mobile cell. It delivers 20 channels of XM and costs around $8 a month. The Z6m is designed as well to be a music playing mobile, allowing up to 2GB of optional removable memory and support for audio formats like MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA.