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TomTom GO 910

Posted in GPS,TomTom by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2006

Tom Tom

The TomTom GO 910 is a gadget that has more features pound for pound than most other gadgets I have seen. By trade I would say that TomTom is a GPS but it has a surprisingly large number of features that you might not expect, but make perfect sense once you see it.

For the GPS part of it, this model of the TomTom comes with door to door navigation in the US, Canada and Europe, a graphical bright color display of the maps in different views, and it speaks to you with direction instructions with it’s text to speech feature (can read your text for other items too, not just the directions). Also, it can speak 36 different languages and it has 50 different voices to choose from. You interact with the device using the large touch screen to make it easy …

Virtual Keyboard the Size of a Lighter

Posted in Keyboards by Darrin Olson on September 15th, 2006

Virtual KeyboardHow could something the size of a lighter work as a keyboard? When the gadget has an infrared light and a laser built in of course. The Virtual Keyboard uses infrared and laser technology to produce the keyboard and view what’s being clicked on by your fingers to make a circuit and work like a regular keyboard.

The infrared, full qwerty keyboard can be projected onto any surface and can work with desktop PC’s, notebooks, PDA’s or smartphones. It even goes so far as to produce the clicking sound when you hit the key to make it seem less virtual and to let you know that you are indeed hitting the keys.

The infrared virtual keyboard comes with either a Bluetooth version or USB, and has a number of accessories including an extra battery, charger, international adapter and serial to USB converter.

Compact Impact, the makers …

Doberman Bag Protector – 100 Decibels

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on September 14th, 2006

Doberman Bag Protector This security gadget is called the Doberman Bag Protector and is used as a security alarm to protect items from theft, such as a computer bag, backpack or anything else you hook it to.

The Doberman Bag Protector was recently featured on HGTV and is a small lightweight security device weighing only 105 grams, is only 9″ long, water resistant and comes in blue or orange.

The Bag Protector works by a dual triggered alarm. You set the alarm or deactivate it using the keypad on the front with a special code that you set. The Bag Protector alarm has a motion sensor that will sound if it is moved in any way for a predetermined number of seconds. The alarm will also occur if the pin is pulled that connects the alarm to the bag attachment.

The Doberman Bag Protector emits it’s security …

160GB Passport Portable Drive

Posted in Hard Drives by Darrin Olson on September 14th, 2006

Passport Portable DriveThe Passport Portable Drive from Western Digital now comes in a larger 160GB capacity, but fortunately the new Scorpio notebook drive inside it has stayed the same physical size.

The sleek look of the Passport container for these 2.5″ drives has also improved by making them slightly smaller and lighter than previously. They have a sharp, hard and shiny looking black finish with a soft base and the total weight is under 5 ounces total! The Passport Portable is compatible with USB 2.0 for fast and easy data transfer to any USB 2.0 compatible device.

If you have a lot of data you like to keep and don’t want to trust the flash memory alone for longer term storage, the Passport portable is an excellent source for easily and conveniently taking your large amount of data on the road, or even for a sleek and …

Microsoft Notebook Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Darrin Olson on September 13th, 2006

Microsoft Notebook MouseMicrosoft has a new multipurpose mouse on the market for those doing digital presentations often, whether it be on the road in in the meeting room. It’s called the Notebook Mouse, and is a slide presenter, laster pointer and a media remote control all in one. Oh yeah, and it works as a mouse as well.

The Microsoft Notebook mouse is wireless and will operate for up to 30 feet away from it’s receiver. It connects wirelessly with 2.4 Ghz Bluetooth and has a led battery life indicator so there will be no unexpected power losses during a presentation.

The additional controls are tucked away on the under belly of the mouse and include a button in the center to navigate through slide presentations, some media control buttons to control a presentation or other digital entertainment from just like a regular remote control, and …

Scal Pal Home Lasik Device

Posted in Ficticious by Darrin Olson on September 13th, 2006

Scal Pal Home Lasik DeviceThis interesting hand held gadget is called the Scal-Pal Scanning Adjusting Laparascopic Personal Laser from LASIK@Home. It’s used for performing visioin correcting lasik surgery in the privacy of your own home.

What’s extra-unique about the Scal-Pal (aside from enabling you to perform detailed laser eye surgery on yourself at home) is that this home lasik device is a femtosecond laser and excimer laser all in one. What does that mean you say? The femtosecond laser is used to cut a small flap off the top of your eye to allow the laser surgery underneath. The excimer laser is what does the intricate and detailed laser surgery to correct your vision without causing any damage to any surrounding tissue.

With this device you get the LASIK@Home kit of items, including:

The Scal-Pal Laser Device
A mild sedative of diazepam
Some special eye drops
An instruction guide
A post-op sleep …

New iPod nano 8GB

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,iPod by Darrin Olson on September 12th, 2006

iPod nanoApple has come out with its updated version of the iPod Nano that can hold up to 8GB of data. That’s twice as much as the maximum size 4GB of the previous model. That means that the number of estimated songs it would hold doubles too, bringing it up to around 8,000.

The size of the new iPod nano is as small as ever but it has a slightly new design, with more rounded edges. The colors have expanded. Previously all that was available was the black or white. Now you can get bright colors in the new anodized aluminum frame with pink, green, silver, blue and black.

Along with the extended potential playlist also came an extended battery life. The batter in the new iPod nano will let you play music continuously for up to 24 hours, and will charge back to 80% of …

Samsung 32GB NAND Flash Memory

Posted in Flash Memory,Memory by Darrin Olson on September 12th, 2006

Samsung NAND Flash Memory
Samsung has released new 32GB NAND flash memory with smaller circuit elements of only 40 nanometers wide. The company said this new design enables them to scale better to continue to make larger and larger memory cards and continue to keep the overall size down and performance up.

What this means for the rest of us is the ability to hold over 64 hours of DVD movies or over 1300 hours of MP3 songs on one small flash drive of up to 64 GB. Some may say that this is a little much, but I remember years ago thinking that my 3GB harddrive was more room that I would ever use!

Along with scalability, Samsung says that the reliability of the memory will be increased as well due to the new structure. Reliability becomes increasingly important to me at the same rate as …

Sony DSC-T50 Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging by Darrin Olson on September 11th, 2006

Sony DSC-T50

The new Sony DSC-T50 cyber-shot digital camera has stuck with the same anorexic trend as many of the new cell phones, which is good for those of you who are into really skinny gadgets like that.

The new 7 mega-pixel camera boasts a nice new feature of a 3″ touch screen. The purpose of the touch screen is to be able to remove a lot of the buttons necessary to run the menu and different fuctions, and be able to replace that room with the larger screen that you can touch to make your menu choices. (No eating with your fingers while photographing.)

The DSC-T50 also has a 3x zoom and 56MB of internal memory and takes Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Pro Duo media cards for additional storage (currently up to 4G). Battery life is expected to support up to 400 shots on a …

Uniden MapTrax GPS

Posted in GPS by Darrin Olson on September 10th, 2006

Uniden MapTrax GPSThe most common consumer item I have seen from Uniden in the past is cordless phones, so when I saw that they Uniden was coming out wtih a line of GPS products I had to take a look. Uniden also makes some walkie talkie type items and marine radio devices, so I guess GPS systems are not too far off the mark for them.

The makers of the MapTrax focus on the fact that is has a large, colorful, easy to read touch screen. This is to improve safety while driving by avoiding have to fumble with buttons or dials.

The devices also are to feature Bluetooth integration and text to speach audio, which is almost a must now to compete with other popular mobile GPS devices; right, right? (My feeble attempt at making a reference to the Tom Tom GPS, if you

On-Target Urinal Helps You Pee Accurately

Posted in Bath,Humor by Darrin Olson on September 10th, 2006

On TargetPictured here is the “On Target” urinal from Marcel Neundorfer.
In an effort to improve male customers aim and subsequently the overall hygiene in the restroom this high tech interactive urinal was developed. It has a screen inside that responds interactively to the pressure of a liquid stream, displaying different sounds and pictures depending on how accurate the user is.
This is a definite improvement from the normal made up peeing games you might have had while using a public urinal, but in my mind still does not beat the Great American High Wiz my neighbors would perform from their rooftop when we were all kids.

Sony Micro Vault USB Flash with Virtual Expander

Posted in Flash Memory,Memory by Darrin Olson on September 10th, 2006

Micro Vault with Virtual ExpanderThe Sony Micro Vault with Virtual Expander is a flash memory device with a USB 2.0 compatible interface. They are tiny little devices with memory ranges from 256MB up to 2G. (Early press releases state memory up to 4G but I was unable to find any Micro Vault’s that actually have 4G for sale anywhere.)

They come in a handfull of different flashy colors and you can also get a small carrying case that hooks on a keychain or on to a notebook with a clip.

The Virtual Expander software is utility that compresses and decompresses data that is placed on the device, sometimes to as little as 1/3 it’s original size. This makes a 2G drive potentially able to hold 6G of compressed data.

Tiny USB drive gadgets like this are extremely handy to carry data with you, such as any spreadsheets or …

HTC S310 SmartPhone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2006

HTC S310 SmartPhone The HTC S310 SmartPhone from HTC is one of the 4 newest cool gadget devices that they have released recently.

This one isn’t quit as featured as it’s sibling HTC devices but does feature the sought after Quad-Band wireless access. It has a standard keypad to allow one-hand access, but not quite as friendly for typing emails as the qwerty type.

Like the other 3 devices it is being released with, the HTC S310 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and allows you to manage contacts and emails. It also has Bluetooth wireless connection and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It has a mini SD card slot for expanded memory to transfer your pictures or music, and the Bluetooth has wirelss stereo for playing the music.

If you are looking for a smart device that doesn’t have all the beef in size and price of a …

HTC P3600 PDA Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones,PDAs by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2006

HTC P3600The HTC P3600 PDA Phone is another of 4 devices recently released from HTC to be available for the big shopping season coming in not too distant future, and no doubt this would make an excellent gadget gift.

This device is doing a little more towards targetting the multimedia buffs with 3G, and the ever growing popular Quad band GSM, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth and is HSDPA ready, which should be a little faster than 3G.

It has the Windows Mobile 5.0 OS with Outlook, IE, Media Player and all the features that come with the MS Mobile OS. The P3600 also includes a 2.0 mega-pixel camera with video.

If you are looking for a little more fun in your PDA, this device with the speedy internet, media player and camera allows a little more play in your business day.

HTC P3300 PDA Phone

Posted in GPS,HTC,Mobile Phones,PDAs by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2006

HTC P3300One of the 4 new devices recently released from HTC is the P3300 PDA Phone and personal mobile navigator.

One of the coolest things about this mobile gadget has got to be the built-in stand-alone GPS navigation system run by the new TomTom Navigator 6. This makes the P3300 a great device for traveling in unknown territories where you need to get your exact current location and directions to wherever you are going, instantly. The large 2.8″ LCD screen doesn’t hurt, either.

The HTC P3300 runs on Microsoft Mobile 5.0 PDA Phone and has wireless connections with the GSM/GPRS, BlueTooth 2.0 and WiFi. Microsoft’s Direct Push technology makes it a nice business phone getting instant emails and meeting information sent to you while on the go.

This model also has an FM Radio tuner which is a little uncommon for PDA Phones, but …