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Electronic Braille reader for the web

Posted in Internet Appliances by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Electronic Braille reader for the webWe all take our sight for granted and tend to forget how fortunate we are that we can experience an entire visual existence that those with no sight will never know. For the blind, content on the web is like a giant gaping void that they have no way of navigating. Monitors are useless for conveying info to the blind. They basically live in a different world just parallel to our own. One that we will never know.

Thanks to this Electronic Braille Reader that converts web content to Braille, the blind can finally get a taste of what we have been experiencing on the web. Check out a video below.

Grace Digital adds Pandora to desktop Internet radio

Posted in Internet Appliances by Nino Marchetti on June 24th, 2008

Grace Digital ITC-IR1000B

Grace Digital, which in  May unveiled some new digital turntables, announced today the integration of a new personalized radio service into its ITC-IR1000B Internet desktop radio. This service is known to many as Pandora, based on the Music Genome Project.

Music through Pandora, according to Grace Digital, uses trained musicians to listen to and identify musical attirbutes in individual songs. These songs are grouped into playlists based upon musical similarlity. Listeners enter a favorite song or artist to help them build personalized radio stations tied to their musical tastes.

CES 2008

Sony updates mylo handheld Internet device

Posted in CES 2008,Internet Appliances,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

sony-myloupdated.jpg[NOTE: With CES now over, we are winding down our CES coverage. Expect to see a trickle of stories on trade show announcements next week, but also expect we will be focused on MacWorld and anything else that comes our way. Thanks to everyone who has visited and linked to us - we enjoyed providing you indepth coverage of new product releases.]

Sony seems to have found enough success with its mylo Internet device to have unleashed at CES this week a new generation of the product. The updated Sony mylo goes on sale this month for around $300.

The Sony COM-2 mylo communicator, as it is being called, comes in black or white body colors and has a backlit, slide out QWERTY keyboard. Like its predecessor it lets you connect to open wireless hotspots to instant message with your buddies. You can also use it to view Web videos, take pictures and post them directly to a variety of sites, use widgets to do various online functions, play games and enjoy various media formats.

Get more details on the new Sony mylo after the jump.

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

Posted in Home,Internet Appliances,Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Cyber-Rain XCI: the internet sprinkler system

With the Cyber-Rain XCI, you can water your lawn the “Green” way. It will save you money and conserve water at the same time, by giving you control of your sprinkler system across eight zones. Through a wireless connection with your PC, it will make adjustments to it’s watering schedule, using weather data.

If it looks like it is going to rain, it will put a hold on it’s watering duties. It will even adapt it’s schedule as seasons change. Another bit of good news is that it is very affordable. You can add it to an existing irrigation system for only $295. At that price the system will pay for itself in no time. This is the kind of environment conscious technology we like to see. The Earth will thank you.

MusicPal wireless internet radio

Posted in Internet Appliances,MP3,Radio by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2007

MusicPal wireless internet radio

Let’s face it, Terrestrial radio is nearly dead. That means it’s time to replace that old AM/FM device that you have. The MusicPal wireless Internet radio and MP3 player looks like a good choice. It also has some advantages over other wireless radio devices. For one thing, it’s smaller then many of it’s competitors, no extra hardware is required and it doesn’t require a computer to operate either. It even goes so far as to display some of your favorite RSS feeds.

The Musicpal comes programmed with a library of more than 5,000 Internet radio stations, but if you still like your MP3s, it can stream them directly from a home network. Did I mention that it also has an alarm clock? At $150 you get your money’s worth.

Nokia rolling out N810 Internet Tablet

Posted in Internet Appliances,Nokia by Nino Marchetti on October 17th, 2007

Nokia N810Nokia seems to think there is a growing market for devices whose primary application is Internet access, despite the many product corpses littering the Internet appliance highway dating back year. The mobile manufacturer is taking a shot nonetheless though with its new N810 Internet Tablet, priced at around $480.

The pocket-sized Nokia N810 is Linux based and runs a variety of Internet enabled software. You can connect to the Internet from a wireless hot spot or via your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Once connected you can make Internet calls, check email, watch YouTube videos, etc. There’s also a slide-out keyboard to help you type out your URLs and emails.