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Nokia E63 now available

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2008

Nokia E63 now availableIf you’ve been drooling over the Nokia E71 but want something a bit more affordable, here’s the recently released E63. It looks like the E71 and also has most of the business functionality. Some specs include: Full QWERTY keyboard, Touch sensitive Navi wheel, 3.5mm audio jack, 2.36″ 16 million colors QVGA display, 110MB internal memory, microSD memory card slot, Quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a 2 megapixel camera. The price is $250. No GPS, but for that price you get plenty of other great features.

USB Endoscope for tight spots, crazy DIY exams

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

USB Endoscope for tight spots, crazy DIY examsStudying to be a proctologist? Just want to practice for your own impending exam? No problem. The USB Endoscope has got your back…side…all scared and puckered up. This two-foot-long USB-powered roto-rooter snake has LEDs and a camera at one end, as well as a powerful 40X microscopic lens. Nasty applications aside, it could be pretty useful for getting into tight spots, having a look in ancient tombs or whatever. I’m not sure it’s worth the $140 price tag, but if you buy one and complain, you know where you can stick it.

Biopod Automated Tripod: Robo-Paparazzi for short people

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

Biopod Automated Tripod: Robo-Paparazzi for short peopleThe Biopod automated tripod is a concept at the moment, so we don’t have to worry about Robo-Tripods following us around and selling pics to tabloids just yet. But one day soon that is exactly what will happen.

This little guy crawls about 3 inches off of the ground and can’t even grip walls to get it’s shot. So given it’s size and adherence to the ground, this thing will be stalking little people and snapping upskirt pics only. Until it hovers, that’s all it has career-wise. You gotta start somewhere. I suppose it could always catalog footwear and sidewalk pot-holes.

1.3 Mega Pixel camera/Digital USB microscope

Posted in Microscope by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2008

1.3 Mega Pixel camera/Digital USB microscopeIf you’re a science geek and like to watch stuff squirm under the microscope for hours on end here’s a neat 1.3 Mega Pixel camera/Digital USB microscope. Just plug it into your USB port and watch magnified objects at up to 200X. Either take 1.3 mega-pixel still shots, or 1.3 mega-pixel AVI movie clips for storage and later viewing.

I don’t know that you’ll win a nobel awards or cure any diseases, but you’ll probably cure your own boredom. It saves pictures up to 1280X1024 in JPG, or in AVI format at 30fps under 600 LUX Brightness. It will cost you $95.99. So start checking out the creepy crawlies that live on your hair and taking skin and blood samples.

LG KC780 Portrait Phone gets official

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

LG KC780 Portrait Phone gets officialLG has finally made the LG KC780 slider handset official. Aka the Portrait Phone. The WTF phone may have been more apt since it sports an 8 megapixel camera, yet lacks some key features like 3G and Wi-Fi and GPS navigation, but what do I know? On the other hand, you get Face and Smile detection, automatic modes for new users, even a Beauty Mode that glams you up and gets rid of imperfections on your face.

ISO 1600 lets you capture better images in the dark, while on the other extreme a Smart Light setting helps with brightness. The handset also doubles as a webcam. Some other features include: GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 2.4? 240×320 QVGA 262k color display, FM radio, Built-in accelerometer, DivX playback, 140MB of user memory, microSD memory card slot, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity.

Canon & Maria Sharapova go pink

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPHAn estimated one in eight American women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why Canon and tennis star Maria Sharapova have teamed up again to release a special canon bundle to fight breast cancer. The bundle includes the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera in pink, a pink SELPHY CP760 Compact Photo Printer, pink ribbon charm and a mammogram reminder magnet from the American Cancer Society.

Canon is celebrating their 10-year involvement in the American Cancer Society, so throughout this month, Canon will donate $150,000 to the American Cancer Society. No word on price yet, but if you’re in the market for a pink camera and printer, it’s for a good cause. So why not.

Porsche Design cellphone not as cool as the car

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

Porsche Design cellphone not as cool as the carPorsche is a name associated with two things, style and speed. The new P’9522 arguably has plenty of style (though I don’t see it), but it sports a Wi-Fi web connection instead of a 3G network.

With your powered down connection you’ll also get a 5 Megapixel camera, touch screen, and built in GPS. Apparently forged from a single block of brushed aluminum and a glass plate, this one is for the rich set. People who won’t care about speed as much as making impressions. It ships in November and looks like it will sell for aout $875.

Flickr bikes coming to a city near you

Posted in Yahoo by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

Flickr bikes coming to a city near youThis is one of a small fleet of GPS and cameraphone equipped bicycles that Flickr has deployed in select cities around the world. It’s purple, solar powered, pedal powered, GPS powered and it probably needs a little basket with a bow to complete the girl’s bike look. The bikes have handlebar-mounted cameraphones (Nokia N95s, based on the metadata in the Flickr photos) that will snap a shot every 60 seconds while the bike is in motion. Then the photos get uploaded with the geodata, to a special Flickr account.

I have no idea what the purpose is, other then publicity. I suppose they could partner with Nokia etc and start selling these bikes. They are likely to be a nice collectible in a few years, so if you have one keep it safe. And try not to get into too much trouble snapping pics of drug dealers and uploading them.

Asus Glaxy7 spotted

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

Asus Glaxy7 spottedCheck out this shot of an Asus device that might challenge the Samsung Omnia when it’s released. Apparently it’s called the Asus Glaxy7. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro and the display looks very similar to the Omnia. Other features are a 3.5 “WVGA 800X480 / 65K Color TFT, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, microSD memory card slot, mini-USB, 200 hours standby, 4 hours talk time, and a trackball that acts like a D-pad. On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with no flash for low light conditions.

The world’s smallest camera phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2008

The world’s smallest camera phoneWe love our gadgets small, but sometimes it can get ridiculous. You are looking at the world’s smallest cell phone. The Xun Chi 138. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a touch screen with hand writing recognition, mp3 player and GPRS capabilities. It weighs just 55grams and measures a tiny 2.64 inches in length. It’s described as a “dual band GSM phone that supports GSM networks in Europe, Australia and parts of Asia, but does not work on North American GSM networks such as Cingular/Cellular One, T-Mobile, Rogers, Fido/Microcell, SunCom, Dobson, Edge Wireless, Alltel, Petrocom, Union, Pegaso/Movistar, Radiomovil/Telcel etc.” As you can see it’s ridiculously tiny, about the same size as a AA battery. Mini-Me would probably dig it, but some of us already have trouble with the buttons on our normal sized phones.

Zune Contact concept

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2008

Zune Contact conceptMany of you are eagerly awaiting news on a Zune phone. Until that actually happens, take a look at this. Designed by Adam Huffman, the new Zune Contact concept comes loaded with a new user interface, a lickable super slim body, a 5MP digital camera and a full touch screen display. Unlike the 120GB Zune, this one is only a concept so don’t ask where you can buy it. You never know, we may see it’s like some day in the future.

New Rollei camera is Chuck Norris tough

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

New Rollei camera is Chuck Norris toughRollei rolls out X-8 Sports 8MP waterproof camera. But wait. That’s Chuck F’in Norris on the front. It was shown at the IFA show in Berlin and I’m guessing that when it takes pictures, Chuck’s fist pops out of the thing and lays the smack down. Rollei may not be a well known camera brand, but it’s a fact that it will be now thanks to Mr. Norris. I’m not sure if they have Chuck’s permission or not.

The camera is light at only 158g and it’s waterproof up to 10 meters, ready for dirt or cold weather, and is resistant to moisture. It can even take a 1 meter drop. Really is tough as Chuck and less wrinkly. Some other specs include up to 1600 ISO, 8 megapixels, and 3x optical zoom. The Rollei X-8 Sports will be officially released this September or October.

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time
A Taiwanese company known as MingJong has released some colorful robotic UVC compliant USB 2.0 webcams called ‘M6637U’ that sport 1.3-megapixels.

These little guys have the right idea. If you want to take over the world, you have to appeal to those lovers of cute and colorful desk accessories. Put a bunch together and they are clearly interacting, comparing notes for our eventual assimilation. Then when a human comes back into the room they all freeze. There’s not a whole lot of info on these guys, but be weary. Never turn your back on one.

Nokia 3610 Fold announced

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2008

Nokia 3610 Fold
The Nokia 3610 Fold is an interesting handset just announced that features dual screens. The clamshell design features ergonomics that Nokia is calling “understated elegance.” Outside you’ll find a 1.3 megapixel camera with 6x digital zoom, along with the external display.

Inside you’ve got a 2-inch, 262K color screen and the Nokia phone softkeys. It also supports up to 4GB microSD cards. It gets released officially in the third quarter of this year at $186. While I wouldn’t call it sexy, it does have a certain charm. It’s aimed squarely at those who just want basic features without a bunch of bells and whistles.

Bend Mobile concept has expanding camera, two screens

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2008

Bend Mobile concept has expanding camera, two screensHere’s an interesting concept from designer Andy Kurovets, called the Bend mobile. The idea is that it is compact, with a second screen and a camera popping out from inside. The idea is not without precedence. All kinds of cameras used to fold out and become larger, accordion style.

Basically, it grows to nearly double it’s original size, which should appeal to those who feel their current cameras are inadequate. Treating the device like a swiss army knife is a great way to pack lots of features into a mobile device and it should probably be taken seriously by manufacturers. The whole thing is also curved, for easy sliding in and out of your pants pocket.