The well respected headset maker Plantronics has just released initial details about the first Bluetooth Stereo Headset: the Pulsar 590. The headset will feature high quality stereo earphones and a telescoping microphone. The Pulsar 590 is designed to be paired with laptops, cell phones, and tomorrow’s Bluetooth enabled MP3 players. Aimed squarely at VOIP and other voice activated technologies these seem like an ideal tool for someone wanting to use Skype or Gizmo around the house. With a 12 hour talk time and over 10 hours of listening time this sounds like a winner. The Pulsar 590 will retail for under $150 and there will be an optional $50 universal adapter for laptops and cell phones without Bluetooth. Once these come out I’m going to have to give them a try - if they have good enough sound quality they will certainly find a place in this Gear Live writers gadget bag!
A Finnish company called International Security Technology has come up with a breakthrough aimed at in home monitoring of elderly or critically ill patients. The Vivago is a wrist band with gyroscopic sensors and a transmitter than can communicate with a base station. The sensors monitor the wearers activity levels and can alert medical professionals if the wearer falls, or is acting lethargically. The Vivago also includes a panic button for emergencies. This sounds like an ideal solution for people not ill enough to require a nursing home, but unsteady and at high risk for falling. I can imagine this giving a family a great sense of security about any aging friends or relatives.
Those Aussies certainly have a creative knack - Shane Inder has managed to improve a household item that has not changed in decades: the ironing board. His Ironman is a humanoid shaped ironing board featuring a hole in the head for the cord to pass through, and split legs to make ironing pants easier. It looks like this might actually make a daily household task for all you business types out there just a little bit easier.
Newer Technology has unveiled its most recent storage behemoth, the 500 GB miniStack. The miniStack line of hard drives, in addition to being an aesthetically perfect match for the tiny Mac, are a good solution for anyone struggling within the Mac minis internal storage constraints. As far as ease of connectivity, the unit feature 3 USB 2.0 and 1 Firewire port and powers up and down along with the rest of your system. Though 500GB might seem like overkill to some, its perfect for those working in video or other multimedia an area where Macs still offer the best solutions.
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Atech Flash Technology has announced the iDuo, a nifty little unit that combines a USB 2.0 iPod dock, and a flash memory reader for your Mac or PC. The $59.95 iDuo features support for CF, MMM, xD, SM, MMS, SD, and all Sony Memory Stick formats. The iDuo also features a line out and s-Video out for anyone looking to hook their iPod or iPod color into their stereo system.
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Today I discovered what might possibly be the most simple yet effective keyboard protectors for the Apple PowerBook: the iSkin ProTouch PB. The ProTouch is a thin silicone overlay for the keyboard on the PowerBook making it resistant to spills, and keeping crumbs, flakes of dead skin, and all sorts of other nasty things out of your keyboard. The ProTouch is available in multiple colors although I suspect most proud PowerBook owners would much rather go for the frosted white version. The ProTouch is washable and easily removable for when the oils in your skin start to build up. The website promises that it’s easy to install and remove and provides immense protection for both your keyboard and screen while softening your keystrokes - it almost makes me wonder if it might help reduce the strain on my fingers from typing all day.
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Although not available until the end of the month, Target is now taking preorders for their own logo-branded iPod case. The design, called “Cosmic Flowers,” features the Target logo in the midst of a black and white floral pattern. Made of heat-sealed PVC, the case also includes screen protection, a Target-red wrist strap, and a lobster clamp. This should be great news for all of us who have been dying for a chance to offer free advertising to Target while keeping our iPod scratch-free.
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Vaja, the makers of some of the coolest leather cases for phones, laptops, and MP3 players just announced their newest leather iPod case. The AP96 comes in metal studded black leather with that oh-so-fetish feel. Perfect for listening to some tunes while strolling through your local S&M club. Am I wrong to want one of these?
The audiophile in me is drooling whenever I view these. After the fiasco at the pharmacy yesterday, where i was forced to buy under my taste level, this is exactly what im looking for while never knowing it. Wood is easily one of the best materials to have resonating sound. These puppies are quite nice to look at too. There are only two things to fear: the $1000 price tag and woodpeckers.
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If your cell phone is constantly ringing and you find yourself ending an important conversation abruptly, only to switch to a less important one, the Cellular Squirrel may be for you. The cute little animatronic squirrel was developed by MIT’s own Stefan Marti as a dissertation project and when it picks up an incoming call, it begins a conversation with the caller and compares the caller’s voice, your contact list, and keywords from it’s conversation with the incoming call with your current conversation and decides if the new call is important enough to pull you away from you current conversation.
This embodiment is able to use the same subtle but still public non-verbal cues to get our attention and interrupt us like humans would do (like eye gaze and small gestures), instead of ringing or vibration. The user can whisper and listen to her squirrel, receiving and replying to voice instant messages. If the user wishes, she can also bypass the Intermediary altogether and get into a synchronous voice communication with the caller by simply talking to the embodiment.
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