Not-for-profit game developers HopeLab have teamed with Cigna Healthcare to create a video game for cancer patients. Players control Roxxi, a nanobot who travels into the body of one who is stricken with the disease and shoots the bad cells out. Pat Christen, President of the company, says that “Re-Mission” will give young victims a “sense of power and control over their cancer.” The 20 level 3-D shooter is available as a free download or you can order a CD or DVD at no charge. HopeLab’s next project will be to tackle the problem of child obesity.
As evidenced by the video above, found on YouTube by one of our readers, the Apple iPhone now has an official launch date: June 29, 2007. The commercial first aired this evening during an episode of 60 Minutes. The announcement of the release date was subtle, and was featured at the end of the spot, which showcase a few of the iPhone’s functions. We were expecting Steve Jobs to announce the launch date at WWDC, but what do we know? All that matters now is that the biggest mobile phone launch in history is just a few weeks away.
UPDATE: Apple just posted three new iPhone commercials, all featuring the June 29 launch date.
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Palm has released the Foleo, a companion keyboard and 10-inch display to go with Treo and other smartphones. Unfold it, push a button, and you receive instant wireless gratification. Uses include longer e-mail capability, larger images, and a speed courtesy of Linux with a dedicated key. The gadget can go for up to 5 hours before needing a recharge.
You can witness the Foleo for yourself with a rather lengthy Palm webcast which was released yesterday. Count on a $499.99 price tag after a $100.00 rebate sometime this summer. Excuse our asking, but isn’t the whole idea to get something smaller to cart around rather than making it larger?
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Our chums at Gobaz finally came out with a some funky speakers that work with your iPod, PC, PMP, or CD player. Sound activated, I LIt features a sensitivity dial for regular sound or ambient effects. You don’t want to miss the light show when these gadgets get going. Then again, if you are more of a Michael Buble fan than one of Ozzy Ozbourne, maybe they will put your next date more in the mood. Get a pair for £34.90 (~$69.00) or a couple of them if you want to make an impression in more than one room.
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London bus stops now sport interactive touchscreen ads designed to promote their Nokia N95 cell phone. You tap a jean pocket and when it is uncovered, try to find its match. With a 5 megapixel display, the N95 has advanced browsing, e-mail, GPS, DVD quality graphics, Carl Zeiss optics, and music download capabilities. It comes with a $749.00 price tag, making it understandable why they are doing some heavy promotional tricks. Let’s just hope that playing around with the display will not get so addicting as to make the Londoners miss their buses.
We are thinking that the Chargepod is not a lot of product for a lot of price. Offered by Callpod, it offers you six-way recharging for your cell phone, Bluetooth headset, PDA, and PMP, etc. It features blue indicator lights, runs by an included AC adapter, and should be usable by most manufacturers’ models. You can also order a car charger for $19.95 or a USB adapter for $29.95, but with a base price of $49.95, would you really want to?
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Genius has come up with a “two-fer” for gamers. The ErgoMedia 500 gamepad features a wrist rest, built-in mic jack, backlit keys for evening gamers, 11 programmable keys, and 3 game functions. The HS-04V vibrating headset claims enhanced acoustics and is wireless. It has both a volume and bass control and can be powered by USB or AAA batteries. Both items are not for the poor of pocketbook. The ErgoMedia 500 is $39.90 and the headphones are priced at $24.90.
We understand that it may be difficult for Islamic kids to stop playing their PSPs just to complete their daily studies of the Koran. Malaysian student Ikhwan Nazri Mohamad Asran designed The Raise: PSP Islamic Content after seeing a similar version of the Bible.
“For some parents, when we talk about the Internet, all they see is porn, the bad things. When we talk about the PlayStation, all they see is gaming and spending too much time not studying,” Ikhwan said. “A mother can say, ‘Read the Koran first and then I’ll let you play games.’”
He created his service between classes with the aid of 10 student volunteers. The software will become available for the portable system after May 18 to download on Ikhwan’s site for free, instructions included.
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Pocket PC gamers can now play without using those teeny, tiny buttons on their pocket PCs or cell phones. The Century Sutra 1688 is a two-handed clip-on game pad that almost simulates the buttons on a Nintendo Gameboy, Advance, or Gameboy Color. It may look a little awkward, but then this NES Emulator has to be one step up from remembering what finger is supposed to go on which letter on keypads. No news yet on price, although our imperfect Babelfish translation led us to believe that it would be an affordable JPY 1,500 (~$12.52.)
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just released the results of a study they conducted in February, and the word from them is that the average American household spends about $1,200 per year on gadgets. It appears that televisions are the biggest piece of the pie, as 92% of American homes have them, and 25% of those homes own HDTV sets. Mobile phones are also way up there, not surprisingly, owned by 76% of all American households. Focusing on more recent times, it seems that network hardware components are the hottest sellers right now, as American households are integrating more personal computers into the mix, requiring routers and wireless access points. Along with DVRs, network equipment purchases rose by 8%.
“Many of the top owned products have enjoyed mass-market saturation for years and will likely see growth based on upgrade and replacement sales,” said CEA senior research analyst Elena Caudle. “Some of the more intriguing categories are those that still occupy niche markets, such as mobile CE devices like GPS systems and satellite radio, which have seen healthy growth in the past few years.”
Even more interesting though, is that it was determined that the average teen spends about half of their total income on consumer electronics and gadgets. Households with teenagers exceed the national purchasing average of $1,200 by up to $500.
Of course, to readers of this site, this is nothing new. In fact, we bet that many of you, like us, can spend upwards of $5,000 a year on gadgets or more. Are we right? Let us know in the comments, or hit up the forums. How much do you spend on gadgets on an annual basis?
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