Golden Bridge Eletech has recently unveiled two solar energy products that can power up handhelds such as digital cameras, cell phones, or MP3 Players. Unveiled at Computex 2007, the Regulus and Zubene banks have two parts, a control and solar module. Run by a lithium-polymer battery, it outputs through built-in USB with three LEDs to show the charging status. The solar module is waterproof and features a “triple-junction amorphous” silicon solar cell to absorb differing light wavelengths efficiently. It is also flexible, so that you can carry it backpack-style. The two models only will both become available in September for $129.99 at funGaia.
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What better way to play a portable game than with something that resembles the early Nintendo game machine? Made in China and released in Taiwan, the GIONEE S20 in red and white is also a slider phone with a numeric keypad. The black V9 features a larger 2.2-inch touchscreen. Both also have a 4-way directional pad, A and B buttons, a 2MP camera, 128 Mb of memory, a micro SD card slot, and can play most multimedia files. There is also a cable to connect to your TV, so watch out, Zelda. We are ready to rescue you via HDTV.
The Megatouch Elite Edge ION features 160 games that vary from the well known Sudoko, Uno, Trivia, and Mega-bowling, to the lesser known Feeding Frosty, Pack Rabbit, and Puzzle Merit-thon. With its 15-inch touchscreen, joystick, full motion video, 40GB hard Drive, and electronic operator key, the system includes software updates every two years by means of an access port. There is also is a Mars note stacker that you can use to keep 700
notes. At a size of 17.7 x 17.3 x 15.4-inches and a weight of 60 pounds, it is coin-operated so that you can charge your friends to pay for the ION, which comes with a price tag of £3,499.99 (~$6,890.00.)
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Somebody actually took the time to create this electronic version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Purchase a pair of the keychain-size devices, push a button, and one of the 3 preset images appears on its display. Along with the ease at allowing the gadget to make the decision for you is also the ability to psych out your opponent, but maybe that’s a good thing. At least your odds are 50/50. The game is available at Prank Place for $8.89 a pair.
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The next time you attempt Mt. Everest, Garmin hopes you will take along its eTrex Summit that not only features a WAAS (Wide Area Agumentation System) with an accuracy of up to 3 meters, it also has a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. The 12 parallel channel GPS fits in your palm with buttons on either side in case you are scaling a wall when you need it most. The Summit is waterproof and can withstand water of up to 1 meter for about 30 minutes. Contact Garmin for price and availability.
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Many companies have been developing cell phones that use will utilize wireless charging. Apple has applied for a patent of their own, but it is SplashPower that caught our attention for its recharging simplicity. Their new SplashPad runs by electromagnetic induction and if you own a high end electric toothbrush it is already equipped with the technology. It eliminates the need for more than one charger per unit and you can charge several devices simultaneously. You will need a SplashPower Module in most cases for each gadget. Account Manager Stuart Reed told Gear Live that it has joined with brand name partners and the first products will become available early next year.
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Even before the iPhone has left the starting gate, companies are already beginning to offer accessories. Boxwave has 20 of them for sale now, including the ClearTouch Anti-Glare Screen for $12.95, the VersaCharger PRO for wall, car, plane and USB for $25.95, the Flexiskin anti-dust and durable case for $27.9 , and miniBuds Headphones with Neodyium drivers for $22.95. If you just can’t wait for the iPhone’s arrival June 29, at least you can preshop for your new toy. Visit Boxwave to see what other goodies are available.
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A new display technology is being developed by Clairvoyante. White pixels are added to the already familiar red, blue, and green and made larger by 33%, which allows more light to shine through so that when the backlight is lessened, power is saved. They claim that the technology could help cell phones, digital cameras, and laptop batteries last up to 50% longer.
The company also says that PenTile architecture provides darker blacks, whiter whites, and sharper fonts. The first appearance of the new technology is slated to appear in software later this year and Clairvoyante is hoping that developers will utilize it to create products for early 2008.
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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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