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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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.