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Sony PRS-300 and PRS-600

Last week we covered the imminent release of the Samsung SNE-50K e-book reader, so it seems reasonable for us to give as much information as we can about Sony’s two new e-readers: the PRS-300 and PRS-600, or as they are known to the masses, the Pocket and Touch editions. We’ve got full specs on each for you after the jump, but in a nutshell, both sport USB 2.0 connectivity, 512MB internal memory, Mac compatibility, and a lack of Wi-Fi. Remember, these are budget readers, but Sony says a Wi-Fi model is on the way soon. Both the Reader Pocket and PRS-600 will be available at the end of the month.

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Will Alsope Alessi Watch

Will Alsop has been designing buildings and public spaces in chic European locales for decades - Hamburg, Marseilles and London to name a few.  Recently he has begun lending his designing eye to Alessi, an Italian design firm responsible for a wide range of products too high-end and/or cerebral for me to understand much less afford. 

One thing that I do understand, though, is my need for ironic/retro kitsch - and nothing says retro kitsch quite like a neon green polygonal watch.  If you are looking for something cool and ergonomic that reminds you a bit of the 80’s yet don’t want to wave your nerd-flag too high with calculator watch then this is the timepiece for you.  At $118.48 (83 Euro) it is a small price to pay for a modernized piece of your childhood… if you were a child in the 80’s.  Wow, having to preface that makes me feel old.  Now where is my Prince - Purple Rain concert t-shirt?

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Escort Redline scanner

Remember the Fuzz-buster?  No?  Am I dating myself be referencing 80’s tech here?  Well, anyways - welcome to the next generation of police-evading technology.  Escort recently announced its newest model in radar detectors: The Redline.  With the Redline you get a substantially increased radar-detection envelope - 13 miles according to the press release - and can now snub your nose at the law with impunity.  It ships in August and is available for $499.95, a mere pittance to pay for the privelege to personally test the theory of Natural Selection - don’t let cops get in your way from attaining that ultimate pinnacle of street-racing cred: your very own white-cross on the side of I-95!

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Samsung SNE-50K

It may look as if the dominates the e-book reader market like the iPod dominates the PMP market (although, seems to be breathing down Amazon’s neck,) but customers that want to go for the non-number one e-book reader might want to check out ’s SNE-50K. 

The SNE-50K, formerly the Papyrus, will have a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 600x800 pixels, weigh 6.5 ounces, and have 512MB of memory.  It will also support handwriting recognition, and allow users to read text files, PDFs, and Microsoft Office documents. 

Right now, the Samsung SNE-50K is planned to be released only in the South Korean market on July 29 for about $270.  Samsung plans on creating a prototype to sell outside the country, which we’ll likely see at .

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Withings Connected Body Scale

Experts agree that the best way to diet is to make yourself accountable to someone else.  In other words, tell someone your daily weight loss or gain, and you’ll be much more motivated to change it. 

What if you could post your weight online automatically?  This is exactly what the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale is designed to do.  Just stand on it, and your weight and body fat measurements are beamed to a Web dashboard, and they can be accessed with a free app. 

If this device is what you need to bring down your weight, then don’t wait.  Go ahead and lay down $183 for this.

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AtoD Battery

For those who have been clamoring, nay, shouting for rechargeable batteries to be made more user-friendly and versatile, your day is close at hand.  Enter the AtoD Battery, a brand new memory-foam encased Nickel Hydroxide Rechargeable.  At 1.5 Volts it packs the same power as a AA, but with one substantial difference: its memory-foam casing allows you to shape it to match any size battery from AAA to D.  The starting size is that of a standard D battery, so while it may prove versatile it does present one small drawback: lag time in re-inflation.  Just make sure that you have the size right before you impress your friends by smashing a battery with your bare hands only to discover that your their Wii remotes take AA’s and not AAA’s. 

No release date has been named as of yet, but you can expect plenty of memory-foam laced witticisms from your local newscast (“Remember Memory-foam?”, etc.) when it is.  If nothing else, this may portend the re-introduction of ‘D-Battery Night’ at your local ballpark - not even Phillies fans could turn these into weapons.

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YouTube 3D

I’m sure you have noticed with all the 3D movies in the theaters these days, that 3D is the latest thing—or, at least, the latest returning thing.  Well, it wouldn’t be the first time, and there have been a barrage of products at last January that seem to tell us that 3D is not only back, but it might be here to stay. 

It would appear that YouTube is trying to get its hand in the 3D game.  YouTube is currently testing out the idea of 3D videos by offering a few 3D View Style options.  Granted, contributors will have to purchase special (and often expensive) video cameras in order to display their mundane activities in 3D, but it could be worth it. You can check out one of the 3D videos on YouTube now.

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Haier AmericaSure, MP3 Players are a dime a dozen (in variety, not price).  And sure, they usually have the same features such as loading tunes via , the FM Tuner, and small ones usually hold about 2GB worth of memory. 

In fact, the only thing that makes the Haier America Trainer stand out is the fact that it has a built-in clip, a heart-rate monitor, a pedometer, plus a stop watch.  So for those who are interested in taking tunes with their workout, you might want to give this one a try.  It is available now for a price range of about $55-65. 

Read More | CNET Reviews

LED Illuminated Message Board

When I first saw the Illuminated Message Board, I wondered who could need such a showy product.  Then I thought of all the businessmen who could use some extra attention-getter for their small shops, and I began to see a market for it. 

You will notice that I didn’t say who would want the LED Illuminated Message Board.  The idea of owning a board that I could write glowing messages and pictures is a never-granted wish plucked from my own childhood.  Sadly, the luminescent pics are not forever, but they do last 50,000 hours.  All in all, it sounds like a good deal, as you should be able to get it at Chinavision for about $20. 

 

Read More | Chinavision via Tech Fresh


eReader logoFictionwise, in an effort to compete with , has lowered its pricing in its company eReader. While customers pay $9.95 for newly released books, Fictionwise, now owned by Barnes & Noble, promises no e-book priced over $12.95, all new and New York Times best sellers will be $9.95 or less and buyers will get a 15% reward on all purchases. Now if they could find a way to incorporate “book smell” we might consider the expense.

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