With all the to-do about cell phone usage while driving, Roadmaster has made available its Bluetooth speakerphone unit with a back-lit LCD screen. You can easily attach the unit to a sun visor with an E-Z mount clip. The Roadmaster features DSP echo cancellation and noise suppression, call forwarding and waiting, redial, caller ID, a built-in microphone, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The VRBT200V is available online for $69.99. Do without the LCD and you can pick up a $39.99 model.
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CompuStar remotes may be a familiar name to those of you who already own a Hummer fully equipped. The up and coming P2WSS-R Pro Series SS Remote by Firstech features programmable time and temperature start at up to a 2 mile range, multi-color LCD, clock display with alarm, vibration and audible alerts, even a parking meter timer. The remote operates on 900MHz Spread Spectrum 50-Channel frequency changing technology. Already honored at the CES 2007, check with Firstech for availability and price.
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Rumor has it that Tom Cruise ran out and bought a VW when the new design was released. If this is the case, then we have found him the perfect present for his child bride. This Volkswagen Barbie Beetle has to be the best Christmas gift for Katie, unless of course he owns a bright yellow one (no clashing colors for the Cruises, thank you very much.) Thirteen Barbie Beetles will be sold through exclusive VW dealers in Mexico for a price of $24,368 each.
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Because today is Thanksgiving, we wanted to find you a perfect Thanksgiving gadget to go with the holiday flow. The good folks at Turtle Island Foods would like you to save the life of a turkey and opt for a tofurky this year. Yes, we know that is not a gadget, however if you guess how many of the vegan critters will be sold before January 1, you might win this nifty Evader Electric Motor Scooter. At a value of about $2,500, we think that’s about 2500 reasons to be grateful. Here’s a hint. Turtle Island has already sold over $1 million tofurkys.
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Remember the Segway, that silly looking mobile transporter that you needed lessons just to stay upright on? Toshiba has designed a fuel cell-powered scooter that at least looks a bit more edgy. It features LED lights that will communicate with other transporters for navigation and “anti-collision” information. Although we hear rumors that Japan has outlawed transports on its streets, we still believe the Toshiba mobile unit will make you look far less geeky even off-road.
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Sanyo has decided to create a GPS navigator for us “little people.” Whereas most of those on the market today go for around $600-$900, The WinCE-powered EasyStreet NVM-4030 has been priced at a mere $399.99. It features a 4-inch TFT Touch Screen with over 1.4 million points of interest, voice guidance, Bluetooth calling with your cellular phone, and turn-by-turn navigation. It also allows for digital audio playback for MP3s, WMA, and WAV files.
The most notable aspect of the EasyStreet is that it utilizes portablility so that you can use it in any car or just carry it along if you are navigationally challenged. Also included are a 1 GB SC Card storing U.S. and Canadian map data, AC and DC power adapters, a car mounting kit, and USB cable. As of now, the EasyStreet can only be found at Online Access Networks Inc., where the claim is “pre-orders accepted shortly.”
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You will never have to wear velcro tennies again when you shop at the mall. Mitsubishi Electric has improved upon the standard escalator and designed a new Series Z with balustrade lighting and LED indicators. The escalator is said to be “safer through superior design improvements” with its use of a screwless inner deck and comb-shaped exit ramp. What’s more, it will issue an “audible warning” when it automatically detects you leaning over the railing or getting close to being caught up in its tracks. The Series Z will be available later this month for ¥1,660,000 (~$13,881.)
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You thought you were confused. Take a look at Delphi’s NAV200. This portable navigation system not only finds your nearest Taco Bell, it also houses a PMP. Just pop it onto your windshield or dashboard, and the pre-loaded NAV is good to go. Once your route is set, built-in speakers provide you with voice-guided directions. Features include a touch screen based on MSN’s Windows CE, a 400mHZ processor, a SIRFstart III GPS chipset antenna, a NAVTEQ mapping database, and a DVD backup for its 1.5GB SD card.
Utilize the 3.5-inch LCD screen to watch a movie through AVI, view JPG, GIF, and PNG images, or listen to WAVs or MP3 tunes with the built in rechargeable
3-hour battery. The NAV200 also features games, a world clock, and calculator. Optional is TMC (Traffic Monitoring Channel) programming, a subscription service that provides traffic info via radio stations. NAV200 is due for release in October at retail outlets or preorder at Delphi for $349.
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We have more news from Berlin’s IFA. Nakamichi introduces the IN-DV7, a DVD/TV/Tuner that they claim will “revolutionize your in-car entertainment experience”. The IN-DV7 has a 7”, 16:9 Wide-screen as well as a built in 4-channel MOSFET amp.
Other features include:
- Active Matrix LCD Panel
- Full Automatic Motorized TFT LCD Flip-out/up
- Touch Screen Control
- DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW compatible
- VCD, SVCD, DVD media Formats
- MP3 Direct track Access
- 60 Sec ESP
At an MSRP of $1699, the IN-DV7 could be the perfect solution to those long LA freeway commutes, but couldn’t they just have named it Fred?
In today’s world, land line phones are becoming ancient technology. More and more customers are leaving phone line systems for VoIP systems, while others, myself included, operate solely through their cellular service. It never ceases to amaze me, however, that the quality of cellular service at home leaves something to be desired. I have moved three times in the past two years, and haven’t been able to average more than a 2-bar signal in any of my homes. Excessive dropped calls, poor reception and sound quality, and the especially hated voice mail notice from calls that never rang. Sound familiar? Well it may be time to invest in an amplification system to boost cellular signal while around the house.
The setup is simple, intuitive, and available for purchase from several manufacturers. It consists of a pair of antennas, one high gain and one low gain, and an amplification system. The system works best if the large gain antenna is mounted outside of the house, but it is not necessary. The system improves your service by relaying the signals from the high gain antenna, through the amplifier, through a smaller antenna mounted somewhere inside the home and out to your cellphone . Transmitting works in the reverse fashion starting from the cell phone, to the small antenna, then through the amplifier and out the large antenna to the service tower. The benefits to be gained here are two fold. First, the antenna that communicates directly with the tower will have a much stronger response (higher gain) to the signals, both in and out, than the cell phone because of its sheer size. Secondly, the signal is being amplified again through an in-line amplifier. The result is a serious increase in local signal to your cell phone resulting in better battery life, fewer dropped and missed calls, and just plain better quality service. This type of setup is not limited to the home either. There are also systems available for installation in your vehicle which operate on the same principle.
Popular Science has a full length article describing these setups and even points out some manufacturers and models of devices available today.
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