We are big fans of BUG Labs, so we are naturally excited about the news this morning coming out of CES that they are set to release a total of five new BUGmodules. If you are unfamiliar with what BUG Labs and the BUGbase is all about, check out our video from last year’s CES after the break. Anyhow, here’s a list of the new BUGmodules:
- BUG3g: Gives you phone and/or data connectivity
- BUGwifi: Give you 802.11b/g Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR capabilities
- BUGbee: An 802.15.4 antenna to be used with ZigBee home automation setups
- BUGsound: Give you a 20mm speaker jack, four 3.5mm jacks, and an omnidirectional microphone
- BUGprojector: An integrated DLP Pico projector which outputs at 480x320 resolution
None of these have been priced, or have even been stamped with a specific release date, but you can expect them to ship before the end of the quarter.
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Pay attention, people of California. It is now illegal for you to use your cell phone while driving unless you have a hands-free device. Nextar, located in the same state, has cleverly released two solar Bluetooth kits, the NXBT-001 and 002. Each clips to a sun visor and recharges in standby mode. The 001 provides 250 hrs.of standby and 10 hrs. of talk time. It has an LED signal display, supports A2DP and AVRCP and comes at a price of $59.99. The 002 has 6 hrs. of talk time and 150 hrs. of standby with a backlit LCD display and caller ID. Its price is $69.99. Both will debut at the CES and come out in the spring.
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Fujitsu has released their ST6012 Tablet. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, Intel Centrino 2 with Intel vPro tech, a 12.1-inch WXGA TFT with indoor/outdoor wide view display and 1 GB DDR3 800 MHz memory. WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, it also features an SD card slot and fingerprint sensor. Packed with Windows Vista Business, a dock with DVD/CD-RW combo drive is optional. The tablet carries a $2579.00 price.
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Corey Menscher, a technologist, interaction designer and web application developer, wanted to know what his unborn baby was up to as his pregnant wife did. He created the Kickbee, a stretchy band embedded with sensors that react to movement with an Arduino microcontroller. He then decided to transmit them by Bluetooth to a MacBook Pro and from there sends Twitter updates. Our first reaction was to wonder if the baby would be affected by the procedure. This is what Corey had to say.
“I’d also like to respond to some comments about “irradiating” my baby. The piezo sensors are simple sensors that generate a very small electrical current when tapped or vibrated. They are not powered in any way…I’ve spoken to faculty about this, and considering the very low wattage, it’s unlikely much of the electromagnetic radiation will reach the baby. Even so, I’m looking into placing the circuitry on radio-absorbing material.”
By the way, we checked out the Kickbee Twitter page and noticed that it simply states when the fetus kicks.
Oh, and as an aside, if you are on Twitter, feel free to follow us: @gearlive.
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If you are thinking smaller netbook, maybe it’s time to think smaller peripherals. The Mini Bluetooth Keyboard is a diminutive 140 x 70 x 13mm with a weight of 65g. The device has 83 keys, a maximum reach of 15m, and gets its power from 2AA batteries (not included.) It has a button in the back for easy on/off selection. A possible gift for travelers and those who cannot stay home, the mini-keyboard is available for $39.00.
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It’s been about a year since we heard about the Korean company Cowon, but the holidays tend to bring all the electronics makers out. Their newest MP3 Player is the S9 with a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 272 pixels. With a 500MHz dual-core CPU, it features Bluetooth capability, an FM tuner, T-DMB digital TV, a G-Sensor accelerometer and an electronic dictionary. The player will have 55 hours of music or 11 hours of video playback and 350 hours on standby.
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This swivel screen cellphone packs a lot into such a small size. It has 4 band GSM, Bluetooth, Dual SIM with dual standby, FM tuner, and accelerometer.The Bronze Edition also has an MP3/MP4 player, a digital cam, image viewer, video recorder, and its own 1GB card for its SD slot. Unlike many of Chinavasion’s products, there is no minimum to buy and you still get a wholesale price. Sign up now with them to be notified when it comes in stock.
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First there were laptops, then netbooks, now MSI is launching its Wind Neton that they describe as a nettop. All three have a thickness of 35mm and will feature Atom dual-core processors, Windows XP/Vista, and options of touchscreen, remote, and Blu-ray. The M-16 has a 15.6-inch screen (1366x768) and will be out in February with a price of $400.00. The M-19, with its 18.5-inch screen (1366x768) debuts in January with a $500.00 tag and the M-22 (1920x1080) with a 22-inch screen will come out in March with a MSRP of $799.00.
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Sony’s stereo Bluetooth in-ear buds should be just the thing for joggers, travelers, or anyone else who gets tired of cords. The DR-BT160AS has over-the-ear hooks and the band encircles the back of your head. With a lithium-ion battery, you get 7 hours of play or 100 standby time before needing a recharge. Plug the transmitter into your iPod and get an effective range of 30 ft. with a frequency range of 2.4000 to 2.4835GHz. You can get the earbuds and TMR-BT8iP transmitter/receiver for $179.99.
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Motorola may not be able to compete with Navigon’s latest PND. The 8100T has a very impressive Panorama View 3D. The system is created out of NASA terrain data with digital elevations. The GPS device has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, a built-in graphics accelerator, r/t traffic, voice address entry, Bluetooth and text-to-speech. The high end 8100T also features Zagat ratings and reviews for some locations and has a MSRP of $599.00. Look for it later this month.
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