We know we can’t afford those high end cellies, but we covet them all the same. Motorola has introduced its Aura with 16 million color support and a 300dpi resolution. The stainless steel case takes 2 weeks to make with a finish that is used on luxury watches. Even the swivel mechanism is custom engineered by the Swiss. Inside there is a 2 megapixel cam, 2GB memory, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, GSM support, and Motorola’s CrystalTalk with speakerphone capability. The Aura should be out in time for the holiday season, undoubtedly at a price that none of us can afford.
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Asus has released their R710 PND with Pathfinder HUD (Heads-Up Display) technology that allows users to project directions, speed, etc. on car windshields. The GPS system has a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capability and built-in light sensor. The R710 will also play MP3s, videos and display pictures for those times when you are stuck in traffic. Its MicroSD card slot can handle up to 8GB. At a thickness of only 13.5mm and a weight of only 200g, contact Asus for price and availability.
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Take your often empty car cup holder and turn it into a Bluetooth hands-free music player. The EGO CUP connects to your cigarette lighter and gives you Caller ID, A2DP and AVRCP music streaming, an FM transmitter and an auxiliary input. The device has a built-in loudspeaker and Li-ion battery with 500 hours of standby and 7 hours of talk time. The EGO can also be mounted with velcro on your dashboard or other surface. A microphone and iGrip mounting bracket is included in the $159.00 price.
If you live in Michigan, you couldn’t help but be inundated with news about the official unveiling of the Chevy Volt. Run on electricity from its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, it has a gas/E85-powered engine to sustain the battery and keep the car moving. GM estimates that a driver who drives about 40 miles per day should save about $1,500 a year. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, climate and infotainment controls, GPS, and Bluetooth capability. Unfortunately, GM won’t even begin production until 2010 on the $40,000 car.
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Iqua has come out with the VizorSun, a solar speaker that can be used with any Bluetooth capable phone that supports headset or hands free usage. With a flexible UI panel and large buttons that you can find without groping, you get unlimited talk time provided your visor isn’t terribly tinted and the sun is still out. The VizorSun features answer/end/reject call, last number redial, voice dial, call waiting, mute, fast dial, and auto-reconnect. Contact Iqua for more info and price.
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Sony is releasing 4 nav-u PNDs. The NV-U94T is top of the line with a photo viewer that, when a Memory Stick is put into its slot, can display images. With stereo Bluetooth and audio/video player, it lists for $399.99. The mid-sized NV-U84T with a 4.8-inch screen and NV-U74T (4.3-in frame) carry a price of $349.99 each. The compact NV-U44T has a 3.5-inch frame and is a more affordable $249.99. All 4 satellite signal receiving GPS devices feature gesture command with one touch and Position Plus hardware to help prevent false positions.
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When you take your new Olympus Stylus Cam up north, you might as well pick up some Swany Gloves to go with it. A Red-Dot Award Winner, the g. cell gloves have a fully integrated Bluetooth capable cell phone. Incoming calls will give your wrist a vibration. Take the call by pushing on the back of your hand. The insulated, water repellent gloves also feature voice command dial out. Expect 12 hours standby and 4 hours talk time. The Swany should be out for the holidays with a $495.00 price, so you might want to invest in a couple of parka hooks.
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We appreciate the looks of this prototype VOIP phone that has won the 2008 IF, Red Dot, and IDEA awards. The Tatung has Bluetooth, wireless connectivity and a touchpad for ease of operation. The Internet phone has a customized casing and a nostalgic, nonworking antenna. Other than that, the phone would be great for Skyping when it seems you could use the simplicity. Let’s hope that Nova Design’s award winner becomes reality soon.
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It’s about time that QWERTY keyboard cell phones started becoming affordable. Verizon has introduced the Blitz, a landscape oriented slider phone with a 2.2-in display with 220x176 pixel resolution. It also features a 1.3 mp camera and microSD slot. It has Bluetooth 2.0 capability with A2DP for stereo headsets, and of course it has VZ navigator and can receive V CAST Music with a Rhapsody subscription. You can get the electric blue Blitz now for $69.99 online with a 2 year subscription.
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Alpine Electronics usually creates automobile audio/video gadgets and speakers, and now they are going further into GPS territory with their PND-K3. It features an updated interface from their BlackBird II, text-to-speech ability, integrated Bluetooth, and comes preloaded with Navteq maps of the U.S. and Canada with about 6 million points of interest. It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, an SD expansion slot, customizable map and menu colors, and carries an MSRP of ~$550.00.
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