You too, can aspire to be James Bond with this prototype digital camera. The Canon snap is small enough to be discreet yet can house high-quality optics. Designed by David Münsher for atomare, it features a single button interface and can be worn like a ring. We figure it might also come in handy for places that you are not supposed to bring in cameras anymore, such as concert or nightclubs with drunken celebs. You just never know when that next paparazzi shot will net you the big bucks.
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Verizon yesterday introduced its new Wireless Gleam, created by Samsung. The cell phone will play/capture both MP3 and WMA music and video, has a 2.1-inch TFT screen, a 2.0 megapixel cam, and can handle MMS/EMS/SMS, e-mail, and has a microSD memory slot. Offering 8 hours of standby and 3.5 hours of talk time, our fave detail is its “living wallpaper” that alters according to time of day or phone status. At a size of 3.9 x 1.9 x .55-inches and a weight of 3.35 oz., the Gleam can be yours for $149.99 with a 2 year commitment and mini-rebate online.
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Parking should get a wee bit easier now that Matsushita has designed an omni-directional camera system that displays the vehicle as if it was shot from above your car. Four previously available Panasonic 250,000-pixel rear view cams were placed on the front, rear, left, and right sides, while their images can be seen on an ECU navigational screen inside and synthesized to look like it is one image.
Previewed as a prototype at this year’s CEATEC 2007 in Japan, the company plans on releasing their device within the next year or so. We figure it will be useful around those pesky deer that try to grab our parking spaces when we go camping.
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We read not too long ago about a couple that left their video camera on while they were at work to see what their dog did when they were away. It turns out that the canine took out all of his toys from a box when they left and returned them when he heard the car pull up. So how sneaky is this Wonderful Shot by Tomy? The 3.5 megapixel cam holds 8 MB of memory (about 90 photos,) and has a remote, variable timer, and rechargeable battery via USB. It comes comes with a collar clip and we were thinking that for $79.00, one could turn it a decent baby cam.
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Imagine being able to create Google Earth in your own neighborhood. Estes, our fave rocket folks from the time we were old enough to fly them, are finally getting into the technology game. Their Digital Video Rocket can shoot footage from as high as 500 feet in the air. It is capable of recording a 12 second video at 640 x 280 pixel resolution or can capture up to 3 pictures per flight for a total storage of 15 images.
Connect the flying cam to your PC with included USB cable to download video and images. The injection-molded plastic rocket also comes with a launch pad, software, a controller (batteries not included,) and two sets of L1194 button cells. Also not included are C6-C5 engines which can be purchased for $9.95 per 3-pack. At a size of 16 x 3-inches, the rocket will be available for delivery around the third week of this month for $59.95.
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Sanyo has unveiled what they claim is the smallest and lightest HD digital cam on the planet. With a volume of only 16.6 cubic inches and a weight of only 9.5 ounces, the Xacti HD 1000 features an 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that can record up to 85 minutes of 1081i high-def or over 5 hours of TV quality video with an 8G SD card (not included.) Sanyo’s new technology allows for only one processing chip while utilizing 4.2 watts of power. Its “Face Chaser” automatically detects and isolates up to 12 figures for auto-focus and proper exposure. The Xacti will be available in the U.S. next month and will retail for $799.99, which makes it about $84.00 per ounce.
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Geometry fans will appreciate Nokia’s Prism Cell Phones, which feature triangular shapes, including their keypad buttons. Available in 7500 and 7900 models, both include a music player for MP3/WMA/AAC and a 2 megapixel cam. The 7900, featured on the left, also has 3G connectivity, quad-band GSM, and 1GB of storage. Arriving in Europe within the next month, the 7500 will carry a MSRP of $289.99 while the price on the 7900 is a humongous $549.99. Check Nokia for a preview and availability in your area.
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The Korean company AXIS has designed a 1.3M 211W network cam with a choice of a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. With an omni-directional indoor antenna, it switches automatically between day and night. The cam also features a progressive scan sensor and advanced imaging, and is compatible with IEEE 802.11g standard as well as being backward compatible with IEEE 802.11b. With two-way, one-way, or audio off, and at a size of 44 x 88 x 200 mm, the cam is the perfect excuse to spy on employees of retail outlets, offices, and hotels, or just for peeking around college dorms.
It had to happen. It seems that when Sony hears of an idea, in this case a small and inexpensive still/video camera designed to upload on the Internet like Flipvideo, they develop one, too. The Net Sharing GC-1 is only 1 3/16 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/4-inches, and weighs only about 5 ounces. It takes 5-megapixel still photos and shoots video in MPEG-4 with your choice of QVGA/15 fps or VGA/ 30fps and can hold up to 5 hours of footage with a 2 GB Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (for an additional $59.99.)
With a built-in flash, a 4x digital zoom, and a 2.4 inch color LCD screen, the GC-1 has around a rechargeable 90 minute battery life span and will be arriving in September for ~$200.00 in retail stores or you can preorder now at Sony Style. We suspect that other companies will also be coming out with their own versions of inexpensive cams so that everyone can become part of the YouTube Generation.
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