Sony Ericsson has a nifty new prototype named the Aino, named after a Finnish mythology creature. The smartphone features an 8 megapixel camera, syncs to your PC via 3G or WiFi and (here’s where the nifty part comes in) connects to your PS3, no matter where you are. This version will only show you what content is on it but hey, it’s a start. The Aino comes with a Bluetooth headset, headphones that light up and a wireless dock.
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You may never need to purchase another charger again. The Ultimate Mhub One-Dock Station has an iPhone/iPod sync and charge dock station, a high speed HCSD/SD card reader slot and 3 USB 2.0 ports. Compatible with most iPhones and iPods, BlackBerrys, T-Mobile G1s, HTCs and PSPs, the hub comes with 2 mini USB cables, a micro USB cable, a 3.5 DC USB charge cable, an AC adapter and travel bag at a price of $68.00.
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If you really want to know what’s going on with your body during that jog or other rigorous activity, eSoles will let your phone know cadence, power output, balance, speed and distance. The custom foot beds transmit the data from 11 pressure sensors via Bluetooth and are based on the company’s Imaging Kiosk System. A prototype has already been tested and Windows Mobile phones will be the first to try it out. Apps for iPhone and BlackBerry will be available later. Prices run from $49.00 for a basic version up to a deluxe model for $499.00.
Kerchoonz, the revenue sharing musician’s site, has introduced the K-box. The compact 115 x 55 x 20mm device can be plugged into your cell phone, laptop, MP3 player or portable game system. Set it on any solid flat surface and it becomes a speaker with a bass response of 40Hz to 20KHz. Battery life is up to 20 hours, then you can recharge via USB. The K-box is available for GBP 39.99 (~$56.00.)
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If you are an avid Trekker, then you know those original doors in the first series were human controlled. Too bad they didn’t have a BlueGuard from EMX. The device opens gates, overhead doors and parking barriers with only a Bluetooth enabled cellie. The BlueGuard recognizes the phone so no RFID or access card is needed. Easy to set up, it has a detection range of up to 33 feet, can handle 10 different phones, is PIN protected and watertight. Contact BlueGuard for details and price.
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Motorola has released its MOTO W7 Active Edition for those who want to get fit. Equipped with an accelerometer, flip to stop it ringing, turn off the alarm or pause music. Two shakes launches a pre-set application, while left and right changes sounds or images. The cell phone also has a step pedometer and Personal Trainer app, pre-loaded motion controlled games and a faster 3G1 speed. The cell phone has the usual bells and whistles, such as a 2 megapixel cam, Bluetooth 2.0 support, FM tuner and 30MB memory. The W7 will be out in Asia and Latin America during Q2.
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Nokia has added a new smartphone to its E series. The E52 has lots of handy features including GPS, music player, social network links and browser. At a size of 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm, it has an incredible 8 hours of talk time and 28 days of standby. Exchange 2007 allows viewing and sorting emails with an auto-complete feature that enters contacts based on those sent and received. The handheld has a 3.2 megapixel cam, USB charging, Quickoffice editor and undoubtedly a pretty high price tag, but maybe you can deduct it as a business expense.
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With all the hype from the new Star Trek movie, we figured it wouldn’t be long before someone came up with a Special Edition Phone. The Nokia 5800 Star Trek Edition is a basic 5800 with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel cam and GPS. The fun starts with the wallpapers, 8 ringtones and screensavers and ends with a Phaser application. Most of the major providers will carry the phone before you go see the flick May 8.
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Get your green on with Kinesis Industries’ gadget that can charge your cell phone or MP3 player by either solar or wind power. The K3 is heavy duty, weatherproof and can provide 30 minutes of talk time or 300 minutes of music after one hour. When full, it can charge a cell phone about 5 times and an iPod or other player about 10 times. It has a USB port built in with various adapter tips and an inside space for storing them. Due out in June, contact Kinesis for price and more specifications.
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