OLPC has gotten together with Amazon to sell its products in the U.S. Beginning in late November until the end of 2008, you can purchase the XO laptops in a G1G1 (give one, get one) deal for $398.00. The group plans on launching its second generation in 2010 with a touchscreen and hopes that it will come closer to the $100.00 price they originally envisioned. We suspect that the problem with the first model will continue to limit sales as we little people are thinking, “Hmmm. Buy extra computer or fill gas tank?”
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The Shuttle X27 Netbook is mini in price and size. Featuring an Intel Atom processor and Linux, the desktop comes without monitor, keyboard or mouse, but how can you pass up its $189.00 price tag? Available sometime this month, this can be just the ticket for a student rushing off to college, that second ‘puter for Mom/Dad, or those who like to check their email in the bathroom. We were just kidding about that last bit, or were we?
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Fujitsu has unveiled their Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Netbook with a 8.9-inch WSVGA (1040x600) display, Intel Atom Processor N270, 1024 MB DDR2, 667 MHz RAM, and 60/80 GB HDD (3600 rpm/4200 rpm.) It also features an ExpressCard slot, plugs into your USB 2.0 port, and has a VGA output. At a size of 233 x 29/36 x 175 mm and a weight of 1 kg, it includes a webcam and mic and supports MS Windows XP Home Edition. The Amilo, available in several colors, carries a MSRP of €399 (~$585.00.)
People who leave their computers on 24/7 have a new gadget that will save some energy. Attach the Ecobutton to your PC via USB and if you leave your desk, it will put your computer on “ecomode.” Even better, it will record how much power, money, and carbon units you have saved. Tap a key and it turns back on. Made from recycled plastic, it will keep track of the last time it was used and the total over time. Guilt just doesn’t get any better for £14.95 (~$29.00.)
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Lazy parents will have one less chore now that the Nabaztag will be able to read English. Teaming up with Ladybird, Violet will release an English speaking version with Goldilocks, Cinderella, and The Elves and the Shoemaker books. The rabbit reads the RFID Zstamp and speaks, and kids can navigate through its ears. Even better, in case of a longer tale, the robotic pet will remember where it left off. The Nabaztag set will be available for £118.40 (~$231.00.) Sign up with Violet if you want future notification.
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Lenovo is joining the ranks of companies that believe thin is in. Their IdeaPad S10 is powered by Intel Atom N270 and 945 GSE chipsets that run at 1.6GHz. It also features a 10-inch screen, a multi-touchpad, a 1.3M cam, a 4-in1 card reader, and a pair of stereo speakers. Choose between black/white and red and expect prices of $399.00 for 512MB and 80GB HDD and $450.00 for 1GB with 160GB HDD. Look for the S10 to debut in October.
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We never tire of Lego gadgets. This one is a mini-webcam in a Duplo block that goes into your USB port. The cam measures 31 x 31 x 13mm, comes in brown, and has a 3.2 MP picture interpolate and integrated microphone. Mount it on your flat panel display or notebook with a Magnet Grip and you will get images at 30 fps. Software is included and the cam is compatible with Windows XP/SP2/Vista at a price of $149.99. “123Smile” also makes other one-of-a-kind items out of Legos, including flash drives, USB hubs, and mini-lights.
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Thanko has come up with a mouse for those with sweaty palms. The 3-button device has a 2-inch fan built into the base. The USBCOOLM is 6 x 12.6 x 4cm, has an on/off switch and can be used by those who are left and right handers. Compatible with Windows, you can get one for ¥1,980 (~$18.00.) While we are not sure we need a cooler mouse, at the very least we expect is that it might clean off the crumbs we sometimes spill.
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Before you take off on your next trip, save the price of a house sitter and get some Smart Planters with built-in computers. Fill the reservoir and it will check the soil every half hour with a moisture probe and store the information in its memory. It will then water it when the need arises. The device holds a 10-inch pot and needs 3 D batteries (not included.) You can use the Smart Planter indoors or out, with free-standing or hanging plants, and there is a guarantee not to overwater. The SP has a MSRP of $49.95.
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Fujitsu has released 6 LifeBook Notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 Processors. Here is a basic peek at the new line.
- The A6210 has a 15.4-inch LCD display, wireless USB, an E-SATA port, and a touchpad for $1,149.00.
- The T5010 is the successor to the flagship LifeBook T4220 convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch dispay and weighing 4.5 lbs. for $1,769.
- The T1010 has a 13.3-inch display and weighs 5.3 pounds at a price of $1,299.00 with a $50.00 mail-in rebate.
- The E8420, S6520 and S7220 notebooks are available now and come with prices starting at $1,359.00, &1529.00, and $1,299.00 respectively.
All of the LifeBooks come with a 1 year warranty and can be customized for an extra charge.
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