You will some day be able to find your lost car keys with only your PC. University of Tokyo researchers have come up with Memory Goggles. They can recognize and organize visual information of objects after a certain amount of training. They also have an LCD screen built-in so that you can double check the item. The glasses need the aid of a computer tied to the user’s back, which the scientists say will become smaller in time. The team is also hoping that the goggles will be capable of processing information in future robotics.
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ProxMat is a handy tool for those who just don’t trust their fellow workers/roommates. Made by ComputerProx, the device is pressure sensitive and sends the Windows Key + L shortcut when you leave your computer and locks it down. The gadget works with KIT (Keyboard Interface Technology) and connects through your USB port, so it needs no special driver. It is compatible with any other security devices you may already have. It also doubles as an energy saver and can put your PC into standby. Available in four different sizes, contact ComputerProx for specific pricing.
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For those who check their e-mail before their first cuppa java (you know who you are,) the Yuno is the perfect answer to allow you to fulfill your quotas in both areas. While you are getting your caffeine fix you can check your e-mail, see a traffic report, or find out how much Google stock is worth now with its touchscreen. It measures 6.25 x 3.75-inches and has a detachable CPU bottom so that you can pop it in the dishwasher. This is a finalist in Microsoft’s Next-Gen PC Design Competition. We like this prototype over most of the others even though we hope that they also make it insulated. Our e-mail takes forever to wade through sometimes. The contest runs through March 15, in case you want to vote for one of the contestants.
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The Boynq Saturn Speaker has landed, literally. Place it on a table or desktop and it will instantly power up with a 5W RMS 3-inch full range driver. Put it back on its side and it turns itself off. Don’t worry about breakage it as it has a rubber finish. It is USB connectible for plug and play without extra software, or use with power adapter with USB outlet. The Saturn has interchangeable heads for extensive travel between countries and works with any MP3 player or computer with a 3.5mm out connection. It carries a price of DKK 289,00 (~$57.00.)
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For someone as perpetually lazy as Homer Simpson, he keeps finding ways to make our lives more fun, such as the Jukebox and USB hub. Now comes this USB-powered lamp, which features Homey in total Lay-Z-Boy mode, while adding LED light (and a little levity) to your desk. Available for only $17 USB. Wanna totally Simpson-ize your workspace? Check out the
Mr. Burns webcam.
HTC has unveiled its new Shift mobile computer at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Equipped with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0, it also features an RSS reader, media player, and one-touch to e-mail, weather, and more. At a weight of only 800g and a size of 207 x 129 x 25mm, it has a 7-inch slide and tilt touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi capability, and GPS. Toss in a fingerprint sensor, a CMOS VGA cam, and a built-in mic and dual speakers, and you have a product for €1199 (~$1,750.00.) Now available in Spain and the UK, it is next traveling to Italy and other parts of Europe. Maybe it will find its way stateside this holiday season.
What “Simpsons” fan doesn’t love the loathsome, evil—and hysterically funny—Mr. Burns? But it’s another thing to actually have him watch over you 24/7 in the form of a webcam, which is why we think this gadget is for the uber-fan only. The camera’s resolution is 640x480, capturing 30 frames per second. It also comes with two different sized clips, so you can use it on any monitor. The cam plays well with SKYPE, IM software from MSN, Yahoo and AIM and everything from Windows 98 through Vista. But the piece de resistance? Sitting on Mr. Burns’ desk is none other than…Bobo! He being Mr. Burns’ beloved childhood teddy bear, and the subject of one of the best Simpsons episodes ever. Available for $50 USD.
Start up company Ribbit is soon to be open for business in Silicone Valley with its Amphibian service that will make voice features on cell phones accessible on PCs and Websites. With Flash and Flex software from Adobe, developers can build their own virtual phones. Specifically, you can manage your mobile voicemail like e-mail on your computer and phone, turn your voicemail into text, take and make mobile calls from any browser or Webpage, and use its Caller ID 2.0 to find out what your buds have been doing of late. No pricing was announced, although unlimited service may go for about $15.00 a month or $10.00 monthly for 40 voicemails.
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It’s almost Superbowl time again, and CEA predicts that before the big game on Feb. 3, 2.4 million hi-def TVs will be purchased. Tim Herbet, Senior Market Research Director said that other technologies are also influenced, i.e. PC to check stats, IM with friends, and bet on the game. The survey also came to the conclusion that 13% of those who watch SB XLII will also use their cell phone for stats and IMs. Personally, some of us just dig the commercials.
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Globus, move over. Not as simple as van der Kley‘s unique design, Andrew Maynard and team have created the Design Pod. The compact home office is also on wheels and can be placed in a walk-in closet when not in use. The architects have this to say about their invention, “By using technology to create a sense of ownership and territory, we can empower the individual, while maintaining a free and fluid work / studio environment.” Goodness, all that in a box? We would settle for a new desk chair.
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