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Nokia Releases N95 GPS

Nokia N95Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.

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Holux GPS Logger Unveiled

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Misc. Tech, Wireless / WiFi, USB,

Holux GPS LoggerHolux has released the M-241 wireless GPS logger with dual interface (Bluetooth and USB GPS-mouse) and memory capable of recording up to 130,000 positions such as longitude, latitude, altitude, and time. Running on one AA battery, it has a 32 x 8.9mm display for position, speed, available memory, date, and time. You can set it either by distance or time in one of 3 languages. The logger can be yours for ~$80.00 on Amazon.

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miCoach Helps to Keep You Fit

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Smartphones, GPS, Misc. Tech, Music,

miCoach

Talk about combining pleasure with guilt. The Samsung Adidas miCoach features stereo FM, an MP3 player, a 2-inch 262,000 TFT display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution, a 2 megapixel camera, a sliding keypad, GPS ability, E-mail and Internet connectivity, and all the usual cell phone bells and whistles. In addition, it has built-in step and pulse meters as well as training tips and time updates. It will come out in Germany and other parts of Europe in mid March. Available in 7 colors and 2 models, we could see this being particularly helpful during the next gorging holiday season.

Read More | gsmhelpdesk (translated) via Akihabara News


OSP Robots Clean Up Oil Spills

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

OSP Robot

It looks like SOTAB 1 isn’t the only bot that will soon be attacking oil spills. Designer Ji-hoon Kim’s OSP robots may look like Roombas but love the water. Each has a computer system that plans and controls its motions, a GPS system and radio antenna to communicate with its fellow modules, boom connectors for hooking up to others, a solar panel to collect energy, and an inflatable boom that rolls out for protection. With their small size, they can be moved quickly to the site by boat or helicopter. We hope this is one prototype that becomes real before the next large oil spill.

 

Read More | Yanko

Sprint Offers More Than Just Talk for Less

Simply Everything

Sprint has joined some of the other major mobile companies in offering a $99.99 unlimited calling plan. Referred to as “Simply Everything,” it not only includes talk, but gives you Web browsing, Sprint TV and Music, GPS navigation, text, video, and picture messaging, and push-to-talk. Existing customers can switch without a fee charge and newbies can sign up for the rate with a two year contract. While we are in no hurry to run to the company to get in on the hot deal, we hope their competitors will find this a fine time to vie for our dollars.

 

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SOTAB Assists in Oil Spills

SOTAB 1Researchers from Osaka University have developed SOTAB 1 (Spilled Oil Tracking Autonomous Buoy 1) with imaging sensors that can spot globs from a distance. The GPS bot dives down and when it senses something that resembles oil, floats back to the surface and “swims” towards the oil spill. SOTAB then helps cleanup crews by providing data on wind speed, and depth and temperature of the water. Still in the developmental stage, head researcher Naomi Kato hopes the 243 lb. robot will be available commercially in a couple of years.

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Panasonic P905i for TV Junkees

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Smartphones, GPS, Handhelds, Music,

Viera P905iTV

For those of you that need your TV fix no matter where you are, Panasonic has created the 3G/GSM/GPS P905i for DoCoMo with a 1seg TV tuner. The device features Panasonic’s Viera image processing on a 3.5-inch screen with a 854 x 480 resolution. It holds up to 1GB of memory and has a 2MPx sensor and auto-focus cam, as well as DCMXiD. Due out February 29, contact Panasonic or DoCoMo for price and availability and never worry about trying to catch up with the latest twist or turn of “Lost” again.

Read More | Akihabara News

Hyundai to Feature Dual In-Dash Monitor

Dual Dash Monitor

It isn’t enough that you are fighting with traffic, your cell phone, and GPS while driving, not to mention the dreaded back seat driver hammering in your ear. Hyundai will soon be releasing an in-dash dual monitor into the company’s Grandeur. So while you watch the road, the map, and listen to your missed messages, you can also be distracted by your passenger watching a DVD. We think we would rather sit that one out, thank you very much.

Read More | Aving

HTC Debuts New Shift

HTC ShiftHTC 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.

Read More | HTC via krunker


Bleeding Edge TV 248: Zoombak GPS family, vehicle, and pet locator

It’s 10:00.  Do you know where your dog is?  Or your car, or the loved one who is responsible for the car?  Zoombak is aiming to make sure you never have to look far to get the answer to that question.  Their advanced locators come in two sizes, one perfect for placing in an auto and one made to clip on to the collar of a dog weighing 12 pounds or more.

Both versions of Zoombak offer the ability to set up “safety zones,”  via the Zoombak website.  When the auto or dog that is wearing the Zoombak GPS unit leaves the safety zone, Zoombak will send a text message or an email with the location of the unit, and the location can be tracked live on Zoombak’s website.

Dog and Auto units retail for $200 and $250 respectively, and Zoombak’s monthly service starts at $9.99 a month.


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