We already introduced you to Hop-on’s disposable phone, and it seems they have done it again with their inexpensive HOP1800 series smartphones. Their 1801 features a GSM tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz, a 2.5-inch QVGA 320 x 240 262K TFT touchscreen, and a CMOS cam with 2 Mpixels. At a size of 116 x 64 x 14mm, it also has an external Micro SD card memory slot and Midi 64 polyphonic ring tones.
By the way, we love the comment by Hop-on’s CEO Peter Michaels, “Since Apple is launching their new 3G iPhone, maybe I can talk to Steve Jobs and see if he’ll buy our $10 phone and include it as a give away in their packaging. This way, if you drop your 3G iPhone in the water, you can use the backup to call Apple for another $500 phone. They can call it the Back-up iPhone…”
A new portable, handheld medical scanner has been created that plugs into a cell phone via USB cable to transmit data to processors. Then images come back on the cellie screen. Because one processor can serve many imagers, the cost will be reduced overall. Professor Boris Rubinsky, at the University of California in Berkeley, is hoping that the Star Trekkian device will be used in developing nations, rural clinics, and even ambulances.
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If you missed out on the first one, Sony is releasing its second gen mylo. You can use it to catch up on e-mail, take shots or view pics and/or 320 x 240 pixel videos, use it for Skype, and of course to let everyone know that you have one. With an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, it features a touchscreen, Internet surfing with Wifi, and has USB connectivity. Contact Sony to find out pricing and availability on their latest handheld.
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It’s great to see that not only are USB chargers becoming more accessible, but less expensive, too. This 4400mAh battery will charge iPhones, handhelds, digital cams, cellies, MP3 and CD players, PSPs and other electronic gadgets that the well-equipped techie has to have. At a size of 69 x 21 x 21mm and a weight of only 122g, it features an on/off switch, a 3-level LED indicator, and comes with USB cable for a price of $45.00.
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Nokia has debuted its N95 with “Spiderman 3” film, wallpaper, and ringtones, which they feel will show off its capabilities. The handheld features a 2.8-inch, 240 x 320 QVGA display, a 5 megapixel cam with Zeiss optics, A-GPS with over 150 countries, WLAN, HSDPA, and storage of up to 20 hours of video and 6000 tunes with 8GB. The N95 also has the good fortune of being part of the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage Games, which will be going live soon so that you can actually test a game before purchase. The black N95 with 2-way slide is available in Europe and selected countries in Africa and the Middle East for €560 (~$793.00.)
Blackberry devotees, take heart. The Canadian firm Research in Motion claims a net profit of $287.7 million through September 1, as opposed to the same period in 2006, in which they made $140.2 million during the second quarter. The company claims that the jump was due to new global users that helped it beat the 10 million mark, as it added another 1.45 million subscribers. RIM believes that their profits will continue to rise and beat their market targets for the rest of year.
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The next installment in the popular Sony franchise God of War, subtitled Chains of Olympus and a prequel to the original God of War, will be debuting on the PSP March 4, 2008. The news may be a little disappointing for some hoping to add the flagship first party title to Sony’s handheld this Christmas, but Sony has also announced that it will be putting out a demo at the end of this month. When the game’s official website launched back in April, Sony included the opportunity for North American gamers to sign up for a special UMD-based demo version prior to the game’s release.
The limited edition demo will include part of a playable level plus extra goodies including behind-the-scenes footage. A copy of the demo without the extras will be released later this year.
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It always seems a bit silly to declare a “winner” of E3. It’s just so juvenile. This is a complex industry that can’t be distilled down to the simple question of “who beat whom.”
But we just can’t help it, can we?
Comparing the three keynotes this year, however, really is a grab-bag of possible outcomes. All three offered something interesting, and picking a single “winner” this year more than ever depends how you define “winning.”
My rundown is after the break.
Today’s gaming news-of-the-weird comes to you courtesy of HP, yes that HP, the old Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard brainchild. Apparently inspired by Nintendo’s recent non-traditional approach to gaming, HP’s device - currently dubbed the MScape, would react to visual and spatial clues in the gamer’s environment thanks to built in accelerometers and GPS sensors. We’re guessing it’ll be a cartridge based system. (GET IT??!?) Describes the article over at GameSpot.com:
The early concept involves a handheld and a series of small sensors that a game organizer could lay out around a city or park. Those sensors would trigger certain events in the game, like a bonus level or an attack by the bad guys, based on a small demonstration of the concept here.
Um, wow… is it just me, or does this have “amazingly bad idea” written all over it. We’ve all heard about the horror stories of people so wrapped up in their DSes and iPods that they don’t notice important details like oncoming traffic. Litigation’s going to get REALLY interesting when people start jumping in the middle of the streets to pick up power-ups.
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Hooked on Sudoku? Kid Galaxy, designer and developer of creative toys and games is featuring their handheld Pro at this week’s NY Toy Fair 2007. The gadget features over 1,000,000 puzzles, 4 different skill levels, and an adjustable screen. It also sports check, hint, and mute buttons, a timer, a step counter, and an input for downloading games. Pro Sudoku is available online for $15.00, requires 3 AAA batteries (not included,) and also comes in a $5.00 Sudoku To Go Model.
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