The MSN i-Buddy is an emotional wreck. Connect him to your USB port, then get in touch with someone on MSN Messenger. When that person comes online, your mini-bud goes to work and lets you know. Every time your friend sends you an emoticon, he responds by colors, flapping wings, body movement, and a thumping “heart.” Get two and you have a veritable emoticon party.
We had a lot of fun playing with the gadget and our cat seemed to think he was there just for her. Note that the most response we got was when we were sent an angry emoticon. We thought the thing would fall off our desktop! You can find the i-Buddy at Firebox for $24.95. While they are temporarily out, you can pre-order to receive one from the next batch.
(Thanks, Jen and Kent, and Avril!)
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If you never have enough room for all your computer accessories, at least you can get one that won’t take up extra space. The USB Mini-Webcam has its very own sucker to attach to your display screen. Good for video conferencing or just everyday chatting, the camera has a rotating lens, is compatible with most IMs and Skype, and works with Windows XP/Vista. Simply plug and play using your USB 1.0 or 2.0 port. With the tiny weight of only 175 grams, it carries a price of $20.99.
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There is no better way to spend a weekend than by playing with electronic toys. The MSN Missile Launcher/Webcam is no exception. Firebox was kind enough to allow us to get our hands on one. It comes with software that makes it really simple to load and takes only a few seconds. With a toy like this, it is easy to get addicted. We only wish we had two for all out virtual/real warfare. Read our full review and see a short video demo after the jump.
(Thanks, Jen and Kent)
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After you tire of your USB Missile Launcher, or if you want to one-up friends who have one, we suggest the Webcam Missile Launcher. Hook it up to MSN Instant Messenger via USB and an on-screen menu helps you to rotate, tilt and fire away. With a range of 10 ft., if you get two, you can use the opposition’s to shoot her/him. The 5 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch mini-weapon has such sound effects as “boing” and “whoosh” and comes with 3 missiles and a 4 ft. USB cable. Newly arrived, you can get one for $59.95.
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Pay attention, MSN IM addicts. The i-Buddy, who looks darn close to the icon, hooks up to your USB port and responds to incoming MSN messages with his glowing head and wings. The 3-inch figure does more. He will respond to emoticons within the messages and can even be programmed to alert you to one specific bud. How kewl is that? Pre-order for $24.94 from Firebox for a March 28 ship date.
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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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It’s no secret that the airline industry has spared no expense in terms of inflight entertainment, from iPod connectivity to DirecTV channels to interactive gaming and more. But secretly, we bet many of you just want to catch up emails and chat via Instant Message…right? Well JetBlue is on the case: starting today, one of its A320 planes will be equipped with Wi-Fi. Yahoo! and Wi-Fi-enabled Blackberry users will be able to read email and IM their buddies during flights. And you know this is only the beginning: for better or worse, we’re sure in a few short years we’ll be able to surf the ‘net from our laptops while flying the friendly skies. Cool….
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You can now have the capability of turning your cell phone into a Bluetooth or USB webcam for plugging into your laptop. Warelex’s Mobiola can screen capture you on Skype, Yahoo, YouTube, ICQ, AOL, and other IMs. The cam is compatible with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices including Smartphones, several Nokia phones, and some by Sony-Ericsson.The Mobiola is available for a free trial session for a week for up to 5 minutes at a time and is priced between $4.95 and $19.95, depending on your mobile phone.
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Practically lost in the Apple shuffle (no pun intended) is the new Palm Centro smartphone. With a 320 x 320 pixel touchscreen, the OS 5.4.9 supports 16-bit color in up to 65K shades and has a memory of 64MB. It features a QWERTY keyboard, IM, a dual-band CDMA2000 EvDO tuner, a 1.3 megapixel cam with 2x digital zoom, and a lithium-ion battery that allows 3.5 hours of talk and up to 300 of standby time. Available in onyx or ruby, it is Bluetooth capable and can handle micro SD cards for expansion. The Centro has plenty of other enticing features and can be yours with a subscription to Sprint service for $99.00.
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Those of you who have been waiting for the Xbox 360 Chatpad, we finally have more news on the impending release of the device. Over on the Xbox website, the Chatpad Messenger Kit has been given it’s own product page, which indicates that the package, which includes the Chatpad along with headset, will retail for $29.99 USD. You’ll have to wait a couple more months for the pleasure though, as the Chatpad Messenger Kit isn’t scheduled to hit stores until September 4, 2007. While you’re waiting, check out our Chatpad image gallery.
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