Canon has introduced its DW-100 Recorder, which will accept both MPEG-2 in SD and HD video with AVCHD. It will also accept Blu-Ray and PS3 so everybody should be happy. At a mere size of 179 × 70 × 275 mm and a weight of 1.9kg, it will record and play 12 cm DVD-R/-R DL/-RW. Compatible with PC or Mac, connect by included USB 2.0 cord. No price has yet been released, but expect availability by March 2008.
We don’t know why it is that we seem to be receiving so much info on surveillance gadgets of late, but we are beginning to think that it is not just a coincidence. Vavolo has released the ZRAD Spy Ear, which requires no software or special configuration for a range of 900 to 1,900 Hz. Embedded in the device is a condenser mic and you just insert a charged GSM SIM card and plant it near your best friend or worst enemy. It will run for 24 hours before needing a recharge with a standby time of 15 days. Not quite ready for the U.S., it comes with a MSRP of $139.99.
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Yesterday, Livescribe told Gear Live that their Smartpen, the system that captures handwriting notes as well as audio, will be launched January 28 and are now taking pre-orders. They have updated their Website with additional details and images and instigated a forum to keep up on questions. The best news is that they will be giving away two a day through their launch date.The system, which consists of pen, paper, and software, can store more than 100 hours of audio and will come at a cost of less than $200.00.
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For spies on the go, the DVR Pen has a wireless, low-power digital recorder and a microphone stuffed into an 0.55 x 5.7-inch pen. You can record 320 x 240p at 30 fps on flash memory or microSD and transfer data to PDA or PC via Bluetooth. The pen features 5 different motion detection sensitivity levels for low light targets and can send an alarm when movement occurs. And yes, it even writes. Still a prototype, Pacific Defence foresees a target date next March.
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