LG’s new W53 Monitors certainly have earned the distinction of being named SMART. Each features Auto Brightness which automatically optimizes that and other picture settings, Cinema Mode, which blacks out everything except the video clip, and even a timer that reminds the user to take a break. A proximity sensor knows when a hand is near and activates lights to make it easier to find the buttons and turns them off when it is gone. The displays will be available from 18.5 to 27-inches, with those larger than 21.5 in HD. Look for them to come out this month.
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For clean freaks and those whose hands are gooey no matter how many times they wash up, the Automatic Bin is 100% hands-free operation. Its lid almost instantaneously opens when it senses trash. Made of stainless steel, it holds 50 liters (~13 gals.,) and runs on 4 D-sized batteries or included AC adapter. The bin also has manual over-ride capability and an ABS removable top for simple washing. Cleanliness is yours for £79.99 ($157.84.) We wonder if it will automatically open if it knows that we are just tossing wadded up paper towels towards it.
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Photography 101 taught us the the faster the shutter speed, the less blur. But because most cell phone cameras cannot be adjusted, most images come out fuzzy at best. Epson Toyocom has addressed the issue with anti-shake technology. It predicts the amount of blur before the moment the shutter is released as opposed to current technology that measures it at release. Cost is expected to be lower because the microcontroller and sensor needed are less expensive than such technology as a dedicated optical system and a memory chip.
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The Asus Vit W1 Laser Mouse does everything else your old mouse can do plus it has a pulse rate sensor that lies beneath its plastic skin. The wireless device has a 30 ft. range, 5 buttons, a mini-USB receiver, and 12 dpi. We don’t know about you, but just knowing that we will be monitored would make us nervous and have an elevated heart rate. Especially if the little happy face starts to frown.
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We never could get Venus Fly Traps to stay alive long enough to chomp down on all the nasty summer visitors. Now, with Discovery’s motion activated Trap, just feed it 3 AA batteries (not included) and its sensor will close its “mouth” on bugs without you having to tend it. Add bait if the flying creatures don’t want to go for the pseudo plant and, after they are captured, you can release them or study them for a bit. At a size of 4.25 x 4.25 x 9-inches, the plastic VFT will set you back $19.95.
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Last May, we introduced you to the LawnBott, and it seems that KA Home Robotics is doing well, thank you very much. So well that they have introduced their new LB3500. The device can be programmed via Bluetooth through a compatible cell phone or PDA. Include days and hours and, at the end of its cycle, the Bott will return with its two lithium-ion batteries to its charging station. The 3500 features a higher sensitivity, a blade stop sensor, an on-board alarm, and a 360º bumper shell. Prices range from $3,249.00 to $4,279.00, depending on options.
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We have neglected Linux users for awhile, but we figure this wireless creature will make up for the faux pas. The Tux Droid connects to your PC and lets you know with sound, lights, and noise if you have e-mail. He will respond by voice recognition or touch with infrared sensor, and can be used as a VOIP phone. His eyes and beak open and close, he turns left and right, and his wings move up and down, and he dances with happy feet in his own way. Connectible with a USB fish, his open source software allows for programming of Tux widgets in Python and creating other applications.
Tux comes with a remote, a built-in rechargeable battery, a wireless 2.4GHz link, and will run on Linux kermel 2.4 or later. Pre-order for $99.00 for a delivery date of 1 to 3 weeks.
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Similar to the Hear Now that we introduced you to last fall, PetsMobility’s PetsCell is a waterproof GPS tracker that will notify you when your furry friend steps outside a pre-programmed area. In addition, the collar has a built-in cell phone so that you can chat with your pooch, or for others to contact you should your dog stray a little too far from home. The company also features PawTrax, an online system to track your pooch via the Internet that includes a sensor to keep track of the temperature surrounding your pet. Now we’re thinking, how far away will your pet be that you need to use that particular capability? Contact PetsMobility for price and availability.
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