Philips has come up with their answer to the iPhone shortage with the X800. The touchscreen phone has a 2.9-inch TFT display with 256K colors, QGVA with 240 x 400 pixels, 2G network GSM, and supports Bluetooth, micro SD, and USB. It also features GPRS, a 2 MP cam with auto-focus and video, an MP3/MPEG4/WAV/AAC player, voice memo, and organizer. Expect up to 850 hrs. of standby time with 8 hrs. of talk time. Contact Philips for price and availability details.
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If you live in Japan, you can now check in on your home, control your appliances, and even lock your doors while in your car with Panasonic’s Strada F-Class. The device has a touchscreen with icons that say things such as “turn off the light.” Introduced this week, the Strada also works as GPS. Of course, you have to have a webcam and netlinking system. With a $3,400.00 price you could always get a couple of timers to do the same thing. Look for it to hit the market this June.
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Germany’s s’Baggers Restaurant has been up and running for a while now and is apparently expert at what they do as they have captured the attention of even the BBC. The brainchild of Michael Mack, the first automated restaurant features color coded seating, a touchscreen TV for ordering, and food prepared by chef in the kitchen on the roof that comes down an assembly line. While waiting, the diner can catch up with e-mail, send an IM, or read about the ingredients in their selected dish. While we may not be able to visit s’Baggers right away, we cannot wait to partake of their very special Suckling Pig & Carp Night.
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E-Ten has two new Windows Mobile Professional Smartphones to tempt you with, the Glofiish M810 and the M750. Both of them have 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, a Samsung S3C2442 500 MHz processor, and are Bluetooth 2.0 capable. In addition, each features GPS, a 2.0 megapixel cam with auto-focus, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot, and a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen. The M810 has support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Look for them to be making their retail debut in the next couple of weeks.
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It seems that everyone is trying to compete with the big Apple. Korean company LG has released its LG-LH2300 Touch Web Phone. It features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD (800 x 480) with a WVGA res. It has a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus, Internet browsing, a microSD memory card slot, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. With its hot key, jog wheel, and T-DMB, multi-media activities will be super-simple. The smartphone will cost ~$650.00 and become available sometime in early April.
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For those who check their e-mail before their first cuppa java (you know who you are,) the Yuno is the perfect answer to allow you to fulfill your quotas in both areas. While you are getting your caffeine fix you can check your e-mail, see a traffic report, or find out how much Google stock is worth now with its touchscreen. It measures 6.25 x 3.75-inches and has a detachable CPU bottom so that you can pop it in the dishwasher. This is a finalist in Microsoft’s Next-Gen PC Design Competition. We like this prototype over most of the others even though we hope that they also make it insulated. Our e-mail takes forever to wade through sometimes. The contest runs through March 15, in case you want to vote for one of the contestants.
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RoboPorter has taken up residence in Japan’s Kita Kyushu Airport. Standing 4 feet tall, travelers walk over to him and tell him where they want to go. They can also use a touchscreen with a map for identification. RP can handle luggage up to 110 lbs. and can inform patrons with airport information without asking for a tip. We are thinking that this would be a terrific application for grocery stores. Not only could they carry our groceries, perhaps they can be programmed to shop as well.
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Garmin’s nüvifone should give the iPhone a run for its money. After all, Garmin is all about the GPS. The all touchscreen (3.5-inch) phone also features a web browser, IM, e-mail, and music capability, and Google search complete with ratings for businesses and restaurants. When you dock it in its vehicle mount, it automatically activates the GPS and menu, and will allow hands-free conversations. The nüvifone comes with pre-loaded maps of North America, and/or both Eastern and Western Europe with voice-prompted directions. To find out more and get info on Garmin Online, the elite service with traffic, stock prices, news, and weather, head for their site. Expect availability in the 3rd quarter of this year.
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HAI has released its latest OmniTouch 5.7 Touchscreen LCD Remote that has been chosen as an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honoree at the 2008 CEA. The device can control lights, small appliances, security and temperature settings, home entertainment systems, lighting, surveillance, and ventilation. It also has a built-in speaker and a plug-and-play USB connectivity for firmware updates. Although it comes in basic white, color change kits are available. Contact HAI for price and availability.
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TomTom has released its new GPS Go 920T with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, hands-free operation with text-to-speech ability, a built-in FM transmitter and enhanced positioning technology. With integrated Bluetooth remote and a storage capacity of 4GB, the device comes with maps of both Europe and North America. It has a RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver with a free year’s subscription to its traffic warning service. If you want more mapping capacity, there is an SD slot for additional input. Available with a mounting arm, the Go 920T carries a top of the line price of $599.95 after holiday rebate.
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