Sci-fi fans who Skype/VoIP will love this new USB speakerphone that resembles a Star Trek communicator. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Tiger, it has a volume control and mute function with indicator and a separate USB sound controller with speakerphone and microphone. The phone also makes various comments such as “Transporter room, ready to beam up.” Aye, aye, Cap’n. We understand that the communicator will be at Dream Cheeky but has not materialized there as yet.
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The luxurious wooden PAPPA*Phone works as a Skype phone for both PC and Mac by using its USB adapter. Handmade in Montreal, it is plug-and-play and can work with other VoIP services such as iChat, GoogleTalk, etc. for both PC and Mac. Created by Hulger and handmade in Montreal, it has a handset cord length of 1.5m. Expect a 6 to 8 week delay while your phone is being created and a designer price of $300.00.
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We appreciate the looks of this prototype VOIP phone that has won the 2008 IF, Red Dot, and IDEA awards. The Tatung has Bluetooth, wireless connectivity and a touchpad for ease of operation. The Internet phone has a customized casing and a nostalgic, nonworking antenna. Other than that, the phone would be great for Skyping when it seems you could use the simplicity. Let’s hope that Nova Design’s award winner becomes reality soon.
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One of the honorees at this year’s CES was Spracht’s Aura Mobile BT. The Bluetooth gadget turns your cell phone, computer (VoIP) or cordless home phone into a conference phone. It features a dual speaker system and external microphone. It comes packaged with power adapter, car charger, and VoIP and wireless phone cables so that you can take it along with you wherever you go. The price for the lightweight, diminutive Aura is $129.95.
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Logitech has unveiled its first wireless headset, created specifically for Internet calls. The ClearChat made its debut today at the CeBit in Germany and allows users to move up to 33 feet from their PC or Mac. If you are in a small place, that means a quick snack or bathroom break without interrupting your call. The VoIP headset has 2.4GHz technology, USB connectivity, a noise-canceling microphone, and stereo so that you can hear clearly while rustling through the fridge. There are also volume and mic mute controls, a padded headband, and plush ear pads. Look for the ClearChat to hit the U.S. and Europe in May with a price of $99.99 (U.S.).
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Since its launch in November 2005, over five million DS owners have connected to the dual-screened system’s online gaming service. More than 60 games make use of it, some even featuring VoIP communication – most notably, the recent Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is excited with the news, stating, “The milestones represent millions of hours of fun and camaraderie despite miles between players.”
Reggie also went on to tout the fact that it’s a free service that allows for global competition. He didn’t happen to mention the inevitable frustration the system’s friend codes have caused, but we’ll let that slide for now, especially when you look at the figure for total number games played: more than 200 million.
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