Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Sony's Lightsaber-esque Walkman


    The test tube/rod/phallus-shaped Walkman NW-S200 from Sony comes complete with a strap on for your arm, allowing you to use it for exercise as well as entertainment. How does this help you exercise? Well, it’s got a Music Pacer feature that matches up the tunes with the pace of your run, a sweat and water resistant body, a shuffle song feature activated by shaking, and a built-in… Read More

  • Nokia N80 Snuggles The Internets

    When I’m walking down the Magnificant Mile, and I’m looking for a good way to blow some time (which seems to be more and more often), I usually stop in at the Nokia flagship store and see what kind of new way-too-expensive-for-me phones they have to play with. There’s usually just about 30 of the underwhelming 8801, and a couple of the 7370 and 7380 for the… Read More

  • Forbes' Most Wired Cities

    Forbes Magazine release today a list of the 30 most connected cities in the United States. They’ve surprisingly selected Atlanta as the most wired US city. I’m not really seeing it. Sure, as Forbes points out, the ATL is home to Bellsouth, Cox and Earthlink, and it might have more people with broadband per capita than any other city, but it just doesn’t feel right. Read More

  • World's First Wireless Ultra Wideband Hub

    The age of Aquarius is finally over and now it’s time for the age of ubiquitous wireless. Y-E Data Inc., a Japanese company, is launching one of the first wireless UWB hubs in the world that turns any formerly wired device into a wireless USB device. The hub has four standard USB ports and uses a dongle to connect to the hub. The estimated speed is about 100Mbps, which should fall… Read More

  • Sirius Stiletto 100 Shows Some Skin

    It looks like the new Sirius Stiletto 100 receiver is ready for its close-up. If you’ll remember, it has the ability to keep up to 100 hours of music (MP3/WMAs), can stream your audio via WiFi connectivity and is, of course, also a Sirius receiver. Now we get to see it bumpin’ and grindin’ with the new Soloist speaker system from Directed Electronics. So get get your… Read More

  • Dreamcast Watch

    I have thus far let my perverse love of timepieces go unquenched on these pages, but no longer. Here is a fancy Dreamcast Watch that opens up just like the original Dreamcast to reveal the time. Practical? No. Geek-tastic? Yes. It’s available now for pre-order for $129 and will ship September 29. If it was every your goal to have a portable Dreamcast, this is probably about the… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Vision W Is Official

    Creative officially launched recently the Zen Vision W that we heard about last week. The new player features a high resolution 4.5-inch, 16:9 format, color widescreen TFT display. Aside from the screen though, this player is essentially identical to the older M model. The ZEN Vision W will be available in 30GB and in 60GB models. It will be showcased at COMDEX today and it is available in… Read More

  • Tenvera Brings Fiber Home

    Tennessee-based company Tenvera has developed a relatively affordable way to put fiber in the home (FITH). The benefit of this is clear, as fiber to the home becomes more-and-more widespread, the shoddiness of your old indoor copper wiring will be more apparent than ever. Tenvera calls its new FITH product, “System 5″ and it is estimated to be available for roughly two to three… Read More

  • MotionDSP Improves Grainy Video for Military, You

    While many of us try to take video and images with our cameraphones or webcams, the resulting footage is rarely usable and suffers from a great deal of anti-aliasing and generally messy pixels. MotionDSP has solved that problem by using special algorithms to “recreate” lost data in real time, thereby bringing almost useless low-light and compressed video into tight… Read More

  • Skype and Philips Get Busy, Ditch Computer

    Philips announced this morning the addition of the Skype certified VOIP841 to its product line. We’ve already seen a couple of these new Skype devices, but the gravity of their introduction is only now becoming apparent. Like the USRobotics USR9631 that we saw yesterday, the VOIP841 can function completely autonomous of a computer. Users are able to sign up for Skype service directly… Read More

  • NEC Drops Two New Versa Laptops, Featuring Added Security

    , the M360 and the M160. NEC is promoting these as having the “perfect balance” between performance, flexibility and security, though I don’t see anything outstanding. They both have integrated biometric fingerprint scanners, but there’s nothing new there. The M360 has an optional port replicator with it’s own biometric scanner, but that seems rather redundant. Read More

  • Is HP Eating Apple's Karma?

    that if , in light of its recent successes, could HP be attaining Apple-like mojo? He makes a few very good points, and positions that against Apple’s rough month. It’s a well-thought, if not brief, read into how fortunes can change swiftly in this industry. With Apple’s battery recall, settlement with Creative Technologies and recent stock option irregularities, it would… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Copious Notes Edition

    A selection of noteworthy news stories for your perusal: HORNMASSIVE Sound System
    Table of Free Voices
    Protect respect your disks with new DVD condoms
    Aiptek MyNote Digital Notepad
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  • Aiptek MyNote Digital Notepad

    The oldest form of data entry on the planet is handwriting. We learn it before we learn to type. It’s not as efficient as a keyboard, but it can be done anywhere on about anything. (Don’t believe me? Check out any alley in Midtown, NYC.) Handwriting has become a viable option with PDAs and tablet PCs using virtual ink and handwriting recognition to transcribe what you’re… Read More

  • On the Future of Non-Exploding Batteries

    A manager I once knew had an axiom: if it’s got a cable, it’s not really a gadget. As our portable devices get more and more powerful, the consume more and more energy. And technical advances have made formerly usable levels of power performance unacceptable–my first Powerbook, for instance, got around forty-five minutes of usage on a full charge… when it was brand new. Read More

  • Table of Free Voices

    Located in Berlin, The Table of Free Voices is the fastest, most high-tech table in human history. The table jas a camera and a microphone built into each of its 112 places, allowing the responses of each individual to be recorded and saved as an individually searchable audiovisual portrait. The Table of Free Voices is 124 feet in diameter and is basically a big supercomputer. The lead… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Continues to Develop PlayNow

    Sony Ericsson plans to further develop its PlayNow service, which is currently only used to listen to and download ringtones. The spokesman from the Japenese-Swedish group did not give any details on how the service will be changed, or when the changes will occour, saying simply: We are developing the PlayNow service further, it is part of our bigger music strategy. As the prices of phones… Read More

  • HORNMASSIVE Sound System

    The HORNMASSIVE sound system can project sound from up to 1km away, making it a great addition to musical festivals around the globe. The mobile sound system is made up of a gigantic 2000-watt steel and aluminum horn, and weighs in at a massive 2-tons, all powered from a commercial 12” speaker driver. The sound system functions as an audio input station, where users can plug-in and… Read More

  • Samsung LN-S5296D 52-inch LCD TV With 1080p

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/VGA inputs. The audio system is SRS TruSurround XT, with a pair of hidden speakers along the edges. This unit will be coming later this fall, but if the specs really are to be believed, LCDs may finally be catching up to the old CRTs in terms of image quality and black-levels. 52-inch samsung lcd flat hdtv due within a… Read More

  • ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 Integrated Intel Graphics Chipset For Laptops

    Gamers and performance enthusiasts balk at the mere mention of “integrated graphics”, and rightfully so. But the Radeon Xpress 1250 is “Vista Ready” and will handle Vista’s Aero Glass GUI features with no problem, meaning it should be powerful enough to run your games at least at a playable framerate. Radeon Xpress 1250 is the first Intel-based chipset to… Read More