By Sean CaptainPosted 01.07.2008 at 12:00 pm 0 Comments
Panasonics standard-definition SDR-H60 ($550) boasts a 50X zoom lens possibly the longest for a consumer model. (And it promises to keep steady with an improved image stabilizer that measures for hand jitters 4000 times per second.)
By Sean CaptainPosted 10.17.2007 at 12:17 pm 0 Comments
Nokia just strutted out the N810 Internet Tablet ($480) at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The most obvious upgrade to the earlier N800 is the addition of a huge QWERTY keyboard—revealed when you slide the wide LCD screen up. But other big changes are under the hood.
Nokia didnt just happen to launch the new tablet at Web 2.0. Theyre making the point that the 810 is fully equipped for the interactive Web with support for Adobe Flash (to support many online video sites, including YouTube) and AJAX (to support interactive Web sits that update info automatically, without reloading the page). Both are made possible by switching from the Opera Web browser to a new Mozilla-based browser. For more entertainment pleasure, the N810 also supports Microsofts Windows Media audio and video formats.
These are the biggest changes in the new Linux-based Maemo OS2008 operating software. (N800 owners dont have to shell out for new software. They can download and install the new software on older devices.)
The 810 also gets built-in memory—two gigabytes, along with an SD card slot that can hold up to 10 gigabytes more. (The 800 has only SD card slots for memory.) Plus it adds a GPS receiver for location-based services, like local walking maps.
Like previous models, the N810 is not a phone, although it can hook into cell networks by being tethered through a Bluetooth connection to a cell phone. Its main connection, though, will be through Wi-Fi. In conjunction, the Boingo Wi-Fi network today announced that owners of the Nokia Internet Tablets, and its S60-based smartphones like the N95, can download an app that lets them connection to any Boingo hotspot for $7.95 per month.
The one glaring omission on the new N810 is any kind of office software. The big keyboard would make it a great laptop stand-in (or a poor person's OQO). But the only productivity app is a note-pad program. When I asked about it, the only answer was that people could use an online application like Google Docs. Hmmm…not too handy for a device that can usually only get online when youre in range of a hotspot—and certainly no help on an airplane. Of course, Maemo OS2008 is totally open-source, and Nokia just announced plans to formally support developers through its Forum Nokia. So if theres an app that users want, chances are someone will develop it. —Sean Captain
Youre walking down the street, and you know something isnt right. People keep giving you that look. Is your fly unzipped? Hilarious Kick me sign taped to your back? Perhaps people are just staring at your brand-new video belt buckle.
Yes, thats right. No longer is the giant brass Texas-shaped clasp the pinnacle of belt-closure fashion. Now we have the EgoKast—a belt-mounted video player that displays music clips, slideshows of photographs or ripped DVDs on a 3.5-inch screen mounted right above your crotch. The wearer of the EgoKast (Disclaimer: This gets more attention than some people can handle, warns the devices Web site) can load video, music and photographs via the built-in SD-card slot. If you're feeling a bit more modest, unclip it and use it as a standard portable music and video player.
I personally cant imagine someone walking down the street with a color LCD screen on their belt buckle broadcasting highlights from the recent family vacation to SeaWorld. But rocking a waist-mounted 50 Cent video in the club? That just might work. —Carla Thomas
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Loaded up with sensors and motors, this robo-dino is so
lifelike, you just might consider replacing your cat
By Jenny EverettPosted 04.04.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Refer to "Pleo" as a robotic pet, and its co-inventor, Caleb Chung (of Furby fame), will quickly set you straight: Pleo is a designer life-form. That's because, on the outside, everything about the one-week-old Camarasaurus is very unrobotic. Its movements are fluid, not rigid; its actions are seemingly spontaneous and unprogrammed; and its skin is smooth, seamless and stretchy. Inside, however, the 3.3-pound Pleo is very robotic indeed.