Cellphones make calls. Smartphones do whatever you want them to, with PDA functions, Internet access and the ability to run hundreds of applications. Hereâ€™s your Four-Step Guide to the smartest phone youâ€™ve ever owned
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 04.14.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
For years, the phrase â€PDAâ€phone comboâ€ brought to mind clunky bricks that appealed to only the most connectivity-crazed early adopters. But the latest incarnations of these devices, now known by the more marketing-friendly tag â€smartphone,â€ are finally fit for the rest of us. So why do you want one?Beyond the obvious calling capabilities, smartphones keep your calendar and address book close at hand (and ever more easily synced with your PC), provide access to e-mail and the Web,
You may think that PopSci editors relied on battery-operated swag to cruise through the blackout. But when the juice stopped, so did our toys. Here's our wish list for Blackout 2004. Please send product samples to: 2 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016.
The love child of two-way Family Radio Service (FRS) and Global Positioning System technology, the Rino 110 ($169) from Garmin does more than simply keep track of your location: It beams your position to others in your group who are using the same radio, and plots everyone's whereabouts on its LCD. It's also completely waterproof,
for FRS radios.
A higher-end Rino 120 model ($249) is also available. It has the same features, but adds 8MB of internal memory
and additional mapping capabilities.
>Edited by Suzanne Kantra Kirschner with Jenny Everett
If you have a pacemaker monitoring your heart, you'd better hope nothing goes wrong with your mind. That's because MRIsthe most effective way to image the brainand pacemakers don't mix. The former heats the device's implanted metal wires so much they could scar the heart or trigger a rapid heartbeat. Now, Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the pacemaker, has teamed with Biophan Technologies to create a fiber-optic cable impervious to the MRI's magnetic waves. Instead of using electricity directly, it jolts the heart with laser energy converted to an electric charge.