If you're well heeled enough to own a house with a pool, you definitely won't be caught dead cleaning the pool all by yourself. This is where the Verro 300 ($799) and Verro 600 ($1,199) come in handy, boasting the ability to vacuum up leaves, algae, and bacteria from your pool while ensuring the necessary chemicals in your pool are not left concentrated in just one area while maintaining an even water temperature. You can just leave them alone to do their thing since they're smart enough to climb up and down stairs on their own. The Verro 300 works best with harder surfaces while the Verro 600 targets pools with tile or vinyl surfaces.
The Epoq FT804 is yet another MP4 player that is much smaller than the iPod Video despite cramming in many more functions. This black device features a trio of red backlit controls on the front which is reminiscent of the LG Chocolate. Features include a 2.2" touchscreen display with a resolution of 220 x 176, MPEG 4 playback, a miniSD card slot, an integrated FM tuner, voice recording capability, and the ability to play music while running a photo slideshow. Available in 1GB and 2GB versions, the former retails for $126 while the latter is $14 more expensive.
Blaupunkt looks set to expant its Lucca series of GPS navigation system with the TravelPilot Lucca 3.4 that was unveiled at the recently concluded CeBIT 2007 event. The Lucca 3.4 features a 3.5" display, 512MB of onboard memory, and TMC functionality to keep you up to date with the latest happenings on the road. As with most other GPS systems these days, the Lucca 3.4 also boasts both audio and video playback as well as a USB port for data transfer purposes. An Atlas 2 Dual Core processor runs at the heart of the Lucca 3.4, enabling it to render maps in 3D for a visual feast. Pricing details are currently unknown.
Walk into any room with a miniature waterfall and you'll instantly feel relaxed and at peace. Astute Advances certainly takes this device to heart, coming up with an eye-catching waterfall for homes and offices that come with a built-in plasma display. This interesting marriage is something not seen anywhere else, offering an instant visual feast to its onlooker. The plasma screen can display images and video from a DVD player or other compatible video sources. Pricing details depend on the size of the plasma display (choose from 42" to 60") as well as type of fountain chosen.
If you're a big fan of podcasting, getting the right microphone is essential for a clean recording. The RODE USB Podcaster fits the bill for the casual podcaster, offering a broadcast-quality microphone that does away with the need for pesky cables and drivers. All you need to do is plug it into any available USB port and you're good to go. Features include a headphone jack and volume-out control located on the microphone itself for greater ease-of-use. Those who can't wait to get started on their own podcasts can always pick up the RODE USB Podcaster for $195.
We've had a great tip-off from one of our readers who just so happens to be a retailer for one of the muchly-coveted LG Prada mobile phones, and whoa, have we got some juicy gossip for your next trip to the office watercooler! It seems LG are really bending over backwards to please the Italian fashion house, even going to such extremes as sending an 11-page document to retailers detailing exactly how the mobile should be displayed. Not only this, but the retailers must send LG photos of the interior and exterior of the shop the phone will be sold in. It just goes to show how retailers are willing to bend over backwards in order to be granted the privilege of stocking the exclusive mobile - although we reckon it's probably pretty common for designer badged gadgets to come with their own list of rules and regs. Read on below for all 17 guidelines retailers must adhere to, and why you should always call the ear-candy 'LG Prada phone', and not 'Prada phone by LG'. Snigger snigger. Their strict demands haven't dampened my desire for one, however.
1. Only the handset images supplied by Prada can be used. The screen shots must not be changed from the screen shots on the images provided.
2. The background to the handset on all collateral must be either black (preferably), white, or 60-70% black (grey). If a blue background is being used by the retailer as part of their overall store design, blue may be used as a backdrop but Prada need to agree this on an individual basis.
3. Dummy handsets must be displayed on a black ( preferably), white, or 60-70% black ( grey) background. If the standard colour in the retailer behind the dummy display is blue then blue can be used but Prada need to agree this on an individual basis.
4. The specification of the phone can be written next to the phone as can the price point. The price point must not be bigger than 10% in ratio to the size of the Prada phone it is displayed next to unless agreed with Prada on an individual basis.
5. Retailers can use the standard format of their publications, provided they use images provided by Prada without any changes. The handset must be displayed on either a black or white background in these publications. Rules of logo usage and font size still apply in the publications.
6. When the handset is displayed on the retailers website, the same rules as the retailer's publications apply.
7. The phone is always called the 'Prada phone by LG'. This is always written on the same line.
8. The Prada logo is never used on its own. It can only be used as part of 'Prada phone by LG'. When it is used the LG logo must also be used.
9. When retailers write the manufacturers name in a standard font they can write 'Prada phone by LG' in that font / colour.
10. The Prada advert imagery can only be run in agreement with Prada. No images from the advert or the advert itself can be used at all without prior consent and sign off from Prada.
11. No logo, type or lettering should touch the handset images unless agreed with Prada on an individual basis.
12. Prada and LG logos must only be used in either black or white as supplied by Prada and LG.
13. No above the line activity should occur on the 'Prada phone by LG' without prior agreement from Prada and LG
14. Above the line activity includes all press, radio, TV, direct mail, and any out of store branding.
15. These are guidelines to help the partner produce Prada branding that will meet the Prada standards for this product. All material featuring the Prada handset and Prada brand is still required to be signed off by Prada in advance.
16. The Prada phone by LG is only to be sold by LG authorised retailers, networks and/or distributors to either end-users and/or other authorised retailers/ dealers who have been approved by LG as complying with its selection criteria.
17. The Prada phone by LG is not to be sold for any white label, affinity or fulfillment sales unless such sales have been approved by LG as complying with LG's selection criteria.
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Ever left a memo for somebody to read, only to have that person miss the piece of paper completely? The Motion Sensing Memo increases the probability of the recipient getting the message as it comes with a built-in motion sensor that plays back automatically the moment it detects some movement. Unfortunately, the message can't be longer than 10 seconds so you'll have to be a pretty fast talker to relay longer information like addresses. It could get pretty irritating though if placed at a place where people pass by frequently. The Motion Sensing Memo retails for 19.90 Euros.
Runat has recently released a TV that comes with an integrated DVD player which features the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, thanks to the company's strong working relationship with Disney. This 14" TV comes with a remote shaped after Captain Jack Sparrow's compass, while the rudder-shaped DVD player offers something different from those boring, rectangle boxes out in the market. The CD player is modeled after a chest, containing what is presumably Davey Jones' heart. These designs are definitely a welcome departure from traditional ones we see at retail stores and is released just in time for the third instalment of the trilogy. Pricing details are unknown.