At first glance, I thought the EmoGlove had something to do with whiny programmers, but I was wrong. This peripheral supposedly helps companies evaluate the quality of their software applications as it tracks virtually all movements of the mouse and keystrokes on a keyboard, coupled with eye movements and one's facial expressions. All that data will be gathered and fed into a special software which will then determine the subject's emotional attitude towards the application in question. All that is also assisted by the EmoGlove's ability to measure heart rate, skin resistance and body temperature. This will then enable software companies to find out whether their product appeals to the masses or not. Too bad it doesn't check the IQ level as it would've failed the I Am Rich iPhone app in the first place.
QIO Systems will be rolling out new solutions that target fashion brands and manufacturers, including a special fabric keypad that boasts the ability to control a host of devices such as iPods, Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and wearable radios among others. Can't wait to see what kind of clothes we'll see as more and more fashion houses and manufacturers take up the challenge of incorporating fashion and technology into a single piece of clothing. What would you like to see?
Dell has a notebook for those rough-and-tumble types - the Latitude E6400 ATG which was originally leaked out much earlier this year. We do know that it will be powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors, is able to hold up to 8GB of RAM, boasts a ruggedized hard drive to withstand nasty shocks (or an SSD if you're so inclined), along with other regular hardware such as Wi-Fi connectivity and an integrated graphics chipset. The outdoor viewable display even comes with an LED backlight, making it ideal to work under the sweltering summer in a field somewhere. It was originally configurable and available online, but somehow or rather the product page performed a Houdini shortly after.
It would seem that SSDs have to potential to go even faster, with Indilinx currently taking the lead of fastest SSD in the market (where read speed is concerned, of course) by hitting 230Mb/s while supporting capacities of up to 512GB thanks to multi-level cell NAND flash. Needless to say, any SSD that size will cost you a really handsome amount, so if you want the most cost effective method for portable data storage, the hard drive's still the way to go. Indilinx won't be rolling out their speedy SSD until Q4 this year, but that's no excuse for not saving up for one from now onwards.
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Canon is currently undertaking the task to power not only its digital cameras with fuel cell technology, but lenses and hotshoe flashes as well. Excerpts of the patent description is as follows :-
The present invention relates to an electronic equipment system having fuel cells, and more particularly, to a camera system in which fuel cells are provided to a camera body and a connection device connected to the camera body...dual battery control of detecting a remaining amount of the battery in each of the devices and determining the state of each of the batteries to control electric power supply, which makes the battery control complicated.
Well, that means no more lugging around heavy reserves of AA batteries whenever you travel away from home!
AT&T isn't offering just one hot touch screen phone, but it has another model up its sleeves - the HTC Touch Pro. I'll be the first to admit that this won't even come near the iPhone (both generations) in terms of sales, but it is an interesting handset to own after all, featuring 3G connectivity over the 850 band, the TouchFlo 3D interface and AT&T branding. You'll miss out on the front facing VGA camera though, so don't throw away that webcam just yet.
Nearly everything anyways, as long as you are able to stick within the current maximum capacity of 192GB thanks to stuffing half a dozen 32GB SDHC memory cards inside. The PhotoFast CR-9000 measures 9.5mm tall and comes with a 3Gbps SATA adapter, retailing for $900 after taking into consideration the prices of SDHC memory cards. Well, it is only a matter of time before SSD prices hit the affordable range for the mass market that will render such adapters a less attractive solution, so if you're considering one of these at the moment, it would be good to ponder for a while more.
Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon all of us once again, and this time round Elmo's making a comeback in the form of Elmo Live. He is already available for pre-order, retailing for $59.88 and above. While I suspect that this model won't hit the dizzy speculative heights of the original Tickle Me Elmo, I believe it will still be a strong seller, so your initial $59.88 might balloon to much more than that on the second hand market in due time. Shipping begins on October 14th, so get your mice ready, prep up your bank account and start clicking!
Freecom's Mobile DVD RW Recorder LS Pro goes along with the slim form factor that everybody is chasing after these days, ranging from cell phones to notebooks and portable media players. This device has the dimensions to make the cut - 17mm x 144mm x 140mm, and it tips the scales at 600 grams, resulting in an optical drive that can fit into most pockets easily. You can connect via USB 2.0 or FireWire, depending on your machine of choice. Each £79.99 purchase comes with a complimentary 5-pack of CD-R LightScribe media, Roxio and Toast software, a 2-year manufacturer warranty and unlimited (UK-based) helpdesk support. Sounds like just the thing for frequent travelers.