The conventional method of getting rid of weeds reeked of environmental irresponsibility as farmers tend to dump tons of chemicals onto the ground unceremoniously instead of targeting specific areas where weedkiller is needed. Thankfully, a team of engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solar-powered robot that is able to sense the presence of weeds, where it will then administer a lethal dose of weedkiller before moving on to the next spot. This weed-killing robot moves ambles about at 3 miles per hour and utilizes GPS, ultrasonic, and robotic vision to get around. Pretty neat, eh?
VOIP and Skype phones have brought communication along a long way and now you can even be truly face to face whilst you chat with this video internet phone. The package contains a nice looking phone with speakerphone, flexible 300k pixel camera which auto adjusts brightness, driver and sound card built in. Connect to your computer via the USB port, dial up skype contacts, remember to brush your hair first and chatter away - £39.95 at Gizoo
You know how gyms have TVs affixed at strategic places just above the treadmill machines, showing a movie that you have already watched more than 10 times? Why not give yourself the Hamster Wheel treatment at home with the Image Advanced 4000 Treadmill while watching the movie of your choice via the built-in 10.2" LCD TV. You can connect an antenna or co-axial cable to the TV, or pop in a DVD into your DVD player after it has been hooked up to the Image Advanced 4000 via an RF converter. The treadmill itself comes with 33 workout programs to whip you into shape. Probably working hard enough to scrimp $1,894 for it will make you lose a couple of pounds in the process.
I'm so excited. Telstra have just informed me that my brand new iMate JasJam should be here tomorrow. With that, it now means that I will need to get new accessories for this lovely new gadget, such as screen protectors, pen stylus, case and of course a new memory card.
I like fast things, especially fast gadgets. The new speedy Sandisk Ultra II 1GB Micro SD card will go very nicely with the JasJam. It's approximately 10 times faster than standard cards with read/write times at 9MB/10MB per second. That's blazing. This will mean faster load times of my songs, images and docs. It's sooo tiny too.
Advanced Features of the Sandisk 1GB Ultra II Micro SD Memory Card:
- Built-in security features enable users to download, store, and play secure content
- The microSD / Transflash cards are universally compatible
- Comes bundled with an SD adapter, providing universal compatibility with other devices using a full-size SD memory card slot
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Read/Write speeds of 9MB/10MB per second!
Get your Sandisk Ultra II 1GB Micro SD Card here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
E-Ten's upcoming device, the X500 Pocket PC smartphone has just blown its cover. A first glance seem to show a rather muted design in a bland, grey color, but one should never judge a book by its cover. Specifications-wise, the X500 does not look like it lacks anything, or does it? The X500 is powered by Samsung's S3C2442 400MHz processor which is aided by 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, while other features include a lovely QVGA TFT LCD display, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi connectivity, an integrated FM radio tuner, a microSD card slot, and a 2 megapixel camera with auto-focus. You can even use it as a GPS device, thanks to the built-in SiRFStar III GPS chipset. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there is no 3G support, which could be a potential stumbling block.
Key Ovation has finally released a Mac-compatible keyboard in its Goldtouch line. This Goldtouch keyboard is split down the middle that enables you to adjust both alphanumeric sections horizontally and vertically (at a maximum angle of 30 degrees) according to your preference, which will translate to a more natural posture that aim to increase your productivity and comfort while typing. As with any other self-respecting Apple keyboard, the Goldtouch comes with an Apple Control key, the right and left Apple and Option keys, a CD eject key, as well as Mute and Volume control. You might need a little bit of the Midas touch if you want to pick up this ergonomic keyboard, as $139 is not exactly the cheapest price in the market.
Panasonic of Japan has recently announced the RP-WF6000H wireless headphones that will operate on the 2.4GHz frequency. This pair of headphones feature a Dolby digital decoder that supports a wide variety of formats including DTS, AAC, Dolby Professional Logic II, Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES. You will also get a couple of digital and a single analog audio input along with a transmission range of up to 30 meters, which is pretty darn far considering you won't wander away too much from your audio source when at home. The RP-WF6000H can run for up to 8 hours of continuous use before requiring a recharge. You can pick up a pair in Japan next month for approximately $250.
We've linked to Jabra before and extolled its JX10 models, but we've just been informed that it now comes in limited edition black and burgundy. In addition, Jabra has made a limited number of Swarovski crystal version
which will be available at super-select retailers. (As a reminder, the JX10 weighs less than 10 grams and measures less than four centimetres in length and offers up to six hours talk-time and 200 hours standby time.) But as usual if that's not enough for you you can order your own custom style - from orchids to skulls, they point out gleefully - at Jabra.com. [GT]
How many cars come with more than one cigarette lighter adapter? Virtually none, which is why you can only charge one device at a time on the road. Gomadic has introduced the revolutionary TipExchange Technology in its Dual Car Charger that enables two devices to be charged from a single cigarette lighter adapter simultaneously. Each Gomadic Dual Charger comes with advanced internal circuitry which prevents damage to your devices from power surges and short circuits. You can purchase one today for $29.95 after picking up a couple of charging tips of your choice.
Getting pregnant is not as easy as it seems - just ask the many childless couples who have been wanting to have a child for such a long time without any success. Then again, you could say otherwise with the rising number of teen pregnancies worldwide (who presumably did not use any form of contraception). Nevertheless, the OV-Watch has been given the nod by the FDA and is currently undergoing phase IV trials at Emory University in order to see if the OV-Watch does what it's supposed to do - detecting chemicals within a woman's body and predicting the time of ovulation. Looks like this is much more accurate than using the Mitsubishi D702iF cellphone.