Archive for Apr 24, 2006

BMW 3 Series Coupé 2006

From September 2006,the new BMW 3 Series Coupé will be available in global markets. These include the BMW 330i Coupé (200 kW), the BMW 325i Coupé (160 kW), and the BMW 330d Coupé (170 kW) – all reflecting the principle of BMW Efficient Dynamics in every respect.

As an alternative to its six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW 3 Series Coupé will also be available with BMW’s new six-speed automatic transmission. Keeping gearshift times extremely short, the new automatic transmission ensures an even more spontaneous response, enhancing not only driving comfort, but also driving dynamics.

Perific Ergonomic Mouse

The Perific Ergonomic Mouse is designed to reduce repetitive strain injuries by varying hand posture . It can be used as both a conventional desktop mouse and trackball, as well as a wireless pointer. Its two sets of left and right buttons and unique design allow it to be operated in multiple positions. It sales for $119, least something you wouldn’t pay to your doctor.

Cowon iAudio U3

The Cowon iAudio U3 is a compact, very full-featured flash-based MP3 player that’s available in 1GB ($169.99 direct) and 2GB ($219.99) models. It has video playback capabilities, but given the tiny screen, they’re not exactly its main attraction. Available in “Noble” white or “Platinum” black, the iAudio U3 has more features than the Apple iPod nano, but its harder to use, compared to an iPod and still, the iPod is much cheaper.

Caparo invests in Advanced Vehicle Technology Group

Caparo – a £650 million company with business interests in aluminium and steel processing and vehicle structural components – is to develop an advanced automotive technology and engineering design company to be called Caparo Vehicle Technologies. The new company will provide advanced technology development, materials engineering and design services to mainstream automotive, motorsport and aerospace markets. Coupled with its global manufacturing resource and capability Caparo aims to accelerate the use of lightweight materials in vehicle structures.

The compact, lightweight, highly developed powertrain for the Caparo T1 car will feature a bespoke 2.4-litre V8 engine; branded the Caparo V8. The supercharged engine delivers 480 bhp at 10,500 rpm. Combined with a small motorsport transmission the complete powertrain weighs approximately 115kg; a comparatively featherweight figure which was crucial to achieving a total vehicle mass of 465 kg. This has enabled the company to be the first in the world to produce a road and track car able to exceed 1,000 bhp-per-tonne – a significant breakthrough in terms of pure automotive engineering.

Venzero One

The Venzero One 8GB audio player, is an iPod contender. It features a 2-inch QVGA display, FM radio, video playback, mic recording and and RSS support. The unit comes with a second USB port to exchange files between digital cameras, media players and other USB mass storage device. Available in mid-June for $289.90

La Bastille – Tetris on the Wall

La Bastille is a very-large-scale integrated art installation created by Technology House at Brown University. The product of over five months of planning, construction, and installation, La Bastille is the largest art installation ever to appear in Rhode Island, partially visible from Narragansett Bay and from Interstate 95.

When it was running, it was also the world’s largest fully-functional Tetris game.
Containing eleven custom-built circuit boards, a twelve-story data network, a personal computer running Linux, a radio-frequency video game controller, and over 10,000 Christmas lights, La Bastille transforms Brown’s fourteen-story Sciences Library into a giant video display which allows bystanders to play a game of Tetris which can be seen for several miles.

Motorola Canary RAZR?

This is a rumored competitor for the Nokia 8800. The “Canary” from Motorola, would be a clamshell phone, that features a glossy finish, pretty much like the Motorola H5 MiniBlue headset. It is suggested that it comes equppied with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a microSD slot.

MobiBLU Cube FM Modulator add-on

Yesterday, Slashgear showned the updated MobiBLU Cube, but right not, they have just made an add on FM Modulator, now, they look like a pair of dice or basically when being hooked up to both, it would form MobiBLU rectangle. It does looks like transformers in a way, but a great add on.

MSI D310 Portable Media Player

MSi has developed a great portable media player that comes with all the needed neccessity. Best of all, it comes with a Freeview digital TV receiver. The D310 boasts a lovely 4.2″ LCD display, a built-in speaker, teletext, electronic programme guide data, and an internal antenna that is able to receive DVB-T signals for on-the-go entertainment. It fits perfectly in a 12.9cm x 8.2cm x 1.6cm shell and it weighs 180g. The non-removable 2300mAh battery is estimated to support 3 hours’ of TV viewing or up to 5 hours’ of continuous MP3 playback.

750GB hard drives by Seagate

Seagate has leaked its information on its new upcoming 750GB Barracuda drives. Available in both PATA and SATA configurations, these drives are based on new perpendicular recording technology ranging from 200GB to 750GB in capacity. The Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640A (PATA) and the ST3750640SA (SATA) would most likely come in flavors of 8MB or 16MB cache and should be on sale this year.

O2 Xda Atom Pure

O2 announced the launch of the Xda Atom Pure, a white limited edition version of the popular Xda Atom. Sporting the same sleek profile, the Xda Atom Pure is just as smart, just as sexy, and just as mighty. It contains all of the powerful features you’ve come to know and love from the original. Like its predecessor, the Xda Atom Pure measures only 58(W)* 102(L)* 18.5(T) mm, and weighs just 140g.

Dell plan’s to close down its Axim department

Dell plans to close down its PDA R&D department to concentrate on convergence devices like a PDA with phone functions, something like the Treo. Well, if that happens, expect a huge price drop on the Axim, since its going to lack technical support.

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