Archive for Oct 19, 2006

The Classic Leica M8 Camera Goes Digital

The Classic Leica M8 Camera Goes Digital

The new Leica M8 has all the latest technology but sports a very classic old school style. This new digital version of the classic Leica is a 10.3 megapixel camera, featuring a 2.5-inch LCD, a body made of magnesium alloy, 1/8000 second shutter speed, and can store up to 4gb of memory. Priced at $5000.

Universal Sues Video Sharing Websites – YouTube is Next?

Universal Sues Video Sharing Websites – YouTube is Next?

We all know sooner or later video-sharing sites will get slap with lawsuits from studios. Now with YouTube under Google’s product brand, studios realize they can cash in on lawsuits against deep pocket Google. Universal is suing two companies, Bolt Inc and Grouper Network Inc for allowing their site users to upload copyrighted material. It looks like Universal is taking this two company for a legal spin as a test case to go after Google’s YouTube. Unlike Warner Music that have signed a distribution agreement with YouTube, Universal has put up a threat against YouTube. Many analysts were not sure if YouTube was a good acquisition for Google with its legal liability. I guess we have to see how this will play out.

World’s First Cooking Robot

World’s First Cooking Robot

Why pop in that old frozen entrée into your microwave when you can get a robot chef to cook you freshly prepared meals? Named the AIC, for Artificial Intelligent Cooking, the robot designed by Liu Xinyu of China, is the world’s first machine capable of completing cooking skills to whip up delicious dishes of Chinese food. Programmed with movements sampled from top Chinese chefs, the AIC demonstrated its abilities by cooking a savory dish of Kung Pao Chicken at the China’s High Tech Fair this past weekend.

(Pictured above is Robot no.2, a waitress version working at Hong Kong’s Robot Kitchen restaurant.)

Tumi’s Solar-Powered Backpack

Tumi’s Solar-Powered Backpack

The Tumi Limited Edition PowerPack will recharge your portable electronic devices on the go. No need to find electrical outlets anymore, as this backpack collects energy via a built-in solar panel. This convenience comes with a price tag of $700. But be comforted to know that all proceeds go directly to the good cause of Doctors Without Borders.

ATP ProMax CompactFlash Review – Tough and Rugged

ATP ProMax CompactFlash Review – Tough and Rugged

As a wildlife and bird photographer, I always reach for the best equipment manufacturers have to offer. I often wade in swamps and get soaked in seawater to get my shoot, hence weatherproof gear with high durability is most appreciated. ATP asked if I’d like to try their rugged CF card, a high-speed (150x), water-resistant non-volatile storage card that endures an extreme temperature range (-40 to 85 degrees Celsius). Hey! Sounds like my kind of toy!

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NetTansor WiFi robot

NetTansor WiFi robot

Tiny robots are generally quite endearing (unless they're trying to kill you, such as in the Robin Williams film Toys), and this little fellow doesn't break with tradition.  He's a clever little fellow too, controlled via WiFi with a built-in webcam eye and triple sensor array to stop him from crashing into walls, dogs and - hopefully - fireplaces.  Weighing in at 980g and with a battery life of 2.5 hours, he'd be a great way to monitor your house while you were out.  You can also email him, though I'm not sure if that's another way to control him or simply that he's very demanding about being told he's loved.

Stacking Peripherals – but where’s the interconnect?

Stacking Peripherals – but where’s the interconnect?

These stackable peripherals seem to be getting a lot of positive comments all over the blogosphere today, and they do seem like a decent idea for people who want numerous external devices in the smallest desk-footprint.  But is it just me or are manufacturers Ultra Products missing a trick by not putting some sort of USB-based interconnect in the top/bottom of each block?  Then you would only have to have a single cable going to the computer, with all the others joined as you stack them.  Maybe the second generation?

Ultra Products [via Gizmodo

 

Optimus Upravlator – Update

Optimus Upravlator – Update

Optimus keeps trickling out even more impressive photos of the Upravlator keyboard, a grown-up version of the Optimus Mini Three with a four by three key matrix that are larger to boot.  This time using LCD rather than OLED screens, running at a far greater resolution, Upravlator is aimed at macro-using graphic designers, computer musicians and people doing video processing, hooking up to a spare graphics card port to drive the mini-screens.

The Nokia E62 Review- smartphone for the masses?

The Nokia E62 Review- smartphone for the masses?

Mobile productivity fanatics are having a good Fall 2006- along with the Motorola Q and the Treo 680, Nokia has also jumped into the game with a smartphone meant to reach more than just the average business consumer. As first reported by SlashGear on September 12th , and regardless of their hopes, the Nokia E62 is another productivity-driven smartphone that is most suitable for business people on the go. Released on September 29th and available exclusively through Cingular Wireless, the E62 is the U.S. version of the E61, which has been available in Europe since earlier this year. Nokia designed the E62 as an attempt to bridge the gap between corporate users and everyday people, and priced it at an affordable $199 with a 2-year contract, and even as low as $150 with a mail-in rebate from Cingular.

Lots of pictures and an in-depth review after the jump...

LG Shine is very, very pretty

LG Shine is very, very pretty

This. phone. is. sex.

Throw out your current cellphone, because this is what you really really want in your pocket/purse. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the LG Shine - a sliding slice of 13mm loveliness made of brushed aluminium, studded with a 2-megapixel camera (with flash), 1gb of onboard memory (expandable with an as-yet-unknown memory card) and a 2.2" QVGA display that turns into a mirror when inactive. I'll give you a couple of minutes to hit the jump, look at the pictures and wipe the drool from your chin.

The Walletino – a UMPC for ladies

The Walletino – a UMPC for ladies

A lady I work with uses a Tablet PC to interview and assess clients; it means has all the forms she might possibly need on-hand, without carrying a massive file around.  I'm not sure what she'd say to me if I suggested she store her keys and make-up in it - probably ask me if I was trying to make some sort of filthy PC-Card innuendo - but hopefully she'd understand if I showed her UML's purse-style UMPC concept, The Walletino.

NEC Claims World’s Highest Resolution 21.3-inch LCD

NEC Claims World’s Highest Resolution 21.3-inch LCD

NEC has developed a new 21.3-inch LCD panel that boasts a resolution of 2,800x2,100 (nearly six megapixels) that exceeds their previous record-holding NL256204AM15-01/01A model that has a resolution of 2,560x2,048. The LCD also uses NEC’s own TFT technology that enables a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Unfortunately, don’t be expecting to get one for Christmas, unless you’re a doctor, because this LCD is developed for the medical industry for such tasks as examining x-rays. Due out in mid-2007.

NEC claims new 21.3-inch LCD module for medical use features industry’s highest resolution [Via: Digitimes]