Archive for December, 2006

Medion MD RIM 1000 UMPC in the wild!

Medion MD RIM 1000 UMPC in the wild!

The Medion MD RIM 1000 UMPC sure beats the Samsung Q1 and Q1b, and perhaps even the Sony UX180p. Why? Because it's more usable thanks to the integrated slide out keyboard and touch pad. Other features include a 6.5-inch touch screen, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, DVB-T tuner and web cam.

The battery has a lower capacity compared to the Q1b, yet offers about the same battery life of 4-5 hours. There's no point in having a UMPC when the battery dies out within two or so hours.

I can’t confirm if the unit comes preloaded with Windows XP or Windows Vista. But, as you can see, the unit below has Windows Vista on it.

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FCC lets one through the cracks

FCC lets one through the cracks

The Slim 11B phone from Latte, made in Korea, looks eerily similar to the highly popular SLVR L7 launched by Motorola earlier this year. The FCC should have caught this phone a while ago, but apparently the FCC recently allowed the 11B to be used in the US, in a surprising move.

The 11B is not officially connected to a phone carrier in the US, although there are a few eBay auctions featuring the slim phone. The phone is speculated to be unlocked, and since it is GSM, it can use pretty much any provider that uses a SIM card. Other features on the phone include a 1.3 megapixel camera, and support for a microSD card.

You actually have to give Latte some credit. The design seems to be slightly slimmer than Motorla's phone, and it packs in many of the same features. It comes in at a low $169, and as noted below, can be found on various eBay auctions....

Computer comes with a monitor, speakers, (and a built-in air purifier!)

Computer comes with a monitor, speakers, (and a built-in air purifier!)

In Korea, a company called TCL plans to release a computer that contains, listen to this, an air purifier! Ever seen those annoying infomercials for those bulky, 4-feet tall "ion purifiers?" Well now a mini version of that is being added to a new computer.

The computer itself is pretty small, and it has a very funky design. The widescreen 22-inch monitor looks promising, and so do the speakers that are included. The design will apparently come in orange, black and white.

The series is aclled the S-series, and will be a line of desktop computers. AVING has up to date news on the series being launched by TCL, so check their website.

TCL expects to launch compact desktop pc with air purifying feature in China market [Via: AVING.net]...

Wake up to your voice

Wake up to your voice

The Ventriloque is a new alarm clock that wakes you up in a very unconventional way, although there may be something physiological about it. In short -- it allows you to wake up to your own voice every morning. "Wake up, you silly bum," could be what it plays when the new day starts. It's totally up to you what you want it to say.

You record your voice via a built-in microphone, and you can always edit it. The alarm clock phenomenon seems to be in its prime. We have already been hit by Clocky, an alarm clock that rolls off your table, forcing you to get up and in anger, finding the Clocky hiding under your bed.

The unit has a nice design to it, although it does look tall and bulky. It contains the words Horloge, heures, minutes, Réveil, along with a retro looking clock at the front of it. It costs $95 and is sold exclusively from France.

Ventriloque lets you wake yourself up in the morning [Via: SciFi.com]...

In The Future: Battery-Free Pacemakers

In The Future: Battery-Free Pacemakers

David Hatherall has done a helluva lot of research about pacemakers. You know, those little buggers that go into people who have heart conditions? Hatherall has figured that soon we might have pacemakers that are free of batteries. There is even one that is being developed by the government, at the moment.

New batteries need to be put in every decade, which requires surgery. With the new ones currently being developed, you "set it and forget it". This technology that is being implemented into the pacemakers is described as being "groundbreaking" by Hatherall, who works for Zarlink Semiconductor.

The device could take on more illnesess, and the new pacemakers would mean that users will have a better life quality. It is currently a $1 million dollar project, and more can be found out about it over at MedGadget.

Quest for Battery-Free Pacemakers [Via: MedGadget]...

Who needs rockets? NASA makes moon dirt

Who needs rockets? NASA makes moon dirt

It's good to see that the combined intelligence of NASA's scientists is being played out in the sand-pit.  Well, it's not actually sand - it's fake moon dirt.  Apparently those astronauts who took part in the Apollo missions didn't bring back enough of the stuff, and now anyone who wants to build a moon sand castle anyone wanting to model how lunar landers will touch down is stuck with a shortage of lunar to land on.

Rather than just cranking up the simulator and idling away the rest of their budget, the boffins have decided to do something about it.  Together with R&D firm ORBITEC they're planning to manufacture 16 tonnes of simulated lunar dirt, in three different varieties, then use it to test things like landings, lunar rover racing and how easy it is to bury your friend up to his neck in it while he's asleep.

Considering the number of innovations from the space race that've crossed over into commercial release (memory-foam mattresses, those "writes anywhere!" pens, freeze-dried astronaut food), I wonder how long before you'll be able to buy a sachet of "Authentic Fake Lunar Loam"

NASA [via Boing Boing]

Apple gets exciting new patent granted!

Apple gets exciting new patent granted!

Apple was recently granted a patent for a 'hybrid low power computer mouse'. I wonder what this could mean? My Wireless Mouse by Apple requires new AA batteries almost very week, and it is eating away at "AA Battery money". I'm sure a lot of other people are excited when they hear that Apple will release a low power product.

This could also mean good for GreenPeace, an organization that has been pinning Apple's bum bum for a while now about their evironmentally-unfriendly products. Atleast now maybe less AA batteries will be used, along with less production of the dangerous substances inside the mouse.

Along with a lengthy descriptions, pics can be found on patent 7,154,477. MacsimumNews has some information about the phone, along with a picture and description filed on the patent site. Take a look at their site.

Apple granted patent for ‘hybrid low power computer mouse [Via: MacsimumNews]...

Reading on The Move

Reading on The Move

A new devcice called ROEM (short for Reading on The Move), allows users to roll up paper easily, and be able to read the papers normally afterwords. The type of paper is noted as "electronic paper", something we have never seen before. Ofcourse, this is all a design concept and was created by one Ben Lai.

The screen would contain piezoelectric material, and would eventually allow colours to be displayed. The device rolls up so that you would never tell it was an electronic paper device! The best part is the type of charging it uses: fanning the screen.

The ROEM would be able to be used as a photo displayer, language-aid, MP3 player, and even a navigation (we here at SlashGear guess that means GPS) tool. Dictionary software would be included, along with sizable fonts. The design can be viewed at Yanko Design's site....

Linux on Zune creates many possibilities

Linux on Zune creates many possibilities

A tip sent to SlashGear has noted that porting Linux to the Zune is very much alive in the Zune community. "Yes, I've been working on it for quite awhile," says Mys Videl, on ZuneBoards.com. "[It] has a lot of bugs to work out and a lot of features to work out."

There would be tons of opportunities for new solutions is Linux will be able to run on the Zune. Open-sourced programs could be created, existing software could be used on the Zune, and most importantly, the Zune could turn into more than just a video player. At this time there are no pictures or videos of Linux running on the Zune.

Mys Videl is working very hard now at putting Linux on the Vune, and if you would like to catch up on her progress, log onto the discussion boards over at ZuneBoards.com.

via zune-online

Thanks for the tips Kostas....

Knockman and his buddies are a musical menagerie!

Knockman and his buddies are a musical menagerie!

Knockman is a cute, little plastic knick-knack that pounds its head with its fist. Once wound up by pumping the other arm, Knockman's fist starts pounding away. If you position another Knockman near by, you can even move the fist to pound on the second Knockman's head. The smiles on their faces make them look happy while they are doing this!

Knockman has other buddies too. Kerotama is wound using the spring on top of his head, and a ball circles around him, creating a whoosh sound. ChaCha is wound the same way, although he has a mini-symbol that pounds when let go. Perhaps the coolest one is Pololon. His arm slides against three guitar-like strings that produce a cool sound. You can even tune the strings by opening an enclosure at the top of his head!

There's also another one who's name I'm almost afraid to say: Colon. He jiggles as chimes inside of him move back and forth creating a wind-chime sound. More info on these products can be found at http://www.knockman.net.

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