Archive for January, 2007

HP desktop touchscreen Media Centre

HP desktop touchscreen Media Centre

Here's a little warning for all those slender Tablet PCs out there who refuse to eat their vegetables.  If you're not careful, one day you'll get fat and stop being a portable computer any more - you'll have to sit on a table and suffer the indignity of being jabbed at by someone's chubby fingers whenever they want to be entertained.

 

The Register's hardware team took some time to comfort the HP TouchSmart IQ770, itself the main character in that torrid tale, to see how useful a touchscreen media PC could be.  It's not underpowered by any means (specs after the cut), but with a 19-inch screen you wouldn't want it to be your sole media display.

Shanghai’s 4G network goes live

Shanghai’s 4G network goes live

Ticking the box marked "irony" with a heavy hand, as we stumble along with our 3G cellphones, marvelling at HSDPA and, even stranger, eagerly anticipating 2.5G handsets, China has decided that 3G is simply too passé and that 4G is definitely the way to go.  The fact that they haven't even got a 3G network to build on seems like the most minor of setbacks for one of the fastest technologically growing places on the planet.

So far costing $19.3m, Reuters is reporting that the network - which will be run as a commercial trial until 2010 - is capable of speeds of up to 100 megabytes per second.  It's being run by a group of ten institutions calling themselves the FuTURE Project, and is currently active in Shanghai; it'll be joined later this year by 3G operators who at long last will be able to get their hands on the lucrative band licences.

China launches 4G before 3G off the ground [Reuters]

Nokia Concept Video: Finland won’t roll over for iPhone

Nokia Concept Video: Finland won’t roll over for iPhone

John Tokash does his bit to remind us that the iPhone isn't the only cellphone promising multi-touch input; in fact, Nokia presented a variety of concept videos back at their last conference, all making heavy use of finger-jabbing and stroking to move around the interface.

 

Although the run-up to the Apple cellphone launch is going to be fraught with leaks and snippets of hands-on information, for what it's worth I think the aftermath of the release will be the most interesting period.  You could certainly argue that the cellphone market is one of the hottest contested and has the fastest turnover among current tech - here in the UK it seems like there's a new "must have" handset every week - and you can bet the ass of your neighbour that Nokia, Motorola, Siemens and the rest are busily stoking the creative furnaces to usurp the iPhone before it has had much of a chance to sport its crown.

More video after the cut.

The old switcheroo

The old switcheroo

Ok, we know that some of you out there should be working instead of browsing through the latest gadgets here at Slashgear, and that's ok with us. Your boss, on the other hand, might not be as quick to forgive you as we are. So for you guys, we have a special gadget called the StealthSwitch. With a quick tap of the foot, the casual passerby, or snooping boss, will think you've been working away the whole time.

The great thing about this little device is that it doesn't just minimize what you're doing, it completely hides it, and mutes the sound too. The great thing is that it works just by tapping your foot. Gone are the days of alt-tabbing and looking over your shoulder. Now you can browse in peace.

'StealthSwitch' hides screen, saves job [via Crave]

Tarantula, the keyboard for gamers

Tarantula, the keyboard for gamers

Every gamer knows that having the right gear can make all of the difference. One of the most important, and sometimes overlooked pieces of equipment is the keyboard. So many games rely heavily upon various shortcuts that aren't always the easiest to pull off. The Tarantula from Razer aims to give you the edge you need to take on the best.

Key features include 10 dedicated macro keys, five on each side of the keyboard, 32Kb of memory for storing up to 5 different profiles, and software for your PC to store up to 100 additional profiles. You also have interchangeable keys with 10 extra keys for such actions as shoot, reload, etc. While this may be a bit much for the everyday user, hardcore gamers will certainly get plenty of use out of the Tarantula's vast array of features.

Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard [via GameApex]

Pico-ITX, motherboard standards keep getting smaller

Pico-ITX, motherboard standards keep getting smaller

I know that all of you modders out there just can't wait for a smaller motherboard to cram into you newest custom-cases. It looks like the wait will be over soon. Via, who already makes some of the smallest boards around is gearing up for the release of their newest standard called pico-ITX. Measuring in at 3.9 x 2.8 inches, it only takes up half of space of their current Nano-ITX boards.

Looking at the picture, you can get a feel for the size by looking at how large the VGA and ethernet ports seem. Also, you will notice that those are the only two two ports that are built onto the board. Your other connections will be connected via pin headers, so be prepared to run plenty of cables.It is going to sport a C7 processor running at 1GHz, so it'll run about anything you'd expect to run off of a system this small.

So once again, VIA is setting the new standard in tiny computing, much to the delight of modders everywhere. Now the only thing left to do is figure out what to put it in.

Via's incredible shrinking mobo line spawns "pico-ITX" [via LinuxDevices]

The refrigerator of the future

The refrigerator of the future

What can your refrigerator do for you? For most people these days the answer is simple, “it keeps things cold” and for some “it even dispenses ice and water.” The people at Whirlpool aim to change all of that. This fall they will begin shipped Centralpark-enabled refrigerators to the public. With Centralpark you will be able to have any number of custom features added to your kitchen's most useful appliance.

Some of the features you can look forward to are interractive message boards, digital picture frames, satellite radio, CD/DVD players, and more. It doesn't stop there either, you'll even have the option of recharging cell phones and other devices as well. Oh, and did we mention that it keeps your food cold too?

No current word on what we'll expect to pay for this media center meets refrigerator, but I'm sure it'll be worth every penny. With one of these around the office, you can be sure that no one will be hanging around the water cooler anymore.

Whirlpool Centralpark Connection [via Gizmodo]

The key to safer data storage?

The key to safer data storage?

These days we seem to carry just about everything on our USB drives, from family photos to important client documents. While most of us wouldn't be too upset if the pictures of our recent family trip to see grandma got into the wrong hands, we might not be quite as apathetic about our client documents. There are a number of different methods of encrypting such files, but most require us to add yet another password to our daily lives.

A new product from Kanguru Solutions aims to make carrying around sensitive date a little easier. The Bio Slider is a USB drive that has a built in biometric scanner, so with one swipe of your finger, all of your data is unlocked. The Bio Slider starts at $100 for a 512MB and is offered in sizes up to 2GB. Now you'll never have to worry about those embarrasing pictures of your uncle Bruce being unleashed into the wild.

How to lock down your USB drive [via Crave]

USA to get some MAXX fun too

USA to get some MAXX fun too

Ah, the MotoRazr MAXX: 3.6Mbps HSDPA, class 10 EDGE, sleek design... but what about a US release?  As Crave point out sadly, there's no word on any American carrier supporting the handset.  And yet a flicker of hope emerges, courtesy of Howard Forums, with what appears to be some promotional material for the MotoRazr MAXX Ve coming soon on Verizon Wireless' network.

With a presumed spec-list similar to the MAXX, albeit with US-friendly EVDO, you can expect a 2-megapixel camera and microSD slot.  Crave are also reporting support for VCast video and music, although not for the new V Cast TV service.

Howard Forum [via Crave]

Biped robot walker is learning to tread carefully

Biped robot walker is learning to tread carefully

Here's my terrible admission for the day: I'm not really all that bothered by Star Wars.  In fact, the only thing that interested me about the films was the cool Imperial tech, particularly the two- and four-legged walkers.  Well, Mike Smyth looked Darth-ward for design inspiration when it came to the appearance of his bipedal walking robot, as it bears a pretty good resemblance to a Star Wars AT-ST.

However, what's really interesting about the project isn't the physical design but Mike's intent to have the biped learn how to walk by itself.  Rather than just rigging up a RC handset or even pre-programming it to avoid obstacles, he's giving it the capability to respond to sensors in the feet so as not to fall down holes or crush Ewoks.

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