Archive for March, 2007

CTIA 2007: Test-driving the Sound Leaf Bone Conduction Receiver Microphone

CTIA 2007: Test-driving the Sound Leaf Bone Conduction Receiver Microphone

Base on my expressions from the video below, you’ll just have to take my word that the Sound Leaf totally kicks ass.

The Sound Leaf “Bone Conduction Receiver Microphone” is a great add-on to your existing handset for speaking in loud places, and for people suffering from age-related hearing loss.

It plugs into FOMA phones with flat earphone microphone jacks, and conducts sound vibrations to the auditory nerves through the cranial bones. This is also the first product in the industry that combines a bone-conduction function with a telephone coil (T-Coil) allowing people using hearing aids (with T-Coil) to make clear calls.

Whoops, picture of Sidekick ID accidentally shows up at CTIA

Whoops, picture of Sidekick ID accidentally shows up at CTIA

Have you ever made one of those really big mistakes (like mowing over your wife's garden) and then upon realizing what you've done, you try to “fix” the problem (like trying to plant some fake flowers) before anyone notices? If you have, then you know you never actually get away with it, and in the internet age, not only do you get caught, but everyone knows about it soon afterwards.

Before:

Credit: Thanks to the guys at Gizmodo for the picture

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Nokia 7088 announced today

Nokia 7088 announced today

If you like the L'Amour series from Nokia but live in a CDMA market, you'll love the new 7088. This phone marks a couple of firsts for the line. The 7088 is not only the first CDMA in the L'Amour Collection, it is also the first slider phone.

Note: this is a possibly leaked pic of the 7088 from slashphone

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Medirelax say ‘balls’ to soothing music

Medirelax say ‘balls’ to soothing music

Let me take a quick straw-poll: who thinks that having a company name that sounds a bit like it should be a cure for constipation could impede business?  The people behind Medirelax obviously wouldn't be raising their hands; they're too busy putting people inside a big white 60s ball-chair and subjecting them to some serious "psychoacoustic stimulation"

 

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Concept phone hitlist – do you agree?

Concept phone hitlist – do you agree?

I'm all for choice: it's a soft kiss from a generous dowager on a slightly milky day.  But there's such a thing as too much choice; jelly bean flavours, for instance, or unpunished war-crimes.  Looking through Cell Phone Beat's list of their top-10 concept phones, the one that stands out perhaps the most is the Rubik's Cube-a-like CUin5 - every face of the damn thing is studded in keys. 

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HP scythe away media centre chaff

HP scythe away media centre chaff

I never got around to playing with one of HP's set-top Digital Entertainment Centres, and now it looks like unless I do some eBay trawling I never will; they've culled the whole range.  Apparently "resource constraints" has forced them to choose between the AV-rack style MCE boxes and the newer line of Media Smart integrated TVs and Vista-based PVRs, and they've decided to go with the latter.

 

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