Archive for Jun 30, 2009

Color Picker Pen brings Photoshop eyedropper to life

If you’ve ever wished for a real-world version of Photoshop’s eyedropper tool, you’re not alone.  Korean designer Jinsu Park has created this “Color Picker Pen” concept, coupling an optical scanner with an RGB ink cartridge that can mix up any hue you zap.

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Palm’s GSM Pre caught on camera in Vietnam [Video]

A GSM Palm Pre has been spotted in the wilds of Vietnam, presumably because that’s where the company has outsourced manufacture of the device.  The handset shows the same SIM layout as the pre-production model we caught sight of back in February.

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DIY Transformer Robot [Video]

DIY Transformer Robot [Video]

As awesome robot projects go, this DIY transforming 'bot takes some beating.  Apparently created for a robotics class by "Kevmag 2000", the roughly 12-inch high robot can go from a motorized truck to an upright, walking 'bot in seconds.

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Dell Vostro 1220 12.1-inch ultraportable gets official in Japan

Dell Vostro 1220 12.1-inch ultraportable gets official in Japan

Dell Japan have officially announced the Vostro 1220, the budget notebook we saw leaked earlier this month.  The 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 notebook uses processors from Intel's Centrino 2 range, together with the GM45 Express chipset, weighs 1.52kg and promises up to 9hrs runtime from the larger 6-cell battery option.

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Aston Martin Cygnet city-car revealed

Aston Martin Cygnet city-car revealed

Aston Martin have revealed their plans for a city-car, the Cygnet, offering environmentally-conscious motoring and 5-star Euro NCAP safety together with the brand's premium badge.  Based on the Toyota iQ, the Aston Martin Cygnet will apparently be priced at under £20,000 ($33k); it'll also offer dramatically less performance than the company's DBS, DB9 and Vantage models.

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Sony planning PS3 Emotion Engine emulation for retro gaming?

Sony planning PS3 Emotion Engine emulation for retro gaming?

Sony have filed a patent for a system whereby the PS3's Cell Processor could emulate the hardware of a PS2, opening up the older console's back-catalog.  The patent describes how the Cell Processor would emulate the Emotion Engine chipset that was included in the first-generation of PS3 hardware but then removed midway through 2007.

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Fiat Cinque Tank [Video]

Fiat Cinque Tank [Video]

Take the bodywork of a Fiat 500, throw in the mechanics of a second-hand tractor, and you may end up with this: the Fiat Cinque Tank.  The handiwork of Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese ironsmith, the distinctive vehicle's one main flaw is its somewhat pedestrian top-speed of just 3kpm (less than 2mph).

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Yamaha neoHD Media Controllers promise simple AV control

Yamaha neoHD Media Controllers promise simple AV control

Hot on the heels of their Sonos-rivaling MediaCAST2 system, Yamaha have announced their neoHD Media Controllers.  Pulling together multiple AV components with a simple, HTPC-style "Watch/Listen/Play" UI, two models are on offer: the entry-level YMC-500, which includes remote IR control, and the YMC-700 which adds WiFi for networked content streaming, Rhapsody online music, internet radio and iTunes AAC support thanks to an included license for TwonkyMedia Server. 

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Jabra GO 6400 and PRO 9400 wireless headsets with touchscreen base-station

Jabra GO 6400 and PRO 9400 wireless headsets with touchscreen base-station

Jabra have announced two new wireless headset systems aimed more at deskbound workers wanting to cut their phone cords than true mobile users.  The Jabra GO 6400 (shown here) and PRO 9400 use Bluetooth and DECT respectively, and come complete with a base station with an integrated 2.4-inch capacitive touchscreen display.

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Dell Android MID/smartphone prototypes spotted?

Like Sony’s PSP phone rumors, talk of a new Dell smartphone refuses to die.  After the leaked image earlier this month, now the Wall Street Journal is tenuously suggesting that Dell have been experimenting with Android-based prototypes.  Two people who have seen the prototypes have described them as “slightly larger than Apple’s iPod touch”; however another person has suggested both that Dell may begin shipping the device later in 2009 or “the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely.”

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Mobinnova élan smartbook software demo [Video]

Mobinnova élan smartbook software demo [Video]

After yesterday's hardware demo we were promised a video of the Mobinnova élan Smartbook's software, and here it is.  One of the most interesting devices to be debuted at Computex, the élan is based on NVIDIA's Tegra chipset and can play six hours of 1080p video on a single charge.

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Verizon BlackBerry Tour preorders open: $200 on July 12th

Verizon have released details of their version of the BlackBerry Tour, which we now know will be released on July 12th.  Priced at $199.99 with a two-year agreement, the Tour has both EVDO Rev.A for use in the US and UMTS HSPA 2100MHz support for high-speed access while roaming.

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