As remote controls go, we all know there're different leagues that they aspire to. Some low-end handsets are content with replacing a crusty old faithful; others add multi-device control and perhaps a little LCD display. And then you have the big league, the remotes that actually border on Mensa challenges; Philips' NX ProntoLite easily falls into that category.
Don't you just hate notebooks that look and act just like all of the rest? Apparently the guys over at Phillips are tired of just that.
They have developed a laptop that stands out, or at least the monitor stands out; it is the aptly-named Longneck. The 12-inch display is movable and extendable so you can adjust it to the most ergonomic position. It is powered by an Intel Core Duo, 1GB of RAM and a 100 GB hard drive.
You might want to think twice about pulling TV shows off of your DVR and distributing them in the future. But I don't have to tell you guys that. I know all Slashgear readers are good, honest citizens.
Philips is working on a new technology that will place a unique watermark all video broadcasts that can be traced back to the set-top box that the signal came from. They claim that there is no way to separate, remove, or alter the watermark so that it can no longer be traced.
They claim that this is a good move for consumers because it will allow providers to “confidently broadcast more high definition and early release material that is typically at higher risk for piracy.” As long as the watermark isn't visible to the naked eye, I don't really think this will be any problem for the average user. Just don't go sharing the contents of your DVR with everyone.
First off I ignored this Philips medical tablet, thinking I was seeing stories about Motion's C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant. But it turns out that the high-tech medic has a choice of touchscreens for their virtual practice. This one, excitingly, not only has a 10.4-inch display, digital camera, WiFi and Bluetooth, it can read barcodes and RFID tags and - according to Philips - has a "ground breaking" hand grip.
The guys over at Crave might not be sure what the point of Philips "Living Colors" lamp is, but having seen the video of it in action (after the cut) I'm certainly decided that I want one. The remote-controlled colour-changing lamp would be ideal for making it feel like I had lots of different cats, despite only having one, white cat. A far cheaper way of filling your time with furry felines, I'm sure you'll agree.
These days the focus on cell phones are things like listening to music and watching TV. Phillips has gone back to the basics and decided to instead focus on something that all phones these days are lacking in. Battery life. I know that personally I can't go more than a couple of days without recharging, and somehow that just seems ok.
Phillips is introducing the Xenium 9@9 series which boasts 40 days of standby or 10 hours of talking on a single charge. The phones themselves aren't anything worth writing home about, the 9@9d has a 1.3 megapixel camera and the 9@9t is a smartphone with an mp3 player. Even though they aren't packed with the latest features, it's good to know that someone out there is focusing on battery life.
I've been pretty harsh on universal remote controls in the past. It's not that I don't see the point of them - quite the opposite, in fact - but just that manufacturers seem to be in a race to fit as many buttons as possible in and end up with something that's more difficult to fathom than the original brace you were hoping to replace. Still, I'm nothing if not an optimist, and so I truly believe that the right remote is out there waiting for me. And so like a mildly peckish beaver I devour any reviews that I spot, that empty place in my heart just desperate to be filled.
Latest up to parade itself in front of me is Philips' Pronto Professional TSU9600, which builds on the success of the iconic original Pronto line by strapping on a few extra hard buttons and updating the screen, accompanying PC software and home-automation compatibility. And so that's how it fell into the hands of the folks over at Automated Home, who promptly spent around 12 hours tweaking it to high-heaven.
Philips has a new docking tower called the Philips Docking Entertainment System DCM270 that will really bring your iPod to new heights. The exact height and dimensions are not clear but judging from the picture it is runway tall and runway thin, sure to fit any stylish abode. The tower will allow you to dock your iPod or your GoGear or enjoy music from CDs and radio. No information yet on pricing and availability.
We all know that most of the cell phone in the market now come in color, so why not the home phone!? If you like something fancy, you’d like this white babe from Philips. The CD5351S DECT is a cordless phone with a color screen: 4096 display color with 98x67 pixel and CSTN display technology. The phone can play games, store 50 numbers, and send and log SMS texts. This cordless phone has a base that also works as an answering machine, and that can accommodate up to five handsets.
Philips CD5351S DECT features digital answering machine with 15-minute recording time and illuminated message-counter on base, icon-driven color menu, selectable wallpapers, games, SMS, identify call ID by the ringtone, and hands-free speakerphone. This Philips phone costs $89.