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OCOSMOS OSC9 tablet hits US by Dec with Smart remote

OCOSMOS OSC9 tablet hits US by Dec with Smart remote

OCOSMOS' OSC9 tablet PC has gone up for pre-order in the US, with the 10.1-inch slate - billed as being the thinnest Windows 7 tablet around - expected to begin shipping at the end of November. Priced at $649 from Dynamism, the OSC9 runs a 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom Z670 processor, 2GB of RAM and offers a choice of 16GB or 32GB of flash storage, all fronted by a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display. It also supports an optional "Smart O-Bar" screen-toting remote.

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Qbo open-source robot gets Android control app

Qbo open-source robot gets Android control app

What if you had a robot that could roll around the office, speak with your coworkers, and act as your eyes and ears when you're 10,000 miles away? How about if that robot's control system was simply an Android app you could download for free? We've been covering the open source Qbo robot project for quite some time now, and this is without a doubt probably the most awesome advancement the project has made in its relatively short history - if you ask your narrator, that is. You must simply download the app, identify yourself and connect, then control away!

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Desk Pets launches cool TankBot that can navigate a maze

Desk Pets launches cool TankBot that can navigate a maze

I am a sucker for remote controlled toys. I have seen a bunch of RC toys that are controlled by a smartphone recently. Most of that stuff is for the iPhone and I have used a helicopter and an RC truck that you can control from the smartphone. A new toy has turned up from a company called Desk Pets International. The toy is called the TankBot and it's a little gadget that looks like a cross between an army tank and a robot puppy.

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Logitech Harmony Link makes a universal remote of your iPad/Android

Logitech Harmony Link makes a universal remote of your iPad/Android

Logitech has announced the Harmony Link, turning your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android device into a universal remote. Pairing an WiFi-enabled IR blaster dongle and custom apps for each platform, the Harmony Link can replace up to eight remotes and supports macros such as "Watch a Movie" to automatically turn on your HDTV, Blu-ray deck, surround system and - if you have a fancy intelligent lighting rig - dim your lights too. The iPad app also includes personalized, in-app TV listings.

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Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Remote controlled cars have come a long way in just a few short decades, and here in Orbotix' Sphero we've got the new benchmark for awesome. This device is indeed a sphere with bright lovely lights inside of it that can be controlled with a variety of smartphone-based apps that you can run on either your iPhone or your Android handset. And what's mot than that, you can use your iPad, your iPod Touch, and essentially any variety of Android device to make this ball go - all you need are the official apps and bluetooth connectivity. What we got to see this week, courtesy of the CEO of the group that's created this lovely device, Paul Berberian, is a hands-on experience with the near-final product in all its glory.

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Air Swimmers RC balloons float around the house under your control

Air Swimmers RC balloons float around the house under your control

A long time ago, I had a gift certificate and I couldn't find anything cool to use it on. I ended up ordering this giant mylar balloon blimp with a remote control and little propellers that could fly around the house. The thing was cool in theory but I quickly found that it was near impossible to ballast correctly and any draft from a fan or your cooling system would send the thing crashing into something. I suspect that as cool as the Air Swimmers are it would be just as hard to control.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

It's that time again; the SlashGear Week in Review is back. One of my favorite stories from last week was the LEGO DIY R2D2 robot. The robot was remote controlled and even the little dome turned making for a very cool project. The teen LulzSec hacker that was arrested in Britain recently was found to have details on hundreds of thousands of people on his computer. The exact number according to the police was 750,000 different personal records on people.

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Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

It's time for some more Xbox bits and pieces! Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb has a personal message for you in the video below, showing off the headset side of this equation, letting you know that the "Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth" will be available November 2011, just in time for the holidays, and it'll be US ERP (estimated retail price) at $59.99. This device, says Hyrb, will go on to replace the current Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, but whether or not that means the original headset will cease to work / degrade / explode into flames in November is still yet to be seen.

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