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Samsung HD CMOS webcam

Samsung HD CMOS webcam

Samsung have unveiled a new high-definition webcam small enough to be embedded into the bezel of a notebook or LCD display.  The new 1/4-inch S5K4AW CMOS chip has 1.2-megapixel standard resolution, and is capable of recording 1280 x 960 video at 30fps or 640 x 480 video at 60fps.  It also boasts improved low-light performance, though at the expense of image quality.

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iPhone-controlled remote dog webcam & treat dispenser

iPhone-controlled remote dog webcam & treat dispenser

What can you do in 90 minutes?  If you're Stephen Myers, you can set up a webcam-enabled dog-treat dispenser that you can remotely access from your iPhone.  Created from a CD spindle case, scraps of cardboard, a servo motor and some random junk Stephen found lying around his house, the system allows him to watch his dog from the Apple smartphone and dispense a tasty treat.

Check out the demo video after the cut

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Mintpad WiFi touchscreen internet tablet taunts us from afar

Mintpad WiFi touchscreen internet tablet taunts us from afar

Color us jealous.  Seeing as our last call for a Korean gadget to cross over to the West worked so well, can we now please have the Mintpad?  Mintpass have been showing off the 2.86-inch touchscreen PMP/internet tablet, currently on sale in Korea for 199,000 KRW ($132), complete with WiFi b/g, camera and IM functionality.

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Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays Review

Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays Review

It's a rare occasion when one of the gadgets Korean customers are blessed with deigns to cross over to shores further afield; so rare, in fact, that you can help but have high-hopes for them.  Nanovision's MIMO 7-inch USB displays endeared themselves when first announced, and became only more attractive when the company confirmed US and European availability.  We've had the UM-710 and UM-730 on our desk for the past week; are they legitimate productivity enhancers, or just another USB ornament?

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Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays: Video Unboxing

Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays: Video Unboxing

Last Wednesday we told you that two of Nanovision's MIMO 7-inch USB displays were breaking out of Korea and hitting the US, UK, Japan and Italy.  Today, they've landed at SlashGear.  The Nanovision MIMO UM-710 and UM-730 each use DisplayLink technology to connect to your PC or Mac with nothing more than a USB cable.  Check out the video unboxing and full gallery of both displays after the cut!

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Nanovision MIMO 7-inch USB displays confirmed for US, UK, Italy & Japan

Nanovision MIMO 7-inch USB displays confirmed for US, UK, Italy & Japan

Nanovision's compact 7-inch MIMO LCD displays, which use DisplayLink technology to connect to your PC via USB, at first seemed a pleasure limited to the Korean market.  SlashGear have been talking with the company, however, and we can exclusively tell you that the Nanovision MIMO UM-710 and UM-730 are both headed to the US, UK, Italy and Japan.

Spec details and preliminary pricing after the cut

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WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

It’s always interesting to see the various iterations of a gadget’s design, before it reaches the shelves in all its shiny splendor, and today it’s the family album of WowWee’s Rovio mobile WiFi webcam robot.  Released at the beginning of October, the Rovio hasn’t always had its Stealth Bomber-style, as these balsa prototypes from RoboCommunity prove.

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Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Liked the look of Mvix's dual-drive RAID NAS but need room for a third hard-drive?  Thecus Technology may have the network-attached storage for you, then, in the shape of the N3200PRO.  With space for three SATA HDDs for total capacity of up to 3TB, the 160 x 170 x 215mm box offers home and small business users not only the convenience of a media server but the speed and data redundancy benefits of RAID 5.

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WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

WowWee Rovio hacking begins: LED headlights

Back when the WowWee Rovio was first announced we knew it would prove to be a popular platform for modders and robotics fanatics to adapt.  The three-wheeled remote WiFi camera-bot has only been available for a few weeks, and already we're seeing the first hacks come in.  Today, it's the turn of Rudolph at RoboCommunity; a straightforward tweak, perhaps, but a sensible one - adding LED lights to the remote-controlled webcam "head".

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Minoru 3D Webcam brings a touch of ‘reality’

Minoru 3D Webcam brings a touch of ‘reality’

I've always been fascinated with 3D technology. I remember putting on those red and blue glasses as a kid and squinting at the TV in hopes of seeing something cool. But now you can experience three-dimensional awesomeness straight from your webcam. 

 
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Nanovision MIMO 7-inch USB LCD with optional touchscreen & DMB

Nanovision MIMO 7-inch USB LCD with optional touchscreen & DMB

From the huge to the tiny; these Nanovision MIMO displays are a mere 7-inches running at 800 x 480 widescreen resolution, and - like the Century Japan LCD-4300U we saw last week - connect via USB 2.0 rather than demanding a second graphics card.  Two versions are on offer, each supporting rotation from landscape to portrait orientation.

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WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee Rovio official site up; Ship date slips to December? [Updated]

WowWee's official site for the Rovio mobile WiFi webcam has gone live, with videos and other information about the web-connected platform.  However, while it claims the robot is available now, the Rovio itself is proving difficult to find on any of the US sites linked to; in fact, the estimated shipping date from Hammacher Schlemmer has slipped to December 17th 2008.

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