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Spykee WiFi Erector Robot Video Demo

Spykee WiFi Erector Robot Video Demo

The first user videos of the Meccano Spykee WiFi robot are beginning to emerge, demonstrating the open-source 'bot in action.  Courtesy of Sven comes this first clip, a full demo of Spykee in its constituent parts, then assembled and terrorizing some children.  He also shows the internet interface, through which you can control Spykee from anywhere with a network connection.

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WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

WowWee Rovio videos: WiFi remote webcam demo

While we wait for the first Rovio reviews, WowWee are drubbing up enthusiasm for the WiFi-enabled remote webcam with some new demo videos.  Intended to give an overview of the robot and its functionality, the three clips show everything from using Rovio remotely through the web interface, using the webcam on its adjustable arm, and directing it to return to the charging base.

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WowWee Rovio WiFi surveillance robot available for pre-order

WowWee’s Rovio remote surveillance robot, announced at CES 2008, has finally shown up for pre-order in the US.  Previously an exclusive with UK-based retailer Red5, the WiFi-enabled mobile webcam platform is now listed at Hammacher Schlemmer (although, as usual, not by brand name) with a pre-order tag of $299.  Ship date is given as September 26th.

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 and LifeCam Show announced

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 and LifeCam Show announced

Microsoft announced two new webcams today and they're pretty interesting, to say the least. The LifeCam VX-5500 and the LifeCam Show revive the older models and bring something new to the table.  

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Imperial TIE Fighter Webcam; fun but not for conferencing

If you get weak in the knees whenever you see a new Star Wars gadget, then you won’t be able to pass up the Imperial TIE Fighter Advanced X1 Webcam. And though this may be more intended for die hards of that galaxy far, far away, there are a few notable features that are pretty practical.

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MSI EX310 Notebook announced; no US release date yet

MSI EX310 Notebook announced; no US release date yet

If the MSI 10-inch Wind and the 14.1-inch P400 are either too small or too big to suit your tastes, the EX310 may be just right for you. The EX310 Notebook has a 13.3-inch screen with 1280x800 resolution and will be available in both red and blue color options.

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Concept : PSP gets combined with the Sidekick

Someone else decided to take a crack at changing up the PSP a bit. This one was designed by Samuel Lau and although it will likely never be a reality, it is still fun to look at.

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Acer Aspire One on sale in US from $379

As promised, Acer’s Aspire One budget ultraportable is now officially available in the US.  The notebook, intended to rival ASUS’ wildly popular Eee PC, uses Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom CPU, an 8GB SSD (or 120GB standard HDD) for storage and runs the Linpus Lite Linux OS (with Windows XP Home as an option).  It weighs 2.17 pounds and measures 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.14-inches, and will be available at first in sapphire blue or seashell white before golden brown and diamond black arrive later in the year.

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InGrid DIY monitored security gets IP cameras & GPRS backup

In the months since we last wrote about InGrid’s DIY monitored security system, I’ve neither been burgled nor vigorously fleeced across the cobbles; however home security does remain close to my anxious heart.  The company has now updated their range with a number of accessory units ideal for the perpetually paranoid, spanning from live-view IP cameras, through flood detectors and all the way to cellular gateways should felons cut your ADSL.

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Hands on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400

Hands on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400

This past week we've been able to take a closer look and get a hands-on with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400.  Having already shown you the unboxing, it was time to see just how usable the U400 was in practice. We had high hopes for portability, and we weren't disappointed; this small laptop hasn't been hard to carry around, weighing only 4.6lbs.

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Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam first for Mac from company

Mac-owners, cease your ongoing protests against the cold-shoulder of Logitech.  The peripheral company has announced its latest webcam, the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac, and while it may resemble just about any other recent model from Logitech’s range, in actual fact it’s the first they’ve made that’s Apple-compatible. 

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Remote-controlled whiteboard hack

A remotely-controlled whiteboard is one of those hacks that seem vaguely pointless at first but, as you think about them, you start coming up with plenty of uses. Leaving messages or reminders for people at home or in other offices, perhaps, or teleworking with distant colleagues. After watching Jeroen Domburg’s video of his hacked whiteboard in action – that uses a webcam and the mangled entrails of an old scanner to accomplish remote sight and local control, respectively – I’ve decided that my life isn’t complete without one.

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