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CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME multimedia device hands-on

CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME multimedia device hands-on

iRiver can always be relied on to bring something interesting to CES, and this year is no exception.  The WAVE HOME is this year's multimedia maven, combining local video and music playback, internet access and VoIP voice and messaging into a compact, minimalist desktop unit.  SlashGear stopped by the iRiver booth to spend some hands-on time with the WAVE, and while it might do its darnedest to defy categorisation, that didn't stop us wanting to bring it home.

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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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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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