Archive for Jan 15, 2007

Jabra BT8010 Stereo/Mono Bluetooth Headset

We’re quite accustomed now to seeing people wearing Bluetooth headsets on one ear and looking like they’re ridiculously talking to themselves. But soon we may be seeing people walking around with one Bluetooth headset in each ear. And that wont be for talking on two cell phones simultaneously, but rather, for listening to music. At least, that’s what Jabra is offering with their BT8010 model.

Considering that many cell phones now can play mp3s, Jabra believes its more convenient for folks to have the option of putting in one earpiece for taking calls and then putting in a second earpiece for listening to music in stereo. The BT8010 is scheduled for release in the beginning of this year and will be available at all Verizon Wireless retail stores and online store for around $149.


JBL Reference 610 Bluetooth Headphones

The Reference Series of headphones from JBL provides excellent sound quality, comfort, and style, designed to meet a wide variety of needs. Although all rather spiffy looking, the most deserving of our attention is the wireless R610 Bluetooth model.

The Reference 610 features integrated controls on the earpiece to adjust volume, select tracks, and play/pause your music. It’s equipped with rechargeable batteries and a universal battery charger. And should you need to be connected, it also comes with a 1.75m cable. Pricing for the Reference series ranges from $79.95 to $299.95. Shown after the break are the folded up 510 model and the 410 model.


Logitech X-240 Speakers

Logitech launched their X-240 speakers earlier this month aimed to turn your PC into a powerful digital music center. The system features a control center that includes a cradle for holding your Mp3 player or other mobile device while you charge, sync, or play music.
The X-240’s key features include dynamic real-time bass equalization, high-excursion satellite drivers, master volume and power controls on the control center, and headphone jack. It is expected to ship in March 2007. Priced at $49.99.

Buffalo DriveStation Quattro – 4 HDD in a Box

Never say enough when it comes to data storage. In this age of multimedia, harddrive space can fill up quickly. If internal HDD is not an option, DriveStation Quattro USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive from Bufallo might be a good solution. The DriveStation Quattro is offered in capacities of 1TB (HD-Q1.0TSU2/R5) and 2TB (HD-Q2.0TSU/R5) from four 7200-RPM hard disk drives.

The DriveStation Quattro USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive will be available late January at estimated street prices of $599 for the 1TB (HD-Q1.0TSU2/R5) version and $999 for the 2TB (HD-Q2.0TSU2/R5) version

Joby’s New Zivio Bluetooth Headset

Aimed at being a company of innovation, Joby has brought us the unique Gorillapod and is now announcing a line of Bluetooth headsets scheduled for release in Q2 of 2007. This ultra lightweight and stylish headset features a unique adjustable earpiece that attaches via magnet and also a retractable microphone.

The unit has 10 hours of talk time or 12.5 days standby time and can be recharged via USB. Unfortunately all the pictures we took of the prototype at CES turned out blurry–if only we had a Gorillapod at the time. So we’ve borrowed the lovely image above from Gizmodo.

Samsung’s Latest Digital Cameras

While at CES this past week, we also dropped by Pepcom’s Digital Experience event where besides good food and fully costumed pirates walking around, we saw a bunch of the latest gadgets. We came across Samsung’s new digital cameras, the S630 and the S730 as well as their NV series of digital cameras that feature an innovative navigation control system and gun-inspired styling.

Although the S630 and S730 were just announced at CES, it was the NV7OPS that really caught our attention. The NV7OPS is a slim-bodied 7.2 megapixel digital camera featuring 7x optical zoom, Optical Picture Stabilization, 2.5-inch LCD, MPEG4 VGA(640×480) 30fps video capability, and a unique ‘Smart Touch’ navigation interface (shown below).

Canon’s SED buy-out: the beginning of the end?

SlashGear’s article on SED, the display technology with the potential to oust both plasma and LCD from their top-spots, remains one of the most-read and commented on that the site has seen.  Overshadowing the format has been a 2005 lawsuit by Nano-Proprietary Inc. for patent infringement, based on the collaboration between Toshiba and Canon (Nano-Proprietary argued that they had only licenced the SED tech to Canon).

With a trial due to begin this March, Canon has decided to throw money at the problem and buy out Toshiba’s shares in SED, Inc; Kazunori Fukuma, hired by Toshiba as president of the display subsiduary, will resign and be re-claimed by Canon, while Toshiba engineers and the resources necessary for SED development will be loaned.

Clear Harmony Headphones – Just Sound, No Noises

Clear Harmony Headphones – Just Sound, No Noises

I've always carry my Bose TriPort headphones every time I travel, it's my favorite headphones. While I was in CES, i stopped by Able Planet's booth and i test drive their Clear Harmony headphones. Hearing is believing, i could only hear the music; the loud noises of people talking were drowned out by the noise canceling. My Bose TriPort does the same job but not as well as the Clear Harmony in term of blocking external noises from my ear.

Clear Harmony headphones also reduce distortion at higher volumes by soft-clipping the sound wave rather than squaring it off, deliver a frequency range of 20 to 20,000 Hz for a full-bodied listening experience, and provide an industry-leading 18 decibels of active noise cancellation to reduce unwanted background noise ranging from jet engines to overhead lights.

The Clear Harmony Headphones will retail at $299.99.

ZVOX 325 Single-Cabinet Surround System

You just bought a nice LCD TV, and love the way it looks. How about replacing your bulky home theater speakers too? ZVOX 325 single-cabinet surround system provides alternative to multi-speaker packages ranging from $800 to $2000 and giving you audio output equal to most high end home theater audio system.

“Millions of people are buying cool new flat-panel TVs–only to discover that their sound is as flat as their pictures,“ says ZVOX founder Tom Hannaher. “But the appeal of flat-panel sets lies in their sleek, minimalist design. Nobody wants to mess that up with a bunch of speakers and wires. Our new ZVOX 325 delivers performance on par with expensive multi-speaker systems…but from a one small cabinet. It’s the perfect way to add great sound to a flat panel TV.”

Accufat Shows You How Thick Your Fat Is!

I’m not very weight conscious of a person, but i do try to stay in shape. However eating a lot of “good and tasty” food does make my belly flip flap a little. Accufat, a subcutaneous fat analyzer is a device that will give you pretty scary details on how much fat your body have.

It stored those analysis information into its built in storage and allows you to transfer the data to your computer. One of our editor (from SlashGear Japan) have a test drive of it in CES 2007 and finds it pretty simple to operate. The Accufat will cost $1500.

[via SlashGear Japan]

iFrogz got you covered

Some months ago, we saw the cute iFrogz Tadpole series of cases to insure good times with your toddler and your iPod. This time at the CES 2007 ShowStoppers event we dropped by their booth to take a closer look and boy have they got a lot of variety. Their original silicone cases come in almost every color imaginable with many different themes and texturing. The textured silicone not only protects but also has a very unique tactile quality.

But don’t think that iFrogz are just for kids. They have got some nice leather cases as well as a collection of exotic faux fur wallet-style cases. Visit their site for more details.

The Austrailian Dream Machine

This unique personal simulation system provides a whole body total immersion gaming experience right in your own home. We couldn’t help but migrate towards this large contraption at the CES 2007 ShowStoppers event.  One of our editors took it for a spin and as you can see from that big smile she really enjoyed it. Not only can you rotate, you can also twist, tilt, and pan thanks to its unique patented multimodal crown support from which players are suspended.   


Both domestic and commercial versions will be released, but the domestic version does not need its own power source and can connect and get power directly from your PC. And it’s easy to setup and store. Expect it to be available in March 2007 for around $1700. 

Above photo from Dream Machine web site.