CES 2008: Underwater Technology Center’s UDI allows text messaging underwater

This nifty little arm mounted SMS device could be the thing that saves your life if you find yourself caught underwater with a lack of Oxygen or coming up too fast. Also, when it’s not being used to bring those capable to your rescue, you can just use it communicate with the rest of your team or with those on the ship you dropped in from.


Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish a happy new year to all of our readers, staffers, and all the people we work(ed) with on a daily basis throughout the past year and in the year to come! As far as I know it the next big thing on the SlashGear calendar is CES, we’ll be there covering it live too, and then Mac World and there are a ton of other events I am forgetting but those are the most immediate.


InterGrafx 3D Virtual Secretary on your phone

So it can wake you up, schedule your appointments, and other clerical tasks. It cant answer your phones, and although it might look attractive to you (sick freak) you can’t have an affair with it, so stick to the real thing, if not for adultery, do it so you don’t have to answer your phone so often.


Samsung SGH-a747 SLM Napster Phone

So we already mentioned this, but we have something new, more specs, and a whole lot more pics. In fact if I recollect right, we didn’t have a single pic of the actual handset last time.

It has Bluetooth 2.0, Quad-Band GSM, Dual-Band UMTS, and a talk time of about 3 hours. There is the 2MP cam that has up to a 4x digital zoom, and other than all the video and music services that come with it, it has Java, and SMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! instant messengers built in.


Cre8txt IM slang translation keypad

Do you have someone in your family that just absolutely refuses to IM you using proper grammar, maybe even complete sentences? Are you sick of having to go to Urban Dictionary just to look up what the crap that hellion is talking about?

Well Cre8txt, a UK based company, has got a solution, you plug this remote looking thing into your computer and it will work its magic and do translations for you. It appears to work both ways, both converting their l33t sp3@k into common English and also offering you the option to speak their language, to an extent.


Yahoo Mail Adds SMS Messaging Via Email

So this isn’t really new technology, or even and entirely new concept, however most companies that tried it previously had it as their main feature, whereas for Yahoo it is just an added bonus. Previous iterations of such a service either failed miserably, or began charging money, not this one, its completely free.


Globe shuns fake snow for 160 characters

In my day job we’ve got one of those infernal text-messaging systems where people can send in their suggestions and queries for us to ponder over.  The average day sees a number of obscenities, sexual suggestions that would be illegal in a number of US states and the odd message so riddled with “txt spk” that I’ve had to plug a USB-13-year-old into the computer to decipher it.  Since I’m the one who usually ends up checking the mailbox, I’m indecently tempted by this 360-degree textable message globe so that everyone else in the office could share in the joy of being told “U blO goatz”.



Speed text challenge has $10k top-prize

Have you got dynamic digits?  Are your fingers faster than the proverbial speeding bullet?  Then get your sweet ass down to Los Angeles, baby, because they’re about to pit the quickest texters against each other in a fight for a $10,000 prize and place in the speed-messaging final in NYC on April 21st. 

Before you get too cocky, you’ll have to turn that T9 off and refrain from using any ridiculous abbreviations or shorthand.  So far 150 have signed up and organisers LG are expecting more to turn up on the day.

To all those competing: gd lck!

R u rdy 4 wrlds fastest txt msg? [Reuters]

Project your voice: Getting the (SMS) message across

Looking like a cross between a Geiger counter and something unpleasantly endoscopic, the SMS Guerrilla Projector is in fact the mash-up of an old Nokia cellphone with a variety of camera lenses; it lets you project your text messages onto anything or anyone.  Designed and constructed by Troikart, a UK-based experimental art and design collaborative, it’s intended to provoke thought and discussion based on the interplay of message and backdrop.  Whatever the theory, I want one!


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