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We have reported on many supposedly wireless chargers before hoping that someday, we will all just lay down our mobile devices on charging pads and we’ll say good-bye to our charging cords forever. This is the ElectroHub, another wireless charging station to join the club, and is planned to make its shining debut at CES 2011. One thing that is promised to make the ElectroHub unique is that it occasionally doesn’t require the device to have a special case, but actually provides ElectroHub batteries, which come in both AA and AAA. That means that you can take any device that takes those aforementioned batteries, like a Wiimote, and swap it out for an ElectroHub one. As far as the devices with non-replaceable batteries, it does require a protective case that works as a converter to charge the device’s internal battery. I guess we aren’t to the Q1 case-less stage yet. The ElectroHub is slated to be on sale during the first quarter 2011, and should cost $39. There are other battery sets that can be purchased separately for about $10. Not too bad for an all-in-one.
The small Kinect device attaches to the Xbox 360 via and sits on or by your TV. The Kinect device recognizes your body movements and reacts accordingly. The Xbox Kinect also can recognize faces and voices as well!
Look for games like
Deca Sports Freedom
EA Sports Active 2.0
Game Party In Motion
Kinect Joy Ride
Sonic Free Riders
The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Order it Now While still available: Xbox 360 Kinect Special Edition – $399
Let there be light – at least, that is what you will be saying to yourself when you bring home your new wireless keyboard by Logitech. Why so, you ask? Well, this is the first device of its kind – it is a light powered keyboard. This unique peripheral will juice itself up whenever there is light, even when indoors (so you don’t have to bake yourself and get a nasty tan when using your computer), doing away with battery hassles of the past. Being the next big innovation where keyboard technology is concerned, even when you leave the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 in total darkness, it has enough juice to work for up to 3 months before requiring some sunshine to replenish its reserves. To make it all the more greener, the K750 is also PVC-free when it comes to its construction, boasting a fully recyclable packaging in the process in order to minimize its footprint. There is an integrated solar panel to collect all forms of light, so you won’t need to worry about toting around power bricks or additional charging cables.
From November 15th onwards, you can download a solar power app which is a lux meter that helps you obtain the necessary light to keep it going, making it a snap to retrieve essential information concerning battery levels at a glance, while being alerted whenever its juice starts to run low. Logitech’s first solar keyboard can also be powered via indoor light, while an integrated power-indicator light does away with any surprises. It measures a mere 1/3-inch thick, and looks pretty good with its rounded edges and thin profile. Boasting Logitech Incurve keys, its concave design will support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys. Connected wirelessly via 2.4GHz technology, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is tipped to hit the US and Europe this month for $79.99.
Aircell is one of the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity, aims to carve a nice, big smile on your face if you are a frequent flier who cannot live without Internet connectivity even if you’re flying up in the air. Most airlines still do not offer Wi-Fi connectivity outside of the US while you’re flying, but for folks who are dying to check their Gmail accounts while in the air might just want to pick up the new Samsung Vibrant. Why, you ask? The answer is very simple – the Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile USA will be accompanied by a special offer from Aircell, where you will be able to enjoy up to a months’ worth of free inflight Wi-Fi data access after you register. This offer is good until January 31st next year, so you still have a few more months to save up for a Samsung Vibrant if you think the jet-setting lifestyle is right up your alley in the months ahead. This deal was available exclusively from T-Mobile where each purchase of the Vibrant will be accompanied by a pre-installed entertainment package, not to mention the above Gogo Inflight Internet access that is made available on more than 3,500 daily flights in the Continental US across 1,000 commercial aircraft. Make no mistake about it, there will be additional routes and airline partners offering such a service in due time. Just in case you were wondering what you would get with the Samsung Vibrant, this is a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S range which recently made a splash across different carriers Stateside, where they were known by different monikers depending on the carrier. It is a high end Android-powered device, running on Android 2.1 (with the promise of Android 2.2 rolling out sometime later this year), where it boasts a 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen display for a vivid, HD-like viewing experience whether you are surfing the web, watching movies, playing games or reading an e-book.
Those of you that often leave your home unprotected and travel the world…or the city… probably could use a little something to keep you from worrying. Sure, you could get an alarm system for your home that alerts you when someone has entered your home, but sometimes you just need to see for yourself that everything is in perfect order. That’s where this Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Internet Security Camera would come in very handy. The peace of mind with this comes from the fact that all you need to do is set it up at home, and away you go, with your fingers on the pulse of all that is happening at your doorstep.
The camera allows you to see in real time full motion video no matter where you’re at. It just uses a personalized secure web address that happens to be provided for free. Should you want to move the camera around you can pan, tilt and zoom from your remote location. It has all sorts of ways to customize the usage like changing out the sensor settings or just keeping the camera on during certain times of the day. The built-in memory can store images taken when the sensor is triggered and send off the pictures to your email. The software makes it possible to connect up to 16 cameras at the same time. It won’t come cheap though, but peace of mind in this day and age never does. You can find a dealer and pick one up for $265.
Get it here – Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Internet Security Camera
Folks living outside of the USA will be pleased to know that the Apple iPad will finally make its way to their part of the world officially without having to rely on imports or gifts from friends Stateside. The hallowed date would be May 28th, and if you happen to live in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, then hip hip hooray for you and a bottle of rum! To make sure that you are able to get your hands on one of these puppies, make sure you place a pre-order on the Apple iPad model that you want from Apple’s online store in all nine countries stated from next Monday onwards (May 10th). Do you think the continent of Europe will see superb iPad sales just like those in the US, where Apple actually moved over a million iPads since its official release? Here’s some trivia – customers of the iPad have already downloaded more than 12 million apps from the App Store, alongside over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. As for folks who are residing in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, you will have to wait until July for this device to hit the respective markets, and there is still no official word on local pricing as well as pre-order plans, although Apple isn’t going to leave you hanging high and dry as they will be announcing availability as well as the relevant details for those nine countries at a later date. Guess this is where you learn to exercise patience as a virtue, eh? Just in case you were living under a rock for the past year, the iPad is a device that boasts a much larger display than the iPhone and iPod touch, although it functions pretty much the same way using a similar operating system, letting you connect to your apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. With it, you can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.
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Motorola does not only make cellphones and smartphones just in case you were wondering and are new to the scene, as they have their fingers dipped in the world of communication devices as well. Their latest device would be the H17txt Bluetooth headset that will offer wireless mobility when communicating with your contacts over a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone. Thanks to MotoSpeak, this Bluetooth headset was specially designed to keep you connected and responsible regardless of whether you have two hands behind the wheel or not, where it was created to optimize the text-to-speech technology. Apart from that, when paired with an application, the H17txt will read text messages (SMS) into the headset in real time, helping you keep your eyes peeled on the road. Apart from that, you can also choose to customize an automated response and automatically enable text-to-speech whenever the headset is turned on. To take advantage of MotoSpeak, just download the text-to-speech application to their smartphone and you’re good to go. Of course, you need not search for those cracks and warez sites, as it is available from multiple application stores such as the App Store and the Android Market as long as you search for “MotoSpeak.” The application when enabled, will do the above mentioned by automatically enabling you to hear your text messages through your headset. Not only that, other features of the Motorola H17txt Bluetooth Headset include : Easy on: Text messages will automatically be played over your H17txt with MotoSpeak every time your headset is activated.; Incoming text message sender ID: Always be in the know about who in your phonebook is trying to text you without having to take your hands off the wheel with sender ID announcements; Auto-response message: Determine if you want to send an automated text message to callers informing them that you are driving and will call back when available or pick a more personalized message to send; Translates 150 text acronyms: Acronyms such as lol, btw and l8r are translated when the text message is read aloud, so you will never miss the meaning of a message.
When connected to any Bluetooth-compatible phone, it will also enable you to hear turn-by-turn directions, where obviously only the driver will be able to hear it, letting the rest of the folks in the car be less irritated by the voice used in turn-by-turn directions. Not only that, you will also be able to benefit from voice prompts that update you on battery level, mute status, and how to connect for the first time amongst others. Expect to see the H17txt with MotoSpeak hit the US from this month onwards from Verizon Wireless Communications stores. Looks like the only thing it won’t be able to do is order your dinner for you. Unless of course you put that as your automated text response, and there you go.
Get it here – Motorola H17txt Bluetooth Headset with Motospeak
Samsung wants to rock and roll with their own eBook reader as well which they have dubbed the E6 eReader (how convenient). It will still take some time to see just whether this market is big enough to support so many players, as eBook readers don’t seem to be making that much of an impact in the world against regular paperbacks compared to how the MP3 format literally brought the CD industry to its knees, with the iPod gaining a humongous market share that Apple doesn’t seem likely to be giving up its throne in that department anytime soon. The Samsung E6 eReader now only allows you to access your content easily, it also doubles up as a form of digital notepad, taking down notes as well as thoughts on the page directly, the ability to highlight content and sharing notes with friends and peers. Samsung has merged more than a million electronic titles, advanced handwriting capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity into a single, easy-to-use device. What makes the E6 most outstanding would be its electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen that allows users the writing capabilities which are normally found only on traditional paper books.
Should you wish to make annotations in the margins and record your thoughts and interpretations while reading, the E6 is more than happy to cater to that. Heck, even images can be modified easily via direct handwriting and memos, while those who prefer to get things down in a jiffy will look forward to its voice recording functionality that lets one make audio memos and annotations. Featuring a slider form factor, the E6 comes with a 6” E-ink display at 600 x 800 resolution with 8-Gray scale for easy readability both indoors and out. It will suppor thte following formats – e-pub, PDF/a, TXT, BMP and JPG. Thanks to the built-in front speakers and head-phone jack, you can enjoy Samsung’s text-to-speech (TTS) technology in private or in public, while tuning in to your favorite MP3s when traveling. Wi-Fi connectivity is thrown into the mix as well, accompanied by Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless transmission. The 2GB of internal memory can store up to 1,500 books or 24,000 pages of memos, where it is augmented by a microSD memory card slot. Release is anticipated this quarter, so if you are looking for a reader, and don’t have an iPod or gadget to do the trick yet, this one may be all you are looking for.
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Those who have used Bluetooth headsets right from the very beginning with their then technologically advanced cellphones would definitely have come across the brand name Jabra, as the company has rolled out a fair number of decent Bluetooth headsets in the past. Well, they don’t really have any standout device like Aliph’s Jawbone series, but then again they don’t need such a distinctive device considering the fact that most of the money comes from the average cellphone user who wants a decent performing Bluetooth headset that is priced correctly. Well, today we’ll look at the Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth wireless speakerphone, where it is the first of its kind that features Noise Blackout technology when used with cellphones. Noise Blackout technology involves a dual microphone system which is capable of removing virtually all street and traffic sounds while optimizing voice quality simultaneously to make sure you get your message across in a crystal clear manner. Of course, this does not guarantee that the person on the receiving end will follow through with whatever instructions you provide since that is out of Jabra’s hand, but at least it does do away with the excuse of the line “being not clear” during a conversation.
The Cruiser is able to bring superior audio quality in a sleek design alongside in-car convenience that makes it possible to keep both hands on the wheel while discussing about a multi-million dollar deal. Another interesting aspect of its proprietary Noise Blackout technology would be the ability to identify the direction of various sounds, where among them include traffic and backseat chatter. This technology helps to reduce only surrounding noise without distorting a user’s voice. With Multiuse connectivity, you can hook up the Jabra Cruiser to a couple of Bluetooth-enabled devices, and they are not limited to just cellphones but can also encompass smartphones and MP3 players among others. The inclusion of a built-in FM transmitter makes it possible to store both calls as well as MP3 files on a mobile device, where you can play it back on the Jabra Cruiser via a vehicle’s stereo system later on. Interested? The Jabra Cruiser comes with a price tag of $99.99, but you can get it on amazon.com for less than $80. Not too shabby for all those neato features.
Buy it here – Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone