Ultrabooks: The Next Big Thing in 2012

Saturday, January 07th, 2012

One of the top tech items at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show will be the Ultrabook, a super lightweight laptop that’s no more than one inch thick – the size of a netbook but with the power of a full operating system and a price tag under $1,000.  Several Ultrabooks made their debut in 2011 and even more are expected to go on sale in 2012.  They will compete with tablet computers by offering more processing power and a built-in keyboard.

One of the current top Ultrabooks is the Toshiba Portege.  It weighs in at less than 2.5 lbs, has an ultra-slim 0.6″ profile is starts at about $800.  Find out more about the Portege on the Toshiba website.

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CES 2012

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Show is without a doubt one of the biggest annual events in the world of technology.  CES 2012 will be held January 10-13, when thousands of companies and tens of thousands of participants will gather in Las Vegas to get up close and personal with the latest offerings from large and small electronics retailers.  There are always bound to be a few surprises, but show attendees can expect to see innovative products in the areas of smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras and HDTVs. 

Interestingly enough, e-book readers are not expected make a strong showing like they did in 2009.  The niche is currently dominated by a handful of players who are holding steady with no major product announcements expected. 

CES 2012 should also be expected to highlight automotive and household technology.  Thanks to wireless networking, smartphones are becoming more integrated with consumers’ cars and homes.

Visit the Engadget  website to read a preview of CES 2012.

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Kopin Golden-i Headset Computer

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Golden-i is the world’s first hands-free mobile computer that’s head-mounted  on a headset.  This voice-activated computer runs a version of Windows and can communicate with any OS that supports wi-fi and Bluetooth.  It can activate laptops and other computers via the Internet or by using remote desktop access software.

The Golden-i uses a one-centimeter display screen that sits in just below the left or right eye.  It can be worn with safety-glasses or a helmet or hard hat.  Because the tiny screen is positioned to close to the eye, the display appears to be much larger.  The Golden-I also features a built-in camera and speaker.

Suggested use scenarios include construction sites, medical emergency situations, utilities service, sporting events and law enforcement.

Find out more about the Golden-i on the Kopin website.

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Honda’s Asimo Robot

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Asimo is a humanoid robot that Honda Motor Company unveiled to the world in 2000. The robot, whose name is an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was created to help people who have problems with mobility. This month Honda demonstrated the latest version of Asimo. The new model is capable of smoother and more continuous movement and thanks to increased intelligence is able to adapt to a variety of situations.

In fact, the latest version of Asimo is an “autonomous machine” that can make decisions about the correct behavior based on it surroundings. No operator is needed to control the robot’s movements. Honda believes this new autonomous robot is one step closer to being a practical tool that will be able to work among people in an office setting or other public space.

If you’d like to find out more about robotic development in Japan, read about another robot named Murata. You can find out more about Asimo on the Honda website and don’t miss the amazing video of Asimo in action on YouTube.

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Credit Card Lightbulb

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The world’s flattest light bulb looks like a credit card. Push the bulb vertical and, like magic, it lights up. The credit card portion then become a handy stand. Store one in your wallet or purse for emergencies or anytime that your need to shed a little light on a situation.

You can buy the Credit Card Lightbulb for $4.99 at ThinkGeek.com. It comes complete with batteries.

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Magic Wand Pocket Scanner

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Document scanning and archival has never been easier thanks to VuPoint Solution’s Magic Wand portable scanner and your computer. Simply press the scan button and pass this hand-held scanner over an image, photo or printed page. The Magic Wand will then creates a scanned image and save it on a MicroSD card. No special software is needed to transfer scanned images to your computer, just download them with a card reader or through a USB connection.

Scan resolution is 300 to 600 dpi for both color and black-and-white images. Scanned images are created in standard JPEG format. This is the perfect scanner for students, business owners and anyone who would appreciate an easier way to scan.

Magic Wand is the original portable scanner. It’s available in a rainbow of colors including blue, pink, red, purple and green as well as black and white. Find out more and read reviews on the VuPoint Solutions website.

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Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip

Monday, November 07th, 2011

With the holidays approaching it’s once again time to think about gift gadgets. Everyone’s watching their wallets these days, which is why we’re recommending the Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player. This compact player is available in a variety of colors and either 4GB or 8GB memory configurations. The battery runs for 15 hours and the player supports all major music format. At about $50, the Sansa Clip Zip is a colorful and inexpensive alternative to the Apple Nano.

Find out more about the Clip Zip on the official Sandisk website.

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Mechatar Combot Robots

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Mechatar combat toy robots from iLoveRobots combine the technology of online gaming and real-world remote controlled toys.  Each Mechatar has an online presence that evolves through online and real life battles and missions.  This means that each Mechatar robot is an individual entity with unique experiences that make it different from any other.

Read a review of Mechatar robots at the Wired GeekDad blog.  According to GeekDad blogger Tony Sims, iLoveRobots currently makes some of the best robot toys on the market.  The company founders gained their experience at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and have successfully brought work in adaptive robotics to the commercial market.

You can find out more about Mechatars by visiting the iLoveRobots website and viewing this YouTube video.

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Tagg the Pet Tracker

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Tagg the Pet Tracker is a GPS system for man’s best friend.  The Tagg Tracker is a small water-resistant GPS device that clips onto the collar of a dog or cat.  Once it’s in place, the Tracker will continuously report its location and can be tracked on a smartphone or over the Web.  You can also define a geographical zone and receive an e-mail or text alert when you pet goes outside the zone.

Tagg the Pet Tracker and a year of service sells for $199.  It’s the first product from Snaptracs, a subsidiary of leading mobile technology company Qualcomm.  Find out more about Tagg the Pet Tracker on the Tagg website.

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Cobra Tag Bluetooth Wireless Device Leash

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Cobra Tag is an ingenious Bluetooth gadget that will help ensure that you never again leave your smartphone or car keys behind.  This clever device uses Phone Halo Technology, a smartphone app and a small key fob device.  Users simply download the app and then attach the fob to the object they want to protect (can a purse or laptop as well as car keys).  If the distance between the smartphone and the fob becomes too great, an alarm will sound.

The Cobra Tag also can record the time of day and GPS coordinates to mark exactly when and where a loss occurred and then send this information to a preset e-mail, text message, Facebook or Twitter account.  The device also includes a two-way find feature that lets you press a button on the fob to find your smartphone, or use the app to find the fob.

Cobra Tag is one of the next generation of devices that integrate wireless technology.  Popular Mechanics has given it an Editor’s Choice award and it’s sure to be a popular gift during this year’s holiday season.  Find out more about Cobra Tag on the Cobra Electronics website.

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