Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets

The ever popular Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets review closed out the Digital Trends track. The current word in gadgets is SIMPLIFY.  But is it going to happen??  Here are some things that are coming:

  • Improved Blackberries
  • March of the Treos
  • Smartphones with two keyboards
  • Google cell phones
  • Text messaging
  • Gaming on all levels
  • Energy use monitors —use less energy and get rewards
  •  Storing information in a totally new format

The following are my notes on most of the many gadgets that were reviewed and some of the URLs where you can find further information.

Treos
The 755p is slimmer, lighter, easier, and has a 1.3mpixel camera.  Cost:  $299-499 + plan

Shredder scissors
            5 pairs of scissors in 1
            A retro gadget
            Low tech, electricity free—protects privacy
            $15.37
           www.compactimpact.com

TI’s Projector in a cell phone
            Forget your small screen
            Project DVD quality on the wall
            Not available yet

5th generation iPod
            20,000 songs, 25,000 photos, holds 100 hours of songs, 40hours of video
            20 hour battery life for songs, 6.5 hours for movies
            $249-349
           www.apple.com/itune

iCharge for iPod
      keep it charged without a heavy gadget
      keyring convenience
      requires a 9v battery
      $15
       www.thinkdifferentstore.com

Nano batteries
            See-through, flexible, 1min to charge, 1000 cycles, 200 nanometers thick
            Not available yet

iPhone (6th generation)
            widescreen, easy menu, WiFi, internet access
            $499 with 2 yr contract, available 6/07
            Multitasking (read webpage + e-mail)
            www.apple.com/iphone

Cube world digital stick people
            Each has its own personality
            Sold in sets of 2 
            $30/pair
            www.thinkgeek.com

 DPilot
          
Stickers to tell you which cord is for what
            $6
            www.spoonsisters.com

Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset
            Goes down to your jaw
            Noise cancelling technology
            Matches outline of face
            $120
            www.jawbone.com

Collapsible Chopsticks
            Environmentally correct
            Stainless steel upper, white ash tips, completely reusable
            $20
            www.thinkgeek.com

Jott.com
            Voice to text
            Phone to email or SMS
            Free
            Speak into phone—works well if you speak slowly
            www.jott.com

Golan i.tech virtual keyboard
            Uses Bluetooth technology to connect wirelessly to handheld device
            Shines a keyboard anywhere you are
            $170
           Gives sound of fingers tapping
            www.vkb-support.com

 Illuminated waterproof flexible keyboard
            Silent
            Roll it up, bring it anywhere
            Made of silicone
            Wash in sink
            $27
            www.usbgeek.com

Rear view computer mirror
            Be confident checking flickr on the job
            See when the boss is coming!
            $13
            www.spoonsisters.com

Sony DVP-FX810 DVD walkman
            Multiformats, swivel and flip screen, slim, weighs 2lb
            8” wide screen, 5.5 hour battery
            $199
            www.tinyurl.com/2yxepq

Palmsized micro copter
            Small infrared remote control helicopter
            Blue LED for night flying
            Uses 6 AA batteries, charges from remote control unit
            Body constructed from foam
            For indoor use
            $40
            www.thinkgeek.com

Plantronica C55 wireless convertible headset
            No wires—connects to any type of phone
            300 ft range
            $280
            www.headsets.com/headsets/wireless/plantronics/cs55/images.html

Targus wireless multimedia presenter
            Switch between applications
            No software downloads necessary
            Launch e-mail or the Internet with 1 click
            $80
            www.targus.com

IBM optical transceiver for downloads
            160 gb/sec
            Will download a full HD movie in 1 second
            Internet routers and switches will be the first application
            Not yet available

USB missile launcher
            Holds 3 foam missiles
            $40
            Simulates a radar screen
            Rotates, tilts, fires
            www.gadgets.co.uk/item/usbmissile/usb-missile-rocket-launcher.html

USB vision and posture reminder
            Ergonomic tool
            Electronic nag to remind you of correct posture
            Warns you each time you are too close to monitor—flashes and chimes
            $27
            www.usbgeek.com

QR code
            Lets physical and digital worlds connect
            Codes interact with phones
            Nutrition information, real estate details, etc.
            Only  available in Japan

Google’s Dodgeball
            Text messaging social tool
            See who is online and send a text message to them
            Can use any SMS enabled phone
            www.dodgeball.com

Next generation robotic vacuum
            Still vaporware!
            Developers looking for a robotics engineer to develop it.

Cordinator
            Manage cords from 10 devices
            Includes a surge protector, can put monitor on top of it
            $60
            www.herringtoncatalog.com/ts181.html

Trillian IM Client
             Connects to multiple services with no need of running multiple clients
            www.ceruleanstudios.com

Belkin compact surge protector
            Designed to be flush with wall
            Sliding covers for unused outlets
            Integrated cable management
            No more tripping over or getting tangled up with surge protector
            $40
            www.belkin.com

Meebo
            No need to download clients
            Chat with multiple clients with no downloading
            www1.meebo.com/index-en.html

Pelican 760 LED flashlight
            Half the weight of current police flashlights and significantly brighter
            Lamp never needs replacing (>10,000 hours of use)
            Extremely bright
            Available June 2007
            www.pelican7060.com

 USB toaster
            $7.50
            www.store.theonion.com/product_info.php?products_id=219

international AC travel adapter
            $11
           Convert any plug to any other
            www.usbgeek.com

Fireplace iPod dock
            $3650
            www.calspas.com

Clocky the AlarmClock
            Runs away and hides when you don’t wake up!
            $50

Retrophone handset
            plugs into cell phone
            Includes a button for answer and end call
            $5-30
            www.thinkgeek.com

Picknik Photo editor
            Web based—no download, FREE
            Flickr integration
            www.picknik.com

Chocolate gadgets!
             $3-12 each in boxes of 100
             www.corporategiftshowcase.com/CIchocolatetechnology.asp

The Powerpoint presentation from this sesson is available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and CIL 2007 Blog Coordinator

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