Archive for November, 2011
There are two parts to the Swivl. One of those is the marker, which is wirelessly tracked by the platform. The other is the motorized platform, that holds, pans and tilts the phone. Users can wear that marker to keep the camera trained on themselves, move it in their hand to direct the camera to something else, or hand it off to another speaker. The basic follow-the-marker function should work with any smartphone or pocket video camera that can fit in the platform – they need to be less than 11 millimeters thick. Swivl will be available with software designed specifically for newer iOS devices (other than iPad).
HTC Classic comes with a metallic case, a 9 megapixel camera with LED flash at the rear, a 2 megapixel camera at the front and a 4.7 inch 720p display. The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.1 Plus and on board you’ll also find Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth Data Transfer, a new feature on the device. There’s also an extra GPS sensor for extra sensitive locating and finding things easier. The smartphone is 8.6mm thick, comes with Beats Audio technology and uSchool, an app for students that translates, solves math problems and much more. This can’t be considered a futuristic device, since such smartphones will be seen plentiful at MWC 2012.
SmartMeter allows you to monitor real-time, instantaneous energy consumption of appliances plugged into the device. Benefits include the ability to remotely off/on devices and to program device usage based on power stations lower price charges during off-peak demand. This energy consumption reading can be transmitted to other devices via the power line.
MiLi has put the device under the surgeon’s knife and produced an updated model that has shed a few millimeters around the waist appropriately titled the MiLi Pro v2.0. Despite coming in at around the thickness of two iPhone 4′s, the new MiLi Pro v2.0 also sees the addition of a bigger battery that provides nearly 2.5 hours of viewing pleasure. Although it packs the same Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) LED projector producing 10 lumens and 640 x 480 pixel resolution found in its predecessor, the fan has been ditched, resulting in a unit that the company claims is almost 50 percent slimmer than the original and “perfectly silent.”
This Nokia GEM, a device that prides itself with being a handset that was turned into an entire touchscreen. Nokia GEM was launched to celebrate 25 years of existence of the Nokia Research Centre and this device is all about the touchscreen it incorporates on its front, back and sides. Senior Design Manager Jarkko Saunamaki is the one who lead the team that created GEM and recently claimed that once you launch an app, for example the camera application, the entire phone will begin to look like a camera. The back is also interactive, so you can pinch to zoom from the rear, without cluttering the front screen. This function also comes in handy when using maps and probably games too, as proved by the Sony PS Vita.
HTC and Verizon Wireless have announced a new Beats Audio-integrated Android 2.3.4-based smartphone, the HTC Rezound. It’s also the company’s first smartphone to incorporate a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution screen. The new Verizon-exclusive droid supports the LTE network and will be HTC‘s first Beats Audio-improved offering in the U.S. market. The new arrival will be sold with lightweight Beats headphones with built-in microphone and on-cable remote. The Rezound offers an 8-megapixel camera located at the back equipped with autofocus, dual LED flash and an f/2.2 28mm wide-angle lens.
To cut down on the clutter of white Apple chargers vying for an electrical outlet in this situation, TwelveSouth has released its PlugBug accessory that piggybacks on a standard MacBook power adapter to provide an additional USB charge port to charge iDevice and a MacBook at the same time. The PlugBug will also function as a stand-alone charger for an iDevice and because it delivers 10 W and 2.1 amps of power, it can charge an iPad at the fastest rate. While the PlugBug adds a bit of extra bulk to a standard MacBook adapter, it is still more convenient than carting around two separate chargers and having to find two electrical outlets. It is compatible with all MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air power adapters and charges all iPads and iPhones.