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Comparative review of digital pens that incorporate Anoto’s technology: the Nokia SU-1B, Sony Ericsson’s CHA-30 Chatpen, and Logitech’s io Pen. These pens capture what you’re writing and either store it as a file or transmit it over Bluetooth to a cellphone or PC.
You’d want one of these babies next time you watch a movie, or when someone nearby prefers their entire cellphone conversation broadcast beyond your annoyance level. The SH066PL2B works on the 900/1800MHz GSM frequencies up to a distance of about 30 feet. There are bigger, and more powerful devices available as mentioned in this article.
NEC will soon release a 10mm-thick, credit card-sized mobile phone called the N900. Despite its size, the N900 features a digital camera and a color LCD. NEC plans to release the N900 GSM handset, initially in China, and later in Southeast Asia and Europe.
Gizmodo: Unlike the Roomba, the Roboking from LG Electronics can automatically figure out the best way to clean a room, and once its finished, return to its charging station. The next version of the Roboking looks even better: it should be able to connect to a home wireless network and be controllable remotely by a PC, cellphone, or PDA, so youll be able to have it clean the house while youre at work.
In my lustful quest for living out Apple’s Digital Hub, I’ve managed to build an entertainment center around my Titanium PowerBook. A 42″ plasma TV serves as a second monitor for DVD, cable TV, web surfing, Quicktime and iTunes visuals. Wireless pervades the house with both 802.11b and Bluetooth connectivity for the laptop, cellphone, and PDA – downstairs audio is also transmitted wirelessly to the upstairs sound system. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image. [Update]
Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio, Texas will be remembered as the Siggraph where America discovered the cellphone. Apparently cellphones in America are not equipped with vibra or silent mode, as everyone seems to be all too eager to have their cellphone ring incessantly during the conference sessions and make public their phone conversations. “I have a cellphone.” “Call my cell!” “I’ll give you my cell number.” “I’m at the convention center.” Oh please! Welcome, America, to the 20th century!
The growing use of text messaging on mobile phones could result in an epidemic of repetitive strain injuries dubbed TMI — or Text Message Injury. More from Wired.com’s “Sore Thumb? Talk More, Type Less.”
The winning poem on the UK’s The Guardian reads: “txtin iz messin, mi headn’me englis, try2rite essays, they all come out txtis. gran not plsed w/letters shes getn, swears i wrote better b4 comin2uni. &she’s african” Hetty Hughes won the first prize (£1,000) for this poem from Guardian’s text message poetry competition from almost 7,500 entries. Read the rest at The Guardian’s “The text-message poetry winners.”
PDABuzz.com offers a sneak peek on a new Handspring Visor “Edge” PDA for release this spring (April/May). It’s thinner, sleeker, and reminds you a lot about Apple’s TiBook. The new device will have an all metal case, PalmOS 3.5, 8MB RAM, a lithium (ion or polymer are uncertain) battery, a detachable Springboard adaptor, and it will be the lightest & thinnest Visor yet. A reader notes that the Edge, like other Handsprings, does not come with PalmOS 4.0 nor is the OS upgradable. That instantly gives the Palm m500 the upper hand. Updated info from Go2Mac’s Visor Edge Details. • Dave Wilson of LATimes.com had his hands on a working prototype of the much-awaited paper cellphone in this article: New Origami Trick: Turn Paper Into a Functional Phone.