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Wrist Gadgets | Get the upper hand

Wrist Gadgets | Get the upper hand
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First Published: Tue, Apr 15 2008. 11 34 PM IST
Updated: Sun, May 04 2008. 11 40 PM IST
Price: $140
Ideal for adventure sports enthusiasts, this waterproof wrist-worn camera captures images at 3 megapixels (2,048 x 1,536) resolutions, offers f2.8 lens and auto exposure. Its 16MB memory is expandable to 2GB with an SD card. It can shoot VGA quality video at 513x384 pixels, which would give you about an hour on a 2GB card. The self-timer has a 10-second delay and it connects to other gadgets via USB ad RCA TV cable. The company claims that Hero 3’s battery lasts for three hours in “always on” mode. The 4.5 ounce camera measures 1.25”x1.75”x2.6” and uses a Velcro strap.
Price $150
If you don’t want to carry your portable media player on the next vacation, try the Home Theater Watch: Its 1.5-inch screen offers a 260K display and its 2GB capacity allows you to watch more than a couple of movies right on your wrist. You can also use it to read documents, listen to MP3 and WMA audio tracks or gawk at a photo slide show. An accompanying program allows you to convert your ASF, AVI, MPEG, WMV, DAT/VCD and ASX files to the required format. If a “Made in China” tag doesn’t bother you, check out the 8GB MP4 watch with its 1.5-inch OLED screen.
Price: $8.50
Funny as it may sound, the battery-operated Mosquito Repeller deploys “advanced technology” to keep insects away and claims an effective range of 6-8ft. A must-have the next time you go hiking, jogging, camping, golfing, or even when you are simply out in the open.
Price: $12-$35
Available in black and blue, this USB flash drive wristband is a rather unusual way of keeping your data at hand. A rubberized shell moulding makes it comfortable against the skin and also protects the drive from damaging knocks and raps. And if you don’t feel like strapping it on your wrist, the band can be locked securely around a bag, backpack strap or even a suitcase handle.
Price: $80
Dreamate is a non-invasive sleeping aid wristband. This watch-sized device on a strap uses acupressure techniques to “retune the biological clock and train your body to relax and sleep by massaging key acupoints on your inner wrist”. The Taiwanese gadget provides a double-frequency micro-massage (via a vibration motor) to specific pulse points—termed the “Sleeping Golden Triangle” points in traditional Chinese medicine. The company says it helps in relieving stress, inducing sleep and is especially beneficial for people suffering from jet lag.
Price: £30
If you need to be very discreet about receiving calls, wear a bracelet like this and it will quietly alert you—even if your cellphone is 15ft away. In fact, it also warns you the moment you wander out of its range. Compatible with Bluetooth specifications 1.1, 1.2 and 2.0, the bracelet supports headset and hands-free profiles. It has a stand-by time of up to 100 hours and takes about three hours to recharge. A similar option is the BlueQ Bluetooth wristband (www.bqwireless.com/index.html).
Price: On request
A robust touch-screen wrist-wearable computer, the Parvus Zypad runs Windows CE or Linux operating systems. By combining Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless computing, as well as inbuilt Global Position Satellite tracking capabilities with hands-free operations, it is targeted as a gadget for today’s super soldier. Along with a 3.5-inch automatic contrast adjusting LCD, an eight-hour battery life, the 290gm Zypad features stereo speakers and a headphone jack for an external headset to support multimedia applications, a miniSD memory slot, USB ports, an 11-key backlit keyboard and an integrated stylus connected to the strap. It is also fitted with an accelerometer with a Tilt and Dead Reckoning System that allows medics to determine if the wearer is mobile during search and rescue operations—even as the GPS gives the exact location.
Price: $309
A mobile phone on your wrist doesn’t really sound that far fetched in the 21st century. In fact, it is more surprising that there are so few of them around. One of the best-known ones currently is the 65g Hyundai W100 wrist mobile. It has a touch-screen interface, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A2DP, FM radio, microSD card compatibility, twin battery pack, rapid charger and Bluetooth headset.
Nokia recently announced a joint nanotechnology project between the Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge. Called the Morp mobile concept, these “nanophones” will encompass bendable, stretchable and wearable communicators in new flexible and translucent materials, transparent electronics for futuristic aesthetics, integrated sensors for environmental and ambient awareness, and possibly built-in solar absorption for power. (www.moma.org/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind)
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First Published: Tue, Apr 15 2008. 11 34 PM IST