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The new show-stoppers

The new show-stoppers
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First Published: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 10 50 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 10 50 PM IST
¦ Mindflex, Mattel
Mattel’s Mindflex ($79.99) allows players to move a ball around an obstacle course by using just their powers of concentration. Focusing on the ball causes a fan at the base of the game to start and lift the ball on a gentle stream of air. Break your concentration and the ball descends. AFP
¦ Cyber-Shot DSC-G3, Sony
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 includes Wi-Fi technology that allows users to upload images to photo- and video-sharing sites. The $500 camera has 4 gigabytes
of internal memory that can store nearly 1,000 full-resolution or 40,000 VGA-quality photos. This slim 10-megapixel camera also offers a 4x optical zoom and a host of technologies to produce a better photo, including intelligent scene recognition, face detection, an anti-blink feature and a smile-capture feature. The DSC-G3 also includes image-stabilization technology. ©2009/ THE NEW YORK TIMES
¦ Smart phone watch, LG
LG’s “smart phone” watch is the first with cellular broadband access and a camera. The company claims it is the world’s smallest watch phone. The phone links to high-speed 3G networks and can be used for email and other online activities. It also serves as an MP3 player for digital music. The devices have 3.63-cm (1.45-inch) screens and are 13.9mm (0.56 inches) thick.AFP
¦ Sansa Slotradio, Sandisk
The SanDisk Sansa slotRadio player, a $100 portable digital music system based on memory cards pre-loaded with songs, is designed for the casual music consumer and consists of a modest-looking player—square and about as thick as a deck of cards—that comes bundled with a fingernail-sized memory card. The card holds 1,000 mostly classic tunes picked from Billboard magazine charts and arranged into playlists according to genre. You can purchase new songs via SanDisk’s slotMusic memory cards. Reuters
¦ Pacemaker, Tonium
Sweden-based Tonium’s sleek black Pacemaker device, $550, is essentially a hand-held music DJ studio. A circular touchpad lets users mix tunes with simple finger strokes and software in the device automatically syncs beats of songs being blended or manipulated. “We put everything a DJ works with into this,” Tonium supply chain head Richard Hernemyr said, as he cradled a Pacemaker in one hand. “You can play with music, work as a DJ, or just share with friends.” “You really don’t have to know how to beat-match,” he added. “It does it for you.” AFP
¦ Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC, Sony
Sony also pulled back the curtain on its latest mini notebook computer, the Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC, at the show. The tiny device—which weighs 1.4 pounds and fits easily into a shoulder bag—runs Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system and has an 8-inch screen. It has a GPS sensor and built-in mobile broadband capabilities, but to save space, it has replaced the standard touch pad with a “pointing stick”. It’s available for pre-ordering at the Sony Style website for $900. AP
¦ Moto W233 Renew, Motorola
Seeking to capitalize on the trend towards more environmentally friendly products, Motorola’s MOTO W233 Renew is made from recycled water bottles. “Not only is the plastic housing of Renew made from plastics comprised of recycled water bottles and 100% recyclable, but it is also the world’s first carbon-neutral phone,” Motorola says. AFP
¦ Spyball, Wowwee
WowWee has added leopards, koalas, seals and Husky dogs to its line of plush robotic toys. The Spyball—to be brought to the market by WowWee later this year—can be rolled into a room, and then manoeuvred using a remote to spy on the occupants. “You can spy on a brother or sister, keep tabs on your parents, or chase your dog around with it,” WowWee spokesman Steve Hardy said, while demonstrating a Spyball at the show. AFP
Want to make a personalized map with Google Maps? Google Maps are free to create and edit as long as you have a free Google Account or a Gmail address. Once you have logged into the Google Account, go to maps.google.com. Click on the ‘My Maps’ link and click on the ‘Create New Map’ button. You can start to make your map. Use the tools at the top of the window to mark specific places, draw lines or add shapes around the location. You can also add photos and videos to places that have been marked and share it with friends. ©2009/ THE NEW YORK TIMES
Burland Fraser Technologies Pvt. Ltd’s popular Jellyfish laptop stands are now available in Bangalore and Mumbai. Designed to raise the laptop screen to optimum
height, Jellyfish (Rs5,200), used in conjunction with a separate keyboard, corrects the ergonomic problems of laptop use. The stand has simple adjustment mechanisms with three possible positions. Made from soft plastic, the stands are available in a range of colours. For details, call 22073058 (Mumbai) and 41163399 (Bangalore). Staff Writer
Want to check on your Mac OS X to see how much memory is installed in your computer? One quick way to see what is under the hood is to go to the Apple menu at the top left corner of the Mac’s menu bar and choose the ‘About This Mac’ item. To see even more details about the Mac, click on the ‘More Info’ button in the box. This opens up Apple’s built-in System Profiler program (you can find the System Profiler in the Utilities folder inside the Mac’s Applications folder).©2009/ THE NEW YORK TIMES
If your New Year’s resolution was to read more books, but you find you cannot get away from your gadgets, you will do well to check out DailyLit (dailylit.com). Once you sign up and pick an electronic book from its library, the site regularly sends out instalments of your chosen title as email messages or as an RSS feed that you can read on a mobile phone or computer. Many books, including classics in the public domain, are free. If you want to read more contemporary titles, you will have to pay between $5 and $10. ©2009/ THE NEW YORK TIMES
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First Published: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 10 50 PM IST