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Sunglasses that click pictures

Sunglasses that click pictures
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First Published: Tue, May 06 2008. 11 59 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 06 2008. 11 59 PM IST
How often have you found yourself saying, “If your eyes had only seen what I've seen"? Slip on a pair of $100 sunglasses from ThinkGeek.com, and you'll never have to utter those words again.
A 1.3 megapixel digital camera embedded in the frame can snap a picture of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels when you push the shutter button above the right temple.
If lifting your hand to your glasses is too revealing, there's also a quarter-sized remote that activates the shutter from your pocket.
The lens is small by necessity, leading to a tiny bit of blurring on the edges of the image, but the sensor can still take well-exposed pictures inside during the day.
If someone asks why the black plastic frame is a bit thick, just explain that there is an MP3 player built in. Two earbuds dangle from the ear rests, and you switch tracks with the same buttons that control the camera's shutter. A flash drive also encased in the frame can hold 1 gigabyte of music and photos, which can be downloaded through a USB port. Finally, the polarized flip-up lenses even tame the glare of the sun.
©2008/The New York Times
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Motorola’s smartphone
If you are looking for many of the features of a smartphone but without the smartphone price, you might consider the Motorola Moto Z9. In addition to its phone functions, it makes digital photos, shoots videos, has GPS navigation, plays music and can access the Internet. The phone, which is exclusive to AT&T, is available for $99 with a rebate and a two-year contract, and it works with all of the services on AT&T's high-speed G3 network. It is set up to download music from the AT&T music store, though it can also use other services such as Napster and Pandora. With a wireless Bluetooth headset, you can listen to the music in stereo. The phone works with AT&T's Video Share service, allowing you to stream video to another Z9 or any compatible phone for an extra fee. You can also get Cellular Video, which lets you watch on-demand news, TV shows and some content created specially for mobile phones.
©2008/The New York Times
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First Published: Tue, May 06 2008. 11 59 PM IST