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First Published: Sun, Jun 29 2008. 11 21 PM IST

Price: $299
Price: $299
Updated: Sun, Jun 29 2008. 11 21 PM IST
Price: $299
A palm-sized pocket projector, the Hikari Pro920 has a projective size of 25 inch in 640x480 (VGA) resolutions. It deploys a 10 lumen LED as light source and consumes only 5 Watt of power to play its front-projected images to any white surface. With its high spec input interface, it can also be used with smartphones, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 game consoles, portable media players and DVD players. And if you want to check out an even smaller portable projector, point your browser to www.explay.co.il for the Explay nano-projector.
Always fumbling for the TV and/or DVD remote, but never finding it where you think you kept it the last time? Maybe you could think of getting this fully-functional, watch-based universal remote control. Extremely lightweight (and rather “plasticky”, of course), its touch-screen operations allow you to control the volume, switch channels, and even turn on/off the power in most popular TV, SAT, DVD player, LD player and VCR brands. The green backlit screen (electroluminescent for visibility in the dark) requires tiny taps with a finger or stylus to do your bidding. And, of course, it also functions as a regular digital watch. The build quality of the watch may leave you a little disappointed, but then, you don’t really expect titanium with such a price tag.
Just look at it: This mini audio video camera is actually the size of a packet of Wrigley’s chewing gum. Obviously, its 3GP resolution (176x144 pixels) will be good enough only for grabbing rather fuzzy moving images—just sufficient to give a good overview of the scenario. With the built-in USB rechargeable Li-ion battery intended to last 2 hours on a single charge, the 2GB microSD card at these resolutions is sure to give you ample storage. An inbuilt omni-directional mic captures ambient sound from a distance of 1-2m while the lens comfortably spies on objects 2-3m away.
With its 2.8-inch LCD screen, 3.3x3.3x0.078 inches dimensions and 150gm weight, the Mtube looks like a media player or GPS device. But it is, in fact, a powerful Linux-based wireless ultra mobile PC. Developed under the aegis of the Taiwanese government, the National Taiwan University and the Institute for Information Industry (III), and slated for a 2009 release, the diminutive Mtube boasts of both WiMax and WiFi connectivity but offers only a 4-hour battery life. With a 640x480 resolution colour screen, built-in Firefox for browsing, it is powered by a VIA 1.0GHz C7-M processor and comes with 8GB of flash storage. Aided by its H.264, WMV, RMVB, MOV, FLV, and DivX video codec handling prowess, the Mtube can be utilized as an Internet-savvy digital video player and as a WiMax-equipped streaming server for video. The Mtube is also capable of speech recognition.
The Xyron Design Runner is a small, hand-held printer that employs random movement printing technology to print WordArt, borders and designs for scrapbook pages, cards and gifts. This cordless, lightweight, easy-to-use device can also print on diverse surfaces such as wood and fabric. Along with the Design Runner printer and dock, you get 40 designs, 9-volt batteries, a user manual and an idea book. While one black print cartridge is standard with the printer, green and red ink cartridges are also available. With proper care and use, the company claims that an ink cartridge lasts for up to 5,000 inches.
Imagine a quadband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) GPRS cellphone that weighs 42g and is smaller than a credit card. Minimal control buttons, small display, 1GB memory, Bluetooth, music player, mini-USB port, and a charger jack. That’s the Modu story. But not the complete story. Although you can use it, the Modu is actually meant to be inserted in a phone jacket that suits your identity or mood. The jacket imparts Modu with a regular-sized colour display, navigation buttons and keypad, apart from activating other functionality. Further, its Israeli manufacturers intend to make it compatible for insertion in car stereos, GPS devices and game consoles. To get a glimpse of its fashionable jackets and multiple avatars, search ‘www.youtube.com’.
‘Sex and the City’? One of those ‘saas-bahu’ serials? An SRK movie? Or Maria Sharapova on Centre Court at Wimbledon? The argument over the remote continues... Now there is hope. Instead of sulking or speculating on buying another large screen TV, try these Portable Video Glasses. They weigh only 82gm, but give you a virtual image size of 48-inch, viewed at 6.5ft. Best of all, you can hook them up to anything from an iPod video, PMP, portable DVD/VCD players, PS2s, Xboxs, TV-tuners, to all kinds of mobile TV receivers, including mobile phones and PDA, etc. Compatible with NTSC/PAL video input, they generate a 640x480 RGB image, provide dual-channel stereo adjustable volume audio and permit you to watch video privately in public or aboard a plane, train, bus or car. The rechargeable 480mAH lithium-ion battery lasts for up to 5 hours.
It claims to be the world’s smallest PC. The 800x480 resolution OQO e2 is driven by a 1.5GHz or 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor and integrated graphics chipset. It has a 5-inch WVGA LCD touch screen, a shock-mounted hard disk that can be increased to up to 120GB in capacity, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM operating at 533MHz, 58-key EL backlit thumb keyboard, a track-stick pointing device, digital pen, internal speaker, microphone, embedded AES hardware encryption, and operates with Windows Vista or XP. OQO has 9 antennae built into the magnesium alloy chassis to beef up its WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile broadband (UMTS/HSDPA 2100MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800MHz) compatibility demands. The ports include an audio jack, HDMI, VGA/Ethernet adapter, docking/power connector, and USB connector. The removable 9000mAh lithium-ion polymer battery has an estimated life of 6 hours.
What’s so revolutionary about a microSD card in this day and age? Nothing, really. But if you look at the SanDisk’s whopping 8GB capacity, the little thumbnail-sized card takes on a whole new dimension. Eight gigabytes today means 1,000 MP3s plus 1,200 high-res pictures along with 21 hours of high-quality video. And wait, the microSD card is not quite the end of this tale. Working in tandem with the card is a SanDisk MobileMate micro reader—a USB 2.0 compatible “shell” contraption into which you can insert the microSD and then plug the whole thing into a PC as a regular 8GB pen drive.
This is sound at your fingertips. Literally! Intended for use with all MP3/MP4 players, PDAs, cellphone handsets, the entire iPod family or any device with an audio socket, the compact plug and play speaker incorporates a foldable 3.5mm Phono connector prong that hides in the cube for a no-wires look. Each speaker weighs 17g, making it convenient to carry in a pocket or even on a keychain.
The sound output is rated at 0.8 watts with a total harmonic distortion of 0.5% and a 600Hz-20kHz frequency response—nothing imposing on the eardrums, yet pretty decent for this tiny size. Every mini boombox features an on/off switch, built-in amplification, mini USB port, and a USB rechargeable lithium battery that lasts for up to 4-5 hours.
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First Published: Sun, Jun 29 2008. 11 21 PM IST