Just announced: AdelaVoice’s Lighthouse SQ7, “the first portable social media device.” In reality, it’s a tablet for surfing the net that handicaps Facebook and Twitter with voice-recognition input.
The device uses a 7″ touchscreen, boasts 800×480 resolution, built-in WiFi, 1GB of flash storage, and a rechargeable battery that provides 5 hours of constant use. It weighs about a pound, and is 7.8″ x 4.7″ x .94″. It runs on Linux Ubuntu with a proprietary web browser using WebKit. It doesn’t currently run Flash animations.
The twist is the device’s built-in voice recognition, which is an original piece of software constructed by AdelaVoice. …read more
Intel has taken the wraps off a brand new technology called Light Peak, that it envisions as a replacement for USB, HDMI, Firewire, and every other type of connector and port coming out of your computer. The idea is that future mobile devices could do away with the multitude of ports coming out of their sides, to make way for one or two Light Peak ports that could handle any type of connection you need to make — monitors, external drives, MP3 players, cell phones, or anything else.
Light Peak is a cord using fiber optics that can stretch up to …read more
Now this is interesting.
Microsoft is often caught in the unenviable position of playing catch-up to the sexier electronics releases of companies like Apple and Sony. But the company’s been making recent strides into overcoming that old stereotype. The Zune HD, which has been getting rave reviews. The long-awaited Surface multimedia table, which is mind-boggling in its capabilities. And the just-leaked Courier “booklet” (aka, 2-screened tablet), which packs a serious wow factor.
A new patent (see image below) has turned up online that could likewise find Microsoft suddenly in the driver’s seat on a leading new innovation. The patent depicts an insanely …read more
The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach is a bedside appliance that improves your quality of sleep using state-of-the-art sensors and tools. It comes with a motivational program to help you understand your sleep patterns, and everything you need to learn new ways of getting better sleep.
Zeo comes with a headband that you wear to sleep, which measures your sleep patterns via the electrical impulses created by your brain, and sends that info to the Zeo bedside display. When you wake up in the morning, Zeo gives you a “ZQ” — your personal sleep score — along with a graph showing the …read more
U2 and RIM (Research in Motion) have great news for digital music fans who miss the visual experience that came with music albums—the U2 Mobile Album, a new mobile application for BlackBerry smartphones that brings back the album experience for the digital age. Developed in collaboration with the band (duh), the new U2 Mobile Album brings a visual experience with evolving content and an interactive dimension for the band’s current album No Line On The Horizon.
The U2 Mobile Album reintroduces a wealth of material that was the norm for CD releases, which included photos and other information that brought the …read more
What if you could listen to music or answer your phone via earbuds without having to mash any buttons. That’s the super-simple idea behind Sony Ericsson’s new MH907 earbuds, which are activated by body contact.
To listen to music, put an earbud in both ears, and the music starts playing. To pause your music, take one or both earbuds out.
To answer your phone, insert a single earbud. To hang up, just take it back out.
Seems too good to be true, but Sony Ericsson’s “SensMe” technology makes it possible. Here’s a video that demonstrates:
Sony is selling the MH907 earbuds in “Yellow White” …read more
Seems like hardly a day passes by without a new ebook reader hitting the market. Today, IREX took the wraps off of its new ereader, the DR 800SG. What’s IREX bringing to the table? An easy-to-use design, nearly endless ebook format options, and wireless connectivity.
IREX’s new ereader measures 8.1″ and utilizes a stylus for input. (Engadget points out that IREX is planning a touchscreen device for 2010, and a color reader for 2011.) The DR 800SG connects wirelessly to Barnes & Noble’s ebook store and ebook libraries for wireless borrowing — all without need of any wireless contract. It has …read more
No sooner do rumors start flying that Microsoft has re-initiated plans to manufacture its own Surface-based tablet, than images and video of the device arrive. And it’s not what anyone expected — it’s an absolutely stunning device worthy of giving Steve Jobs nightmares.
Gizmodo landed the exclusive scoop: Microsoft is planning a dual-screen “booklet” (not tablet) code-named Courier. Though it’s still merely in the prototyping stage, a leaked video Gizmodo acquired proves that it’s real. It sports 7″ dual screens that fold up and work with each other in surprising ways (wait till you see this video…). Both screens can be …read more
If you’re holding an event and find yourself in need of a portable photo booth, then Photobooth has got your covered. This “fully portable, high resolution, digital, architecturally designed” inflatable Photobooth was designed by a pair of photographers in Melbourne. It even has an 11 megapixel camera.
Photobooth is designed smartly to let big-name companies take advantage of what it offers. Companies can have their logo automatically placed on all of the photos taken, and even get their own online web gallery so attendees of their event can view all of the photos later on. Every attendee at your event gets …read more
Microsoft is never one to miss out on any new trend — though they’re usually the last ones to arrive at the party. ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley has received some insider intel that MS has an entire division secretly working on its own cell phone, code-named “Project Pink.” Pink is part of a new strategy to eventually phase out production of Microsoft’s own Zune device and rebrand Zune as “a set of subscription services that will move to mobile phones — including Pink.”
Sounds like a Zune Phone is on the way, don’t you think?
The story gets even more interesting when Foley …read more