Top Tech of the week – 11.17.2006

This week, the Top Tech includes a concentration on power, some easy erasing, a nifty camera and an interesting take on a DVD player. Here’s a look:

iLuv i1055 – iLuv obviously wants you to be able to watch whatever video you want no matter where you are. It’s a portable DVD player with a 7 inch screen. If you want to watch something that isn’t on DVD, you’re in luck. The i1055 has a built-in iPod dock on the back, so you can plug it in and quickly be watching that new episode of Desperate Housewives you just bought from iTunes on a nice, big screen. It comes with all the accessories and adapters you need, and it won’t break the bank at $230.

Elecom disc eraser. It’s incredibly easy nowadays to put data on CDs or DVDs, but it can be harder to erase that data. Even breaking the disc into pieces doesn’t protect you if someone is determined enough. Elecom can solve your problems with this USB powered accessory. It scratches the discs beyond repair in just about five seconds. Once the disc is rendered useless you are left with a stylish design. It looks so good that you could use the dead discs as nice coasters.

Nikon D40 DSLR – If you are a camera geek (you know who you are) you have probably been waiting for the Nikon D40 to materialize. This 6.1 megapixel gem is designed to be easy to use, yet it has features that will have you taking amazing pictures. It has a 2.5 inch screen for viewing and editing, and everything is saved onto an SD card. The camera will hit the shelves in time for Christmas shopping, and it will cost $599.

Wireless recharging – Some scientists made quite a splash this week with their announcement that they are working on a method of wireless electrical transmission. Basically, it means that you could have devices sitting in a room that were being charged or powered via a non-radiative electromagnetic field. No plugs in the wall and no cords to trip over. Before you get too excited, though, you should know that this is not much more than a concept. They don’t even have a prototype yet.

Solar powered phone – NTT DoCoMo couldn’t help but notice that the sun keeps coming up, so they built a phone that takes advantage of that inevitability. The flip phone has a solar panel on the outside of it, so it charges when it’s not in use. That means you could theoretically use it forever without a single plug in sight. Not so handy if your phone never leaves your pocket, though. No word yet on when this model will hit Japanese stores.


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