Author: Dave Conabree

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World’s First Commercially Available Illuminated Computer Keyboard

Auravision, LLC has announced the EluminX(TM) line of computer data entry products. The initial product offering, the EluminX Illuminated Keyboard, is a computer keyboard with internal luminescence or lighting — the first commercially available computer keyboard that remains totally visible even in dark or low-lit workspaces. The EluminX Illuminated Keyboard eliminates the glare from task […]

Sprint and Sanyo Introduce America’s First Built-in Camera Phone

Point, shoot, click and call: this and more is possible with the PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 – America’s first wireless phone with a built-in camera, unveiled today by Sprint and Sanyo. The PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 combines the functionality of a digital camera with the clear calls of a PCS Phone enabling Sprint […]

WiFi SD Card Coming Next Year

The world’s first secure digital ( SD ) form factor wireless network Interface card (NIC) reference design for OEM vendors that supports SPI, I bit and 4-bit SD transfer modes and a fully integrated module for embedded applications. SyChip solutions enable next generation handheld devices such as PDAs, Cellular Phones, and Ultra-thin notebooks to quickly […]

Sharp Introduces the New VL-DD10 LCD Digital ViewCam

Sharp Corporation announces the introduction into the Japanese market of the VL-DD10 LCD Digital ViewCam, the first video camera of its kind to offer three enjoyable functions in one. Featuring the world’s first Camera Unit Exchange System, it allows users to shoot video, take still images and watch TV on the go (with the optional […]

Olympus Unveils the W-10 Voice Recorder and Digital Camera

Olympus America Inc has introduce the W-10, a digital voice recorder with an 0.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures VGA quality images, so users can reference and organize their digital voice recordings visually using pictures. The W-10 digital voice recorder connects to PCs via a high-speed USB interface so users can quickly upload and download […]

Bantam BA800 256MB 1.8″ LCD Image Viewer / MP3 Player

Consumers can view photos while enjoying their favorite tunes with the launch of Bantam Interactive’s BA800 digital audio player. The new 256MB flash memory device offers a 1.8″ TFT color LCD for still photograph viewing. Users can download JPEG, TIFF, BMP and GIF images from their computer and quickly create a personalized digital album. The […]

Toshiba Introduces First Mobile PC with DVD and CD Recording

Extending its leadership in developing optical storage products to meet evolving needs, Toshiba’s Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced two new combination drives that deliver DVD/CD recordability to notebook and desktop computers. Based on the DVD-R/RW format, Toshiba’s combination drives support the most widely compatible DVD standard, giving consumers the highest level of compatibility with […]

Veo Plug-and-Play SD Palm Digital Camera

Veo, a leading provider of high-quality digital imaging products and services, today announced a new digital camera line that is specifically designed for use with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). The Photo Traveler series of cameras plug into the expansion memory slots that have become common on handheld products. “Veo introducing these new handheld cameras at […]

Palm Debuts First $99* Handheld – The Zire Handheld

Six years after pioneering the handheld market, Palm, Inc. today announced the Zire(TM) handheld, the most affordable and lightest-weight Palm(TM)-branded handheld — featuring classic, proven Palm functionality and an all-new design. With an estimated U.S. street price of $99, the Palm Zire handheld is designed for the first-time purchaser and billed as “an affordable way […]

Exchange Emails Through a Handshake

TWO Japanese telecoms giants have developed technology that turns the human body into a broadband-paced link that allows e-mail addresses to be exchanged through a simple handshake, a report said Monday. The technology, developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. and its subsidiary NTT DoCoMo Inc., uses the body’s conductivity and adds the smarts of […]

Atomic Memory Developed

“Imagine a CD with a storage capacity not of 650 MB but 650 million MB. Such a storage capacity is theoretically possible because of experiments using individual atoms to store data. But do not expect it soon; the gap between theory and practice is wide. In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman pointed out that all the […]

Matsushita Develops 1GB SD Memory Card

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has unveiled a working prototype of a SD (Secure Digital) memory card with a 1G byte capacity, at the Ceatec 2002 exhibition. The company, which is better known by its Panasonic brand name, said the card is not expected to go on sale until around one year from now when […]

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8-Wheeler Cellphone Battery Car Can go up to 310 kmh

“It looks like something out of Star Trek, runs like a train but eats up the road – the eight-wheel-drive KAZ is the world’s fastest electric vehicle. Lithium-ion batteries that deliver 55 kw of power to each wheel drive the car’s sleek silver body at speeds in excess of 310 kmh, which would give any […]

Sony’s NX60 and NX70 CLIEs make debut

The first Palm OS 5 handhelds have been announced, and they’re not coming from Palm. Sony’s new CLIE PEG-NX60 and PEG-NX70V series pack OS 5, as well as Intel XScale processors. Rumors have been abundant when it comes to Sony’s new CLIE PEG-NX60 and PEG-NX70 series; launched in Japan only a matter of hours before […]

10 GB Creative Nomad Jukebox ZEN

Creative’s upcoming digital music player, NOMAD Jukebox Zen, will support Windows Media Audio (WMA) 9, enabling users to enjoy the highest quality audio in the smallest file sizes, and this means that consumers now can carry more high-quality music with them right in their pockets. The pocket-sized NOMAD Jukebox Zen is the smallest hard-drive based […]

Intermec’s New 700 Color Pocket PC 2002

Intermec Technologies Corp. this week began shipping its eagerly awaited 700 Series Color mobile computer, the latest member of a product family already known worldwide for its industry “firsts.” The 700 Series Color builds on the technology innovations designed into the entire 700 Series that allow companies to communicate freely, increasing the amount of real-time […]

ViewSonic Unveils V35 $299 Pocket PC

ViewSonic, best known for computer monitors and displays, is dipping into the handheld market, announcing a low-cost Pocket PC device scheduled to ship in November. With a price tag of $299, The ViewSonic V35 Pocket PC is expected to the be the least expensive Pocket PC handheld on the market, said Ed Suwanjiandar, product manager […]

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Pacific Digital Unveils Worlds First USB Digital Photo Frame

Pacific Digital Corporation announced today that the world’s first USB digital photo frame will be available this Christmas season. A brand new way to store and display digital photos, Pacific Digital’s MemoryFrameTM is a stand-alone, electronic “picture-frame” that requires no camera memory card, PC, printer, paper, ink or monthly subscription fee. Users can easily and […]

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Review: Nokia 9290 Phone

The guys at Nokia recently sent me their own version of the Uber phone, the Nokia 9290. It’s been out for a while in the UK but only recently became available in North America. First up, it runs off a GSM network (Microcell/Fido) so coverage is not as good as it could be. If you […]

Fujifilm Announces the FinePix M603

Announcing the Fujifilm FinePix M603: stunning digital stills and full size (VGA) digital movies combined in a single ultra-compact camera. Anyone tired of juggling a stills camera and camcorder – especially when on the move – will want to get their hands on the new Fujifilm FinePix M603, announced today. This exciting new camera combines […]

Kodak 13.89 MegaPixel DCS Pro 14n Digital SLR Camera

Kodak Professional, a division of Eastman Kodak Company, which introduced the industry’s first professional digital camera in 1991, today announced the latest addition to its camera family, the DCS Pro 14n digital camera, an SLR with the industry’s first 35-mm size CMOS sensor (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) in an SLR camera. The new camera boasts […]

NTT DoCoMo to Introduce FOMA T2101V 3G Videophone

NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it will begin marketing the FOMA T2101V 3G mobile phone equipped both for the company’s i-motionTM video-clip transmission service and videophone on September 27, 2002. The model’s continuous stand-by time is approximately 125 hours, the longest of any DoCoMo 3G phone, and the unit weighs just approximately 110 grams. […]

Philips Unveils the iPronto TSi6400

I promised you specifics on the first product to use the new Philips & Intel co-developed “Pronto++” platform – and here they are! The new $1699 MSRP Philips iPronto TSi6400 wireless home control panel expands the Pronto line in a brand new direction. This device combines the best of two infotainment worlds: home theater system […]

Motorola Unveils Tiny GPS Chip

Motorola, Inc., working with IBM Microelectronics, today introduced Motorola Instant GPS, a breakthrough technology for adding accurate location sensing to virtually any vehicle at half the cost of current systems. Motorola Instant GPS is a self-contained, single-chip, assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) receiver. The device measures 7mm x 7mm, small enough to fit into almost […]

Apeera Launches Managed Mobile Peer-to-Peer Application Sharing

Apeera, Inc. today announces a new solution for mobile network operators, which enables mobile phone users to share applications such as mobile games, pictures, cartoons or personal files with their friends and colleagues via their handset. Apeera’s application management system provides an innovative way for operators to manage, distribute and offer applications on remote devices. […]

Bell Mobility Launches Audiovox Thera – Canada’s First 1X Handheld PocketPC with a Built-In Cellphone

Bell Mobility, Canada’s leading wireless provider, today announced the launch of Audiovox Thera(TM), a truly integrated all-in-one wireless device that enables users to access online data and talk on the phone. Designed with mobile professionals in mind, Thera combines the easy-to- use functionality of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) for Pocket PC 2002 with wireless data and voice […]

The Blood Vain Tracking Biometric Mouse

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of highly precise biometric authentication (*1) technology that can verify a person’s identity by recognizing the pattern of blood veins in the person’s palm. Fujitsu confirmed the accuracy of the new technology in a test involving 700 subjects, all of whom were correctly identified. To show how this […]

Sonicblue, Intel Tout Mini Video Player

SONICblue™ Incorporated and Intel Corporation today announced that they are working together to develop the ReplayTV® Portable Video Player (PVP), a new product that will allow people to enjoy digital entertainment on the go. The product, currently in development, combines the performance and low power consumption of Intel® XScale™ technology-based processors with SONICblue’s Emmy award-winning […]

Sprint Adds to PCS Vision Line-Up with the Vivid Color and High-Speed Samsung N400

Wireless industry innovators Sprint (FON, PCS), which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung), the number three wireless handset distributor in the U.S., today introduced the PCS Phone by Samsung N400, offering wireless phone users a new dimension in wireless communication. The N400’s vibrant, full-color screen and high-speed data access […]

Sony DSC-FX77 Brings Wireless Connectivity to Cyber-shot with Bluetooth

The announcement today by Sony Europe of its first Bluetooth enabled Digital Still Camera represents a significant advance in the design and operation of Sony cameras. This advanced feature lets the user share information with a range of computers and other devices supported by Bluetooth BIP (Basic Imaging Profile) from a distance of up to […]

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HP Researchers Make Tiny Memory from Molecules

Researchers at U.S. computer company Hewlett-Packard said on Monday they had created a computer memory chip using new molecular technology that takes miniaturization further than ever before. Using previously patented technology, the H-P scientists have created a 64-bit memory unit that fits inside a square micron — a micron is one millionth of a meter. […]

Wavecom Takes Customers to Quadband

Wavecom SA, the world’s number one provider of integrated wireless modules, today announced the launch of the world’s first quadband GSM/GPRS module. Wavecom’s WISMO product range now offers the only integrated wireless module currently available to cover all four GSM/GPRS frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), enabling manufacturers to make ‘anywhere, everywhere’ global GSM/GPRS roaming a reality. The […]

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Taiwan’s Coast Guard Chooses Nokia’s New TETRA for its Emergency Services

The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) of Taiwan has chosen Nokia’s state-of-the-art TETRA solution as the platform for evaluating its future professional mobile radio communication needs. This is the first such deployment of a TETRA digital professional mobile radio system in Taiwan. Under the terms of a contract signed between the CGA and Highpull Technology Co., […]

Casio Debuts 2MB Ultra Slim Exilim Digital Cameras

Image is everything … Casio, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Company, Ltd. Tokyo, today announced the expansion of the recently introduced EXILIM camera series, its new premier credit card-sized digital camera line, with the introduction of the EXILIM EX-S2 and EX-M2. The expanded line, perfect for every lifestyle, offers custom photography capabilities and […]

Samsonite Launches First Intelligent BlueTooth Business Case

Samsonite, world-wide market leader in luggage, launched today the 625 Series Hardlite ICT product range, presenting the first business case with Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth wireless technology is a world-wide specification for a small-form factor, lowcost radio solution that provides links between mobile computers, mobile phones other portable handheld devices and connectivity to the Internet. From […]

Linksys’ New Wireless Bridge Enables Ethernet Devices To Go Wireless

Linksys, a leading global manufacturer of broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the Small/Medium Business (SMB), Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and home environments, today announced its 802.11b Instant Wireless™ Ethernet Bridge (WET11), enabling Ethernet-equipped devices such as PCs, print servers, workgroup switches, and even gaming consoles and entertainment devices to connect to 802.11b wireless network […]

KanguruMedia X-change Portable Harddrive

The KanguruMedia X-change is a portable hard drive card reader capable of downloading and storing data from any media card! Simply fill up your media cards, then download the data to the Media X-change with the press of a button and re-use the card. Use it with your PDA, Digital Camera or any other device […]

Benefon and Pointer Systems Develop GPS/GSM for Dogs

Benefon has together with Pointer Solutions, a leader in positioning solutions for hunting, and Arbonaut, a leader in location messaging, developed a dog-radar solution. The Pointer dog-radar solution consists of a GPS/GSM module in a harness for the dog, and the hunters’ GPS/GSM navigation instrument. The device shows the dogs’ and the other hunters’ locations […]

Beamer Unveils Instant Video Phone

Vialta, Inc., developer of unique and innovative home entertainment and communications products, today launched Beamer™, the first Phone Video Station (PVS)™. Beamer instantly adds color motion video to phone calls, enabling users to see the person they are speaking with. Beamer is compatible with any home phone over any standard (analog) phone line at no […]

Sanyo Unveils High-Quality Combo Camera

It’s your best friend’s wedding and you want to record the event in both still images and video. In a situation like this, Sanyo Electric’s latest digital still camera, which also offers a high-quality video recording function, can let you stop carrying around a digital still camera in your right hand and a video recorder […]

Talking Gloves to Break Barriers for Deaf

“An Australian scientist is developing a set of gloves capable of translating sign language, a move he hopes could ease communication for deaf and mute people. University of New South Wales research fellow Waleed Kadous said Thursday the gloves would be connected to a computer that has been programmed to measure the movement of the […]

Kontron Announces Their First Rugged, Mobile Notebook and Tablet PC in One

Kontron Mobile Computing, Inc., today announced availability of the ReVolution™ — a rugged, Windows-compatible, convertible notebook and tablet PC designed to meet the needs of field-deployed professionals. The company is now accepting orders for the product and expects to begin shipping initial units in October. The newest addition to Kontron’s full line of mobile computers, […]

Trekstor adds Trek ThumbDrive Touch to Current Line of Mobile Storage Devices

Trekstor, Inc., a subsidiary of TREK 2000 International which offers state-of-the-art design solutions catering to the fastchanging electronic industry, announces the release of yet another world’s first – the TREK ThumbDrive Touch – the newest addition to its line of revolutionary mobile storage devices. TREKSTOR USA, Inc., was also first to introduce the world to […]

Linksys Ships a $299 Dual-Band 802.11a + 802.11b Wireless Access Point

Linksys®, a leading global manufacturer of broadband, wireless, and networking hardware for the Small/Medium Business (SMB) corporate sector, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and home environments, today announced the Instant Wireless™ Dual-Band Wireless Access Point (WAP51AB), combining two wireless access points into one to communicate with both 802.11a and 802.11b wireless network devices. Its simultaneous dual-band […]

Infineon Enables PDAs to Become Entertainment Centers

Lugging around books, CDs, and batteries, writing postcards and glueing stamps during the best weeks of the year could very well soon become a thing of the past, thanks to technology know-how from Infineon. A 256-Mbit memory which is now being shipped to manufacturers will make the PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) much more of a […]

GP32 GamePark Wireless RF Multiplayer Game System

The Worlds Most Powerful 32-bit Handheld Console(using ARM9 Handheld Console (using ARM9 Processor)High-performance, High-Definition Graphics, Superior Stereo Sound Quality. Implementing Wireless RF Technology. Up to 4 modules can use any of the 4 channels available on the RF module to play against each other within 10 meters of a line of sight. A variety of […]