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06.26.2006

How many quarters for a PSP?

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06.26.2006

Zaha Hadid's Kitchen of the Future

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Jane Jetson had it easy living in her space-age futuristic home. Though she was a homemaker, Rosie the Robot or some other electronic contraption really did all the hard work. When it was time to make dinner, all she had to do was dial up a meal. Imagine that?

Architect Zaha Hadid has imagined such a life for the housewife. And I'm hoping that one day soon it becomes reality. As part of Zaha Hadid: Thirty Years in Architecture — on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through October 25 — this two-island kitchen of the future is laid out in Annex Level 7 gallery, adjacent to the museum rotunda.

Made of steel corian, the two islands — one fire and the other water — come replete with a multimedia environment, aroma heater, and mac lighting. The elongated fire island features three spigots that emit pleasing aromas, a vertical LCD screen for watching TV or surfing the Web, a control panel to adjust lighting according to your mood, an oven range, and a hotplate. The water island houses a sink, dishwasher, and drying rack. An appliance akin to a microwave sits embedded in the wall slightly beyond the water island, while storage cabinets line the rest of the wall's surface surrounding the two islands.

It's not quite Jane Jetson's kitchen, with the ability to relieve you from all the mundane kitchen chores like cooking or washing dishes, but I'd trade my kitchen in for one like this any day.

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06.26.2006

Klegg's Mini is the smallest kid on the block

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It's finally time to upgrade my iPod. Where I once marveled at how a company was able to pack that much sound into a tiny package; I've grown tired of lugging an expensive piece of gear around. I've been looking for a nice and cheap solid state player, and the Klegg Mini fits my two main criteria: Size and Battery Life.

Touted as the smallest mp3 player with a full color LCD Klegg's new one gig model measures 1.8 by 1.6 inches, and was designed to fit on a keychain. The LCD is one square inch, and it comes with a useless slideshow setting for photo viewing when you’re bored. Other features include equalizer settings for music playback, and a voice recorder.

I see a lot of small mp3 players in the news, but the Klegg caught my attention with 26 hours of playback time. That’s almost double the battery life of an iPod Nano. The little guy has a USB 2.0 interface, and the battery recharges while it's attached to the computer. The Klegg mini line has been available for over a year, but their one gig version should be in stores shortly for ninety-nine bucks.

I'd like to throw some brilliant props to Klegg's marketing team for snapping photos of all those celebrities using their product at Sundance. It really made me giggle..

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06.26.2006

Motorola “Ming” A-1200 PDA Smart phone

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I have to admit, I wasn’t that impressed when I first saw this phone -- probably had something to do with its advertising campaign which uses some rock chick wannabe. It just made me feel a bit too targeted. But after a closer look, rock chick or not, it’s really a pretty cool little phone.

The Motorola "Ming" A-1200 PDA Smart Phone is a fully integrated gadget that serves as a mobile phone, a PDA, a music player, a camera, a video recorder, a name card reader and a data storage device (up to 1GB). The phone is fashioned with a cool looking transparent cover as a protection for the 2.4" color touch-screen display.

Comes with a 2.0 Mega-pixel camera that also supports video recording; you can view music and other video entertainment on the 2.4” display by using RealPlayer.

In addition to all the regular capabilities such as mp3 player, Bluetooth connection, Internet browser and email, and touch screen-enhanced handwriting recognition now with Pinyin, this little phone has the most incredible secret weapon. Being the rock star that you believe you are, you just can’t carry a business card holder when you need to carry your axe! Your Motorola “Ming” has a built-in business card reader and a data storage device that will transform a business card into digital data and have it stored into the address book! You will never loose the name and number of that agent/manager/boyfriend-wannabe again! Then again, maybe you want to . . .

Comes in 3 different colors, black, white and red, available in Hong Kong for approximately $3980 HKD.

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