Just call it EMIEW (stands for Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate.)
What's new is that it is now equipped with a sensory laser for navigation. The cute new bot will make its debut at the 2006 WAC (World Automotive Congress) in Japan which begins October 23.
Unlike the past models, it can locate its owner by voice recognition .EMIEW keeps its balance by means of internal gyroscopes. It's job list is still very basic, but the navigation laser is a nice touch.
Now they just need to teach it how to vacuum....
Via Gear Live.
Our resident expert, a professional bartender and all-round connoisseur, Johnny, might take issue with this next item, though I don't see it putting him out of business anytime soon.
The flask-shaped BarMaster holds 500 drink recipes stored alphabetically by name, category, type of glass, occasion, alcohol type and ingredients. It even tells you what kind of glass to serve it in.
While I love trying a new concoction every now and again, when I do, I want it to be with a professional serving the drink, not a friend experimenting on me. But that's just me.
$29.95 at Hollywood Gadgets.
Wrappers, is a new UK company that specializes in MacBook and iPod covers. The covers are designed to snugly protect your laptop while allowing you to carry it in any bag you want. No need for a special laptop case, especially the type that screams to would be muggers "Hey! You! There's a laptop in here!" They use a variety of fabrics for the wrappers, so that corduroy case could be yours. You even can get them embroidered with your name, or better still, a hilarious message, like eh... "My other laptop is a MacBook Pro." Hmm, maybe just stick with your name.
Visit Wrappers here.
This is the latest in iPod accessories; a cap that neatly fits your Nano or Shuffle and does away with those pesky dangling wires. The obvious advantage is for gym rats, runners, and bicylists, though I can tangle my headphone wires even when just taking the pups for a walk.
As you can see from the photo, the iSoundCap features a tight compartment stitched right into the cap. It even has a tight sleeve for the wires and a spool to keep them neatly wrapped up. Though specifically designed for the Nano and the Shuffle, it will fit other MP3 players. The company is also working on visors and t-shirts with special compartments.
Why didn't I think of this?
$29.95 from the iSoundCap website.
(iSoundCap is giving away a couple of these as prizes in an upcoming contest for Popgadget readers, to be announced this week.)
Historically, most consumer electronics products have been characterized by the extensive usage of grey, black and silver colors. That has changed in recent times with all kinds of funky colors being used, especially for personal gadgets like portable mp3 players and mobile phones. However, traditional mainstream products like TV sets have been slow to move onto the color bandwagon.
In an effort to change that, Sony is offering its brand new Bravia XBR LCD Panels with custom colored bevels. The choice of colors include arctic white, pacific blue, velvet black, scarlet red and sienna brown.
The panels themselves are top of the line with full HD 1080p video inputs and the superb picture quality that you've come to expect from the Bravia range. Using the PC connectivity feature, these can also be used as monitors to view media from your PC. Combined with these colorful bevels, the panels are nothing short of works of art and can complement any decor.
Each of these bevels will set you back by a cool $299, but this should not be a problem for folks willing to shell out $4,299 for the 46" KDL-46XBR2 or $3,499 for the 40" KDL-40XBR2.
Via Chip Chik.
Most people hate driving their car to the office in the morning, but what if your car is the office?! It'll take you 30 seconds to get to work, you can eat a drive-through meal at your desk, and you can even sit in a Starbucks' carpark using their Wi-Fi connection without buying a coffee! All thanks to Thanko's eDesk. The eDesk clips onto the steering wheel of a car, allowing you to work on the go. Not actually on the go though, that would be a bit dangerous. The desk even clips onto the back of the driver and passenger seats, letting you have complete team meetings from inside your car!
Thanko's eDesk is only available in Japan at the moment, where I guess it will probably stay.
Be it London, New York or Tokyo, living in urban cities often means learning to survive in tiny apartments. The wacky yet ingenious "DoubleSpace Kitchenette" may help those trying to squeeze a few more square feet out of their homes. If you think about it, the combination makes perfect sense. In that, when you're cooking over a range, what is one thing you are unlikely to do be doing? Sitting in a comfy chair, of course. Love it.
Now that everyone has cameras in their cellphones, you can't sneak a photo anymore (not that I ever did that, of course.)
Along comes the Stealth Digital Camera Lighter -- looks just like a Zippo lighter but houses a digital camera. The camera a has a photo timer and continuous shooting functions, and uploading the pictures is easy. This spy camera is USB compatible, and once you've installed the included software, the process of retrieving the pictures is the same as with your regular digital model. Just plug one side of the cord into your camera, and the other into your USB port. The software even gives you the options of printing, formatting, cropping, and archiving. It comes with built in 64 MB of memory (around 100 pictures at 320x240 or 30 pictures around 640x480 .)
Does James Bond know about this?
$29.99 at Hot Gadget.
Are you a serious career woman in need of a serious-looking laptop case? For those who crave computer-friendly accessories with a grown-up look, Bosca has a great line of briefcases which are equipped to hold your laptop and other peripherals without having to kowtow to the style of ever-young hipster adults. (Because after all, though it's true that urban professionals these days can act and dress like they're teenagers right out of high school, that doesn't mean that you will always want to.)
So for those times when good old-fashioned power suits are in order and you need to lug that laptop to your meeting with the board, ditch that Timbuk2, set aside your Ogio, and get yourself pulled together right. It may set you back a few bucks, but it'll be worth it, when not only your looks but your belongings are put into a more mature state of mind.
Bang and Olufsen has developed this brilliant device, The Helping Hand, to aid patients in remembering to take their meds, and inform their doctors of their track record. Put in your blister pack (fully customizable) and it will send a signal to your computer or cell phone to remind you, using a red, yellow, or green signal.
If you have no problem remembering to take your drugs, you're in the minority. In a 2005 survey, nearly two-thirds (64%) of patients who were taking daily medication reported that they had forgotten to take their meds.
It has to be prescribed by your doctor; go to the site for more informatio on Medicom.
Via Gear Live.