Earlier this month, Pandigital, maker of digital photo frames, released its multi-functional Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame. From the most used room in your home, you can watch TV, view photos, and call up recipes on the 15" LCD screen. The device comes with preloaded recipes, and additional recipes can be loaded into the TV's internal memory. Photos can be loaded via the memory card reader or by connecting to Picasa, Google's popular photo sharing site. The 512MB of memory stores 3,200 pages of recipes or photos. It supports a variety of media cards, and a wide range of audio, video, and image formats.
The exterior of the device was designed with the messy kitchen environment in mind. A glass seal protects it from water, oil, and whatever splatters in its direction, and makes it easy to wipe clean. Because everyone's kitchen is a little different, it comes with three different faceplates (brush steel, black, and white), and can be mounted under a cabinet or on the wall, or placed on a countertop stand. Retails for around $400, and will probably show up on the shelves of large retailers such as Target and Amazon.com.
Via Kitchen Contraptions.
Audowrapz by iFrogz is an ingenious product -- a 100% silicone case that utilizes "passive speaker technology" that does not require batteries or draw power from your iPod. It turns your 3rd gen iPod into a little speaker that also protects your precious baby.
It has a pass-through port so you can switch to headphones if you want some privacy, but you'll need to take it out of the case to charge. The three metal grilles contain a total of two small speakers, but you need to crank the volume control to really hear it, and there lies my quibble with the gizmo. It doesn't even create as much volume as the built-in speaker on an iPhone, and with all the terrific iPod speaker solutions out there, it faces tough competion.
But at a price point of under $20 bucks I'm not going to complain. I just can't wait for the next version.
We love a good sale and this one is big -- 50% off all the colorful SPECK cases for iPhones, iPods, MacBooks, PC notebooks, cell phones, BlackBerrys and even GPS navigation devices.
The brand-new iPhone 3G PixelSkins lightweight cases are not included in the sale however, simply because they're not available yet. But with three different types of cases for most of your gadgets - Tough Skin, SeeThru, and PixelSkin - there's something for every taste, and even more choices if you need a new iPod or iTouch case. (Pictured below: the soft rubber ToughSkin case.)
Remember, the sale is only good through the end of the month and you need to enter the promo code: SPECK50 .
Until recently, my thinking about USB flash drives went something like this: Why buy a dozen small capacity flash drives, when you can buy one really rugged 16GB or even 32GB flash drive that you can use for everything? Until . . . one day . . . I go to insert my super duper, rugged, weather-proof flash drive into my laptop . . . and it breaks into two pieces - just at that point where the rugged part ends and the USB connection (which of course is exposed when you're using it) begins. Betrayal! (Never mind that I may have been a bit heavy-handed and impateitn with it - the point is, it was supposed to be tough.)
So, now I buy throw-away flash drives and treat them like large capacity floppy disks. I don't commit, I make no promises - that way, I can't be disappointed. They're fun while they last.
These JT Baby USB flash drives are so tiny and flat, they can fit into little slots in your wallet, on a keychain, or on a cell phone. Pick them up from the site that sells all things USB -- Brando.com ($22 for 2GB, $37 for 4GB).
You may not get excited by mice, but I have quite a collection of the cute critters. There's the Logitech multi-media zoomer, my pink Kensington travel model, the Wow-Pen ergonomic version, not to mention the drawer full of reject mice that weren't up to my exacting standards.
The SlimBlade Presented Mouse by Kensington is my newest pet. It combines a full-function laser mouse and presenter in one sleek device, and is still small enough to fit in your pocket.
Bluetooth connection; switch to go to presentation mode; goes to sleep when your notebook does; ultra-thin design for traveling - what's not to love? $59.99 at Kensington.
Oh yeah, this is just what I need; a portable office disguised as a pool toy. Unveiled at the Next-gen PC Design Competition, the 'Swim-Ring" device, shaped like a big floatie, can check e-mail, surf the net, play movies, games, and music. It also features a GPRS receiver, Bluetooth wireless solutions, finger-touch input, solar power driven processor, water-cooling system, magnetic charging interface, and water-proof design. And just in case you get lost in your pool (in which case, I want whatever you're drinking), the GPRS helps show you the way. The concept-only amphibious PC includes a backlight keyboard design (in case you're skinny dipping at night), a 7-inch LCD display, and a stereo speaker set.
I'll stick with my inner tube, thanks.
Via Born Rich.
I was thrilled to bring you the news that you will be able to watch Olympic events on your laptop, and even download them for later watching offline. And all for free.
And then I read the announcement more carefully. The system is available only to users of Vista. No Macs need apply, nor Linux users, nor even other Windows versions, like us XP users who are hanging in there as long as possible.
David Chartier at Ars Technica explains it all. Dang.
No word yet on NBC's plans for Olympics coverage adapted to mobile platforms like iPods and video players. But surely there will be some? Won't there?
With the new, lower price of the iPhone 3G that Apple releases July 11th, it is expected that demand will exceed supply.
Reuters.reported this statement from Morgan Stanley: "We believe the market generally expects a doubling of iPhone units with the lower price point ($199) and we believe this is realistic, if not conservative." The bank expects 27 million iPhones to be sold in calendar year 2009 "with an average revenue of $550 per unit."
As Mia wrote recently, the next-generation iPhone features a faster Internet access that will run on advanced wireless networks. That in itself is enough to get most of us iPhoners excited. See you in line.
I used to think, "What's the big deal about visual voicemail? Who cares?" But now that I've been using an iPhone for about a year, I get annoyed with any phone that doesn't have it. Prioritizing voicemail messages and going back to important saved messages is an exercise in pure frustration without a visual log. And there's nothing worse than calling someone back and admitting that you don't really remember what their message was about because you couldn't find it among your 99 other saved messages.
Anyone who has an iPhone can appreciate the benefits of visual voicemail, even if they weren't particularly excited about this feature when first introduced to it. But what if you don't have an iPhone and have no plans to get one in the near future (there are, after all, plenty of good reasons to choose a different smartphone, especially if you're not addicted to browsing on your mobile)?