The company says it can cut the cost of embedding hard drives into consumer electronics devices by taking out the packaging and some of the other extras in these components. While Cornice has landed design wins with a number of manufacturers, competition has heated up in the market. It also faces lawsuits from the high society of hard drives--companies … Read more
In this digital age, even the clothespins are going high-tech.
U.K.-based artist and sculptor Oliver MacCarthy has come up with a working concept for what he calls "Weather Predicting Clothes Pegs." The devices and their holder are outfitted with microprocessors and software that sense when the rain is near based on shifts in the barometric pressure.
If the weather turns for the worst, the pins and box lock up and prevent you from hanging your clothes out when it is about to rain.
With PalmOne's reincarnation as Palm and its purchase of the rights to the name, what will become of PalmSource?
Not to worry, says PalmSource spokeswoman Maureen O'Connell.
PalmSource, which builds the Palm operating system, has rights to the trademarks for the next four years, O'Connell said. The company had previously said that it will change its name to reflect its focus on both the Palm OS--and its push into Linux thanks to its acquisition of China MobileSoft.
Several replacement names for the new PalmSource are on a short list, but O'Connell declined to specify them.
Whatever … Read more
In the tradition of Garfield, Morris and that hat-wearing feline penned by Theodore Geisel (alias Dr. Seuss), comes the iCat from Philips.
The cute little yellow desktop robot stands about 15 inches high with movable eyebrows, eyes, eyelids, mouth and head.
The head has a camera inside that can recognize objects and faces. Each foot contains a microphone to record sounds, perform speech recognition and determine the direction of the sound source.
Finally, touch sensors and multicolor LEDs are installed … Read more
Take a look. One day, you could be using this e-paper to read your newspaper, view advertising or even order your dinner in a restaurant.
New substrate-based bendable electronic paper from Tokyo-based Fujitsu is a thin film display the company claims keeps its color even when the screen is bent. The paper also has a non-volatile memory function that keeps its image stable. Changing content uses about the same amount of electricity as the weak radio waves found in some security badges, Fujitsu said.
The company said its new electronic paper is especially convenient for use on curved surfaces, such … Read more
If you're getting tired of the same old white earbuds tied to your music player, Logitech has three new stylish headphones to consider.
The mouse and gadget maker is about to put its Wireless, Identity and Curve wraparound headphones on the market, priced at $129.99, $39.99 and $29.99 respectively.
The wireless set is the black version of the same headphones Logitech introduced for iPod last month. The MP3 player version similarly features volume controls on the earpiece and advanced Bluetooth 1.2 wireless technology with adaptive frequency hopping. The wireless adapter connects directly to your MP3 … Read more
A few hundred Arizona high school students can cross books off their fall back-to-school lists. The Vail Unified School District outside Tucson is getting ready to open the doors of the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop high school. There, students will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans.
About 350 students at Empire High School will be loaned $850 laptops for the duration of the school year, and district officials hope to eventually increase enrollment to 750, according to The Associated Press. A set of textbooks runs about $500 to $600, the report said. … Read more
Ever found yourself at a conference or a dinner party without your laptop and someone wants to give you a large file from their USB dongle? Xmultiple out of Simi Valley, Calif., may have the answer.
The company recently began shipping USB transfer devices using its patent-pending FlashPoint technology, which lets users transfer files between flash drives without needing a notebook computer or USB bridge.
The small, lightweight devices are embedded into Xmultiple's ShareDrive line of USB flash memory pen drives. FlashPoint ShareDrives are powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery and are available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB … Read more
New retail models for Panasonic resulted in an increase to 22 product placements in June (compared to 16 in May). Samsung also surged ahead of Sony in plasma TV placements in June, moving up to second place with a shelf share of 17.… Read more
TiVo said it is cutting the cost of its 40-hour Series2 digital video recorder (DVR) in half--from $199 to $99--in an effort to drive sales this summer.
The cost on the 80-hour and 140-hour boxes will remain the same for now, but a representative with the San Jose, Calif.-based company said the dropped price on the entry-level model will stay at $99 until August 20.
Customers can still get a $100 rebate on the larger-capacity models. TiVo is also sponsoring a promotion for a free 40-hour box that must be purchased by July 17 and activated by July 31. … Read more