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Week in pictures: Laptop pains, gadget gains

roundup Do cramped laptop quarters mean a rising risk of injury? Also: Sleek designs at Computex and colorful robots.

Laptop users gain flexibility, but endure pains and strains. Also: Disney gets game, gadget makers go for the gusto, and robots get bright and friendly.

Is your laptop a pain in the neck?

Portable pains

As more and more people use laptops, will those cramped quarters lead to a rising rate of injury?
May 31, 2005

Asustek Vento 3600

Gadget frenzy hits Taipei

Sleek and colorful gizmos for the style-conscious bring Computex computer fair in Taiwan to life.
June 1, 2005

Disney gets game

Virtual worlds

Can Mickey and Frodo work some Disney magic to help spark a sputtering segment of online games?
May 31, 2005

They light up your life

Robots light up the alarm

Sanyo and Tmsuk Co. have developed a glowing robot that guards your home and serves as an ornament when off duty.
June 2, 2005

Robots learn how to work together

Robots that swarm

In ways reminiscent of the Borg collective from "Star Trek," robots are learning to work together in large groups.
May 30, 2005

Pandora

Pandora's desktop?

Intel and AOpen show off Pandora, a sleek and diminutive concept PC reminiscent of the Mac Mini.
May 31, 2005

Albert Einstein

A century of relativity

Einstein's revelations underlie today's nanotech work in chip design and are a fact of life for GPS navigation.
June 1, 2005

Duo-Touch

Neither rain nor snow

Itronix says harsh conditions won't stay the Duo-Touch slate-tablet PC from its appointed rounds.
May 31, 2005

Tiny portable

Ultraportable notebooks

Dell and Toshiba launch minilaptops that travel light but still pack a punch.
May 29, 2005

Sound emitter is embedded in  standard basketball

Basketball for the blind

What looks like an otherwise standard basketball actually sends out a high, continuous tone to tell players where the ball is.
June 1, 2005