Film reviewer Roger Ebert has been using a generic voice to “speak” since 2006 due to cancer, but listen for the first time as software company CereProc gives him his own voice back.
ThinkFlood’s RedEye System goes on a welcome diet: the RedEye mini turns any iPod Touch or iPhone into a universal remote via a small 3.5mm IR adapter; it’s due out this spring.
HP’s EliteBook 2740p tablet targets business users; it packs a touch/pen screen, Core i5/i7 CPU, military-spec magnesium alloy case/DriveGuard tech, built-in GPS, Wi-fi, and Gobi 3G.
Western Digital brings its always-on e-label display to its My Passport Studio external drive; available with 320GB, 500GB, or 640GB, it’s made for Macs but can be reformatted for PCs.
Cintiq’s 21UX graphic tablet gets a big refresh: it features a 21.3″ LCD, 2,048 levels of sensitivty, near-zero (1g) activation pressure, rear Touch Strips, 16 ExpressKeys, and 180° of rotation.
They may not be feature-laden, but Microsoft’s use-anywhere BlueTrack tech gets budget-friendly with three decidedly not blind mice: the 3500, 4500, and 2000 sell for $25-$30.
1 GB isn’t exactly cutting edge capacity, but these Lightsaber USB Thumbdrives will slice up unsuspecting Sith or Jedi: available in Luke and Vader colors, they light-up when plugged in.
Upgrade your Apple earbuds with V-MODA’s Remix Remote; it features a three-button remote+mic, all-metal construction, neodymium drivers, sport earhooks, and a Kevlar-wrapped cable.
The nettop goes ultra-thin with Shuttle’s XS35; the 3.3cm HTPC features a 1.6GHz Atom D510, ION 2 graphics, HDMI-out, 5 USB ports, ethernet jack, 2.5″ HDD, and DVD drive.
Beyond its 26x optical zoom, Pentax’s 12.1 MP X90 offers a few notable features; they include face recognition (up to 32 faces), 720p video, triple shake reduction, and 1 cm macro mode.
Pentax’s Optio W90 sports a rugged body with the specs to match: waterproof (20 ft), shockproof (4 ft), cold proof (14°F), 12.1 MP sensor, 2.7″ LCD, 720p video, and 5x optical zoom.
It seems like a regular (if pricey) slider case, but the Universal Remote Case converts your iPhone into a full-featured IR remote thanks to a built-in IR transmitter and free app.
Berkeley student Roland Saekow’s BearExtender n3 is a 700 mW Wi-fi radio that increases the range of any Apple laptop or desktop’s signal by 2x-4x by replacing its Airport card.
It’s a Cideko rebrand, but MSI’s Air gives us hope that the 80 key mini-keyboard will get a wider release; the 7 oz. peripheral doubles as an air mouse thanks to built-in 3D motion sensors.
Not to be outdone by the TL500’s fast glass, Samsung’s TL350 records 1080p videos and snaps 10 MP pictures simultaneously; it also features a 1,000 fps 138×78 pixel movie mode.
It’s not as tangible as MIT’s Flyfire project, but Julia Yu Tsao’s Curious Displays is just as viscerally amazing with 1/2″ blocks that operate independently yet cohesively form a UI.
Samsung’s 10 MP TL500 offers surprisingly fast glass for a compact camera with an f/1.8 24mm ultra-wide angle 3x zoom lens; also: a RAW shooting and a 3″ multi-angle AMOLED display.
With a capacity of 60 4″x6″ photos, this SD Photo Album is a bit lightweight compared to its digital equivalents but makes up for it with a supersized form factor; available April 2010.
Give your middle finger a rest with the Drivemocion LED Car Sign; it displays 16 decidedly non-middle-fingery verbal and facial expressions while mounted to your rear window.
If your eyes don’t glaze over at the mention of T1 lines or Cisco routers, the Universal Network Cable is for you: a rotatable collar lets you choose between five patch cable standards.
MIT’s Flyfire forms 2D/3D shapes on the “fly”; each pixel is actually a micro helicopter that synchronizes its motion with fellow self-organizing helis to form a swarm of smart pixels.
Joby’s camera tripods get even clingier with Gorillapod Magnetic; it keeps the line’s flexible 360 degree arms but also adds three magnetic feet; it’ll hold cameras up to 11.5 ounces.
If you liked EMSL’s Drink Making Unit, check out Laughing Squid’s pics of the world’s tipsiest robots at San Francisco’s BarBot 2010; it celebrated robo-cocktail culture and ran 2/17-2/18.
It keeps the G-Lens, body, and 3″LCD, but Sony’s Cyber-shot H55 is a budget version of the HX5V; it replaces the CMOS sensor with a 14.1 MP CCD and 1080p with 720p video recording.
Noteput lets you literally play with your music; the interactive table uses a camera that tracks the position of marked notes, which are then outputted via MIDI to sound software.
Sturdy and stylish, Sony’s 10.2 MP DSC-TX5 is the world’s slimmest rugged compact; dustproof, waterproof, coldproof, and shock resistant, it boasts a 3″ touchscreen that works underwater.
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