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Concept: I-Quad

Concept: I-Quad

Essentially a dynamic bulletin board, this I-Quad concept features modular, Wi-Fi enabled pieces that can serve communication, entertainment and informational functions.

HP iPAQ 910c

HP iPAQ 910c

It may not be the freshest looking, but Canada’s Rogers is the first North American carrier with HP’s iPAQ 910c; the smartphone features WinMo 6.1, 3G speeds and a 2.4″ touchscreen.

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Concept: 4 Leaf

Concept: 4 Leaf

Coding the software will be a doozie, but 4 Leaf could be the ultimate platform for DJ battles; touchscreens handle up to four iPods while music is streamed to a PA system via Bluetooth.

Amazon Kindle 2

Amazon Kindle 2

Amazon’s Kindle 2 is official: 0.36″ thick, 10.2 oz, 25% longer battery life, 20% faster page turning, text-to-speech, 7x storage, and a five-way controller for easier skimming; ships 2/24.

Logitech Harmony 1100

Logitech Harmony 1100

The Logitech Harmony 1100 uber-universal remote is now up at Newegg; you’ll get a customizable 3.5″ touchscreen, infrared+RF, black aluminum body and support for up to 225k devices.

Deal: Dell Mini 9n

Deal: Dell Mini 9n

At only $249, Dell’s Mini 9n is pretty cheap, even for a mini-notebook; you’ll be running Ubuntu with only 512MB RAM and no webcam, but it’s available with no strings attached.

LG Arena KM900

LG Arena KM900

Leaked by LG, details for their Arena KM900 cellphone are sparse; it’s obviously a touchphone a-la-iPhone with an “S-Class 3D interface” and will be announced officially on 2/16.

R2D2 Projector

R2D2 Projector

This R2D2 Projector is on the Light Side of The Force, with 1500 lumens, up to 260″ pics at 1024×768; a 20W speaker, CD/DVD player and Millenium Falcon remote. Thanks, Joe!

Video: MIT Sixth Sense

Video: MIT Sixth Sense

We’ve heard about MIT’s Sixth Sense device, but didn’t “get it” until Wired posted this video; it’s a camera and projector that uses the internet to act as a real-world, real-time assistant.

USB Plasma Heart

USB Plasma Heart

Geek love doesn’t get much more electric than this USB Plasma Heart, which for $17 won’t be nearly enough to replace a dinner, but should be sufficient to get glowing comments.

Unifield Three Speakers

Unifield Three Speakers

Designed for people with small rooms (but big wallets), Von Schweikert Audio’s Unifield 3 features a SEAS Excel magnesium woofer in a tall, line-loaded enclosure with four chambers.

Edge Robotic Arm Kit

Edge Robotic Arm Kit

We woulda killed to have one of these Edge Robotic Arms as a kid; when assembled this solder-less DIY kit results in a five-axis arm with an LED-lit gripper that can lift up to 100g.

Concept: Mozilla Phone

Concept: Mozilla Phone

Billy May and Mozilla Labs want to develop a concept Mozilla Phone, and they need your help; the OLED Blackberry is just one of his concepts, but you can submit your own here.

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Samsung Memoir

Samsung Memoir

Samsung’s Memoir is now official, courtesy of T-Mobile; rumored to be available this month, it features a full touch screen with TouchWiz UI, 8 MP camera with Xenon flash and 3G speeds.

Garmin-Asus Nuviphone

Garmin-Asus Nuviphone

They sound like an odd couple, but Garmin and Asus are partnering on the nuvifone G60, a navi-focused cellphone which will feature 3.5G speeds, a Webkit-browser and a touchscreen.

Fujitsu F200EXR

Fujitsu F200EXR

Not just piling on megapixels, Fujitsu’s F200EXR features a smart 12 MP CCD sensor that can switch to low-light and high dynamic range (HDR) modes; it maxes out ISO 12800 at 3 MP.

Nikon Coolpix S230

Nikon Coolpix S230

Touchscreens are the new “it” tech for cameras, and Nikon’s 10.0 MP Coolpix S230 doesn’t disappoint; it features a 3″ LCD touch panel, face-priority AF and 4-way image stabilization.

MacBook Hardshell Case

MacBook Hardshell Case

Unibody MacBook and MBP owners, rejoice: Incase has dropped new hardshell cases in four colorways; they each sport raised rubber feet, thermal vents and a rubberized coating.

Toshiba TG01 Cellphone

Toshiba TG01 Cellphone

We don’t associate Toshiba with mobile tech, but their ultra-thin, 9.9 mm thick TG01 cellphone is impressive: it features a 4.1″ touchscreen, HSDPA, GPA, 1GHz CPU and WinMo 6.1.

Helio Ocean 2

Helio Ocean 2

The Helio Ocean’s successor, the Ocean 2 is a dual slider that features a more spacious keyboard, touch pad sensor and wider display; the cost: it’s rather bulky and heavy at 5.9 oz.

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Motorola Stature i9

Motorola Stature i9

Motorola’s Stature i9 finally arrives this month at Sprint and Boost; the 15mm thin push-to-talk phone, built-in GPS, a 3.1 MP camera and bluetooth; the external flip screen is touch sensitive.

Unbeatable Pong Robot

Unbeatable Pong Robot

Armed with a Logitech Webcam and solenoid fingers, this Unbeatable Pong Robot is actually pretty creepy; let’s hope its skill set doesn’t expand to, say, enslaving humanity.

Concept: Recompute

Concept: Recompute

Made from cardboard, Recompute houses a working computer and is an exercise in sustainability; it ventilates thanks to corrugation and is both easy to disassemble and recycle.

Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon throws its hat into the superzoom ring with the Coolpix P90; it boasts a 24x wide-angle zoom, tiltable 3″ LCD screen, 15 fps high speed shots and up to ISO 6400 with its 12.1 MP sensor.

Book: Gadget Nation

Book: Gadget Nation

Filled with 240 pages of creative, quirky gadgets, Steve Greenberg’s Gadget Nation covers gems like Personalized Marshmallow Sticks and My Pet Fat, a simulated piece of human fat.

GigaPan Epic

GigaPan Epic

If you liked David Bergman’s massive shot of the Inauguration, GigaPan is now offering the Epic, a robotic mount that lets you shoot gigapixel images with any point and shoot camera.

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