Pioneer communications Japan a division of Pioneer Electronics has announced the TF-FS55M-S which is a combination of VoIP (Skype) and a normal (PSTN) landline. The phone works simantaneously with both Skype and PSTN networks it has a large LCD which displays login state, contacts and status of contacts in respect to Skype. As for PSTN connection it can store 100 contacts. The phone has a talk time of 9 hours and standby time of 160 hours. It connects to the host via USB and is compatible with Windows 2000 / XP PC’s only.
Finally we have detailed information on the Playstation 3 and I am sure you cant wait to get your hands on it. Sony has announced that it will be selling 6 million PS3 units before March 2007. Is Sony being too bullish, the Taiwan gaming industry certainly feels so and has four reasons why Sony will miss it’s sales targets.
1) Pricing for the PS3 at US$499 for the 20GB model and US$599 for the 60GB model is too high and consumers might hesitate.
2) Sony is betting a lot on Blu-Ray, but currently the availability of BD players and drives is very limited, and the price level is very high.
At the E3 expo Sandio announced the “Game O” a 3D gaming mouse. The Game O’ offers gamers a way to move forward, backward, sideward, jump, crouch, pitch, yaw and roll without using the keyboard. Gamers’ left hands are free to execute commands that were mutually exclusive with WASD keys. In RTS and RPG, gamers are able to issue game commands while simultaneously adjusting the screen view during online battles, as they no longer have to move the cursor to the edge of the screen to move the camera. Sandio technology also offers a software developer’s kit (SDK) which allows game developers to develop new characters with “6 degrees of freedom (6DOF)” moves that were previously impossible to execute. The laser mouse supports multiple resolutions upto 2000 dpi (400, 800, 1600) and a 16 bit mouse data packet, as par Microsoft’s standard 5-key mouse.
Enjoy partying outdoors with the rugged iSplash Splashproof Stereo Speaker System with AM/FM Digital Tuner + ZipConnect for iPod & MP3 Players. Just slip your iPod into the pop-out sealed compartment, attach the retractable Zip Connect cable and close it up behind the water-resistant gasket to enjoy music. The universal MP3 model comes with an interchangeable ZipConnect module (with retractable 18-inch cable) that connects to any audio source with a mini headphone jack. The iSplash Splashproof Stereo Speaker System features built-in high-fidelity stereo speakers, an electronic equalizer plus jacks for headphones and sub-woofer. The Dual carry handles ratchet into position as a stand.The system runs on batteries or with included AC adapter.
At the Expo Comm Korea 2006, Hopeskorea has announced a new scan mouse which has a micro camera at the bottom. Though the resolution is not mentioned it might be a VGA res (640 x 480). The optical mouse connects via USB to the host. Other than taking still photos you can record videos and also use the mouse for video chatting.
Panasonic is developing a technology to record digital HD (high-definition) images onto SD Memory Cards, following the AVCHD standard for HD digital video cameras. This new HD video recording technology for SD Memory Cards will conform to the AVCHD standard, which uses a highly efficient compression encoding technology to record 1080i*1 or 720p*2 HD images onto 8-cm DVD discs. It will use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 to compress video files, and Dolby Digital (AC-3) or Linear PCM for audio files. This combination makes it possible to develop HD video cameras that are compact yet deliver high-quality images and sounds.
A wolf in sheep’s clothing is perfect for the Electric Cinderella shoes. These elegant shoes with a crystal tip sure look classy but they have a stun gun hidden inside them. So how do you use this contraption the stun gun is activated by a switch in the matching earing or necklace which wirelessly activates the stun gun. The crystal tip of the shoe glows warning the attacker to back off. Once the crystal tip is smashed (against the shin for eg) 100,000 volts of electricity pass through the attacker, leaving him im-mobile. The weapon is designed for a one time use and is powered by a 9 volts battery hidden in the heel.
SanDisk Corporation responded to the growing demand from power users of the popular Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) by introducing a 4-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Duo Game card that can store up to 64 hours of MP3 music tracks, 20 or more hours of movies / videos / film trailers, 12 hours of game saves, or 4,000 digital still images.
“The PSP has clearly become more than just a gaming device. Since there is no internal memory for the PSP, a Memory Stick PRO Duo flash card is the only way to store large amounts of entertainment and other files. Now that the PSP has been in the marketplace for over a year, many new services have sprung up to offer downloadable content such as movies, so the users are rapidly demanding higher capacity cards.”
It is almost since Palm released Windows Mobile based Treo 700w on Verizon Wireless’ ED-DO network. Cnet is reporting that Palm is all set to unveil a Treo 700p a Palm OS version that can connect to Verizon’s EV-DO network. Both Sprint and Verizon offer EV-DO service which allows mobile users to download data at 400 – 700 kbps. It’s not clear whether Verizon or Sprint will be the initial carrier of the 700p, but Verizon was the launch partner for the 700w. The 700p will not look all that different from the 700w except for the operating system.
China based Aomeijia International has developed a PMP which look more like the Sony PSP. The ODM-502 sports a 4.2 inch TFT screen capable of displaying 260k colors and supports a variety of popular audio and video formats like MP3, WMA, ASF and MPEG4. It also supports photo viewing and Ebooks. Recording via microphone and Line In is also supported. The PMP sports a SD/ MMC card slot and accepts memory cards upto 1GB. Also included is AV in and out for recoring via an external source or viewing the PMP contents on the big screen. The ODM-502 specs also include Support the big capacity games function. we are not sure on this but it may support Flash based games or include a built in Emulator.